Evangelist Franklin Graham asserted on Feb. 28 that the Oscar-winning film "Moonlight" is part of the LGBT agenda.
Graham panned the film on Facebook after reading some reviews:
From the reviews I have read, "Moonlight" portrays a young gay African American coming of age and it stereotypes him as violent, a drug dealer, and a convict. Hollywood is notorious for glorifying sin. This is just another example of the LGBT's agenda to make lifestyle choices that God defines as sin seem more and more culturally acceptable.
I warn families and the church -- don't allow your young people to be sucked into Hollywood's dark plan. We love all people, but we have to be honest about sin's consequences. Sin is sin—it doesn't matter if it gets an Oscar or not.
"Moonlight" was written by two African-Amercians, director Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney, and was based on McCraney's play.
While not a true story, the film is based on some real-life experiences of Jenkins and McCraney, who both grew up in Miami, notes Bustle.
The film follows the childhood and early adult years of a young man who is bullied by others over his sexuality.
Bustle added: "Moonlight stands out as a rare depiction of a protagonist of color being isolated by and dealing with the implications of his attraction to men in a environment that's even more dangerous."
According to Vulture, "Moonlight" is unique because Mahershala Ali is the first Muslim to take home an acting Oscar, and it may be the film with the lowest budget -- $1.5 million -- to ever win Best Picture.
Gay people and Muslims are the biggest challenges that Christian broadcasters face today, according to National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) president Jerry Johnson.
Johnson issued his warning during the NRB convention in Orlando, Florida, on Feb. 27, notes the Christian Post.
Johnson first cited the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
Johnson then warned the audience: "We speak frankly here, the liberty and the freedom [part] is being challenged for us as broadcasters on two fronts -- sexuality and Islam."
Johnson said that Christians should not be forced to "make the cake, provide flowers, do the pictures, and sing the songs" for gay weddings.
Johnson also issued warnings about Islamic Sharia law and blasphemy codes, which have no legal authority over U.S. law.
Johnson pointed to countries that do not have First Amendment freedoms: "It is a fact, that in Canada and in the U.K. you can be censored, you can be fined [and] your license can be pulled."
Johnson went on to compare the Christian-based NRB to the National Rifle Association (NRA):
I'd say the quickest way to lose freedom of speech is to not use freedom of speech, use-it-or-lose-it! We will make NRB for the First Amendment, what the NRA is for the Second Amendment.
If you're taking away these freedoms, NRB is a fight club and you better get used to it. Nixon wasn't paranoid they were really out to get him. Wake up. They are really out to get you.