Theater Cancels Screening of Pro-Life Movie 'Unplanned' after Threats of Violence from Pro-Abortion Activists
Producers of the anti-abortion movie Unplanned won a hard-fought battle to get their movie screened in Canada. Now, though, pro-abortion activists are beginning to resort to threats of violence to stop the film. Shamefully, the threats of violence appear to be working. A theater in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, has canceled a planned five-day run of the movie after receiving violent threats against theater staff.
A story published in Kamloops This Week broke the news:
Salmar Community Association board member Chris Papworth confirmed on Thursday, July 4, that the board has agreed to pull the movie’s five-day run, which was set to begin on July 12 at the Salmar Classic. He said the difficult decision to cancel the film was made out of concern for the personal safety for Salmar Theatres management, who had received personal threats via social media.
Papworth goes on to detail that the threats involved doxing the theater general manager and then encouraging people to "go after them." He added, "We just aren’t prepared for those levels of hostility towards our general manager."
After the theater canceled the screenings, the Shuswap Pro-Life Society, the group that sponsored the movie, announced that they will be looking into hosting private viewings of Unplanned. While they understand the theater's decision, Shuswap Pro-Life Society spokesperson Hildegard Krieg told Kamloops This Week:
If they had just come out to picket while the movie is running, I could accept that. But I cannot accept that they should actually threaten somebody with violence personally and the family. That is absolutely uncalled for. A peaceful picket, OK, we walk through the picket line. But that is going too far.
Krieg is right. Threatening people with violence over a movie you disagree with is "uncalled for." I'll go a step further and say that it's reprehensible. However, considering that the pro-abortion activists support the murder of pre-born humans, it's not surprising that they believe it's okay to threaten people with violence.
To the Salmar Theater's credit, Papworth also denounced the threats of terrorism made by leftists by asking, "Is it OK now on any given hot-button issue to contact the manager on a personal level? Let’s just harass her until she capitulates to our demands?"
He went on to confess that "We don’t like the precedence, but at the same time, we’re not willing to put our manager, who we value greatly, at any kind of personal risk in our community."
The theater was understandably between a rock and a hard place and it's hard to fault them for their decision. Hopefully, local authorities will track down the pro-abortion terrorists and bring them to justice.