Today is the 44th annual March for Life, which is being live-streamed in several locations.
Let us host it here, for UD (following up from a discussion of three marches in Washington DC, here) . . . this stream will go “live” later this morning. I note due to heightened security concerns, Airport type screening will be used for those seeking to march — the contrast with the last two marches in the same city is telling:
[UPDATE — post-march video, this is an historic event]
ADDED, HT BA77: The flow of the march —
US VP Mike Pence’s speech:
Ultrasound scans of babies in utero — direct scientific evidence:
Now — never mind the grammatical error (it’s a striking amateur effort, which I corrected . . . ) — too, let us ponder i/l/o what we just saw:
Why host this live stream — and now archival footage — here at UD?
Because, first, life is the first right without which there are no other rights; where (on figures tracing to Guttmacher) 800+ million unborn children have been slaughtered in the womb globally, over the past generation of the war on our posterity since the 1970’s — the US contribution being some 60 millions to date. This is by far the worst holocaust in history. One, that is currently mounting up at a million more victims per week. All, enabled by our silence or complicity in guilt of blood. Multiplied by, corruption of medicine, education, media, law, law enforcement, parliaments and cabinets, even — far too often — complicit clergy.
Second, because we need to reach out to millions of women who have been deceived, manipulated and misled into destroying their unborn children. Such, need to understand that God loves and graciously saves and cleanses all who will turn to him, to the point where the arch persecutor to death of the C1 church — who called himself the chief of sinners — became the greatest missionary of all time.
In which context, we need to de-spin so we can think straight:
[U/D: I now add a summary from Breithbart’s counter-rules in the face of Alinsky-cultural marxist agit-prop and ideological-cultural agendas:]
Third, because this matter is the mother cancer, the focal evil from which the perversion and tainting of hearts, lives, honourable professions, law, education, media, parliaments and cabinets has metastasised far and wide across our civilisation, a cancer that is now patently in fourth stage.
Only radical prophetic intervention that calls us back to sanity and soundness can turn us back from the brink, now — exactly what the holocaust enabling, civilisation-betraying media do not want us to even think about:
Last, but not least, because this is deeply connected to issues of our origins, the roots of mind and morality, and to the imposition of evolutionary materialistic scientism dressed up in a lab coat. Only by the supplanting and discrediting of the gospel, scriptures and churches under false colours of science, could such have come to pass. For, by enthroning evolutionary materialism, amorality and radical relativism reducing to might and/or manipulation make ‘right,’ ‘truth’ ‘worth’ and more have been let loose on our civilisation.
Indeed, that is not news, this is exactly what Plato warned against almost 2360 years ago now — speaking in the voice of the Athenian Stranger:
Ath [in The Laws, Bk X 2,350+ ya]. . . .[The avant garde philosophers and poets, c. 360 BC] say that fire and water, and earth and air [i.e the classical “material” elements of the cosmos], all exist by nature and chance, and none of them by art . . . [such that] all that is in the heaven, as well as animals and all plants, and all the seasons come from these elements, not by the action of mind, as they say, or of any God, or from art, but as I was saying, by nature and chance only [ –> that is, evolutionary materialism is ancient and would trace all things to blind chance and mechanical necessity] . . . .
[Thus, they hold] that the principles of justice have no existence at all in nature, but that mankind are always disputing about them and altering them; and that the alterations which are made by art and by law have no basis in nature, but are of authority for the moment and at the time at which they are made.-
[ –> Relativism, too, is not new; complete with its radical amorality rooted in a worldview that has no foundational IS that can ground OUGHT, leading to an effectively arbitrary foundation only for morality, ethics and law: accident of personal preference, the ebbs and flows of power politics, accidents of history and and the shifting sands of manipulated community opinion driven by “winds and waves of doctrine and the cunning craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming . . . ” cf a video on Plato’s parable of the cave; from the perspective of pondering who set up the manipulative shadow-shows, why.]
These, my friends, are the sayings of wise men, poets and prose writers, which find a way into the minds of youth. They are told by them that the highest right is might,
[ –> Evolutionary materialism — having no IS that can properly ground OUGHT — leads to the promotion of amorality on which the only basis for “OUGHT” is seen to be might (and manipulation: might in “spin”) . . . ]
and in this way the young fall into impieties, under the idea that the Gods are not such as the law bids them imagine; and hence arise factions [ –> Evolutionary materialism-motivated amorality “naturally” leads to continual contentions and power struggles influenced by that amorality at the hands of ruthless power hungry nihilistic agendas], these philosophers inviting them to lead a true life according to nature, that is,to live in real dominion over others [ –> such amoral and/or nihilistic factions, if they gain power, “naturally” tend towards ruthless abuse and arbitrariness . . . they have not learned the habits nor accepted the principles of mutual respect, justice, fairness and keeping the civil peace of justice, so they will want to deceive, manipulate and crush — as the consistent history of radical revolutions over the past 250 years so plainly shows again and again], and not in legal subjection to them [–> nihilistic will to power not the spirit of justice and lawfulness].
Yes, it is time for radical reformation. But for that to begin, we first have to face the truth, and we have to address the central evil of our time. END