Can Our Film “Irreplaceable” Rise Above Censorship Efforts?

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 It started in December, when Focus on the Family first began running “Irreplaceable” trailers in cinemas across the nation.

The trailer was benign, a collection of clips with a voiceover of host Tim Sisarich asking what happened to the belief in traditional family. What happened to the view that a man and woman should marry, raise children and remain committed for a lifetime?

During the trailer, Sisarich rightly points out that the culture is now seemingly at odds with that simple and natural design formula.

We quickly learned that according to some, there are some questions you just can’t ask – or you’ll suffer the consequences.

And so the online buzz against the movie started. We even learned about boycotts and protests being threatened.

We realized people couldn’t criticize the film itself (they hadn’t seen it!) – but they could attack us for our belief that God designed marriage to be between a man and a woman.

They could criticize our Bible-based views on human sexuality and gender.
They could call us names.

They could condemn our work of years past in helping support California’s Prop 8 measure to uphold the traditional definition of marriage – the same “sin” committed by the recently ousted co-founder and CEO of Mozilla, Brendan Eich.

And I learned just this morning there’s even a Change.org petition against our film.

Some of those who disagree with us are calling Irreplaceable “anti-gay propaganda” and demanding that theaters refuse to show the film on May 6.

We’ve received word that some theater owners are getting nervous and acquiescing to the demands of those who oppose free speech. We heard from one in Ohio just yesterday who decided to drop the film because they had received complaints and didn’t want to deal with all the “controversy” attached to it.

Ironically, this theater is currently showing “Bad Words” – an R-rated movie one reviewer called “the best pedophile film of 2014.”

I can only deduce that this Ohio theater owner believes the views presented in the “Bad Words” movie are acceptable – but the millennia-old concept that marriage is the lifelong union of a man and a woman is not.

Is this really where we are as a culture?

That question can send a reasonable person into a tailspin. The implications of the answer are sobering: what is right is now considered wrong. Any dissent posed to the views of a powerful minority will be silenced.

Late-night comedian Bill Maher, no social conservative by any means, responded to this new reality of reverse discrimination against holders of traditional morality by saying, “I think there is a gay mafia. I think if you cross them, you do get whacked. I really do.”

Please pray for us in this final month before the May 6 debut of our film. Pray that theaters will hold the line and that the movie will be accessible to those who want to participate in our one-night movie debut and roundtable conversation event.

Please pray that the Holy Spirit will make the truths found in this film – truths about God’s design for family and how His character is reflected through that design – come alive in the hearts and minds of those who watch “Irreplaceable” and its follow-up companion curriculum, “The Family Project.”

 And please also pray for those who are protesting this film.

Most of all, pray that  “Irreplaceable” ignites a counter-cultural revolution that inspires husbands and wives to live lives committed to each other, and that moms and dads can see the beauty and worth of their everyday sacrifices as they parent their kids.

I believe this heart-change can be what God uses to help heal our culture.

I hope you, your family, and friends will join us in taking a stand for marriage and family on Tuesday, May 6.

You can show your support by purchasing tickets for “Irreplaceable” online.

 

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Natalee Christensen More than 1 year ago

--This documentary looks really well done.  I would like to support it but I can not make the showing tonight. Is there any other way to support this movie and perhaps get a copy of my own?  Also many of my friends and family want to see it as well.  When will it be available?

Brinnon Dustin More than 1 year ago

--I'm not seeing anything on the matter so I ask... will this be made available on home video after the theatrical release? Or is this particular film only going to be seen in theaters?

Adam Twelve More than 1 year ago

--@MPalfenier , "God guides transalations as well" but as I pointed out, the translation that I am using differs from the translation that you are using. Even if God ordained both of them they can't both be correct--unless God is trying to tell us to not take this stuff too literally. This isn't about my interpretation this is about the scholars working out just how to translate the language. The translation that you are using is simply wrong.

Lois A. Hoshor More than 1 year ago

--Isaiah 5:20 is very clear concerning people like this. I am from Ohio and would like to know if that theater is in my area so I can contact them. Thank you, Pastor Lois A. Hoshor

Mark Palfenier More than 1 year ago

--TO corrupt the institution of marriage does great harm to heterosexual marriage institution because it diminishes that value of marriage to be defined as whatever you want it to be. God  would never endorse what is contrary to nature.  As I said before  man shall leave his mother and father and cling to his wife and they shall be one flesh..what God has put together man shall not put asunder.

Mark Palfenier More than 1 year ago

--homosexual  means homosexual  God guides transalations as well,  in order for his word not to be corrupted. You have no authority to interpret scriptures to your own fancy. Scriptures are not up for private interpretation. 1st peter 1:16-20   God  instituted marriage not man.  And  Jesus would never disagree with Paul's inspired words, because Jesus is the one who gave him those words to pen.  Otherwise Jesus would be disagreeing with Himself and a house divided against itself cannot stand

Adam Twelve More than 1 year ago

--@DGurtner , "[P]eople who support gay marriage should in turn also be labeled "anti-traditional" or "anti-straight."

There is no such thing as traditional marriage and what you are thinking about when you say "marriage" likely isn't very traditional, unless you really do think that women should be bought and sold. Marriage has changed continuously over the course of history but the biggest change is the one that just occurred. We've gone from the idea of one person owning another (you'll note that Saint Paul always tells wives to obey their husbands in the same breath as he tells slaves to obey their masters) to the idea of two people entering into a union equally. It was that seismic shift that was made by heterosexuals that made the institution something that made sense for homosexual persons as well.

Nobody who supports gay marriage is trying to stop heterosexual marriages. They're not calling the cops on the party, they're trying to join the party.  

Adam Twelve More than 1 year ago

--@DChristou, "nor homosexuals, nor sodomites", That's a bad translation of two words that don't have corresponding ideas in English. In that Greek culture very young men would sometimes take an old, rich guy as a patron. It was a relationship that was understood to include certain sexual services. The term that you have translated as "homosexuals" refers to the young prostitute and "sodomites" to the old letch.  The NRSV translates that as "male prostitutes, sodomites" and my Oxford Study Edition expands that in the footnote. These are heterosexual persons engaging in something that looks a lot like pedophilia and a lot like prostitution. This is not Adam and Steve buying a house together and raising a family together.

Daniel and Luci Gurtner More than 1 year ago

--I find it interesting that in all the criticizing, when we say we support traditional marriage, we are automatically labeled "anti-gay" but it never seems to work the other way too -- i.e. people who support gay marriage should in turn also be labeled "anti-traditional" or "anti-straight."

I hope and pray that the film will run and look forward to seeing it!

Doulos Christou More than 1 year ago

--Here's what the gay rights agenda is really about...

Demanding tolerance gave way to demanding recognition which gave way to demanding equality which is now giving way to demanding superiority.

So much for the Stonewall excuse that all they wanted was to be "left alone"...

Gay fascists won't be satisfied until they've silenced every opposition - especially true born again Bible believing Christians...

Examine evidence where Christianity is being intimidated through bullying, threats, intimidation, laws or lawsuits - Christian business owners who are approached by gay couples trying to force them into compromising their beliefs and then suing them when they won't...gays picketing churches who's ministers preach that homosexuality is a sin - does that sound like "tolerance" ? How about the "tolerance" that was shown to Chi-fil-A or Duck Dynasty ?

It's happening more and more - so it's not just about marriage equality anymore -

it's about eradicating any ideology that disagrees with homosexuality.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10: “Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”

Frederick Weaver More than 1 year ago

--Adam12 wrote:

"Though, I live in a densely populated area and I've known lots of racists and lots of homosexuals and while I've never met a racist homosexual, pretty much all the racists that I've known have also been heterosexualists."

Adam, you need to get out more.

For example, racism was on full display among White homosexuals following the passage of Prop. 8, which was supported by most Black people.  The title of the article covering White homosexual racism says it all:

"N***ers Better Not Come to West Hollywood"

holycoast.blogspot.com/.../n.html

Racism is also on display by White homosexuals who enjoy the blackface minstrel plays of Charles Knipps a.k.a. Shirley Q. Liquor:

banshirleyqliquor.typepad.com/.../about_shirley_q_liquor

banshirleyqliquor.typepad.com/.../who_supports_shirley_q_liquor

And this is just the tip of iceberg:

www.google.com/search

What's striking is lack of outrage over this racism by GLAAD, GLSEN, Human Rights Campaign, etc.

I guess "racism is okay as long as you're gay."

Adam Twelve More than 1 year ago

--@Shyde, of course the world is broken, but ever since Christ came into the world it has been getting better and better. It's a wonderful world out there even if it still has a few problems. Teen pregnancies are at an all time low. There is a growing understanding that all people deserve respect and equality. There is a huge and diverse music industry. If you simply go about shouting against it you are only going to encourage your daughter to sneak behind your back to see what it is that you are shouting about. But if you teach her how to safely enjoy the good parts while avoiding the bad parts then, chances are, everything will work out just fine.

Shannon Smith More than 1 year ago

--I completely agree with Hernandez.  THIS IS ABOUT FOCUS ON THE FAMILY.  UNFORTUNATELY OUR WORLD IS SO BROKEN COMPARED TO EVEN AS LITTLE AS 10 YRS AGO MORALLY.  I AM DISGRACED AND OUTRAGED AND MY DAUGHTER HAVING TO LIVE IN THIS CULTURE TODAY... I SAY FOCUS ON THE FAMILY, I WOULD WAVE SIGNS TO ADVERTISE THE MOVIE ON MAY 6th... WITH THE WAY THE WORLD IS TODAY, AND TEACHING MY DAUGHTER WHAT THE LUMINARIES REALLY IS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY LIKE KATY PERRY'S MUSIC NOW AND HER ADMITTANCE TO SELLING HER SOUL TO THE ENEMY, AND WHAT HER AND MANY OTHERS LIKE MILEY CYRUS PORTRAY TO GIRLS LIKE MY DAUGHTER, I SAY KEEP UP THE GOOD FIGHT BECAUSE FOCUS ON THE FAMILY SHOULD NEVER BACK DOWN FROM THE TRUTH, IT IS NOT A CONTROVERSY, IT'S CALLED BEING A LIGHT SO THAT EVEN IF ONE MORE IS SAVED, PRAISE GOD!!  PLEASE CONTINUE TO REACH THE CHILDREN, AND BE THE LIGHT!  I AM A TEACHER AND IF THEY EVER GIVE US MATERIALS I DONT AGREE WITH OR TAKE GOD OUT OF THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, I WILL QUIT AND SPEAK OUT FOR OUR CHILDREN!

Adam Twelve More than 1 year ago

--@FWeaver, racism and heterosexism are two different things, that's why there are two different words for them. They differ in some ways and they are alike in others. But they are far more alike than different. And it is possible for the victims of racism to be heterosexualists and it is possible for homosexuals to be racists. Though, I live in a densely populated area and I've known lots of racists and lots of homosexuals and while I've never met a racist homosexual, pretty much all the racists that I've known have also been heterosexualists.

But it doesn't matter if they are the same or not the same. It is simply the truth that heterosexualists are becoming more and more to be regarded the same way that racists are regarded. And it is simply the truth that evangelicals will have to figure out how to live in such a world.

Frederick Weaver More than 1 year ago

--Adam12 wrote:

"We've crossed the tipping point in the US. People who believe in the primacy of heterosexuality are becoming increasingly regarded the same way as racists and anti-Semites. That's just the way it is. And evangelicals are going to have to figure out how to live with that."

Two flaws with your post.

First, during Jim Crow, my mother (who's Black) didn't notice any White men who like guys being forced to ride the back of the bus with her.  Segregationists were okay with White people riding in the front of the bus no matter their sin.  It was Black people they couldn't stand.

Second, the fact many Africans (Christian, Muslim, etc.) shun and even criminalize homosexuality destroys the "gay is the new Black" narrative.   (It doesn't help the narrative that Western homosexual activists often act like racist colonialists toward Africans.)

So, let's stop equating homosexuals not marrying to the Jim Crow and slavery my ancestors went through.  It's ignorant at best and heartless at worse.

Susie Wiens More than 1 year ago

--Hi, I am wondering if the movie Irreplaceable will be in theaters in Canada as well.?

Lori Freemire More than 1 year ago

--Always remember:  All publicity is good publicity.  If we are igniting a fire, that is good.  Just think back to the "boycott" of Chick-fil-a:  sales sky-rocketed!

Larry Barchett More than 1 year ago

--Appears to be the Athena Grand in Athens, OH.  I went out to purchase tickets today, and they are no longer listed as a theatre I can purchase for.  Unfortunately, that leaves us 1 1/2 hours from another theatre hosting the movie.

Any chance we can get another host theatre in the Marietta OH/Parkersburg WV area?

D Pruette More than 1 year ago

--I for one am so grateful for the stand that Focus takes. I think some are forgetting that Jesus was very political and that the Gospel is offensive. Truth is narrow!!! Of coarse we must share the gospel in love but i am tired of Christians taking the easy road, and backing away from the hard issues of todays society. I think Focus does everything in a non aggresive way and well balanced. Thank you Focus and I know I will continue to support and pray for this organization.

Anela Mahoe More than 1 year ago

--Some teachers of the Law who had come from Jerusalem were saying, “He has Beelzebul in him! It is the chief of the demons who gives him the power to drive them out.” So Jesus called them to him and spoke to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a country divides itself into groups which fight each other, that country will fall apart. If a family divides itself into groups which fight each other, that family will fall apart. So if Satan's kingdom divides into groups, it cannot last, but will fall apart and come to an end. (Mark 3:22-26 GNT)

Jamie Duerksen More than 1 year ago

--Mike Boyer's comments miss the mark: it isn't in any way putting the proverbial cart before the horse to make a movie about the importance of the traditional, nuclear family. We preach Christ, not just with words, but with our lifestyles. Marriage is a covenant of love, and when we uphold it, we demonstrate that love to one another and we serve as living metaphors of Christ's love for us. Look to the scriptures. The apostle Paul preached Christ using marriage as a metaphor. We can't do that anymore? Are you kidding me? We are the bride of Christ. We do still remember that, right? And let's not forget: the culture of Paul's day wasn't exactly family-friendly either. We cannot preach Christ in a vacuum. If there is no context, than the gospel will not matter to the unbeliever. Bonus: the entertainment industry exerts a tremendous amount of influence over our own children (the ones living under our roofs), so anything we can do to harness that power is a major plus. Let's get excited about marriage, and let's quit apologizing for it as if unbelievers will appreciate our reluctance to put the gospel in action.    

John Taulborg More than 1 year ago

--Thanks to Focus for being willing to follow what the Scriptures tells us regarding traditional marriage and the values that follow.  No matter what comes out of Focus regarding this topic, it will ALWAYS be attacked from the other side.  I understand why the other side battles so vigorously, they do not want to lose any ground that they have gained over the last several decades.  That being said, I feel the "Battle" has been lost with regards to Gay  Marriage.  Now, we as believers need to find ways to engage the gay community and find ways to reach those that do not believe in Christ.  Behavior will only change when there is true conversion and insight in ones actions.  Without Christ, there is no way any of us can change our sinful behavior.  I personally know several people that are part of the gay lifestyle and all they want is to be loved.  I have to admit, there was a time in my life where I didn't show love towards anyone that was gay and did quite the opposite.

I implore Focus to NEVER retreat from doing what's right and following what Scripture tells us concerning ALL things.  We as believers need to support in all ways what Focus stands for and is trying to do on a daily basis.  I feel that only through prayer, engaging and education can we really make an impact in this world.

Gerry Garcia More than 1 year ago

--The leftist view does not work for families. For centuries, the vow of fidelity and committment to one man or women is what honors God.

Gerry Garcia More than 1 year ago

--I am a mother of five children and seven grandchildren.  I have been a parenting coach for ten years. I support your views 100%.  God designed marriage and the liberal views are trying to replace views that have established our society. This is the leftist view. Prayer is the only thing and getting people behind your movement. Stand for what is right. I am behind your views all the way.

Jane Ives More than 1 year ago

--Regarding your reaction to gay activists and their straight allies, do please remember that for ages they have been literally and figuratively "whacked" just for being who they are. I once believed as you do about marriage, but through several decades God has changed my mind. I still believe in the kind of marriage you describe, but do not believe it should exclude homosexual couples who love each other and want to spend their lives together.