By Peter Darcy

In an era when personal choice and the right to privacy are touted as America’s most sacrosanct values, Ilyse Hogue, the President of the National Abortion Rights Action League (euphemistically called NARAL Pro-Choice America) used the broadest political platform in the country – the 2016 Democratic National Convention – to publicly celebrate the murder of her own child. Like the high priestess of a pagan cult, she proudly mounted the high place of worship to deliver her gospel of abortion to the submissive churchgoers below. Hogue’s speech was dressed in impeccable Democrat rhetoric as she openly bragged about her evil with a raw sense of self-absorption. “I wanted a family, but it was the wrong time. I made the decision that was best for me – to have an abortion – and was able to get compassionate care at a clinic in my own community. Now, years later, my husband and I are parents to two incredible children.” Notice the pattern: “I-me-my” six times in the space of two sentences. She must have gone to the Barack Obama School of Public Speaking.

After that, upping the ante on the “triple rejection” of God witnessed at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Hogue raised both arms, as if in a gesture of prayer, and with her fore and pinky fingers spread wide, she flashed an occult sign with both hands to the crowd and bowed her head to confirm her solidarity with all the devil worshippers in the abortion industry. Being from Texas – and as an abortionist, by definition, a liar – I’m sure she would claim that the gesture was the “Texas longhorn” hand signal, but I wouldn’t buy that explanation. There’s something more at work here. Abortion is demonic evil and those who celebrate it are perverse servants of the darkness.

If it is not apparent that we are engaged in a war, the 2016 DNC should have set that issue to rest. It is a culture war, yes, but it is more than that. It is a spiritual war above all, where good and evil, darkness and light contend for ownership of the very concept of humanity that undergirds our national life. Without a coherent vision of the human person, based in eternal truths, we have no possibility of a national consensus on anything. In fact, a rift on something as fundamental as the definition of personhood literally tears us apart as a nation, a lesson we should have learned from our nation’s sad history with slavery. More to the point, if a significant portion of the populace adopts a demonic vision of humanity, then we become locked in a total spiritual war. I believe that is what afflicts America today.

If we see human beings as Satan sees us, we descend into a truly barbaric view of the youngest members of our society, who are all the more vulnerable given their inability to defend themselves from aggression and calumny. Satan’s view of unborn children could be found in the vocabulary of any propaganda piece a totalitarian regime would use against its enemies: vile, vermin, parasites, useless eaters, sub-humans, non-humans, blobs of tissue, diseased, aggressors, wasters of resources, etc. Even the medically-accurate term “fetus” is regularly trotted out to degrade the humanity of the child. The most dehumanizing term I ever heard to describe an unborn baby was used by an abortionist I once invited to lunch. She called the child a “product of conception.”

If we see the child as God sees her, we acknowledge her as a person, a unique moral and spiritual center of identity, no matter how small she might be. We recognize that even the tiniest person is a body-soul unity created in the image and likeness of God and the act of procreation by which she came to be as a cooperative effort between God and a heterosexual couple, even in the most difficult circumstances, even if the act was a crime. Our view of the intrinsic worth of the human person sees no child as a crime, ever, and extends that same respect and compassion to the victimized mother as much as to the child. In both of them we see precious human beings endowed with incomparable dignity, unlike all other creatures on the face of the earth.

Satan rages against the very architecture of legal and social protection that decent societies have always held in place to guard human dignity. Human life is truly the most beautiful created thing in the universe, but Satan abhors the very idea of innocent beauty let loose in the world. He can’t stand the thought that flesh-and-blood images of God may create more of themselves and get away with radiating goodness, truth, and beauty into the world. So Satan rages, plots, and undermines everything wholesome in the world – with the help of those who share his view.

When all is said and done, abortion is his form of worship, and it’s as old as the ancient cult of Moloch. Ann Coulter once described abortion as the “sacrament” of the left, but I think it is more than that. It’s blood sacrifice. Abortion centers are the temples of this heinous religion and the surgical tables are the altars where the sacrifice is offered, ritually and religiously. The abortionists – a largely male-dominated profession – are the priests who do the dirty work while their clinic worker acolytes prepare the instruments and the victims for sacrifice. Satan just loves this business. If the true God receives authentic worship through the selfless offering of His Son on a cross, Satan must create a parody of that perfect sacrifice by arranging for his own ritual blood worship through abortion.

The satanic nature of abortion as blood sacrifice fuels the total war being waged in our society right now, which is fundamentally a spiritual war based on the stark differences in how the two sides view the human person. Our side sees humanity through the sharp lens of God’s love for humanity. The other side – on full display at the DNC last week – sees humanity as fodder for sacrifice.

In the Book of the Prophet Amos there is a striking passage which I take as a prophecy about the future of all those who engage in unrepentant evil. “Thus says the Lord: for three crimes of the Ammonites, and for four, I will not revoke my word; because they ripped open expectant mothers in Gilead, while extending their territory. I will kindle a fire upon the wall of Rabbah, and it will devour her castles, amid clamor on the day of battle, and stormwind in a time of tempest.” (Amos 1:13-14) The Ammonites were a people who worshipped Moloch, the bloodthirsty pagan god that demanded child sacrifice. Just replace Ammonites with “Democrats” and Rabbah with “NARAL” or “Planned Parenthood” and you get the point.