In the tradition of statesmen before him who have spoken out on the great issues of America's history, Alan Keyes delivered a thundering speech at Boston's historic Faneuil Hall last month, condemning our nation's tolerance of abortion.
He dismissed President Bush's pro-life rhetoric on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade as so much political pandering, saying the President squandered an opportunity to remind people that our nation's tolerance of abortion undermines the moral underpinnings of the war against terrorism.
Keyes drew moral parallels between terrorism and abortion, saying that both evils stem from those who willingly disregard the claims of innocent human life and subordinate those claims to an agenda of unrighteousness, convenience and fanaticism.
Keyes said we have to get out of the habit of saying that judgment will come upon our nation sometime in the future as a result of abortion, because that judgment is already here, as was made manifest on September 11.
"Open your eyes, the judgment has come. Open your eyes, the destruction has begun. There was a time when it was enough to say, 'Go down this road and we will lose our liberty, go down this road and we will face destruction, go down this road and the principle of abortion will be visited upon us to suffer, to destroy this nation as we have destroyed life in the womb' The lives are already being lost and the liberties are already being sacrificed."
With disgust dripping from his voice, Keyes said he doesn't know how we are going to survive in the twenty-first century when we boldly proclaim that we can make war upon the world if need be in the name of innocent life, but we ourselves do not respect innocent life in the laws we have at home.
We have declared war, said Keyes, not on a nation or flag or tyrant, but against evil, against those who show their willingness to step across the line to target innocent life. "That is the very heart and the very principle of the struggle we face against terrorism."
Yet, said Keyes, we have stumbled into inconsistency in applying that principle. It is no coincidence that we stand in the midst of a time when so many questions are coming before us, all of them involving this same principle, whether it be stem cell research, euthanasia, cloning, etc.
It was the President's stem cell speech that convinced Keyes that the President may be right sometimes in his actions, but he is not yet right in his thinking. "You cannot put even a single human life on the scale of calculation and tell me that one may forcibly die, so that others may live," said Keyes. "Hitler wasn't all about evil, but about good for some people at the expense of others."
With the advent of cloning, Keyes speculated, we may have a whole class of people someday who are not looked at as total human beings and who may be treated as such simply because we can make any pseudo-sophisticated argument we like and have the power to make it stand.
The claims of innocent human life cannot survive if they are to be based on our power, calculations and arguments, said Keyes.
It is the power of almighty God that endows us with the principles of justice and the claims of innocent human life, said Keyes. Our nation was founded on those principles, and regardless of what some judge may say, we can still read our founding documents and see that in those days, men stood up and were willing to defy the powers that be and put aside the provisions of law that stepped over the bounds of natural rights given to them by God. "Are we less than they in this generation?" he asked.
Whatever interpretation people give today about separation of church and state, said Keyes, if you look at everything the founders said and did and wrote, they knew very well that you could not separate God from this country. Yet today God is driven from our schools, our public places and every law and precept of our political debate. "Without faith, there is no freedom and without God there is no liberty," he said.
We, more than any nation, can point back to the very beginning and see the name of God carved on the foundation stone of our nation's life, said Keyes. We can see and read the pages of our history. We don't have to fight to establish our nation's relationship to Almighty God, we just have to fight to make sure that when we live, speak and act we don't forget it.
The soul of our nation rests on the cause of the unborn, said Keyes. By giving our heart to that cause, we give ourselves to God. And those people who are gathered in that cause around the country just may be the remnant that saves America.
Copyright 2008 ©All Rights Reserved