We have often mentioned the plight of Falun Gong practitioners in China, but now, one man has made it his mission to produce and direct a movie about the Falun Gong and their fight against the Chinese Communist Party. Joining us today to talk about his new movie, called Unsilenced, is the director Leon Lee (unsilencedmovie.com). He describes the constant hurdles he had to jump over during production, with actors quitting due to fear of CCP retaliation and numerous venues cancelling. He also discusses both the rise of Falun Gong and the subsequent crackdown by the CCP as well as his previous work exposing forced organ transplants in China.
We close out 2021 with John as a guest on KYMS radio with Lee Lancaster. John and Lee look at the miraculous escape by Christians who were kidnapped in Haiti as well as uplifting news of a persecuted man in China. But there are also some pretty grisly accounts of Christian persecution around the world and John shares a couple of those. He also dives into some predictions for 2022, including the impact of the midterm elections. Happy New Year everyone! We're off tomorrow – see you in 2022!
It is said that those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it. But the lesson that history teaches is that most people don't know the lessons of history. Here this week to help us understand the mindset of progressives – a group that never seems to learn from history – is Pedro Blas Gonzalez (barry.edu), Professor of Philosophy at Barry University. He looks at why people and leaders in totalitarian societies have behaved the way they have throughout history. Understanding their motivation helps to explain the illogic and contradictions constantly bandied about by the Left today. And it helps clarify for us what the truth really is.
One lesson we can learn from history is from the people and movements surrounding the fall of Communism in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Spotlighting both Pope John Paul II and the Solidarity movement in Poland is Stephanie Slade (reaosn.com), Managing Editor at Reason Magazine. She examines how the people in Poland never gave up on freedom, even when the powers that be tried to take it from them. Eventually, they had had enough, decided they were no longer going to live that way, and together with Pope John Paul II and others, planted the seeds of destruction for Communism. It's a great history lesson for today.
John finishes up the show this week highlighting inconsistencies in history. When flip flopping narratives replace truth, the solid foundation you built your belief or your society on begins to be overshadowed by other, less important things. That's when historical truth is forgotten and mistakes that shouldn't be made are made all over again.
We take a look back at history today with a spotlight on Pope John Paul II and the beginning of the end of Soviet Communism. Joining us is Stephanie Slade (reaosn.com), Managing Editor at Reason Magazine, who wrote a great article on JP2. She and John look at Cardinal Wojtyla's election as Pope, his visit to Poland and the subsequent beginning of the Solidarity movement, and the assassination attempt in 1981 that would seem to indicate his threat to Communism. And after another Polish leader was actually killed, the repressed people there had had enough and said that they were no longer going to live the way the tyrants said they must. It's a great history lesson for today.
We have commented regularly on the program about the persecution of Uyghur Muslims in China. Today, we interview an advocate for them, Salih Hudayar (east-turkistan.net), Prime Minister of the East Turkistan Government-in-Exile. He discusses China's reinstatement onto the UN Human Rights Council and gives details of the persecution inside of China's re-education camps, including forced organ transplants.
John finishes up the podcast today with a sobering and sometimes graphic update on religious persecution, not only in China, but also in Pakistan, Egypt, Russia, Nigeria, and Kenya.