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The word “ichthus” is Koine Greek (the language in which the New Testament books were written) for “fish.” It was used by ancient persecuted Christians as a secret symbol so they would know one other.
ichthus art.jpgThe Greek letters spelling ichthus – ????? – formed an acrostic for Jesus, Anointed, God, Son, and Savior, meaning “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.” Today you’ll see the ichthus fish symbol all over the place in Christian art, bumper stickers, etc.
So it is ironic that this year’s 40th annual Ichthus Music Festival, which ran June 17-20, would force pro-lifers to go underground with their message….

Bryan Kemper of Stand True reported on his blog on June 19 that Ichthus Festival organizers strangely silenced him over the word “silenced”:

Yesterday afternoon I was standing in front of our booth at Ichthus Festival with duct tape on my mouth with the words “Silenced 4000 a day” on it. I was also holding a homemade sign that read “During your 4 days at Ichthus Festival almost 16,000 babies will be killed by surgical abortion”….

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After an hour… I was approached by festival staff who told me that I was offending people; she told me 5 parents of older kids complained about being offended….
I was told they don’t want anything that says abortion is wrong but only come at the issue from a positive perspective. I showed them several signs on our booth that say “Jesus Heals and Forgives” and showed them our post abortive healing literature. I asked if the booths that are speaking against porn and human trafficking are offensive and I was told that that was different….
I was told again that the term “silenced” was offensive because women who have had abortions will then think they silenced their babies.

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I was told to stop playing our slide show that had pictures from the Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity and that I could not have anything with the word “silenced” and on duct tape. We have two shirts, stickers and buttons with the word “silenced” on them that had to be taken down.

Ridiculous. How in the world can abortion be portrayed as “positive”? I was heartened by Bryan’s report that 2 bands, Men as Trees Walking and The Wedding, wore his t-shirts on stage after hearing about the censorship.
Meanwhile Bryan spotted “several booths that have what we call rip off shirts where they just change a companies logo into a christian shirt including parodies of Vodka and Beer logos.”
The Ichthus Festival’s “silencing” of abortion exemplifies exactly why the apathetic Church is in no small part to blame for the continued killing of preborn children – by those exactly the age attending the Ichthus Festival.
What is the difference between Ichthus Festival and the pro-abort Lilith Festival?
And while Ichthus organizers and offended parents are busy burying their collective head in the sand, it is possible a girl got pregnant at their milk toast music festival – or met a nice guy by whom she soon will be. But they quashed the powerful pro-life message that will now be missing from her conscience in 6 to 8 weeks.

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