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What Have We Learned About Injustice Over the Past 156 Years?

In his excellent (although vaguely anti-Catholic) book THE MARKETING OF EVIL: How Radicals Elitists, and Pseudo-Experts Sell Us Corruption Disguised as Freedom, David Kupelian wrote about the Dred Scott Supreme Court case of 1857. The Dred Scott decision denied blacks American citizenship and even questioned their full personhood.

Kupelian laid out the case and quoted Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B Taney who wrote for the high court majority that blacks have “no rights which the white man is bound to respect; and that the negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for his benefit. He was bought and sold and treated as an ordinary article of merchandise and traffic, whenever profit could be made by it.” Kupelian asked how the dreadful decision by the U.S. Supreme Court could get around the Declaration of Independence which affirmed that “all men are created equal”? Kupelian quoted Taney’s rationale: “It is too clear for dispute, that the enslaved African race were not intended to be included, and formed no part of the people who framed and adopted this declaration.”

Today, we look upon the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision with horror and disgust. And so we should. But we must not be so pious. Future generations will probably look back on the Roe v. Wade 1973 abortion decision with equal horror and disgust. And so they should. It was a barbaric decision by the highest court in the United States that was responsible for over 55 million abortions throughout the past 40 years! Each day across America more than 4,000 unborn children are sacrificed of the altar of sexual freedom for their parents.

In my country of Canada, the Supreme Court has decided that unborn children are not legal persons until birth despite mountains of medical and biological knowledge about the humanity of prenatal life. And every Canadian abortion is paid for by tax dollars. Unborn children in the United States and Canada can be aborted throughout all 9 months.

If any place deserves God’s punishment, it is North America where these atrocities go on day after day, year and year, decade after decade.


Mark Davis Pickup is chronically ill and disabled with degenerative multiple sclerosis. He is an advocate for life issues and disability inclusion across North America. He and his wife, LaRee, have been married for 38 years. They live in Alberta Canada with their two adult children and five grandchildren. Mark is available to address issues of euthanasia, assisted suicide, and issues revolving around suffering that often fuel calls for euthanasia. He writes regularly at http://markpickup.org and http://humanlifematters.org. For bookings, contact him by e-mail at MPickup@shaw.ca or telephone (780) 929-9230. Mark Pickup's bi-weekly column can be read in the Western Catholic Reporter (Canada) at http://www.wcr.ab.ca/.


  • noelfitz

    I read here “If any place deserves God’s punishment, it is North America
    where these atrocities go on day after day, year and year, decade after
    decade.”.

    This is absurd. Often I read in CL how terrible a place the
    US is with the constant murder of unborn children. It is compared with Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s USSR.

    It should not be left up to me to point out that the US is, if
    not the most, one of the most Christian countries on earth.

    In
    our parish here in Ireland (http://newtownparkparish.com/) a concert
    for the repair of the Church roof and our local hospice will be given by
    a NY school orchestra/band soon. This is real Christianity.

    I have written previously of the charity and generosity of Americans, which surely does not deserve divine punishment.

  • Noel Fitzpatrick

    I read here “If any place deserves God’s punishment, it is North America
    where these atrocities go on day after day, year and year, decade after
    decade.”.

    This is absurd. Often I read in CL how terrible a place the
    US is with the constant murder of unborn children. It is compared with Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s USSR.

    It should not be left up to me to point out that the US is, if
    not the most, one of the most Christian countries on earth.

    In
    our parish here in Ireland (http://newtownparkparish.com/) a concert
    for the repair of the Church roof and our local hospice will be given by
    a NY school orchestra/band soon. This is real Christianity.

    I have written previously of the charity and generosity of Americans, which surely does not deserve divine punishment.

    • Noel, are you so confident because you have inside information? Because I wouldn’t be so sure. The body count from abortion is up to 55 million and every single one of us (myself included) has at least some responsibility. We know that God is just, and everyone understands implicitly that his actions have consequences. What is a just God to do, faced with the senseless death of so many of His innocent ones? When faced with the callousness of a society that goes about business as usual when people are being murdered down the street or next door?

      We may be “one of the most Christian countries on earth,” but that should mean that we’ve read our Bible. What can we really expect from God? We ought to expect judgment, because we’ve been told to expect it. What will we say to God when that day comes? Will anything be good enough?

  • CDville

    Noel, for a very long time the US was the dominant engine of prosperity and charity in the world, and we have not totally lost it. Our citizens are still good and generous, but our government has become an engine of evil, bullying its own citizens and the governments of other countries to kill the unborn at taxpayer expense. I pray that we may someday soon be again worthy of your admiration.

  • CDville

    Noel, for a long time the US was the dominant engine of prosperity and charity in the world, and we have not totally lost it. Our citizens are still good and generous, but our government has become an engine of evil, bullying its own citizens and the governments of other countries to kill the unborn at taxpayer expense. I pray that we may someday soon be again worthy of your admiration.

  • Noel Fitzpatrick

    PH and CD,

    thank you for your comments and I am sorry for duplicate postings, but I am still having problems submitting posts.

    Let me repeat. I Have great memories of the
    good neighbours we had in the US, and their generosity and hospitality. I find it hard to imagine that the DNA of Americans has changed since the 1960s.

    We are in a group and one couple spends winters in Florida, and the reports
    I hear from them of the commitment of American Catholics puts me to shame. The enthusiasm of American Catholics for life issues sends out a powerful message.

    God is love, and anything about a cruel vindictive God is contrary to the Catholic God. We are loved by God and this is the key message. Our religion should fill us with joy, peace and love.