Beauty and the Beast: Why Christians Can Calm Down

On March 1st my newsfeed exploded with angry moms. Our beloved Beauty and the Beast is GAY.
Well, not exactly. And perhaps that’s where we should start. Is this a “Gay” movie? Or is this just another worldly movie made by worldly people with worldly agendas? Believe me, I’m upset, too. But there is an important difference here worthy of a second look. 
Al Mohler, at the recent Shepherd’s Conference, summarized this distinction well. He said there’s a difference between culture being infused into a movie and a movie glorifying a particular sin. Gay characters will be the norm in movies from now on. That’s the agenda. The question we should ask is: Does it glorify the sin, or does it discuss/portray an aspect of culture?
This is the culture God has appointed for us to raise our children in. We need to know how to live in it and interact with it. Our kids are watching us. Our response to this issue will shape how they live within this culture. As we respond to Beauty and the Beast there are two words that should not characterize us as Christian parents.
Naive
If we expect the world to act Christian we will always be let down. Many are crying out, “How could Disney do this!?” Maybe instead our question should be, “What took them so long?” Disney is not a Christian company. Disney is acting exactly the way it is supposed to act.
I think deep down we hope the evil in this world will spare our kids. But evil is no respecter of persons. When we see Disney peddling homosexuality as normal it’s like watching someone pass out candy-covered cyanide to children. We gasp in horror and say, “What’s this world coming to?” But we already have the answer. God tells us that “the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.” (1 John 2:17) For the Christian there are no surprises – only evidences of God’s promises coming true. 
We should be angry at sin, but never shocked. Shock means we got too comfortable here. It means we made ourselves at home in the enemy camp and we were offended when the enemy tried to kill us in our sleep. It means we have forgotten that we are “aliens and strangers.” (1 Peter 2:11) 
Fearful
Have you heard about the gay character in Bambi? How about in The Lion King, Pinocchio, or The Jungle Book? These are just a few of the movies I have heard Christians crossing off their lists this week because of suspicious homosexual undertones.
We can train ourselves to see evil everywhere, but that is not the mark of a discerning Christian. It taints our joy and makes us fearful. This is still God’s world. He created music. He created color. As discerning Christians we want to teach our kids how to take the good and leave the bad.   
So What Do We Do? 
Christians can take comfort in the fact that a gay Disney character doesn’t change anything. Thousands of years before Walt Disney was born King Solomon said, “There is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9) Sin has always been sin. Mankind’s basic need for a savior is still the same. The hope of the gospel is still the same. And as God’s people, our job is still the same as well. 
Yes, Hollywood has an agenda – but so do we. If Hollywood is trying to indoctrinate our kids then we must indoctrinate them first. You must speak of God’s word to your children “when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up.” (Deuteronomy 11:19) 

We must raise alien children – children who are not surprised by or afraid of this culture, but know how to impact it for the gospel. We have the beautiful privilege of praying for our kids what Jesus prays for us: “I do not ask that You take them out of the world, but that You keep them from the evil one.” (John 17:15)


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130 thoughts on “Beauty and the Beast: Why Christians Can Calm Down

  1. The article that I read said that there is a scene in which the character will have an “exclusively gay moment”. I think no matter the age, we, as Christians should avoid movies that display sin as being commonplace, even if it isn't specifically promoted or glorified. I had promised my 7-year-old that we would go see one of the first showings. Sadly, I had to sit her down and explain that they put bad things in the movie, and so neither of us would be watching it.

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  2. I have to politely disagree. I think that we should definitely raise our children with the morals and teachings of the Bible, however I also believe that we should never teach them to act as though someone different than them is beneath them. You don't agree that people in the LGBT+ community are born the way they are, fine, but don't tell kids that their friends or some stranger on the street isn't someone they should be friends with because of who they love. God is the only one that can judge us for our sins, and he loves us all. THAT is what Christians should be preaching about, an accepting, loving God, not the God that everyone seems to teach others, that if you're different you're wrong, because when we teach children that or tell that to people who haven't been saved, you're only scaring them away. The way to bring God back into our culture is to start accepting others for who they are, not to crucify and boycott movies for trying to do the same thing God wants us to do, to accept and love others.

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  3. Thank you again for the reminder…great the way it was written and I do not think people are beneath me. God teaches me in the Word to abstain form certain things…then that I must do..I will boycott where it is necessary, and I won't let Hollywood or Disney etc. tell me what I should believe…or force some belief on me or my children, grandchildren through devious ways, esp. through children's movies…but yes I am not surprised.

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  4. You got that right. If you pay to see the movie (which you have to do) you are supporting it and then it is a witness that this is alright.

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  5. Neil, I freaking hope so, being a homosexual doesn't mean f***ing children. Although, I guess if your a priest of sorts it does….

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  6. I will not be viewing this movie because of my personal conviction from the Bible to shun the appearance of evil. I also grieve that many, many children will see this movie and be influenced to believe that it is ok for two members of the same sex to be attracted to each other. That is my concern. Of course, we all justify what we want to do whether it is right or wrong.

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  7. ☝��️ this guy. I am a Christian and have had a problem with this issue for a while. A lot of Christians seem to put sin on a scale like say 1-10. 10 being the worse. What actually is sin? Not types of sin but what is it? Well it's anything not bringing Glory to God. Someone posted earlier about Satan easing things in to sneak sin in our minds. Well too late. We humanize what we think is sin from bad sin to small sin. People not wanting to go see this over a gay scene. Ask yourselves when watching tv at home do you change the channels during commercials like say Budweiser or the many other commercials that promote sin? Pay attention to what you watch from now on and actually notice how much sinful things we watch. Satan has already numbed our minds to so many sins we don't notice most of them. I have a close family Member that I love dearly that is gay. I let her watch my children often. She comes over to play with them all of the time. Guess what tho. I will teach my children to hate the sin not the sinner. That sin is everywhere even in our house and our hearts. To shelter them from the world is dangerous. But to those who don't want to go over this one gay scene because you don't want to expose them to this type of sin. Then you need throw your tv out of the house because it promotes sin on many many levels all day long

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  8. Disney did not tell everyone about the gay scene to warn people. They did it to increase the draw and support. They even said they were not sure that it was getting enough press. This gave them the “free” press they were looking for.

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  9. It doesn't say they kissed on the mouth or went to bed together. This world has forgotten that there is love in friendship. The world only sees the word love as meaning “in bed together having sex” or sexual acts. Don't be blind and ridiculous. Besides this makes no sense. Two boys can't naturally make a baby and two girls can't either. The idea that you were born gay is nuts. I have a friend that is a girl and I care for her deeply. I don't have a husband or a boyfriend. That doesn't mean I'm gay, it means I have a good friend. Accepting the gay concept is a way for people to live in sin and have everyone accept it so they can do what they want and feel OK with it.

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  10. Apparently the gay moment is 2 guys dancing together in a large party scene. I daresay that your kids wouldn't notice the “bad thing” unless it's pointed out as such.

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  11. I understand Rebekah. 2 dudes dancing together is pretty disturbing to a child's mind. Not to mention the actual plot of the movie, which is a girl sacrificing herself to an animal to save her father and being kidnapped and imprisoned in a castle full of magical, talking household items until she falls in love with a beast. Because that part is super Bibical.

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  12. I honestly don't understand the purpose of this article. Christians need to “calm down” about the fact that more and more, Disney and other entertainment companies are placing homosexual characters and situations into their product, and presenting it as normal?

    I mean, no, we shouldn't be spouting hate or attacking homosexuals. We should be praying for them to be saved by Christ and healed from their sins. But to say calm down? I'd say it is more like, bombard the company with emails, letters and phone calls, letting them know exactly how much money they will be losing by pushing immoral behavior to children, and attempting to make a sin appear wonderful and beautiful.

    Imagine if Lot had told the angels, “calm down, guys, this is just the way the Sodomites are. Stop acting so shocked.” I think every Christian has responsibility to be shocked and absolutely not uncalm, when a classic family cartoon is remade and Disney decides to push the gay agenda in the film, knowing full well millions will take their kids to see it. It is ridiculous.

    Yes we know the world will get worse and worse until Christ returns, but we are to be a light in the dark for the world, not just say, oh well, that's the world for you, no reason to be upset. I am pretty sure it upsets God, who loves these homosexuals and can't stand to see them so decieved by the devil. And they are unabashedly aiming it at children more by the day. Sorry. Calming down and accepting is not something I would describe as Christian in this instance.

    Jesus walks in the Temple, and says,” oh you bunch of sinners, turning My Father's house into a den if thieves! Whatever, that's just the world, no need to get upset, let's go guys.” Nope, he whipped them and drove them out. And these evil people are targeting our little boys and girls to corrupt them?

    Absurd.

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  13. Wow! No wonder I cannot tolerate “righteous” Christians! What a bunch of haters you are!!! Being gay is not a choice, but are you all too ignorant to accept that? They are not “sinners” – and who the hell are you to judge them??? Bet you voted for Trump, too. Hypocrites!

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  14. Let me get this straight…since I believe in God, and I chose not to bend over for another guy…I am not intellectual? BTW…I love Disney. Also…your “Born that way” stance…was that validated to you by the HOE-LY Spirit that you seem to be full of. You have some nerve bashing Christians with your smug know it all attitude.

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  15. Hey, great work here! I love how you elevated this discussion beyond should-I-boycott-this-movie and reminded us that we are, in fact, the strangers here. I think our continual justice-seeking is often the fruit of expecting this world to be more like home. But if a mindset that I am a sojourner permeates how I see everything, then suddenly I am free to love, full of purpose, and steadily on mission. And then I can have a conversation with my neighbors about B & the B that goes: hey, I was a beast until Beauty saved me (instead of Darn that Disney!)

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  16. @weneedlove Anonymous does not understand Biblical Christianity, or, more than likely the secular worldview he or she walks in. But your comment is a bit inappropriate. As a brother in Christ I would suggest a revision of your comments. Grace and peace to you!

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  17. At the risk of stating the obvious: Gay people exist. Gay kids exist. Gay people and kids have the same right to see themselves in pop culture as heterosexuals do. If certain people don't want to see LGBT Americans in the grocery store, the post office, schools, malls or movies, those people should probably stay home so their delicate religiously-correct sensibilities aren't offended.
    Lastly, it's amusing to see these people become hysterical over two men dancing together, while having no objection to a sexualized relationship between a girl and an animal. They even compare the sight of two men dancing to — brace yourself — killing their children with cyanide. Yes, they actually compared the sight of a gay couple to the act of murdering their children. If you didn't quite understand how unhinged they are, that should make it clear.

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  18. It is crazy that people are all up in arms about this. it's a movie people, if you are still stuck in the fifties and have not realized that it's no longer OK to judge people based on who or how they love, things that should be private information anyways. We as a society have evolved in so many ways, we accept all people of every race, religion, and sexual orientation. It's not like homosexuals have a choice. If they did do you think they would go thru ridicule and judgrment? No they would lie to their “straight” significant other, and not b faithful. I'm ranting at this point, but just because a movie has a gay character, a Hispanic, a disabled person,a Christian, Buddhist what have you, it should not be a determining factor. You don't see non Christians going crazy when a Christian character or message is proudly displayed. Just because someone is different than you doesn't make them any less a child of God than you Christians

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  19. This is a very well written article…I agree that we as Christians need to teach and train our children, but part of that should be that we pay attention to what the world is trying to teach them, and not allow it to be done unchecked. I am not afraid of the gay agenda (I am glad someone is stating that there is in fact an agenda), I am not naïve about what is going on…I know I am not of this world, but I know I must live in it…but I am not supposed to be conformed to this world, but be renewed by the word of God…why is it so hard for you, or anyone for that matter to understand that as a Christian we (I) still need to stand up for what is right and what is wrong. Daniel would not defile himself by eating the kings meat. He remained in service of the king, did his duties, but he would not go along with the “norm” of the day. When told the “law of the land” was to bow down to a statue, and pray to no on else, he bowed and prayed only to the One True God…He stayed true to the standard that God had set, and he was blessed for it. Why is it wrong for me, or Kate, or anyone, to say…I am saddened that this director has chosen to push an agenda (put the kings meat on the table in front of me) and I say…”sorry, sure the meat looks good, but I am not willing to defile my body by partaking of it”? I know the world is going in the wrong direction (away from God), and I don't expect all of society to follow God's standard, I actually expect them to continue to run from God…however that in no ways means that I (or any Christian) should sit back, be quiet, and “enjoy the ride”. We are not supposed to hide our light under a basket, nor are we to partake in the advancement of sin (any sin). We also should not put down those that do, nor should we spout hateful words or ideas, or injure people….we still need to love. But showing love does not mean we stand by and approve of someone's sin. And as a Christian I better be dealing with any sin in my life…and as a Christian I need to be praying for this nation…and this world. Praying that people will have theirs eyes and ears opened by God. He wants none to perish, so I need to want none to perish…but if no one tells them, how will they hear? If no one stands up and proclaims the Gospel (not whisper it to those that already know it, or say it only when it is comfortable, or talk about it when you are in a safe place) then where is my love for others? If I love others, I need to tell them there is a God that loves them, and a God who wants them to be with Him for ever, but there is a separation from Him when we live in sin, and that we have all sinned and fall short of God's glory, and that we need to repent of our sins, call out to the Name of Jesus (the only way to get to the Father), and accept Him not only as our Savior, but as our Lord. I cannot be afraid of offending the man standing in front of an on coming bus and hope that he moves out of the way in time. I need to say something, I need to do something. Especially when the man is deaf and blind to the danger that is coming toward him. But ultimately it is still that mans decision if he will move out of the way or not. The thief comes to kill, steal, and destroy, but Jesus came that we may have life, and to have it to the full. Christians should stand out from the crowd, we should look, sound, act, differently than the world. Why is it so wrong for a Christian to take a stand. I never told anyone they cannot or should not see this movie, I applaud those that are taking a stand (as long as they do it in love), I am not offended if others go and see the movie. I don't think anyone is going to hell if they go see this or any other movie. I however choose to not eat the meat of the king.

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  20. Look I'm a Pentecostal Preacher…We don't hate the sinner, God hates the sin…Either watch it or don't watch it…Hollywood and this world don't have biblical morals…I enjoyed the article, has some truth to it…if we don't educate our kids on the right way to live according to the word of God, and teach them to love everybody it's on us as parents…there is going to be folks in there work places that are drug users, homosexuals, fornicators, etc…so we gonna tell them not to go to work just because it's there??? Or we can teach them now to live there life as a light in this dark world, so when they grow up they will be a great Christian !

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  21. It doesn't matter how people think they were born. Whether true or not Jesus said you must be born again. I was born into sin and my heterosexual sins leave me deserving of hell just like the gay persons homosexual sin does.

    If the homosexual sinner or the heterosexual sinner is not born again they will not see the kingdom of God.

    Repent and believe the gospel.

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  22. LeFou was a gay/bisexual character in the old movie. It was just never announced, but if you go back and watch it is plain to see. They even said the script doesn't mention he is gay and the director mentioned that there is a gay moment, which is the two men dancing together. This has been blown way out of proportion.

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  23. The sitcom or movie with gay couples should be seen as wrong as the sitcom or movie with a straight couple living together not married. If they don't it is hypocrisy.

    But if they gay community cries out for tolerance and acceptance it is as much hypocrisy when they try to silence the Christians who proselytize in public as they shout us down demanding we shut up. Where is their tolerance and valuing/celebrating diversity? Don't be a hypocrite.

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  24. “You don't see non Christians going crazy when a Christian character or message is proudly displayed.”

    We do see this all the time. Every time we preach Jesus or hold a sign with a bible verse it never NOT causes more than one person to act all crazy and angry. Some even resort to violence and threats. It happens 100% of the time I do it.

    Your judgment here is incorrect.

    And if one is living for God they are a child of God, those who don't are considered a child of the devil according to the bible. So yes, some are less a child of God. You can disagree but your disagreement is with God since he said it and it isn't even my opinion. God bless you.

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  25. Now that there comment surely corrects the article. We shouldn't just accept it because it's the ways of the world. Will we change it? NO. Should we tolerate it? NO.

    We are to warn them that it is wrong. Warn them of the wrath of God. And then share the good news once they are convicted.

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  26. I am giving my opinion here so you can take it or leave it, that being said your point is you don't want to have to talk to your granddaughter about the gay scence. The only gay scene is 2 men dancing and in the original they had gaston and lefou dancing in the original so if you are trying to shield her from the underline gay part you have kind of already exposed her to that and yet she has said nothing. As a teenager I had always questioned lefous intentions and it comes as no suprise if that was Disney's actual thought, he has so many sexual inuendas in so many of his other kids movies unfortunately but if your trying to shield her from this one movie which only shows 2 men dancing like it does in the original I'm afraid you already have like I have said before. Just a thought and like I said you don't have to watch it if you don't feel comfortable, that's your choice.

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  27. I read a review by someone who got early tickets. She said that the gay thing was “surprisingly subtle”. I don't know if that makes it any better. I have to see the film for a project so I'll let you guys know what I think.

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  28. I honestly never saw Lefou as gay in the original film. I kind of got the idea that he was trying to live in Gaston's shadow so that people would think he was cool. Y'know how in high school there's always that nerdy kid that kisses up to the popular kid in hopes that he too will become popular? That's always what I thought Lefou was. I never in a million years would've thought he was gay

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  29. It's all about MONEY! Can Disney appease the LGBT community by producing a movie with its first proclaimed gay moment and test the waters of their Christian audience and still make money! They could care less about influencing culture. If Christians ignore the testing then rest assured they will continue to relieve the pressure of the LGBT community to produce more movies in a similar fashion.

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  30. I love that you responded to this article the way you have. You have just been put on so many prayer lists. I don't have to know your name but I pray Lord open the eyes of this persons heart to see who You are and that You are real. That they will be given the opportunity to choose who they will serve after they have become aware of Your truth Lord. Please bring this person to my mind often so I can pray for them. In Jesus name I pray, Amen!

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  31. People can go through the motions of going to a church building and doing acts of service without having a relationship with Jesus. That doesn't make our Lord a myth or false. It just means you haven't met the One True God personally. If you ask the Lord to show you if He is real. He will. I asked Him and it changed my life!

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  32. Its sad. I always thought the original film was very biblical in nature, what with a man being saved from himself by love. I loved the '91 film. I loved the 1946 French film. And I love the 1740 novel. A lot of people have told me I would make a good Belle on Broadway and that my range was perfect for the character. I wanted so badly to someday be in the stage production. But now after this, I fear the stage productions will all take after this new film and I don't want to be involved with that. Dreams=shattered

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  33. We have chosen to not pay to see the movie even thought we were very excited and had it on our calendar. We will either not see it at all or wait for it to come to the library so that we're not financially supporting the movie or the agenda. We in no way hate gay people but feel that we have the right to choose whether or not to support the agenda. We've taught our children (now all grown) to hate the sin but love the sinner! I believe that is what the Lord calls us to do.

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  34. Choosing what we do and don't participate in as Christians should probably lie in our personal convictions. It isn't just a movie portraying a gay character (bc homosexuality offends us) that should give us pause when deciding whether or not to go see it. There are many, many sins portrayed in pretty much every movie produced today by non-Christian companies. Blatant sexuality, nudity, profanity, violence…why aren't we offended by these as well. We should not expect non-Christians to act like Christians. However, we each have the personal choice of whether or not to financially support them. I've always loved going to movies. However, in light of some of the liberal out-spoken celebrities using their social/economic status to state and encourage others to support their liberal beliefs, I find myself less inclined to spend my money going to movies and thereby supporting them. Again, each personal should heed their own personal convictions based on how the Holy Spirit speaks to them. That being said, a person choosing not to see it and financially support it should not be criticized or bashed any more than those choosing to do so. We are called to be holy which means set apart. We for sure live in the world and deal with all of its issues – but we are not called to take part in them. We can either be a positive example to others by how we live our lives every day, or we can blend in and be no different. I say, don't let someone else's opinion dictate your decisions. Your relationship with God is yours – not someone else's. Heed the convictions brought about by YOUR relationship with God. Then again, don't be surprised if you are persecuted if you choose not to participate. Christ pretty much told us this WOULD happen… not that it might happen. You privately go about your business or share it with the world – if you share it, expect a response.

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  35. For those of you that do not want to pay to see this movie because you dont want to support Disney and their “agenda” – Google what companies Disney owns and who owns them. Are you going to stop supporting all of Disney's businesses – Disney World holds a Gay Pride parade – are you never going to take your kids to Disney world – never watch another Star Wars or Marvel movie, never watch ABC any more – How about the Muppets, ESPN, Pixar, any Touchstone Movies, A&E, History – just to name a few. All I can say is – please stay home – more room in the theater for me and my family to stretch out and enjoy a wonderful movie.

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  36. You all are acting as if someone being gay the worst thing in the world. Let me ask you this, would you stop loving your son or daughter if they came to you and said they were gay? Would you push the away? Now I am married and I have a son. I can tell you this, it doesn't matter who he brings home to meet me as long as they are a good person, treats my child right. I will still love my child and accept them for who they are! It is not our place to judge anyone! I am a person who is active in my church, and I believe love is love. Does someone being gay affect your life personnally? Do they stop you from living your life? If they wanted to get married does that marriage affect you? The answer is NO! No it doesn't because they have rights as humans. What if someone told you NO you can't marry the person you love because they don't like it!! Love is love!!! The world needs less people judging and more people supporting other people's choices. And if you don't like it, Oh well! life goes on!!!

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  37. WOW!! please do not step outside today or you may encounter one of those icky gay people. I hear that they even want to be treated as humans now. The nerve.

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  38. As Christian I will be going to watch this movie with my kids. As this article says we can't burry our heads in the sand. I believe the said issue with the movie is blown out of proportion and will not affect my kids. However I would like to ask all the Christian brothers and sisters here this… Why are you ok with a relationship between a young girl and a beast. How do you justify that?

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  39. How did the idea that Christians are anti-intellectual get so popular? How did homosexuality become “normal” when not too many years ago it wasn't? Both of these and many other ideas are ingrained into people, many without them knowing it. How? By the anti-God media (movies, songs, TV, news) that wants you to believe their way. Either read the book, “After The Ball” or at least a review of it here: http://www.massresistance.org/docs/issues/gay_strategies/after_the_ball.html to find out what is really going on. If someone says to me, “Let's do so-and-so because it is fun, but while we are doing it, I will be gradually poisoning you. But you won't know it until it is too late.”, would I spend time with them. Absolutely not, unless I had taken an antidote and used the time to turn the tables on him and expose his plot. So why would I go watch a movie that has the express purpose of gradually changing my though processes to align with theirs, unless I was actively resisting their attempts and went to do something to change the situation. (I know, call me a conspiracy theorist and ignore everything I said.)

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  40. Can I get a copy of your “rule book”? I'm talking about the one that has all of these dates laid out and what is or is not acceptable as of that date. Your argument is a post hoc fallacy. The argument holds no weight when it is based solely on; “it's not the fifties anymore”, or “After all it is 2017”!

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