January has been designated by pro-life organizations as Sanctity of Life month. The 23rd of January is the Sunday this year where churches are suppose to focus on the value and sacredness of human life.
Before I go any further, let me be perfectly clear that this blog is written by someone who embraces the sanctity of life. So please do not misinterpret what is to follow as lack of concern for the unborn.
I believe that some people who label themselves “pro-life” do not understand what being pro-life really means. What they are is “pro-fetus” or “pro-pre-born”, and while there is nothing wrong with that, they certainly are not pro-life. Let me just list some of the things that some pro-life individuals and organizations stand against…
Limits or laws restricting the purchase of firearms.
Welfare/social services/food stamps for the poor.
Laws that protect children/ adults from bullying.
Laws that prohibit discrimination because of race, gender,sexuality.
Affordable healthcare for all individuals.
And here are other things that some pro-life individuals/organizations are “pro”…
Laws restricting choice of marriage partner
corporations that abuse people for their own profit
There are more, but I will not belabor my point. Some of the things listed above are meant to protect people and some of those things discriminate or destroy people. Yet, outside the issue of abortion many pro-life individuals embrace life destroying ideology and do not see ALL humans as important, unique, special and sacred. They select a small sliver of life and make that the battle ground. The outsider, the one not in the inner circle of the “religious”, recognizes this dichotomy correctly as hypocrisy.
So my plea to fellow believers, change and broaden your focus, or change your name.