Last month a French court upheld an administrative ban on a positive and uplifting television advertisement featuring children with Down Syndrome. The constructive commercial was created by the World Down Syndrome Foundation in 2014 to commemorate World Down Syndrome Day. The touching tribute has more than 7.5 million views on YouTube.
The positive piece features children addressing a pregnant woman who has been informed her child will have Down Syndrome. The woman writes, “I’m scared: What kind of life will my child have?” In reply, beautiful smiling children with Down Syndrome from across the globe reassure the anxious mother that her child will be able to hug, run to you, speak, write, go to school, work, tell you he loves you, be happy and you will be happy too. The children acknowledge that it will be “difficult,” but “[i]sn’t it like that for all mothers?” The video closes with the smiling children hugging their mothers. I strongly encourage you to take a few minutes to watch the video.
One thing is clear: France can’t handle the truth. In fact, because the powerful promotion did not make the secular progressive French government “happy,” the Orwellian court recently upheld a ban of the video by the French Broadcasting Council. The court found that the depiction of happy and healthy children with Down Syndrome was “likely to disturb the conscience of women who had lawfully made different personal life choices.”
George Will in the Washington Post brilliantly points out the disturbing trend of the secular left’s growing discomfort with inconvenient truths, leading increasingly to state suppression of facts when they do not comfortably align with the worldviews of those peddling self-serving distortions of reality.
“Pictures persuade. Today’s improved prenatal sonograms make graphic the fact that the moving fingers and beating heart are not mere “fetal material.” They are a baby. Toymaker Fisher-Price, children’s apparel manufacturer OshKosh, McDonald’s and Target have featured Down syndrome children in ads that the French court would probably ban from television.”
France’s morally vacuous pagan thinking is not limited to post-Christian Europe and is having a deadly effect worldwide. In France, approximately 97% of babies with Down Syndrome, as revealed by pre-natal genetic testing, are killed. In America the rate is 90%. In this regard, Margaret Sanger would applaud the French government for its callous commitment to the dark “virtues” of eugenics. This is the result of an increasing rejection of the truth that each life is sacred and beautiful, being known by God and created in His image.
What France is in effect saying is that the lives of people with Down Syndrome, and by implication people with any disabilities, are not worth living or allowing to live. Our wonderful and precious sixteen year old adopted son Ryan has autism. He is a unique and valuable blessing who brings our family a lot of joy every day. My wife has often remarked that she is very happy they have not yet developed a genetic test for autism, otherwise millions of American children, including our beautiful Ryan, might not have escaped the womb alive.
But what France is also saying is that the state should have the authority to suppress the truth when it does not support the state’s preferred message on the subject. However, France’s foolishness does not end there. In doing so, the court recognizes a “right” of women who have decided to kill their children with Down Syndrome to not have to face reality in a TV commercial or be “offended” by the truth.
Can America handle the truth? Perhaps not. I pray that such foolish totalitarian-fascism will not come to America, but I fear that it is already here. Many college campuses have turned into politically correct coddling centers where sensitive liberal “snow flake” students are assigned to safe spaces and cry rooms and given Play-Doh and coloring books. Why? Apparently, it is to avoid hard truths and hurt feelings. While students with traditional beliefs, especially those based upon a Judeo-Christian worldview, are increasingly ostracized, demonized, and marginalized. When feelings replace facts, you know that a culture is collapsing.
What about the feelings of the Christian florists, bakers, and photographers? Well, apparently because their beliefs are not aligned with uber-liberal PC values, their feelings, religious beliefs, economic interests, and civil rights just do not matter and are not entitled to any recognition or respect. Therefore, those darn Christians can now in the name of a new brand of “justice,” be dragged before human rights commissions, fined, run out of business, and lose their livelihoods. Tragically, the land of justice, freedom, and equality has increasingly become for many Christians a land of intolerance and injustice—where some people are less free and some civil rights are more equal than others.
Where does this all end? If these disturbing trends continue unopposed and unabated, I fear we will see increasing state coerced distortions of reality and suppression truth, thought, and expression—especially the freedom of speech and religious freedom—all in the name of progress!
It is time for us to rise up and rededicate ourselves to being America again, not France. The very lives and the civil rights of millions of Americans, yet unborn, depend on it!