Selective Outrage

On Friday, July 20 a man walked into the Century 16 Movie Theater armed with body armor, four guns, smoke bombs, and began randomly shooting people.  By the time he was finished, he had killed 12 people and wounded 58 more.  Several of the wounded remain in critical care in a local hospital.  Since the evening of this tragedy, this news event has been the lead story on every news show.  Discussions range from outrage, shock, and horror, trying to figure out why a man would act out in such a violent way.  Now that the victims are being buried, the media is giving a great deal of attention to who these innocent victims were, and what they were planning to do with their lives.  It is indeed, a tragic situation.

However, consider the following.  If one would leave the Century 16 Movie Theater where the shooting took place, turn North on South Sable Blvd, and drive 2.2 miles (according to Google maps) they would arrive at the Mayfair Women’s Center.  Here at this center, they perform 12-25 abortions a day.**  But where is the outrage?  Where is the news coverage?  Where are the stories about the senseless murder of innocent lives?  Where are the stories discussing the potential these individuals could have contributed to our society?  In both cases, innocent lives were taken, but one is condemned while the other is condoned.  In both cases, the victims were unwilling participants, but one is unacceptable while the other is accepted.  In both cases, the murder is perpetuated by a man, but one is called a evil lunatic while the other is called a Doctor.

Friends, our society has tried hard to “sanitize” the murder of innocent babies.  It’s done in landscaped buildings, in sanitary rooms, performed by doctors in white lab coats.  They would have us believe there are no horrors, no shocking acts of violence perpetrated on innocents, no news worthy stories at these clinics, but don’t be fooled.  There is, for example, the affidavit of Dr. Curtis E. Stover who reported that the former owner-operator of Mayfair Women’s Center’s disposal practices were: “grinding buckets full of 15 to 22 weeks’ gestation babies through a hand-cranked, old-fashioned meat grinder until they took the consistency of ‘multiple tubes of pink toothpaste,’ able to be flushed down sink drains” (Source: Affidavit of Curtis E. Stover, M.D., dated June 15, 1992, corroborated in depositions of Dr. Parks and clinic staff).  What took place 2.2 miles South of this clinic can’t be any more horrific than this!

I’m outraged by a man who would enter a theater and murder 12 innocent people.  But I am every bit as outraged that one can leave that theater, drive 2.2 miles due north, and come to a building where 12 to 25 innocent babies are killed every day and such carnage is met with silence!

Will you be the voice for the innocent?  “Learn to do right; seek justice.  Defend the oppressed.  Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow” (Isaiah 1:17).


**(My wife called the  Mayfair Women’s Clinic to ask them how many abortions they averaged each day.  They would not answer her question without certain credentials.  However, Brad Harrub, who gave me the idea for this article, did call and these were the figures given to him).

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  • Thanks Steve…Evil is Evil….it is interesting…we can LIVE for Christ or get it backwards and it spells EVIL!! Than ks always for your insight…. I have a question for you…I am looking for a bpok on Biblical Authority…500 pages in length. Working on my Masters…and this is part of my assignment. Thanks again. See you at PTP.

  • Thank you Steve! Great article!

  • Steve, you are so right! Wouldn’t it be a blessing if someone would rise up from our fellowship and attempt to lead us as we strive to overcome our national shame? I know we all try to deal with things locally, but these matters demand national and global treatment. Do we have someone to “stand in the gap?” I want my grandchildren and now great-grandchildren to be able to walk the streets of the America I grew up in. Your previous blog addressed what I fully believe is a great part of the problem – preachers spend so much time “fussing” with each other they don’t have time to tackle issues that really matter! May God forgive us and then bless us, is my humble prayer! – Tom Butterfield

  • Powerful Steve – always appreciate your writings! Thanks for putting this perspective on this.


  • Both things are a sad commentary on our society. There is no greater proof of the need for the gospel to change lives in our nation.

  • Wonderful article.

  • This saddens me that our society has no compassion towards murder with babies and are outraged when animals are killed for clothing……these types of situations can go on and on and the moral decay in this country is rapidly declining…..we must go out and boldly teach the gospel before it is too late……thank you for this writing and I pray it reaches in many, many homes. I appreciate the good works you are doing in His kingdom.

  • Aren’t Americans supposed to have the rights to “Life, LIberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”? And yet, millions of Americans are robbed of these – those Americans who are unborn. When aborted – they are robbed of their physical rights of life (as they have been killed), robbed of any liberty (they had no choice in the matter) and robbed of any physical pursuit of happiness. The most dangerous place on earth for many Americans is not in a theater, not in Iraq or Afghanistan, not even those first responders who put their lives on the line …. but rather in the wombs of many mothers!

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