A Strange Week

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sangerThis week began with the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. and it will end with the anniversary of the Roe V. Wade decision.

Constitutional rights seem to be the theme of both days, but I am not able to celebrate either because of the intellectual schizophrenia of it all.

Mr. King’s dream was that blacks would find their constitutionally promised “Life, liberty, etc.” and the Roe. V. Wade decision resulted in this nightmare: 17-million dead black babies

Even stranger than the juxtaposition of that dream and that nightmare are some of the curious connections between the King of black rights and the Queen of reproductive rights.

Three years before Mr. King was born, Margaret Sanger spoke at a KKK rally in New Jersey. Afterward, she expressed her satisfaction that the event resulted in a dozen more invitations from similar groups.

Why did the KKK invite Ms. Sanger? The masthead on her newsletter might provide a clue: “Birth Control: To Create a Race of Thoroughbreds”

When Mr. King was ten years old, Margaret Sanger expressed her desire to hire “three or four colored ministers” who had “engaging personalities” so they could promote her agenda in black communities through “religious appeal.”

When Mr. King was thirty-seven years old, he was awarded Planned Parenthood’s “Margaret Sanger Award” because of his willingness to lend “his eloquent voice to the cause of world-wide voluntary family planning.” Yes, he received the award.

In retrospect, Sanger’s wish for “three or four colored ministers” was rather modest. Hundreds soon arose to preach her gospel of woman’s absolute sovereignty over the womb. Stranger still, such preachers seem always to decry “systemic racism” with the same breath.

I write these things not because I am a civil rights activist, but only because I appreciate intellectual consistency. So which is it, America? What are we celebrating? Does anyone else see the insanity in all this?

Those who do are invited to join me, my voluntarily un-planned family, and a few of our pro-life friends for a thirty-minute Rally for Life this Sunday at 3:30 PM. We will meet at the Baraboo courthouse and would love to see you there.

– Christian McShaffrey