Opinion: Hollywood's tantrum over pro-life laws is totally misplaced

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Hollywood is outraged. This week the governor of Georgia signed into law a so-called “heartbeat" bill that essentially bans abortions after the first six weeks of pregnancy. Ohio, Kentucky and Mississippi have also passed similar laws this year Hollywood is outraged because it views these laws as cruel atrocities against women.

Hollywood (I'm using that as general shorthand for the principle creatives and executives in the movie/TV industry) feels particularly emboldened to speak out in this case because it has spent a lot of money on productions in the South over the past decade, especially in Georgia. Avengers: Endgame, currently on pace to become the highest-grossing movie of all-time, was shot almost entirely in Georgia. Just like it did when North Carolina was considering its “bathroom" bill in 2016, Hollywood is threatening to withhold its production dollars from Georgia over this heartbeat bill. Consider the audacity of Hollywood thinking that Georgians would rather have Hollywood's cash than save innocent lives from the forceps and suction hose of abortionists. It's ridiculous.

Yet, here's the thing. I don't want to get mired in another Hollywood bash session. Maybe it's a naïve approach, but this is an appeal for Hollywood and social/political conservatives — supposed mortal enemies — to reason together.

I don't hate Hollywood. In fact, in spite of its incessant assault on many things I hold dear, there is enough good entertainment produced that I'm a pretty loyal customer. Movies can actually provide some rare common ground between left and right. My family enjoys “movie night" almost every Friday. I look forward to showing my kids some of Hollywood's best past and present art. We enjoy discovering new gems together.

Recently, we watched the 2011 movie The Help with our 14-year-old daughter. My wife and I had seen it before, but our daughter had not. There is a poignant series of scenes in The Help that are relevant to the current headlines about pro-life bills in state legislatures across the nation. In the scenes, Celia Foote (played by Jessica Chastain), has a miscarriage. It is apparently her third miscarriage. We see her digging a small hole and placing a box, presumably containing the miscarried baby's remains, in the ground. It is a sad funeral scene.

The baby in the box is a person, with all the significance and dignity that entails.

As she's recovering in bed, Celia tells her housekeeper, Minny: “He [Celia's husband] doesn't know about the baby. Or the two before."

Celia is very early in her pregnancy, yet, in a departure from the left's relentless abortion rhetoric, she calls the fetus a “baby." In these scenes, you have some of Hollywood's top talent making a clear statement that the miscarried child is a tragedy to be mourned.

The miscarriage funeral scene in The Help is striking because it makes me wonder whether those involved in the movie realize the ramification of what the scene communicates. The box, containing the baby's miscarried remains, is a coffin. In Celia's loving, mournful, respectful act of giving a proper burial, the movie is saying the baby in the box is a person, with all the significance and dignity that entails.

Now imagine if another character in the movie had an abortion at the same time as Celia Foote's miscarriage, at the exact same point in her pregnancy. But no box for the baby's remains, and no funeral. What's the difference? Why is one baby's death a tragedy, while the aborted baby is something to celebrate (#ShoutYourAbortion)? It seems the only difference in that scenario would be the mother's desire — whether or not she wanted to have the baby. This doesn't make sense. Either all human life in the mother's womb is precious, as the Celia Foote scenes acknowledge, or all life is disposable at the mother's whim. We can't have it both ways.

One of the things that movies can do best is encourage empathy. To borrow a line from Harper Lee, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it." Where is Hollywood's empathy for the millions of people in Georgia, Mississippi and several other states who support these pro-life measures? The assumption is that pro-life people are anti-women, but I can attest that is decidedly false. Neither do they want to control a woman's body. They desire to protect the baby's body (many of which would grow up to be female by the way).

I hope reasonable abortion supporters will consider this paradigm shift — abortion is not about the woman, her body or her right to choose. It is about the human growing inside of her, who is every bit as real, significant and dignified as she is.

As it pertains to abortion, empathy is misplaced on both the left and the right.

As it pertains to abortion, empathy is misplaced on both the left and the right. On the pro-life side, there is often too little empathy for the women in legitimately dire circumstances who get abortions. On the pro-abortion side there is too often no empathy for the unborn child.

I don't hate Hollywood for its outrage over these pro-life laws, though I think its outrage is misplaced and largely misunderstands the pro-life position. My prayer is that abortion supporters would come closer to understanding the perspective that every unborn person who dies through miscarriage or abortion is equally tragic. Both deserve a tiny box. And a garden funeral. And our tears.

After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

Watch this clip to see the heated exchange:

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One of the most dangerous existential threats to the United States is Critical Race Theory, or CRT. As Glenn Beck has exposed over the past year, CRT is gaining momentum and has been preached in our universities for a while now.

Then last August, leaked documents revealed that Marxism, activist ideology of Black Lives Matter, is making its way into grade school classrooms across the country. And since then, things have only gotten more intense.

On next week's Wednesday night special, Glenn will expose the new ways progressives are systematically indoctrinating our kids and culture with this dangerous ideology. But first, it's crucial that you know what your kids may already be learning.

"What I'm about to show you is just the beginning," Glenn said, introducing the leaked documents.

"I found it shocking that Black Lives Matter supporters have developed lesson plans that start from preschool all the way up to the 12th grade," he continued. "Do you know the money it would take to tailor things ... and get it out to the schools and the unions for each age, to be able to brainwash the kids on Marxism and how to destroy capitalism by using race, sexual orientation, and gender?

"Our children don't stand a chance," Glenn added later. "They're not being taught anything except how to be radical activists. What the hell has happened?"

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