Is It Miley Or Miley?
By Jeff Holder, Managing Editor
MOVIEGUIDE® had a chance to hear from the director and the mostly teenaged cast of the newly released HANNAH MONTANA THE MOVIE.
If you have been living in a cave lately, you might not know that on the Disney Channel TV series HANNAH MONTANA, teenage superstar Miley Cyrus plays the role of Miley Stewart who has an alter ego Hannah Montana. Hannah is a singing pop star but that fact is a secret except for family and close friends. Country star Billy Ray Cyrus, who is the real life father of Miley Cyrus, plays Miley Stewart's father, Robby Ray. If you're confused, ask a teenager to explain it to you.
The runaway hit TV series has spawned one of the most wholesome movies in a long t...
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Most American teenagers, 54%, see their parents as their role models, according to a recent Junior Achievement survey on teenagers and ethical decision-making.
There was some bad news in the survey, however - only 3% of the teenagers said they see members of the clergy as role models.
Finally, 13% said they see their friends as role models, 6% said their teachers or coaches, 5% said their siblings, and 11% said they don't have any role models.
- Source: Christian Post, 02/18/09.
A recent Junior Achievement survey of American teenagers finds that 80% of U.S. teens believe they are ethically prepared to make moral business decisions, although nearly 40% believe they need to "break the rules" in order to succeed.
Perhaps more troubling is that 27% think behaving violently is sometimes, often or always acceptable. And, 20% report that they have behaved violently toward another person during the past year.
Among those who say they are ethically prepared, 49% said lying to parents and guardians is acceptable, and 61% say they have lied to parents or guardian within the past year.
This survey should prompt concern about an entire generation's future workplace behavior. It forecasts serious challenges to businesses as t...
College professors in the United States are five times more likely to identify themselves as atheists than the general public, according to a survey by Awaken Generation. The survey also reports that 53% of all college professors view evangelical Christian students unfavorably.
Maybe American Christians, especially Evangelicals, should reconsider whether to keep voting for politicians who force taxpayers to give their money to support college professors who hate their values.
- Source: Awaken Generation, 02/05/09.
Social networks now refer more people to online videos than do video search engines, according to TubeMogul research.
Of all video views, consumers who go to YouTube, then run a search or click around the featured or related videos completed 45.13% of them. Of the Top 20 referral sites, Google was responsible for 7.19% of all referrals, Yahoo 2.12%, Facebook 1.93% and MySpace 1.55%.
- Source: Online Media Daily, 02/12/09.
A Canadian judge sentenced a man who brutally beheaded and cannibalized a man on a bus to yearly evaluations at a mental institution.
The family of victim Tim McLean, a 22-year-old carnival worker dismissed the trial as a "rubber stamp." His mother added that a yearly hearing was ridiculous. They vowed to fight the law that allows the criminally insane to be released into the community once they are deemed "cured," without serving a minimum jail sentence.
"A crime was still committed here, a murder still occurred," said Carol deDelley, McLean's mother.
"Do not accept a ransom for the life of a murderer, who deserves to die. He must surely be put to death" - Numbers 35:31.
- Source: Breitbart.com, 03/08/09.
Jackie O'Neal, an ordained Episcopal priest and journalist, writes that fatherless single mothers on welfare have spiritual and mental health issues requiring counseling, not just job training.
"Single mothers are more likely to have substance use and psychiatric disorders than women in the general population," she writes. "The problem. . . has its roots in a girl's relationship with her father which provides a blueprint for all other relationships with men and with the outside world. . . . If a girl grew up as a fatherless child, she is likely to experience some measure of depression."
A fatherless woman finding herself struggling as a single mother could also hold a grudge against God, O'Neal adds.
- Source: ASSIST News Service,...
"It is very fine to talk about Christian socialism, and what you are going to do for the poor; but what have you done? Much of it is just chatter, chatter, and nothing else. But the godly, who feel that God is all, are, after all, those who care most for men; and, those who most firmly believe that the unbelieving sinner will be lost, are the men most anxious to have him saved."
- The Rev Charles Spurgeon, 1893.