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I’D LOVE to SEE BREITBART investigate this to see if the ACADEMY has been CONSISTENT on this SONG issue – OR is it ANTI-CHRISTIAN BIAS!

This type of story (and the huge anti-conservative politics usually shown by presenters and winners) is why I usually do not waste my time on award shows.  I last watched the Oscars when Life is Beautiful was up for an award and I wanted the see the upset.  The movie and its director/actor did win three awards.

Here’s the report from one I trust about these things (but not about foreign policy) former Reagan official and 2000 candidate for President Gary Bauer (at his End of Day report from Feb 7):

Speak Up For Faith

The anti-Christian bias of Hollywood elites has been exposed for all to see. On January 16th, the song “Alone Yet Not Alone,” from the movie of the same title, was nominated for an Academy Award. It is a beautiful song, sung by a truly inspirational lady, Joni Eareckson Tada.

The film is based on a true story of two young girls captured by Indians in 1775. They were reunited with their mother eight years later when they recognized a hymn she sang to them as children.

Unbelievably, the Academy withdrew the nomination of “Alone Yet Not Alone” less than two weeks after it was awarded. The official explanation for withdrawing the nomination was that composer Bruce Broughton had violated rules against lobbying when he emailed members of the Academy’s Music Branch about the song.

But considering the lengths that other studios and producers go in order to promote their work, many Hollywood insiders aren’t buying that excuse. In fact, one entertainment writer labeled the move “extremely rare and cringe-worthy.”

Many suspect anti-Christian bias is to blame. As a Los Angeles Times writer suggested, “…the academy has never rescinded a nomination due to improper campaigning until a faith-based movie with a quadriplegic pastor came along.”

Responding to the Academy’s decision to rescind the nomination of her song, Joni Eareckson Tada told Breitbart News, “I can’t say the reason the nomination was rescinded, but it has to be more than a few emails. But if they pulled the Oscar from all the movie people who campaigned for an Oscar, they would probably all have to give them back.”

TAKE ACTION: Artists for Life has a launched a petition drive calling on the Academy Awards to reverse itself and reinstate the nomination for “Alone Yet Not Alone.” Speak up for faith. Click here to sign AFL’s petition.

I tend to agree but I cannot say for sure.  Maybe this was a serious violation of the rules.  I cannot say.

BUT, I think Breitbart News Network ought to look into this – if it is that others have not been punished for similar “violations”, then it is what we lawyers call a “pretext” – it is selective use of a valid rule in an arbitrary (and maybe discriminatory) manner.

So, Breitbart, go to it.  Let’s find out what the real story is.  And in the meantime, I’ll do what I had planned to do anyway.  Not watch the Oscars.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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