It's only September, but we've already been attacked in the Crimson White by abortion-supporting columnist John Speer. Classic. He wrote:
Uninformed groups such as the Bama Students for Life, who create high-profile disasters for an entire campus, should be monitored. They require advisors who can teach them judicious principles and a voice of reason that can craft savvy, and not horridly offensive, goals. Good intentions cannot cure stupidity; the only remedy for such a problem is strong guidance.
The Crimson White absolutely loves to call Bama Students for Life ignorant. I have personally been called ignorant and an idiot in the CW for associating myself with BSFL. Mr. Speer is a frequent critic of our organization. However, there is one thing he is not: a member.
Mr. Speer has never gone sidewalk counseling with us. He does not know the copious amounts of information we have at our fingertips for pregnant women. He does not know how well many of our members know the fetal development timeline, which we strive to be familiar with in order to debate with and inform those around us. He did not go to our all-day training academy last year, where guest speakers taught us the medical facts of pregnancy and abortion, as well as apologetics to further enhance our ability to effectively defend our stance.
We are called ignorant because our beliefs are unpopular and the truths we proffer are uncomfortable. We are called idiots because we refuse to resort to insults and shouting to get our point across the way many of our opponents do.
I do not know if John Speer will ever read this, but if he does, I would like to personally invite him to a Bama Students for Life meeting. Thursdays at 8, Ridgecrest South. Listen to our conversations and the presentations given by our officers. Speak to our members. Enter a healthy debate if you’d like. Get to know us a little before you decide the level of our intelligence.
...I agree with Mr. Speer that photos of abortion are “horridly offensive.” This is why we show them. If abortion is so repulsive to look at, then perhaps this violence isn’t something we should tolerate as a civilized society. Our mentors helped us plan and execute the Genocide Awareness Project, which sparked weeks of campus debate and inspired close to 1,000 pro-life students to join our mailing list.
Our team of advisors and supporters has also helped us craft programs like our Pregnant on Campus Initiative, which provides resources and support to pregnant and parenting students so no mother is forced to choose between her child and her education.
Mr. Speer wrote, “Students should become learners who pursue their goals and knowledge with self-determination.” Members of Bama Students for Life are educated about abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty and other issues related to human life. Last semester, we pursued our goal of showing campus the reality of the modern genocide of abortion, which has ended the lives of 55 million pre-born children since Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. This semester, we are pursuing our goal of equipping student parents with the resources they need to continue their education.
Mr. Speer wrote, “Good intentions cannot cure stupidity; the only remedy for such a problem is strong guidance.” Mr. Speer certainly could use some strong guidance in his attempts to lambaste Bama Students for Life. After all, he was only able to criticize us personally and claim that we’re ignorant – he couldn’t criticize our pro-life position at all.
If Mr. Speer had done his research, he would have realized that organizations like Bama Students for Life foster direction, student leadership and civic engagement. Furthermore, we encourage diversity in thought on a campus infested with liberal professors and columnists whose best argument against pro-life students is that we need to be “monitored” because we’re “ignorant.”
Mr. Speer, ad hominem attacks are no substitutes for reasoned arguments. If you could offer one good argument why it should be OK to decapitate and dismember little human beings, we would be grateful to hear it. The fact is, you can’t. Otherwise, you would make your case and let it stand on it’s own. Instead, you resort to ad hominem attacks and name-calling.
But even that is not enough for you. The evil you endorse is so disturbing, you can’t bear to look at it. You are offended when your evil is exposed, so you want the University (i.e., the government) to “monitor” the BSFL and “teach” them to have goals that are not offensive (i.e., not offensive to you). That is a thinly-veiled call for government censorship … which is an odd thing for a newspaper to endorse, don’t you think?
Take heart, Mr. Speer, that you are disturbed by photos of violent death. Even though you endorse decapitating and dismembering little human beings now, your reaction shows that you still have a functioning conscience. That encourages us to never quit.
I neither require nor want an explanation of your tactics. They were disrespectful, tasteless, and childish. Informed people don't equate abortion to genocide or civil rights. You are an embarrassment to your cause. There are pro-life groups which engage in knowledgeable and passionate debate whom I respect, you are simply not one of them.
John Speer responded to Briana Fennell's comment with:
I don't need to speak with you to accurately gauge your level of intelligence. To be clear, it is not your beliefs with which I disagree ( and which disgust me), it is your presentation. You cannot compare abortion to genocide, civil rights, and make a pop imitation ballad about it. That is ignorant and extremely offensive. Genocide is the mass extermination of an ethnicity, how do you equate that with a woman's reproductive rights? Civil rights dealt with the systematic exclusion and institutional segregation of an entire race of people, that is not the same as a choice to end a pregnancy. To diminish the importance and significance of a woman's choice by crafting pop music ballads about it is grossly offensive and ignorant. There are pro-choice arguments I respect. The Catholic Church's official stance is that life begins at conception. They do not exhaust the measures you did to convey that point and I accept, but respectfully disagree, with their argument. You do not respect others as evidenced by your tactics. Walk into a synagogue or take a trip to Rwanda and talk genocide with them- they know what it is. Speak to one of the living members of the Civil Rights Movement at the Southern poverty law center about segregation, and ask any humane person if it is acceptable to make pop ballads out of incredibly difficult choices. Many do not choose to have an abortion out of convenience.
No, I don't want to meet you until you demonstrate some respect. Furthermore, I don't need to, all I need to know about you is chalked, displayed, and colored across the quad. You are no better than the hate preaching charlatans at the Westboro Baptist Church who picket the funerals of lesbian and gay family's children.
- John Speer is able to accurately gauge Briana's level of intelligence without meeting her
- We cannot compare the deaths of 55 million human beings caused by abortion to genocide (newsflash: we already did...)
- BSFL apparently does more pro-life activism than the Catholic Church
- John Speer has no interest in meeting anyone from BSFL until we "demonstrate some respect"
- Showing people photos of the reality of abortion is the same as picketing a funeral
It's flattering that John Speer thinks that BSFL is more active in the pro-life movement than the Catholic Church, but he's sorely mistaken. Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life has endorsed Genocide Awareness Project and the Catholic Church and numerous Catholic pro-life organizations pour millions into anti-abortion efforts every year.
And, as Briana put it another comment responding to John Speer's rambling about the Catholic Church: "Finally, a fun fact. I am, in fact, a practicing Catholic. And I have personally never done anything out of line with the Church's teachings while defending the rights of the unborn."
John Speer's comment that to "diminish the importance and significance of a woman's choice by crafting pop music ballads about it is grossly offensive and ignorant" is a reference to our chalking last fall, which read, "Hey, I just met you / and this is crazy / but don't abort me / cuz I'm your baby."
The "woman's choice" to which John Speer refers is abortion, a violent procedure that kills preborn people, who from the moment of conception have been whole, distinct, living human beings.
Calling BSFL "offensive and ignorant" over and over isn't exactly a stellar argument. John Speer has yet to offer any evidence that abortion isn't the killing of a human being. *crickets*