Where Were You When 9/11 Happened?
For many of us, especially in North America, the question of “Where were you when 9/11 happened” has been asked of us a thousand times. The majority of the members in Team Orthodoxy are Canadian and so perhaps our experience is much different from those in the United States, but one thing is for sure, no matter where you are – terrorism affects everyone.
It was a cool fall morning. My tenth grade English class had gathered in our portable classroom outside of the school and were just diving into our class when our vice principal came into the room and asked to come down to the cafeteria. As we walked out of the portable and into the school, other classes were filling into the cafeteria as well. The term”terrorist attack” was being passed around, but no one had any idea of the full details. As we filed into the cafeteria, it was all in darkness except for the large video screen playing at the front. As my class walked in, we turned to see the video playing on CNN of the first plane crashing into one of the Twin Towers. The second plane had yet to hit. We stood in shock. Some people were crying. It was a very dark day for us. We knew things would never be the same.
According to multiple sources, nearly 3,000 people died due to the 9/11 attacks. This was an absolutely evil event in the history of the world. Since then, national security has tripled its efforts to ensure their citizens are safe. Try to cross the border or board a plane lately? The process is infinitely different than what it was before the 9/11 attacks.
The events of 9/11 are horrific. Watching it happen on the news stations every year reopen the wound for so many of us. It forces us to look at evil square in the eye. For many of us, we feel helpless like we did on the day it happened; watching as the people of New York fled in terror, or die under rubble. From thousands of miles away, we could only pray. The question many of us asked was What if 9/11 could have been prevented?
That is a question we can never know, however something far worse than 9/11 is occurring in our world – the terror of abortion. Over 3500 children are killed daily in the USA alone from abortion. 9/11 killed that many people in one day. This one event caused the President to make live TV announcements, consoling the American people with promises of justice. Even today, we still honour the events at Ground Zero with different events through the day and at night they shoot two high powered spotlights into the sky where there towers once stood. Where are the memorials dedicated to the unborn. The edifaces dedicated to the unborn are left relatively unseen, mostly tucked away in catholic cemeteries or on Catholic university campuses. We’ve gone after the terrorists of 9/11, yet the abortionists are given a licence to kill. In the State of California, you don’t even need to a medical licence to perform an abortion. This is insanity and it has to be stopped.
In Canada, the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform is doing a great part in seeking to end the horror of abortion in Canada. One of their primary ways of bringing an end to this grave evil is by displaying pictures of children whose lives have been ended through abortion on street corners and on the side of transport trucks. The truth is, an injustice unseen is an injustice forgotten. Every year we are bombarded with reminders of the events of 9/11. This is a good thing, however what about the absolute terror taking place in clinics and hospitals across the world? In your own city? It’s time for it to be seen!
The CCBR intends to help bring an end to abortion. I believe, and so do they and many others, that abortion can be abolished in our lifetime. The big question is, when abortion is finally abolished, and people look back on the history of genocide that we allowed on our own soil, and ask us, just like with 9/11, “Where were you when abortion was legal”, I hope that we can say in return, “I was on the front lines, fighting for it’s abolition”.