In a speech Friday to the Western Conservative Summit near Denver, Colorado Democratic Gov. Jared Polis, the first-ever open homosexual to be elected to lead a state, cited Jesus’ teaching to “feed the hungry, care for the sick and love your neighbor.”
But it took only minutes for the mega-millionaire former congressman to be rebuked, reported the Denver Post.
The response came in another speech at the conference, by Abby Johnson, whose story of fleeing her job as a Planned Parenthood clinic director after being confronted with the horrors of abortion is recounted in the new movie “Unplanned.”
“It was almost unbearable for me to sit there to listen to his talk,” she told the audience.
“And I’m going to tell you why. He kept talking about equality for all persons, yet we live in a society where 60 million innocent human beings have been slaughtered in the name of choice,” she said.
“Where is their justice? Where is their equal rights?”
Polis, who spent his years in Congress promoting homosexual rights and the legalization of marijuana, was elected to the governorship in 2018.
He made some $800 million when he took the online rights to his parents’ creations for their greeting card company, Blue Mountain Arts, and sold them. In Congress, he worked with now-disgraced and resigned Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., to promote the LGBT agenda in public schools.
Polis became the first Democrat ever to address the summit, which is bipartisan and open to all. Conference officials, however, said no Democrat ever had wanted to speak there before.
The theme of this year’s summit is religious freedom. It was state officials in Colorado who were rebuked by the U.S. Supreme Court last year for showing hostility toward the religion of Christian baker Jack Phillips for refusing to use his artistry to promote same-sex marriage.
Polis, whose lifestyle is in open defiance of biblical condemnations of homosexuality, cited Matthew 25:36 in his speech.
“The Bible teaches us to love the stranger as we love ourselves. Jesus says those who express their faith through good deeds will be welcomed into the kingdom of heaven,” he said.
But he apparently overlooked other verses in claiming that expressing faith through “good deeds” will get people into heaven.
Ephesians 2:8-9, for example, says: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
And Titus 3:5 says that God “saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and the renewal of the Holy Spirit.”
This week, WND reported the CEO of one of Canada’s largest theaters defended its decision to screen “Unplanned” amid strong opposition from promoters of abortion.
Ellis Jacob, CEO of Cineplex, said in an open letter it’s important to remember that Canadian law allows people to decide whether or not to see the movie.
“Canada is a country that believes in and rallies behind freedom of expression, but that isn’t always an easy thing to do and it certainly doesn’t always make you popular,” he wrote. “In this instance many of us will have to set aside our own personal beliefs and remember that living in a country that censors content, opinions and points of view because they are different from our own is not a country that any of us would want to live in.”
An open letter from Cineplex CEO Ellis Jacob, on our decision to screen Unplanned. pic.twitter.com/bkA7tx2NWt
— Cineplex (@CineplexMovies) July 8, 2019
LifesiteNews reported in May the movie effectively was being banned in Canada because the two largest distributors, Landmark and Cineplex, had no plans to show it.
Chuck Konzelman, the film’s writer, director and producer, told LifeSite News via email that at least one of the two largest Canadian film distributors said “content” rather than a lack of consumer demand is the reason for banning the film.
But Cineplex reversed course. And although the number of screens is small, only about 14, Jacob confirmed the film was being shown.
A tweet of Jacob’s letter drew the wrath of abortion advocates who insisted evoking free-speech is invalid because there are not “two sides” to abortion:
- You missed the point, Cineplex. We, and yes I mean Canadian women, do not want America propaganda in Canada. Abortion is a medical procedure in Canada and NOT AN ISSUE THAT needs to be addressed. I will be spending my $’s elsewhere.
- is not freedom of speech if the things being said impede on human rights. Women should have the rights to chose what happens to their bodies. This film is propaganda and you have chosen to partake and stand behind the message. This letter is a waste of your time and mine.
- There are not two sides. This is an attack on women
- You’ve opened the door to all types of requests for screenings of whatever, and if you refuse and are taken to court, *this* will be the precedent.
- Everyone demanding freedom of speech in order to take away freedom from women and control our uterus. Women’s body parts still under threat from religious zealotry
- Will you post a disclaimer stating that it’s a work of fiction and should not be interpreted as being factually accurate or representative of the abortion issue?
The movie tells the dramatic true story of Johnson quitting Planned Parenthood and becoming a pro-life activist after assisting in an abortion.
When Johnson quit, she immediately went to see Shawn Carney, the president and CEO of 40 Days for Life. His organization stages prayer vigils outside abortion businesses around the world.
Carney told WND in an interview that he and Johnson had known each other for years, both having attended Texas A&M University. When she started working at Planned Parenthood, he started with 40 Days for Life.
He recalls the day that Johnson, “distraught, completely broken,” walked into his office.
He said he was worried about her future after having turned her back on the abortion industry’s biggest player.
Carney said that with the release of “Unplanned,” participation in the prayer vigils has surged 30 percent.
“It’s just been a wave of enthusiasm,” he said. “People are actually going out and peacefully praying.”
See the “Unplanned” trailer:
WND reported Google categorized the movie as “propaganda.”
“Unplanned” has succeeded despite considerable opposition. Over its opening weekend, for example, Twitter had an “error” that shut down the movie’s account and deleted 50,000 followers, WND reported.
The movie also was given an “R” rating despite no nudity or violence. And networks refused to sell time and space for advertising. A company even prevented the movie from using a piece of music because of the topic.
Actress Robia Scott talked about her role in the movie:
And Matthew West created a music video for “Unplanned”:
Fox News reported Johnson now has a ministry called And Then There Were None that helps abortion workers get new jobs.