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Thursday, February 6, 2014

True Extremism

True Extremism

"Who are they? Are they these extreme abolitionists, who are anti-slavery, and favor the equal rights for all people? Is that who they are? Because if that is who they are, they have no place in this state.” – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Okay, so that’s not exactly what Mr. Cuomo said, although it seems 150 years ago, it might have been. Because 150 years ago, the fundamental human rights issue in the United States was the end of slavery and the equal protection under the law of all people, regardless of color.  Today, it is the end to abortion and the right to life of all people, regardless of age or “desirability.”

And yet, the comment above was, in fact, launched by Mr. Cuomo against those of us who are right-to-life.  My purpose is not to attack Mr. Cuomo.  He is a politician, and he is playing politics as he prepares for a reelection bid.  It is sad, but it is not abnormal.  (And to be fair, he did backpedal a little, and "clarify".)  I will simply pray for him and leave it at that.

However, the sickening thing about this episode is what can, in the public square, be considered extremism.  Those who believe in the dignity of every human life, who believe the most innocent among us should have the right to be born, can be told there is no place for us in one of these United States?  Politics or not, the governor’s words are one of the most blatant examples of extremism I can remember, and that’s saying something.  But I doubt anyone wants to put money up against his being reelected.

I started this article with the quote I did because it is a quote that could plausibly have been made 150 years ago.  Today we would see it for what it is.  May the day soon come when Mr. Cuomo’s comments would be seen by all for what they really are.  And may his heart be converted.  There are no saints (save one) who are not repentant sinners.