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Letter: The epitome of selfishness

On Jan. 13, 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation designating January 22 as the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day. January 22, 1973, was the day that the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion-on-demand in all 50 states. Churches around the United States use the day to celebrate God’s gift of life, commemorating the many lives lost to abortion, and committing themselves to protecting human life at every stage. In addition, churches continue to recognize the third Sunday in January (this year being January 17) as Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. Some will mark it on January 24 this year as it is closer to the 22.

With this in mind, I pause to reflect on the truth of the Christian, Biblical narrative of God the Son taking to Himself human flesh in the Incarnation, that which we celebrate on Christmas Day. While doing so, the two-facedness of the abortion industry and abortion activists is exposed. Let me explain by setting forth a column written by Jonathan Van Maren at He wrote, and I quote:

“Each year abortion groups celebrate the season by requesting donations and wishing everyone happy holidays. It is always ironic to see the spiritual descendants of Herod twist themselves into knots to acknowledge Christmas without being too religious. Nobody likes being left out, even those who spend the rest of the year dispatching God’s tiny gifts to the next world with scalpels and suction aspirators. This year, one abortion worker attempted to get particularly festive by topping a Christmas tree not with an angel or a star, but with a set of serrated forceps used to clamp on baby limbs and destroy baby bodies.

There are other reasons abortion groups have such a complicated relationship with Christmas. Mary’s welcoming of an unexpected Child as a gift (indeed, to the whole world) is not the sort of story abortion activists wish to tell. Indeed, every year around this time some of the angrier feticide fans post memes fantasizing about the Virgin Mary having an abortion, revealing that abortion advocacy and hatred of Christianity are nearly always inextricably intertwined. Abortion ideology is predicated on the idea that we must not sacrifice for others, and the Christmas story is the ultimate rebuke to this idea.

There is also the fact that when the Word became flesh, God Himself became a pre-born child. God became a zygote, an embryo, a fetus, and a baby. When Elizabeth, carrying John the Baptist below her heart, met Mary the Mother of God, her child — then a fetus — leapt in the womb to greet his Savior, also a child in the womb. What are abortion activists to do with this story? [This was most inconvenient for Mary in her time].

Even the language abortion activists use reflects the fact that their worldview is antithetical to the Christian message. This is My body, broken for you, said the Savior vs. My body, my choice — and we will sacrifice any who interfere with our lives, say the abortion activists. The abortion worldview is merely a perverse inversion of the Gospel message, the triumph of selfishness and bloodshed over innocence and beauty. They will deny it. They try to dress up their message in the language of rights. But the truth is incontrovertible. The result of an abortion is a dead baby. That is the point of abortion. That is why people get them.

When abortion activists who traffic in death, misery, and regret, wish everyone a happy holiday, I suspect they know that it rings hollow. The abortion industry is responsible for millions of empty places at millions of tables. Their forceps and needles have stopped hearts and broken hearts. Planned Parenthood and their abortion allies have it all wrong. Success to an abortion activist is an empty cradle and a full grave. The essence of the Christmas story is a full cradle and an empty grave.”

As a new pro-abortion administration takes over in Washington, only expect abortion rhetoric and demands to increase. The election of a pro-abortion senator who calls himself a pastor in Georgia shows the degree of Satan’s influence upon our nation in an unprecedented way. This attitude is the epitome of selfishness.

May God have mercy upon our nation. May the cradles be full and the graves empty as these little ones deserve such a fate, just as God intended, having declared and demonstrated that all life is sacred in the incarnation of His precious Son.

— Randy Brannon,

Madera Resident


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