Exposing children to abortion pictures not OK?
We often get comments from people who don’t want us to show abortion pictures in the public square because children will see them. We get one such message from “Briana Richards”, who saw our trucks operating near Liberty University in Lynchburg. She wrote:
To whom it may concern,
Let me begin by saying I am completely anti-abortion and support that cause. However, I do not agree with the manner in which the organization is displaying the signs in areas that are heavily traveled by young children. I do not think that it is necessary to take away my young child’s innocence by showing them graphic images of fetuses. The only thing that is going to promote is questions too early regarding what is abortion, why are some babies not wanted and killed. Why do YOU get to choose when the right time is to talk to MY child about abortion?
I understand making people aware of what abortion truly is so they do not make that choice, I just disagree with the method in which you are getting your point across. After school yesterday I had to stop short of the stop light and drive up next to 2 cars just so my 6 year old wouldn’t have that image in his mind for the rest of his life! You are not using a plane this year (from what I’ve seen) but what 18-month-old kid, or 10-year-old, does not look up at the cool airplane going over, only to be accosted with an image they have no idea about but know it’s scary looking? I mean would you really want to have a conversation with your 6-year-old about abortion? They don’t even understand all the ins and outs of how babies are born yet but we’re showing them what people do when they don’t want them.
I am requesting that you please take into account the large amount of parents that are driving their young children by these signs daily near the Liberty University campus and that you rethink the location of your displays for the future. I disagree with your methods but I know it is your right to display them. It seems there could be better ways to get your point across without effecting our innocent children.
Thank you for your time and consideration,
Sent from my iPad
I responded as follows:
Dear Ms. Richards,
Thank you for registering your comment about our work at Liberty University last week.
We don’t target young children with our pictures, but with all the institutions of society (including the Church) covering up the truth of abortion, we have no choice but to take to the public square. Otherwise, the killing will never stop.
Children are exposed to graphic images of violence all the time … on newspaper front pages, on magazine covers that are visible in the supermarket checkout lines, etc. They even showed Schindler’s List on TV during family viewing hours a few years back. Nobody objects because nobody feels guilty about their own complicity or complacency with respect to those acts of violence. Many are guilty of complicity or complacency with respect to abortion.
What is worse, a born child being horrified by a picture of abortion or a preborn child being killed by the act of abortion?
You might ask if Jesus would ever put a graphic image on display where children could see them. In fact, He did just that. Jesus controlled every aspect of his arrest, trial and execution. He arranged to have Himself beaten nearly to death before stumbling through the most crowed part of Jerusalem on the most crowded day of the year. His bloody body horrified throngs of Passover pilgrims which included large numbers of families with young children.
He then permitted himself to be stripped naked and tortured to death in full view of still more passersby, including more children. The Romans used executions to intimidate subjugated peoples. They located crucifixion cites for maximum public exposure. Our Lord accommodated Cesar by going out of His way to make this disturbing spectacle of His death as public as possible. And in the process, He chose as the very symbol of our faith, a bloody instrument of torture. His point was to disturb us with the gravity of our sin but bless us with the grace of His forgiveness, despite the fact that many children would be traumatized in the process. Did He get this wrong?
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