After the passing of Roger Ebert this week a lot of people mentioned his liberal political views. I was happy to see that most conservatives were still respectful of his achievements (unlike liberals when a prominent conservative dies). My first job at age 14 was as the “Teen Movie Critic” for the Tallahassee Democrat, the local city paper. Ebert was a bit of a role model for this young movie reviewer, as well as a model for why I could be different. As a teenager, I didn’t care how a movie compared to the original or to the book or to a director’s past work. Was it a good enough movie to see with friends and not feel like we wasted 5 bucks?
Anyway, I was struck by this quote I saw today on Jill Stanek’s blog. It’s proof that no one person or group is worth dismissing in terms of outreach for the conservative cause.
My choice is to not support abortion, except in cases of a clear-cut choice between the lives of the mother and child.
A child conceived through incest or rape is innocent and deserves the right to be born.
Sure, Ebert was liberal on every other issue, but having the courage to publicly be pro-life in the entertainment business is significant. We shouldn’t be afraid of praising those who hold a conservative view on one issue. Showing our open-mindedness just may be what gives them the courage to explore other views and expose the Left for their narrow-minded views. Ebert’s courage in expressing his views on abortion should be a lesson for us and for others wishing to do the same.