Oscar winner sees “faith-based bigotry”

A Hollywood heavyweight weighs in on the “Alone Yet Not Alone” controversy.  From the Hollywood Reporter:

Gerald Molen, an Oscar-winning producer of Schindler’s List, is accusing the Academy of discriminating against a religious movie in revoking its nomination in the best song category. [Read more…]

House votes to ban tax-payer money for abortion

The House of Representatives passed a bill that bans the use of tax-payer money to pay for abortions. (I thought something like that was already in place, but this law is apparently stronger.) Of course, it will never get past the Democratic-majority Senate or the President’s veto pen–the current Democratic party being compassionate to everyone except the unborn–but still. . . . [Read more…]

The Incarnation and the whole range of human life

God becoming man involved more than just His assumption of a human body, but his entry into all of the elements of human life.

So observed Dr. Joel Lehenbauer, the Executive Director of the Commission on Theology & Church Relations of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, in a sermon I heard last week in the chapel at the church headquarters in St. Louis.  He was preaching about Jesus at the wedding at Cana.  That God became man meant that He went to weddings, that He had obligations to His mother, that He feasted and drank wine.  That got me thinking. . . [Read more…]

Oscars rescind “Alone Yet not Alone” nomination

The Academy Award nomination of the small-budget Christian movie Alone Yet Not Alone for best song was rescinded.  The composer of the music, a former member of the Board of Governors, was said to have improperly promoted the song by e-mailing the current board about it.

That the Academy is taking back the nomination because of this seems strange, given the elaborate and costly promotional campaigns that studios currently wage to win votes.  I wonder if this is the whole story.  Once word got out about the evangelical nature of the movie, could that have sabotaged it with the Academy?  The nomination was widely criticized in Hollywood circles not for the song but because the film had been praised by Christians characterized as being “anti-gay.” [Read more…]

Supremes to hear Hobby Lobby’s Obamacare case

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case brought by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood that claims the Obamacare contraception and morning-after-pill mandate violate the company owners’ religious freedom.

How do you think the court will rule? [Read more…]

Your one-stop Superbowl blog

We must celebrate our national holiday, Superbowl Sunday, so use this blog to make predictions, comment on the game, and complain about the half-time show.  You can live-blog the commercials.  We will even modify our newly-minted blog rule to allow for trash talk, as long as it’s related to sports, since that seems to be an issue in this particular game. [Read more…]