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'Everybody Loves Raymond' Actress Patricia Heaton: 'Media Runs With Idea Christians Are Bad Guys'
Christian Post ^ | 02/28/2014 | Morgan Lee

Posted on 02/28/2014 2:27:51 PM PST by SeekAndFind

Catholic actress and star of the upcoming movie, "Mom's Night Out," Patricia Heaton has said that the media often falls victim to pejoratively stereotyping Christians, rather than portraying them as real people.

"You know, my older sister is a Dominican nun, and nuns are always portrayed as weird, sexually repressed, old maids who are bitter. Listen, I went to Catholic school, there are a few of those, but the Dominican sisters that I know are lovely, lovely ladies," Heaton told The Blaze. "So I think there has been this idea out there and the media kind of runs with it, portrays Christians as bad guys."

Heaton also suggested that despite Hollywood's "godless" reputation, the entertainment industry she has interacted with has helped her own faith grow.

"The arts are [about] being creative — I mean, God is a creator, he creates constantly, and when you're in a creative place like Hollywood, there's a lot of opportunity to talk and share and find common ground," she said.

She also suggested that regardless of the faith traditions practiced in Hollywood, the work of many has been inspired by God.

"Most creative people have a deep spiritual well that they're drawing from even if they don't know it," Heaton said.

Beyond faith, the former "Everybody Loves Raymond" and current "The Middle" star said that acting professionally and courteous towards others on set has gone a long way in gaining credibility in Hollywood.

"If you're on a set everyday with 12 people, they get to know you and see how you treat number one on the call sheet and number 49 on the call sheet and how you act," Heaton said. "Whether you act entitled or whether you are kind and generous and compassionate, and also, do you show up on time? Do you know your lines? Are you professional? All of that stuff speaks volumes."

This is not the first time that Heaton has spoken out against Hollywood's depiction of Christians.

In 2011, Heaton told PopEaster there was "a need for Christians to stop being portrayed in our industry as crazies."

"Christians – whether as a priest, a nun, a minister, whatever – have just been stereotyped to death. You try to be a model of kindness and love and forgiveness to all those around you, because you have received kindness and love and forgiveness from God through Christ. That's what Christianity is," she added.


TOPICS: Religion; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: christians; media; patriciaheaton

1 posted on 02/28/2014 2:27:51 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Sadly, the entire run of Everybody Loves Raymond portrayed her as a nagging, shrewish, killjoy.
2 posted on 02/28/2014 2:29:27 PM PST by wideawake
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To: wideawake

Couldn’t disagree more, she was a straight man for her husband, the interference from her MIL and her husband’s indifference to her complaints were one of the main plot lines and that made her seem nagging. I thought she was the best on the show save for Boyle.


3 posted on 02/28/2014 2:39:19 PM PST by xone
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To: SeekAndFind

Not that it was up for discussion, but exceedingly not guilty.


4 posted on 02/28/2014 2:43:20 PM PST by nesnah (Liberals - the petulant children of politics)
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To: wideawake

Best character was the father Frank Barone.

When he invites Ray to the steam room at the lodge he says “yea I was worried you were going to say something stupid, or liberal”


5 posted on 02/28/2014 2:43:54 PM PST by Col Frank Slade
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To: SeekAndFind

Nice pic

God is indeed good and wise


6 posted on 02/28/2014 2:43:55 PM PST by wardaddy (Bus to Shreveport... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYF682WYRtw&feature=youtube_gdata_)
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To: SeekAndFind

Those are not OEM


7 posted on 02/28/2014 3:08:15 PM PST by al baby (Hi MomÂ… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: SeekAndFind

Spot on, Patricia. You do proud your middle American, Christian upbringing as my neighbor in Avon Lake, Ohio.

Keep on keeping on.


8 posted on 02/28/2014 3:10:41 PM PST by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Floatations devices?


9 posted on 02/28/2014 3:20:31 PM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: al baby

“Those are not OEM”

Ask me if I care.


10 posted on 02/28/2014 3:27:23 PM PST by paterfamilias
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To: xone

Boyle was a pretty darn good actor — a rabid, foaming at the mouth, lunatic liberal, but a good actor nonetheless. Apparently he and Patricia Heaton had quite a few political battles on the set when the cameras weren’t rolling.


11 posted on 02/28/2014 3:30:11 PM PST by PermaRag (If Trayvon had a father, he'd look just like Obama)
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To: SeekAndFind

Why do women think they look good with half of their fake boobs showing?

Holy heck, leave something to the imagination.


12 posted on 02/28/2014 3:50:40 PM PST by mommyq
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s very telling the way that Liberals/DemocRATS/Atheists/Non-Believers reflexively and virulently attack Christians.

I once responded in the affirmative to a student who asked if I was a Christian. Almost immediately, another student asked whether I would be able to present the information in the course objectively. I responded by asking why he thought I couldn’t or wouldn’t. I think my retort caught him off-guard (probably expected me to be apologetic, if not ashamed) because he hemmed and hawed and didn’t give a coherent answer. I asked the question again—More equivocating. I then inquired whether he asked the same question of all of his professors. That was sufficient to shut him up for the semester.


13 posted on 02/28/2014 4:10:29 PM PST by Arm_Bears (Shoot cops that shoot dogs.)
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14 posted on 02/28/2014 4:14:27 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: mommyq
Why do women think they look good with half of their fake boobs showing? Holy heck, leave something to the imagination.

I don't know if that's such a good idea, mommyq. Doing that makes my head hurt due to eye strain

15 posted on 02/28/2014 4:21:32 PM PST by Robwin
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To: Robwin

She admitted she had work done and does not hide her conservatism. I’m surprised she still has a gig.


16 posted on 02/28/2014 4:24:53 PM PST by shelterguy
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To: wideawake

Didn’t see her that way at all. She was smart, and the funniest one on the show and that’s saying a lot. The entire cast was exceptionally funny.


17 posted on 02/28/2014 4:33:17 PM PST by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: mommyq
Why do women think they look good with half of their fake boobs showing?

Holy heck, leave something to the imagination.

They do, the other half.........

18 posted on 02/28/2014 4:35:17 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Occam's razor was made by Gillette)
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To: al baby
Those are not OEM

I would disagree and add, how do you know that?

19 posted on 02/28/2014 4:37:11 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Occam's razor was made by Gillette)
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To: PermaRag

He and Jane Fonda were best of friends. But I still loved him as Frank.


20 posted on 02/28/2014 4:37:38 PM PST by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: SeekAndFind

They’re haters, pure and simple.


21 posted on 02/28/2014 4:47:02 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: mommyq

I do so agree with your opinion. As a woman I always wonder why a female would go through that procedure. They do nothing for the woman. I just do not know where to look when I encounter such a scene. It’s embarrassing!


22 posted on 02/28/2014 5:33:18 PM PST by simonjo
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To: mommyq

I do so agree with your opinion. As a woman I always wonder why a female would go through that procedure. They do nothing for the woman. I just do not know where to look when I encounter such a scene. It’s embarrassing!


23 posted on 02/28/2014 5:35:04 PM PST by simonjo
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To: mommyq

Your imagination can be what the other half would look like.


24 posted on 02/28/2014 5:59:24 PM PST by chiefqc
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To: Hot Tabasco
I would disagree and add, how do you know that?

She said so in her book. After her first two kids they were sagging, she had them lifted...she said she had a tummy tuck at the same time. Apparently, she no longer has a belly button.

Yeah... I read the whole thing.

25 posted on 03/01/2014 2:36:12 PM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: hattend
After her first two kids they were sagging, she had them lifted...

And that's a bad thing?

26 posted on 03/01/2014 2:40:01 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (SO)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Never said it was a bad thing...you just asked how the original poster knew...maybe he read her book.


27 posted on 03/01/2014 2:44:00 PM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: hattend; al baby

Actually, a breast lift is NOT implants! She had breast reduction surgery and a lift.


28 posted on 03/01/2014 4:59:28 PM PST by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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