Gary L. Bauer
Friday I wrote about the extraordinary act of Barack Obama becoming the first sitting president to address the leading destroyer of unborn children at its national convention. It was shocking that Obama would do so while Kermit Gosnell stands trial. But I want to go back to Obama's speech as it highlights two important aspects of this debate.
Kermit Gosnell is an African American. He built his clinic in the middle of a mostly African American community. His targets were mostly unborn minority babies. He treated black women like they were cattle. His staff members have testified that women were often put on tables covered with sheets still soiled with blood from previous abortions.
When the occasional white woman came to his abortion mill, his mostly black staff noticed how Gosnell treated them differently. When they complained, he laughed it off, saying, "That's the way of the world." Gosnell is a black man who hates babies and practiced racism in his own mill.
Standing there before Planned Parenthood, Obama had the perfect opportunity to denounce Gosnell. Yet, like so much of the left-wing media, Obama did not mention him. To this day the president, the first man of color in the White House who is able to emote about injustice at the drop of a hat, has not denounced what Gosnell did.
Why not? Sadly, one can only conclude that it is because he is so committed to the carnage of innocent unborn children that he will tolerate virtually anything to make sure he does not in any way undermine that "right."
But at the end of his speech, Obama did something truly astonishing. He said, "Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you. God bless America. Thank you."
Barack Obama called on the God of the universe, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who hung stars in sky, to bless Planned Parenthood. Obama called on the God who knows us so well that He knows the number of hairs on our heads to bless Planned Parenthood. Obama called the God who said "I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life," to bless Planned Parenthood.
For many men and women of faith, that was a jarring, perhaps even shameful, moment.