Saturday, May 4, 2013
Mark Shea is wrong
I like Mark Shea. Okay, I don't know him personally, but I like his posts, his intelligence, his insights, his sense of humor, his sometimes contrarian ways. I generally agree with him.
I'm even paying tribute to him by giving this a post a Shea-type provocative title.
Nevertheless, he is wrong - at least when it comes to Live Action.
The folks at Live Action stage undercover operations and record abortionists and abortion center staff revealing a willingness to cover up child abuse, rape, exploitation of women, fraud, murder, and infanticide.
But Mark is unhappy with the Live Action folks.
Seems he thinks they are lying.
That they do deceive the good people of Planned Parenthood and other baby killing centers is true. That's what undercover work is about. You go in in disguise to find out things that might not otherwise be revealed. Police do that regularly. The FBI does too. And the CIA. Journalists do it. And others.
Yes, lying makes the Ten Commandments' naughty list and is condemned by the Church. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
2482 "A lie consists in speaking a falsehood with the intention of deceiving."281 The Lord denounces lying as the work of the devil: "You are of your father the devil, . . . there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies."282
2483 Lying is the most direct offense against the truth. To lie is to speak or act against the truth in order to lead someone into error. By injuring man's relation to truth and to his neighbor, a lie offends against the fundamental relation of man and of his word to the Lord.
2484 The gravity of a lie is measured against the nature of the truth it deforms, the circumstances, the intentions of the one who lies, and the harm suffered by its victims. If a lie in itself only constitutes a venial sin, it becomes mortal when it does grave injury to the virtues of justice and charity.
But that doesn't sound like what the Live Action people are doing. They are playing a role - they liken what they do to acting. They are playing a part. Just like the undercover police. Or reporters.
I remember once when I was a reporter I wrote a story about street corner beggars. To experience what they experience, to get a feel for what they feel, I put on old clothes, made a sign that said "Hungry," and stood on street corners. I did so in character, walking with a limp, speaking in a gravelly voice, etc.
Was I lying? No. It helped me to better understand the people I was interviewing. It helped me to know how people react to beggars. It helped me better understand my own reactions to them.
(In case you are wondering, I donated all the money I got while begging to a homeless program.)
The Live Action people are not profiting by their actions. Their intent is not to harm others. It's to expose a grave crime that might not otherwise come to light.
I completely dismiss the lying charge.
But now there's a new line of attack. In doing what they do they are accused of somehow leading the baby killers into sin. They are tempting those misguided murderers to commit homicide - or at least to talk about their willingness to commit a hypothetical murder that will never actually take place.
The killing center staff went to work that day fully prepared to willingly commit murder. There's a good chance some of them did commit murders the day the Live Action folks stopped by. They didn't need any tempting by the Live Action people to slaughter children.
There's biblical precedent for what the Live Action people are doing.
King Solomon (1 Kings 3 16-28) is held up as model of justice in the way he handled the case of two women claiming the same baby. Cut the baby in half, he declared - catching one of the women willing to go along with the infanticide. Did he tempt her? No - he gave her an opportunity to reveal her true nature.
That's what the Live Action people are doing. The people who get caught have an opportunity to do the right thing - but they reveal instead how deluded they are and the SOP at the killing centers.
We need to pray for the death dealers that they will see the truth of what they are doing and will repent - like, say, Abby Johnson did.
And we need to pray that the people at Live Action will continue doing what they are doing until even ABC News will acknowledge the true nature of abortion and what the slaughter sites are doing.
Oh, and we should also pray that Mark will realize that he's wrong here and get back to his delightful skewering of sacred cows that really deserve it.
Pax et bonum