The Malta Independent 28 January 2023, Saturday
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The return of the abortion god: A historical and contemporary overview

Tuesday, 29 November 2022, 12:01 Last update: about 3 months ago

Anthony Zarb Dimech

In his work, Universal History, the Sicilian Greek historian Diodorus, described Malta as 'Phoenician.'  The Phoenicians set up their colony here and extended commerce to the west of the Mediterranean Sea. They found our natural harbours as excellent shelter and enshrined this in our country's original name, Melita

Aside from commerce and trade, the Phoenicians also brought along with them their pagan culture with its belief systems and gods. The Greek and Roman historians bear witness to the biblical testimony as they record the practices of two Canaanite people in particular, the Phoenicians and those of their African colony, Carthage. The Phoenician pantheon consisted of Ashtart and Baal. 

For instance, the name Baal is documented on an inscription in a tomb found in the necropolis of Taċ-Ċagħqi, Rabat. Baal Moloch was conceived under the form of a calf or an ox or depicted as a man with the head of a bull. Hadad, Baal or simply the King identified the god within his cult. The name Moloch is the name he was known by among his worshippers but is a Hebrew translation.

Moloch is a particularly dark figure in Old Testament descriptions of Canaan's idols. His worshippers committed acts that put them in a special category of evil. Molech was associated with the darkest of sins - the sacrifice of human beings and the sacrifice of children. Even darker, Molech is associated with the sacrifice of children by their parents.  The Bible speaks of this function as the most grievous of 'abominations' as well as the sign of a nation that has turned entirely against the ways of God and become lost to Him.


Abominable paganism

Jonathan Cahn, New York Times best-selling author, in his book The Return of the Gods asks: What was it that could cause a mother of ancient times to lift the child of her womb to Molech? In his reply, he states, "For one thing she believed that by so doing, she would obtain the god's favour. Her fields would be fruitful. When would be given prosperity. Her prayers would be given answers. And her life would be blessed."

So, in the modern replaying, what could lead a mother to kill the son or daughter of her womb?  The most frequently given answer is that if the child lived, it would hamper the mother's life, her time, her energy, her education or career prospects, her future earning capabilities.  The child would be a burden to her aspirations.  Thus, by killing the child, the hindrance and burden would be removed, and she would be in a better position to achieve her goals and attain success and prosperity.

Female celebrities, feminist leaders, and other women of influence would publicly boast that they were able to find success in their careers because they ended the lives of their unborn children.


The contemporary Maltese scenario

It is an open secret that many Maltese women have found ways to abort for decades, notwithstanding that no legislation exists to abort in Malta.  The burning issue of abortion is now back on the Maltese front burner.  The proposed draft legislation will soon be enacted as legislation by Parliament.  The law gives the right of choice to those women who experience a complication endangering their life during pregnancy.  This is a situation which is acknowledged as understandable and correct in that a woman has the choice whether the baby or she lives. These extreme cases have been rare over the years in Malta. 

Many are those who fear that this new law, as being presented will be loopholed, allowing space for abuse.  The argument is that the law can be extended further by amendments to gradually legalise abortion.   This is a stark reality due to the increasing pressure from Brussels (the EU) which  insists and 'imposes' the introduction of abortion in Malta.  Those who are pro-life insist that abortion is not a right or choice.  They argue that it is not a matter of choosing between life and death, but it is purely a genocide of defenceless innocent human creatures.  Abortion is not only the murder of a guiltless human creature but of a creature that was conceived in an unwanted manner. In this sense, it is innocent from all aspects.

The paradoxical irony is that if one harms an animal, the person is reported to the police, arrested, and brought to court.  This is correct as cruelty to animals is a criminal act.  We defend animal rights but when it comes to the right of a baby in the womb, the defence is lacking on a large scale.


The Roman Church

It is shameful that the Roman Church in Malta is laid back on the subject of abortion. Except for a few words pronounced here and there against abortion and an occasional press conference, nothing else is done.  It has not mobilised its members to take to the streets and protest and if it is true that 90 percent of the population in Malta is against abortion then it should have done so.  To the contrary, the Church has taken an onlooker or observatory stance when it has the sacrosanct right to call the nation in one voice against abortion.

The Church should have come out in the open to protest in the same vociferous manner when civil society organised protests in support of a journalist that was assassinated in Malta.  People should come out and organise protests to defend what they believe in.


The Monument

Money has been allocated for a monument, which is ready to be installed.  This monument is dedicated to those babies who are aborted.  It consists of an empty cot and a crying guardian angel because the cot is empty due to the baby having been aborted.  This monument has an extraordinarily strong message.  Still, this monument cannot be placed until the government authorises a place for its fitting.

Ironically, half a million euro was spent to place in no time at all, a 'broom like' statue placed on top of the remains of the Royal Opera House in Valletta for all to 'admire' but a monument dedicated to the innocent babies which are going to be aborted cannot be found!

One might be correct in asking the question:  Is there any feeling or sense of conscience left in this country for aborted babies? Does this country honestly believe in the united traditional family that seeks to procreate its own Maltese ethnic species. Or are we allowing the return of the abortion god to ride roughshod over all that is considered as sacred... life itself?

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