Abortion pictures at a day care center?
At our GAP presentation at Auburn, some complained that we displayed graphic photos near a day care center, where they might be seen by children. We don’t know if the University administration notified the day care staff or not, but they had a month to do it. Unless we show pictures in the public square, the killing will never stop. No injustice in history has ever been eradicated by covering up the truth.
In 1997, the movie Schindler’s List was shown on network TV during the family viewing hour. Some expressed concern that children might walk into their living rooms and see the graphic violence before parents could intervene. Those people were laughed to scorn, “How dare they suggest that this movie shouldn’t be shown in places where children might see them?” They even said that children ought to see this movie, so that they can prevent such an injustice from ever happening again. That movie, by the way, was much more difficult to see than any of our abortion pictures.
We won’t submit to a double standard. If it’s appropriate to show a violent movie so that people, even children, will understand an injustice committed in another place and time by another group of people, then it’s appropriate to show pictures of an injustice that we are commiting ourselves, right here and right now.
Additionally, horrifying images of violence are routinely published on magazine covers and on newpaper front pages. These images are placed in checkout lines at the supermarket. Millions of children see them. Nobody complains about that.
We really have only two alternatives. If we show the pictures, some children may be disturbed by them, but other children will certainly be saved by them. We might even stop the whole bloody mess. But if we cover up the truth, the killling will never stop.
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