Friday, January 27, 2006

Thank You, Vandals

from this week's Catholic Voice:

"Pro-life advertisements in BART stations and cars are drawing attention – positive and negative –as some outraged viewers have defaced the ads and others have responded with interest and support.

Some supporters learned of the ads through media coverage, which began with an article about the vandalism in the San Francisco Chronicle. Other newspapers, TV and radio reports followed, mostly in the Bay Area but also in other regions of the country.

This coverage has generated interest in a pro-life website run by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, according to Mary Jaminet of the bishops’ respect life office in Washington, D.C., who noticed an increase in feedback after the news reports appeared."

So, by attacking these ads, the vandals have shown themselves to be:
1.) Intolerant of freedom of speech and differences of opinion
2.) Childish
3.) Ignorant (Some of the ads have been defaced by graffit saying "LIES." Uh, no. Everything the ad says is true. The only editorial comment is the question: Have we gone too far?")
4.) Naive if they think that defacing the ads will make the ads disappear. Maybe temporarily, but now the local MSM is carrying the story and people are looking for them.

As I said in a previous post, I didn't realize my Diocese sponsored the ads when I first saw them. I was surprised at their boldness in questioning the issue of abortion in public and on mass transit. I am quite pleased that they chose to do this and that it does not use graphic images to convey their message.

Apparently they are too effective for some pro-choicers...