For a moment, President Barack Obama stepped over the carnage of his misguided philosophy of encouraging death. After reversing the Mexico City policy, championing stem cell research, and indicating a coming shift on health care worker's conscience restrictions, Obama took a pro-life step. He publicly spoke out against torture and took steps to ensure that America does not participate in it.
Admittedly, it was an odd week. First, Obama removed waterboarding from the arsenal of interrogation techniques and spoke to our moral leadership as a nation that rejects torture. Within hours, the very same President was speaking to the need to have a pro-abortion nominee to succeed Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court.
How, oh how, does one mind hold such contradictory principles? How does one vote for and endorse the killing of unborn children, even via partial birth abortion or via the ending of a life that arrives even after an abortion has tried to end it, and then articulate a “moral” mandate not to torture our enemies because of the dignity of the human individual?
Either one believes in the dignity of the human individual, and its parallel conviction of the sanctity of human life, or one does not. Obama consistently demonstrates that he does not; yet, for a brief shining moment, this week he took a step into the light of life and rejected torture. Every human being has dignity and value, and the word “everyone” leaves no one out, even our enemies, even the unborn.
For decades, I have marvelled at those on the left who so quickly will dismiss the act of abortion, of a mother killing her own child, as a mere “choice.” Likewise, I have marvelled at those on the right who would defend the unborn but simultaneously embrace torture, and the execution of criminals, who also are made in the image of God. When we have the option to imprison convicted criminals for life, why not mean it and use it? Why take the chance of executing an innocent (which we have done) and why arrogate to ourselves the privilege of ending a life? Life simply is not ours to make, nor is it ours to take. Life belongs first and foremost to God.