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Recent Letters to the Editor
We receive many letters for MOVIEGUIDE®: THE BIBLICAL GUIDE TO MOVIES AND ENTERTAINMENT. Here are some that blessed us:
** A Great Resource for Families!
Dear Dr. Baehr,
I have never visited the MOVIEGUIDE® website until today. I really enjoyed reading the articles posted, and I am very interested in purchasing some of your resources for families. Thank you for having such a great resource for families!
I was ccd on an email to you from Jason Jones about a class/conference that you are offering. I met Jason last month in Alaska where I live and he encouraged me to considering attending this conference. I am very interested and excited by this opportunity to attend….
** Great Report!
Re DVD Highlights of 2010 Annual Report to the Entertainment Industry: What a great report! I watched the short version - and I tweeted about it (over 18K followers) and it also goes on my Facebook account.. . . .
Keep up the good work. It was great to see you recently at the Colorado Writers Conference.
** Afflicting the Comfortable
It does not ease the slight, but others who stand for faith and values are daily being called bigots, homophobes, racists, etc. Among them are … Franklin Graham/Billy Graham, John Ankerberg, the Falwells, James Dobson, Charles Colson, Chuck Swindoll, R.C. Sproul, John MacArthur, Al Mohler ( Former Head of the Southern Baptist Convention), and the list goes on and on and on. People of faith and values are being targeted increasingly more so these days. Conservative politicos/news people: Palin, Buchanan, Beck, Brit Hume, etc., etc., etc. are constantly being hit with such nonsense as well. Again, the list is endless. If you are public. . . you are even more so a target.
When I first came across movieguide.org some time ago (long before we met), I was so grateful for such a family oriented, professional and quality site. So, I looked for further information on the net, and there were comments about how the site was run by hate-filled, Christian spewing, self-righteous, racist, and bigoted homophobes. Clearly, the attacks were not about “who or what” you are - but about what you stand for, which is faith, family and country. Christians, Christianity and churches are an affront to these people, and they consider anything or anyone Christian to be a bigot and they are especially emboldened to come out of the woodwork now that even our government demeans and targets Christian values with new and onerous propaganda machines to undermine the faith. . . including use of the Internet.
I was so proud of a group of folks called movieguide.org that was standing for faith and values, that displayed none of what the anti-faith, anti-values attackers were saying. Willing to stand for what is right is powerful and in today’s environment carries the same courage as those who “stood up for what is right” from our founding. You’ve stood in the line of fire for years and you’re not changing. Anyone who stands for the faith and openly conveys it, is and will always be under attack. Given current political circumstances, it appears they are encouraging even further assault. That will only change when the government is changed. I know this is nothing new or anything you don’t already know. But, people admire your courage and tenacity for years in an industry that has an uneasy peace with those who call it like it is from the “God, family and country” perspective. Now, we have a government that is increasingly uneasy with such efforts also.
. . . but movieguide.org‘s work stands for itself in the light of day - and families and followers judge by content and the quality you bring to their lives.
Let’s get busy and stay the course. You are a great example.
** Standing on the Wall
It was such an honor to meet you in Washington D.C for the May Day event. I really honor the work you have done to help shift the culture of Arts & Entertainment. I appreciate your steadfast stance on ‘the wall’ all these years, and for helping the church see the need for her to engage in this mountain. Your voice has truly impacted both the church and the industry immensely!
I wanted to connect you to some people who are also doing work for the Arts & Entertainment Industry. . . .
Thank you, Ted!!!
May God continue to bless you and I do hope to see you soon again,
** Part of God’s Team
Re Tea Party Event on April 15 in Ventura, Calif.: I just got a DVD in the mail today of the event. It is about 20 minutes. It had me very emotional the whole time. [It] had you as one of the speakers that he featured. You were absolutely wonderful. Don’t underestimate your impact. I am still emotional from it.
This guy did the best video I have ever seen of a tea party. Even DC. And, I believe we had better speakers than DC or any other place. It was really amazing to watch. I was so close to everything that I didn’t get to appreciate it. And, I just got through receiving a letter from the County saying it can’t happen this way again, and one of our members was rude to me on a blogsite. So, I was in a bit of a “mood” about things today. But after seeing this, I realize that we had a really great thing. And, you were part of it.
So, whatever time you poured into it, know that it was really appreciated. I can’t say more. But know that you were part of “God’s team” on April 15.
I am going to try to get a donation for the dvd’s to be produced, or I will just offer them at a price. Everyone needs one.
** Fighting Media Bias
In 1946 the Nazis were condemned by American judges for unquestioningly obeying orders and not using their own judgment.
Today Lt. Col. Lakin is on the stand being judged by the army and the media for doing just that: using his own judgment in not obeying orders when he doubts that they are being dictated by an illegitimate commander who is not constitutionally authorized to give them.
You cannot have it both ways.
You either have the the Stauffenbergs and von Hofachers, the type of men who did act according to their consciences, who withstood Hitler, or you have the Keitels and the Ribbentrops, the lackies or “nodding donkeys” who didn’t.
The very judges who are about to be judging Lt. Col. Lakin are the very ones who are spineless enough not to be standing up for the Constitution and judging Obama for lying his way into office. And, if they don’t, one day history will be judging them.
The media is being used a tool to accomplish this is of course, as in the days of Hitler, the media. Even the self-proclaimed “Fair & Balanced” Fox News appears to be in the payola of Obama and his Muslim minders.
It is essential that organizations like yours stand up to this sort of media bias.
** Crisis in South Africa
Greetings in the Precious Name of the Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Thank you for your emails. My family always thoroughly enjoys Movieguide. Thank you for helping us learn to discern and know before we go.
Yes, I am sorry to say that the reports of increased racial tension in South Africa are true.
Despite Nelson Mandela having famously declared in 1994, “Never, never, never, never again will any South African be discriminated again on the basis of race,” the ANC (African National Congress) reinstituted race classifications, racial quotas and job reservation through Affirmative Action and Black Economic Empowerment. We are informed that this is the only country in the world where Affirmative Action is in favour of the majority and against the minority.
Along with the ANC supporting the racist and lawless Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe in its national suicide of invading and looting white commercial farms, we also have senior ANC officials encouraging supporters to sing, “Kill the Boer! Kill the farmer!” This is no idle slogan as over 3,000 white farmers have been murdered, most in a savage way with hideous tortures and mutilations being inflicted, since Mandela became President in 1994.
There has been an upsurge in the murder of white farmers since ANC Youth League President Julius Malema has defied our Supreme Court rulings that the “Kill the Boer” song is hate speech and therefore illegal. The murder of prominent white separatist Eugene Terreblanche, again in the most savage way, tortured, bludgeoned and mutilated, while in bed in the middle of the night, has led racial tensions in SA to a fever pitch.
Aggravating the situation is the government’s attempt to inflict draconian limitations on gun ownership, promoting gun confiscation and dismantling the Commando structure which had been in place to protect the farmers for centuries.
Criminals and mass murderers prefer unarmed victims.
Many are openly speaking of doing to the whites in SA what was done to the Tutsis in the Rwandan holocaust of 1994.
We are trusting in God and keeping our powder dry.
May the Lord continue to bless, guide and strengthen you.
Yours for Faith and Freedom.
Dr. Peter Hammond
** Do Values Have a Place in Hollywood?
Re Los Angeles Times story of Disney’s new homosexual studio head: How very liberated and enlightened of Disney - and the LA Times - for so positively reporting this changing of the guard to the first “openly gay studio head,” while at the same time damning those “Christian anti-gay zealots.”
. . . [This] reminded me of sitting in on a closed-door debate at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences some seven years ago, curiously entitled, “Do Values Have a Place in Hollywood?”
Rudely interrupting panelist Martha Williamson (TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL), as she was intelligently discussing family-friendly programming, the then president of the Disney Channel angrily pointed at her and shouted, “Who the h*ll gave you the right to define family?” His surprisingly hateful tone took aback even this jaded industry audience. He loudly continued, “Family is anyone in any configuration who chooses to live together.” Moral high ground seized; “values” debate over. My head was spinning as I left that night, and I’ll never forget that sobering moment as I came to better understand just who was shaping “the electronic babysitter” of a generation. . . .
God save the children.
Entertainment Industry owner – name withheld
** Shudder Island
For fun I thought I would call one of the studios you list at the bottom of your reviews. So I called (323) 956-5000 and got a sec, maybe even Sumner’s secretary at PARAMOUNT. Told her my mother didn’t like all the violence in SHUTTER ISLAND and that I think they need to attenuate this and go read the reviews at MOVIEGUIDE.org . She said she would check it out.
** Sounding the Trumpet
Re Your Article “Socialism Has Suffocated the People of God”: PRAISE THE LORD, YOU ARE 100% RIGHT-ON!!!!!!!!! May this message be received and understood in the hearts and minds of all Christians, beginning with the Pastors and Leaders who can preach it/teach it from the pulpit. . . . Amen!!!
I am so proud of you for speaking up and sounding the trumpet to call the Church into right position.
May God bless and abundantly provide for you,
** Right on Target!
Was great to have you and the family here for such a special occasion. Glad we could make that happen for you.
Your commencement address was wonderful. Right on target! Just great.
I’m thankful for you, and glad for our friendship through the years.
Dr. Roger Parrott, President
** Carrying the Torch
I want you to know that we are thinking and praying for you and your team. You are one of the finest men I have ever met and a true mentor to me. When my kids are faced with making a decision of something related to entertainment, I ask them what would Teddy Baehr (as they call you) think? We are going to help you carry the torch with believe360 and as it gains traction we will have resources we will send your way.
Alan Elias, CEO
** May Day Thanks
I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for coming to May Day to stand in the hot sun all day just to pray for our country.
Your work in Hollywood is essential. Your friendship is invaluable. And, your kindness in introducing me to your friend was the only ray of light in this very dark and difficult time in my life. Thank you.
God bless you, my friend.
How I enjoyed being on your panel; God made you brilliant and brilliantly creative.
Blessings, dear friend,
Vice President for External Relations
Focus on the Family
Colorado Springs, Colo.
** I Love MOVIEGUIDE®!
Hi. It’s Jaco Booyens’ friend and partner in After Eden Pictures.
I love MOVIEGUIDE®. I’ve been on the list for months now, and it’s the only newsletter I read consistently. I don’t always agree, but I admire that you take a stand (and not reflexively conservative). Your reviews are thoughtful and specific. They absolutely influence what I watch (or don’t watch).
Thank you for your correspondence!