Friday, December 28, 2012

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his decision to legislate for abortion in Ireland

The Alive newspaper in its January edition has published an editorial under the title "Nuremberg lesson" which Taoiseach Enda Kenny should take very seriously.

The article reads.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny recently stated , "the vast majority of the people do not want ... abortion on demand."
The Taoiseach needs to realise, first of all, that this is not an issue of what the people do or do not want. It is an issue of fundamental justice.
There is a higher law than "the will of the people", and he is bound by that law. According to that law to deliberately kill an unborn child is evil. And for any government to legally permit such killing is profoundly evil.
Secondly, reference to "abortion on demand" looks like an attempt by Mr Kenny to soften up people to accept "limited" abortion, that is, that the law would allow the killing of a limited number of unborn children.
Whether or not such a law would lead to "abortion on demand" is not the point.
If it permitted the intentional killing of just one unborn child it would not be a law but the utter corruption of law.
It would also be a corruption of public morality, affirming that it is permissible to do evil to achieve one's aim. Such a principle destroys civilised society and takes us back to Nazi times in Germany.


Mr Kenny, then would do well to view the 1961 film, Judgement at Nuremberg. Set in 1948, it is based on a U.S military tribunal for war crimes held in Nuremberg, and depicts the trial of four Nazi judges.
At one point one of the accused judges , Ernst Janning says, "those people, those millions of people... I never knew it would come to that."
To which Judge Dan Haywood (Spencer Tracy) replies: "Herr Janning, it came to that the first time you sentenced to death a man you knew to be innocent."

Mr Kenny now stands at perhaps the most momentous crisis point not only in his political career but in his personal integrity.
Will he decide, whatever the price, for goodness and life? or for evil, violence and death?