For the past 133 years the majestic Statue of Liberty has towered above Bedlow Island, near the entrance to New York Harbor, as a symbol of the freedom we have enjoyed in America. The famous sculptor, Bartholdi, gave twenty years of devoted effort to the work, personally superintending the raising of the subscription of $4,000,000 with which the French nation gave the statue to the United States. When the subscriptions lagged, Bartholdi pledged his own private fortune to defray the running expenses and practically impoverished himself over the work.
At the start, when Bartholdi looked for a model whose form and features he could reproduce as “Liberty,” he received much contradictory counsel. One of the leading art authorities advised him that the statue should depict “figures of thought which are grand in themselves.” After examining outstanding heroes, Bartholdi chose as a model for the colossal masterpiece---his own mother.
Had Lady Liberty chosen to extinguish the life of her son while in the womb, or even after birth as the governor of Virginia has suggested, this marvelous emblem of freedom would not exist to welcome the huddled masses, nor would this lovely lady or her son even be a notation in history.
On the base of the Statue of Liberty is an engraved plaque written by a Sephardic Jewess, Emma Lazarus, with these historic words:
“From her beacon hand blows worldwide welcome;
Her mild eyes command the air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!
Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
The Left often retreats to these words to support their position on illegal immigration, but this classic invitation to emancipation would never had been penned if Emma had been discarded in a dumpster. Charles Kingsley summarized freedom well: “There are two freedoms ---the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where a man is free to do what he ought.” How often has the permanent been sacrificed upon the altar of the immediate? How many young women through ignorance, misinformation and selfish interest have been denied the long term joys of motherhood?
An aged white-haired mother sat with a smile on her face, waiting for her famous son, Dwight Eisenhower, to arrive. Someone said to her, “You must be very proud of your great and illustrious son.” Upon which she asked, “Which son?” Each one of her five sons had enjoyed success in their chosen fields of endeavor. Said Dwight Eisenhower: “My sainted mother taught me a devotion to God and a love of country which have ever sustained me in my many lonely and bitter moments of decision in distant and hostile lands. To her, I yield a son’s reverent thanks.” I doubt these words appear on the wall of any Planned Parenthood facility.
Another Commander-in-Chief, Theodore Roosevelt, lends credence to the sanctity of motherhood: “When all is said, it is the mother, and the mother only, who is a better citizen than the soldier who fights for his country. The successful mother, the mother who does her part in rearing and training aright the boys and girls, who are to be the men and women of the next generation, is of greater use to the community, and occupies, if she only would realize it, a more honorable as well as more important position than any man in it. The mother is the one supreme asset of the national life. She is more important, by far, than the successful statesman, or businessman, or artist, or scientist.”
Far too much of our national psyche has moved a great distance from these obvious truths. Can we anticipate the New York State Legislature one day changing “Mother’s Day” to Infanticide Day?”
Marsha Kaitz, a psychology professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, conducted a test to see how well mothers know their babies. According to the Associated Press, the 46 mothers chosen for the test had all given birth in the previous five to seventy-nine hours. They all had breastfed their newborns. Each mother was blindfolded and then asked to identify which of three sleeping babies was her own. Nearly 70% of the mothers correctly chose their baby. Most of the mothers said they knew their child by the texture or temperature of the infant’s hand. “The women apparently learned the identifying features during routine contact, “said Kaitz, “because they weren’t allowed to study their babies to prepare for the experiment.” If these are evolutionary instincts, why are we contradicting them on the abortionists’ tables? If they are God given senses, what are we violating?
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) I am happy to report that God did not call His Son home during the last trimester.