Humanity

Humanity

Humanity

Humanity

Humanity

Humanity

Humanity

Humanity

        Over the course of human history we see a pattern. Every culture in every generation has had blind spots. Areas in which they couldn't see the humanity in the people they oppressed and eventually killed. It was true in the days before the civil war in America when the Supreme Court declared that for census purposes slaves would be declared worth 3/5ths of a man. Therefore they were declared not fully human and so mistreating them and selling them was ok. It took a civil war in the USA to end this.


        In the 1930's and into the 1940's the nazis declared the Jews to be untermenchin which is a German word meaning subhuman. After declaring this then they could be systematically abused and have their legal protections taken away and eventually 6 million of them could be killed with poison gas and burned in ovens.


        Now we see our so called enlightened American culture has a similar problem. We say if we had been back in the 1800's we would never allow men to be abused and treated as cattle. We value the human right of all people. Yet today in America every year over a million human beings are called fetuses. They haven't been born yet so we call them fetuses and when they are killed at the discretion of the mother who has them in her body it's ok because they aren't babies. Yet they have beating hearts at 12 weeks and are alive!! Genetically half the man and half the woman who joined to make the baby.


        This is the human rights issue of the 21st century. Now with ultra sound and various technologies we know the baby is a human life immediately after conception. As such it retains rights under the United States constitution. Yet the Supreme Court said in 1973 in Roe vs Wade it had no rights that a human being would have. Which is even worse than Dred Scott when the Supreme Court said slaves were 3/5th a human. Now we are saying unborn babies aren't even that valuable.


        Maybe we wouldn't have allowed slavery if we were back then. Maybe we wouldn't have allowed the killing of the Jews. But we do take away the baby's right in the womb to life. We aren't really the moral superiors of our ancestors. No but this is the blind spot of the 21st century. We have no slaves, but we do have babies who have no rights. They are humanity and deserve to be protected at the beginning and end of life.
By: David S. Weaver