Christians Say the Darnedest Things: Christian Mommy Upset Over Beauty and the Beast

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Words within [ ] belong to chief snarkologist Bruce Almighty.

I called Disney to book our vacation on the same day that the director, and some of the cast, of the live action version “Beauty and the Beast” announced that the movie would have an ‘exclusively gay moment’.

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You should also know that we’ve been waiting for the live action “Beauty and the Beast” for months. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I have a princess obsessed little girl on my hands. She is a Disney character every day, and literally talks about last years trip every single day. As I’m typing this, she’s sitting on the sofa in her Belle dress. However, our plans to see the live action “Beauty and the Beast” as a family were brought to a screeching halt when we found out the news that Lefou had ‘feelings’ [GAY! GAY! GAY!]  for Gaston in the new movie.

So, if you’re following me, we’ve officially come to the conclusion that we won’t be seeing the live action version of “Beauty and the Beast” and we’ve cancelled our $6000 Disney World Vacation [Good. You should give the money to Jesus, anyway. Think of all the souls that could be saved for 6K].

I know what you’re thinking, if you boycott all the things that support an agenda you don’t agree with, you’d have nothing. So let’s be clear, I’m not going to boycott Disney because they support something I don’t [Yes, you are]. Despite their unofficial “Gay Days” that have gone on since the 90’s(?). I know that Disney aired a lesbian couple on the popular television show Good Luck Charlie in 2014. I know that the LGBT community pleaded for Elsa to make the ‘turn’ too.

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There comes a point where you have to take a stand for the things you believe in, this is my stand If we’re being honest, there’s a lot of things we’ve stopped doing. We don’t even bother with rated R movies, because I hate the language, and the near pornographic scenes. I’ve walked out, or turned off, many PG-13 movies for the same reason. I refuse to use the regular bathrooms at Target and if the family room has a line, then we leave. [I hope you have a strong bladder.] Some of the most popular shows (Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, Quantico, This Is Us, Greys Anatomy, The Good Wife, etc.), most of which air on ABC, a Disney owned network, I quit watching them all when they revealed exclusively LGBT characters [but I’m not a homophobe]. We cut our cable years ago because we refused to pay for things we weren’t able to watch. Even the commercials make me cringe. [I am starting to think your post is all about LOOK AT ME!! I don’t so this, I don’t do that, and if people really love Jesus they will live their lives JUST LIKE ME!]

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I’m not paying for simple entertainment that doesn’t accurately align with my personal beliefs [Fine. Turn off the TV]. Furthermore, since the news about “Beauty and the Beast” has come out- no pun intended- Disney is having to answer more and more for their LGBT agenda. You’ll see that the Disney XD show “Star v.s. the Forces of Evil” aired an episode this year where the lead characters are surrounded by others who take to kissing their neighbor during a boy band concert, many of which are the same sexual orientation. This move made Disney’s first LGBT moment in a kids animation. Last fall, the creators of “Moana” mentioned in an interview with a liberal media source that they wouldn’t rule out an LGBT Disney princess. Director Ron Clements said, “It seems like the possibilities are pretty open at this point.” WHAT?! [Yes, like blacks, Hispanics, heterosexuals, and Fundamentalist Christian mommies, LGBTQ people are a part of our society. They are not deviants that need to be closeted. Personally, I am offended by Christian Mommies’ homophobic bigotry. I don’t want her blog to be on the internet. Remove it NOW before I suffer any further. Or, I can just not visit her site.Each to their own, right? ]

Disney isn’t just aiming their efforts towards parent’s of Disney-aged children anymore. They are pointing a desperate finger at the innocence of our youth [Innocent? I thought children were wicked, vile sinners in need of salvation. I thought children come forth into the world speaking lies. Evidently, God doesn’t think your child or any other child is innocent.]  Disney is targeting our youth like they’re aiming at big game on a corporate hunting trip. They are banking on corrupting the purity of a child’s mind for the 1%. They are no longer making watching a choice, but by forcing it to become mainstream, Disney is telling the conservative family, the Christian public, that they’re views hold no worth.[Your views have worth, but you want your views to be valued above all others. You want your views to be the only views in town.]  In jest, they’re subtly encouraging you to conform your ways. (Mark 13:22)

At this point, Disney is proudly looming over your morals and values and eerily cackling like a villain in one of their own classic fairy tales.[If Disney can corrupt your morals, what does that say about YOU?]
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Next Disney will be talking about teen sex and abortions in efforts to normalize these issues to children as well.   I guess you can pretty much tell that I’m pro-life and believe that sex isn’t appropriate outside of marriage. It really shouldn’t be surprising. [No, it’s not, but your moral beliefs are yours and yours alone. Just because you think premarital sex is a “sin” doesn’t mean everyone else (not married)  must refrain from enjoying a roll in the hay. ]

— Brooke, This Modest Mom, Disney’s LGBT agenda forced me to cancel our Disney World Vacation – Boycott Disney , March 7, 2017

Note

Brooke is a 23-year-old, Fundamentalist pastor’ wife. She married her preacher man at age 18. Her life trajectory speaks volumes. I can only hope that she will, in time, rethink her life and her homophobic reaction to LGBTQ people. Doing so will require her to abandon the Bible and her Fundamentalist beliefs. True, lasting change is hard, but Brooke can experience change if she will learn to see people as people without first viewing them through the anti-human pages of the Christian Bible. The B-I-B-L-E is the problem. Brooke doesn’t see it, of course. She thinks of herself, as I did as a pastor, as a wonderful, loving, kind human being. And she, like I was, probably is all of those things. But she is also hateful and bigoted, allowing fear instead of love to direct her thoughts, feelings, and actions.

Here’s what Brooke had to say in her defense on Facebook: (link no longer active)

ThisModestMom.com continues to be on and off line as we propagate to another server who can host the influx in views that it is receiving.

HuffPo asked me to respond in regards to the story they ran, here is my response:

“There is no denying that the majority of reactions to my post have made me out to be a person filled with hate and disgust. Most of the responses I have received have been nothing short of vile and extremely crude. I’ve received death threats, ill wishes in regards to my family and those who affiliate with me (regardless of their views), and a number of other malicious attacks. Even through this, my views have not changed. I have never seen such contempt and hostility come from a group of people before. This is not acceptable, no matter who is on the receiving end.

Despite the alarming amount of obscene responses, there has also been an overwhelming amount of support from people on both sides. I’ve read emails from people who identify as LGBTQ and, even though they disagree, commended my courage and stance. I’ve received comments from people who admit to being afraid to stand up simply because of the reaction that I received. People that have civilly voiced their opinion of what I said, yet also sent apologies and sympathies for the backlash that I have had to endure.

I’ve fed the hungry, clothed the poor, and served the needy- all with no inquiry to their chosen political party, religious beliefs, or sexual identity. People are different and that is life, and that is okay. We can be kind and loving, but we do not have to agree and we do not have be accepting. Despite the difference in opinions of people all over the world, the beauty comes when we can realize that we may not agree, but we can still be compassionate. But love and compassion do not mean approval. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) But make no mistake, He also came to reprove the world of sin (John 16:8.) On a daily basis, I come in contact with things that I don’t agree with, I cannot be sheltered by that. Disney’s choice made me feel forced to react. I have a right to not be entertained by ways that don’t align with my religious convictions. This does not make me malevolent.

Know that whoever you are and however you identify, I have only compassion for you. We may not be fighting for the same things, we may not be fighting together, but know that we are each passionate for our own causes. Because of this I cannot be silent.”

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7 Comments

  1. Geoff

    Listening to someone like this is rather like listening to a mad person who has many lucid moments. One moment they are ranting, then they sound reasonable (as this lady does at one point in her Facebook defence), then they spoil it again by asserting their view in such away that denies rebuke.

    She’s perfectly entitled to her views, but she’s going to have to get used to being increasingly marginalised. It’s important for platforms that kids look to, Disney being one, that they start to reflect the society in which we all live. After all, the cutey cutey stuff this dear lady likes was simply a desire to look at the world in a certain way, and bore little resemblance to reality (Beauty and the Beast!), so putting a little real life in its reflection of relationships is hardly going to corrupt our young.

    In any event, she can choose not to view the film. I enjoy Ben Hur, and I ignore the Christian part (hard at times!). I went to see, and detested, Passion of the Christ, which I thought was self indulgently unpleasant. I would even, so long as I can watch for free, see God is not Dead, or one of its ilk, to see just how bad it is. I’d let my kids, and grand kids, see all these films also (though not Passion of the Christ until they are older) because I trust them not to accept a one sided view of life. But we are all free to not watch if we feel uncomfortable.

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  2. Nate

    I’m always intrigued when they make the statements about their “innocent children.” How they are pure and need to be protected. Then they fill their heads with religion, because, as you say, they are sinful and vile creatures. These “innocent children” shouldn’t be subjected to homosexuality in movies, they say. They aren’t old enough to understand. Then they rejoice as a child gets baptized or asks jesus into their heart, as if they fully comprehend that decision.

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  3. Troy

    23 years old married to a small town pastor and can afford a $6,000 Disney vacation? [Her own words, ” Living in a tiny little house and on a strict budget”] Wow her blogging must be pretty darn lucrative. If it isn’t obvious, I think she made the whole cancelling the vacation thing up.

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    1. howitis

      She could be making it up, or she and her pastor hubby could be financing their vacations (and the rest of their lifestyle) with cash from the Sunday collection baskets. Wouldn’t be the first time that’s happened in fundieland.

      Other possible scenarios:

      –ModestMom and her pastor hubby are flat broke, and she envies other mommies and daddies in her community who can actually afford to take their kids to Disneyland. But since envy (or any negative emotion for that matter) is a sin in fundieland, she can’t acknowledge it, so she deflects it, sour-grapes style (“Oh well, we’re better off not going to Disneyland anyhow since they loves teh gayz now.”)

      –ModestMom’s kids are begging for a trip to Disneyland, but Mom and Dad are broke and can’t afford it. They can’t tell the kids they’re broke, so they use the “We’re boycotting Disneyland because they put an evil, sinful gay character in their new movie and we don’t support that!” excuse. Growing up I had a friend whose dad was a preacher, and her parents wouldn’t allow her to join Girl Scouts, take gymnastics lessons, take part in birthday parties or anything like that, and told her it was because they didn’t want her to be involved in “worldly things.” Years later, she told me that her parents were very poor–like “can’t afford to heat the house” poor–and she now believes that they refused to let her do outside activities not because they feared “the world,” but because they simply did not have the money and were too proud to ask for help.

      ModestMom may be fully sincere in her beliefs about LGBT people, wrongheaded as they are, but I really wonder how many other factors are at play in these “boycotts.”

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    2. J.D. Matthews

      Also, I took my wife and daughter to Disneyland on Chinese New Year in Shanghai, and it didn’t cost anywhere NEAR to $6000, including our hotel and transportation. Exactly which Disney is she going to?

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  4. That Other Jean

    Let’s see–one man looking wistfully at another and thinking about romance is evil, sinful, and corrupting of the innocent; but a woman falling for an abusive talking buffalo is perfectly fine and sweet and charming, and you’d take your kids to see it except for that awful gay character? OK, then.

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  5. Brian

    What is so so painfully obvious is the almost buried suffering this poor slave exhibits, all her hapless thrusts at the evil world out there just waiting to trip up the honest Christian. Fucking pathetic, heartbreaking. Children, please cover your eyes, your ears.
    Reminds me of the late 50’s, my preacher dad not allowing us to go to the cinema to see Disney because, ‘ they allow half-naked women to be on those screens.’

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