It seems America is in the midst of a little gorilla warfare right now. (See what I did there?) As you’ve undoubtedly heard by now, a 4-year-old boy accidentally tumbled into a Cincinnati Zoo animal exhibit over the weekend, quickly making national headlines. This wouldn’t be so alarming if he had landed amongst a flock of flamingos or a pack of meerkats, but this particular exhibit happened to be occupied by a 400-pound gorilla named Harambe. The child’s mother, and crowds of horrified patrons, watched as Harambe violently dragged the boy all around the enclosure until, after about 10 minutes, zoo officials and officers determined they had no choice but to fatally shoot the gorilla in order to save the child's life. Harambe died almost instantly and the boy was taken to a local hospital where he received treatment for non-life threatening injuries. Tragedy was averted, the kid is alive and the parents won’t have to bury their child. The situation could have ended much differently, with Harambe slamming the boy’s head into a concrete wall or ripping him apart limb-from-limb. But, thanks to the quick thinking of a few expertly-trained men, all is well. In the mind of any sane, rational, moral person, this would seem like a happy ending.
But, as you well know, we aren’t living in an era of of sanity or morality. We’re living in an age of moral anarchy where human children are seen as expendable — in and out of the womb — and wild animals like apes are elevated to a seemingly godlike status. Indeed, hundreds of grief-stricken individuals are already leaving flowers and cards at a gorilla statue outside the zoo and countless mourners later held a candlelight vigil in honor of the beast as if they were standing on holy ground. Hoards of outraged people descended upon social media to fire off angry tweets and write entire paragraphs about the “tragic death” of an animal that, until a few days ago, they had no idea even existed, some going so far as to call for the arrest and prosecution of the men who shot Harambe.
Meanwhile, in the course of one 24-hour news cycle, over 125,000 human babies would be murdered behind the doors of abortion clinics around the world — like the one right down the street from your neighborhood or the one less than a mile from your church. Of course, those deaths won’t make national news. They won’t be condemned on social media. There won’t be any statues erected or any candlelight ceremonies held in their honor. No one will file a lawsuit against the doctor who uses forceps to crush the skulls of unborn children. It will all happen quietly, quickly and without notice. And only a handful of pro-life folks throughout the country will even be conscious that this sort of thing is occurring on a daily basis.
Sadly, this is what it’s come to: an entire culture that regards animal life as more valuable and more worthy of protection than human life. We saw the same misplaced outrage last year when a rich dentist went over to Africa and shot a lion named Cecil. Remember that? Within the span of a couple of days, President Obama had launched an investigation and Cecil’s image was featured on the side of the Empire State Building. Walter Palmer was labeled a ‘murderer’ and thousands of Internet trolls blasted him with death threats and hate mail, while a self-proclaimed animal psychic claimed she had made clairvoyant contact with Cecil from beyond the grave. Keep in mind that this was all going on while Planned Parenthood was still making headlines for their grotesque abortion procedures and the selling of baby body parts.
Since Harambe’s untimely death, many people seem to have come to the conclusion that zoo officials should have tranquilized the ape, rather than shot him. However, at a subsequent press conference, Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard explained that a tranquilizer would have taken several minutes to work and, during that time, the animal would have been all the more agitated and unpredictable, which would have put the boy’s life in even greater danger. This is a risk that they simply could not afford to take, so they made the logical and correct decision: end the life of the gorilla to save the life of the boy. This is the sort of decision that any sane person would not even question. But, take a minute to peruse the latest commentary on Twitter or Facebook and you’ll find plenty of folks who think this should have just been a “survival of the fittest” scenario. Leave the guns out of it, they would say. If the gorilla rips the poor kid in half, then so be it. Sometimes nature can just be cruel.
Even more contemptible are the folks laying the blame at the feet of the parents — particularly the mother — who everyone seems to think is a vile, disgusting human being and should be thrown in jail for child endangerment and criminal negligence. Many of them are literally demanding she be held responsible for the gorilla’s death. I don’t have children, so I won’t spend much time on this other than to say that, whether she looked away for two second or two hours, this mother is going to punish herself enough without the help of the Internet mob. The last thing she needs is people criticizing her parenting techniques. For God’s sake, she was forced to watch a 450-pound gorilla drag her little boy around an animal enclosure for over 10 minutes. I think she’s suffered enough.
Besides, the real tragedy in all of this is not the death of an ape. Yes, it’s unfortunate that Harambe had to be shot. I don’t personally have anything against gorillas. I probably wouldn’t want one hanging around in my house, but they make for nice Discovery Channel documentaries and action disaster movies. The real tragedy, though, is a culture that exhibits more concern and compassion for wild beasts than human beings. The truth is that human life IS more important and more valuable than the life of one gorilla — or 20-million gorillas for that matter. Humans can cogitate in ways that gorillas cannot. Humans can paint masterpieces, solve quantum theories, conquer Mount Everest, build cars and airplanes and walk on the moon. Human beings can cure diseases and save lives. And, more importantly, human beings have eternal souls. Animals like Harambe do not. Long after you’ve died and your body has decayed into the Earth, your soul will still be living on — in one of two places. Animals, upon their death, simply cease to exist.
Much of this moral depravity exists in large part because of the spread of radical liberal progressivism — a wicked ideology that, among other things, does not view human life as sacred and wondrous. For these folks, human life is often even seen as an inconvenience, one that can be quickly and easily remedied by abortion. Admitting that life is sacred, and confronting the moral and spiritual truths associated with it, would be devastating to the progressive belief system.
This is why many of its followers are not only morally bankrupt and ignorant of absolute Truth, but are utterly delusional in their worldview. And that is a fact that we who know better should repeat, and repeat often.
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