Friday, March 28, 2008

Horton Hears The Whos. Do You?

As promised, I will now share my thoughts about the “Horton Hears A Who” movie; which we seen on the day of its premiere on our way home from vacation. You might also want to read the Plugged In Online review by Focus on the Family as well:

I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. Sometimes, you don’t know what you are going to get in an animated film these days. After all, movies like “Shrek” and countless other animated films, tend to target the children as their audience even though they pollute it with sexual innuendo - which is totally uncalled for and inappropriate. So, I was hoping that this movie would steer clear from those types of things, and remarkably, it did. I found little to nothing offensive and I highly recommend this movie and encourage all to see and support this.

Of course, the main reason I am promoting this movie is because of the obvious pro-life message. Sadly, however, the fact that there are those of us that can see a pro-life message actually upset the late Dr. Seuss as well as his widow. Which is why there has been some controversy over how pro-lifers are using the movie to try and stir hearts about the evils of abortion and the duty we have to protect life because after all “a person’s a person, no matter how small.” In this article, I find an odd remark about the controversy which comes from Jody Berger of the Rocky Mountain Region of Planned Parenthood: “I think it's unfortunate. I mean, this is not about a movie, this is an extreme ballot initiative that goes too far. To use a mainstream movie to get their message off, I think just doesn't work."

That quote is so amusing considering that if the shoe was on the other foot, they wouldn’t be complaining. We have countless movies that glorify the liberal agenda, promote promiscuous and pre-marital sex, and countless other godless agendas and “it‘s perfectly normal“ - right Planned Parenthood?? But, the second we have a movie with a pure, wholesome, and respectful message about the sanctity of life, WE get accused of having an “agenda.” Agenda? Really? LIFE isn’t agenda…..life is LIFE!! Going AGAINST life (which all of us who are living and breathing are enjoying right now) is what the AGENDA is!!

So, anyways, as I watched the movie, I just had a flood of emotions. While there were moments of laughter and comedy, I found myself unable to really enjoy that aspect because I was so caught up in the sense of urgency to protect the Whos from all that threatened them. It was just gut-wrenching and emotional for me, and I couldn’t help but cry (yes, I am a total sap!). I watched as Horton desperately tried to do all he could to protect their innocent lives. All the while, the opposition was trying to stop him because they didn’t believe that there could be life on that little “speck.” The kangaroo summed up the attitude of abortion culture brilliantly when she ignorantly and bombastically touted that "if you can't see, hear or feel something, it doesn't exist!" Really? Is that so? Well, you can’t actually see, hear, or feel a lot of things. So, there must be a LOT in this world that doesn’t exist according to that philosophy!! Shall we apply that kind of logic to the periodic table of elements or the light spectrum? After all, I would venture to say that most of us can’t see, hear, or feel invisible light or elements. Therefore, they don’t exist, right? ;) No, of course not!

So, with this kind of wrong thinking as their guide, the animals of the jungle blindly followed the instructions of the kangaroo and did her bidding. The Whos even had trouble believing that anything bigger than them existed until confronted with the reality that they were in danger. All their hopes rested with Horton; the only one that could hear them and fight for them. They did their best to make all the noise they could in order to make themselves heard and FINALLY, the “Yopp” of the mayor’s son broke through the atmosphere and gave them the voice that they needed.

We need every voice possible fighting for life!! What if we are only one voice away from breaking through? Are you the “yopp” we need? Is your voice in the mix? Will you speak for the unborn and protect the innocent?

There are so many things that you can do to help - some are just little things (but the little adds up to a LOT when we are all doing it!). One of them being the monthly call for life campaign that I am involved with (the next one is a week from today). We also have pro-life t-shirt day coming up on April 29th; which I mentioned in a blog earlier this week (in fact, we got our t-shirts today!! Have you got yours?). You can also sign this petition to ask the government to stop giving YOUR TAX DOLLARS to Planned Parenthood. There are countless ways in which you can help….just GET INVOLVED!!!

Maybe if we all started being more like Horton and less like the kangaroo, we would finally see abortion come to an end!! I pray that God will change the hearts of other “kangaroos” - like the one in the movie.

Here are a few video links where you can watch more about this story and what it means for the pro-life movement. Here is a video featuring Lou Engle. It’s an older video in which he talks about the impact that they are anticipating the movie to have on peoples’ hearts. Combine that with the other recent pro-life themed movies like “Bella” and “Juno” and we have reason to hope that we are making a dent in the culture of death. Also, here is an older animated version of “Horton Hears A Who.” And, here is the latest American Life League Video report which fittingly enough, talks about “personhood.” That’s something Gianna Jessen could tell you about. As many of you know, she is an abortion survivor (and the person we named our daughter after). And finally, once again, here is the link to the newly uploaded video of my kids laughing hysterically. Everyone who has seen it thus far just loves it!! You can’t help but smile and laugh too! It’s a reminder to me of just how precious they are and how beautiful life is!! I can’t imagine not having them in this world!!

May God bless you as we continue to fight the good fight!!

1 comment:

patrick said...

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who is classic, i forgot how much that guy packed into such simple storylines... they didn't add much to the original story either except for the usual Jim-Carryisms.