When Did Cheating & Gloating Become Christian Virtues?

When Did Cheating & Gloating Become Christian Virtues? January 30, 2014

by Suzanne Calulu

There’s a little story we at NLQ have been following for more than a few days. The sudden mysterious appearance of the title song “Alone Yet Not Alone” on the list of Oscar-nominated tunes for last year.

You haven’t heart of it either? It’s from a little-known Christian film called, you got it, “Alone Yet Not Alone” Didn’t come to your local mega-movie plex? Ours either. The first mention NLQ noticed of the film was a quick mention of it at a few sites like American Family Association and, perhaps it was, umm, Kevin Swanson or one of the other extreme fundamentalist/evangelical sites? It hasn’t even been in wide release yet. It’s scheduled to hit theaters in Spring 2014.

Evangelicals love their films, don’t they. Fireproof, Courageous, Facing The Giants and Soul Surfer just to name a few. Some of those films aren’t half-bad, some are downright corny and poorly acted. These also have some name-value in the general public, unlike “Alone Yet Not Alone”

When the announcement was made main stream media was as puzzled as everyone else and they wrote about it, speculating exactly why this song was nominated over other better known films with powerful soundtracks, like “12 Years A Slave” Evangelical Christians flooded the comments with such gems speaking of the love of Christ like these /sarcasm. These are just a few of the many out there on different sites.

“Aw, you poor, poor anti-Christian bigots *plays a tiny violin* A positive, affirming movie that gets endorsed by evangelical Christians gets an Oscar nod. Oh, the horror! You can’t stand for that one bit, can you? It hurts your poor, widdle feewings” IMDB – jinxmchue

“Well well, remember the awards show a couple of years ago when Taylor Swift won and Kanye West jumped out on stage and talked over her acceptance speech, spouting that Beyonce should have won? And then he grudgingly apologized, and she accepted it. But does that ring a bell again NOW? This time it’s JayZ and Taylor Swift (who obviously has forgotten what happened to her). So yeah, since somene had the nerve to praise God in song, rather than the vulgar words of rap or country/pop of Taylor Swift, the song of praise has no place in Hollywood, so it’s attacked. And then, she’s disabled, making her even more of a spectacle in their holier-than-thou eyes. To no avail by the gays, who would rather this young lady disappeared rather than accept the truth about themselves. God, what a country we’ve become. I wish this young lady luck. And I wish that someone of ‘celebrity’ would stand up for her right to be heard, in what used to be the old America. Remember though, once again it’s CA, where that atheist/racist put a replica of the thug Trayvon Martin in the manger of the Nativity at Christmas. That pretty much sums it all up about CA.” WND – Catlu

“This is how the leftist commicrats take the heat off themselves for their otherwise, clear cut and well documented and defined, hatred of God, His people, and any thing or any one else that declares His wonderfulness.
They do it in every sector of policy influencing entities, from science to education, they throw a tiny tidbit to the Apathetic Christians whilst they attack viciously from every other corner, and the apathy, happily, marches on.
They know they can’t just “throw God and faith out” in one lump sum of a deed. He has to be meticulously fragmented, occasionally but ineffectually endorsed, so in the end they can say, “we didn’t do this, see how we tried.” WND – Invalidnametwo

“The greatest weakness of Christianity is its pacifism. If Christians were more vocal than the atheists and barbarians, there would be more movies and songs with messages like these and Islam would not be the world’s largest religion. If they had stood there with axes and knives and cut the arresting soldiers and police when the mass arrests began in the USSR and Germany, think of how different history would be. Instead, they let the very vocal rude, and violent minority run right over them and their neighbors. Get angry like Jesus did at the money changers at the temple otherwise Christians are as guilty as the people who hate this song.” WND – PK

“It’s obvious why there is backlash to this. Hollywood is the modern day equivalent of Sodom and Gomorrah. The revealed word of God condemns virtually everything that institution represents: vanity, immorality, hypocrisy, pride, etc. So when something like this gets any significant recognition whatsoever, they all get anal about it.” WND – Zachary Wheeler

The comments on many articles go on and on and on in the same vein of hatred, gloating, blaming others for the problems in our culture and country at the press daring to say that a never-heard song from an obscure film being nominated was fishy.

Today we found out why and how it was nominated when the Academy Awards organization revealed they had disqualified “Alone Yet Not Alone” for Best Song. From Entertainment Weekly

Now it’s out of the race completely as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rules that its composer, a former governor of the music branch and current member of its executive committee, took advantage of his leadership position to improperly lobby fellow members of the branch.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly’s Clark Collis after the nominations, Bruce Broughton acknowledged that he urged the members of his branch to consider the song, but insisted he had done nothing wrong.

“What happens is that the music branch of the Academy puts all the songs on a disc and I was concerned that this song would be really easy to overlook. So, yeah, I wrote some people and said, ‘Could you just take a look.’ That was literally the extent of the campaigning. I received in the mail songs from other films that were pressed and recorded CDs. We didn’t do anything like that at all.”

In a statement announcing the decision, the Academy said the nomination was pulled because Broughton had emailed members of the branch to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period. That would seem to be an innocuous action — studios and publicists are in a constant state of trying to get Academy members to consider their projects.

The violation came because of Broughton’s status as an officer in the organization.

“No matter how well-intentioned the communication, using one’s position as a former governor and current executive committee member to personally promote one’s own Oscar submission creates the appearance of an unfair advantage,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy.

The Governors Board called it an ethical breach, and although the violation isn’t specified in any of its rules, the group said rescinding the nomination was justified by this section of the Academy’s guidelines: “It is the Academy’s goal to ensure that the Awards competition is conducted in a fair and ethical manner. If any campaign activity is determined by the Board of Governors to work in opposition to that goal, whether or not anticipated by these regulations, the Board of Governors may take any corrective actions or assess any penalties that in its discretion it deems necessary to protect the reputation and integrity of the awards process.”

You know in the non-Evangelical world doing something like that would be considered trying to take an unfair advantage or even influence peddling or cheating.

Here’s the thing, if you really wanted to demonstrate to the a jeering unbelieving world that Christianity is the right way you wouldn’t be busy dishonoring the God you claim to love with these shenanigans. If you’re going to pretend to something at least try to get a few things Jesus said right.

Comments open below

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Quivering Daughters‘ by Hillary McFarland

Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement‘ by Kathryn Joyce

 

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  • This is just another attempt by liberals to persecute Evangelicals, or so it will be told.

    Polly and I handle her parents Netflix account. We have to hold our nose sometimes as we add all those wonderful explicitly Christian movies they want to see. Christians can make great movies if they choose to do so. To End All Wars is a good illustration of this. I am not anti-Christian. I am anti lousy, cheesy, simplistic movie.

  • Allison the Great

    It’s interesting that they call we the “godless” bigots. I mean these are the people who show a lot of hate towards pretty much any group of people that believes differently than them. They call the other religions “evil” and they openly mock them. They talk about how they want to stone people and hurt them. They have no empathy for the poor or the marginalized and yet they have the nerve to call the people who do bigots? What a despicable bunch of people.

  • Catherine

    Makes me think they ran out of other insults to hurl.

  • persephone

    I want to be the better person, but NEENER NEENER NEENER. Okay, I’m done.

  • Astrin Ymris

    I listened to the song via a link in the HuffPost story– it’s not bad. Though the segment showing Joni Eareckson Tada praying to “God” to remove any crackiness from her aging voice and keep her from having any problems with her reduced breathing problems from quadriplegia is annoying. Since Ms. Tada is shown singing in a studio, I’m sure the sound engineers could take care of any corrections needed from vocal deficiencies.

    The article doesn’t state whether this obvious appeal to pity/tacit claim of supernatural intervention was included in the material Bruce Broughton submitted to the Academy or not. Given that Broughton pulled out all stops to garner this nomination, it certainly seems possible.

    The movie seems pretty racist from the IMDb description, though. White girls in the hands of evil Native American savages, fleeing the horrors of *gasp* miscegenation! Or perhaps even worse, exposure to First Nations spirituality, which might make them question their everyone-is-hellbound-but-us belief system.

  • Nea

    Don’t forget racist. Apparently the native Americans were played by white people in brown face, and on Jens Gems a line has been quoted that a girl is called beautiful *after* she washes black dye out of her hair and is revealed as blonde.

  • mayarend

    They seem to believe a bigot is “someone who doesn’t agree and accept every word -I- say”. You know, fundagelicals have other meanings for pretty much everything.

  • Trollface McGee

    A “positive”, racist, anti-Indian movie (with some disability fetishising apparently) that no one has heard of gets nominated for an Oscar by someone cheating the system. This is blatant persecution by the homosexual-Marxist-Islamist-Communist-Nazi-Feminist liberal elites.

  • Trollface McGee

    Ah but don’t forget, the only bigotry that counts is bigotry against bigots. The bigotry they do is just preaching God’s word by selectively picking out all the hateful bits.

  • Oh yes, how *dare* those evil, evil brown people be attracted to white women! Ugh.

    NEWS FLASH TO RACISTS: EVERYONE IS NOT OUT TO RAPE US.

  • Nightshade

    ‘…creates the appearance of an unfair advantage.’ But the Bible says to abstain from the appearance of evil, heard that line used over and over again as a whip to keep wayward family/church members in line, but I’m sure there’s some kind of excuse such that it doesn’t apply here…right?

  • It is likely, considering that this movie contains Doug Phillips and family, and that the theme sounds like it promotes racism, that I’ll be against it for other reasons. But consider the accusation:
    1) Everyone submits songs to the Oscar people. He also did.
    2) There is nothing in the regulations about this.
    3) Despite the previous 2 facts, the Oscar people found it unethical anyway, because he used to hold a position on the board. In short, he cannot do what “everyone” does, because he is in a position “everyone” is not.
    Gloating that he did not act ethically is IMO not keeping perspective – people will land on different sides in things where there is no clear line. If you do want examples of Christians/ “Christians” misbehaving, there are certainly clearer examples.

  • Allison the Great

    Or they use the hateful bits in preaching God’s word. Some of them seriously get off on the wrathful hateful bits. To me they are one of the most most childish subcultures in the world.

  • Allison the Great

    The description of that movie just seems disgusting. Why they would nominate that shit fest for an Oscar is beyond me. There is nothing Godly about racism

  • Allison the Great

    Well, it’s godly when they behave the exact same way that they say the Hollyweird crowd does but when everyone else does it, it’s Satanic.

  • As noted in the article above, it’s not necessarily about unethical conduct. It’s about the APPEARANCE of unethical conduct. This is a very common measuring stick, since no one can truly know whether someone is ethical / unethical, but one can know whether someone broke one or several rules regarding ethical conduct. Someone in his position knows to avoid the APPEARANCE of unethical conduct.

    I’ll give you a similar example – in my profession, as a financial auditor, I have to be independent of my client. I can’t have any financial interest in my client, nor can any immediate family have any financial interest in my client. I cannot accept anything more than a token gift from my client. There are various rules I have to follow in order to maintain the APPEARANCE of independence, because at the end of the day, no one can read my mind but they can evaluate whether I APPEAR to be independent or not.

  • Trollface McGee

    Yep, lots of *NEENER*NEENER* I’m going to heaven and watch you burn in hell from them. Then again, for a culture that doesn’t promote critical thinking and moral development, I’m not too surprised that they’re stuck at such a childish level.

  • Allison the Great

    Yes, they’re stuck at a childish level but what’s irritating and almost amusing is that, when you’re arguing with them, they talk down to you. Have you ever noticed that? They’re the ones who don’t understand simple concepts like evolution and what’s none of their business, but they talk to US like we’re children. I’ve actually had one try to “rebuke me in the name of Jesus” I just blinked at them and asked them what the fuck they were doing.

    With all this rebuking and what not it’s almost like they think they’re Sam and Dean Winchester exorcising demons. If you read Right Wing Watch they’ve always got some asshat talking about how they’re exorcising people of homosexuality or some other shit. They really think they’re that holy… wow… just fucking… WOW.

  • Nea

    Look at the quotes from the QF evangelicals. They, and especially those kids raised in isolation have been told all their lives they are superior. Those who’ve seen the secular world need to double down lest they realize that none of us is all that significant, while their kids have been carefully sheltered from any other point of view. Of course they feel superior. They’re told constantly they are.

  • Nea

    You skip an extremely important step. He wasn’t disqualified for having submitted something and having held previous office. He was disqualified for specifically promoting the song while holding a current, if lesser, office

    Skipping those vital two facts changes the story entirely. After all, if it was illegal for him to simply submit, he would not have been allowed to do so in the first place. The Academy is hardly ignorant of what is nominated in the first place.

  • Saraquill

    I have some decidedly non-Christian urges towards a person quoted above jinxmchue, for calling naysayers the bigots.The feature length insults to an already pissed upon ethnicity is the problem, not people disliking it.

  • Allison the Great

    I always hope something shakes some sense into these people.

  • Astrin Ymris

    Actually, I doubt they know who Sam and Dean Winchester ARE. It doesn’t seem like a show that Premillennialists would approve of. Brothers who foiled the Apocalypse because they chose Free Will? Heresy! An angel who states “Your Bible gets more wrong than it does right? Blasphemy!

  • lodrelhai

    See, if I had someone try to rebuke me in the name of Jesus, I don’t think I’d be able to resist the urge to reply, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who are you?” (Acts 19:11-17)

  • Allison the Great

    The Supernatural reference was more for our benefit than theirs. I knew that WE would know who they are. They’d probably see that show as Satanic. We like it, so we’d love to see those two guys (with Castiel of course) show up.

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    It’s absurd that they went with white folks in brown face for the First Nations people. There are many talented First Nations actors out there, just look at “Smoke Signals” or any of the indie films in the last ten or twenty years involving native culture and stories. More than enough to flesh out that awful-looking film with a bit of realism. It’s insulting.

  • Astrin Ymris

    Absolutely! But then, according to Quiverfull, women don’t appreciate watching beautiful, sexy men… ;-D

  • Astrin Ymris

    Maybe they couldn’t get any of these talented First Nations actors to play roles in this bigoted film?

    Of course, if they had, that wouldn’t have allowed so many members of the Vision Forum dynasty to take parts in the movie.

    Oh, and if you’re civil to any actual Native American actors while they’re on the set, that apparently proves that the movie’s not racist, by some logic that escapes me. (Check the comments by “Guest”)

    http://nativeappropriations.com/2014/01/they-give-out-oscars-for-racism-now.html

  • Nea

    You’re saying that on the blog of someone who became a walk away when her daughter cracked and tried to kill herself rather than live in QF “joy.” And saying it to a reader of. Libby Anne’s, who walked away when college made her ask inconvenient questions about the culture she was supposed to dominate and change, not suddenly understand. (Someone who has seen the prideful get swarmed and taken down on Pharyngula, when they swing in sure of their superiority in education and reason, and meet a highly educated readership in a blog that is proud that the comment section could be compared to the Hunger Games.)

    In other words, reality is always lurking, for those who cannot hold up to the inhuman pressure, who are tai gut to question and fight and turn that questioning on their own world, or who seek to go out and change the world… only to discover that the world is not what they were taught. Even Josh Duggar is not living exactly as he was”raised up to be” even though he publicly hasn’t fallen away.

  • Nightshade

    I bet Sam and Dean would have them sorted out in no time. Got salt?

  • Nightshade

    And Crowley. What can I say, I like the bad guys. 🙂

  • Allison the Great

    Wow. I’ve only just found this blog, what, in late December? I didn’t know the author’s bio. If I seemed like a douche when I said what I did before, I do apologize.

  • Allison the Great

    If it had all of those things, why in the FUCK was it nominated for an Oscar? What could have possessed the academy to even think of this piece of garbage?

  • Allison the Great

    Um, yes we fucking do. Holy hell… Dean Winchester? DAYUM!

  • Astrin Ymris

    I’m a Samgirl, but I’m Dean-curious. ;-D

  • Nea

    Occasionally I think we all (including me) need to be reminded where we are when we’re talking about “those people.” I’m sure if Vyckie was actually offended, she’d say something.

    To get back to the rest of the comment – if you don’t read LoveJoyFeminism, it’s an excellent companion to this blog.

    And I really do think that reality lurks for the self-satisfied. It doesn’t take as long as I’d like karma to come bite some people, but for others the reality check comes swiftly.

  • Nea

    On an extremely frivolous note, I wonder what in heck I was typing that my ipad turned into “tai gut”… “taught” I think.

  • Allison the Great

    Well technically, I think when I was talking about someone being shaken out of it I was referring to the people like the Botkins girls. I think that more of them should get out of it like the authors of these blogs have. Anyway, to everyone, if I seemed a bit callous, once again, apologies.

    I think I’ve commented on Love Joy Feminism.

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    No one is offended as far as I can tell. I do the day to day here and Vyckie now oversees the big picture as well as doing most of the media and discussion panels. It’s all good. The only thing that I do not like seeing in the comments are hostile personal attacks, but seeing that 99.99% of those come from Evangelical Christians coming here to tell us we’re going to hell I think your comments are pretty safe.