COMMENTARY

Abortion, loss of Black life by moral turpitude of equal gravity

 

By JARRETTE FELLOWS, JR.

 
 

If the sanctity of life is at the heart of abortion and the principled reason for the vilification of the practice, then it must like so be at the heart of the Black Lives Matter movement, which also underscores the sanctity of life. It calls out the hypocrisy of the evangelical community to condemn one and say little about the other.

The sanctity of all life is of equal gravity. An aborted fetus by the saline method should carry no more weight than an aborted human life by villainous policing or a lynching by a hangman’s noose. Both heinous acts are equally morally reprehensible!

As such, the outcry against the murder of Black lives by brutal, overzealous and racist cops amounts to a whisper by the White evangelical community. Where is the outrage? Unfortunately, and sadly this silence is all too familiar. Between the period shortly following the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil Rights Voting Act of 1965, thousands of freed Blacks were lynched by hate-mongering White racists, to which the White evangelical church remained indifferent.

 

Whether evangelical leaders were fearful of opposing the Ku Klux Klan and Nightriders of the period or just didn't consider Black lives of equal measure to White lives, the result in the 21st century is scarcely any different. The silence is deafening and condemning.

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