Saturday, February 08, 2014

Alone Yet Not Alone Not Worth A View

This is me when I'm not picking bugs off Jim and flinging poo at the neighbors
Recently I've been doing like my friend Bruce Gerencser has been doing and writing a letter to the editor of the local paper. Bruce is always articulate and he makes his points well, unlike many of those he opposes who seem to churn out Biblical Word Salad with no real points.

Me? I think I'm more like an angry monkey mashing on the keyboard, hooting and throwing banana peels around.

Our local paper had an article by the storyboard artist for the movie churned forth by the now-defunct Vision Forum and the students of Patrick Henry University - a mere hop, skip and flip down the road to hell.., erp, ah, I meant Purcellville. The artist was claiming that persecution against Christians caused the movie to lose it's nomination for best song for the upcoming Academy Awards.

Persecution? More like cheating. The song composer was on the Academy Awards Committee and apparently used his influence to get the song from the movie nominated well before this film has even been released in theaters. Very hinky. I've also posted about this at NLQ.

Are blaming, complaining or racism good “Christian” values?

It was with dismay I opened up my copy of Friday, January 31st Star Exponent and saw that the headline article featured a local Evangelical Christian blaming “anti-Christian bias” for a recent film having its Oscar nomination removed. The film in question is one developed by the recently closed Vision Forum ministries, “Alone Yet Not Alone” It's not been actually released for the public yet and is due to be released this spring/summer.

While the song is very pretty and it features the vocals of Joni Eareckson Tada, noted Christian author and radio host, the claims of Tad Butler come across as merely sour grapes. The Academy Awards chose to pull the title song from the competition because of the appearance of impropriety by a former Academy Award governor, Bruce Broughton. Not only did Bruce Broughton hold a position with the awards, he was also one of the song's composers. What Mr. Broughton did or did not do cast a shadow of favoritism, or 'cheating' in the eyes of the board, forcing the board to make the hard decision to pull the song. Seeking to keep the award nominations free of any taint of unethical behavior is fair and just. Not “anti-Christian bias” that many Evangelicals retort when things do not go their way.

“Alone Yet Not Alone” really has no business at the Academy Awards in the first place. The story told in the film is one of racism and miscegenation, painting the First Nations Native characters as immoral savages. The premise of the film is that evil Godless Native American kidnap good Christian children and raise them in Native culture, while the children hang onto their Christian faith and are rescued. Obviously whoever scripted the film has never read “One Church Many Tribes” by Richard Twiss, which destroys the myth of Godless Heathen Indians they seek to show in the film.

If that wasn't bad enough all of the Native American characters are played by White Anglo-Saxon type actors in brown face. There are many talented actors whom are actual Native Americans they could have used Adam Beach, Gary Farmer, Graham Greene, or Russell Means just to name a few . Don't believe me? Take a look at the films “Smoke Signals” and “Reservation Road” just to name a few great films starring Native Americans. Another disrespect for a different race, not so subtle racism.

There are increasing larger numbers of good Christian films and entertainment coming out every year, films like “Flywheel”, “Fireproof” or my personal favorite “Courageous”, none of which promote racism or gender inequality or insult the intelligence of the audience. “Alone Yet Not Alone” is not one of those films. I've seen much of the movie and the acting is cringe worthy, the script stilted and wooden, with historical inaccuracies and the racial bias all throughout the film. One of the scenes that made me drop my coffee involved one of the rescued girls washing the black dye from her hair and emerging as a smiling blue eyed blonde, straight out of eugenics literature and race exclusionary ideology.

Evangelicals, if you truly want to witness to the world and bring others to Jesus it would be a good start to stop claiming persecution and behave every single day with the same integrity you claim you have. The Christians in China and other restrictive countries are being persecuted, you're only claiming it because the world hasn't been flocking to your beliefs.

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