The United States on Syria: evidence of moral schizophrenia PDF Print E-mail
Written by Carmen Fowler Laberge   

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Mother's hands holding precious baby feetNo one with a beating heart denies that the use of chemical weapons is deplorable. No one denies that the death of innocent people at the hands of a despot is appalling. No one denies the legitimacy of the “red line” against such atrocities regardless of who drew it. But the outrage expressed by some over the murder of hundreds of Syrian children in their beds is moral schizophrenia for a nation that has chemically induced the deaths of more than 50 million of its own children — in the womb.

People in this nation and around the globe who acknowledge that human life begins prior to physical birth hear nothing but utter hypocrisy when members of an ardently pro-abortion Administration make statements of “moral outrage” about the deaths of hundreds of children. Out of one side of their mouth they declare that every child matters. While out of the other side they legislate, fund and fiercely defend on-demand abortion.

If every child really matters, then every child really matters. Period.  But that is not the ethic of America today. This is a nation who has declared, by her own actions, over the past 40 years that every child does not matter. The only children who matter are the children that fit into our personal financial and social plans.  Other children, 50 million of them, matter not — they are subject to chemical annihilation at our hands.

The President told us to watch the videos so that we would not lose sight of the horrifying images of children writhing and dying. He wants us to be haunted and rightly so. But I wonder if he has seen the images and videos of pre-born children being burned alive with saline or literally torn limb from limb as they slept in what should be the safest place on earth, a mother’s womb? Is he not haunted by those images? Are not we?

Assad has killed his thousands but America has killed her millions — and everyone around the world knows it. We have no moral authority whatsoever to stand upon when we point at the speck in our brother’s eye, ignoring the plank in our own.

As God instructs us, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” (Matthew 5:3-5 NIV).

Justice matters to God and justice matters to America.  But to be an authentic agent of justice one must deal first with one’s own egregious sins.  It is time that America wake up to her own civil war and her own use of chemical and biological weapons against her most helpless citizens. Maybe then she would have the kind of credibility necessary to stand as an agent of moral conviction in the world today.

The President declared rightly that “This is not a world we should accept.” I agree. But the necessary change begins with us.


Carmen Fowler LaBerge heads the ministry of the Presbyterian Lay Committee as its President and Executive Editor of its publications, including The Layman.



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