Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Open Letter To The Governor General

To Her Excellency and her staff,

Words cannot express my shock and horror at the recent news that Dr. Morgentaler would receive the Order of Canada.

Dr. Morgentaler has devoted his life to the destruction of our most helpless citizens. Due in no small part to his work, hundreds of thousands - if not millions - of Canadians never had the chance to live.

The Order of Canada site reads:

"The Order of Canada is the centrepiece of Canada's honours system and recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. The Order recognizes people in all sectors of Canadian society. Their contributions are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others and made a difference to this country."

Morgentaler has unquestionably "achieved" much in his lifetime, but the implicit judgment of those responsible for the award of the OC to him that this service was "outstanding" would be seriously questioned by a great many Canadians. I am aghast that someone actually thinks that removing hundreds of thousands of potentially productive and edifying lives from the community by killing them before they are born somehow qualifies as "dedication to the community." Hitler's eugenicists would have been proud, especially given the disproportionate number of abortions of children of minority background or with medical conditions such as Down's syndrome.

Morgentaler has not "enriched" the lives of others, but has impoverished us all. How many potential Order of Canada recipients never had a chance to have their own accomplishments, never were given the right to contribute to the community, never had the opportunity to enrich the lives of others, because of Morgentaler's deadly work? He has certainly made a difference, but then, so did Hitler to the Jews, and Pol Pot to the Cambodians.

David Ahenakew was stripped of the Order for his hateful comments regarding Jews - presumably because they dehumanized millions of Canadian citizens, sowed seeds of racial discord in Canadian society, and advocated hatred of an identifiable segment of Canadian society. In this light, I am utterly shocked and disgusted that this award, the so-called "centrepiece of Canada's honours system," would be awarded to someone whose achievements have only dehumanized the unborn and fostered division and a culture of death in our country. As reprehensible as Ahenakew's comments were, they were mere words, and it would be very difficult to point to any physical harm done to anyone as a direct result. Morgentaler, on the other hand, has real blood on his hands, and his work has directly caused the deaths of countless unborn children (and not a few women from complications arising from abortion, at that). We rightfully stripped Ahenakew of his award for far, far less than you are actually applauding in giving the Order to Morgentaler. What an appalling contradiction.

You may not (indeed, clearly, do not) share my convictions regarding abortion. But millions of Canadians do. And for me and for those who believe as I do, the Order has been forever tainted by this decision. It has been dipped in the blood of the innocent. As unlikely as it may ever be, should someone ever offer me membership in this Order, I would now reject it. The Order of Canada no longer represents me, no longer stands for my values.

This July 1st, I was never more ashamed to be a Canadian. Is that, this disgust and shame with one's own country, really what the Order of Canada is all about? Shame on you. May God have mercy on our land.

Most sincerely,

Jeff Jones