Britain’s modern Molech revival

The Bible contains many warnings to ancient Israel concerning an abhorrent practice of the Canaanites, who had previously possessed the land God had given them. We see one such example in Leviticus 18:21, “You shall not let any of your descendants pass through the fire to Molech…” It was an abominable practice, in which people sought to appease the heathen god Molech and influence him to their benefit by sacrificing their own children in fire. Who would have thought that this ancient heathen god would so plainly rear his head in the modern Britain? A Channel 4 “Dispatches” episode in the United Kingdom–“Exposing Hospital Heartache,” aired Monday, March 24, 2014–revealed that many British hospitals are not only incinerating the remains of aborted and miscarried babies as “clinical waste” but are also burning some of those bodies as a means of heating their buildings in “waste-to-energy” programs. The television program was preceded that day by a number of reports in the news providing the grisly and tragic details. In one such article–titled “Aborted babies incinerated to heat UK hospitals” –the Telegraph’s Sarah Knapton reported:

“Ten NHS trusts have admitted burning fetal remains alongside other rubbish while two others used the bodies in ‘waste-to-energy’ plants which generate power for heat…

“At least 15,500 fetal remains were incinerated by 27 NHS trusts over the last two years alone, Channel 4’s Dispatches discovered.”

More than 15,000. As Ms. Knapton reported, some families who experienced the trauma of losing a child early in pregnancy were not even consulted on what they wanted to do with their child’s body. Grieved and bereft parents were in some cases told that their child’s body would be “cremated” when, in actuality, the bodies were added to “waste-to-energy” plants where they could be burned to aid in heating the hospital. The concept of using the human remains of children as a fuel source, let alone equating it with “clinical waste,” has created a row to which the UK Department of Health has felt compelled to respond. As the article reports, Dr. Dan Poulter, health minister for the department, made a public statement, saying, “This practice is totally unacceptable.” No. Having your hotel reservation mishandled may be “totally unacceptable.” Being served a meal you did not order in a restaurant may be “totally unacceptable.” Having the parcel you sent to your grandmother lost in the mail may be “totally unacceptable.” Burning the remains of children to heat a building is an abomination. It is a travesty–a heart-wrenching tragedy and a nauseating violation of any sense of God-given human value. And the fact that it has been an institutionalized practice in place for years without protest by its practitioners is a sign of cancerous rot in the soul of a nation. The tepid response by officials is telling. One one hand, they must publicly recognize the outrage many are feeling. It can’t be ignored. The act of using the bodies of children as mere fuel to heat hospitals violates basic sensibilities. It prompts many to ask, “How could such a thing be allowed?” And yet, the widespread practice exposes a horrific public pretense. The policies that allow abortion on demand–and the arguments at the heart of such policies–consider the pre-born child to be no more than “tissue.” Yet, no one complains about burning fingernail clippings. There is no outrage when a hospital discards and incinerates a removed appendix. There are no public apologies or excuses or promises of reform forthcoming from the UK’s General Dental Council about the manner in which excised molars are thrown away. But, as much as effort as our “modern” societies and our societies’ governments pour into their philosophies and arguments defending the practice of treating abortion as nothing more than the removal of “tissue” from a pregnant woman, public outcries like this one demonstrate that deep down, our society still knows better–it still knows what it will no longer publicly admit. It isn’t “tissue.” It’s a child. Tissue hasn’t been burned in an “eco-conscious” solution to heating hospitals. Babies have been burned to heat hospitals. Molech would be pleased.

11 thoughts on “Britain’s modern Molech revival

  1. obeirne

    An excellent blog, Mr. Smith! It seems the conscience of society has been neutralized – or perhaps it would be more appropriate to state that it has been aborted! Before this information came out, on a few occasions when I was sharing a pro-life post, I speculated as to what was done with the bodies of aborted unborn babies. One possibility I thought was possible was that they were incinerated – burnt. But I never, in my wildest nightmares, imagined that hospital authorities would further desecrate the tiny corpses of aborted babies through the means of incineration with the purpose of saving energy. The fact that the bodies of deceased premature babies were likewise dealt with is so disgustingly abhorrent that it is hard to believe it happens. Thank you for dealing with this vile practice. I’m sure and the other ministers in the Living Church of God will have more to say on this evil in our midst.

  2. Thomas

    Classifying human-beings as non-humans. In a war it is one of the primary goals of propaganda to reclassify the enemy as something other than human. Except that these little ones posed a threat to no-one. Except Satan.

    How much lower can we sink?

  3. Thanks for your comments, everyone. After penning this, I thought it might make a good TW commentary and submitted it, and it looks as though a cleaned-up-a-bit version will, indeed, come out on the TW and LCG websites, for which I am grateful. Those who don’t “sigh and cry” over such things must be blind.

    Thanks, again.

  4. Over and over, we see that God sent Israel and Judah into captivity because of their oppression of those who could not defend themselves. Their descendants have not learned the lesson, I’m afraid.

  5. From your Commentary this morning:

    …As the article reports, Dr. Dan Poulter, health minister for the department, made a public statement, saying, “This practice is totally unacceptable.”

    No. Having your hotel reservation mishandled may be ”totally unacceptable.” Being served a meal you did not order in a restaurant may be “totally unacceptable.” Having the parcel you sent to your grandmother lost in the mail may be “totally unacceptable.” Burning the remains of children to heat a building is an abomination. It is a travesty—a heart-wrenching tragedy and a nauseating violation of any sense of God-given human value. And the fact that it has been an institutionalized practice in place for years without protest by its practitioners is a sign of cancerous rot in the soul of a nation.

    Now that hits a mighty big nail on the head.

    At times like this I think of a song from my onw lost youth, Three Dog Night’s “Easy To Be Hard” (ironically, their culture planted the seeds of its own destruction and I believe this very Moloch-like heartlessness is part of its fruit):

  6. Susan Curran

    Thought provoking and scary at the same time. Glenn Beck has talked several times on this subject, many are just realizing this is happening but it has always been around with idol worship. Idol worship and witchcraft are making a big comeback especially with the college age people and teens. I look forward to the day when this no longer exists.

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