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Friday, January 20, 2006
Should Gay Actors Be Allowed to Portray Christians?
Topic: WorldNetDaily
It's not often we see a ConWeb editor contradict an atricle elsewhere on his website, but WorldNetDaily has such an example. A Jan. 20 WND article describes an alleged furor over the fact that gay actor Chad Allen portrayed a Christian missionary in the newly released movie "End of the Spear." The article asks whether it is "appropriate ... to portray a missionary martyr using an activist who blatantly promotes anti-Christian values and could use the film to further his agenda."

But the article links to WND editor Joseph Farah's Jan. 19 review of "End of the Spear." Farah enthusiastically endorsed the film -- "It's powerful. It's moving. It's suspenseful. It's beautiful. It's horrifying. It's evidence that miracles still happen in this sometimes beautiful, sometimes horrifying world in which we live" -- but if Farah was offended that a gay man acted in the film, he didn't show it in his review.

And this is a guy whose website will use the word "gay" only in scare quotes. This is a guy who wrote in his Jan. 16 column:

Notice the subtle way the struggle by blacks is equated with agitation by "the homeless" and homosexuals. This is Marxist Indoctrination 101.

If Farah has no apparent problem with a gay man successfully portraying a Christian missionary, why should anyone else?

UPDATE: Farah has also previously endorsed creating a blacklist of actors who hold "anti-American" views and who are "spoiled-brat political activists." In other words, people not unlike Chad Allen.

Posted by Terry K. at 6:31 PM EST
Updated: Friday, January 20, 2006 6:39 PM EST

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