Saturday, September 12, 2009

Where is the outrage?

Yesterday, a pro-life protester was shot and killed in Michigan. His pro-life message had offended the killer. It was reported that the protester had a graphic abortion sign, and that is why he was killed (as if that would justify his murder!). I found this today here, showing the protesters "graphic abortion sign.

May his memory be eternal!


Blogger Melanie Bettinelli said...

I agree.

Though, to be fair from reports I've read the other side of the sign had a photo of an aborted baby.

Not at all excusing the action in any way and this is probably neither the time or place but as pro-life as I am I do question the judgment of pro-lifers who picket elementary schools with pictures of dead babies. As a mother, it bothers me.

I know there's room for honest disagreement about pro-life tactics but it seems to me that to threaten some children's innocence because our society has lost all sense of the value of other innocent lives seems a bit contradictory. I can understand why it would anger some people. Anger misplaced? Certainly one could argue that the anger is more properly directed at those who perform and condone abortion. But the elementary schoolkids are innocent of the sins of their fathers and don't necessarily need to be introduced to the worst horrors our society has to offer while on their way to school. To my mind that's not the best way to win hearts and minds to the cause of life.

Sorry for the rant; but it's one of my pet peeves with the pro-life movement.

September 12, 2009  
Blogger Renee said...

I thought he was outside a high school, which in my mind is very different from an elementary school. Innocence is a precious thing, I agree, and the loss of it can not be taken lightly.

September 12, 2009  
Blogger Melanie Bettinelli said...

Yes, now that you mention it, I do believe the article said he was outside a high school. But it mentioned that he'd been picketing a bunch of schools. I suppose I leapt to conclusions about elementary schools. Just saying I can see someone getting justifiably angry over the signage. Doesn't excuse the reaction but perhaps puts it into context a bit. I don't think it helps the prolife cause if we ignore the fact that some of the more extreme kinds protests do anger people and perhaps rightly so.

September 12, 2009  
Anonymous Patricia said...

As someone who has participated in Face the Truth Tours, in all likelihood, the poster the pro-life gentleman was holding did probably have the fairly well-known image of Baby Malachi on one side (warning, graphic image):

This link by Priests for Life tells the history of Baby Malachi:

I do believe it was across the street from a high school, not an elementary school, where the gentleman was sitting. I know these images are awful, disturbing & controversial...they ought to be, for they show the reality of what abortion does...that is, it kills a living, human child. Fr. Frank Pavone at Priests for Life gives an excellent defense on his website of the necessity of the use of such images. May God have mercy on us all for not doing more to end the killing of His precious children.

September 12, 2009  
Blogger Michelle said...

It is girls in high school and college who are responsible for the vast majority of abortions. Picketing high schools is necessary so that these "children" know what they are doing. It is difficult to claim ignorance when you see the images.

September 13, 2009  
Blogger Kelli said...

I live in Owosso Mi and knew this man. He did picket with Malachi on his sign all over our area and was killed in front of the highschool. He was shot in front of several children and adults before school began. The man who was so angry about the signs had no problem shooting him several times in front of those he claimed to be protecting.
He claimed that he (Mr. Pouillon) was driven to do this because his own grandchildren had been aborted. ( I do not know if this is true.)
Abortion is horrific and without a fair media to put the honest information out there about abortion it has become nessasary to find other ways to educate people. My 8 year old daughter seen this sign and came home and asked me about it. We had a long talk about the evil in this world. It was always hard to see but I wonder how many babies he saved.

October 03, 2009  

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