Sacramento County has backed down from a ban on conducting religious marriage ceremonies after attorneys from the Pacific Justice Institute wrote county officials a letter pointing out the unconstitutionality and illegality of the ban.
The letter was sent after a counter clerk illegally told Manuel Zamorano that he could not mention God during a marriage ceremony, although Zamorano does not work for the county and the ceremony was not being conducted on County property.
The county has issued a ruling stating that "Deputy Commissioners of Civil Marriages" are free to use any wording of their choice or of the couple's choice.
"I am thankful that the County has changed its position and now realizes it is okay to mention God or Jesus Christ ...
By Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor
Santa Fe, New Mexico - A panel of four award-winning producers and writers, led by family and child advocate Dr. Ted Baehr, publisher of Movieguide®, gave some cogent advice to attendees of the 11th Annual Screenwriting Conference in Santa Fe this weekend about how to write, produce, distribute, and market spiritually uplifting, redemptive movies and television.
Now in its 24th year, Movieguide® (www.movieguide.org) is The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment.
All but one of the producers and writers on the panel have been past winners of the Epiphany Prizes for Inspiring Movies & TV, sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, a philanthropic organization, which are presented at the Annual Mo...
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher, and David Outten, Production Editor
In its opening weekend, Pixar's latest hit UP brought in $68 million and garnered a 53 percent female audience with 47 percent under 17-years-old. This is the sweet spot in terms of audience tracking. It shows that the movie is drawing men, women and children in healthy proportions.
MOVIEGUIDE® confidently predicts that UP will hold up. The broad appeal of the story will generate excellent word of mouth everywhere from the pre-school to the nursing home.
Contrast this with big budget R-rated movie WATCHMEN from Warner Bros. WATCHMEN's opening weekend was a solid $55 million, but it drew 65 percent male with 54 percent over 25. In its second weekend, it plummeted 67%. In 12...
Date: Friday, May 29, 2009
Glen Beck, the libertarian hoist of a popular show on the Fox News Channel, said on his show last week that social conservatives in the Republican Party want to stick their noses into what Americans do in their bedroom.
Someone should enlighten Mr. Beck that this is a liberal, libertarian lie that has no foundation in truth.
In the first place, the opposition of social conservatives to abortion is a matter of life and death. Stopping abortions has nothing to do with what people do in their bedroom.
Secondly, the concern that social conservatives have regarding sexual issues such as adultery, premarital sex and homosexuality has to do with what occurs in the public square of America's cities, towns and suburb...
Planned Parenthood's annual report for 2007-2008 shows it claimed the lives of more than 300,000 unborn babies in the United States but referred fewer than 5,000 females to adoption agencies.
Also, the organization generated more than $1 billion, including about $350 million in taxpayer money.
These figures show that a lack of Christian faith leads to mass murder. Americans need to rise up and demand an end to this cycle of death, which is supported by many heartless judges and mindless politicians.
- Source: The Foster Letter, 05/25/09.
A new Gallup Poll shows that a majority of Americans, 51%, consider themselves to be pro-life while only 42% call themselves "pro-choice," or pro-abortion.
As the Fifth Amendment states, the Right to Life shall not be abridged without due process.
- Source: Townhall.com, 05/15/09.
A group of University of Toronto scientists has found that belief in God relieves stress and induces happiness.
"Religion provides meaning in people's lives," noted Michael Inzlicht, a psychology professor at Toronto who participated in running tests on what relieves stress in people.
- Source: The Globe and Mail, 03/05/09.
By Cheryl Felicia Rhoads, Contributing Writer
There is much to enjoy about NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN, which concerns the adventures of Larry Daley (Ben Stiller).
In this sequel, Stiller is no longer a financially struggling security guard at the Museum of Natural History, but has become an American success story due to his off beat inventions. But playing on the "Is that all there is?" theme, Stiller's character returns to his old haunt. There, he is informed that several of his old wax figure friends are being shipped off to storage at The Smithsonian in Washington DC. Various adventures ensue. Yet, with all the buildings that encompass The Smithsonian, understandably the filmmakers are like those over stimulated k...
Dr. Ralph Winter, founder of US Center for World Mission, passed away this week from complications of cancer at 84.
Dr. Winter was the foremost thinker in missions in the twentieth century, most notably leading the movement to reach communities with no existing Christian witness, the "unreached people groups."
"Ralph was a longtime supporter, encourager and very close friend of Movieguide, attending our events and telling us to keep on with our ministry," notes Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide®.
In addition to the US Center for World Mission, Dr. Winter founded the William Carey International University and his 1974 address to the Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization became a paradigm shift in missions thinking th...
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher
Christianity created Western Civilization. With its biblical principles of love thy neighbor as thyself and the belief all men should have equal opportunity, Christianity not only transformed the brutal, misogynist pagan culture of Rome, it also transformed the barbarian cultures wherever missionaries went. This fact has been pointed out by many of the best historians, including such disparate scholars as Christopher Dawson (RELIGION AND THE RISE OF WESTERN CULTURE), Mircea Eliade, Walter Burkert, and Alvin J. Schmidt (HOW CHRISTIANITY CHANGED THE WORLD).
Recently, a Muslim scholar, Ibrahim Al-Buleihi1, caused an uproar in Islamic circles when he correctly pointed out that all the achievements of modern civiliz...