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OPINION

The Extraordinary Moral Hypocrisy of President Obama

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When I saw the headline, my first thought was, “Could it be? Is President Barack Obama really denouncing Planned Parenthood’s trafficking in baby parts?”

The words seemed clear enough: “Obama: Killing Humans And Harvesting Their Organs Is An Atrocity That Must End.”

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But the reality was worse than a sick joke.

President Obama was not speaking about killing babies in the womb and then selling their liver and limbs and tissue.

As reported by Mollie Hemingway on the Federalist.com, “President Barack Obama told a group of young African leaders on Monday that harvesting organs from humans [specifically, albinos] that are killed as part of an African ritual was ‘craziness’ and a ‘cruel’ tradition that needed to stop. He warned of dehumanizing marginal groups of humans and of the problems that arise when ‘you are not able to see someone else as a human being.’”

In light of the release of the Planned Parenthood videos which, press secretary Josh Earnest tells us, the president refuses to watch, the irony of Obama’s words is more than ironic. It is downright hypocritical and evil.

I’m reminded of the video footage from World War II when Allied soldiers who liberated the concentration camps forced the German neighbors to walk through the camps, making them face up to the monumental atrocities that they willingly chose to ignore.

Many of them were sickened at the sights of emaciated corpses piled high – the stench must have been unimaginable – just as many are sickened today by the pictures of tiny baby parts being bartered for money, and in the name of scientific research at that.

A new report on Breitbart.com even claims that, “Medical researchers are growing human organs in mice by implanting dead human baby organs into rodents,” and so the sickening saga continues to unfold.

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Would that someone could force our president to make a personal tour of a large abortion facility and look at the jars filled with the “products of conception,” as the little eyes stare at him through the glass and the little fingers point at him.

After all, as Hemingway points out, “In 2012, Planned Parenthood said, while announcing a $1.4 million ad buy on his behalf, that they had ‘no greater champion’ than President Obama.”

Indeed, “During his time in the Illinois Senate, Obama’s devotion to abortion was so extreme that he argued a form of infanticide should remain legal out of fear that protecting infants born alive might somehow protect young humans in the womb.”

In his remarks on Monday, the president said, “If there’s one thing I want YALI [Young African Leaders Initiative] leaders to come out with, it’s the notion of you are strong by taking care of the people who are vulnerable, by looking after the minority, looking after the disabled, looking after the vulnerable.”

Yet rather than connect the dots – they were shouting to be connected – and applying this same logic to the most vulnerable of all, namely, babies in the safety of their mothers’ wombs, he instead chided them for mistreating gays and lesbians.

“Obama,” Hemingway informs us, “also tied the practice of harvesting organs from albinos with racism and discrimination against gay people and urged consistency in how they view the sanctity of human life if they want to complain about human rights abuses.”

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While I do not concur with all African legislation concerning homosexuality, the president’s comments went beyond moral blindness. He was guilty of nothing less than extreme moral hypocrisy, tantamount to a slave owner telling his abolitionist neighbor that he was a bad Christian witness because he didn’t properly maintain his lawn.

May light continue to expose the darkness of Planned Parenthood, and may that same light expose the moral hypocrisy of our president, even within his own heart.

I sincerely hope and pray that he will have a radical change of mind and become a champion for life and, as impossible as that may seem, if Jesse Jackson could go from passionate defender of the unborn to passionate champion of abortion, the reverse can happen to.

Until then, we will continue to raise our voice.

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