The following is a transcript from the Pro America Report.
Welcome, welcome, welcome. Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report.
Great to be together. We got a really interesting guest in a few minutes, a man who is heading up the Happy Neighborhood Project and he’s having a happiness summit. And our great Noah Dingley referred him to me. We’ll talk to Edwin Edebiri? Edebiri. I hope I pronounc his name right when I talk to him. And we’ll also talk with John Schlafly.
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All right. I want to talk a little bit about an exchange I had early in the morning with a friend of mine who’s down in Florida, and we were talking about – I think he was in the middle of his morning prayers, or maybe he was after it – and he sent me a text from the beatitudes, of course, which everybody knows to beatitudes.
And it’s one of the most, one of the most famous scripture quoted messages of Jesus Christ of Christ that people always are drawn to, right? And they talk about, it’s been sort of popularized in lots of ways and lots of messages. But he was talking about Matthew’s Gospel, by the way, Matthew five is what we’re talking about. And he was talking about the latter portion of the Sermon on the Mount, which talks about praying for your enemies, praying for your enemies.
And his point was, my friend’s, was that you have to engage the things that you know are so off, not with hate and not with anger. And so this is a convoluted way to get around to a political topic. It is extraordinary to watch the people addressing the question of the Texas law that is designed to decrease the number of abortions.
The Texas law, of course, a lot of us call it a heartbeat bill. Once a heartbeat in a baby is detected, you have to do some protection of that baby. And in particular, the Texas law allows a private cause of action for people to sue to try to stop that.
On Monday, there was a brief, I think it was Monday, a brief filed about a different case, but related topic, a Mississippi law that was about early abortion, protection for abortion. And it was in the context of the Texas thing. And there’s been articles. The Texas law, there’s been articles about CEOs of tech companies that are going to move their jobs out of there because they just can’t live and work in a place where you have this law.
In the Mississippi case, there was an amicus brief filed by a bunch of women athletes and Olympians, professional athletes. And it was led by this soccer woman, Megan Rapinoe, and they talked about how it’s so important for them to have the right to abortion so that they can be great athletes. And when you read it, you kind of think to yourself, is this like a Saturday Night Live skit? Because they talk about the fetus, and they sort of refer to it as they don’t call it a life, but they’re referring to it as a baby, having a baby. And they they don’t want to be inconvenienced by that. There’s some other things that one could do to not end up pregnant.
But when you read it, you’re like, oh, my gosh, how can it be that all these women athletes who would have lots of people that thought that they were impressive, would see this. And it’s terrible. And then I was moved to think about this. When I read a piece in The Daily Wire, Uma Thurman, who had an abortion, went on to write an oped. She’s writing an oped about how it’s the darkest secret in her life and that she had to have an abortion when she was 15, and she was, it was the worst thing that she ever did, a darkest secret, but that women have to have that right, and they have to do it.
And here’s what I thought. We are in a really bad spot where people are publicly able, willing, and even sort of proud to discuss stuff that’s really, really bad. Really, really – I mean, I’d say it’s evil. I don’t think that people are evil.
I mean, one of the things that I would say that we have to be careful of is how and the late Phyllis Schlafly used to teach this to me, and used to say, don’t try to judge the person, judge the conduct, right? So don’t say John Boehner is a bad guy. We don’t know John Boehner that well. Say that what he’s doing is bad.
But the fact is that when you see this and it’s so publicly proclaimed, I mean, Uma Thurman is a very accomplished actress, and she writes this oped that she she had an abortion. It was heartbreaking for her. She was 15 years old, and it’s just this terrible, terrible stuff. And my thought was, you cannot berate people into being on the right side of this. One of the problems is right now you cannot tell people that have participated in something so terrible. And so just horrendous, you can’t move from where they are to “you killed a baby.” It’s just too hard for them.
And so I actually was thinking, back to this, that is back and forth with my friend, about how you have to love these people. And it sounds like here we are in my radio show, we talk about a lot of things, but you have to start there. When you see people act so out of sorts with the reality of what you believe. And I’m not saying that Megan Rapinoe or Uma Thurman don’t believe what they believe. But when you’re a normal person. I think you have some sense that they’re more disconnected from reality than not. I mean, I just have to believe that.
And so what’s the response? We need an epidemic – and again, we’ll talk with this man who’s doing the Happiness Project – we need an epidemic of love for these people. Love. Prayer for them, love for them, because you want to curse them. You want to curse their conduct, that’s a better way to say it. You want to call them the names that you feel when you see this.
You know, Uma Thurman’s essay is horrendous. She was 15. She says she was made pregnant by an older, much older man. You know, so she was an actress already. So she’s being prayed on in a certain sense, I think, by the system. It’s a tragedy more than it is a… And so it’s not, somehow we have to realize the plank and our eye, even as we’re criticizing the others. But I wonder if we can get there because the media is making everybody so crazy and making everybody so agitated.
And we’ll talk with John Schlafly about his column this week, I think reveals some of the truth about what has happened with China and the Wuhan virus that is not publicly available. But the media is not letting us know that; I think they’re able to just move us on.
And when it comes to this abortion debate, they’re lifting up people to take public positions, and to proclaim them and celebrate them, that so destructive and sad. It just breaks your heart. And it doesn’t persuade me on abortion. But it breaks my heart. And it makes you think, what can we do differently? How could we change the equation? What could we do?
And there’s got to be something. There’s got to be something to try to change the dynamic because it’s just so sad. It’s just so terrible. It’s just so broken. And it’s happening all around us, all around us.
And I have to say the last thing on this is that if this is what we’re seeing, when there’s an amicus brief and an article in the paper, when there’s an oped by Uma Thurman – what are we not seeing when Big Tech and TikTok and others try to steer our children, as they’ve already said, towards their preferred positions? It is pretty scary. Pretty scary.
Alright, we’re going to take a break. When we come back, we’ve got some great guest today. John Schlafly, also this gentleman who started the Neighbor Happiness Project.
We’ll talk about all that and we’ll be back, it’s Ed Martin here in the Pro America Report, back in a moment.