Thomas Jefferson said: “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”
Principle, like scruple, is something that comes in many forms. One man’s principle is not always the same as another’s. Holding fast to your principles can be difficult; and frequently, being steadfast in what you believe to be right can wind up making your life more difficult. But isn’t that the point? The life of a principled person may be difficult; but it is through that difficulty that character is strengthened.
Character is not something you see displayed very often anymore. It has gotten to the point that an act of principle actually draws attention, when, in a better world, it would be run of the mill. Even more uncommon is a public figure showing spine, and a willingness to make waves because of principle.
A recently retired football player is causing a bit of a stir because he declined an invitation to the White House. The reasoning behind his decision was due to a statement made by the President a while back regarding Planned Parenthood.
Former Ravens offensive lineman Matt Birk said this:
“I would say this…I would say that I have great respect for the office of the Presidency, but about five or six weeks ago, our president made a comment in a speech and he said, ‘God bless Planned Parenthood.’ I’m very confused by [the President’s] statement. For God to bless a place where they’re ending 330,000 lives a year? I just chose not to attend…I couldn’t endorse that in any way.”
Now, I’m sure that the Liberal community will have some thoughts about what Birk said. They will stomp around, declaring that he has no right to speak about women’s reproductive health (the buzz statement used by the Left to gloss over the real issue, which is the slaughter of the unborn). They will say that, as a man, Birk has no place in this debate.
What Birk did is really something of which to be proud. He is a male sports star; he is under the intensity of the public light, and he still stood on his principles, and rather frankly said that he didn’t approve of what the President was doing. It’s nice to see.
With people–and I use that word reluctantly—like Nancy Pelosi doing their best to spin the abortion debate into a debate about women’s rights, it’s good to know that the pro-life movement has some celebrity defenders willing to speak the truth out there.
We can all benefit from reflecting the bravery of Matt Birk. There are many times when pro-lifers are intimidated into not sharing their beliefs, and that is something that cannot stand. We are quite literally dealing with life and death. Every time we back down; every time we feel too intimidated to share the truth about the American genocide, we are passively supporting the slaughter of children.
Fear has no place in the defense of life.