This is quite the bold move. As a third rate, tax subsidized broadcasting outfit with a viewership in the single digits, I’d expect you’d try your best to fly under the radar. There is, after all, no conceivable reason for you to exist, nor is there a solid justification for spending tax money to keep afloat an irrelevant television channel that has long since drowned amid a sea of a million other channels.
Sure, you “only” bring in about 40 million dollars a year in tax money, but why draw attention to the scam? It might be a good 460 million dollars less than the amount that Obama gave to Planned Parenthood last year, but it’s still a sizable sum. It’s still 40 million dollars earmarked for a TV channel which provides absolutely nothing that can’t be found on dozens of other TV channels.
Yet here we are, and you’ve decided to air a 90 minute pro-late term abortion propaganda piece. Of all of the documentaries at your disposal, you chose to give airtime on your tax funded airwaves to a film that glorifies the butchery of viable, fully formed human beings.
The synopsis on your website says that the pro-infanticide film After Tiller paints a “humanizing” portrait of the “doctors” who openly kill fully developed babies who could survive outside of the womb — if they weren’t first poisoned or dismembered by these very “courageous” medical professionals.
In fact, I think the entire synopsis you provide is worth a read:
Martha Shane and Lana Wilson’s After Tiller is a deeply humanizing and probing portrait of the only four doctors in the United States still openly performing third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Wichita, Kansas—and in the face of intense protest from abortion opponents. It is also an examination of the desperate reasons women seek late abortions. Rather than offering solutions, After Tiller presents the complexities of these women’s difficult decisions and the compassion and ethical dilemmas of the doctors and staff who fear for their own lives as they treat their patients.
The compassion of people who get paid to kill children.
Pray you never encounter that sort of “compassion,” PBS, for it ends in blood and death and suffering.
Imagine if you aired a documentary which painted slaveowners or Klan members as compassionate. You’d be condemned across the globe, funding would be cut, the President would publicly admonish you, and thousands of death threats would fill up your mailbox. But, instead, you broadcast a love letter to people who kill infants, and a mob of morally bankrupted liberals celebrate you for it.
So I know I’m in the anti-murdering-fully-developed-children-minority, but I still hope you’ll consider a few points about this movie you’re about to show:
You are small children and have already lost your mother. That is an irreplaceable loss. A father’s death is not anywhere near the loss of a mother. My death will leave you orphans, vulnerable and alone in the world. You will weep. Yes, you might even weep your hearts out, and that will be good—provided you weep before your Father in heaven. We have it on the authority of his Son, and I have experienced the truth of it personally: ‘Happy are those who weep, for they shall be comforted.’ Spill your tears before him, and he will always dry them. That is the Sermon on the Mount, the place where you can find all the answers. Climbing through this mountain can be hard-going, and at times through mists, rain and snow. But when the mists and clouds lift, what a vista of beauty, peace and love!
A pro-life group is calling on taxpayer-funded PBS to cancel its plans to air a pro-abortion movie on Labor Day that “humanizes” late-term abortionists who kill unborn children in the third-trimester.
“After Tiller” profiles Warren Hern, Shelley Sella, LeRoy Carhart, and Susan Robinson, some of the last third-trimester abortionists left in the United States.
On September 1, PBS will be showing the pro-abortion propaganda film “After Tiller” that seeks to sanitize the practice of killing unborn children after viability in late-term abortions. The station also provides resources for people to host an at-home viewing party.
American Life League is demanding that the taxpayer-funded PBS cancel its Labor Day showing of “After Tiller.”
“‘After Tiller’ is nothing short of pure propaganda intended to demonize the entire pro-life movement and drum up support for late-term abortion,” said Judie Brown, president of American Life League. “Why are pro-life tax dollars being used to paint a sympathetic picture of abortionists who stab babies in the base of their skulls just moments before they are born? Where is the sympathy for the babies, whose brains are being sucked out by vacuum machines by these abortionists?”
Brown says “After Tiller” was funded in large part by pro-abortion groups and lists Planned Parenthood and NARAL as primary outreach partners.
According to Media Impact Partners, the film’s production team’s goals include changing the view of Americans in favor of late-term abortion providers and against legislation that bans late-term abortions. The filmmakers also hope that medical students will request abortion training be made available in their curricula.
“Would PBS ever run a puff piece that was funded by the KKK in order to sanitize and normalize racism?” asked Brown. “Shame on PBS! This has no business airing on a publicly funded network.”
The taxpayer-funded television station prefers to describe the movie this way:
Martha Shane and Lana Wilson’s After Tiller is a deeply humanizing and probing portrait of the only four doctors in the United States still openly performing third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Wichita, Kansas—and in the face of intense protest from abortion opponents.
It is also an examination of the desperate reasons women seek late abortions. Rather than offering solutions, After Tiller presents the complexities of these women’s difficult decisions and the compassion and ethical dilemmas of the doctors and staff who fear for their own lives as they treat their patients.
The PBS web site even includes a quote from the liberal Washington Post extolling the virtues of the movie.
“After Tiller does viewers the great service of providing light where there’s usually only heat, giving a human face and heart to what previously might have been an abstract issue or quickly scanned news item.”
Promoting abortions after viability as a great service? Your taxpayer dollars at work.
ACTION: Contact PBS here.
This movie sounds disgusting.
The video this is from is even better because there’s like five minutes of video of these dogs and then at the very end this happens and you hear a little “Frrt” and the dog makes that face and it just
Relámpagos o peces
en la noche del mar
y pájaros, relámpagos
en la noche del bosque.
Los huesos son relámpagos
en la noche del cuerpo.
Oh mundo, todo es noche
y la vida es relámpago.
First overnight stay at an airport.
In case someone was wondering.
Ascetical neopuritanism, ascetical neopuritanism everywhere.
Camus, CS Lewis, and What’s Wrong With Me
My knowledge of Camus is limited to one reading of The Fall, but having just finished that tiny fierce book, I don’t plan on it staying that way. The Fall is one of the few books I’ve ever read that showed me my reflection, and there’s not much more valuable than a glimpse of yourself as you really are. Unlike the narrator of The Fall, I am not a once-successful French attorney currently drinking away the days in a squalid bar in Amsterdam. But when Jean-Baptiste Clamence talks about doing good deeds and doing them well so that he can revel in his own goodness, I saw more than a little of my own complex and subtle selfishness. My sins haven’t been the same as Clamence’s, but that doesn’t mean much, really. I’ve been sober as Sunday morning and yet drunk with pride precisely because I was sober. As Clamence confesses to his confidant, ”living above the rest is still the only way to be seen and saluted by the greatest number.”
That is the high that pride offers. What is more powerful or pleasurable or poisonous than looking down on other people? It makes no real difference whether you are an philosopher or a Pharisee—you can be addicted to the high of pride.
(I can feel it now even as I write this, because I am looking down on my old self. And that is the singularly treacherous thing about pride—there is a way to confess one’s sins that is prouder than any celebration of one’s achievements.)
My freshman year of high school, I wrestled and I had braces. This meant that I bled on near-daily basis. But as I picked little pieces of my lips out of my braces, I’d smile at the taste of the iron in my mouth. “I might not be much of a wrestler yet,” I thought, “but I’m still better than all those kids who don’t have the courage to bleed.” That’s pride; it smiles when it swallows blood.
I won’t deny that pride can do a lot of good. It was my painkiller of choice during a rough season of wrestling, and it’s even motivated me to do some good things that helped other people, and while the goodness of my deed was in part spoiled by my pride, I still think that those other people were helped (albeit not as much as if I had been doing what I did for more noble reasons). Pride is not all bad.
But that is why pride is so deadly. The most dangerous sin is the one with the most good in it, just as the most dangerous lie is the one with the most truth in it—no one would ever eat or drink poison that looks and smells and tastes like poison, but poison that looks and smells and tastes like food is lethal. Pride is the Devil’s finest poison because we can hardly tell the difference between it and the good stuff.
Pride is sweet poison, but it still kills. C.S. Lewis knew the power and peril of pride, and that knowledge enabled him to write this:
"As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you."
Whatever we might claim to worship, if we are looking down, we are proud, which is to say that we are worshipping ourselves. But as we worship ourselves, we slowly suffocate our true selves, the selves we were meant to be. Only when we know who God is can we discover who we really are.