Exclusive: The Lost Shepherd

“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.

“Abby and I have talked for countless hours about God, the Bible, prayer, and Jesus. In fact, it’s only since I’ve known her that she started reading the Bible,” Schenck reveals. “And she’s joined a church—a Baptist congregation—after being away from organized religion most of her adult life.”

That’s significant, because Abby has a national forum to promote her opinions on what Jesus would or would not do, just like she’s some sort of Biblical scholar instead of a dilettante novice who just happens to have a net worth of $500 million. And she’s not the only one out of her element, although don’t expect her target audience to question what she wants to manipulate them into thinking. Because when it comes to the right of the people to keep and bear arms, the star of her propaganda opus is also a newcomer to the discussion.

“Evangelical Pastor Rob Schenck was a radical anti-abortion activist who hadn’t put too much thought into gun rights,” rabidly anti-gun Mother Jones informed its readers in another significant publicity boost for the film. Notice that when he deviates from their narrative, he’s suddenly a “radical.” Still, we now see that a person who doesn’t know the Bible—Disney—presumes to lecture us all on the will of God while a person who doesn’t know guns—Schenck—is the new face for making “control” efforts palatable to Christians. For some reason, New Testament references to the blind leading the blind come to mind.

Unlike them, we’re not going to get out of our depth here. There are plenty of sources available to those who wish to learn more about the right to self-defense in light of religious texts and traditions, and this is, after all, a gun magazine. Suffice it to say, secular “progressives” are all for shoring up that “wall of separation” when it suits their purposes, but when they can exploit religion to draw more into the collectivist fold, they suddenly put on airs of piety. Instead, let’s consult historical references, not Biblical, but appropriately, representative of religious thought as understood from before and after the era when “a long train of abuses and usurpations” warranted a Declaration of Independence and a war of rebellion by armed citizens to back it up.

“He that suffers his life to be taken from him by one who has no authority for that purpose, when he might preserve it by defense, incurs the Guilt of self murder since God has enjoined him to seek the continuance of his life, and Nature itself teaches every creature to defend [it]self,” a Philadelphia sermon from 1747 observed.

“The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments but where, I trust in God, it will always remain, in the hands of the people,” Continental Congress delegate Tench Coxe declared 41 years later in the Pennsylvania Gazette.

Schenck, enjoying his popularity among the “heathens” as long as he’s useful to them, does not seem to have given much thought to the reasons behind the historical and continuing reasons behind the Second Amendment, and the human costs of citizen disarmament where it’s been tried. He also doesn’t seem to have even considered what he and his new friends are prepared to do about it when infringements are met with defiance.

No, “Reverend.” No, Ms. Disney. We will not comply. Your move.

Schenck has already alienated enough of his base to where a growing number of supporters are finding other religious leaders, with corresponding reductions in contributions to his efforts. He compares it to Jesus being attacked by the Pharisees for associating with sinners, and says, “I’ve taken some heat for my friendship with Abby Disney and many others like her. At least I’m in good company doing so.”

That seems foolishly presumptuous at best. And what those “many others” will say about him when they have nothing more to gain by playing nice is something Schenck had best prepare himself for. Disney’s film, not exactly date night material, will come and go, and soon be out of the public mind, maybe even by the time the print version of this magazine hits the newsstands. Schenck’s turning away from those Obama says “get bitter, they cling to guns or religion,” will not be soon forgotten.
By David Codrea

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7 thoughts on “Exclusive: The Lost Shepherd

  1. Areyoukiddingme

    “e. “The religious right lost the fight against same-sex marriage. The gun lobby may lose the fight to stop reasonable gun-control laws.”

    The religious right only used the first amendment rights to “fight”. The gun lobby will rely on the 2nd amendment and return fire.

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  2. Rich

    The hard-left Marxist and Islamists who infect our federal government plus the MSM media prostitutes who protect them will gleefully lie, falsify, fabricate, slander, libel, deceive, delude, bribe, and treasonably betray the free citizens of the United States..

    Second Amendment foes lying about gun control – The Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting. The Second Amendment has nothing to do with personal self-defense.Firearms are our constitutionally mandated safeguard against tyranny by a powerful federal government. Only dictators, tyrants, despots, totalitarians, and those who want to control and ultimately to enslave you support gun control.

    No matter what any president, senator, congressman, or hard-left mainstream media prostitutes tell you concerning the statist utopian fantasy of safety and security through further gun control: They are lying. If their lips are moving, they are lying about gun control. These despots truly hate America..

    These tyrants hate freedom, liberty, personal responsibility, and private property. But the reality is that our citizens’ ownership of firearms serves as a concrete deterrent against despotism. They are demanding to hold the absolute power of life and death over you and your family. Ask the six million Jewws, and the other five million murdered martyrs who perished in the Nazi death camps, how being disarmed by a powerful tyranny ended any chances of fighting back. Ask the murdered martyrs of the Warsaw Ghetto about gun control.

    Their single agenda is to control you after you are disarmed. When the people who want to control you hold the absolute power of life and death over your family, you have been enslaved. The hard-left Marxist and Islamists who infect our federal government plus the MSM media hookers who protect them will gleefully lie, falsify, fabricate, slander, libel, deceive, delude, bribe, and treasonably betray the free citizens of the United States into becoming an unarmed population. Unarmed populations have been treated as slaves and chattel since the dawn of history.

    Will we stand our ground, maintaining our constitutionally guaranteed Second Amendment rights, fighting those who would enslave us?

    American Thinker

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  3. joe

    One of the ways the leftists can destroy their enemies is for them to pretend to befriend one and gang up against the other. It’s as old as history and one that has proven itself time and time again; divide and conquer. The only defense is awareness that the tactic is being employed and stalwartness in the face of it. We should expose their strategy at every opportunity.

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  4. Greg Hopkins

    This anti-gun, anti-biblical movie is easily refuted by my book, “A Time To Kill: The Myth of Christian Pacifism.” It surveys the entire Bible and concludes that God not only allows, but commands that we defend the innocent with all legal force. It shows that Jesus DID NOT teach pacifism, explaining, “turn the other cheek”, and “live by the sword, die by the sword”, in their Biblical contexts.
    It has 3 chapters a on Jesus and the military ( He never told anyone to quit the army), and 3 chapters on the Bible and the death penalty.
    I’ve been a criminal lawyer for 24 years, and taught Bible to adults for 40 years. As a city prosecutor, municipal judge, nationally certified use of force instructor for Huntsville PD, teacher of self defense law to CCP holders and armed church security teams, and expert witness in self defense law and firearms, I have the background to treat this subject properly.
    Massad Ayoob endorsed it in his latest book, “Deadly Force”(p.17) Denny Hanson, editor-in-chief of SWAT magazine, stated on Faxebook that “parts of Greg’s book are as. Good as Sun Tzu’s “Art of War”.
    ATTK is available on Amazon.

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  5. SL

    The premise that Jesus wouldn’t join a particular organization is a non-starter regardless of the organization. Why would Jesus have ever joined any organization?

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