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  1. I thought your blog had gone dormant … Good to see you posting again. I’d be curious to know your thoughts about the possibility that abortion funding could block the current attempt to establish universal health coverage….

    Anyway, back on topic:
    There are cases where a society is so manifestly unjust that the “social contract” is basically gone. Nazi Germany is a recent example of such a society. When the social contract is little more than a polite fiction, then violence might be the only appropriate answer. Therefore, the plot to assassinate Hitler was morally justifiable.

    While there are many injustices in America today — and our continuing slaughter of the unborn is Example #1 — we are not yet as far gone as the Nazis. We still have the freedom to speak, to assemble peaceably, and (most important) to vote out the pro-abortion-choice politicians at our next election. We can work within the system. Therefore, our only ethical choice is to work within the system.

    Scott Roeder is a modern-day John Brown. Both men claimed to support a just cause. Whether or not they actually supported those causes could be argued, but the causes themselves were just. And critical. Just like slavery was the defining moral issue of the nineteenth century, abortion is the defining moral issue of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. No other issue can compare to horror of a society that slaughters its own children by the millions.

    And yet … even though the causes are just and critical, both Brown and Roeder acted immorally. They used illegitimate methods to support legitimate goals, and their actions undermined the legitimacy of their causes. Brown set back the abolition movement. Roeder set back the pro-life movement. Although both men were convinced of their own rightness, they were ultimately servants of evil.

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