Mel Gibson's powerful Passion of the Christ was the third-highest grossing movie of 2004 outdoing even the latest Harry Potter installment. It has become the ninth-highest grossing movie of all time.
The movie reconnected some Christians to their faith and brought many back to the movie theater for the first time in years. Earlier this month, it won a People's Choice Award for best drama.
And last year, Passion even inspired a remorseful Norwegian man to confess to two separate bombings of a youth-group headquarters there in the 1990s.
Yet, none of this nor the undeniable excellence of the film could manage to squeeze out a best-picture nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Instead, it was beat out by a boxing movie and a "buddy" comedy.
Despite the fact that spiritually meaningful movies are good for business Passion grossed $370 million-plus, on a relative shoestring budget of $30 million Hollywood seems hell-bent not only on serving up unwholesome, unhealthy fare, but also hell-bent on denying spiritual Americans movies that nourish their souls.
It's as if Hollywood can't see red as in red states.
Some will explain it away by noting notorious Bush-hating liberal filmmaker Michael Moore didn't get a nomination for his Fahrenheit 9/11 either. But there's no comparison. For all its pre-election hype, Moore's propaganda came nowhere near Passion's box office, and it failed miserably in its chief aim of deposing President Bush.
What you're left with, then, is a transparent anti-Christian bias in Hollywood, if not contempt.
Not even $370 million could change that, either.
The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle
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