Monday, January 27, 2014

The Smart Phone Challenge

American soldiers liberating German concentration camps in 1945 were horrified. So angry were they at German SS guards who claimed they were following orders, they sometimes turned them over to surviving inmates who administered their own justice. Americans then turned their anger toward civilian Germans living in towns near the camps. They refused to believe civilians who insisted they didn’t know what was happening next to their villages. Some American officers marched those civilians into the camps and forced them to see and smell the horror perpetrated by their government. Believing they had to have known what was taking place right in their midst, our soldiers sometimes forced them to personally carry emaciated, rotting Jewish corpses and drop them into mass burial pits.
Lt. Col. Ed Seiller of Louisville, Kentucky, stands amid a pile of Holocaust victims as he speaks to 200 German civilians who were forced to see the grim conditions of the Landsberg concentration camp, on May 15, 1945. (AP Photo)

Colonel George Lynch of the US Army’s 102nd Infantry addressed German civilians at another death camp and said: “Some will say that the Nazis were responsible for this crime. Others will point to the Gestapo. The responsibility rests with neither - it is the responsibility of the German people . . .”
Citizens of Ludwigslust, Germany, inspect a nearby concentration camp under orders of the 82nd Airborne Division on May 6, 1945. Bodies of victims of German prison camps were found dumped in pits in yard, one pit containing  300 bodies.

Though I wasn’t born until six years later, I believe I understand how those Americans felt. During the Dr. Kermit Gosnell murder trial last year in Philadelphia, horrific images of another holocaust were displayed in court. Numerous photos of fully-developed babies born crying in Gosnell’s clinic were systematically murdered. Clinic workers said there were hundreds. Lately I feel that it’s becoming necessary to not just tell my fellow Americans, but to show them what abortion actually is, the dismembering and poisoning of babies in the womb.

Evidence at Gosnell Trial. Moton worked there.

The Gosnell trial photos were comparable to the images shown during the Nuremberg War Crimes trials. Those were very closely covered by our media (including Walter Cronkite) back in 1945. Our mainstream media of today, however, completely ignored the Gosnell trial for over a month, while I wrote extensively about it here. Like German civilians who so outraged our soldiers, Americans seem ignorant of what is going on right in their midst as well. Abuses by Gosnell were reported to Pennsylvania authorities over and over for decades, but state officials ignored them all until police raided the clinic looking for drugs. The horrors they discovered there sickened them just as much as the death camps sickened our soldiers in 1945.
Reserved seats for media at Gosnell trial

The Gosnell trial seems to have had little effect on Americans in Houston though. Months after Dr. Gosnell was convicted of murder, a grand jury there refused to indict abortionist Dr. Douglas Karpen for twisting the heads off of babies born alive after failed late-term abortions. It listened to eye-witness testimony from three Houston clinic workers who had reported Karpen. They even saw photos of dead babies those workers took using their cell phones. Have Americans changed somehow? Have we become inured to horror? How did we lose our capacity for outrage?
In a recent fundraising letter, the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee claims Republicans who oppose abortion are “revolting.” New York’s Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo thinks people against abortion should get out of New York: “[T]hese extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York . . .” he said last week.
The real war on women

In preparation of the 2014 election, Democrats are ramping up their claims that conservatives who oppose abortion are “Waging War on Women”. That’s brazen considering that preserving abortion is the biggest single issue in the Democrat Party platform, and considering that half the 55 million babies slaughtered since Roe V Wade in 1973 were girls who would have grown into women.
41st Annual March For Life last week

While thousands of young Americans marched against abortion in sub-zero wind chills in Washington DC last week in the 41st Annual March For Life, President Obama praised Roe V Wade in a speech in which he never uttered the word “abortion.” The feminist group that used to call itself the “National Abortion Rights Action League” changed it’s name to NARAL, evidently not wishing to include the word “abortion.” Now it calls itself “NARAL Pro-Choice America” to further distance itself.
They’re not “abortion” rights anymore. They’re “reproductive rights.” Gosnell called his charnel house “The Women’s Medical Society.” For Democrats today, abortion is not revolting. Rather, people who oppose abortion are revolting. Arguing that abortion is necessary for women to have an active sex life, a guest on MSNBC said about pro life activists: “Their sex lives are so miserable that they’re going to do everything in their power to just beat the drum of repression.” 

Now imagine how American soldiers would have reacted in 1945 if German civilians were to have said something like: “Personally I’m opposed to the mass murder of Jews, but I wouldn’t interfere with someone else’s choice to kill them.”
Nazis sickened by pictures at their trial

The next time someone tells you that about abortion, take out your smart phone and challenge them to look at pictures of what an aborted baby looks like.


Unknown said...

I can't help but believe that the mess our country is now in is because we have forgotten God. The very fact the 55 million babies have been aborted is not something God is happy with. How can HE have mercy on a nation that allows this to go on?

Texas Transplant said...

Again and again, the media report only what will mold the public into a politically correct mass voting bloc of lemmings headed directly for the cliff edge and socialism...History will show that the media and the money which drives it are in control of our country. Our elected representatives seem powerless, or perhaps their self-interest has warped their collective consciences.

Anonymous said...

A sobering, serious article that I wish was required reading by every thinking adult American.

Show Low Yaqui

Anonymous said...

If those 55 million were alive and contributing to our economy we would not have 35 million alien criminals in our country. The petty corruption we see daily in our system does not compare to the incredible corruption of our society by such as Gosnell, Snowe and Collins.

Roger Ek

Anonymous said...

Abortion should not be compared to the myth of nazi Germany. Your lack of understanding of what is and isn't true and/or exaggerated regarding nazi Germany and the "holocaust" is actually quite stunning for a supposed "educator". History is written by the victors. You should at least know that. Please stop spreading lies and disinformation regarding WWII. Enough!

As far as abortion goes. I agree. But ther is no reason to compare it to some revisionist mass murder fantasy. Why do you feel compelled to continue this myth?

Nancy said...

Those illegal abortions you mention here are horrific - just imagine how much more frequently these type of unregulated abortions would occur were all abortions made illegal. Back to the days of coat hangers in back alleys?

Let's punish these lawbreakers to the fullest extent and keep abortion safe and regulated.

Jean D. said...

How 'bout... LET'S STOP KILLING BABIES, 56 million and counting! UNCONSCIONABLE! The photos shown were only the ones entered in the court record, there were hundreds more, probably thousands. Safe that's quite a concept.

Anonymous said...

BERLIN -- Orthodox Rabbis, holocaust survivors and descendents of survivors, held a press conference in Berlin yesterday in response to a memorial ceremony, held at Auschwitz by 69 Israeli politicians, who warned of rising anti-Semitism in Europe.

The Rabbis found it repugnant that the State of Israel, whose founders refused to rescue Jews while the Holocaust was happening, should be commemorating the Holocaust.

“We survived by hiding in a bunker in Budapest during the Holocaust,” said Rabbi Moshe Dov Beck, 79. “It is well known that the Zionist policy during the Holocaust was that only Jewish bloodshed on a massive scale could help them achieve their state after the war, as a gift from the guilt ridden and sympathetic victors. They provoked anti-Semitism and sabotaged rescue efforts, all for their political goal.”

“As for today's anti-Semitism, the Israelis complaining is duplicitous, because the existence of the Israeli State and it’s atrocities is largely the cause. And of course it is obvious, that they reap the benefits ­ more world anti-Semitism, more Jews immigrate to their state”, said Rabbi Dovid Feldman.

“The Zionists want the world to believe that they represent world Jewry and Judaism, that is false,” said Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss. “They accuse everyone who criticizes their vile actions of anti-Semitism, that is also a lie. Unfortunately there are those who hate all Jews because they consider Judaism and Zionism one and the same. Thus Zionists bring danger upon Jews and then they present themselves as the saviors of the Jewish people.”

“The Torah teaches that Jews are in exile by a Devine decree. Jews are required to respect the nations amongst whom they live. The Torah forbids Jews to have their own state. Jews accept the Almighty’s decree and wait patiently for His redemption, without any human intervention. It goes without saying that Jews are forbidden to steal land, kill or expel anyone. Precisely because we experienced the Holocaust, we must learn tolerance and respect for others - not use our suffering as an excuse to oppress others.”

“Subsequently, this Zionist ceremony is nothing less than a brutal affront to the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust.”

to be clear. I do not deny the holocaust. However, especially in light of recent scientific findings, it seems there was a lot of exaggeration and blatant lying regarding the "great war".

Tom McLaughlin said...

And the point of the above post is?

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking that this post will not carry the weight it ought to
in "the paper" without the graphics.


Anonymous said...

There are differences between a person, a baby, an embryo, and a fetus.

Anonymous said...

The point? You continue to perpetuate the exaggerations and lies regarding what happened to the Jewish people during WWII while turning a blind eye to the exact same behavior by the authors of this absurd propaganda.

The point? How much of what you "think" you know about supposed nazi atrocities are real and which are exaggerated or out right lies?

Anonymous said...

I agree with Nancy. If I do not want to carry the fetus of my rapist, or if a 14 year old girl does not want to carry the fetus of her uncle, then there should be a safe, legal place for an abortion.

Anonymous said...

The following is from The Rev. Carlton W. Veazey, President, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
To have a child can be a sacred choice, but to not have a child can also be a sacred choice.
And these choices revolve around circumstances and issues –Also, remember that medical circumstances are the reason many women have an abortion – for example, if they are having chemotherapy for cancer or have a life-threatening chronic illness – and most later-term abortions occur because of fetal abnormalities that will result in stillbirth or the death of the child. These are difficult decisions; they’re moral decisions.
Abortion is a very serious decision and each decision depends on circumstances. That’s why I tell people: I am not pro-abortion, I am pro-choice. And that’s an important distinction.
The religious, pro-choice position is based on respect for human life, including potential life and existing life.
But I do not believe that life as we know it starts at conception. I am troubled by the implications of a fetus having legal rights because that could pit the fetus against the woman carrying the fetus; for example, if the woman needed a medical procedure, the law could require the fetus to be considered separately and equally.
I was raised to respect differing views so the rigid views against abortion are hard for me to understand. I will often tell someone on the other side, “I respect you. I may disagree with your theological perspective, but I respect your views. But I think it’s totally arrogant for you to tell me that I need to believe what you believe.”
Although abortion is a very difficult decision, it can be the most responsible decision a person can make when faced with an unintended pregnancy or a pregnancy that will have serious health consequences.
Depending on the circumstances, it might be selfish to bring a child into the world. You know, a lot of people say, “You must bring this child into the world.” They are 100 percent supportive while the child is in the womb. As soon as the child is born, they abort the child in other ways. They abort a child through lack of health care, lack of education, lack of housing, and through poverty, which can drive a child into drugs or the criminal justice system.
So is it selfish to bring children into the world and not care for them? I think the other side can be very selfish by neglecting the children we have already. For all practical purposes, children whom we are neglecting are being aborted.

JM said...

As a pro-choice, flaming liberal, I agree with 95% of Tom's column. The part I take issues with is his pretending that illegal abortions represent ALL abortions. That is like condemning all firearms because some people use them illegally. Also, as usual, Tom is way off base when he tries to think for, or put words in the mouths of liberals. Abortion IS revolting. As are the deaths of women forced to carry through dangerous births because of medical conditions, and young girls forced to give birth to their rapists child...

Abortions should be done only in extreme circumstances in a safe, legal, well-regulated place.

Tom McLaughlin said...

I have to challenge JM and the anonymous posters:

Take out your smart phone or your computer and go to Google images. Type in "Vacuum aspiration." That's how the vast majority of early abortions are done in the United States.

Look at the dismembered human beings.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Tom, disgusting like we previously agreed. But the points of Reverend Veazey and the billions who think as he does are still valid.

Tom McLaughlin said...

Euphemism by Reverend Veazey:

". . . to not have a child can also be a sacred choice."

I'd challenge him to look at an image of a dismembered baby and ask: "How can this ever be a 'sacred choice'?"

Anonymous said...

Well, your god must have a reason for allowing women to make these choices....

Tom McLaughlin said...

Huh? I don't get it.

Anonymous said...

Tom, I challenge you to Google images of "starvation in Africa," and ask yourself how it is a sacred choice to not do everything in your power to stop it. Ask yourself how it is a sacred choice to try to prevent women from having access to contraception. Google studies of children raised with mothers who cannot support them, and ask yourself how it is a "sacred choice" to allow these children to be abused. Google "products of incest," and ask yourself how it is a sacred choice to force women to face the faces of their rapists.

You would have a little more credibility if you had ever, you know, carried a child yourself. Or you could spend some time studying divinity and becoming a minister.

Tom McLaughlin said...

This isn't about contraception. It's about using abortion as a failsafe for contraception. That's what Progressives insist upon, and it's the most important issue for the Democrat Party. It's the deal breaker when appointments are made to the Supreme Court.

I fathered four children. I was present at every birth and did my best to parent them. Been doing it for 39 years and I'm still at it, helping my children raise their children, but I have no plans to go into the ministry.

I do study divinity, however. Every day.

Anonymous said...

If men were the ones who carried babies, abortion's legality would not be an issue at all.