If you have been on social media lately, then you may have seen the explosion of evangelical Twitter accounts and Facebook posts related to the Gosnell story. And, if you daily browse the likes of major media outlets, then you probably have not seen this story anywhere. Well, until today. For a pretty apparent reason, the main secular media outlets are staying as far away from this story as possible, like it’s the plague. And in reality, it is. For pro-choice people, the slippery slope of relative morality–basic right and wrong–has been spilled over and bankrupt through this horror.
Denny Burk, one of my go-to voices on cultural/political commentary through the lens of a biblical worldview, says this:
What happened in Gosnell’s clinic exposes not just his crimes. It also underlines the moral bankruptcy of pro-choice arguments that routinely and callously disregard the humanity of the unborn. The entire pro-choice position requires persons to ignore the personhood of unborn persons who die daily in those clinics. That reality cannot bear the light of day, and that is why Gosnell and every other perpetrator like him are enjoying a media blackout.
Let me state the obvious. This should be front page news. When Rush Limbaugh attacked Sandra Fluke, there was non-stop media hysteria. The venerable NBC Nightly News’ Brian Williams intoned, “A firestorm of outrage from women after a crude tirade from Rush Limbaugh,” as he teased a segment on the brouhaha. Yet, accusations of babies having their heads severed — a major human rights story if there ever was one — doesn’t make the cut.
You don’t have to oppose abortion rights to find late-term abortion abhorrent or to find the Gosnell trial eminently newsworthy. This is not about being “pro-choice” or “pro-life.” It’s about basic human rights.
The deafening silence of too much of the media, once a force for justice in America, is a disgrace.
Whats’ more, my friend Owen Strachan who blogs here, and is the executive director at the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and leading voice on such issues, is calling for a social media explosion for this story tomorrow, saying on his Twitter:
I vote for every evangelical who has a Twitter account to Tweet about the Gosnell horror tomorrow. Social media is powerful, right?
So, I leave you with the words echoed by one of my all time heroes, William Wilberforce, whose famous words ring as true today as they did when he courageously shouted them 200-years ago:
“Having heard all of this you may choose to look the other way but you can never again say that you did not know”