Friday, July 18, 2008

PETA, Pigs, and Publicity

This morning’s news programs were spending time discussing PETA’s (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) complaint against the Army for their proposed trauma training exercise, namely, shooting pigs and treating their gunshot wounds. The notice is also given on various web news sites (e.g.,

Now I have nothing against the Army or pigs and have no way of knowing if this is ethical treatment of pigs or not. Should we shoot pigs in order to train medics on how to save American soldiers wounded in action? I don’t know. What I do know is the media is publicizing the matter and many commentators are taking the side of the pigs.

My question from all of this is why are folks so much more concerned over the shooting of pigs than they are of the murdering of unborn babies? In the United States alone, over 170 babies are murdered each hour. Yet, when an individual or an organization raises its concern about such an atrocity, the media often finds a way to “put down” the protestor or simply ignore them all together. Oh, but let someone complain about shooting pigs and watch how much publicity is raised!

To be sure, the Bible does not contain a verse which EXPLICITLY condemns or condones abortion. “Thou shalt not commit abortion” is not listed as one of the commandments. Nevertheless, Scripture is clear: abortion is evil. Exodus 21:22-24 indicates judgment for those who unintentionally cause a miscarriage. Therefore, judgment would be required for those who intentionally take an unborn life.

All human life is from God and is in His image (Genesis 1:26-28). Passages such as Luke 1:39-42 and Psalm 51 teach God knows those in the womb and is involved in a person’s history/life prior to his birth. And Psalm 127 teaches children are gifts from the Lord and He has chosen to give us those gifts via the womb. To destroy life before its birth is to reject and destroy God’s gift.

May the Lord forgive us, our media, and our nation for being so concerned about pigs but so unconcerned about our unborn posterity.

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