Monday, October 24, 2011

The Sanctity of Human Life

It's been a while. It's difficult to maintain the spirit, and I recognize that some of it was Father Pfeiffer at the BVM Priory, whose soul really was on fire with the love of God and the saving of souls. He infected everyone he met, and I was certainly ready to be infected. I just need to keep trying, and I guess that's all any of us can do!

I read something to day, though, that made me both laugh and cry. A quote from 365 Ways to Drive a Liberal Crazy: "Celebrate the 1995 repeal of the 55 mph federal speed limit by taking a liberal for an 80 mph spin through Texas and Utah—the highest speeds currently allowed anywhere in the United States, though of course there really should be no limits at all. As the wind blows through your hair, laughingly quote Ralph Nader who said at the time of the repeal, "History will never forgive Congress for this assault on the sanctity of human life."

Naturally what got to me was Ralph's concern for "the sanctity of human life." Now, I grant, Ralph Nader's central issue isn't abortion, and he leans more in the direction of "leave it out of the public discourse" (with which idea I don't entirely disagree). But that anyone would call upon "the sanctity of human life," and NOT be also anti-abortion (or shall I say, pro-life) is simply idiotic on its face. You either respect human life or you don't.