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Posted on 01/09/2004 3:57:59 PM PST by Indefens
(Hello everyone! This is the new featured essay at my pro-life website, www.indefenseofthefetus.com. I am posting it here because many of you had good suggestions for my Ultimate Pro-Life Links page, and I was hoping some of you might be able to suggest some good pro-life artists or art works for me.)
Artists and Activists
Could someone please tell me where all the pro-life artists are? Our country's political and cultural establishment endorses the slaughter of helpless innocents by denying the most fundamental human right to those most in need of its protection, yet I'm aware of no significant playwrights, painters or musicians challenging the status quo.
Where is the pro-lifer's "Angels in America," featuring the anguished dreams of a former abortionist confronted by his victims' ghosts? Where are the sculptures of women, leaning against each other in grieving trios with broken jars and fetuses mixing at their feet? Where are the memorials, the murals, the protest songs inspiring a heightened consciousness in young men and women nationwide? Abortion is a human tragedy, a modern reflection of man's flawed and bestial state, yet today's artists would rather smear elephant dung on portraits of the Virgin Mary than confront us with the hideousness in our own backyards.
My personal suspicion is that the rise of our pro-death, anti-human culture and the growing vulgarization of the fine arts are in fact twin symptoms of our civilization's decline. Where we once venerated the elderly, we now debate the "benefits" of euthanasia; where we once revered conception, we now commonly pretend not to know when human life begins; and where our artists once depicted the crucifixion of Jesus with an obvious, patient awe, they now photograph crucifixes immersed in urine- to critical applause. Can there be any doubt that such changes represent a collapse in both ethics and aesthetics? Whatever civilization pulls itself from our dust and rubble will have to wonder how such moral and artistic genius could devolve so utterly into decadence and vapidity.
And yet, continued collapse is not inevitable. Regardless of whether there is a God in Heaven (and I believe there is) there is certainly free will on Earth. How and where each of us directs his energy will determine whether we accelerate or counter our civilization's decay. For this reason, I intend to create an online compendium of pro-life artwork, with the hope that it will encourage and inspire artists and activists alike. Please email me at MZappala@indefenseofthefetus.com with the names of any films, published works of literature, songs or paintings that convey a pro-life message. I will also welcome the names of any pro-life actors and actresses (Patricia Heaton comes to mind) musicians (such as the men and women at Rock for Life) or visual artists regardless of whether they have ever created or starred in an overtly pro-life work.
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UNBORN PRAYER Lord I pray this sunday morn for those souls that are not yet born still a fetus in the womb souls of love that you would groom keep them from mans every whim whose abortion rates are grim destroying those that you create playing God with children's fate they name it "choice" to soothe their guilt dissolving that which you have built to live and love in you abide is ended in infanticide of all the sins that man has wrought this is the worst one of the lot Lord, of this evil we repent for killing of the innocent woe to those on judgment day who stand before you when you say, "I judge you not, but to these I give, these souls that you denied to live, will judge you now at heavens gate and hold the power of your fate so hope their mercy will abound for in you was no mercy found". by Fish Hawk
Here is one of them. I am agnostic and pro-life.
That tends to weed out even moderate republicans etc :-)
Michelangelo was pro-life.
True today, but it isn't preordained. Art, as much as it claims to be independent, follows their sources of funding. The Church was the primary source of funding for artists for hundreds of years. It and other pro life sources of funds could be used to nurture pro life artists.
How do you know that?
Pretty impressed, aren't you? ;-)
Oh, I'm very impressed. I would be even more impressed if you explained how you knew that. :-)
Google: "Michelangelo" and "pro-life" = 1,130 hits
Aha! A trick! Just as I suspected.
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