Today marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp located outside of Weimar, Germany. On April 11th, 1945 at 3:15 PM, American soldiers took the camp.
In the summer of 1999, while studying in Germany, I had the opportunity to visit both Weimar and Buchenwald. Although much of the original camp was destroyed, a portion of it still remains. I’d like to share a few photos I took back then in the hopes that the terrible crimes against liberty and humanity committed there might never be repeated or forgotten.
On Thursday, I received a rather negative comment on this blog regarding an event going on at James Madison University. After reading such news, I decided to head over to the university to see what all the fuss was about. Well, it seems that the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform had put up their Genocide Awareness Project (or G.A.P.) in the middle of campus.
For those who haven’t heard of G.A.P. before, it is a colorful display that contains graphic images of both abortions and various mass murders through the ages such as the Holocaust and the Rwandan butchery.
Now, I can understand why these pictures would upset most people, like the person who sent me the comment yesterday. After all, when I first started working for Students for Life of America, I had a rather negative impression myself. Who wants to see such horrible pictures? Of course the answer is no one. Won’t they just serve to turn people off from the movement?
But then I got to thinking about my own experience. Back in high school, what motivated me to be a pro-life activist? Wasn’t it the same terrible pictures adorning literature from Heritage House 76?
But don’t these images serve to weaken the pro-life cause? Well, how many people do you suppose are either so disgusted (or so pleased) by these pictures that they decide to have an abortion as a result? I doubt anyone could make such a claim. Abortions aren’t pretty, nor are the images that result from this choice. Some pro-lifers may reject these tactics, but if any choose to abandon the movement when confronted with them, then I doubt they had a very strong commitment in the first place.
No one likes to see these pictures, nor should they. They are meant to show the real-life consequences of abortion. You can argue the philosophic merits or detriments of abortion all you like, but when you face the brutal images of the deed, you cannot help but feel revulsion. It is both natural and human.
After touring the Buchenwald concentration camp outside of Weimar and seeing the photos of what went on there during the Nazi regime, I gained a new-found understanding of the barbarous ways that a man can treat his fellow man. It wasn’t a journey for fun or pleasure, but it was nevertheless important. Hopefully, by making such knowledge public we can decrease the likelihood of such events happening in the future.
So too is the goal of the G.A.P. The organizers don’t like these pictures anymore than you or I. So then why do they do it? Well, as a result of this gross panorama the life of even one unborn child is saved, is it worth it? I believe the answer is yes.
Below are several thumbnail pictures of Thursday’s event. You are free to look at these graphic images or not. If you have never seen pictures of the results of an abortion, I encourage you to do so. Consider yourself warned; you won’t like them, of course, but they do serve as a valuable tool.
So what will your reaction be the next time G.A.P. and the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform comes to your campus? Will you protest, like one reader and Dukes for Choice, demanding restrictions and squelching the 1st Amendment right of free speech? Or will they motivate you to take a stand for those who cannot speak for themselves? I suppose that there is only one way to find out.