You know what the scary thing is about not claiming to be a victim? If you’re not the victim, you be the perpetrator. Indeed, if there were ever a defense more effective than an inexplicably rhyming “NOT GUILTY!” from Johnny Cochran, it’s taking the offensive and screaming “Persecution! Persecution!” And that’s exactly what’s in the works in film-land now — a pair of Christian end-times stroke pieces (one Hollywood big-budget, the other not) called, respectively, “Persecuted” and…”Persecuted.”
THE BIG-BUDGET ONE!
“PERSECUTED tells the story of a modern-day evangelist named John Luther, played by SAG Award-nominated and Saturn Award winning actor James Remar ( X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, “Dexter”, DJANGO: UNCHAINED, WHAT LIES BENEATH, RED). Luther is the last hold out for a national endorsement to make sweeping reform in freedom of speech. As the government is mandating political correctness while covertly waging a war against religious organizations, a U.S. Senator, portrayed by Oscar-nominated actor Bruce Davison (X-MEN, “Lost”, “Castle”), and his political allies create a sinister plan of denial and scandal to frame John Luther for murder. Suddenly his once normal life is turned upside down as he becomes a fugitive vowing to expose those responsible. It is a mission that brings him face-to-face with the coming storm of persecution that will threaten the moral ethics and freedoms of America.”
That’s the press release for noted 30-year-old director Daniel Lusco’s latest end-times stroke piece, “Persecuted.” Lusko, who prior credits include “500 MPH Storm” (rated at 2.2 stars by 836 people on IMDB), “Riptide” (rated at 6.4 by the 14 people who saw it) and “Inside the Revolution,” which was rated at “777” by end-times nutjob Joel C. Rosenberg (author of the book the movie was based on) and on IMDB, “awaiting five votes.” Here’s the trailer, brought to you on YouTube by Persecute Church, sua casa para a salvação do Brasil:
Wait…who was that harping blonde reporter? If you’re like most people, you probably recognized more than just Al from Quantum Leap in what will surely prove the pinnacle of his career — and a fine follow-up to his role as the voice of Duke Nukem in Captain Planet. But, yes, indeed…Fox “News” sent over its own Duchess Nukem, the radioactive conscience of America’s female conservative movement, none other than GRETCHEN CARLSON!
Well, Gretchen, it ain’t Iron Man 2…but even Bill O’Reilly had to start somewhere.
Gretchen told Charisma in December:
“There’s a Christian message here, a political message here and I think that it is very timely in regard to what some politicians might do in some cases to get things done.”
But the real message here is that, among Teabaggers, the movie will probably do pretty well. Jordan Sekulow, director of the American Center for Law and Justice (associated with Regent University, which “has been developing a close relationship with the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation,” and even has a “Koch Leaders Program” for “a select group of undergraduates” who will “investigate the relationship between Christianity and political and economic freedom”) said this to the Christian Post that he thinks the movie’s premise isn’t far-fetched at all. Of course, he’s also in it, and the Koch-funded ACLJ is helping to promote it.
[box type=”shadow”]”On the surface, “Persecuted” plays out like many government thrillers. Similar to movies based upon Tom Clancy novels, it has a hero with limited resources faced off against corrupt politicians and government officials. Central to the plot, though, is an effort by the president and his cronies to pass the “Faith and Fairness Act,” which would be similar to a “fairness doctrine” for religious groups. If this law were passed, religious broadcasters would be required to present all religious points of view when presenting their own point of view.
The notion that such a law could actually be passed in the United States is not out of the realm of possibility, Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice, explained to The Christian Post. The law is similar to a resolution that was passed at the United Nations about the defamation of religion.
It’s backed predominantly by Islamic countries, but in the name of tolerance, so that they can criminalize defamation or defamatory speech so that you effectively become a criminal if you say Jesus is the only way, that becomes criminal. So it’s real,” Sekulow said.”[/box]
So, there you have it, fellow Christians…a movie written by an Islamophobic end-times Biblical conspiracy theorist, featuring a Fox “News” anchor, and endorsed by a Koch-funded lawyer.
The Holy Trinity.
BlessedartthoughGlennBeck for thou art thewaythetruthandtheliii-iiiiigggght.
The Christian Post even posited that “If “Persecuted” had been made in the 1960s, the protagonist might have been an anti-war liberal. In 2014, though, the hero is an evangelical preacher, thus reflecting the concerns about the abuse of government power that are currently more commonly found on the right, instead of the left, of the political spectrum.”
Several Congressmen (and we do mean “men”) attended the pre-screening for this upcoming blockbuster…which is how Republicans earn six figures a year when they’re not committing treason.
THE NO-BUDGET ONE!
OK, it might not be fair to call this one a “movie” in the same sense as the former “Persecuted,” since its Kickstarter- and Indiegogo-sourced funding ran out back in September. After running out of money, Benjamin Bondar (current film student and former employee of stock brokerage firm Dimension Trading) “converted” (hugely cut) his feature-length film into a shortie that he hopes to show at Cannes. And he even had enough left to tap the prestigious Getty Images in Photoshopping the nifty graphic above.
Bondar set his cinematic abortion in the Soviet Union (of course), describing it on the film’s Facebook page as “a romantic thriller about socialism, atheism, & the ultimate corruption of BIG GOVERNMENT.” The plot outline:
[box type=”shadow”]”After several failed attempts to capture four Evangelists who have been effectively supporting Christianity throughout the Soviet Union, the Soviet government orders its best trained undercover KGB officer to infiltrate the Christian Church and stop the growing number of believers through whatever means possible. While attempting to help his government abolish Christianity and find the elusive criminals, KGB officer Vavilov falls in love with Julia, a beautiful Christian girl. For the first time, he questions his government’s agenda, the meaning of life, and his own need for salvation.”[/box]
Running back to the Cold War era has long been a convention for fear mongering right-wingers, since it was the last time they in any way represented “Not the Enemy.” So, Soviet Union, Socialism, the KGB, and…LOVE? How did Teabaggers from North Carolina to Texas NOT line up seven deep to fund this guy? It’s pretty clear that he sees this as an allegorical story of America’s budding “socialism” and the religious persecution of people who make up 70 percent of the population. And that was a fact not lost on those familiar with his efforts; from Bondar’s Facebook page:
So, yes…clearly, fair and balanced storytelling. Here’s a clip of the first of what are sure to be many cinematographic failures from Bondar; prepare yourselves for sad extras singing in Russian, guys in hats, one interstitial cut of some fairly sweet heavy metal, and at least one instance of a pretty girl slow-motion frolicking through a wheat field.