Pro-life ‘180’ film goes viral, changes minds
by John Evans
Several people had no idea who Adolf Hitler was. Others admitted they would murder people in a death camp to save themselves. And after a series of wrenching moral dilemmas posed in a documentary that compares abortion to the holocaust, several pro-choice Americans made a 180-degree turn in a web video that has gone viral on the internet.
The video, called “180,” features evangelist and author Ray Comfort and has amassed more than 750,000 views on YouTube in just two weeks. It equates abortion to the murder of Jews in concentration camps, alternating between man-on-the-street interviews, grainy footage of Nazi rallies, and graphic images of bodies in death camps.
“We’re talking about a holocaust in America, in our country, that’s sanctioned by the government,” Comfort, a Jewish Christian, said in the film.
While “180” exposes peoples’ lack of knowledge about the holocaust (one man asked if Hitler was an actor) and also features the street-preaching evangelism for which Comfort has become known, its main focus is dismantling the moral justifications people give for abortion.
Comfort posed moral dilemmas to people he interviewed, asking, for example, how people would respond if a Nazi officer pointed a gun at them and told them to use a bulldozer to bury alive some Jews who had been shot.
“I’d rather die not doing that, knowing that I was the cause,” one woman said.
Comfort turned the dilemma around by asking about abortion. The film shows footage of an unborn baby’s heart beating at six weeks, six days.
“When does it become a life?” he asked one woman.
“That’s a tough one,” the woman, who was pro-choice, responded.
Comfort then made a parallel: “I’m a construction worker and I see a building and I say to you, ‘I’m going to blow up that building in a minute. There’s a possibility there is somebody in there, but I don’t know. But I’m going to blow it up anyway.’ What would you say to me?”
Just as the construction worker should not blow up the building, Comfort argued, those who aren’t certain when life begins should oppose abortion…
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