Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of May 21, 2001
WCR Letters to the Editor
Only some gorey photos are seen as acceptable
Recently, U.S. activist Gregg Cunningham presented graphic photos of aborted babies at a local high school. (See WCR, May 7.) Henry Morgentaler was quick to denounce the presentation as "propaganda that is completely repulsive."
As a member of the media, I simply could not swallow Morgentaler's statement. After all, this is the generation that drops $40-$60 bucks on gorey, violent video games; that pays $12.50 to watch actor Anthony Hopkins eat someone's brains on the silver screen; that pays $15 bucks for an Eminem CD which fantasizes the rape and murder of women.
Not to mention we media have gone to great lengths to expose the horror of genocide such as in Nazi Germany, Rwanda or Yugoslavia by capturing horrific, graphic images of some of the last centuries' worst evils. Rightly so.
But while media have risked their lives for these images, we have turned our backs on the horrific, graphic photos which portray mutilated, dismembered, chemically burned babies. The pictures show they are not just blobs of cells. They are babies, with eyes, hands, toes, hair and nerves.
The pictures tell the truth, as does the biological evidence, or the testimony of nurses who admit "we are aborting babies at five months on one floor of this hospital, while fighting to save five-month-old babies on the next."
Even some of America's most prominent pro-choice feminists admit now that the fetus is a person (but maintain women still have the right to destroy it).
The pictures reveal that Canadians have allowed the destruction of millions of babies in our midst. It is easy to show in our newspapers and newscasts the horrible things citizens in far away places do to each other.
But our bravest journalists in search of the facts (isn't that our job?) are in denial, refusing to do the unpopular: confront the truth of abortion. It may cost a job. Certainly, it will reap persecution from fellow workers. So it's more convenient to ride the populist wave.
The pictures tell the truth. But the media is mute. The cameras aren't clicking. The mics are silent. Nobody is willing to tell the story.
Don't make light of Christian beliefs
Re: letters in the April 30 WCR, by Jim Verhesen, Albert Liem and Marc LeGris.
It just amazes me that these fervent writers failed to read the title of the paper they were reading. It is the Western Catholic Reporter. I expect and am pleased to say it reflects the views of Catholic people. I would like to clarify a few points made in these letters.
First of all I can't believe that Mr. Verhesen had the audacity to compare a passion play of Christ to a feast day of a Roman goddess, especially one that was so hard to track down. Megalensia is the feast of, as I said, a minor Roman goddess, during which her eunuch priests mutilated themselves.
These were depraved carnal rituals. This was all in honour of her lost lover Attis, who was a god of vegetation. So, please, to compare this to a solemn re-enactment of the passion of Jesus is absurd and offensive.
As for Mr. Liem since he is so fond of quoting Scripture perhaps he would care to look up Deuteronomy 18:9. Since this is a Catholic paper and reflects Catholic beliefs this passage should be sufficient to clarify why we do not condone Wicca.
I'm assuming you have a Bible since you quoted it often enough. By the way even a Muslim would defend his beliefs in his paper.
And Mr. LeGris I believe the future of the Catholic Church is bright and the path is becoming much clearer for Catholics because men like Charles Moore have decided to stand up and say this is wrong and this is right.
For too long the Church's members have allowed society to lead our children astray and the time has come to say "no more." Wicca is not a thing for our children to be involved with. It goes against everything our Bible tells us.
As long as you read a Christian paper you will find things to offend you. Please if you must read it spare us the offence you provide by making light of our beliefs. Offence goes both ways.
Hate groups need watching
Christine Baghdady and her organization Active Culture Against Racism are to be commended for their work (WCR, May 14). I have been doing research on hate groups for many years and know that it is a needed activity.
It is good to see that justice was finally done in the conviction of KKK member Thomas Blanton Jr., in the bombing of a Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963, which resulted in the deaths of four young Negro girls.
I noticed in my research that almost all the hate groups hide behind the claim that they are religious and doing God's work. These groups are obviously inspired by the devil.
The devil is evil but he is not stupid. He is not going to say "I am evil, follow me." He will try to get followers through deceit.
Some of these groups are very sophisticated and do a very good job of hiding their true motives - they even do some charitable work. Their latest tactic is to infiltrate professional groups such as police forces, teachers, political parties, etc., to be in a better position to spread their hatred.
The public has to be very vigilant and speak out against these groups and these types of individuals.