Protecting Sacred Spaces in Secular Societies

The name of America’s most prolific serial killer is Kermit Gosnell. He avoided the death penalty by waiving his right to appeal, and is serving life without parole. His story is told in the movie, “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer.” It opens nationwide this Friday, October 12.

It is a riveting story on several levels. Perhaps uppermost is the question: how was he able to perform so many murders without getting caught? He had numerous witnesses, with evidence literally piled up in the hallways, stored in freezers and refrigerators. How could all of this go unnoticed for decades?

Answer: he was hiding his murders in plain sight. This was possible because they took place in an abortion facility, giving him an almost impenetrable layer of protection. Nobody wants to scrutinize abortion facilities or think too carefully about them. They have become sacrosanct, so that their very mention freezes us in place.

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Words do powerful things to us, but none greater than this one. It does powerful things to politicians, too. Because of the “A-word,” Philadelphia authorities were reluctant—unreasonably reluctant—to inspect Gosnell’s office or follow up on numerous complaints. While nail salons receive health department inspections every year, Gosnell’s facility had not been inspected by Pennsylvania’s Department of Health for more than 17 years—not once.

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His defenders, both in the courtroom and in the press, sought to portray him as merely a sloppy practitioner of partial-birth abortion. That procedure kills the baby after it is mostly, but not quite completely, delivered from its mother. Gosnell couldn’t be bothered to observe that fine distinction. After all, if it is legal to kill a baby a few centimeters and a few seconds before birth, what magically makes it illegal a few feet and a few minutes after birth?

This defense casts a spotlight on a plainly indefensible idea: that an infant’s passage through space and time bestows humanity and legal protection. This ridiculous logic inevitably blurs all human decency. Those who are unable to see that a fetus is a baby have no reason to see a baby as a murder victim, for the very same reason.

America’s press corps went into vapor-lock. Gosnell’s actual practice was too sick to support. But there was no logical way to distinguish his practice from what they were already supporting. So they just didn’t show up.

The most sensational trial of a serial killer in the history of America had virtually no reporters in the court room. The biggest crime since 1893 could not be covered because the reporters could not say why it was wrong.

One of those who noticed was Mollie Ziegler Hemingway. At the time she was a reporter for GetReligion.org. Nearly three weeks into Gosnell’s trial, there had yet to be any mainstream media coverage. So, on April 7, she published a story about the blackout. She followed up with six more, published between April 10 and April 16.


Meanwhile, J.D. Mullane, a reporter for Calkins Media, snapped a picture of rows of empty seats that had been reserved for the press. The photo went viral, prompting Kirsten Powers of USA Today to break the media silence. She published a column subtitled: “We’ve forgotten what belongs on Page One.”

How America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer Almost Got Away With Murder
– By Jonathan Lange

And so, we understand what a sacred space is in secular America.

Certainly, the country is worthy of damnation.

But perhaps the US will be merely punished with great severity, perhaps broken up, instead of being ground to powder as per the knowing murderers in Europe (See Belgium and the Netherlands) or the “non-voluntary euthanasia” being planned in Canada.

For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord.

But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; All those who hate me love death.

Wisdom, in Proverbs 8:35-36

Bolshevik ethics began and ended with atheism. Only someone who rejected all religious or quasi-religious morals could be a Bolshevik because, as Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, and countless other Bolshevik leaders insisted, success for the Party was the only standard of right and wrong. The bourgeoisie falsely claim that Bolsheviks have no ethics, Lenin explained in a 1920 speech. No, he said; what Bolsheviks rejected was an ethical framework based on God’s commandments or anything resembling them, such as abstract principles, timeless values, universal human rights, or any tenet of philosophical idealism. For a true materialist, he maintained, there could be no Kantian categorical imperative to treat others only as ends, not as means. By the same token, the materialist does not acknowledge the impermissibility of lying or the supposed sanctity of human life. All such notions, Lenin declared, are “based on extra human and extra class concepts” and so are simply religion in disguise. “That is why we say that to us there is no such thing as a morality that stands outside human society,” he said. “That is a fraud. To us morality is subordinated to the interests of the proletariat’s class struggle.” That meant the Communist Party. Aron Solts, who was known as “the conscience of the Party,” explained: “We…can say openly and frankly: yes, we hold in prison those who interfere with the establishment of our order, and we do not stop before other such actions because we do not believe in the existence of abstractly unethical actions.”

Ethics were reduced to what a character in Vasily Grossman’s novel Forever Flowing identified as a reverse categorical imperative, “a categorical imperative counterposed to Kant”: Always use people as objects. Do unto class enemies what you would not want them to do unto you. That is why, starting in mid-1937, torture was used in all interrogations, not just to extract information. What objection could be raised? Ruthlessness without prompting showed that the torturer harbored no abstract moral standard, even unconsciously. It was a positive good to arrest the innocent. There were special camps for the wives of enemies of the people, campaigns to arrest members of a profession (engineers), and mass arrests by quota. As good Bolsheviks, local NKVD branches asked to arrest even more. “The concept of personal innocence,” a character in Grossman’s greatest novel, Life and Fate, avers, “is a hangover from the Middle Ages.”

Garry Saul Morson, “Among the Disbelievers: Why atheism was central to the great evil of the 20th century” at Commentary

This is where we are.

God’s wrath will certainly come to visit us.

I am confident that most of the West couldn’t care less, so long as they die in comfort. Perhaps some Americans care, though: a minority, a Remnant.

Those are the people who will define the West by, say, 2300.

Because the rest of the West will be as dead as Imperial Rome or Ancient Egypt or Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union.


God, damn our Secular Sacred Spaces.

I don’t really need to write that out, as He has already done so. And will do so even more aggressively in the future, as our national and cultural refusal to repent heaps up fire and pain for our reward on Earth, as well as in the afterlife.

But every Christian should be a small-p prophet in these matters, as the wrath of God has actual, real-world consequences.

Harsh and bitter ones.


SEEING, THEY WILL NOT SEE

If you’re anything like I am, you’re frustrated about the unwillingness of otherwise intelligent, competent people to take seriously the extent of the various crises that confront this nation, and the West in general. It’s not that all the information is being suppressed. On the contrary, it’s available in the daily newspaper. But putting the pieces of the puzzle together is too much for most people. They just don’t want to hear bad news. And because of this, they are unable to recognize the really good news.

We aren’t the first people in history to face this problem. It happens every generation. Anyone who has ever read the Bible knows the stories of the Prophets. They faced this problem continually. In fact, it was basic to the ministry of every Prophet (except Jonah, who went to the pagan city of Nineveh) to be rejected, ridiculed, and even persecuted.

The office of Prophet was eliminated two millennia ago.

Nevertheless, there is still a Prophet-like function in society. People who see problems brewing have a moral responsibility to warn others, even if the listeners might not respond favorably to the warning.

The problem of giving warnings is a multiple problem. Has the contemporary prophet observed the significant facts accurately? Has he integrated these facts by means of an accurate theory? Has he got his timing correct? Has he packaged his presentation effectively, so as to motivate his listeners to take effective action in order to deal with the problem?

Even if he does everything correctly, most people pay no attention. So, why bother? Why put your neck on the line? Why not just keep your mouth shut?

CLAMMING UP

If a person decides not to share his concerns about the future with his family, friends, and associates, and the events come true, isn’t he responsible for his own inaction? On the other hand, if he has diagnosed the problem incorrectly, or his timing is way off, isn’t he equally responsible?

How many people seriously consider the possibility of some sort of social, military, or economic crisis? Not many. As an LRC reader, you do. How many people in your neighborhood would enjoy sitting down and discussing these topics on a Saturday afternoon? How many of your colleagues have taken steps to protect themselves? Not many, I would guess. So you find yourself in the role of a contemporary prophet (little ‘p’). Should you keep your mouth shut? Should you tell them about some of the things that are bothering you? Should you pass along a copy of a newsletter or something? What?

“Sounding the Alarm”, by Gary North

North here is actually writing about a lesser evil: the Great Default, the bankruptcy of our theft-based welfare states. The point remains, though.

Note that most Christian clerics and denominations don’t actually believe that the Wrath of God actually exists: at least not in the here and now.

They will be publicly punished and discredited for their slackness.

But believing Christians can’t wait on these preacher-failures and disgraces to get their act together. We have to speak now, and act now, while we can perhaps save those around us from the hell that is coming.

And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

Jesus Christ, in Luke 12:47-48


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