Plans for a full-size replica of the Western Wall in Jerusalem are being drawn up in Wichita, Kan. But women who have had abortions — rather than Jews — are the target audience.
The proposed replica is part of a monumental “International Pro-Life Memorial and National Life Center” being planned by evangelical activists in Wichita’s anti-abortion community. The envisioned shrine is meant to promote and solidify Wichita’s reputation as the city in America that is most hostile to abortion, say the activists. The project planners have decided that the most vivid way to invoke the scale of the abortion tragedy, as they see it, is to reference Jewish suffering — embodied in their minds by the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
The “Wailing Wall,” as the activists refer to it, and the accompanying center, will be fronted by 60 crosses, each one representing 1 million aborted fetuses.
The use of the Western Wall by anti-abortion activists appears to be something new. But national anti-abortion groups have long likened abortions in America to a holocaust, or compared it to the Holocaust, to make their point. In 2007 Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee talked about the “holocaust of liberalized abortion” in a speech to the Family Research Council’s Value Voters Summit in Washington, D.C. In his anti-abortion video “180,” released in 2011, Australian filmmaker Ray Comfort told one young woman who questioned his views, “Hitler declared Jews as non-humans and that’s what you’re saying when you say that’s not a baby until three months.” Earlier this year, an email newsletter from Democratic New York State Senator Ruben Diaz informed his constituents that “Hitler was pro-choice.”
“We have always said it is unacceptable, it is insensitive, it belittles, and distorts,” said Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League. “Holocaust trivialization is rampant.”
Holick, the spokesman for the pro-life memorial, is a familiar figure to many Wichita Jews. In 2008, he made national headlines by writing on the marquee outside his former church, Spirit One Christian Center: “AMERICA WE HAVE A MUSLIM PRESIDENT THIS IS SIN AGAINST THE LORD!” In 2010, he was arrested for loitering outside of the Islamic Society of Wichita where he was handing out pamphlets and DVDs with testimonies of Muslims who converted to Christianity. After Tiller was shot, the marquee on Spirit One Christian Center read: “GEORGE TILLER— HE DIED THE SAME WAY HE LIVED.”
Personally I find this offensive. Steve, at Apostasy Alert refers to it as idolatry and I’d have to agree (read the full story). On a more personal note it’s not only offensive but hurtful.
There are many woman, like myself, who have carried emotional scars for many years over the loss of a child…a child (because of medical reasons) they could not carry to term. And still others, Christians now, who terminated pregnancies (for non-medical reasons) years before coming to Christ, and though forgiven still live with that pain and regret.
I’ve said enough…