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Why They Detest the Sound of Freedom So Much

Posted on Tuesday, July 18, 2023
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by Dr. Sebastian Gorka
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It was the depths of COVID.

For some reason, my wife, Katie, and I had been invited to a private showing of a new movie.

For the record, we both love good movies, but we are not in any “Hollywood clique,” so we were as surprised to receive such an invitation as anyone else would be. Especially so because we were sat next to the star of the film, Jim Caviezel, for the whole duration of the screening.

Jim should be familiar to any Christian moviegoer, given that his portrayal of our Savior in Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, was remarkable. This directorial and acting tour de force is unlike any other telling of the Greatest Story.

As a child, I was shaped by Franco Zeffirelli’s 6 hour long Jesus of Nazareth which would be rebroadcast on British TV at Easter time each year. Calviezel’s portrayal of Jesus is very different than that of the unblinking Robert Powell’s, starting with the fact that in Gibson’s version, Jesus and all his apostles speak in Aramaic, the correct language for the time and place of the Crucifixion story.

Secondly, The Passion of the Christ is the most horrifically accurate portrayal of the torture endured by the Messiah during his scourging and subsequent judicial murder by the Roman state.

Despite the historically accurate depiction of the horrific violence portrayed on screen, even the late, lapsed-Catholic Roger Ebert expressed his respect for Mel Gibson’s film. Caviezel’s new project was also horrific, in another way.

A Labor of Love

The film we had been invited to watch was also based on a true story, an appalling one, and a contemporary one.

Today, it is estimated that there are more slaves in the world than at the height of the Civil War that ended it in America. Up to three times more, a staggering 50 million.

Today it isn’t black Africans kidnapped from their homelands to work on cotton plantations far away. It is men, woman, and children of all colors from all over the globe, very often enslaved to satisfy the sexual desires of the utterly perverse. Sound of Freedom is the story of one man’s mission to save the children so enslaved. And it is a true story.

Tim Ballard worked for the CIA before he became an agent for the Department of Homeland Security focusing on stopping the next 9/11 when he was suddenly transferred to working on tracking the cartels smuggling humans across our border with Mexico.

First frustrated that he wasn’t tracking Al Qaeda terrorists, Ballard would soon realize that his new mission was of even greater import. As a married man with small children, his immersion into the world of child exploitation and the prostitution of minors would change his life forever.

Ballard left the government not long after the events portrayed in the film to establish Operation Underground Railroad, a private venture dedicating to locating and liberating trafficked children, children who, as a “commodity,” are far more lucrative than either drugs or guns, since, as Caviezel, who portrays Ballard in the movie, chillingly states, a bag of coke or a gun can only be sold once, but a child can be sold 10 times a day, for years and years.

Sound of Freedom tells the true tale of a little boy, Teddy, kidnapped and then rescued by Ballard who then asks him to save his sister from the sex-traffickers who still have her. What ensues is the story of how Ballard, without the sanction or support of the US government, inserts himself as a “client” into the world of modern child-slavery, locates the young girl and liberates her and her fellow prisoners from a Colombian “pleasure island.” (Sound of Freedom, condenses Operation Triple Take into one operation. In reality Ballard’s mission resulted in 3 raids that freed 123 trafficking victims, 55 of whom were minors).

This is an incredible TRUE story. And a beautifully made movie. For my new review with my friend and superb critic Chris Kohls, please go here.

Sound of Freedom is a very important film, for as author Pearl Buck once wrote: “The test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.” America, and Western civilization, must be judged by how we collectively treat the most vulnerable in our society, including the elderly, the unborn and children. (In one of the most powerful moments of the film, just as he is about to arrest the pedophile trafficker who is about to sell little Teddy to agent Ballard, Ballard quotes our Messiah’s words: “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”) Yet not everyone agrees.

Sound of Freedom has been a phenomenal success since it was released July 4th weekend. A small budget movie about a very difficult subject has already amassed more than $80 million, and even beat the new Indiana Jones movie the weekend it came out. Yet strangely the media Establishment hates Caviezel’s latest success. All the major critics have boycotted reviewing it. And the likes of, Rolling Stone, the Washington Post, and The Guardian have all actually gone out of their way to attack the film. Why?

Why would anyone denigrate a well-made film telling a shocking true story about child-trafficking than illuminates a truly global issue? Well let’s go back to that private screening outside DC in the depths of COVID.

Why were we there, and why did it take until this July 4th for Sound of Freedom to be released if Katie and I saw it more than 2 years ago? The fact is, after the screening, Jim Caviezel and the makers of the film told us the story of what had happened to their labor of love.

The movie had been made for 20th Century Fox and was ready for release when we saw it years ago. Then Disney bought Fox, and refused to distribute the film. So it sat in limbo for years, until the Angel Studios, incredible God-fearing team behind the TV show The Chosen came to crowd-fund its distribution and make it the amazing success story it has become. For the inside story see my interview with Jordan Harmon, Angel co-founder.

It’s a war

If you ever wondered whether or not we are in a culture war, wonder no more. When global platforms invest and distribute shows such as Cuties, which feign innocence but celebrate the sexualization of minors, when the Establishment – from the top of the Biden Administration to the 3rd biggest brewer in the world – push transgender ideology, to Disney workers themselves protesting laws designed to protect minors, it all becomes transparent. But their time has come.

From the explosion of new organizations such as Moms for Liberty, predicated on parental rights and the defense of the innocent, to even new gay groups fighting against the sexualization of minors, to both UFC’s Dana White and President Trump buying tickets for employees to see Sound of Freedom and holding private showings with the stars, America is waking up. Will you be part of this new awakening, and stand up for the most vulnerable in our world? Start by finding a theater near you to see this crucial work.

Then spread the word.

Sebastian Gorka Ph.D. is host of SALEM Radio’s AMERICA First and The Gorka Reality Check on NEWSMAX TV. A former Strategist to President Donald Trump, he is a member of the National Security Education Board of the Pentagon. His latest book is The War for America’s Soul. Follow him on his SubStack page and website.  

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Holly
Holly
1 year ago

I felt the need to see this movie. I never realized the depravity of people. This world needs God!

PaulE
PaulE
1 year ago

The left hates the film because it covers a topic that the left doesn’t yet want to acknowledge exists. They fear the backlash from the public that they do not yet completely control. That issue should be resolved if we stay on our present course another couple of years.
Half the so-called NGOs that the government is handing over a lot of these illegal kids to and that the government is actually funding (yes, our tax dollars are funding a lot of these so-called NGOs), can’t seem to be either reached or can’t locate the kids for follow-up wellness checks. That should be a bright red flag right there, but as usual with most of what the left sanctions, you’re not supposed to question what is going on.

dac
dac
1 year ago

Thank you for the background info on this important issue, including links. I do believe that we are in a extreme culture war. It is also very interesting to think about how Disney lost about $900M on their last 8 woke movies and this movie has already grossed over $80M (which also means that Disney lost another $80M). Disney won’t stop until people quit glorifying Disney magic, and rewarding them financially. It’s time.

PFArizona
PFArizona
1 year ago

Excellent movie. Made it a point for my husband and I to see the movie on July 4th. A movie all people should see and realize the magnitude of this issue. For anyone to make this movie political is shameful. Human Trafficking should be a concern for all people: God’s Children are not for Sale!
Where are the 85,000 unaccompanied children?!!!!

Ro Sjientes
Ro Sjientes
1 year ago

RIGHT ON DR. S. GORKA. Thank you for your exclusive story. “The test of a Civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members” Pearl Buck. Has America failed its citizens: it sure seems like it lately. I agree with God that these people should have a millstone hung about their neck & drowned in the depth of the sea; just execute them all. Why? because they are Luceriferians as I said in my other reply above. These people are not redeemable; they are evil to the core.

Rob citizenship
Rob citizenship
1 year ago

Very important article Sebastian, Well Done ! What you wrote is in keeping with what Christ’s parable of The Lamp is all about — you brought Light into the matter pertaining to the film ” Sound of Freedom ” and the light will provide a better understanding for all the importance of this issue. You have set a good example with this article. Truth is always the stuff that establishes something as being a good example to look to. So , you can be sure the right thinking people in this world will appreciate, will value what you wrote. The encouragement brought forth by having a clear understanding about the presentation of the film , I am using the word encouragement as I believe it fits this situation, the spirit of everything pertaining to the Sound of Freedom, the encouragement for people to think in ways that will help to stop the evil of human trafficking, and the encouragement that will develop with thinking of ways to bring Freedom to those who have been victims in this war also known as human trafficking. This is an important part of what defending the principles that provide the foundation for the United States of America should stand for. Praise for all at Operation Underground Railroad , praise for all involved in helping to bring more Freedom to the world, and helping to make for a better world. Thoughts of Life, Liberty, the pursuit of happiness, Respect for Honor, Honesty,Integrity, Courage, Loyalty — in the spirit of Joy to the World. Best Wishes.

anna hubert
anna hubert
1 year ago

Left knows that sound of freedom is a death toll to their agenda Will fight it tooth and nail

Vince
Vince
1 year ago

Great article, Dr. Gorka. I do believe, though, that a point has been missed. There must be a great many key leftists are users of this “service” and they want this perversion kept out of the public eye.

Philip Seth Hammersley
Philip Seth Hammersley
1 year ago

“They” hate the movie because it exposes THEIR dirty deeds! “They” want their deeds to be done in the dark. That’s why they swear school kids to secrecy when precenting perverted “lessons” full of child pornography!

Susan
Susan
1 year ago

Thankfully California was shamed into putting CA SB14 back up for vote and passing it in the Public Safety Committee. God will personally avenge everyone who harms HIS Children. “Rejoice with Him, O heavens; bow down to Him, all gods, for He avenges the blood of His children and takes vengeance on His adversaries.” (Deuteronomy 32:43)

Phyllis Hall
Phyllis Hall
1 year ago

I personally feel that anyone who wants to criticize this movie or boycott it in any way; those persons are guilty of some of the things that are shown in this movie and they do not want that spotlight shown on them. They would prefer to keep all of their dirty secrets hidden, while trying to wear the disguise of being a fine, upstanding citizen. Apparently they do not believe in God, because you cannot hide secrets from God; He knows everything we do, He knows the things we fight for, He knows the things that we do not fight for… And all of these “fine, upstanding citizens” who hate this movie are not hiding anything from God. He knows and He will make each and every one of them suffer greatly, and deservedly so.
God blessTim Ballard and Jim Caviezel for bringing this sick, dark horror to the light, and revealing all of the dirty secrets that “they” don’t want revealed.

Nick
Nick
1 year ago

Obviously the Democrats hate this movie because they support and enable child sex slaves. They are a party of pedophiles that believe children are to be used any way you want to that is what the Democrat Party stands for. The Democrat Party needs to be labeled for what it is a domestic terrorist group

Dianne Kay
Dianne Kay
1 year ago

We saw The Sound of Freedom yesterday. It was a wonderful film. We knew about human trafficking but not the scale of it! That was a big eye opener! This administration wants to promote mutilating children but nothing about their safety from preditors. Discusting!

sdg
sdg
1 year ago

The Demoncrat Party should absolutely be classified as a terrorist group. They are traitors to America. Don’t give me this moderate democrat garbage either, if you are truly moderate then start voting against this leftist crap or go independent and vote against Biden’s (Obama) garbage & lies that they have been spewing. One of the hardest parts will be to ensure fair elections, not sure this can even be done (Sad)

Barrett Smith
Barrett Smith
1 year ago

It is a war and God will win.

james carlyle
james carlyle
1 year ago

I think this film demonstrates how far from reality the Progressive cause has progressed-they do not belong in a civilized society.

Sharon Ormsby
Sharon Ormsby
1 year ago

Heterosexual s and gays both have secrets that want to keep hidden, but they shouldn’t. Abuse is abuse and much of it happened to to many people as small children. The only way to stop it from happening is to get the word out and fight it! Our children and our people are NOT for sale-anywhere in the world!

Vince
Vince
1 year ago

Satanic individuals are in their heyday right now while their time is short. Children are under attack from abortion to sexual slavery. Women are being attacked with transgender competition now and also questioning the importance of women’s bodies in nurturing children. I’m really not shocked day to day anymore with what these evil individuals spew. Praying for a revival for the body of Christ to get in a position of prayer for many lost souls and of course all of the children not accounted for. CQLJ!

SusanP
SusanP
1 year ago

Biden’s Catch and Release program at the border with Mexico has released thousands of unaccompanied minors, without DNA checks and without any background checks on the people picking them up. At the present time 85,000+ of these children are unaccounted for. No one knows where they are. Chances are most likely they were trafficked as sex slaves, slave labor or to be organ transplant donors.
If the above information does not make you sick, you are not human.
Remember this when you go to the polls to VOTE and do NOT elect anyone who “believes the border is secure”.

Marie
Marie
1 year ago

i just saw this movie, excellent! Personally, I am in favor of snipping a few body parts off of these perverts.

Eldridge B
Eldridge B
1 year ago

If the United Nations had any one single purpose / goal that is should be dedicated to … it should be to push for the complete abolishment of slavery – and we can see how that is not happening. We need to quit calling this trafficking and call it what it really is – slavers and the slave trade, and we as a country need to make a harsh crackdown to stop it where we can – and use our influence to help eradicate it elsewhere.

Stevo
Stevo
1 year ago

The movie is too close to the truth of what crimes clintons , obama , biden , pelosi , schumer , soros & the REST of the top evil swamp criminal cretins have been doing for many years !

VikkiC
VikkiC
1 year ago

The left hates this film because they are morally bankrupt, and are willing to have children trafficked, and body parts removed from children to satisfy their prurient interests…They might want to take cover during thunderstorms…lightening has a way of locating those who need to be struck!

Daimon
Daimon
1 year ago

“And this is the condemnation, that The Light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates The Light and does not come to The Light, lest his deeds should be exposed.” (John 3:20-21). This is why the demon possessed, woke, leftists, liberals, and Democrats…or “Demon-crats”…are all opposed to this movie; for they are evil and walk in darkness and want to remain hidden and un-exposed by the Light, by the Truth. Collectively, they are all a cult of death, standing completely against life & freedom, which is ultimately a stand against God!

Carol
Carol
1 year ago

I’m so happy God opened up the doors for this movie to be seen to awake people with their head in the sand. I give the glory to God for it’s success despite the protesters against the movie. I pray the majority of our population goes to see this movie which is all truth!

Westhus
Westhus
1 year ago

Spot on Dr. Gorka! Jim Caviziel is an underrated actor who never disappoints. Even more important than his performance is the message of this movie. After seeing it I just couldn’t help but think about how important it is to tell the story and raise awareness. It’s a really good film that I had to see and I’m glad I did. And as soon as it is available on DVD I will buy it.

deb
deb
1 year ago

Go back thousands of years – there were always good people who worked hard and the bad people (psychopaths-sociopaths) who killed and stole. The problem is good people don’t have what it takes to eradicate the bad people, so the bad people flourish and today they have organized and taken over the world – WEF and Klaus Schawb. It is very hard to take it back from the bad people.

Robert Mallory
Robert Mallory
1 year ago

Just a point regarding The Passion Of The Christ. Not everyone buys into the idea that Aramaic was the language Jesus and his disciples would have used to talk with each other. Hebrew was the Jews own language. The main language of commerce in the world at that time was Greek. The language of the rulers of the Roman Empire was Latin. The sign put on Christ’s cross proclaimed him “King Of The Jews” in those three languages. Aramaic didn’t make the cut and only one book of the Bible was written in it.

Michele1717
Michele1717
1 year ago

Social media & “state sponsored news” have clearly revealed themselves yet again as they continue to disparate this film. They’re on the dark side. Please pray for all abducted children & for our once great nation. “God’s children are not for sale!”.

teresa
teresa
1 year ago

the haters hate the film bc it sheds light on how corrupt and sick the left and biden really is. guess these morons are proud that grown men are raping young boys and girls. wow!!! biden has s h i t for brains and he should be hung!!

BobAbellsouth.net
BobAbellsouth.net
1 year ago

Is anyone surprised that Disney refused to show this movie, I’m not. Disney’s downward spiral is well deserved.

Dana
Dana
1 year ago

I appreciate your review, but you have some errors. The sister is not saved at the island raid, but at another more isolated more dangerous location. “Teddy” was his actual slave name, meaning “Teddy Bear” a twisted take on an innocent toy. I am blanking on his real name, but it was Spanish like Miguel or Manuel. These things matter, because the twisted Wokesters will do anything to discredit us.

Emmett
Emmett
1 year ago

Only Satan and his crew would protest this movie. Hollywood celebs are the biggest customers of these pedophile rings.

MBII
MBII
1 year ago

Black Africans weren’t kidnapped, they were captured and sold as slaves by their own people

TeeWood
TeeWood
1 year ago

We saw this excellent movie last Sunday. It was as gripping as when I first saw movies like ‘Gone with the Wind’ and ‘The Longest Day’. Great job. Hopefully it wakes some people up to the border mess.

Teress
Teress
1 year ago

Good grief. Do the research. Not everything needs to be a conspiracy theory to support your agenda and gather the ignorant and the undereducated to assist. That’s an extremely important movie and is out there. Horrible movies are out there too and the path of both kinds are varied and complicated and are run by corporate organizations that are given free reign, even freer since 2016. Follow the money and the folks who give the profiteers huge tax breaks.

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

One way or another we will pay for the transgressions against children that have been destroyed and sold into bondage for the perverse pleasure of sick and animalistic people. I wonder if God could forgive us for allowing this to occur in our republic.

Steven Tapper
Steven Tapper
1 year ago

We are definitely in a culture war when this type of perversion is allowed and encouraged by the morally corrupt left. Their head in the sands over this movie tells you all you need to know about their value systems.

Sara
Sara
1 year ago

A wonderful movie exposing the truth. Read the “Equality Act” that Biden and the left want to pass. It will shock you. It deems pedophilia as a sexual behavior.
This comes from at Mat Staver-Liberty Council.
A growing movement is pushing to decriminalize pedophilia by having lust for children recategorized as “normal” human sexual behavior. Now “minor-attracted persons” (MAP) are seeking to codify their “right” to have sex with children under federal law via HR 15, the grossly misnamed “Equality Act.”
HR 15 seeks special rights and protections for LGBT & Q — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, and queer. By their own definition, “queer” encompasses more than 550 sexual perversions, including necromancy, bestiality, and “minor-attracted persons” aka pedophiles. The bill erases the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) protections, meaning churches, schools, shelters, day care centers, adoption agencies — EVERYONE — will be forced to comply with the LGBTQ agenda. We must stop this bill!

Martin Plecki
Martin Plecki
1 year ago

My wife and I saw the Sound of Freedom yesterday. She was hesitant because of the subject matter, and I could not blame her, but she changed her mind. It was good we both saw it because it is less about the depravity of sex trafficking, and more about the extent of it and the hopeful success of some of the efforts to save the victims and catch, prosecute and jail the perpetrators.

Vicki P. Maguire
Vicki P. Maguire
1 year ago

Sound of Freedom was so excellent. They peeled the onion skin off a topic that Is heartbreaking and very real. Child trafficking.
Tim Ballard, a true story and his brave faithful wife, rescue these babes from the jungle.
the customer is billions in USA. How depraved. my democrats neighbors never heard of it
and prefer easy topic. Have we lost compassion? The Pedos seem to start with our very elite .
we share this heartfelt movie and love the courage to do it with excellence and not graphics but message sent. ????????. Thank you

George
George
1 year ago

Great movie everyone needs to see it Thank God

MBII
MBII
1 year ago

Caviezel, who portrays Ballard in the movie, chillingly states, a bag of coke or a gun can only be sold once, but a child can be sold 10 times a day, for years and years.

Nope, he didn’t mention a gun during that dialogue because you obviously can resell a gun.

Myrna
Myrna
1 year ago

We should promote freedom. The attempt to censor shows us who is on which side of freedom.

Jim McGarity
Jim McGarity
1 year ago

A must-see movie. How much money is being maid and paid to people that can stop this crime

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 year ago

Plan to stream when possible since theatres are having tech troubles

Dean
Dean
1 year ago

That the left would denigrate this movie and call it a “conspiracy theory” is beyond despicable. I’m sure they don’t want their flow of dollars and young children interrupted. They will have all of eternity in hell to despair of what they have done.

Rich
Rich
1 year ago

Every American should see this movie. “They” hate the film because the truth hurts. It isn’t part of their narrative for control. Anyone that denies the facts and down plays the problem is part of the problem. If the enemy can control the children, the future is theirs.

Rick B.
Rick B.
1 year ago

No doubt the words, “The Sound of Freedom,” will not be coming from anyone’s lips at the Motion Picture Academy Awards ceremony next year. No biggie, we gaven’t watched that tripe for years, ever since it became the Hollywood libtards’ bully pulpit.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
1 year ago

This is a wonderful movie. It is very well done. I saw an interview with Tim Ballard I saw the movie. James Caviezel had his mannerisms perfectly.

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