The other day, I posted a video clip in which Christian evangelist
Joshua Feuerstein told his followers to go after doctors who provide abortion services.
This wasn’t metaphorical, either. He said very clearly in the clip: “I say, tonight, we punish Planned Parenthood. I think it’s time that abortion doctors should have to run and hide and be afraid for their life.”
A few things about that video:
First, good luck finding it online since copies of it are being taken down left and right. The original Vimeo page on which the video first appeared is no longer working and several mirrors on YouTube are being taken down, too.
Second, as I pointed out, it’s a clip from a slightly longer video he posted online at the end of July. That video was actually about Cecil the Lion (who, you might recall, was hunted down and killed by an American dentist with cash to throw around).
Feuerstein told his followers yesterday that the clip that’s circulating is actually “a highly edited video, totally taken out of context.” The actual context, he says, is that the man who killed Cecil feared for his life because people were threatening him. Feuerstein “simply pointed out the irony… that abortion doctors, such as those at Planned Parenthood, they don’t go to work in fear for their life, and yet they’re killing little human beings.”
My thoughts on the PLANNED PARENTHOOD shooting … and abortion!!!!
Posted by Joshua Feuerstein on Monday, November 30, 2015
(Actually, plenty of doctors who provide abortion services fear for their lives, but they still courageously help women who need it because they believe it’s the right thing to do.)
But getting back to the point of all this, is Feuerstein telling the truth? Did his original video only mention Planned Parenthood in some ironic, tangential way?
All we have to do is watch the original.
Just one problem with that. Feuerstein deleted his original post yesterday.
That’s mighty convenient, isn’t it?
Don’t worry, though. Many people know exactly how Feuerstein operates. They predicted he’d pull something like this, and they made sure to download the original.
So I present to you the original video (with transcript). Let’s see if it lets Feuerstein off the hook for his violent rhetoric.
So… many of you have been asking for the full version of the video about Cecil the Lion and #PlannedParenthood that was posted by Feuerstein over the Summer. Here's what we have… we encourage you to listen and come to your own conclusion about the message Joshua Feuerstein was trying to send his followers. My opinion? This video… in the hands of the wrong person who may or may not have a mental illness is very dangerous… just one person watching it with a warped sense of "right" and "wrong" can take this as a reason to ACTUALLY punish Planned Parenthood. That's terrifying to me. I'm sure that is the reason why #JoshuaFraudstein deleted this video. But simply deleting a video doesn't change who's already seen it. The damage was already done. Maybe instead of only deleting it you should clarify that you don't REALLY want people to punish Planned Parenthood… As for being "heavily edited"… the edited version was in chronological order and the only part of the story missing was about Cecil and the doctor who killed him. To me… "heavily edited" means your words being changed around to have you saying statements you never actually said. You guys be the judge… #ShareifYouCare #JoshuaFeuerstein #TelltheWorld #SayAmen #ClickShare
Posted by Exposing Joshua Fraudstein and Friends on Monday, November 30, 2015
So let me get this right. Tonight, America is crying about an old lion named Cecil that was killed by some dipwad who cut his head off and left his body there. But check this out.
Planned Parenthood has hunted down millions and millions of little innocent babies, stuck a knife into the uterus, cut them, pulled them out, crushed their skull with forceps, ripped their body apart, sold their tissue, and threw them bleeding into a trash bin.
You guys are crying about a lion, but what about the babies? You know what I call that? I call that being a hypocrite.
I say, tonight, we punish Planned Parenthood. I think it’s time that abortion doctors should have to run and hide and be afraid for their life.
Instead of some hunter.
Both are wrong. But one is a lion. The other are humans. Stand up for humans.
You can see for yourself that the context doesn’t make things any better.
That shorter clip merely removed the parts about Cecil; it didn’t twist his words in any way. Feuerstein was still calling for his followers to go after abortion doctors, making them run for their lives out of fear of physical harm.
No wonder he deleted the original video. It confirmed what we already suspected.
That’s how despicable a person he is: He’s so pro-life that he’ll tell his fellow Christians to attack abortion providers. Then, after someone does just that, he’s trying to delete the evidence in hopes that no one will pin anything back to him.
That’s not how the Internet works.
But what else did you expect from someone who still struggles to get the orientation of his video camera right?