LETTERS TO GOD Hears Good News from Moviegoers
April 21, 2010

By Jeff Holder, Managing Editor The faith filled LETTERS TO GOD continues to draw people into the theater as part of the movement of hope that the movie has begun. While it lacks the marketing muscle of a CLASH OF THE TITANS, it makes up for it in word of mouth. In fact, a survey of people attending the movie highlights the fact that the "viral" aspect of one person telling another person accounts for most of the $2 million + that has come into the box office already. 84% of those who have seen it say they would definitely recommend it. For most movies, that number hovers around 50 or 55%. The reason why so many are eager to tell their friends and co-workers is that 66% of the audience rated the movie "excellent" compared to only 30 or ...
 

 
ROTTEN BANANA AWARDS: The 20 Most Unbearable Movies in 2009
April 21, 2010

This week is  #20 to #11 of the Most Unbearable. Next week, we'll count down from #10 to the coveted #1. The below films have received the "Rotten Banana Award" for their unparalleled contribution to the corruption of culture. Note: These films have been chosen not necessarily because they have sex, violence, nudity, or profanity, but also because they have a worldview antithetical to the biblical worldview. They communicate philosophies that, in the final analysis, are anti-human and anti-God and that can only lead to disaster. It should be noted some of these films are very entertaining and liked by many Christians. Furthermore, many of them have positive values interwoven with their negative messages. Therefore, this list is to hel...
 

 
Television Guide: WHEN LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH
April 19, 2010

WHEN LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH: THE LOIS WILSON STORY Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +1 Language: L Violence: V Sex: None Nudity: N RATING: None RELEASE: Sunday, April 25 at 9 p.m. on CBS-TV TIME: 120 minutes with commercials STARRING: Winona Ryder, Barry Pepper, John Bourgeois, and Rosemary Dunsmore CONTENT: (CCC, BBB, L, V, N, AAA, D, MM) Very strong theocentric Christian, moral worldview that only God can deliver someone from alcoholism with lots of mentions of God, prayer, and biblical references, as well as shots of the cross and Bible but no mention of Jesus; one obscenity; television type violence includes woman has two miscarriages, woman dies of cancer, drunk thrown out of a bar, drunk crashes through door, drunk halluc...
 

 
Federal Judge Strikes Down National Day of Prayer!
April 19, 2010

Federal judge Barbara B. Crabb in Wisconsin has ruled ruled that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional. Crabb says that the 1952 and 1988 laws establishing the National Day of Prayer violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion." She ruled that such an involvement in prayer must serve a significant "secular function," whatever THAT means! In her ruling, Crabb cites an objection to prayer by Founding Father John Jay at the Constitutional Congress in 1774, but fails to note that Jay, a future Chief Justice, later changed his mind about the propriety of prayer in government (see Jay's proclamation on March 20, 1779 in the Continental Congress f...
 

 
Stupid Is as Stupid Does
April 19, 2010

Christians and Conservatives Are Not the Ones Being Really Stupid and Ignorant By Dr. Tom Snyder with Dr. Ted Baehr Still basking in the joy of Resurrection Day (or "Easter" to those of you who don't know that the Vicarious Atonement, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the real reason for the current holy season), it strikes us how often atheists, alleged skeptics, liberals, leftists, fascists, Neo-Marxists, and other pseudo-intellectual elitists like to malign Christians and conservatives for being stupid and ignorant. One of the most common, but dishonest and disingenuous, ploys of these Anti-Christian bigots is to take a fringe group (like the tiny militia members the FBI arrested in late March) and lay the blame at the feet of...
 

 
The Alarms Are Still Going Off
April 19, 2010

By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher of MOVIEGUIDE® When my four children were young, they went through the usual phases of raising ants, then hamsters, then gerbils, then cats and dogs -- together. Often disasters would occur. The ant farm would break, and the gerbils and hamsters would escape into the pipes. Sometimes, the children would exercise a great deal of effort to direct a gerbil or a hamster out of a floorboard, or some other difficult spot. Pipes would be banged. Floors would be hit. Usually, the gerbil never got the point and days later an unpleasant smell would emerge from the pipe or floorboard. One friend of mine in a fraternity at Dartmouth College over forty years ago had a pet boa constrictor. The boa eventually got stuck in...
 

 
Americans and Canadians Prefer Conservative, Family Friendly Movies with Christian Values, New Study by CFTVC Finds
April 15, 2010

By Dr. Ted Baehr and Tom Snyder Moviegoers in the United States and Canada prefer family friendly, conservative movies with Christian, biblical values. So says a new financial study of Hollywood's major releases by the Christian Film & Television Commission®. "Our comprehensive study also shows that Americans and Canadians reject Hollywood movies with liberal and leftist values, atheist content, and explicit sex and nudity," said Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and chairman of the Commission and Good News Communications, a non-profit advocacy group founded by Dr. Baehr in 1978. For example, the Commission's comprehensive study of the movies released in 2009 by the major studios in Hollywood shows that conservative, morally uplifting, patr...
 

 
Federal Judge Strikes Down National Day of Prayer!
April 15, 2010

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2010 Federal judge Barbara B. Crabb in Wisconsin ruled today that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional. Crabb says that the 1952 and 1988 laws establishing the National Day of Prayer violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion." She ruled that such an involvement in prayer must serve a significant "secular function," whatever THAT means! In her ruling, Crabb cites an objection to prayer by Founding Father John Jay at the Constitutional Congress in 1774, but fails to note that Jay, a future Chief Justice, later changed his mind about the propriety of prayer in government (see Jay's proclamation on March 20, 1779 i...
 

 
Dr. Baehr Discusses Today's Issues with Glenn Beck at Recent Education Conference
April 15, 2010

The Constitutional Coalition recently sponsored the innovative Educational Policy Conference in St. Louis. Many gathered to hear from conservative cultural leaders, including Dr. Ted Baehr and popular Fox News host Glenn Beck. Dr. Baehr met briefly with Glenn and discussed the issues of the day, as you can see by the accompanying photo. The Conference was convened with the title "What Makes America Work?" Dr. Baehr, founder and publisher of MOVIEGUIDE® and chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission® ministry, spoke on "Faulty Reasoning, Film, Michael Moore, and Economics," pointing out the inherent fallacies to the Marxist, socialist arguments made by controversial, radical filmmaker Michael Moore in his recent low-b...
 

 
STORYTELLING AND FILM GENRE: The Value of a Hermeneutics Approach
April 15, 2010

By Tom Snyder, Ph.D.   Stories matter deeply to us. They make a profound difference in our lives. They stimulate our minds, kindle our imaginations, and stir our emotions. They bring us laughter, tears, excitement, and joy. They help us escape the daily cares and woes of our present lives for a while and travel to different times and places. They arouse our compassion and empathy, spur us toward truth and love, and sometimes even incite us to hatred or violence. To see "genres in pictures" click here. Why do we respond so strongly to stories? Over the years, scholars have given us at least two basic answers to this question. First, different stories satisfy different needs. A comedy evokes a different response tha...
 

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