AudacityÂ is a new anti-gay, Christian film with pro-equality actors. Is that an oxymoron?
Just when you thought youâ€™ve seen it all when it comes to the anti-gay religious rightâ€™s hateful tactics, something new happens to surprise you. For example, how about a new movie with an anti-gay plot, starring people who support LGBT equality in real life? Yes, thatâ€™s really happening, and just for clarification, no, this isnâ€™t a comedy.
Audacity, the new 55-min. film by executive producerÂ Ray Comfort is currently available for download for $19.99 on the movieâ€™s website. Its official release will be on August 2, but according to religious right-wingÂ Charisma News, thousands have apparently flooded to audacitymovie.comÂ to purchase the film since they launched their downloadable pre-release online.
Perplexingly, two of the stars,Â Travis Owens (Friday Night Lights, Sordid Lives: The Series) and Molly Ritter, support LGBT equality in real life. Both of them posted supporting messages on Twitter in response to the Supreme Courtâ€™s marriage equality ruling last month.
So why did the actors sign on to a film with an anti-equality agenda? Owens gave an interview with the Friendly Atheist Podcast to clarify why and how he participated in the film.
â€œI think that I got the complete script about a week before filming,â€ Owens told theÂ Friendly Atheist, â€œafter some kind of rehearsals of scenes and I knew that, the only thing that I knew was that the goal, the mission of the movie was, from the beginning, to open up the conversation between religious people and gay people, and that to me sounds like a great starting point to something, you know, and thatâ€™s as basic as it was. So I was like, I am interested in that kind of topic of discussion and then it started to kind of form and evolve.â€
Owens didnâ€™t back out of the project after he knew what was really going on. Instead, he took it as an opportunity to challenge himself by acting in a role that is the complete opposite of how he is in real life.
â€œMy little brotherâ€™s gay, my best friendâ€™s gay, and my sisterâ€™s gay,â€ Owens continued, â€œand the first thing I did is took this project to them and said, â€˜hey this is what it seems like Iâ€™m doing here,â€™ and they were excited for me. They were genuinely excited because A, they know that they want to see me do that role because theyâ€™re like that is so opposite of you that Iâ€™d be interested in even seeing you in that role, and Iâ€™m a comic. This is not a role thatâ€™s strictly for a comedic actor.â€
When Hemant Mehta, aka the Friendly Atheist,Â asked Comfort if he was aware of the actorsâ€™ views on LGBT rights before filming, Comfort gave them the following answer:
â€œWe were looking for good actors. That was the criteria, rather then what they believed. Often Christians like to ‘keep it in the family,’ but years ago I learned that isnâ€™t always a good idea. I went to a dentist because he was a friend rather than because of his ability, and it was a painful mistake. We were aware that even a few seconds of bad acting is very painful, and so we chose the actors solely by merit. Travis and Molly are both excellent actors and wonderful people. They are also extremely professional, and we really enjoyed working with them and getting to know them. What they believe is their business. In America we have the freedom to have differing convictions and still get along. Thatâ€™s healthy.â€
That seems like a very professional way to handle the situation, however that hasnâ€™t stopped Comfort from calling foul to all the negative reviews his movie has gotten on IMDB. The average review score is currently 3.1 out of 10 stars.Â
Just how did the movie get a score higher than zero? Well, it has the support of the typical anti-LGBT crowd flaunting their praise.Â Take a look at these anti-gay activists in this screenshot from Audacity’s website:Â
Jeremy Hooper at Good As You calls Ray Comfort a “longtime anti-gay propagandist,” and notes Comfort saysÂ the point of the movie isÂ how gay people can and should be “free of their sin.”
Hooper adds, “this is not just a simple movie. This is cause that Comfort isÂ pushing into Christian churches. That is what Ray Comfort’s work is all about: evangelization. He creates content for the purpose of pulling people to his view. It’s political (though he’d see it as spiritual).”
Camille Beredjick, also at Friendly Atheist, posted a lengthy review, concluding the “target audience is not ‘homosexuals’ seeking to repent, but supportive Christians who arenâ€™t doing enough to marginalize and harass their LGBT friends and family.”
Here’s the trailer:
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‘A Bunch of New Yorkers in Addition to George Soros’: Greg Abbott Accused of Antisemitism
Texas GOP Governor Greg Abbott is facing a challenging re-election fight against Beto O’Rourke, the popular and charismatic former U.S,. Congressman and Democratic presidential candidate who is now his party’s gubernatorial nominee.
Texas voters have had to face mismanagement of the state’s electric grid, with hundreds of Texans dying in winter after the snowstorm that sent Senator Ted Cruz to Cancun, the horrific elementary school mass shooting in Uvalde, and Abbott spending millions of taxpayer dollars on anti-immigrant programs, including bussing migrants to Democratic-controlled cities like Washington, D.C. and New York City. Not to mention his support of the vigilante abortion ban and a “Don’t Say Gay” bill, his failed promise to end rape, and the fact that Texas leads the nation in mass shootings.
But none of that has stopped the 64-year old from doubling down on his conservative bonafides.
On Wednesday over at Fox News, Abbott engaged in what many are calling some old-fashioned antisemitism.
“We will explain to our fellow Texans that the Beto campaign is being aided by a bunch of New Yorkers in addition to George Soros, and that will do nothing but harm his campaign,” Abbott told Fox News host Harris Faulkner.
Greg Abbott: “We will explain to our fellow Texans that the Beto campaign is being aided by a bunch of New Yorkers in addition to George Soros, and that will do nothing but harm his campaign.” pic.twitter.com/23O6TtLwTO
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) August 10, 2022
George Soros, who is Jewish, is a Democratic philanthropist and one of the liberals most-hated by the right, in large part because he funds left wing causes.
He also donated $1 million to help elect O’Rourke governor.
Two weeks ago polls showed O’Rourke gaining ground, striking with five points of his entrenched Texas Republican rival.
And now Abbott is being blasted for what many are calling antisemitism over his Soros statement.
“In this context, ‘New Yorkers’ and ‘George Soros’ are both signifiers for the alleged Jewish elite who supposedly control the world. Abbott is peddling antisemitic conspiracy theory rhetoric,” says writer and human rights activist Leah McElrath.
“When they say ‘Soros’ and ‘New Yorkers,’ they mean Jews,” notes freelance writer Henry Schulman. “It’s an old dog whistle and a code all the Trump-humping Nazis and their sympathizers understand. So add a new adjective besides ‘fascist’ in front of Abbott’s name. It’s ‘anti-Semitic fascist.'”
Others were even more direct.
“Just say Jews you coward,” tweeted a columnist for The Forward, Alex גדעון בן װעלװל.
“‘The bespectacled, bagel-eating, gefilte fish-slurping, globalist intelligentsia from the Upper West Side’ is what he’s trying to say, although the specifics of who that is maddeningly unclear,” mocked Aki Pertiz, an intel and national security expert. “Also, doesn’t Soros live in NY state? Why single him out hmmmmm.”
Former Chicago Tribune editor Mark Jacob explains: “Right-wing code is pretty simple. ‘New York’ and ‘Soros’ = Jewish. ‘Chicago’ = Black people.”
Former Governor of Vermont, DNC Chair, and 2004 presidential nominee Howard Dean blasted Abbott, comparing him to the Hungarian dictator and, some say, fascist.
“Abbott has become just another GOP whack job. He sounds like victor Orban,” Dean wrote.
‘Same Answer’: Trump Sat Across From the NY Attorney General and Pleaded the Fifth to Each Question For About 5 Hours
Donald Trump arrived at the New York Attorney General’s Office early Wednesday morning, around 9 AM. At 10:04 AM posted to his Truth Social account was a lengthy statement that says, “under the advice of my counsel and for all of the above reasons, I declined to answer the questions under the rights and privileges afforded to every citizen.”
Trump was finally forced to appear after a subpoena ordering him to give a deposition on January 7 in New York Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation into his real estate pricing practices. Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen told Congress in 2019 his former boss would increase what he claimed his properties are worth when attempting to arrange credit and decrease their value for tax purposes.
The Guardian’s Hugo Lowell reported Trump “departed 28 Liberty at 3:20pm slumped in a black Secret Service SUV and peered out of the rear window as his motorcade crawled out of an underground garage past onlookers.”
At 3:42 PM Trump posted: “Just leaving the Attorney General’s Office – A very professional meeting.”
The New York Times reports “Trump and James sat across from each other for hours as he said ‘same answer’ again and again.”
Trump “read a statement into the record in which he called the inquiry a continuation of ‘the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country’ and accused Ms. James of having ‘openly campaigned on a policy of destroying me.'”
That statement is similar to the one posted to his Truth Social account.
Trump’s attorney, Ronald P. Fischetti, “said that over the course of about four hours, with several breaks, Mr. Trump answered only one question, about his name, toward the beginning of the interview.”
That statement Trump posted Wednesday morning attempted to merge the FBI’s Monday raid on his Mar-a-Lago home with his appearance for sworn testimony in a very different case.
Dem Congressman Posts Horrific Audio of Violent Death Threat Against Him and His Family by Caller Praising ‘Trump 2024’
Democratic U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell of California on Wednesday posted audio of a violent death threat against him and his family. The Congressman is married and the couple have three children. The speaker in the audio also calls for “all Democrats” to be killed, and ends with a call for “Trump 2024.”
Swalwell is a popular target for the right. He is a former candidate for president, a very visible member of the Democratic Party, and is the Co-Chair of the House Democratic Steering Committee.
The audio is profane and gruesome. In it, a male voice can be heard hoping for decapitations of the Congressman, his wife, and their children. The language is graphic.
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The voice also references President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, using horrifically racist slurs, along with Back Lives Matter, immigrants, and Democrats in general.
It also attacks the state of California and Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, and then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
It ends with a repeated call of “Trump 2024!”
The audio is nearly two minutes long but appears to have been edited, with at least the beginning cut off.
“LISTEN to this death threat against my children,” Swalwell urges. “Since the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago, Trump, McCarthy, and MAGA Republicans are stoking violent rhetoric against lawmakers and law enforcement. Someone is going to get killed.”
In 2019 Swalwell also posted a death threat he received. Fox News’ Tomi Lahren mocked him on social media.
NCRM has opted to not embed the audio but it can be heard here.
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