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...
 

 
Socialist Lies Sink to a New Low
April 14, 2010

By the Rev. Robert A. Sirico With the recent DVD release and London premiere of Michael Moore's documentary, CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY, Moore appears to be in the running as the first recipient of the Leni Riefenstahl/Borat Award in Mockumentary filmmaking. Combining the craft of a propagandist for vague and undefined left-wing propaganda and an inept attempt to mock people, Moore only succeeds in underscoring his own economic illiteracy while placing the very working class laborers (doormen, guards and the like) he claims to champion in embarrassing public confrontations. Perhaps the most egregious bit of manipulative effort Moore displays in his latest attempt, which by all reports has failed miserably at the box office, is his attemp...
 

 
North Carolina Finds Some Action!
April 14, 2010

This week, Asheville, NC will be the home to the inaugural edition of ActionFest, the world's first film festival devoted exclusively to action cinema, and to the people who make it possible, from filmmakers to stuntmen and fight choreographers. Created by Carolina Cinemas founder/Magnolia Pictures co-founder Bill Banowsky and famed action director and producer Aaron Norris (Missing in Action III, Walker, Texas Ranger), the festival will take place at The Carolina Asheville cinema from Thursday, April 15th to Sunday, April 18th. ActionFest opens with the world premiere of Neil Marshall's bloody sword and sandal epic, Centurion, and is proud to announce that the recipient of its first annual Lifetime Action Achievement Award will be non...
 

 
Come to the Tea Party
April 13, 2010

There's a few days on the calendar that stand out: December 25, July 4, and . . . April 15. Tax day for many of us means a last minute scramble for receipts, attempting to decipher the tax code and trying to remember where we put our calculator. This year, however, for Dr. Ted Baehr and others, April 15 will be a day to throw a Tea Party. Rallies across the country will be held on "Tax Day." The Tea Party movement is a grassroots group of patriotic Americans who oppose the oppressive taxation being levied against us. Dr. Baehr says, "I encourage everyone to try to find a Tea Party rally in your local area. And if you're near us here at Movieguide®, join us at the Ventura County rally. Ted Baehr will be one of the featured speakers at t...
 

 
A Not-So-Gay Surprise – AMERICAN IDOL’s Audience Plummets
April 08, 2010

American Idol's audience recently dipped below that of DANCING WITH THE STARS for the first time in the rivalry's history. Television writer David Bauder's Associated Press story on the ratings surprise on April 6 plugs the analysis of Don Seaman, a communications analyst for MPG America who says that the presence of Kate Gosselin has boosted the ratings of DANCING WITH THE STARS, but MOVIEGUIDE® notes that DANCING opened with 22.5 million viewers in March 2009 and won last week's competition with 23 million, not a major jump. On the other hand AMERICAN IDOL's Wednesday numbers of 20.5 million are only slightly over half of their peak numbers of 37.7 million in 2007. Even last year IDOL hit 30.4 million, so the real news is not the stunni...
 

 
ABC Fires Christian Actor for Refusing To Do Sex Scene
April 08, 2010

Actor Neal McDonough has left many in Hollywood scratching their heads. McDonough, a Roman Catholic Christian who's also married, has lost his acting gig on the ABC new series SCOUNDRELS because he would not do an on-screen sex scene. McDonough's stand is well known. Reportedly, on both DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and BOOMTOWN, he also refused. The ABC Network announced that actor David James Elliott, formerly of the series JAG, would replace McDonough. MOVIEGUIDE® applauds McDonough for standing up for what's right, even when there's a cost involved. Shame on ABC and The Walt Disney Company, which runs ABC, for taking this ridiculous, bigoted action! - Source: Deadline Hollywood, 03/31/10.   ...
 

 
May Day! May Day! May Day!
April 08, 2010

Dr. Ted Baehr is joining with Janet Folger Porter to make a "May Day!" distress call for our nation. On May 1st, Dr. Baehr will join Dr. James Dobson, Tim Wildmon, Bob Coy, and other Christian leaders in front of the Lincoln Memorial to do something very simple yet profound: to pray. "There are many good prayer meetings around the country with great speakers and much inspiration. What will make ‘May Day 2010' different is that the complete agenda is to pray for our nation, our society, and our children," says Dr. Baehr. "May Day!" has been the international distress call for generations and it is a fitting name for the event on May 1st. Baehr says, "Just like a plane veering out of control and the pilot calling ‘May Day' for help, w...
 

 
Fatcat Bureaucrats Re-Visited
April 08, 2010

Federal employees not only earn much higher salaries than workers in the private sector, they also earn much higher benefits. A new study by USA TODAY shows that federal workers average $108,476 in pay and benefits but that the same jobs in the private sector average only $69,928, or 35.5% less!!! The jobs studied included accountants, nurses, chemists, surveyors, cooks, clerks, and janitors. The dollar amounts covered were pay and benefits received in 2008. - Source: USA TODAY, 03/08/10.   ...
 

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