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Some Things Said… (July 06) (2)

Rated “R” for Religion?
How the MPAA might view overly-religious classics.

Has the MPAA begun rating films based on religious content?

It depends on who you believe. The one thing everybody agrees on is that Facing the Giants, a church-made film about a Christian football coach who conquers the “giants” of fear and failure, deserved its PG rating. But was it for the adult themes of infertility and depression, as the Motion Picture Association of America claims, or was it for its evangelical Christian content, as its producer, Provident Films, maintains?

Provident spokesperson Kris Fuhr told Scripps Howard News Service that the MPAA used the word “proselytizing” in its explanation for giving the film–which contains no sex, violence, or profanity–a PG rating. “They decided that the movie was heavily laden with messages from one religion and that this might offend people from other religions,” Fuhr said, adding: “It is kind of interesting that faith has joined that list of deadly sins that the MPAA board wants to warn parents to worry about.”

Christian bloggers went ballistic over the news, and the MPAA received 15,000 angry emails, along with a letter from Majority Whip Roy Blunt asking MPAA president Dan Glickman for an explanation. Pointing out that–according to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health–the MPAA’s standards for onscreen sex and violence have weakened dramatically in the last decade, “This incident raises the disquieting possibility that MPAA considers exposure to Christian themes more dangerous for children than exposure to gratuitous sex and mindless violence,” Blunt wrote… –excerpted from an article by Anne Morse at The Weekly Standard website 07.14.06

Holy War – A Texas Preacher Leads Campaign To Let Israel Fight

Mr. Hagee Draws Evangelicals By Arguing Jewish State Fulfills Biblical Prophecy

“End of World as We Know It”

Washington — After Israel sent warplanes into Iraq in 1981 to bomb a nuclear reactor, Texas televangelist John Hagee sent letters to 150 fellow Christian preachers to rally support for the Jewish state.

He got just one positive response. When Mr. Hagee pressed ahead with plans for a pro-Israel gathering in a San Antonio theater, he says he got a death threat on the phone and someone shot out all the windows of his station wagon parked in his driveway.

Last week, as Israel’s armed forces pounded Lebanon and worries of a wider conflagration mounted, Mr. Hagee presided over what he called a “miracle of God”: a gathering of 3,500 evangelical Christians packed into a Washington hotel to cheer Israel and its current military campaign… –excerpted from an article by Andrew Higgins in The Wall Street Journal 07.27.06

(This previous is just another example of false teachers or simply bad teachers pandering to and preying upon the ignorance of religious minded people. I see it as “the blind leading the blind.”

The Bible does not support Mr. Hagee’s theories, nor anyone else’s on this widely believed and distributed but vacant theory. And this also amounts to so-called Christian leaders calling for war — something you cannot find anywhere taught by Christ or his apostles.

Brent Kercheville has a site dedicated to understanding end times prophesy at www.apocalypseproject.com/ There you will find accurate appraisals of the scriptures and reasonable discourse and teaching on the meaning of the prophesies in both the Old and New Testament, those which these folks regularly take apart and reassemble for their own purposes, and those they choose to ignore as they clearly dispose of the notions they would hold to, not supporting their cherished yet misguided ideas.– Ed.)

I’m still thinking … but nothing’s still happening

One of the many failings of our educational system is that it sends out into the world people who cannot tell rhetoric from reality. They have learned no systematic way to analyze ideas, derive their implications and test those implications against hard facts. –Thomas Sowell

Gay ‘marriage’ first couple splits up in Massachusetts

Hillary and Julie Goodridge, the namesake couple in the landmark lawsuit that introduced same-sex “marriage” in Massachusetts two years ago, have separated.

The Goodridges are “amicably living apart,” said Mary Breslauer, a friend and communications specialist who has been acting as the couple’s spokeswoman… –excerpted from an article by Cheryl Wetzstein in The Washington Times, 07.22.06

Culture

America’s black community is now suspended in a moral vacuum. Life is cheap and meaningless, and murder, sex, abortion and robbery are viewed with the same gravity as ordering a Big Mac and fries. There is no accountability, only blame. And this mindset continues to be nourished in both the street language of [Al] Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and now the fancy Harvard prose of Sen. Barack Obama. In a recent speech of several thousand words about politics and religion, the Illinois Democrat never once mentioned personal responsibility, but did manage to talk about the importance of diversity programs and condom distribution. There is only one hope for pulling black America out of oblivion: Re-instilling a sense of absolutes, of right and wrong, and doing this from the grass roots up, one person at a time. Anyone who thinks there is an alternative is kidding himself. Blacks can continue to listen to the Sharptons, Obamas and the black intellectuals who have a thousand different ways to say “it’s not my fault.” The price will be a black community lost forever. –Star Parker, as quoted in The Patriot Post 06-30

What you do vs. what you say

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips. –Oliver Goldsmith

In case you could use an argument of verification on the validity of this last quote…

What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?

Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe and tremble!

But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.

You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. –James 2:14 – 26