BP This Week: Weinstein, HHS, and the Boy Scouts

A major Hollywood producer and vocal advocate for women’s rights was outed for sexual abuse—a life that was an open secret in his industry. Our hosts question the authority of entertainment figures who (rightly) criticize President Trump’s treatment of women, but turn a blind eye to the Harvey Weinsteins in their midst. John and Ed also remind us that conservative Christians aren’t immune to hypocrisy of the same type. Plus, we celebrate a change to the HHS mandate that protects religious freedom, and explore what the Boy Scouts’ decision to accept girls says about our culture’s lack of formative institutions.

Resources

The Catastrophic Vision of Hugh Hefner
  • John Stonestreet
  • BreakPoint
  • October 12, 2017
The HHS Mandate Rolled Back
  • John Stonestreet
  • BreakPoint
  • October 10, 2017
Boy Scouts Will Admit Girls, Allow Them to Earn Eagle Scout Rank
  • Pete Williams
  • NBC Williams
  • October 11, 2017

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  • Joel Stucki

    I was in the music industry for many years, and even for people who aren’t internationally renowned, this is a very real and serious issue. If you’re a prominent member of the musical community, it’s unbelievable what people will tolerate from you. Sexual predation is common, and people look the other way, because the person is such a great musician. It’s heartbreaking and infuriating.

  • MillieMilt

    I really applaud the comments made about the Weinstein issue. I feel this is a time where the Lord is exposing Hollywood for what it really is . Hollywood is the mecca of entertainment and as Hollywood goes, so goes our viewpoint on life. The Weinstein issue exposes Hollywood as Two Faced and Hypocritical. Yet the world put it on a pedestal and worship it as a deity.

  • Joel Stucki

    And now, having listened to the whole thing, I have to say–shame on you, Breakpoint. Shame. This comment likely won’t be published, and that’s ok, because you’ll still see it. Shame on you for missing the most obvious area right now in which Christians are hypocritical: support for President Donald Trump, and the turning of a blind eye to his own, self-admitted, sexual predation. Dr. James Dobson says he’s a Christian, and suddenly that makes everything he said and did ok–even though Dobson retracted his statement 5 days later. And so people insisted that Pres. Trump had changed, even though his behavior during the campaign suggested no change at all.

    You cannot–WE CANNOT–condemn Harvey Weinstein for any of this unless we first acknowledge that a man just like Weinstein now sits in the oval office because Evangelical voters put him there. We have given up the right to condemn sexual predation until we repent of the fact that we voted a sexual predator into office in order to accomplish certain political goals. And as a certain Republican Senator from Arizona has said, if our principles were so malleable as to no longer be principles, then what was the point of having them?

    • Jason Taylor

      I didn’t turn a blind eye, and neither did the editor who is behold letting you publish.

    • Scott

      “You cannot–WE CANNOT–condemn Harvey Weinstein for any of this unless we first acknowledge that a man just like Weinstein now sits in the oval office because Evangelical voters put him there. We have given up the right to condemn sexual predation until we repent of the fact that we voted a sexual predator into office in order to accomplish certain political goals. And as a certain Republican Senator from Arizona has said, if our principles were so malleable as to no longer be principles, then what was the point of having them?”

      Its important to note that many evangelicals like myself had absolutely no one to vote for. There was no one that represented my values in our last presidential election. Clinton… no. Trump… no. Neither represented evangelicals (like me). Many of us were left scratching our heads wondering which was the lesser evil.

      • Joel Stucki

        He had plenty of evangelical support before the nomination.

        And there’s no reason to allow our consciences to be co-opted by the two party system.

        • Scott

          Not from me he didn’t!.. and who said anything about conscience. I wasted my vote for someone who I thought would do a good job. Until we do away with the ridiculous two party carnival, we will continue to destroy the republic our forefathers worked to build.

          • Joel Stucki

            Well, I don’t believe I accused you personally. Obviously not every individual evangelical Christian either supported or voted for Pres. Trump. But enough did.

            Evangelical Christians have a significant voice in politics. We are all too happy to use it against Democrats and/or pro-choice candidates. But why were we (as a group) so reluctant to speak out against Donald Trump with the same intensity? Just because he had an “R” after his name in the ballot box?

            If we had behaved responsibly in this past election, and stood up for our ethical principles, Donald Trump’s candidacy could never have gotten off the ground, much less win the election. Then you wouldn’t have been in the position of holding your nose to vote for him.

          • Scott

            “Well, I don’t believe I accused you personally.” Sorry… I didn’t mean to insinuate that you did. I figured as much and was just stating my position. : – )

            “But why were we (as a group) so reluctant to speak out against Donald Trump with the same intensity?”

            Some of us did and criticized Trump every step of the way. I for one was not at all happy when he won the republican nomination… And I now advocate for the dismantling of the two party system with every fiber in my core.

            I think many Christians were so wrapped up in stopping the democratic anti-Christian train, that they sided with the Trump campaign and turned a blind eye to his hypocrisies… either that or they are not really Christian. I cannot speak for those I don’t know.

            One reason I like Breakpoint is that at least the writers here were somewhat critical of Donald Trump… although perhaps not critical enough.

          • gladys1071

            I mean this with all due respect but why do Christians care so much who is in office? I mean really?whoever is elected is just a man or woman that will be in there for 8 years the most, and then another man or woman will occupy that office.

            The sheer pre-occupation that people Christians and non-Christians with politics is ridiculous.

            I really DON’T care that much about who is president, such occupier of the white house will change in 4 or 8 years. If we are believers in Christ we should remember that “his kingdom” is not of this world, and that this life is temporary and one day Christ will reign, and political power will not matter.

            Remember Donald Trump is just a man, he is mortal and a sinner and he will die just like the rest of us.

          • Joel Stucki

            My concern here is not for who is or isn’t in office. God is sovereign no matter who the POTUS is. That would be true whether it were Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, or whoever else. God was sovereign when Stalin ruled the USSR and when Mao was holding the reins in China.

            My concern here is for the way this election reflects on Christians in the United States, and for our credibility as we continue to speak out on moral issues.

            If you’re arguing that Christians should disappear from public life because God’s kingdom is not of this world, then I disagree, but in any case that’s a different discussion.

  • gladys1071

    I really wish Christians would stop obsessing about political power and who is in office. I mean really, this life is temporary and we live in a sinful world full of sinful people. We need to stop idolizing political parties and candidates. We are electing a sinful man or woman to run this country full of sinners. You will not find a perfect candidate , only Jesus was perfect and has the authority to be Lord of our lives.

    I personally do NOT care about politics that much or political parties or trying to vote my values down anyone’s throat. Anybody elected president will be on occupier that is temporary, and then someone new will occupy that office.

    Lets stop trying to vote our values and religious beliefs into office, we are not called to do that. Jesus never tried to over throw the roman empire as depraved and corrupt that it was. Jesus called us to have a personal faith not to try to rule over others or gain political power.