I was at Show the Truth on Saturday. There were about 15-20 people.
It bugs me that small kids have to see these pictures. Many parents prevent their kids from watching violent movies or video games, but their kids have to see this stuff. We had a couple of parents passing by that raised a fuss about this, in particular a father who was opposed to abortion but was also very opposed to these tactics.
I’m sure the disturbance caused by these pictures can be justified under the principle of double effect, but that still leaves the kids exposed, which is a shame.
What are your thoughts?
I can see both sides. It’s a ghastly business, but it works.
I view it as collateral damage and invoke the principal of “just war”. We are willing to tolerate undesirable side effects to overcome a greater evil. Also, I find that the parents are usually more upset than the children are. Not always but most of the time. And the bottom line is that those pictures are the quickest and most effective way of changing people’s minds fast. I hear stories all of the time. The problem today, too, is that most of us really do *not* understand that we are in a *war*. We really, really do not get it. If we really did believe this was a war, we wouldn’t be questioning whether it was moral to kill a soldier on the other side…except in this case we aren’t killing anyone but only showing disturbing images to end a massive slaugher. This is a whole scale slaughter on an unprecedented scale.
Besides, every Sunday my kids have to look at a gigantic image of a man nailed to a Cross. Some of these images of Him are quite disturbing too. I don’t see many people asking to ban that image…except perhaps the village idiot-Atheist.
p.s. I saw a girl after Sunday Mass who is involved in those Choice Chains downtown. She recounted one event of a man passing by one of the signs. One of the participants asked him what he tought of abortion. He looked at the picture for a moment then looked up and said “I’m pro-life now.” Zing. Results.
I also asked her if she had experienced any violent assaults.
“Not yet, just minor things like people spitting at us.”
Minor things. Didn’t Jesus call it? “When people hate you and revile you because of Me, rejoice for great is your reward in heaven”