'The Blind Side' To Be Pulled From Lifeway Christian Bookstores Over Controversy
By Ruth Miyake - Crossmap On June 16, 2012
The Blind Side
Christian film "The Blind Side" will be pulled from the shelves of Lifeway Christian Bookstores, as a result of a complaint from a Florida pastor.
"The Blind Side," starring Quiton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, and Tim McGraw, is an inspirational film which tells the true story of a Caucasian Christian family that adopted a homeless African American teenager, Michael Oher, who went on to play in the National Football League.
When the film was released in November 2009, its opening weekend marked over $34 million. It was nominated for Best Motion Picture at the Oscars and Bullock received an Oscar for Best Actress.
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Two years ago, Rodney Baker, pastor of Hopeful Baptist Church in Lake City, Fla., submitted a resolution to the SBC Resolutions Committee with his concern over the profanity and racial slur included in the film. Such a PG-13 film should not be sold in a Christian bookstore, he voiced his concern.
The film was pulled from Lifeway just ahead of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting to be held in New Orleans, where the resolution will be introduced. Lifeway intends to clear the controversy, according to its communications director Marty King.
"We do not want this convention to be about us or any agenda, other than our convention's strides in racial unity in this historic election of the first African-American president of the SBC," King told The Christian Post.
"I pray he agrees with us that the focus of this convention needs to be on things like the historic election of the SBC's first African-American president and not issues that divide us – especially since we no longer sell the movie he objects to."
Despite LifeWay's back off, Baker is still determined to submit the resolution, to send a message to the organization.
"BE IT RESOLVED that the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in annual session June 17- 20, 2012, in New Orleans, Louisiana expresses dissatisfaction with 'The Blindside' and any product that contains explicit profanity, God's name in vain, and racial slur," the resolution reads.
According to King, the products sold at Lifeway are "carefully and prayerfully reviewed" by staff and the standards are approved by their trustees.
"We carry movies like "Amazing Grace"…[which] includes scenes with language some would deem inappropriate for their children's ears and actions not suitable for everyone's viewing. But the film is about man's struggle to understand God's justice and find redemption," he explained.