Friday, January 26, 2007

MAKER OF “FRIENDS OF GOD” NO FRIEND OF GOD’S PEOPLE

Alexandra Pelosi, 36-year old daughter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, fired a cheap shot across the bow of the Good Ship Evangel last night in her HBO special, “Friends of God.”

My brother and I were placed on display for a few seconds during Ms. Pelosi’s extravaganza. She caught us at our annual National Memorial for the Pre-born and a forum in the US Senate my brother did on human embryonic stem cell research. Don’t be impressed. We were lumped together in the sideshow with the Christian Wrestling Federation, Christian miniature golf and a Christian Elvis impersonator.

Ms. Pelosi did many pre-release promotional interviews assuring she only wanted to produce an unbiased examination of the people so few “Blue State” worldviewers like her know anything about. What she delivered was a caricature not far from 1930’s Hollywood blackface and mammy stereotyping or even Nazi propaganda shorts on Jews as vermin.

On the surface Ms. Pelosi and her partner HBO hold Evangelicals in bemused contempt, subtly and relentlessly ridiculing us. While picking the most simple and colorful among us, somehow she missed profiling figures like Yale educated scholar James Hutson, Ph.D., chief of manuscripts for the Library of Congress, former TIME bureau chief David Aikman, Ph.D. (who speaks four languages fluently, among them Mandarin) or the brilliant genetic scientist Francis Collins M.D., Ph.D., the first to map the human genome; Evangelicals all--but apparently beyond Ms. Pelosi’s biased blinders.

It’s what oozes out from between the lines of this visual screed that so deeply troubles me. The message seems to be, “These people are really strange and backward and they have lots of political power. Strangeness and power equal danger. We can’t let people as strange as these have political power.”

Of course, Ms. Pelosi the filmmaker can hold any opinion she wants about anyone or any group. But when her last name matches that of the third most powerful elected leader of the most powerful nation on earth, you have to worry if it’s “like mother, like daughter.” Should the senior Pelosi hold the same prejudicial bigotry of the younger Pelosi, that despisement will inevitably seep into her public policy. Now that would be indeed be dangerous for us all.

Watch “Friends of God” with prayerful caution. While viewing, it might be good to keep your Bible open to Matthew 5:11-12:

“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (NKJV)

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