Thursday, August 18, 2005

Some Links

Steve Hays has written a satirical summary of my recent discussion with Jonathan Prejean.

The Associated Press has a story on the upcoming Da Vinci Code movie. Some churches have, commendably, been refusing to cooperate with the producers of the movie. But others:

"But the head of Lincoln's Anglican cathedral, the Very Rev. Alec Knight, conceded that the novel was 'far-fetched and heretical' and defended the decision to allow filming. The cathedral in central England accepted a reported $180,000 to double as Westminster Abbey in the Ron Howard-directed film. 'It has clearly touched the public imagination, and the church needs to open up a debate about it rather than throw one's hands up and walk away from it,' Knight said. He confirmed the cathedral had received a donation, but refused to disclose the amount."

The New York Times has a story on the influence of the FOX News Channel, and it doesn't look like the sort of widespread influence alleged by liberal critics is realistic.

While liberals complain about the negative influence of the FOX News Channel, they don't seem to have as much concern about MTV and its constant stream of vulgarity. "Of the 136 shows and 71 hours of programming reviewed, the study found 938 bleeped swear words and 542 non-bleeped swear words for a total of 1,480 uses of inappropriate language." But, don't worry, MTV assures us that its programming has no vulgarity:

"'According to MTV, none of the language used on the network is vulgar, and therefore it doesn’t warrant content descriptors. One must wonder whether MTV executives actually watch what they’re broadcasting,' said L. Brent Bozell, president of the PTC [Parents Television Council]. 'Obscenities included hundreds of uses of partially-bleeped F-words and just about everything else under the sun. If MTV isn’t vulgar, then Colorado doesn’t have mountains, and the pope isn't Catholic,' Bozell said." (Parents Television Council)

Bozell also has a good article today on the absurd "Teen Choice Awards" on FOX.

In even more sad news, there's more evidence that the land of Wycliffe and Spurgeon is growing less and less Christian.