Yesterday, with all the usual pomp, Barak Obama was ceremonially sworn in for his second term as President of the United States. I say “ceremonially” because he was officially sworn in on Sunday, per the Constitutional provision that a President must be sworn in before noon on January 20.
His speech was quite brief, not even reaching 20 minutes in length. However, it made headlines around the world for several things that were said.
None hit me so hard, though, as his three “s’s” of civil rights. He stated,
We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths — that all of us are created equal — is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall…
The first two “s’s” are easy to figure out. Seneca Falls held the famous convention where women’s suffragettes–such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton–fought for the women’s right to vote. Selma, of course, is a direct reference to the wonderful work of Martin Luther King and others in Selma, Alabama.
But what is “Stonewall?” This was a reference to Stonewall Inn, located in New York City, where riots in 1969 for gay activism were held. Police raids on openly pro-homosexual establishments were quite common, but for some reason, they could not control the crowd at this inn, and it grew into a full-fledged riot.
So, our President is equating the gay right’s movement with the movements that gained women the right to vote and that helped to bring segregation to an end. If you missed it, here is how the President followed up those words:
It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.
Obviously, I vehemently disagree with our President on this issue. This is not a civil right’s issue, because being homosexual is not equal with one’s gender or race. Homosexuality, as outlined in Scripture, is clearly a sin.
But I want to bring something else up in this post. Our President seems to be for everyone being treated equally. He seems to present tolerance as the highest virtue. Even if you (like I) do not agree with him, we must admit that he is eloquent in his speech.
However, Barak Obama seems to have forgotten a fourth “S” to add to Seneca Falls, Selma, and Stonewall. If we are going to fight for civil rights for all these groups represented by these “S” locations, how did he forget…
Mr. President, today is the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. So many other groups–including homosexuals–have found you to be an advocate for their civil rights. However, during your watch as our leader, thousands of people have been slaughtered, and you haven’t said so much as a single word to defend them. Since you made your speech yesterday, approximately 2000 have died. Already, more than twice as many babies have died this year through abortion (over 79,000) in the United States than live in my town of Hermitage, Tennessee (35,000), the home of one of your distinguished predecessors.
So while our President fights for everyone else’s civil rights, the most innocent among us have no advocate in the highest office. Sir, would you please add an “S” to your list? Maybe you could be the champion of the sonogram, and be remembered for something truly important.
One of these days, sir, I pray that Malia and Sasha, your beautiful daughters, are blessed with children. When you see that sonogram, my prayer is that you will see that someone needs to fight for your grandchild, even in the womb. If you don’t start that fight now, who will?
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