- Cullman, Alabama


October 9, 2010

The Least of These

CULLMAN — We get more upset in this country with smoking in public than we do with killing unborn babies in private.         

It seems to me, anyway. If someone suddenly lit a cigarette in Walmart, there would be a riot. People would be screaming, “Are you nuts?” Why then, don’t we get outraged when, according to the latest statistics, we brutally end the lives of two unborn babies every minute. Every minute! Why? Because it’s legal! Good grief. How did we make smoking in public illegal and abortion legal?

Blame the Supreme Court for legalizing the murdering of unborn children. In Roe v. Wade  (1973), the court decided as long as the fetus was not “viable” or able to live on its own outside the womb, it could be killed. How’s that for euphemizing the euthanizing?

Well, some of us are “screaming” a different way. On Sept. 22, “40 Days For Life” began a 40-day journey of prayer, fasting, vigil and outreach in 238 locations around North America. 

To quote one of the founders, “The first 40 Days for Life effort began six years ago in Bryan/College Station, Texas. As we prayed for God's guidance on what to do about the evil of abortion in our community, we were reminded of how God has used 40-day periods of time in order to bring about transformation and conversion. We were reminded of Noah and 40 days in the flood, of Moses on the mountain, of Jesus and in the desert. When God repeats himself, He does so for a reason. The message of 40 days is simple, yet profound.”

(For more on this wonderful movement:

It’s all about “rights” today. The right to do this or the right to do that. Not always a bad thing. This country was founded on the Bill of Rights that included the right to speak freely, carry a gun, get a fair trial. Unfortunately, many women believe they have the “right” to end a pregnancy before it’s term ends since it’s taking place in their bodies. Mistakenly, they are using that court -anointed right to justify and camouflage a brutal act of murder. Conspicuous by it’s never being mentioned is the right of the child to live that is granted the moment it is brought into this world as a single cell. Conception should never be a death sentence. I’ve been down this road in this space before. Some have even told me it has been too often. Really? Too bad. Someone has to speak for the fetus, since a voice is the one ability it does not achieve until it comes out of the mother’s body and is slapped.

Not caring for the thirsty, the hungry, the naked, the imprisoned, the sick, Christ said “…whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” (Matthew 25:41-45)  

Well, the least we can do for the least of us not yet born is pray that they are allowed to live.


Jack Bray is a retired broadcast executive and lives in Cullman. He can be reached at:

















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