The Baehr Truth

Ted Baehr is the publisher of MovieGuide, which tells Christians what films to avoid (See my blog entry here). Recently, he gave his thoughts on the reasons for the Virginia Tech massacre:

…We live in a culture of violence and sex. It’s a culture that has been made by the media. The media creates the culture, and the culture of course influences susceptible people, such as the gunmen at Colombine Klebold and Harris, and the other gunmen over the past twenty years.

Indeed. Consider, for instance, this picture of Chuck Norris:

Whoops, wrong pic. That’s Baehr and his father giving an award to Norris for his family-friendly work. I meant, of course, this picture:

Sorry, wrong again. Third time lucky:

Meanwhile, at WorldNetDaily (hat tip: Jesus’ General), Norris, in his capacity as sociologist of religion, offers a contribution to the secularisation debate (links in original):

Though the majority of Americans continue to claim to be Christians, a Gallup poll discovered 45 percent of us would support an atheist for president, 55 percent would support a homosexual candidate and 72 percent would support a Mormon candidate.

Such a survey is a clear indication that most Americans are simply confused about what it means to be Christian. It also shows that the secularization of society is alive and well, especially when almost half would endorse an atheist president.

…Atheists also received a proverbial shot in the arm by locating a representative and advocate of sorts in Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., who “is the first member of Congress – and the highest-ranking elected official in the country – to make known that he is a nontheist.”

His election stands in stark contrast to the wishes of our Founding Fathers, who encouraged American citizens to vote Christians into public office.

One wonders if he finds the forty-three Jewish members of Congress just as much of a betrayal of the Founding Fathers’ wishes.

(Third pic via Pandagon)

5 Responses

  1. Priceless. The MovieGuide site sure do reads like a satire.

  2. Funny, the Gallup poll is not scientific. all the scientific ones-those showing how they got results, have greater than 2250 people polled and less than 3% margin of error-show the US to be less than 70% Xian, and the same for the UK.

  3. Speaking of Chuck Norris, he is a big promoter of the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools (NCBCPS), in fact he’s on their Board of Directors.

    Well a group of parents in Texas have filed a lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of the NCBCPS. CNN has the dirt. And the ACLU has a copy of the complaint filed.

    Apparently the NCBCPS curriculum includes such neutral, unbiased, objective, “facts” like, calling the Catholic belief in transubstantiation “warped” and based on “mysticism”.

    Good luck defending that in court Chuck.

  4. […] One intriguing aspect previous forums has been the presence of US Christian Right figures, despite the event’s generally mainline and inter-faith character. One of the WFP’s other co-founders is a businessman named Nicholas Papanicolaou, who is also involved with Rick Joyner’s Oak Initiative; Papanicolaou brought Joyner and some other neo-Pentecostal Christian Right activists to a WFP event in 2009. However, Papanicolaou is not listed as involved this year, and the only US Christian Right activist who may be attending (he’s currently “TBC”) is professional prude and WorldNetDaily columnist Theodore Baehr (var “Ted Baehr”), of Movieguide fame – Baehr’s humbug pronouncements on the evils of Hollywood is a subject I’ve visited more than once (e.g. here and here). […]

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