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Obama and the Question “Who is Fully Human?”

by | Feb 10, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Historian Eric Metaxas

The last item for Wednesday’s NRL News Today is something I wish I could have witnessed in person: the speech given at the National Prayer Breakfast last week by historian Eric Metaxas just prior to the remarks of President Obama.  I did not know until today how adroitly Metaxas, the author of very received biographies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and William Wilberforce, dealt with the abortion issue standing literally a few feet away from pro-abortion President Barack Obama.

As Mark Joseph observed, it was almost as if he had read Obama’s speech and was gently rebutting it. Bonhoeffer fought the Nazis, Wilberforce the slave trade, so what better question to ask than who do we consider “fully human”?

By way of background, for those who’ve been involved for some time, the first remembrance this recalls is Mother Theresa’s famous 1994 speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. the pro-abortion team of President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore were on the same dais.

As Paul Greenberg, the Pulitzer Prize winning editor of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette observed, “The elderly nun skipped the traditional, feel good opening and go right down to business. The business of abortion, to be painfully exact.”

I wrote at the time, “In her inimitable manner Mother Theresa returned for what may have been the thousandth time to a theme she refuses to abandon: ‘The great destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child a direct killing of the innocent child.’ She asked, ‘If we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?’ The National Prayer Breakfast audience gave her a stupendous ovation; it seemed to go on and on. Cal Thomas was right: The Gores stared blankly ahead, the Clintons’ reached for their water glasses.”

Joseph writes that “albeit sheathed carefully in good humor and rapier wit,” Metaxas’s “most blistering attack was his careful but dogged determination to link previous attitudes among churchgoers toward slavery and Nazism with those of some present day churchgoers toward abortion. Surrounded by three of the most powerful supporters of the right to choose, Obama, Vice President Biden, and former speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi — two Catholics and a Protestant — Metaxas said:

“Wilberforce suddenly took the Bible seriously that all of us are created in the image of God, to care for the least of these.” 

Joseph then writes, “After carefully describing the inhumane treatment of both Jews and Africans by those claiming to be Christians, he [Metaxas] asked then answered a question:

“You think you’re better than the Germans of that era? You’re not,” adding: “Whom do we say is not fully human today?”

Can there be a more central question—in 18th and 19th century Great Britain, 20th century Germany, or 21st century United States of America?

Categories: Pro-Lifers