In J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Two Towers, various kingdoms of Middle Earth face the same dangerous enemy, the dark lord Sauron. But they just can’t seem to get along. The dwarves hate the elves. The elves don’t trust anybody. The two kingdoms of men are increasingly wary of each other. All the bickering prompts one elven leader to observe: “Indeed in nothing is the power of the Dark Lord more clearly shown than in the estrangement that divides all those who oppose him.” Or, as Jesus put it: “no city or house divided against itself will stand.”
Unfortunately, the pro-life movement has a growing reputation of disunity. Disagreeing about things like marketing and strategy is understandable. We should always advocate for the best ideas. But arguing over who gets the credit for success and the blame for losses, and seeing each other as competitors, just weakens the movement.
Right now, we need all hands on deck.
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