The Bing Dictionary defines applause in the following manner: the clapping of hands as a sign of welcome, enjoyment, appreciation or approval. We applaud for a variety of reasons. We clap our hands to express appreciation for a moving concert. We jump to our feet and applaud when the home team trounces the visiting rival. Depending upon denomination, some clap to honor God in weekly worship services. But then….there’s applause for abortion?
Most, if not all, know the pleasure of applause. Even though many of you deny a celebrity status, think back to your youth. Ever play on a sports team or walk across a stage at graduation? Even if the only people clapping were your parents, their rousing applause functioned as a hearty slap on the back or a bear hug…from a distance. And though people usually utilize applause for enthusiastic praise, sometimes people applaud behaviors that break the heart of God.
Recently, a select group of liberal bloggers and abortion activists served on a panel at a Netroots Nation events. Melissa Clouthier, a conservative pro-life blogger attended the event for reporting purposes. Instead of summarizing, let me share her experience in her own words: In an act of public bullying, one of the three speakers, Darcy Burner of Washington (the others being Elizabeth Warren and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii), asked women who had had an abortion to stand up in front of other attendees. It was difficult to estimate the number of women as they were sprinkled through out the audience. They stood alone while Burner admonished the attendees to hold their applause.
Then Burner asked the others seated in the audience to stand and give these women a standing ovation. The audience complied enthusiastically. I sat during this spectacle.
Burner said,”If you are a woman in this room, and statistically this is true of about 1/3 of the women in this room, if you’re a woman in this room who has had an abortion and is willing to come out about it, please stand up.”
She continued, “Now, if you are willing to stand with every woman who is willing to come out about having had an abortion, please stand up.” Nearly everyone stood.
Burner said, ”This is how we change the stories in people’s past. We need to make it okay for women to come out about the choices they make.”
Obviously, those who insist that liberals desire abortion be, “Safe, legal and rare,” shy away from explaining standing ovations for women who choose to terminate pregnancies. One woman proclaimed that a Planned Parenthood ought to occupy every street corner in America…a thought for another time…another post.
The Bible references instances when God clapped. On certain occasions, clapping expresses disgust and anger. In Ezekiel 22:13 God says,
“I will surely strike my hands together at the unjust and at the blood you have shed in your midst.”
One only wonders that while women stood, flaunting a godless decision, others lavishing enthusiastic applause at their despicable choice…one wonders if God struck His hands together in one thunderous clap as well.
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” Psalm 127:3