Exclusive: The Lost Shepherd

Posted: November 8, 2015 by gamegetterII in Uncategorized

David Codrea via Guns magazine-

“Jesus wouldn’t join the NRA,” filmmaker and philanthropist Abigail E. Disney insisted in a Reuters “editorial” that really amounted to free advertising for her directorial debut. The Armor of Light follows a crisis of conscience for Evangelical minister Rev. Rob Schenck as he struggles with the question of whether it’s possible to be pro-life and pro-gun, a false assumption from the outset. Schenck is joined on camera by a mother questioning “stand your ground” laws following the shooting death of her son. With just that information, it’s not unfair to assume the film is anti-gun. Approving reviews by politically-supportive film critics don’t dispel that expectation.

It’s also not unfair to assume Reuters has an agenda, and one that’s being pushed with a theme. Simultaneously appearing on their “Analysis & Opinions” web page, along with the Disney piece, was a bit of wishful thinking by George Mason University professor of public and international affairs, Bill Schneider.

“Public opinion on guns seems to be going in the same direction as it did on same-sex marriage,” Schneider wrote. “The religious right lost the fight against same-sex marriage. The gun lobby may lose the fight to stop reasonable gun-control laws.”

On the one hand, there’s a secular “progressive” presumption that Jesus is squarely in their camp. On the other, the “religious right” is presumed irrelevant. As for Mason, he warned “To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” What he would have thought of an anti-gun academic stumping for disarmament under the banner of his namesake university is probably not debatable.

But back to Abigail. Yes, it’s that Disney. She’s the granddaughter of Roy, Walt’s brother and co-founder of an empire. As a beneficiary of a staggering fortune, she’s following in the footsteps of heirs looking for significance by patronizing “progressive” causes to make a mark on the world of their own. And she’s found what may be her optimal collaborator, albeit one that many religious conservatives may find surprising: Rev. Schenck, heretofore associated with the “political right.”

“First, it’s important to know I am the principal subject of Ms. Disney’s film,” Schenck tells readers in a column he penned for The Huffington Post, a curious forum for hosting an evangelist. Suddenly, an activist, who has defied injunctions as part of his anti-abortion commitment, is finding himself the toast of the left, writing a guest column for a site that, before he became useful to them, was dismissing his defenses of traditional marriage and of rights of the unborn to life, as “below-the-belt broadsides.”

“She is an unabashed left-leaning, pro-choice, Planned Parenthood-supporting feminist,” Schenck admits of Disney. That may be the reason he wished to engage with and attempt to convert her. But despite his transformation into an anti-gun propaganda tool, aside from superficial appearance gestures, his new “friend,” hasn’t actually budged an inch. All the conversion has been on his part.

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