Skip to comments.Evangelical Filmmakers Criticized for Hiring Gay Actor
Posted on 02/02/2006 7:52:20 AM PST by Mr. Brightside
Evangelical Filmmakers Criticized for Hiring Gay Actor
By NEELA BANERJEE
Published: February 2, 2006
WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 Christian ministers were enthusiastic at the early private screenings of "End of the Spear," made by Every Tribe Entertainment, an evangelical film company. But days before the film's premiere, a controversy erupted over the casting of a gay actor that has all but eclipsed the movie and revealed fault lines among evangelicals.
Many evangelicals are concerned that young people inspired by the movie will look up Mr. Allen on the Web and "get exposed to his views on homosexuality, and that would cause some of them to question Biblical views of homosexuality and every other sin," said Will Hall, executive director of BPNews.net, the news service of the Southern Baptist Convention, which has published articles critical of Every Tribe's decisions.
One Web log, nossobrii.blogspot .com, written by Kevin T. Bauder, president of Central Baptist Seminary in Minneapolis, stated in a Jan. 13 entry: "Granted, we must not overreact. And it would probably be an overreaction to firebomb these men's houses. But what they have done is no mistake. It is a calculated strategy."
"Has Focus on the Family made a strong statement against homosexuality? Absolutely," he said. "But what is the message of the product? And do we at Focus feel compelled to check on the sexual history of everyone in a movie? Did they have a D.U.I.? Did they pay their taxes?"
Mr. Hanon echoed: "If we start measuring the sin of everyone in a movie, we would never be able to make a picture because none of us would be left."
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Probably? Uh... yeah. Probably, so.
Did the actor use his role to convey or portray something homosexual in the film?
If not, then why in the world would they care?
Most kids would never know the actor was gay.... if it wasn't for the Southern Baptists.
The movie is called "End of the Spear"? Hmmmm....interesting bit of irony here.
If you have the opportunity to see it before it leaves the theaters, I highly recommend it. (I review it on my blog -- shameless plug)
Bingo, although I wouldn't put it on the Southern Baptists as a group.
A lot of the big email alerts and calls for boycotts are really just publicity campaigns by these organizations, IMO. They use them to generate money by saying, "SEE WHAT WE FOUND! ISN'T IT JUST HORRIBLE? SEND MONEY SO WE CAN DO MORE OF THIS."
Much ado about nothing, imho.
How many times is this going to be posted? Are we going for a record or something?
It doesn't matter. It's just something to send to the contributors on your list.
"The movie is called "End of the Spear"? Hmmmm....interesting bit of irony here."
I caught that too! Of course gay actors will apply for roles on a film with a name like that.
I coulnd not agree more. But the Southern Baptists are behind this campaign.
the Southern Baptist Convention... has published articles critical of Every Tribe's decisions
>>>How many times is this going to be posted? Are we going for a record or something? <<<<
My Southern-Baptist mother-in-law and father-in-law, both missionaries, in fact my father-in-law is a retired pastor, did not pose any objection to this film. And they enjoyed seeing it. All Southern-Baptists need not be painted with the same brush. Of those in my family who have seen it, they were already familiar with the story and thoroughly enjoyed the movie.
Remember how close Lot was to the fire and brimstone of Sodom and Gomorrah? His wife had the sin of those cities so much a part of her life that she could not run away and not look back. Lot lost his sons in law to be-and his daughters escaped because the angels picked them up by the collar and dragged them out of there before they firebombed the place. Even though they escaped the destruction, they still had the sin of those who were destroyed inside of them--they lost it with their father. Thus, the idea that you can casually live side by side with homosexuality and that it has no effect is really wrong. The problem with homosexuality is not that is the worst sin, it is this sin's ability to twist the very creation of God into something that denies the creator and your purpose altogether.
Homosexuality is not in itself a sin. The homosexual behavior is the sin.
Please tell me how you can be a "homosexual" in your mind and not be a sinner? The idea that behavior is the sin is not correct. Jesus said thoughts were just as bad.
Agreed. I'm still laughing.
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