"That Was the Year That Was":
February 09, 2010

2009 was the year that Hollywood finally looked at their BLIND SIDE, caring Southern Christians who opened their home to the homeless and demonstrate the redemptive power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in action. 2009 was the year that a 78-year-old man finds out that caring about others is the best adventure in UP. 2009 was the year that Hollywood discovered in a beloved classic piece of literature, A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens, the Good News that the bad news of eternal damnation does not have to be if you allow the Truth of Christmas, who is Jesus Christ, to transform your heart. 2009 was the year that learning to love others, especially your father, brought real self-esteem and overcame selfishness and gluttony in CLOUDY WIT...
 

 
AVATAR's Voodoo
February 08, 2010

By David Outten The Telegraph (a popular English news website) reports that voodoo leaders in Haiti are upset that aid is not coming to followers of voodoo as quickly as it is coming to evangelicals. The article, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/centralamericaandthecaribbean/haiti/7119572/Haiti-earthquake-voodoo-high-priest-claims-aid-monopolised-by-Christians.html, claims that followers of Haitian voodoo worship hundreds of spirits called "Iwa." The article quotes Kompe Filo, a popular Haitian television and radio personality, saying, "God is angry against humanity, not just Haiti but all humanity. This is a message that man must change, and reconnect with the natural world around him. We have a lot of beliefs modern people shou...
 

 
A Family for Oscar?
February 08, 2010

By David Outten After three years of nominating almost exclusively R-rated movies for best picture, the Academy Award nominations for the best pictures of 2009 include UP and THE BLIND SIDE. Perhaps this is because the Academy has doubled the number of nominees from five to ten, but nevertheless it's refreshing to see even two family-oriented films appear in the mix. This year there are six R-rated nominees, three PG-13s, and UP, which is rated PG. UP is the first movie given a +3 acceptability rating by MOVIEGUIDE to be nominated for best picture since BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in 1991. THE BLIND SIDE received -1, four movies received a -2, three received a -3, and AVATAR received a -4 because of its strong pantheist worldview. It...
 

 
Haiti's Disaster and Hollywood's AVATAR
February 05, 2010

by Vishal Mangalwadi The 9 million people of Haiti, largely of Afrcan descent, inhabit about 10,000 square miles of the paradise-like Caribbean island of Hispaniola. They constitute the only nation to gain its independence through a successful slave rebellion in 1804. Sadly, Haiti remains the poorest country in the Americas. Its independence was inspired in part by the secular idealism of the French Revolution and biblical Christianity, but launched in a voodoo ceremony on August 14, 1791, that, according to oral tradition, included sacrificing a pig, drinking its blood and making a pact with the demonic supernatural. In 200 years, none of its 32 coups, multiple dictatorships and democratic elections succeeded in building political ...
 

 
MOVIEGUIDE® Blind Sides Oscar®
February 04, 2010

Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment announced its picks today for the Best 2009 Movies for Mature Audiences, to be presented at its 18th Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry Feb. 23 in Beverly Hills. The 10 movies will vie for the "Crystal Papa Bear Award" for Best 2009 Movie for Mature Audiences. Dr. Ted Baehr, Founder of Movieguide®, said, "A number of tremendous filmmakers in 2009 clearly understood the importance of reaching a wider audience by creating inspiring movies for mature audiences that honor faith, forgiveness, redemption, self-sacrifice, compassion, temperance, truth, and love wrapped in popular entertainment. We are thrilled to honor our choices for the Ten...
 

 
American Children 8-18 Average Over 75 Media Hours per Week!
February 04, 2010

The hours of mass media consumed by American children and teenagers just took another big jump upward. A new study by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation shows that American children age 8-18 consume on average 75 and one-quarter hours of one or another form of mass media per week, an increase of more than 15 hours per week since 2004. The study observed 2,002 school-age children from October 2008 until May 2009. It was supported by a more comprehensive study of 702 students who wrote media diaries. Media Consumption, Age 8-18 Average Hours and Minutes Per Day   Media Hours/Minutes TV 4:29 Music/Audio 2:31 Computer 1:29 Video Games 1:13 Print 0:38 ...
 

 
New Attack on Christians – Just Shut Up!
February 04, 2010

Several churches in Phoenix, Ariz., San Francisco, Calif., and Lambeth, England are fighting new "noise abatement" orders from local city councils.   "The law is being used as a pretext to harass and silence Christian viewpoints not approved by the State," said Andrea Williams, director of The Christian Legal Centre in England. "Churches shouldn't be punished for exercising their faith publicly," adds Alliance Defense Fund Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley. "The law is unconstitutionally vague and has been abused to silence a form of worship that has peacefully sounded through the streets of our nation since its founding." Bishop Rick Painter of Christ the King Church in Phoenix was convicted and sentenced to a 10-day suspended jail se...
 

 
Criticizing Islam Is Now a ‘Hate Crime’
February 04, 2010

A Dutch lawmaker will be tried for a "hate crime" in the Netherlands for making a short documentary warning that Islam threatens Western Civilization.   Dutch Parliament member Geert Wilders previously was banned in Britain - a sentence later overturned in court - for making the movie FITNA (meaning "strife"), which features verses from the Koran, the phony religious text invented by Arabs and Persians, alongside images of terror attacks in 2001, 2004, and 2005 in the United States, Madrid, and London. Leader of the Dutch Freedom Party, Wilders has been living under 24-hour protection by police for nearly six years, because Al-Qaeda has called for his murder. Wilder calls the "hate crimes" prosecution an "attack on freedom of speech....
 

 
Quebec Moves To Ban All Criticism of Homosexuality
February 04, 2010

The Quebec government in Canada has moved to ban all expressions that homosexuality is immoral or unbiblical.   Kathleen Weil, Quebec's Minister of Justice and Attorney General, released the new policy last month, according to WorldNetDaily. Jean Charest, the Premier of Quebec, writes that the policy is intended to "move towards full acceptance of sexual diversity." The new policy, among other things, would ban even statements merely saying that heterosexual relationships are the highest form of "sexual orientation." In Leviticus 18:22 and 24-30, of course, God clearly calls homosexual behavior wicked or evil, and Jesus Christ agrees with that judgment in Mark 7:20-23. - Sources: WorldNetDaily 01/17/10.   ...
 

 
Iran’s Dissidents Find Strength in Movie
February 04, 2010

The movie THE STONING OF SORAYA M., a true account of a young women in a remote Iranian village falsely executed for adultery, is reportedly stiffening the resolve of protestors, especially women, against the evil Islamic regime in Iran.   Writer Mark Tapson of Big Hollywood reports that the movie is being shown secretly in Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, and other cities in Iran. If true, this is another example of how the mass media can affect our culture. - Sources: Mark Tapson, Big Hollywood, 01/14/10.   ...
 

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