I realize some exciting developments have come from the Planned Parenthood sting videos done by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP).
Congressional hearings have been held. Investigative teams have been launched by Congress. Several states have defunded Planned Parenthood altogether with their state tax dollars.
This is all worth celebrating. But it is not enough.
I have a theory as to why the Planned parenthood sting videos are not as impactful as we pro-lifers would hope. Let me test it out on you and you leave me a comment at the end to tell me what you think. Does that sound good?
HERE’S MY THEORY ON THE PLANNED PARENTHOOD STING VIDEOS
We live in the microwave age.
Our American culture is built around expediency. Efficiency gets bought. Slowness gets passed over.
We like our fast food. Our television shows are 30 minutes long, 60 minutes tops. We get upset if we have to wait in line at the bank or the grocery store for more than a couple minutes. We have mega shopping centers so we don’t have to make multiple stops to get dog food, diapers, and milk.
In short, we desire instant gratification.
The upside of this is that we are able to accomplish more tasks in a day. We can eat our breakfast and still read the headlines online. We can jog on the treadmill and listen to music. We can do a load of dishes while still watching a movie.
The downside is that our knowledge on any particular topic remains rather shallow.
Case in point: news stories are short and lack much depth. Newspaper stories usually go into a bit more detail, but fewer people read the newspaper than ever. We like our news in 30-second soundbites. We like to read the headlines online and skim through short news article, if we even bother to click on them.
Thus, with so much to do to keep ourselves busy, and seemingly so little time to get it all done, we skimp. Important matters like our soldiers dying overseas, school shootings, or even, I daresay, a government-funded organization making money off the sale of aborted baby parts, barely crosses our mind after we read or hear the initial headline.
We might sum it up this way: Americans don’t want to think. We just let the mass media do the thinking for us.
We let the CNN’s and the Fox News’s of the world decide what is worth airing on the news. We are content to passively accept the low quality production of Hollywood into our homes through movies and television.
TOO PASSIVE TO CARE
Thus, when an important story like the one involving the sale of the fetal remains of aborted babies comes along, too many Americans turn a blind eye.
With only a bumper sticker catch phrase depth of knowledge on the topic of abortion, it is hard to appreciate the enormity of illegality of Planned Parenthood’s operation.
Besides, if it were really heinous what Planned Parenthood was doing, everyone wouldn’t allow it, right? We couldn’t all be wrong to allow a federally-funded organization to be paid our tax dollars to slaughter the preborn.
If what Planned Parenthood was doing was morally evil, it might mean I was wrong. I could be wrong to have been so passive in permitting this holocaust. I could be mistaken in my advocacy for a woman’s “right to choose”—whatever that vague phrase means.
No, I can’t admit to any of that.
So, I’ll just skip over that headline and get back to my television show I recorded on DVR. You can’t expect me to care about the destiny of the unborn, when the producers of this TV show promised a main character was going to die this time!
Do you think my theory on the lack of outrage of the Planned parenthood sting videos is in the ballpark?
Or am I coming from left field?
Please leave a comment below!