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"Nothing anymore is feared and loathed so much as a baby"

Mary Kochan is writing eloquently about babyphobia in the wake of the case of Joseph Maraachli, the baby whisked out of Canada to the United States for treatment officials in Canada were denying:

Imagine the crushing judicial power of a modern nation coming down upon you, trying you, sentencing you, and then planning your execution - all while the charges against you remain secret.  You might recall that as the plot of Franz Kafka's paranoiac novel, The Trial, the protagonist of which is a 30-year-old bank clerk. Under the spell of Kafka's masterful telling, the reader is left feeling almost as though the horror of the sentence pales in comparison to simply not knowing why.

I revisited the haunted feeling of that novel over the past week or so as the case of the 13-month-old baby, Joseph Maraachli, played out in the media. Just as it seemed a few years ago that the juggernaut of state power in the United States had inexplicably determined to crush the life out of Terri Schiavo, now the state power of Canada was turned against an ill infant. In Terri Schiavo's case, however, there was a family member who was complicit, who had brought the state power to bear; but in the case of Baby Joseph, his parents wanted him to live, or at least to be properly treated until (if as doctors predicted) his degenerative illness carried him away. That is to say, they did not want him denied treatment just because he was only going to die anyway.

...

We have a Pennsylvania abortionist going on trial for killing infants that survived his crude late-term abortion attempts. We have a president who, while in the Illinois legislature voted against protecting the lives of babies born alive during attempted abortions. In both cases the most unwelcome conclusion was that the babies live.  Why?  I can't get that question out of my mind. Unlike Kafka's hapless protagonist, these babies cannot ask "why" for themselves - they cannot protest, as an assertion of their human dignity, being killed "like a dog."  But the question should haunt the rest of us.

Why?

Down through history uncomprehending infants have been killed.  Infant heirs of position or privilege have been killed by rivals - we all kind of get that. Offspring killed out of vengeance against their parent/s or family or tribe, etc. -- that is sad but still makes a kind of sense. Even Herod's murderous campaign is understandable as power seeking to maintain itself. But now, something is afoot that human reasons, even greed and venality, do not adequately explain.

I think it really comes down to rebellion against the Incarnation. Every baby's cry echoes Bethlehem to the ears of the West once won to the Cross and now, having rejected it, the demonic hatred of life and Life cannot be disguised any more by a veneer of civilization. Nothing anymore is feared and loathed so much as a baby.

So we stand on the side of the angels to preserve the lives of babies unborn and born.  We stand against the power of states and the edicts of courts. And we point to the tiny toes and dimpled knees, the rosebud lips and eyes wide in innocent wonder, and we say, "Behold, a baby. This is what you are afraid of. Do you even know why?"

What part are we playing as the forces of societal decay advance?


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Comments (12)

Its important to note that ... (Below threshold)
liberalnitemare:

Its important to note that the nation of Canada wasn't simply denying treatment to the child, it was actively preventing the parents from seeking treatment elsewhere.

Depending on your religious... (Below threshold)
Matt:

Depending on your religious/social views, it could be because some sectors of world society still fear the birth of the Messiah, the flip side of the coin, it could be they fear the birth of the Anti-Christ. Sadly, it is probably as simple as the fact that people like to kill babies simply because they can.

A baby = responsibility and... (Below threshold)
LeBron Steinman:

A baby = responsibility and family structure.
Anathema to the state of permanent adolescence and nihilism that is contemporary leftism.

We selfishly invest so much... (Below threshold)

We selfishly invest so much in an effort to define "ourselves", from the cars we drive to the clothes we wear, to the wine we drink and the cell phones we choose. Our hobbies, our interests, the music we listen to, how we spend our recreation time, etc.

When a baby comes along it changes all that. And when the baby is unplanned, or when it has special needs, it can destroy our carefully planned lives. I think that's why so many people opt to destroy the baby first.

The state equally invests an inordinate amount of time creating budgets and plans. So when children come along, whose medical needs deviate from the average needs that have been planned for them, the state views such a situation as little more than a lot of unnecessary costs - money that could be spent elsewhere, and personnel who could be caring for others. So in the interest of state efficiency, the baby becomes an error that must be corrected. Death is usually the quickest and least expensive correction.

Thx for this Rick. Wonder... (Below threshold)
gaius piconius:

Thx for this Rick. Wonderful stuff by MK. In the 'Discounted Democracy of Canada', sovereignty now rests, quite clearly, in the hands of a quite invisible elite whose days are spent snuffling out small, 'truffles of truth', from the Enchanted Forest of Progressive Political Philosophy. I'm quite sure that if I were able to join them my nose would only discern the horseshit that it is. Not only is judicial activism alive and well but there exist also a parallel justice system of Human Rights Commissions which, through an astounding act of legerdemain, does not answer to any governmental authority.My own member of parliament just recently advised be of this in a cryptic and dismissive one liner dealing with a written enquiry. And he is a 'Conservative'.

Ha! Progressive? Do you kno... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Ha! Progressive? Do you know anything about our Prime Minister? Did you see what happened during the G20 protests (actual unprovoked police brutality, not the fake shit that college kids whine about)? How's our environmental record? Is there a more categorical ally of Israel than Stephen Harper? What are the political stripes of the new mayor of Toronto? (He's a Tea Partier! Running Toronto!)

We sure as hell do have issues, as does every other country, but I wouldn't cite a too-progressive political agenda as one of them. What frigging planet do you live on?

And, for the sake of honesty, you might want to cite that most cases before the Human Rights Commission are about prosecuting anti-Semitism. I don't think it should be legal for people to wish violence on someone for being Jewish, nor to teach students that the Holocaust is a myth, or wildly exaggerated.

Hyper"I don't thin... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Hyper

"I don't think it should be legal for people to wish violence on someone for being Jewish, nor to teach students that the Holocaust is a myth, or wildly exaggerated.

"

You just think it should be legal for doctors to kill babies who already been born in some instances.

Michael @ #4 ~ Don't forget... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Michael @ #4 ~ Don't forget a part of the State's consideration is the revenue it might expect from the child in question. A baby with physical or mental limitations or handicaps, or one which may not be expected to live to adulthood, represents a net cost to the State.

And one's potential benefit to the State is the only relevant consideration to hyperbolist and those of similar belief.

And, for the sake of hon... (Below threshold)
Evil Otto:

And, for the sake of honesty, you might want to cite that most cases before the Human Rights Commission are about prosecuting anti-Semitism.

Really? What, exactly, is the percentage? And, since we're asking you for solid numbers, what is the percentage of people found not guilty? What is the percentage brought before the Commission for Islamophoic remarks?

I know asking you for specifics is a waste of time, Hyper, but I thought I'd give it a shot. I mean, I wouldn't want to accuse you of making sh*t up...

.... Its important to note ... (Below threshold)

.... Its important to note that the nation of Canada wasn't simply denying treatment to the child, it was actively preventing the parents from seeking treatment elsewhere ....

Canada long long long ago -- about the time its narcissistic socialist traitor, Trudeau, lost its "nation" status.

And became the 1984-esque country you have when you're not having a country.

<a href="http://www.guardia... (Below threshold)
hyperboist:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/mar/20/george-galloway-banned-canada

I can't find statistics, I'm sorry. I guess you'll have to take my word for it that the CHRT prosecutes hate speech against Jews and against Muslims alike. Noam Chomsky and Glenn Greenwald and Ann Coulter and the ACLU agree with you, though, that it's a stupid and immoral system. It's a viewpoint that I could see myself adopting; it's just that in the firsthand, reading the cases that are prosecuted, I never feel any sympathy for those who are censored (Ann Coulter, George Galloway, etc.).

Sorry, how is Trudeau a "traitor", Brian? He is regarded as our most effective and highly regarded Prime Minister ever.

I can't find statistics,... (Below threshold)
Evil Otto:

I can't find statistics, I'm sorry. I guess you'll have to take my word for it that the CHRT prosecutes hate speech against Jews and against Muslims alike.

Thing is, I don't have to take your word for it. You made the claim not that the CHRT prosecutes hate speech cases against Jews and Muslims, but that "most cases before the Human Rights Commission are about prosecuting anti-Semitism." See that word? MOST. Like you, I couldn't find any statistics to back that up. And I looked. What I did find was case after case of prosecutions against people who dared to speak out against Islam. Islamic groups, most notably the Canadian Islamic Congress, made the Human rights Commission their personal court-of-first-resort. Until the Commission was embarrassed by people like Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant and their activities made public, their record of "guilty" findings was near 100%.

Noam Chomsky and Glenn Greenwald and Ann Coulter and the ACLU agree with you, though, that it's a stupid and immoral system. It's a viewpoint that I could see myself adopting;

...but not yet, apparently.

it's just that in the firsthand, reading the cases that are prosecuted, I never feel any sympathy for those who are censored (Ann Coulter, George Galloway, etc.).

So your belief in freedom of speech/expression depends on WHO is getting their free speech rights trampled on?




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