It started with my desire to learn about the Civil War. I wasn’t looking for history, I just wanted to know what would drive Americans to slaughter each other in such vast numbers (an estimated 640,000 to 700,000).
I’ve written here about diving into Ken Burns’ Civil War series, and I lamented the utter waste of seeing another one on the horizon.
There’s something that has been gnawing at me since then, since hearing the penetrating quotes of Frederick Douglass in particular regarding his experience as a slave, and in reading Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.
I think what’s been bothering me, is that for all the excuses for the institution of Slavery, there is no escaping the reality that race-based, involuntary slavery was (and is, as still practiced in many areas of the world) barbaric and utterly inhumane. It was indeed a blot on our nation, and this “original sin” cost Americans nearly three quarters of a million lives, and so much disruption and heartache on many levels.
I had thought about doing a post on what I was learning from Douglass’ searing autobiography, but something was missing that I could not put my finger on.
I ran across a letter from Lila Rose, President of Live Action, a pro-life activist organization. Included in the letter was a copy of the photo that you see at the top of this post, of an escaped slave with raised scars all over his back. The photo became known as “whipped Peter,” and its appearance into the mainstream gave credence to “a picture is worth a thousand words”– awakening America to the horror of Slavery.
Like others in the pro-life movement before her, Lila linked Slavery to the current American holocaust that is abortion, with nearly 63 MILLION babies murdered in their mother’s womb since Roe V. Wade made this act legal in the U.S.
She mentioned that since it took the photo of “whipped Peter” to bring the ugly reality of Slavery to the American public, her organization is likewise demonstrating the ugly reality of abortion to the people via videos featuring Dr. Anthony Levatino, who has performed over 1,200 abortions.
I can finally put into words what’s been gnawing at me since my awakening regarding Slavery: As horrific as Frederick Douglass’ and others’ reports of its practice are; they must pale when put aside the reality of the 63 MILLION innocent, vulnerable unborn babies ripped apart by the modern, surgical tools of murder!
In other words, the original sin of Slavery has NOT been extinguished! Far from it. This evil has just transformed into the even GREATER evil of abortion!
The Founding Fathers talked and wrote that “…all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness…”
Yet it’s clear as day that they fell short of this goal, in the “light” of Slavery. And no matter how much we attempt to convince ourselves that we are “more enlightened,” one look at the total abortion numbers reveals us to be liars.
It’s way past time for us to face the reality that our sin is far greater than that of the forefathers that many of us pretend to be better than.
And we should no longer wonder why our Father in Heaven has allowed us to be ruled by tyrants. We, who have enslaved, have become the enslaved. We have gotten the government our deeds deserve; in fact, noting the severity of our crimes, we’ve actually gotten off lightly to date.
I am optimistic about our future, though I know that a happy future for us (mercy) is tied to the mercy and protection we provide to the innocent and most vulnerable. We will never be fully blessed until we do right by these, and by our God.
Patrick Rooney is the Founder of OldSchoolUs.com. He communicates clearly and fearlessly during perilous times about natural health, success, and freedom. To reach Patrick, email him at [email protected].