1. Why did you put out such a graphic video? Aren’t you concerned about children seeing it and being traumatized?
  2. Would Jesus show graphic images to children?

  1. Why did you put out such a graphic video? Aren’t you concerned about children seeing it and being traumatized?

    We don’t enjoy showing these images or seeing them ourselves. Clearly, they’re disturbing; but they’re a reality we need to see. Our government protects and sanctions this killing, and our tax dollars are used to subsidize it both here in America and overseas.

    Secondly, we don’t believe that children will be damaged by seeing these images. Disturbed? Yes; but not damaged. We’re all disturbed when we see such suffering. Many of us as little children saw images of the Holocaust and lynchings in the South. They were very disturbing, especially at a young age, but these pictures were an important part of our educational development. They awoke our consciences and educated us about the terrible injustices that exist in our world, and they so moved us that at an early point in our lives we made a commitment to prevent such atrocities from ever taking place again.

    Thirdly, children are probably more disturbed by the goblins and zombies displayed each year around Halloween. Why is there so little outcry on behalf of children when it comes to these “decorations” but so great an outcry about the public display of abortion? Perhaps the pro-choice views of many are a factor in their anger, and not just their “concern for children.”

    Historical precedent

    The display of such images has historical precedent. Examples (some of which we’ve already noted) include lynched black men, Jewish corpses, and lifeless Vietnamese children.

    At the end of WWII, our American soldiers marched the citizens of Germany—men, women, and children—past the gruesome remains of those who had died in the death camps.

    Why did they do this? Because the citizens of Germany collectively bore the guilt of having tolerated the atrocities that had occurred in their midst. So it is in America today: As a people, we are guilty for our silence and inaction while this atrocity takes place.

    Graphic and disturbing imagery was also a major factor in the success of the civil rights movement. Had such images not been shown to the public for fear of upsetting people, where would the civil rights of minorities be today?

    When something is so terrible that we can’t stand to look at it, perhaps we shouldn’t be tolerating it.

  2. Would Jesus show graphic images to children?

    The fact is, Jesus did show extremely graphic images to the world, including children. His crucifixion was carried out publicly, by God’s decree, before all the men, women, and children of Jerusalem. The whole city saw Jesus’ brutally beaten and bloodied body displayed on the cross, sacrificed for the sins of humanity.