Family values will be celebrated at the 18th Annual MOVIEGUIDE® Faith & Values Awards Gala on Tuesday, February 23. Beginning at 5 PM, the distinguished actors, directors, and writers will be making their way down the red carpet for the 6:30 PM Dinner and Gala. Each year around the same time as the Oscar® Awards, MOVIEGUIDE® hosts its own annual Awards Show in Beverly Hills to reward the best family-friendly movies and TV shows in the previous year that unfortunately are not given enough attention in mainstream award shows.
The Tampa Bay area of Florida may be the unfortunate site of the looming apocalypse, as local Christians and atheists battle over billboard space. Six months ago, a retired businessman paid $50,000 to rent 10 billboards that condemned the separation of church and state. In retaliation, the United Coalition of Reason has spent $100,000 to erect signs that read, “Are you good without God? Millions are.”
A pink version of a popular board game has some Christian leaders seeing red. The Ouija Board, which has been a staple of kid’s sleepovers and teen parties for years, incorporates a board covered with numbers, the alphabet, and other words and emblems, along with a pointer that “mystically” answers questions posed by participants.
On February 11th, News Hounds’ one-named reporter Priscilla wrote that those “most hated by the American Christian right” were Barack Obama and Planned Parenthood. The article “Megyn Kelly Skews The Truth to Attack Planned Parenthood”, which reads more like a blog, adds “[Planned Parenthood], which helps so many women (particularly low income women) is seen as the agent of the anti-Christ by those who don’t like government except when it comes to women’s reproductive systems.”
America’s most high-profile homosexual clergyman, Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, came out in early February with a bit of audacious scriptural interpretation meant to justify the actions of men and women who wish to practice both the Christian faith as well as a lifestyle condemned in the Bible. Robinson was given the opportunity to flesh out his “inclusive” theology during an appearance at the National Press Club, where he helped to announce the launch of a pro-homosexual “American Prayer Hour,” designed to “affirm inclusive values and call on all nations … to decriminalize the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.”
A 30-second Super Bowl ad, which pro-abortion and feminist groups had feared would offer a strong pro-life, anti-abortion message, instead did what the its sponsor said it would: celebrate family and life. The ad, in keeping with the comic tone of the majority of the advertisements running during the game, featured Pam Tebow, the mother of college football standout Tim Tebow, reminiscing about the struggles she faced in seeing her future Heisman Trophy-winning son come into the world.
It is hard to imagine how a National Prayer Breakfast could be controversial, but it has become that. This tradition stretching back through five decades of American political life and including every American president during that period, has become controversial under President Obama. A gathering which has included people as diverse as Tony Blair and Mother Teresa has somehow come to be seen as exclusionary. How?
The online dating service e-Harmony, started 10 years ago to help single men and women find potential life-long mates, has for the second time capitulated to the demands of homosexuals who sued the company for discriminating against those seeking same-sex relationships.
A flurry of new conservative websites, groups, and talk-show hosts have emerged in the wake of failing dominoes: ObamaCare, federal takeovers, bailouts, and stimulus packages. Tea-Partiers represent but a smattering of upstart activists that increasingly feel alienated from old stalwarts of the conservative movement: among them, the Heritage Foundation, American Conservative Union, Conservative Political Action Committee and Americans for Tax Reform, Empower America, and even the old Silent Majority and the Dr. Laura show.