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Monday, June 17, 2019

Who Will Hollywood Heed: Alyssa Milano or Chief Executives?

As pro-abortion activist Alyssa Milano continues her evil efforts against the unborn, Hollywood filmmakers have a decision to make. Since Milano’s call for a “sex strike” fell flat, she’s now taking a more geographic approach to further the left’s anti-life efforts. In the wake of multiple U.S. states passing laws to protect the most innocent and vulnerable among us—children in the womb—Milano and activist Ben Jackson have created a guide, which includes a color-coded map, in order to inform Hollywood executives in their decisions about where to produce their work.

The guide supposedly informs readers on “where it is safe for women to work.” The map colors U.S. states according to their abortion laws. Red states are where the “right” to kill unborn children is “most threatened,” yellow is where the “right” to kill unborn children is “under threat,” and green states are where the “right” to kill unborn children is “least threatened.”

Milano and Jackson declared in a statement,
Following the passage of a number of draconian attacks on a pregnant person’s right to choose in 2019, including those in states in which the motion picture and television industries conduct significant business, it has become apparent that those in our industry need to be able to make informed choices.
Of course, using a non-corrupt worldview, the proper “informed” translation of the guide and map would reveal red states to indicate where it is most dangerous for a child in the womb, yellow would indicate where it is moderately dangerous, and green would indicate states where a child in the womb has the most protection.

The cultural rot that has produced places “where it is safe for women to work” has resulted in the deaths of tens of millions of unborn women. In other words, because of the actions of Milano and her ilk, millions of women never got the chance to work—or play on a playground, swim in a pool, dance in a recital, catch a ball, have a trophy taken away by a boy pretending to be a girl, go to school, vote, get married, and so on.

What’s more, according to Life Site News,
Milano is also working with Atlanta, Georgia’s Democrat mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to release a mobile app that filmmakers who remain in Georgia could use to ensure they only do business with people who agree with them. Bottoms enthusiastically supported the idea, and is reportedly working to vet voter data from her own election and calling on local tech companies to help out.

Milano says she was inspired during filming of an episode of the Netflix series Insatiable, where she was horrified to discover the owners of a house they were renting supported Republican Gov. Brian Kemp. “Every time we shoot on location outside of Atlanta, we are funding a hurtful policy,” she said.
Notice again how liberals seek to weaponize politics. This is just another example of why democrats can’t be trusted with political power. Also, Milano and Bottoms’ scheme may not be legal. Georgia’s voter registration data is public, but cannot be used for commercial purposes. Perhaps such an app could be developed for use when filming in nations such as Egypt, Jordan, and the like, where abortion laws are much stricter than in the U.S. Of course, if liberals abandoned their hypocrisy and applied the same standards to Islamic and communist nations as they seek to apply to conservative U.S. states and communities, filming in such nations would cease.

And I suppose Milano only wants people who agree with her pro-abortion radicalism to watch her show. Whether this is the case or not, those who value life shouldn’t waste their time and money on the likes of Milano. I wonder if Hollywood executives, who fork out millions in production costs for TV shows and movies—including healthy incomes to the likes of Milano—and who are expecting a nice return on their investments, share Ms. Milano’s ignorant and dangerous financial views.

Perhaps Hollywood executives should listen to their financial peers instead of Milano and others like her who wish to discriminate violently against the unborn. Every May, Chief Executive magazine publishes its “Best and Worst States for Business” rankings. The rankings are based on survey results from Chief Executive’s CEO readership. Among other things, states are graded on categories such as taxation and regulation, workforce quality, living environment, and so on.

There’s an interesting correlation with the Chief Executive rankings and Milano’s map. According to Chief Executive, in 2019, the top ten best states for doing business are:

1. Texas
2. Florida
3. Tennessee
4. North Carolina
5. Indiana
6. Nevada
7. Arizona
8. South Carolina
9. Ohio
10. Georgia

Of these ten states, six are red—where the “right” to kill the unborn is “most threatened”—on Milano’s map. Of the other four, three are yellow—where the “right” to kill the unborn is “under threat”—and one is green.

The bottom ten states for doing business in 2019 are:

41. Vermont
42. Hawaii
43. Washington
44. Oregon
45. Massachusetts
46. Connecticut
47. New Jersey
48. Illinois
49. New York
50. California

Every single one of these states is green—where the “right” to kill the unborn is “least threatened”—on Milano’s map. In other words, and unsurprisingly, the worst states for doing business are also the most dangerous for a child in the womb. As most well know, all of these states are very “blue” as well, where liberals dominate the politics. In other words, liberalism is bad for business and bad for babies.

As I noted a few weeks ago after Georgia—the “Hollywood of the south”—took great steps to protect the unborn, the political worldview that is good for business is the same political worldview that protects life in the womb, believes marriage is the union of one man and one woman, believes that boys don’t belong in girls’ locker rooms or on girls’ sports teams, and so on.

Hollywood filmmakers may well decide to take a “principled” stand in favor of killing the unborn and abide by Milano’s map. Hollywood may well leave states like Georgia. However, as I noted in March of this year, if they hope to find another state that will give them a similar sweet deal on taxes as has Georgia, almost certainly—as last month’s Chief Executive well demonstrates—such a state will also be filled with conservatives and conservative politicians who share Georgia’s views on the unborn.

Again, along with believing in capitalism and the free market, conservatives all over the U.S. generally also believe in the right to life, marriage as the union of one man and one woman, that science determines sex, and so on. We conservatives—especially Christian conservatives—reject the immoral “theology of self” that so permeates Hollywood. We believe that there is a higher Law that all other law and good government must be rooted in and subject to.

Hollywood can abandon conservative states and conservative principles, but it’s going to cost them—in more ways than one.

(See this column at American Thinker.)

Copyright 2019, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor is the author of the The Miracle and Magnificence of America

Friday, June 14, 2019

Democrats: The “Post-Truth” Party

In September of 2008, U.S. Senator, vice-presidential candidate, and democrat Joe Biden was asked his thoughts—“as a Roman Catholic”—on when life begins. Demonstrating a vast ignorance of science, along with an unflattering display of faith, he told NBC’s Tom Brokaw, “Look, I know when it begins for me.” A decade later, using the same “post-truth” relativism, New York Mayor, presidential candidate, and democrat Bill de Blasio, after signing a law that allows New Yorkers to declare their chosen gender on their birth certificate, told a cheering crowd, “You be you. Live your truth. And know that New York City will have your back.”

Likewise, biology-denying Joe Biden, more than once, has recently called “transgender equality” the “civil rights issue of our time.” Recall that because of his efforts and the efforts of other post-truthers in the Obama administration, among other perverse, “creepy,” and ignorant things, boys started using girls’ restrooms and locker rooms, and military women were declared “at least as strong as men” and officially marked for combat. Soon afterward, boys started—and continue—to take trophies from girls, and military physical standards were lowered.

Also recall that Joe Biden beat his buddy Barack Obama to the punch when it came time for democrats legally to redefine the oldest institution in the history of humanity. I don’t mean to pick mostly on “Uncle Joe,” but since he is the current front-runner in the democrats’ race to see who can deny the most truth the fastest—and become the presidential nominee for the post-truth party—I thought it only fitting to highlight his post-truth accomplishments.

Of course, Joe Biden is far from alone in such thinking. Virtually every democrat in America shares Biden’s post-truth views on life, marriage, sex, biology, the climate, and so on.

Thus, no one should be surprised that Joe Biden has now flip-flopped on the Hyde Amendment. In addition to subsidizing abortion through the federal funding of Planned Parenthood, this new position by Biden would force further taxpayer investment in the killing of unborn human beings. But this is where the Democrat Party now is in 2019, because such further moral capitulation is where post-truth thinking always leads.

Post-truth thinking is why Barack Obama flip-flopped on marriage. Post-truth thinking is why Barack Obama—along with several other modern democrats—argued for infanticide. Post-truth thinking is why a quarter of a century ago (in Planned Parenthood v. Casey), Justice Anthony Kennedy declared, “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.” Thus, no one should’ve been surprised by Kennedy’s post-truth-informed vote on marriage.

Post-truth thinking is why the perpetually pale-faced Elizabeth Warren for decades falsely claimed she was of Native American descent. Post-truth thinking is also why she got away with it for decades. Most anyone grounded in the truth would’ve seen through Fauxcahontas’s fraud and would’ve called her on it. This says much about the post-truth worldview that dominates the academic and media institutions who’ve enabled Warren’s career.

Post-truth thinking is why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her ilk can claim that because of the man-made climate change myth—a result of the “greatest scandal in the history of science” which has led to “the greatest scientific fraud of all time”—the earth is soon doomed unless we adopt a socialist green agenda. Post-truth thinking gave us the Green New Deal, which, though democrats presented it as realistic public policy, as John Zmirak correctly notes, it’s nothing more than “a delusional wish list, a ransom note pasted together with clipped out words from storybooks and glued in place with bubblegum.”

Post-truth thinking is why Bernie Sanders can claim that his version of socialism will work when all others have failed. Only in a post-truth world can the failures of socialism play out right before our eyes, while the American left claims, “Venezuela didn’t collapse because of socialism. It’s a story about epic mismanagement.” In the 20th century alone, with no exceptions, dozens of socialist nations “mismanaged” their way into enslaving and murdering millions. Only a post-truth mindset would fail to learn from such.

Only academic campuses dominated by democrats and corrupted by post-truth thinking would censor speakers and opinions rooted in a conservative or biblical worldview. Truth-telling professors as well as truth-telling campus guests are paying the price for contradicting the dominant post-truth worldview present at virtually every college and university in the U.S. This “college apocalypse”—as Steven Hayward has called it—has turned educational institutions into little more than day care centers.

It was a post-truth mindset that fueled the vile attempt to derail the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. Aided and abetted by the like-minded media, with a mountain of lies, Senate democrats engaged in one of the worst episodes in American political history. Only post-truthers clinging to an evil post-truth agenda would take decades-old uncorroborated accusations and treat them seriously in something as grave as a Supreme Court nomination.

Lastly, and of course, only a political party corrupted by a post-truth worldview would attempt to reverse a presidential election by inventing a Trump-Russia-collusion conspiracy and then invent the crimes to attempt to justify their failed coup. Only post-truthers would spend two-plus years and millions of dollars investigating an incident they know did not occur—all in the name of undoing an election result they didn’t like. Only a post-truth media would devote millions of words and thousands of TV hours in support of such a farce.

Today’s democrats certainly don’t hold a monopoly on post-truth politics and thought, but clearly they are corrupted by it to a greater extent than almost any other collection of individuals one could find. As noted apologist William Lane Craig put it when writing about the Christian perspective on homosexuality, “Today so many people think of right and wrong, not as matters of fact, but as matters of taste.” In a post-truth world, taste determines truth. And if taste determines truth, then we’re all at the mercy of whoever’s in charge, and that’s why today’s democrats—as they are currently constituted—should not be in charge of anything. 

(See this column at American Thinker.)

Copyright 2019, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor is the author of the The Miracle and Magnificence of America