We will remember the 2019 March for Life with the story and images of the boys from Covington (Kentucky) Catholic High School and the tsunami of hate heaped on them by a crazed media mob.
Attorneys for Nick Sandmann, the boy at the center of the storm, have announced that the Sandmann family is suing The Washington Post, and CNN, with more suits likely to follow.
For an eye-opening report of the actual events of that day, I recommend watching “Nick Sandmann: The Truth in 15 Minutes,” here.
Even conservatives, Catholics and the Diocese of Covington rushed to condemn the boys’ behavior, only to apologize later when the full videos revealed that the boys were actually the only ones involved who acted maturely — which, may I say, is the exception not the rule for teenagers. Truly chilling were the talking heads, celebrities, and social media trolls who unabashedly wished for physical violence against 16-year-old Sandmann, whose crime was a supposed “smirk.”
I learned of a related and similarly disturbing story recently when I opened a letter from a longtime reader of the journal I edit, the Human Life Review. Her son is a student at Covington high, and wasn’t even at the March for Life, but was misidentified as the boy in the photo going viral. Her family was “harassed, verbally abused and received a crazy volume of hate emails and hate voice mail messages.”
“But, for me,” she wrote, “some of the most heartbreaking messages were the ones that stated that I should have aborted my son and the ones that stated my son is the perfect example of why abortion must be legal.”
What ugliness, rooted in anger and hatred. What kind of person would tell a mother she should have aborted her own child? And yet how telling it is: saying, in effect, “your son is hateful and should be dead” reveals the truth that abortion is a violent act resulting in a dead human being.
As I reported here, agitated and angry abortion activists were on the ground in Washington, D.C., that day, appalled at the throngs of young, peaceful, and joyous marchers. This was the first-ever Indigenous Peoples March, which incidentally was co-organized by Nathalie Farfan, a woman self-identifying as a Bruja (witch), and spiritual healer, who blames Catholicism for colonializing indigenous peoples and was in town for the hugely pro-abortion Women’s March the next day. Why was January 18 chosen when D.C. would be overrun by pro-lifers? I don’t know, but it did give the abortion activists an angle to attack or distract from the March for Life, now in its 47th year — though I don’t know why they bothered, as the media is already complicit in pretending the massive March doesn’t even exist. In any case, young, white Catholic boys wearing MAGA hats? A perfect target.
Fanatical abortion promoters actually represent a tiny portion of Americans, yet the major media bends over backwards to accommodate them. And because of this, innocent people and families were subjected to traumatic events which will have repercussions for their lifetimes.
The disgraceful attacks on Nick Sandmann and his classmates were fueled by a movement that wants so badly to trivialize and glorify abortion that the powerful instinct of a mother to first protect her child is attacked. How else to explain the major media neglecting to do due diligence in reporting the facts before rushing to create an atmosphere that would put minors in harm’s way. Instead, young boys were demonized, and hatred directed at the boys’ mothers, like my aforementioned correspondent, going so far as to attack the very existence of her child.
The truth that angers abortion activists is that at the March for Life, hundreds of thousands of young people, including teenagers, who are not known for restraint when there are in a crowd, descend on Washington, D.C., and, overwhelmingly, behave. I was in the midst of them this year. I don’t like crowds, and I don’t like crowds of teens in general — I encounter a raucous bunch of them often on my commuter train — but this situation was different. We were all united to defend our unborn brothers and sisters, and the teens and young adults I marched with were joyful, peaceful, and respectful of the other marchers. Their natural exuberance was a gift of hope to us, er, older people.
Such commitment to life, and to the intrinsic beauty of motherhood: This is what will make America great again.
Maria McFadden Maffucci is the editor of the Human Life Review, www.humanlifereview.com, a quarterly journal devoted to the defense of human life, founded in 1974 by her father, James P. McFadden, Associate Publisher of National Review. She is President of the Human Life Foundation, based in midtown Manhattan, which publishes the Review and supports pregnancy resource centers. Mrs. Maffucci’s articles and editorials have appeared in the Human Life Review, First Things, National Review Online, National Review, Verily, and Crux. A Holy Cross graduate with a BA in Philosophy, she is married to Robert E. Maffucci, and the mother of three children. Her interests include exploring opportunities for individuals with special needs. To read more of her reports — Click Here Now.
© 2021 Newsmax. All rights reserved.