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The Pro-life movement’s role in the fight against racism

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Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more. (Luke 12:48)

There is a certain worldview that goes hand in hand with being pro-life: a worldview of recognizing and respecting human dignity, being willing to stand up for social justice, and having a clear understanding of the systematic injustices prevalent in our society and realizing we are called to stand up against those injustices.

Pro-lifers see racism as one of the driving factors behind many of the efforts we fight against.

Fighting against abortion, we see abortions pushed disproportionately on people of color.

Fighting for the rights of immigrants, we see families being broken apart, in part, because of a fear of those who are different from us.

Fighting against capital punishment, we see a broken criminal justice system that fails people, many of them minorities, seemingly at every turn.

Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.

Pro-lifers have been given an opportunity to see the clear role racism plays in these areas, and because of that, we have a momentous role to play in the fight against the rise of racism right here in our present moment. Pro-lifers believe in the equality of all people, including the unborn, and need to be on the front lines, leading the charge against racism.

In leading that charge, however, we need to remember what we are called to do in this world.

While the unfathomable response of our President to the rise of racial tension in our nation may draw us in the direction of negativity, we need to stay focused on a loftier goal than simply joining in on the anger and outrage.

Our mission is not to show anger and hatred toward our enemies, but to show love in the face of violence, adversity, and strife.

Our mission is not to stay silent.

Our mission is to bring Jesus to this broken world; to bring the Gospel message to our present time and place in history.

Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.

Let’s work together to answer the call.

 

Tommy Tighe is a Catholic husband and father of four boys. You can find out more about him at CatholicHipster.com.

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