Average Joe Buckeye Blitz cont. Drove up Rte. 49 to Antwerp, Ohio, where I met with Bob Silliman who is a Third Order Franciscan. Silliman has been active in the Pro-Life movement and is also quite an artist. His oil paintings have been displayed in the Toledo Museum of Art and he is currently working on a series of paintings with spiritual themes. As with his Pro-Life activities, and other work for the church, Silliman said he sees his painting as a “ministry” as well. I told the Antwerp Bee-Argus newspaper that we would consider Bob Silliman an “extra-mile American.” This morning Bob and I attended St. Mary’s Church here and the priest said abortion is going on “right under our noses,” but many (even in the church) have grown “callous” to it. The priest continued that “we all abhor the violence and bloodshed of war,” yet in God’s eyes, abortion is no different, if not worse. That is, the violence is directed at innocent unborn babies, he said.