Eyes That See

“I Once Was Blind”

Wilberforce, Slavery, and Abortion

“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.” –William Wilberforce

The horrors of the slave trade, and slavery itself, went on far too long in England and America because most of the cruelty was hidden from most of those who could end it.

The slaves who were shackled and cramped onto slave ships, beaten and worse were “out of sight and out of mind” for the majority of voters in England. One of my heroes, Member of Parliament William Wilberforce, took a group of well-to-do men and women on a field trip aboard a small ship in the English Channel. When the boat stopped, a cruel stench commandeered their nostrils. Wilberforce had the ship stop next to a slave ship, and explained to his audience the horrors of the slave trade while their noses were assaulted.

Many in England looked the other way and did not oppose the slave trade because they did not know of the horrors. As Wilberforce and others sought to inform the public, he would tell them, “You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.” Historians say that Wilberforce played the key role in abolishing the slave trade in England, and slavery itself was abolished a few days before his death. His efforts carried over to “New England,” and Americans who abolished the slave trade in 1808 and slavery itself at the end of the Civil War often quoted Sir Wilberforce.

Today, the horrors of abortion have gone on far too long in America because most of the cruelty was hidden from most of those who could end it.

As its defenders spoke of property rights and the economic benefits of slavery then, so now the abortion apologists are able to speak of women’s rights and economic benefits because the horrors of cutting, plucking, and sucking unborn fetuses from their mothers’ wombs is “out of sight and out of mind” for many of us.

It took heroes of humanity like William Wilberforce connecting the senses of the masses to the horror of slavery for that wretched institution to be destroyed. Please take a few minutes to examine the horrors of abortion by clicking here, but know that just as Wilberforce said:

“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”

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May 6, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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