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Each week on Colson, BreakPoint Radio and, and other channels we publish a great deal of new content around a vital theme. The ReSeries, John Stonestreet's video commentary, is often (but not always) the cornerstone of the weekly theme.

Theme of the Week: Illuminate Evil


A few weeks ago, one of the most horrific criminals in living memory went on trial for the slaughter of victims young and old over the course of a career so shocking that it has been called the "Uncle Tom's Cabin" moment of the abortion controversy. Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who owned a family planning clinic in West Philadelphia, PA, until two years ago, is said to have gone unnoticed by local officials and the media for decades -- time he spent becoming a millionaire running what a grand jury report dubbed his "house of horrors."

To understand the indescribably vile things that happened at Gosnell's clinic and to hear testimony from those who knew him and engaged his services, visit In the main, Gosnell appears to have made a living illegally aborting late term babies and delivering others alive only to brutally kill and discard them. Add the facts that his crimes took place in unsanitary conditions, under the supervision of untrained staff (which resulted in the death of at least one woman), surrounded by what has been described as a "baby charnel house" of frozen, pickled and severed fetal remains, and the case becomes the stuff of nightmares.

While the details of this unfolding atrocity all defy moral comprehension, one persistent theme continues to stand out: silence, both from those whom the grand jury report says were repeatedly notified through the years of what was happening at the clinic, and from the mainstream media ever since. As John Stonestreet points out in this week's "Re Series" video commentary, and Eric Metaxas addressed recently on BreakPoint Radio, the Gosnell murder trial has suffered from a nearly universal media blackout. As one poignant photo from inside the courtroom expresses, news organizations have shown shockingly little interest in covering what should have been one of the headline stories of the year.

John Stonestreet in this week's "Re Series" video
Only after a recent deluge of social media outrage have several media outlets begun to cover the trial. And this demonstrates a vital reality of today's public discourse which the Church needs to understand: Bias not only exaggerates coverage of events which reflect poorly on Christians, but eclipses coverage of news which reflects poorly on secular, progressive values, like the so-called "right to choose." We cannot depend on the media.

But we should take an even more important lesson from this: Christians and activists for traditional values are not powerless. Especially in the age of the internet and social networking, we have the ability to draw public attention to information and injustices others would rather hide. Like William Wilberforce forcing members of parliament to confront the graphic realities of the British slave trade, pro-lifers can shed light on modern evils by refusing to stay silent and by forcing our culture to confront its own darkness and examine its conscience.

By shining moral truth on unspoken wrongs, we can defeat them. By playing our biblical role as light, we can bring justice. By illuminating evil, we can eliminate it.

Explore This Week's Theme

ReEngage_Icon_small Recently one of the most horrific criminals in American memory went on trial for the murder of babies and women in what a grand jury has called an abortion "house of horrors." And for weeks, the mainstream media made not a peep. >>Watch now.
TalkingPoints In his most recent Talking Points, T. M. Moore raises some fascinating questions about what the ascended Christ is doing in Heaven, and offers compelling answers: Jesus isn't idle. He's busy building something beyond imagination, both here and at His Father's side. >>Read more.
BreakPoint_Daily_Commentary_Generic The mainstream media ignored the story for weeks until bloggers and tweeters forced them to talk. Find out more next on Breakpoint. >>Read more
the_point If the media won’t do it, we must. For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point. >>Read more.
BPTW_icon_small John Stonestreet interviews Eric Metaxas and Bob Muzikowski, recipient of a presidential award for helping transform inner city Chicago. >>Read more.