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Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture.

Goodbye, Dr. House. After eight seasons, it’s been announced that TV’s most arrogant MD won’t be returning in the fall.  Like it or not, the series was one of the few to show any courage on the issue of abortion.  Witness the scene below:

From Ben Shapiro at Big Hollywood: Most famously, House featured a very pro-life episode in 2007, “Fetal Position,” in which an unborn child reached out of the womb and touched House’s hand, mirroring the famous photograph.  That was mirrored by a pro-choice episode that same season that made the case for abortion for a religious rape victim.  That was House’s style.  When I interviewed (Executive Producer David) Shore for my latest book, Primetime Propaganda, here’s what he told me about the abortion episodes: “As you can imagine, we’re in Hollywood, we’ve got our share of rabid left wing Democrats here.  And … our writing staff has the makeup you’d basically expect of a Hollywood writing staff, and I remember when we were doing ‘Fetal Position,’ there is that image of that little finger of the fetus clasping Dr. House’s hand.  And it was a powerful image.  And we recognized at the time that’s going to go up on billboards and websites for pro-life organizations.  But it was true, and it was accurate, and it was real.  And the last thing I want to do is, I happen to be pro-choice, but the last thing I want to do is to give false information or convince people of my argument. I think that’s just not the way to approach things.  It’s a difficult choice, and it is a difficult issue.  And I think treating it as anything different than that is dishonest and ultimately counterproductive.”

Encourage one another and build each other up – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

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