I‘ve long called for a “parental advisory” as to the dangers religion and religious indoctrination poses to young children. Recently, the MPAA took a small but welcome step in that direction.
The film “Facing the Giants” received a PG rating for being “too evangelistic.” Well, it’s about time. The film contains, among other things:
….waves of answered prayers, a medical miracle, a mysterious silver-haired mystic who delivers a message from God and a bench-warmer who kicks a 51-yard field goal to win the big game when his handicapped father pulls himself out of a wheelchair and stands under the goal post to inspire his son’s faith. There’s a prayer-driven gust of wind in there, too.
If you’re going to tell children about a god who helps people win football games, you should be slapped with a parental advisory. Feeding children this bilge is one of the surest ways that America will become a second-class nation. While Chinese kids get rigorous scientific training, our youngsters are surfeited with the gadgets the Chinese are building. Our kids haven’t the slightest idea how the gadgets are designed or built, but many can quote chapter and verse from the bible, and ‘believe’ in things like miracles.
Overt Christian messages are woven throughout “Facing the Giants,” which isn’t surprising since the film was co-written and co-produced by brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick, who are the “associate pastors of media” at Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga. In addition to working with the megachurch’s cable-television channel, they created its Sherwood Pictures ministry _ collecting private donations to fund a $25,000 movie called “Flywheel,” about a wayward Christian used-car salesman.
How will we not become a backward country if our kids keep feeding on this tripe?