With the rise of Islam pushing out on all frontiers in what Samuel Huntington termed “fault line wars,” their Jihad against the world takes a human toll that any decent person would find inexcusable.  Some non Islamic populations are strong enough to withstand their onslaught and maintain a semblance of freedom and normalcy, Israel, India, and the Philippines to name a few. But, many are not and consequently suffer the worst forms of human degradation and misery. One of these places is Christian Southern Sudan.

The Muslim North is looking to exterminate or somehow make non existent the Christian population in the south. Massacres are common in Southern Sudan. Towns wiped out, sometimes every man woman and child are killed, raped, taken and sold into slavery or in the case of children made into child soldiers for Islam.

The West takes little interest because there is no oil there. The lucky ones are left homeless by the totally unrepentant Muslim Sudanese. History has labeled these children “The lost boys.”

Girls in large part find homes with other Sudanese families and therefore do not need too much aid when they escape. But, the boys, languish in refugee camps for years.

A 2014 Hollywood recreation of “The Lost Boys” syndrome entitled “The Good Lie,” gives an insight into this tragedy showing child victims of Muslim Jihad who are left orphaned and , except for some well meaning NGOs, grow up in these mostly forgotten camps. They wait in hopes for an opportunity to be taken in by a western country.

This movie is about four of these individuals, three men and a woman, now in their late 20s are lucky enough to make the list and are brought to the United States. Once in the U.S. though their problems do not end. The one young lady with them, a sister to one of the refugee men, must go to another family in another city because the Christian charity that brought them to America rule that there is to be no fraternization between unmarried sexes.

Reese Witherspoon takes a supporting role as an employment agency worker assigned to find jobs for the three refugees to try and give them a reboot on life. In typical Hollywood style, Witherspoon’s character is the complete antithesis from the three refugees contrasting her often brash and impetuous American lifestyle with the simple natural goodness of the refugee.

The three men, Memere, Paul and Jeremiah, are imbued with a simple ethical Christianity, that emphasizes, forgiveness, helping others, and giving literally of yourself to make the world a better place. And, they  carry that message from their barefooted rural, and now destituted African existence to the streets of Kansas City, Missouri  and somehow it works in both places.  Christianity becomes their bridge to both,  their natural and adopted home.

You can probably attribute the attention to the characters’ faith from the Ron Howard, Brian Grazer production, a team that is known for taking Hollywood to heights it doesn’t usually go. The two employ their signature elements of almost everything they put on the screen, touching the heart and giving you feel good moments throughout, until the end of the movie.

There are no shortage of examples of lessons in goodness in director Philippe Falardeau’s treatment of Magaret Nagle’s script. It is currently on HBO if you have a subscription, and can be found on Amazon for a small fee if you don’t.

The film’s title based on what we call in the West a “white lie” translated from the Sudanese as “a good lie,” serves as a recurring theme in the film. Brought up several times in the dialogue finally triumphs the spirit sacrificing one’s life in freedom for the protection of family bringing the movie to its ultimate and inevitable close.

I should point out that although the refugees’ Christianity is well displayed throughout the film the enemy is never labeled as Islam. The ones who put them in this position, killed their parents and continually hunted them while they sought shelter across the African plain, are never mentioned as Muslims.  So, Hollywood’s politically correct liberal attitude is apparently still at work, even for courageous film makers like Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.

The Muslim world continues to expand its borders to fulfill its Quranic vision to spread Islam over the entire Earth. The movie on the other hand  is one of triumph overcoming impossible odds, great evil, and an unforgiving world. As an American Jew living in the modern world I was humbled by the Sudanese understanding of right and wrong with such self-assurance and conviction that it seamlessly worked itself through both worlds of West and East.

I rarely see that kind of devotion in the western version of the Judeo Christian ethic. We can learn something from these “backward” people.

The story of “the Lost Boys,” consumed in the larger historical events of Jihad gives the audience a human connection to what is happening all around the Islamic world. We should never forget it as we move forward. See the movie and stop the spread of an unwanted faith that is thrusting itself upon us whether we want it or not.


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