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January 15, 2010

Taking Back the Culture

Party politics matter very little when you’ve lost the culture.  And conservatives lost Hollywood decades ago.  But when the day comes we recapture the culture, this is what movies are going to start looking like.

BOOK OF ELI: KEEPING THE FAITH

Denzel Washington is one of Hollywood’s most successful and respected actors. But the two-time Academy Award winner (for 1989’s Glory and 2001’s Training Day) is also one of Hollywood’s highest profile Christians.

The son of a Pentecostal preacher from Mount Vernon, New York, Washington, 55, has been an active member of West Angeles Church of God in Christ for nearly 30 years, reads his Bible every morning, and always chooses roles that he can “bend” in the direction of a positive message or a reflection of his deep personal faith.

Faith is everywhere in Washington’s new post-apocalyptic film, The Book of Eli, which opens Friday and is being marketed with “B-ELI-EVE” and “D-ELI-VER US” billboards. In the movie, Washington plays a mysterious machete-wielding traveler named Eli, directed by God to protect the earth’s last remaining copy of the Bible—that’s right, the Bible—and to take it “out West” for safekeeping while villains seek to take it by force and use it as a “weapon” of control.

Really good article.

In fact, you shouldn’t even be reading this right now.  You should be on your way out the door.  Opening weekend is important.  Send Hollywood a message, the way you did with Passion of the Christ. I don’t actually believe they’re really in it for the money.  They’ve made too many Iraq War box office bombs, for example, to convince me of that.  But when movies with conservatives themes like Eli comes out we can show them numbers that at least shame them into admitting that fact.

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