Pro Life On Campus at James Madison University
We just wrapped up our Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) at James Madison University (JMU). Story here. All the usual responses from pro-aborts. They were angrier at us for showing the pictures of dead children than at the abortion doctors for killing the children. About 20 of them showed up to protest on each day.
The JMU pro-life student club did not sponsor our presence on campus and pretty much kept their distance. Observing the pro-aborts rally against us, one JMU pro-lifer wrote, “This response is one of the main reasons we decided not to sponsor [GAP] in the first place. They seem to be missing the argument against abortion entirely.”
But consider the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who wrote:
Whenever the early Christians entered a town, the people in power became disturbed and immediately sought to convict the Christians for being “disturbers of the peace” and “outside agitators.” But the Christians pressed on, in the conviction that they were “a colony of heaven,” called to obey God rather than man. Small in number, they were big in commitment. They were too God intoxicated to be “astronomically intimidated.” By their effort and example they brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contests.
Slave-trade advocates didn’t like Thomas Clarkson, abusive child labor advocates didn’t like Lewis Hine, and segregationists didn’t like Martin Luther King, Jr.
It is true that hard-core pro-aborts missed our arguments against abortion, but they are going to miss every argument against abortion. They are committed zealots. That’s not our audience. We are trying to reach those who are still open-minded and who still have functioning consciences.
Many students were combative when they first approached one of our party. But once they realized that we were not going to respond in kind, many of them were willing to engage in civil discourse. Several students said they very much appreciated our presence. Many were obviously disturbed by the photos, which is a first necessary step toward change.
Members of the Catholic campus ministry stopped by to talk, including their dog Trinity. Trinity is a beautiful Labrador Retriever who was born with only three legs. Despite her disability, however, it was obvious that she enjoys her life very much and does not at all consider herself to be sub-canine!
Several good stories to follow, including changed hearts and minds.
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