There are parts of you that have so much life; buildings that soar the sky, millions of people walking through your streets every day, homes filled with love and parks filled with laughter. Yet, there are also parts of you that are now nothing more than silence and dust; those streets that were once bustling with people don’t even carry so much as an echo of life. Buildings shattered like the lives that once resided in those walls. Ruins. No way to know what was once a school, an office or a playground.
You have become a place where on one side your streets are filled with people attending pro-life protests. To your left, you see a banner reading “Abortion is Murder” and to your right you see a banner reading “Abortion is a Civil Right”.
They march, chanting, fighting for what they believe… oblivious to the height of their hypocrisy. Oblivious to their selective humanity. They chant “Abortion is Murder” …”Pro-life” while another child was just killed in a bombing and another child falls into the hands of malnutrition and starvation. Was that not a life? Or was that life just not worth fighting for?
They chant “Abortion is a Civil Right” yet they abuse a woman for choosing to wear a hijab. Is choosing what to wear not a civil right? They see a Muslim woman fully clothed and call her oppressed. They see a Muslim man with a beard and call him a terrorist. Yet, they praise a woman for dressing half naked and love a man in a beard as long as it’s in the name of fashion. The degree of contradiction is laughable.
You have become a place where people define the importance of a life according to the colour of one’s skin, the origin of one’s passport or their religion. If a black man was killed, it would just be another story that did not make the news. Just another black life that doesn’t matter. If another bomb was to drop on Syria, it would be another bombing that did not make the news. Just another Syrian life that does not matter. If another Muslim woman was attacked in the street, her hijab ripped off. It would be another Islamophobic attack that did not make the news. Just another Muslim life that does not matter.
All life matters. Every life has a value. Enough of your selective humanity. You’re are either pro-life or against-life. You don’t get to pick and choose which life is worth fighting for.