I just received the latest RollingStone mag this past week, and I really enjoy this magazine for a couple of reasons: 1) it provides me with a snapshot of the emerging American culture; 2) the slant of the magazine so clear I never have to wonder from which direction the writers might be coming from - what you see is what they think.
In the latest issue, there is an article entitled, "One Man's God Squad"and is a frightening and shameful article from this readers perspective. Written by Kimberly Sevick, it details the holy crusade of Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue and it thoroughly details the efforts of his pro-life organization's efforts to shut down a notorious abortion clinic located in Wichita, Kansas. As shameful as his efforts are, the article is surprisingly mild given RS typical liberal position.
I guess when I read this article the facts are so clear that even with my strong pro-life position I can't help but side with those who are repulsed by the actions of organizations such as this. The mafia style attempts to strong arm even secondary and third sources of business that have even the remotest of connections to the clinic employees is simply stunning. Unfortunately, I believe organizations such as this, with their jihad-like rhetoric, form much of the ugly pock on the face of the Church as a whole. In my view, Newman's group of psychological ruffians are in the ranks of a political Al-Qaida that are apart of the social ills of this country. Rather than bringing healing and understanding they polarize positions with violent charges that erupt into their own desires for publicity. Shameful, simply shameful.
At the end of this article I was left with a hollow feeling that made me sympathetic for those who choose the route of abortion. Unfortunately, RollingStone just highlights the biological reasons one might consider abortion, and fails to mention those who, out of shame, fear, or at-risk life styles consider this option. (Which is revealing in its own right) But despite this, I can't help but think that "good Christian soldiers" such a Newman only accentuate the guilt and increase the victimization that occurs to these women. Actions such as this, in my opinion, are just another way the Church is viewed as stoning culture when they should be loving them.