There always seem’s to be one crusader in his or her generation that rises above everyone else and makes a lasting difference. This afternoon I was thinking of such a man that impacted his generation for good and helped to change the laws in America for morality and decency. Born March 7th, 1844 in New Canaan, Connecticut, Anthony Comstock eventually took on a monumental task in his life that would awaken the consciousness of America to what was right and decent. For more than 40 years he led a crusade for righteousness.
You see Anthony Comstock was a believer in Jesus Christ and a Union Army veteran of the American Civil War. He later began to work with a group called Young Men’s Christian Association in New York City, better know as the YMCA.
His heart began to be grieved because he saw people falling into debauchery, wickedness and moral emptiness.
He set out to do something about what he felt was a world that was going the wrong way very fast. In 1872 he made a trip to Washington D.C with a bill in his hand that he had personally drafted. The name of the bill was the Anti-Obscenity Bill, in it banning contraceptives.
On March 3rd, 1873 congress passed the new law and it took on a new name, it was called the Comstock Act. “The statute defined contraceptives as obscene and illicit, making it a federal offense to disseminate birth control through the mail or across state lines”. Soon after the law was on the books, 24 States enacted their own version of the Comstock Act.
It’s Amazing to think about, but in Connecticut (which had the most strictest laws) at this time the act of using birth control was prohibited by law. Married couples could be arrested for using birth control in the privacy of their own home and be subjected to one year in prison.
See Anthony Comstock had a revelation which I believe came from God Almighty. He could see down the road and he stated that if you legalized contraceptives, that their cousins pornography and abortion would soon follow. That’s exactly what eventually happened. That’s why he fought so hard up to his last breath to stop the distribution of those materials!
Into the American landscape walks a woman by the name of Margaret Sanger.
This woman pushed very hard to legalize contraceptives. Her radical views of socialism, feminism and free – love were pushed as far as she could go. In 1914 she launched a monthly newsletter entitled, “The Woman Rebel” with the subtitle, “No God’s No Masters”. Here’s an excerpt from one of her newsletters, “The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infants is to kill it.” This woman was evil personified and she pushed the envelope every chance she had.
In 1915, Anthony Comstock was about to arrest Margaret Sanger because she had broken the law under the Comstock Act, but she fled to England under a false passport. She later came back to the United States after the death of Anthony Comstock. She went on to start an organization that we know today as Planned Parenthood.
What is sad is the pendulum has swung totally the opposite way from what God originally said to us in the Creation Covenant,“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:28 (NKJV)
Today we need another crusader like Anthony Comstock that will rise up with the truth. That will not fear the opposition but will take his or her message of life and moral decency to the world. I believe it’s our time, let’s take back life!
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Sources of study:
Anthony Comstock -Wikipedia Anthony Comstock -American Social Reformer