Replace the word slavery with [abortion], and you will find that Lincoln’s words about standing firm on moral issues still ring true today…
“On March 6, 1860, presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln gave a campaign speech in New Haven, Connecticut, on the great moral issue of his time: [abortion]. As reported by the Daily Republican newspaper, Lincoln said, ‘What we want, and all we want, is to have with us the men who think [abortion] is wrong. [How can you say you] hate [abortion], and are opposed to it, but yet act with the Democratic party? … You say that you think [abortion] is wrong, but you denounce all attempts to restrain it. Is there anything else that you think is wrong, that you are not willing to deal with as wrong? Why are you so careful, so tender of this one and no other? You will not let us do a single thing as if it was wrong! We must not call it wrong in the [Abortion] States because it is there; we must not call it wrong in politics because that is bringing morality into politics; and we must not call it wrong in the pulpit because that is bringing politics into religion.’”
–Cal Thomas, The Things That Matter Most, p. 114
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