Silent stance for life

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- The 2008 presidential election continues to heat up with each passing week, and one of the major issues is abortion. The issue took center stage 35 years ago this week with the decision in the Roe vs. Wade case. This weekend, a Sherman church continued a tradition started almost fifteen years ago.

Rows and rows of crosses stand tall beside the Grace Lutheran Church in Sherman, each of which represents one child out of 3,500 aborted each day across the United States.

"We want people to know that this is taking place and again they get a visual reminder of it and you walk through these crosses and you're in the middle of them and seeing them all around you it really is quite compelling," says Michael Matill, pastor of Grace Lutheren.

For the past 14 years, church members have placed the crosses one by one. Matill says there is no better way to remember those without a voice than with a silent memorial.

"When we use crosses that even though it’s an atrocity taking place it is a message of forgiveness that God has.”

What makes this year more significant than the rest is this week marks the 35th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Roe vs. Wade. The case was a landmark in the debate over the legality of abortion and a woman’s right to choose. Its decision, legalizing abortion, led to much controversy over a third of century.

"We ought to have the ability to agree and disagree to voice our opinions in this democracy and not have to worry about being ostracized being intimidated," says Tony Beaverson, chairman of the Grayson County Democratic Party.

Beaverson considers himself pro-choice, he says he is encouraged by the moderate showing by each side of the abortion debate including a the low-key demonstration such as the crosses.

"I’m not upset by it,” Beaverson says. “I think people have every right to voice their opinion demonstrate their concerns without the violence."

While Matill and the church received some negative phone calls, most of it is positive.

"A lot of people notice it and they don’t all know what it’s for we'll get some phone calls sometimes asking us why you put up all those crosses and that gives us a chance to share the message of life that God has for us."


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  • by Darren Location: Texas on Jan 25, 2008 at 09:30 AM
    First of all "wow", I am not judging anyone I am simply stating a fact, our values have been lost! I stated that issue exists because our society is morally starved. Premarital sex no matter how you view it, is a sin. 82% of abortions are from unmarried women, 52% of the women are under the age of 25. Out of all abortions only 1% are due to rape, 6% are due to health complications, and 93% are because the child is unwanted or it is inconvenient. In other words in 93% of the cases two people decided to have sex and now don’t want to deal with the consequences for their actions. Yes, this is America where we are free to make our own choices, you also should be held accountable for your choices and really understand the consequences for your actions. There is something wrong with 16% of American Children having sex before the age of 15! We have allowed the media outlets to expose our young people to sex as if it is no big deal, and aren't exposing them enough to the real consequences.
  • by Opinion8ed Location: on Texoma on Jan 25, 2008 at 04:03 AM
    Just for the record, I have spent thousands of hours in community service trying to protect children AFTER they are born. I cannot afford to adopt them all but I work in a job whose first priority is public safety and have donated countless volunteer hours to crime victims...Yes, I am a Christian and pro-life.
  • by wow Location: tx on Jan 24, 2008 at 11:13 AM
    darren....i'm sure that procreation is all you use sex for! yeah right! i do agree that abortion is wrong, but who are you to tell people what they can and can't do? i do beleive we are in america where you can make your own decisions. people should not be made to feel bad over something that most of the people that say it it 'wrong' do everyday! people will stop having sex when you quit judging, but you have to go first! so that will never happen
  • by Jess on Jan 24, 2008 at 09:18 AM
    Richie, so it's ok to put babies up for adoption and just forget about the older children without a home and unloved. Wow, what a solution. And I never stated that anything I ever said was facts, just what I have seen. EXCUSE ME FOR HAVING AN OPINION.
  • by Darren Location: Texas on Jan 24, 2008 at 08:42 AM
    This topic is so much more than “Pro-Life” and “Pro-Choice”. The simple fact is that we have become an morally starved society. The truth of the matter is that it is socially acceptable and almost expected for couples to have sex. Not to mention all of the “casual sex” partners, or teenagers that somehow think that it is okay to sleep around without a real understanding of what sex is really for, it is for procreation! If you are not ready to become a parent don’t have sex. If you really love someone then you can wait until you are married and are prepared for becoming a parent. Society has given everyone an easy out for making bad choices in life, make the right choice to begin with and you won’t have a “choice” to make later. And as far as the rape argument is concerned, termination should be considered in those rare circumstances. And for Anonymous, God is where he has always been, we are the ones that left Him.
  • by J Location: Anna on Jan 23, 2008 at 01:33 PM
    If its a "silent stance" why they making a big deal about it?
  • by TX Location: Texas on Jan 23, 2008 at 08:45 AM
    Dear Rhi, Excellent points!!
  • by Rhi Location: Texas on Jan 23, 2008 at 06:55 AM
    Has everyone forgotten judgement day comes to each of us INDIVIDUALLY?? I can't think of any circumstance I would perosnally have an abortion,but what give US THE RIGHT as a whole to make these decisions for anyone else. It will be them alone that stands up at judgement day, then they will be dealt with. As far as the rape issue goes, I honestly have NO idea how I would react in that situation. Would I be able to emotionally deal with going to the ER right away and filing a report. How would my husband feel about me afterward. Would I look at him in the bedroom from then on and think of my attacker?? Would I be able to go through 9 months of pregnancy?? Being pregnant w/ the love of your life's 2 kids is one thing, but being pregnant w/ the result of a vicious attack..That would be heartwrenching every moment of that pregnancy..WOMEN AND MEN, think about when you or your spouse was pregnant, the excitement, the pure miracle..now, think of that baby in the womb as a rape baby.....
  • by Richie Location: Sherman on Jan 22, 2008 at 04:23 PM
    Jess, I think you should check your facts again. Babies put up for adoption are snapped up immediately. Folks spent tens of thousands going overseas for children to adopt because there aren't enough available here. Yes, older children face greater challenges when put up for adoption, but not babies.
  • by J Location: DURANT on Jan 22, 2008 at 03:33 PM
    TO K IN DURANT I AGREE WITH YOU ABOUT THE CROSSES MADE OUT OF PVC PIPE WHY NOT TAKE THE MONEY SPENT ON THESE AND BUY COATS AND SHOES FOR NEEDY CHILDREN. THE CHURCH COULD HAVE BUILT A PERMANENT WOODEN OR MEDAL CROSS TO CONTINUE TO STAND. FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ABORTIONS GOD WILL DEAL WITH THEM IN HIS OWN TIME. JUST PRAY FOR THE LITTLE ONES THAT HAD NO CHOICE BUT ARE IN A LOT BETTER PLACE TODAY WITH GOD THAN WITH SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T LOVE THEM. AND REMEMBER THY SHALL NOT KILL GOD BLESS THE LITTLE CHILDREN. SO TONIGHT LOOK UP AT THE SKY AND SAY A PRAYER FOR THE LOST AND FOR OUR AMERICAN SOLDIERS.
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