Call it a coincidence, although I highly doubt it.
The weekend of the annual Life Chain across the nation and Canada, in more than 1,500 locations, including Spencer, a viral video hits Facebook determined to transform opinions of those with pro-choice preferences.
"180," a new documentary lasts just 33 minutes but seeks to make an impression that could impact generations.
Ray Comfort hosts the production which takes to the streets, seeking to educate people on the evils of the Holocaust, Adolph Hitler's reign of terror on the world and comparisons to a "modern-day Holocaust" taking place in America.
Comfort, who is Jewish, is deeply concerned that people are forgetting one of the greatest tragedies in world history, the death of 11 million people including 6 million Jews through the Holocaust under the supervision of Nazi soldiers under Hitler's control.
You can view the documentary at www.180movie.com.
Comfort hits the streets, initially talking about Adolph Hitler to a group of people, predominantly young adults, the majority of whom demonstrate a very weak knowledge of the man. He is called everything from an actor, a communist to the most famous criminal in the world, a bad guy, and a hero. Some people didn't know who he was even when presented with a picture.
Comfort's point: "Those who forget history are destined to repeat it." Not original, but poignant.
He stresses today there is a "Holocaust in America" sanctioned by the government, and asks the subjects in his street interviews how they can ignore it, just as so many ignored the German Holocaust during World War II. His rationale challenges his subjects
At one point, Comfort asks, "It's okay to kill a child in the womb when ...?" The answers ... well, watch it and see.
The number of unborn babies killed in the American Holocaust in the first 37 years since Roe v. Wade is 53,310,843 and growing, nearly five times the amount of deaths attributed to the German Holocaust.
The video is horrible, raw, disturbing and a harsh look at reality. It illustrates everything from the bigotry and hatred that still exist in America, the the ignorance of such a major piece of world history, to peoples varied views on morality. It's important.
Please carve out some time to watch it online. Then I ask you to post your comments here or write letters to the editor. I'm curious about the impact of the video on readers of this column. Use our forum to express your thoughts and feelings.
I also wanted to encourage folks to hit the Southpark 7 this weekend and take in "Courageous," the newest Christian film from the same people who created "Facing the Giants" and "Fireproof." Leah and I are going to the 7 p.m. show Saturday night, so anyone who would like to come along, we can make it a great big date night. Looking forward to seeing you there, and if you can't make it, well there are plenty of other showings this weekend. If you see Pat Rouse, owner of On Eagles Wings, be sure to thank her for all of her efforts to get this film to Spencer. It's in limited distribution so the only way to get films like this to town is for viewers to support them with their movie industry dollar.