Henry Morgentaler began his crusade for the legalization of abortion in the 1960s. The 1988 Supreme Court decision that bears his name removed all legal barriers to abortion at any stage of pregnancy -- since then, nearly two million future citizens have lost their lives to abortion.
Morgentaler, himself a survivor of the Dachau and Auschwitz concentration camps where he fought for his own survival, said he has performed more than 100,000 abortions. One may wonder if he ever took to heart the teaching of his own Jewish faith that says: "To destroy a single life is to destroy an entire world and to sustain a single life is to sustain an entire world."
When Canada honours someone who took the Hippocratic Oath and has wreaked such hurt, havoc, sorrow and grief, something is wrong with the Canadian government commission that grants medals and a Governor General who, claiming Catholic roots when convenient, shows herself to be spineless, politically correct and without respect for human life.
The recent controversy has also shed light on another dark area of Canadian society: The membership of government commissions that consist of patronage appointments who advance personal agendas, reward friends, lurk in shadows of "confidentiality" and hide behind structures and institutions. They pass themselves off as "government officials" when in reality they are not elected and do not represent the public.
That's not all. Please read his whole column.
Fr. Raymond de Souza also has an excellent column in today's National Post:
And Rabbi Reuben Bulka, has an interesting take in today's Ottawa Citizen on the Ben Stein movie Expelled, and the importance of keeping life sacred. Something, obviously, the Morgentaler award does not do.
The abortion party lathered itself up every so often with passionate public calls to let it snow upon the eminence grisly of abortion politics. In the end, it turned out that the customary selection procedures had to be modified in order to ram it through for Morgentaler, but finally it was done, and the grasping hands will soon clutch his prize.
Yet if Morgentaler's award was supposed to put the vice-regal seal of ordinariness upon unlimited abortion in Canada, his snowflake turned out to be unique indeed. It provoked widespread revulsion in some quarters, but more noteworthy, Rideau Hall conducted itself as if the matter left an embarrassing stench in the air.
"For his commitment to increased health care options for women, his determined efforts to influence Canadian public policy and his leadership in humanist and civil liberties organizations."
That's the brief citation explaining what Morgentaler's qualifications are. Notice anything missing? The man's name is synonymous with abortion; one doesn't drop into a Morgentaler clinic for a bad back. He does one thing, and one thing only, and yet Rideau Hall could not bring itself to even mention it.
As Stein points out, to his consternation, there is a "religion" of scientism which prevails in academia, to the extent that the poison of intelligent design is so dangerous that anyone espousing such a preposterous idea has compromised job security and almost certainly doomed any chances for tenure.
You are left wondering why seemingly intelligent people have zero tolerance for intelligent design. It is not as if intelligent design is any less scientific than the gaping hole in how life began that Darwinists greet with an "I do not know" shrug. By the way, for the record, I have no problem with evolutionary ingredients in creation. This can co-exist quite comfortably with intelligent design, or God's design, which is stretched out on an evolutionary canvass.
Mr. Stein takes the viewer on a Columbo-like journey trying to get to the bottom of this visceral and categorical rejection by the Darwinists. He skillfully shows how Darwinism moves people to reject religion, and some of the major tenets of faith, such as the notion of afterlife and the meaning of existence, including having a code of values. In a Darwinist system, with everything happening on its own, we are bereft of values. And the scientists seemingly want it that way. If nothing is sacred, anything goes - there are no restrictions.We often hear of how much evil is perpetrated in the name of religion. What we hear less often is what the world would look like without religion, without eternal, transcending, immutable values, like, say, the absolute and inviolable sanctity of life itself.
That brings us to ask whether we ever had such a world, a Godless world, and yes we did. Stalin killed in the tens of millions, Hitler's evil is well documented, and there are others who in the absence of any values wreaked immeasurable havoc.