Matt Archbold graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in 1995. He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his five children. He writes for the Creative Minority Report.
I expect this from Amnesty International but not the guy who voiced Aslan.
There's a push in Ireland right now to legalize abortion which would require a repeal of the 8th amendment. Amnesty International Ireland has recruited actor Liam Neeson, the voice of Aslan in the Chronicles of Narnia movies, to literally be the voice of the movement.
The ad itself is blatantly anti-Catholic. Just so you don't think I'm being over-sensitive, I'll quote Entertainment.ie about the ad:
Over a montage of a moss strewn, abandoned church, Neeson says: "A ghost haunts Ireland. A cruel ghost of the last century... It blindly brings suffering, even death, to the women whose lives it touches. Feared by politicians, this is a ghost of paper and ink... A constitution written for a different time. It is the shadow of the country we'd left behind... Ireland doesn't have to be chained to its past. It's time to lay this ghost of rest."
For an elongated time of the ad, the camera focuses on a cross in the ground, while Neeson says, "It blindly brings suffering, even death, to the women whose lives it touches." All the while, the old abandoned church in ruins stands as a desolate backdrop.
To be fair, the ad was a lot more watchable than Neeson's Taken 3. I hope this effort bombs as badly as that movie did.
Make no mistake, the forces of secularization and abortion know who their enemy is, it is the one institution that stands for a radical commitment to love and the sacredness of human life. Europe was built on the back of the Church, I shudder to consider its future once it has eschewed Christianity. It is a sad culture that attempts to demonize an institution that preaches love at every turn and begs people to treat others as they would wish to be treated. I understand they want to turn their backs on the Church and march away. But the real question is, what are they marching towards?