Published January 31, 2008
ATLANTA — Jan. 22 was a cold morning with intermittent rain and temperatures that never rose above 34 degrees. However, the weather failed to dampen the enthusiasm of those who gathered at the state Capitol to mournfully commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution labeled the gathering as an anti-abortion rally and estimated the crowd at 1,200. Nancy Stith with Georgia Right to Life, organizers of the event, believed the rally drew nearly 5,000 people.
The featured speaker for the occasion was former Southern Baptist pastor, former Arkansas governor, and presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee. He began his remarks by stating, “I will be brief by following one of the lesser know beatitudes, ‘Blessed are the brief for they shall be invited again.’”
Huckabee told a story about his son making a cake that tasted absolutely terrible. He remarked, “When I took my first bit of that cake the first thing that came out of my mouth was the cake.”
The son insisted that he had followed the recipe and included all the necessary ingredients, but had interpreted a “dash of salt” as a “cup of salt.”
Huckabee explained, “My son had defined a ‘dash of salt’ by his own standards. The book of Judges tells us that there was a time when the people of Israel did that which was right in their own eyes. There were no absolute standards.
“Today there are some people who are convinced that it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you are sincere – that it doesn’t matter what you are committed to as long as you are dedicated. But we must forever be committed to a culture of life and not a culture of death.”
Huckabee forcefully drove his point home to his audience by quoting the 16th president of the United States. He boldly declared, “Abraham Lincoln said, ‘If slavery isn’t wrong, then nothing is wrong.’ And I think it can be truthfully said ‘If abortion isn’t wrong, then nothing is wrong.’”
Huckabee concluded, “Hopefully, the day will soon come when we can gather on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision not to contemplate what we must do, but to celebrate what we have done.”
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