Accuracy in Media

We all know that a Da Vinci Code-type movie would never be produced or released if it were directed at Islam. Our media are afraid of offending Muslims. But Christianity is a different target. Most Christians just sit back and take it. Some may even see the movie and like it.

To others, however, the film, which is a frontal assault on the basis tenets of Christianity, is extremely upsetting.

My suggestion is to skip the movie and take your family to see one of the Christian productions at the Millennium Theater, which is one of the Sight & Sound Theaters in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, area. It’s only about three hours from Washington, D.C. While you’re in the area, you can visit the Amish, with their old-fashioned values, and take home a quilt or some home-made root beer.

The official brochure describes the Millennium Theaters as featuring “unsurpassed surround sound, lighting and special effects.” As someone who has been there with my family several times, I can testify that this is absolutely true. We saw “Behold the Lamb,” the story of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. “Psalms of David” opened on May 5 and “Ruth” opens June 3. A behind-the-scenes tour is also available.

The Millennium Theater is not an ordinary movie house. This place is huge, with a wraparound stage, and features live animals as part of the production. You can imagine how the story of “Noah’s Ark” was depicted.

The Sight & Sound Theaters has just announced that a new show, “In The Beginning,” will open in March, 2007. “In The Beginning” “will present the Biblical account of Creation and the lives of Adam, Eve and the first generations on earth,” a press release says.

Meanwhile, the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family & Property, is organizing protests against “The Da Vinci Code” movie. The group even offers a protest-organizing kit.

Focus on the Family’s Citizen magazine has an article by Lee Stroble debunking the many claims in the film and arguing that its release actually presents a great opportunity to present the truth. Stroble is the author of the book, The Case For Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus. He was an atheist for most of his life and became a Christian after two years of investigating the evidence for the Biblical story of Jesus Christ.

One opportunity that has already been presented is to learn something important about an actor, Tom Hanks, whom I had not previously associated with the Hollywood left. And we have also learned that director Ron Howard, little “Opie” from the old Andy Griffith shows, is not shy about sticking it to the Christians. Howard has been quoted as saying he thinks the film can spark a debate about the nature of Christianity.

Not only do we have to confront a war on the West by radical Islam, we face a war on the basic spiritual foundations of our society by Hollywood. With actors and directors like Hanks and Howard in the enemy camp, we are up against a determined and bigger foe than we had realized. It’s a fight for our lives.




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