Tolerant Media Outraged Over Christian Nomination
In early spring of 2004, the left was up in arms about a historically factual, dramatic, and unfiltered film portraying the biblical account of the arrest and subsequent crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ. I wrote a syndicated column about the cacophony of outrage pursuant to that movie which appeared in print March 2, 2004. (http://newdailyrant.wpengine.com/threatened-by-the-facts-from-my-vault/)
Well, it appears that the left, and those who hold themselves as intellectually superior to you and me, are beside themselves over another Christian film. And this time they’re obliged to be furious because the title song “Alone Yet Not Alone,” of the faith-themed cinematic effort of the same name, has been nominated for an Academy Award over the songs of such A-List music luminaries as Jay-Z and Taylor Swift. Stop the madness!!
As I questioned in my nationally syndicated column from 2004, what is it about faith-themed Christian movies that causes those on the left to go apoplectic? Drew Zahn, in his article “All Hell Breaks Loose Over Christian Oscar Nod,” shares some of the more crazed things being voiced in opposition to the song’s nomination:
“I can’t figure any of this s— out,” an unnamed competitor told the Hollywood Reporter, or THR, after learning his or her song was beaten out by “Alone Yet Not Alone,” the title song from the faith-themed movie of the same name.
“It is difficult to understand why ‘Alone Yet Not Alone’ snagged an Oscar nomination over more acclaimed and high-profile competitors,” THR remarked, claiming multiple people whose songs were snubbed by Academy’s music branch wonder how “a song that has been heard by virtually no one outside the branch from a film that hardly anyone has seen” secured an Oscar nomination.
Across the country, dozens of Hollywood-watching publications were quick to heap criticism on “Alone Yet Not Alone.”
The Wire called the song “the year’s most WTF [what the f—] Oscar nominee,” and Ty Burr of Boston Globe penned a blog post about “Alone Yet Not Alone” titled “The Oscar nomination that stinks to heaven.”
“Its inclusion is questionable, and evidence that strides still need to be made when it comes to the Oscar song field,” reads a particularly pointed criticism from the Los Angeles Times.
NewNowNext, a division of Viacom’s LGBT channel LogoTV called it “a clunky song from an obscure Christian movie score” and blasted the movie for having an “anti-gay connection” because of endorsements from Rick Santorum and James Dobson, among others.
“It’s crammed with sappy Christian aphorisms,” writes NewNowNext’s Dan Avery of the song, “and over-produced to within an inch of its life.”
These are the very people who attack conservatives and Christians as being intolerant. They are also the people who determine the trash so frequently seen on television and in theaters today.
I say that they should get used to us because we are not going away. And while competing with them in their pigstyes is not our desire, they would do well to take note that we need not aspire to play in their pigstyes for people to recognize award-wining quality when they see or, in this case, hear it.
It is unfortunate for those on the left who do not recognize that it is not Christians they are condemning and maligning. It is the God of Christians whom they ridicule. It would do them well to realize that before it is too late.
Their willingness to embrace debauchery and condemn wholesomeness is not our problem, but the fact that it is theirs will be emphasized when they stand before Him whom we serve.
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here