Movie comparing abortion to the Holocaust shown to Wagoner students

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 5/18/2012 9:25 am Published: 5/17/2012 5:52 pm

A movie comparing abortion to the Holocaust was handed out to students at Wagoner High School.

Now parents demand answers.

The movie titled "180" opens with images of Hitler and the Holocaust where 6 million Jewish people were killed in concentration camps in Nazi Germany.

After a brief discussion between the host and the interviewees, the conversation then turns to abortion and compares the two. It’s a movie with a clear pro-life message, and it found its way into classrooms and hallways of the school.

"She said that she had seen a DVD in school that basically said that if you have an abortion then you are no better than the Nazis and you will go to hell,” says concerned parent, Marty Angus.

Angus was furious after his stepdaughter came home and told him she had seen it in class.

“She said well, we went to our lockers on break and there was a note that said come pick up your free DVD,” says Angus.

We did some checking with the district, officials tell FOX23 a local family asked the principal at the school if they could give the DVD to students. The answer was yes, but only if the students got parental consent first.

Superintendent Marte Thompson told FOX23 a student aide accidentally handed out the movies before the school got the needed consent. Once they realized the graphic nature of the movie, they confiscated all the DVDs and returned them.

“When I contacted the principal about it he said he was very apologetic and very sorry that it came out like this, and this was not the way it was supposed to have been handled,” says Angus.

But for Marty, an apology is not enough.

"I thought it was graphic and a clear violation between church and state and it was just awful to be shown to a high school student,” says Angus.

In the future the district says it will be much more careful as to what types of material is allowed to be distributed to its students. The DVD was shown in two classrooms. Wagoner Schools takes full responsibility for what happened.

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truthNotLies - 8/20/2012 5:14 PM
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It's not the graphic nature of it that was a problem, the problem was putting you moral code in my childs hands without my permission. How would you like it if I went and handed out copies of the communist manifesto to your kids?

Elmer Gantry - 5/23/2012 12:58 PM
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Neither the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) or the New Testament books of the Christian Bible explicitly prohibited abortion. The Hebrew terms ruach (literally "wind"), and neshama (literally "breath") are used to describe the soul or spirit. The rabbinical interpretation is (most often) that human zygotes, blastocysts, embryos, and fetuses do not have souls. Jewish law holds that human life begins at birth, based on Genesis 2:7: "And the Lord God made man from the dust of the earth, breathing into him the breath of life: and man became a living soul." God never explicitly prohibited abortion. Moses was born a Jew. The six hundred and thirteen laws (commandments) found in the Old Testament that were revealed or attributed to Moses never explicitly prohibited abortion. Moses never explicitly prohibited abortion. Jesus was born a Jew. Jesus never explicitly prohibited abortion. Mary, mother of Jesus, was born a Jew. Mary, mother of Jesus, never explicitly prohibited abortion. The Twelve Disciples were born as Jews. The Twelve Disciples never explicitly prohibited abortion. Saul of Tarsus (the Apostle Paul) never explicitly prohibited abortion. Pope Innocent III (1161-1216) decreed that a monk who had arranged for his lover to have an abortion was not guilty of murder if the fetus was not "animated" at the time and that the soul enters the body of the fetus at the time of "quickening" - when the woman first feels movement of the fetus. The image of Pope Innocent III was immortalized during 1950 as a one of 23 marble bas-reliefs of great historical lawmakers installed on the chamber walls of the U.S. House of Representatives. The explicit prohibition of abortion is not biblical in origin, but rather, papal

Multiflash87 - 5/22/2012 10:21 PM
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To watch the video just type in in your address bar! :)

Jayme - 5/22/2012 6:41 PM
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Seriously?? Too graphic? Parents let their kids watch movies far more inappropriate. This is history. They play movies much more inappropriate than they claim this one to be in the classroom. Ridiculous.

hershey1 - 5/22/2012 4:30 PM
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So, just to recap... The state sanctioned murder of millions of people is evil when done in Germany. The state sanctioned murder of millions of people is morally neutral when done in the U.S. To say otherwise makes you a religious fanatic; and if you tell students that murder is wrong, you are violating the Constitution. Got it?

Dovey - 5/22/2012 3:36 PM
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I think it is important to add that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal. In our heart of hearts, we know abortion is murder. Yet it is not man we will be concerned with when we die, no we will be thinking about facing God. And we all know there really is one. ---55million babies and counting h ave been murdered in this country---some into the 9th month. God help us.

glblac5 - 5/22/2012 2:33 PM
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what is awful is that slavery was condoned, a nation didn't stop the Holocaust and humans although small are dying! Will our great-grandchildren look back 100 years from now and scream why didn't the nation stop this?!

JayMcHue - 5/22/2012 2:28 PM
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Meanwhile, these parents and educators who are objecting likely have no problem with these kids watching graphic R-rated movies and reading graphic books without parental consent.

jacklin123 - 5/22/2012 2:05 PM
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FOX 23 let me ask you this! To kill a baby (abortion) is okay, but to show a vid of how messed up this world is by killing the 50+ million babies in US alone is utmost disgust to you.. You screwed up in the head people that you are! I'm disgusted by your views! Demented! you and all who support abortion are demented, utterly demented and depraved of true sanity! UUUGGGH!!!!!

Dovey - 5/22/2012 1:37 PM
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When I chose abortion some 30 years ago, I was lied to by those at Planned Parenthood. I wished someone would have shown me a movie like 180, it would have spared me over 22 years worth of depression and silence. I thought I was going in for a free pregnancy test, but in all actuality I was like lamb led to the slaughter. Abortion hurts women, and kills the unborn baby.
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