Chuck Norris: ‘Do You Value Bamboo Straws More Than Human Life?’
By Movieguide® Staff
Hollywood legend Chuck Norris recently called into question people’s moral compass regarding the sanctity of human life.
In an op-ed published at the beginning of the year, Norris responded to a report released in April 2020 by the Angus Reid Institute. The survey showed that a mere 26% of its 1,528 respondents described abortion as “always” or “usually” morally wrong. However, Norris’ article highlights an even more disturbing statistic: 51% of respondents said it is “always” or “usually” morally wrong to use plastic straws or cutlery.
“It’s crazy sometimes what modern humans value over human life. Case in point, plastic straws,” Norris, 80, wrote. “Am I missing something? Do you value bamboo straws more than human life? In the womb?”
Although the Angus Reid Institute is a Canadian firm, Norris dispelled any notion that Americans did not share the survey’s views.
“Some might retort that the Angus Reid poll surveyed Canadians’ views, not Americans. However, do we really expect U.S. poll percentages on the issue to be any different than our northern neighbors, especially since America legalized abortions 15 years earlier than Canada’s legalization, in 1988?” Norris questioned.
Norris continued: “Thomas Jefferson explained in the founding of our country that preserving human value and life was government’s primary role: ‘The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.’ (We pray a Biden administration would keep Jefferson’s wisdom in mind instead of expand access to abortion as is expected.)”
Norris pointed not only to the Declaration of Independence but also to the ultimate moral standard, God’s Word.
“The enduring value of humans is echoed in the Bible in Psalm 139: ‘For You, God, created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well,'” Norris quoted.
Norris maintained that while humans should work towards civil discourse among each other, the safety of the unborn should be a primary concern.
“It is staggering to think that, since 1973, over 62 million Americans have lost their lives in the womb due to being aborted or terminated by their parent,” Norris said. “As long as Americans are relearning how to respect and get along with one another and even agree to disagree agreeably, maybe it’s high time we reevaluated the worth we give to the voiceless in wombs, too.”
Norris added: “Whether in the U.S. Capital or in cities across every state of our union, we shouldn’t justify violence to humans outside the womb or inside the womb. Instead, we should esteem all human life from conception to the grave.”