Saturday, April 30, 2016

THE GUN ISSUE AND ABIGAIL DISNEY'S DOCUMENTARY: "THE ARMOR OF LIGHT"





This week's arts and culture column is on an important documentary: Abigail Disney's "The Armor of Light."


Here's how the piece begins:

Some of us see a disconnect between supporting the child in the womb and also promoting gun ownership. Others see guns as precisely the best way to protect everyone.

Reactions tend to be knee-jerk, feelings run high and dialogue can be difficult to impossible. So Abigail Disney, producer and director of the recent documentary “The Armor of Light,” is to be roundly applauded.

The documentary features two figures on the opposite side of the gun divide.

The Rev. Rob Schenck is a Washington mover-and-shaker whose conservative, often Tea Party Republican constituents are almost uniformly against abortion and for the National Rifle Association.

“I’m an evangelical Christian,” he says. “That goes to the heart of my identity. The real organizing principle of my life has been the sanctity of life.”

In the early days of the movement, the commitment to non-violence was uppermost in his mind. But then some people appeared to have a very different set of principles. In 1986, Barnett Slepidian, an abortion doctor, was killed with a high-powered rifle by a member of the pro-life movement.

As founder of Faith in Action, a ministry that primarily serves Capitol Hill and the Federal government, Schenck “realized that if people under my spiritual care were capable of this, I was probably capable of this.”


READ THE WHOLE PIECE HERE.

1 comment:

  1. All I can say is, if you are here reading this article by Heather, please watch the film if you have not yet done so. You can watch it free here until May 25:

    http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/videos/the-armor-of-light-full-film/

    And the follow up Town Hall meeting,

    http://www.pbs.org/show/armed-america-faith-guns/episodes/

    is sobering reality about how difficult it is to talk about all the gun violence issues among different groups of Christians.

    Heather, thank you so much for highlighting this film. I find myself thinking about it ever since I watched it and the Town Hall meeting earlier this week. I have been looking for Catholic reactions to it in particular and I find the timing so near to the Feast of Pentecost not at all surprising.

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