Monday, November 29, 2010
Ugly 'Christmas Starts With Christ' poster turns into pro-life promo.
I'm sorry, but I think this poster is so cold and ugly. I get the message - but it's ugly: for Christmas and for pro-life purposes.
The poster is part of a 'put Christ back in Christmas' campaign in the UK, but the image is obviously being promoted elsewhere as a pro-life image as well. People are free to do as they wish of course, I just don't like it - it looks like a bad Easter Seal stamp to me. I know a lot of Catholics think it is an effective image. Perhaps for them. For me, the most effective pro-life images I have ever seen were photos of the remains of aborted babies at various stages of development, laid out on a towel. Unfortunately, many people feel such images are offensive and much too disturbing.
Anyway, a good alternative image to the ultra-sound facsimile? An icon of Our Lady of the Sign - the image says it all and so much more. It is pure and modest and holy, and represents sound theology and devotion. That said - regular ultra-sound images of any baby in the womb ought to be enough to convince people that life begins at conception.
Ultra-sound image source.
Icon: Our Lady of the Sign