Reflections on 12 Years A Slave

I finally saw the movie, 12 Years A Slave, this weekend and was struck by the portrayal of the white southerners. It was obvious that slavery brought out the worst in these individuals. Particularly amazing were the scenes where the masters preached to the slaves.
How could people who professed to be Christians sink so low? How could they read “whatsoever you do to the least of my brethren you do onto me” and “love your neighbor as yourself’ and still practice such barbarism? What lies and rationalizations did they create to soothe their consciences? How could they think of facing God after all they did?
Are we any better today? How is the defense of abortion any different? How is abortion less of an atrocity than slavery? Aren’t human beings in both cases reduced to property without rights? Hasn’t the battle over abortion brought out the worst in people? We hear of death threats, pro-lifers being assaulted. We see Gosnell being defended by the media and Democrats; Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers fighting against any regulation of abortion.
In the 1800’s John Calhoun led the fight against any restriction on slavery. Today the new Calhoun, Harry Reid is pushing a bill that would wipe out any restrictions on abortion. How can anyone claim to be pro-choice and oppose things like ultrasounds and waiting periods, doesn’t understand the issue.
How can anyone claim to be Christian and support the killing of children, the least of Christ’s brethren?
You have to wonder if those supporting abortion and slavery really believe in God and believe that one day they will face Him. What can one say? How can one justify such atrocities


Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

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