A British television advertisement to promote the 10:10 climate change campaign to reduce carbon emissions has created a psychologically traumatizing series of commercials, which show how violent the environmental movement could become.
In the commercials, written by "Four Weddings and a Funeral" screenwriter Richard Curtis, a school teacher, a corporate CEO and a soccer coach encourage their students, employees and players to participate in the 10:10 plan to cut carbon emissions by 10 percent. They explain how easy participating will be -- for example, opting for train travel, rather than flights, and insulating homes. Then they ask for a show of hands as to how many of those listening to them will be signing on. Almost everyone raises a hand. Then the teacher, CEO and coach explain it is really an individual decision. Each looks for a metal box with a red button on it, presses the button and the few people who didn't agree with the environmental initiative are blown up, splattering blood and flesh on the people (including children) around them.
This series of advertisements is a window on the souls of Mr. Curtis, his partners and the 10:10 initiative. It defines them as a group that must believe, somewhere deep inside them, for real, that those who do not agree with their ideas should be annihilated. It discloses that they are so committed to their environmental/political beliefs that they might actually condone the murder of children and adults if it were to further their cause.
Of course, Mr. Curtis and the 10:10 group will deny this. They will say they took artistic license to dramatize the importance of saving the planet. But this makes them even more dangerous. Because it is one thing to be willing to kill to achieve one's ends politically, and another thing to be in such denial about your potential for violence, that even seeing it before your very eyes (in a video you made and disseminated) doesn't horrify you, make you stop in your tracks and get psychological help.
If this were a series of videos showing people being blown up for not believing in God, there would be a campaign to shut down the organization promulgating the videos. It would be a very healthy thing for a campaign to be launched to shut down the 10:10 initiative. We have names for mass murderers (at heart), posing as change agents: terrorists, Nazis and psychopaths. They're good names because they tell us what we might have to lose if we lose our right of free speech to the likes of the folks who made and distributed these videos.
Mr. Curtis and the 10:10 campaign have done psychological injury to anyone young who sees these ads, because it will be hard for that child to dismiss the association between speaking his or her mind and being butchered. If this man makes a film, I will not see it. If there is a campaign to shut down the organization with which he works, I will donate my money and time. If there's one thing we should have learned in our long history of defending liberty, it is to not doubt the presence of its enemies among us.
Dr. Keith Ablow is a psychiatry correspondent for Fox News Channel and a New York Times best-selling author. His book, "Living the Truth: Transform Your Life Through the Power of Insight and Honesty" has launched a new self-help movement including www.livingthetruth.com. Dr. Ablow can be reached at email@example.com.