Saturday, November 08, 2008

"Maybe the world won't hate America so much!: Huh?

A well-traveled, well-meaning, extremely respected and devout Catholic physician I know tried, valiantly perhaps, but certainly sincerely, to offer a "bright side" (his words) on the election of Senator Barack Hussein Obama to the office of United States President to me yesterday.

"Maybe at least," he ventured, "this will curb the out-of-control hatred the world has for the United States."

Now this man has spent the many, many years of his professional life traveling doggedly throughout the world, treating the poorest of the poor, generally without worldly compensation. He has eschewed creature-comforts in order to bring relief to those to whom the very term "creature comforts" has no meaning. And he is outspoken in his defense of the unborn. That he knows far more about international affairs than I should go without saying.

And yet my response to him was, nevertheless: "huh?"

Is it that important—or important at all?—that the world "likes us?" What the world "thinks of us?"

Or is our salvation dependent on what God thinks of us?

Personally, I can't help but think that maybe, if this nation holds human life in such little value that we would elect folks who would prefer to end it at or near birth rather than "punish" the rest of us with it...then maybe we don't deserve any respect at all.

Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.

--Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Washington DC, 1994