PROTECTING NAIVET� AND DESTROYING INNOCENCE
My, how things get turned around!
There were howls from all the right quarters recently about the "show" at the end of the Super Bowl halftime performance this year. Some overpaid boy-toy ripped part of the costume off an equally overpaid, talentless music slut.
No, I didn't watch the halftime show. I'm going to make my comments based upon what was written by others who did.
The shock was not that the show closed with a view of Janet Jackson�s naked breast, but that the rest of the show had not had those who later objected to the bare breast turning their TVs off in droves long before the infamous closing scene. All the Christian complainers managed to sit through an entire extravaganza of cheerleader/strippers, crotch-grabbing P. Ditty, S&M costumes, bump-and-grind transvestites, simulated lesbian sex, and lyrics that would make a streetwalker blush. They sat through all that in order to be offended by a single breast?
My question is: Were their Christian children watching the game with them?
I would venture to say "yes" in far too many cases.
Oh, but my purpose here is not to simply rant about the obvious whore-and-whoremonger show of Super Toilet Bowl XXXVIII. No. It is much worse than that.
Those who know my current anti-abortion work are aware that it involves the public display of large, 5X6 foot photos of aborted babies. I do this outside the clinics. I do it on public highways during rush hour. I do it in public parks. And most of all, I do it outside evangelical churches � especially ones that make bold claims to be "pro-life."
This last I do to shame the Church-at-large over its near-total apathy over the killing. For all the Church�s claims to oppose abortion, there is nearly no evidence of their "love and concern" at the places where it would make the most difference � the clinics.
So here I am. Outside Christian churches with my sign.
What, then, do you think is the biggest complaint? Do I hear voices of concern about the poor, murdered babies shown?
No. I hear, "What about the children? Seeing that will destroy their innocence! That's as bad as pornography." (I wonder where that complaint was at the beginning of the Super Bowl halftime show.)
Someone once told me that good art will either highlight the beauty of goodness and righteousness, or it will expose the ugliness of evil.
I suggest that what destroys innocence is something that makes evil appear attractive instead of showing it for the perverse wickedness that it is. I don't think my signs do that. There is nothing anyone would find attractive in the sight of a mutilated, aborted baby.
I think that these people confuse innocence with naivet� � at least when it comes to their children leaning how despicable evil truly is. An innocent person has not been evil or had evil done to them; a na�ve one is dangerously unaware of evil.
Meanwhile, we sit our children down with us for a wholesome game of football action on the tube. The snacks and drinks are ready. We're all geared up to support our favored team. Maybe we even skipped church that Sunday morning so as to prepare for the game and the festivities surrounding it, but at least we have kept them na�ve about the cruelty of abortion, right?
When the halftime show began, we sat numbly though the innocence-murdering routines � even though we were upset about that last bit. We hope the kids didn't notice the first run (not to mention the thousands of runs on the Internet and on news programs) and we hope they won't ask too many questions. (Yeah, we�ll complain about it so our friends and neighbors see our "Christian" outrage, too.)
Well, at least we didn't have to see that weirdo outside the church this week with his pornographic, dead baby picture. Whew!
� 2004 Paul deParrie - All Rights Reserved
Paul deParrie is a 17-year veteran of anti-abortion street activism, a preacher, and a social critic. He is the author of "Dark Cures: Have Doctors Lost Their Ethics" (Huntington House) available at NewsWithViews Online Store Front. deParrie may be reached at: email@example.com.
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"I suggest that what destroys innocence is something that makes evil appear attractive instead of showing it for the perverse wickedness that it is."