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March 16, 2010

Is It 'Family-Friendly'? Or 'Discrimination'?

When it comes to a Florida bill to attract filmmakers, it depends on whom you ask

When Florida's House of Representatives drafted a $75 million bill to entice "family-friendly" filmmakers to make movies in the Sunshine State by giving them a tax break, some equal rights groups cried foul.

Why? Because movies and TV shows depicting gay characters may not be eligible for the tax break, according to The Palm Beach Post, which reports that "the bill would prohibit productions with "nontraditional family values" from receiving a so-called family-friendly tax credit."

"Think of it as like Mayberry," state Rep. Stephen Precourt, R-Orlando, told The Post. "That's when I grew up — the '60s. That's what life was like. I want Florida to be known for making those kinds of movies: Disney movies for kids and all that stuff. Like it used to be, you know?"

But the head of a coalition of 80 groups that advocate for equal rights said the bill would "subsidize discrimination" and marginalize gay and single-parent families.

"Instituting 1950s-style movie censorship does nothing to support real-life families or help Florida's struggling economy," said Ted Howard, executive director for Florida Together.


Only twice in history have cultures actively sought the 'good old days' and changed laws and practices to meet those. Iran did and moved themselves back to the 12th century for human rights. Kansas did it when they chose to ignore science and evolution.

Wishing for a world where our towns are all Mayberry is beyond unreasonable. The world is more complex than that (it was then) and we are, too.

Let's not wash 50 years of progress, civil rights and scientific advances away with a misguided wish for the old days.

John, you only advocate for current day "progress" because it matches your values and has shoved aside those of others. It really does depend on whose ox is getting gored. Since traditional values are now drowning in a pool of blood, you of course advocate against the "old days."

John H - if we were to rewind 50 years of progress, we would not have the community support for
- protecting battered/abused children;
- protecting battered/abuses spouses;
- stopping drunk drivers;
- women in the workforce in leadership jobs;
- people of color in the workforce with equal opportunities;
- and I could go on and on.

The wish for the 'old days' is more of a sentimental feeling than a rational thought. All of these things I listed (and many more) were ignored by the general population as 'not our problem' and people suffered. We have more freedoms and protections now than ever before. I know I won't go back and neither will the people that these advances helped.

Perhaps you are afraid of losing something - I cannot imagine how fear was ever less appropriate.

As far as it concerns my family, made up of 2 loving dads, 1 awesome son, and a host of supportive family, friends and church community, it's definately NOT family-friendly or Christ-like.

By the way, we watch Andy Griffith all the time...we find it enjoyable, but also know the world is much more complex (and interesting) place than the fictional Mayberry ever was.

Thanks be to God!

I loved the 50s/early 60s and long for those family friendly days to return. I feel as though I have stepped off a cliff in the past decade and find myself in Hell where sexual immorality/perversions are supposed to be "normal" and "o.k." just because so many people are involved in that. Well, it's NOT o.k. because God says it is not. He created men to be with women ONLY and wants all His children to live according to His boundaries so that there won't be abuse, alcohol/drugs, rapes, etc. This is the reason we are supposed to keep teaching our children to do what is right and fight the liberal SHOVE to have them exposed to immorality. This is not hate speech, it is the Word of God who loves us so much that He does not want us to be destroyed. God is not the one who destroys Man, man does it to himself by walking outside God's creation boundaries.

Ah, Debra...clearly you are blinded to God's love my your rage. I will pray for you and hope you find peace through the grace that is freely given by God through his son, Jesus Christ.

Many people are blinded to God's idea of rightousness by their own conception of God's love. God's love sent us Jesus to forgive us from our sin. God indicated that Accepting Jesus included becoming a servant of Christ -- not becoming sinless, but working hard to make choices that would please God, not ourselves. Generally, people who Become servants of Christ take the Bible as the document that God gave us to be good servants. The Bible, including various "new" writings recently in vogue, never advocates for many lifestyle choices that WE, not God, have decided will make us happy. If you are going to claim to be a Christian, you must show that you are making an attempt to follow God's rules for righteousness, not your own ideas of love and happiness. Ergo -- the Biblical concept of families made up by a father and mother are correct, no matter how happy it would make us to think otherwise.

Yes Pauline, we work very hard to be good servants of God, especially his greatest comandments to love and forgive...which is especially hard when confront by narrow minded bigotry and SELF-rightousness. Fortunately our son sees many examples of true Christian love and obdience to God's word in his family and church community. Nothing "new" about that.
We continue to pray for your eyes to be opened to the true message of grace, forgivness, and love.

I think the sleeping majority would like more family-friendly movies, but often we don't get them! Movies rated G have stuff in them I wouldn't even want my teens to see!! I heard about a new movie called Secrets of the Mountain. I'm thinking that might be a good one. Sometimes researching is the best way to find good movies. That and word of mouth. Definitely don't go by the movie cover at the video store!! Anyways, check out Secrets of the Mountain. http://www.walmart.com/ip/14005826