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Should you boycott Disney & 'Beauty and the Beast' over
gay themes? Here are 4 points to consider
Article By Anneliese Johnson // Spiritual
Posted March 10, 2017
You may have heard about the “exclusively gay moment” that Disney has included in the remake of
their classic film
Beauty and the Beast. And if so, you’ve likely heard of the opposition it is facing,

Evangelist Franklin Graham, President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, has called for
a boycott of The Walt Disney Company.

In a scathing
Facebook update posted on Graham’s official page March 2, he said, “Disney has
aired a cartoon with same-sex couples kissing.” He was referencing the company’s first on-screen
gay kiss shown in an episode of
Star vs. the Forces of Evil, a cartoon geared toward children and
adolescents that airs on Disney XD, the company’s digital cable and satellite television channel.

The 64-year-old President of Samaritan’s Purse, named one of America’s Top 10 Christian
charities changing the world, along with many members of his massive conservative following, are
upset over  what he calls an "attempt to normalize this lifestyle.”

He feels this is part of a larger scheme to inject homosexuality into mainstream culture, so the
group will no longer be on the outskirts, marginalized.

“They’re trying to push the LGBT agenda into the hearts and minds of your children—watch out!”
warned Graham. “Disney has the right to make their cartoons, it’s a free country. But as Christians
we also have the right not to support their company. I hope Christians everywhere will say no to

Many have already hopped on board with Graham and Christian watchdog organization,
Million Moms, and are planning to abandon Disney.

So then, what should you do? Should you boycott the company, too? Is it morally and ethically
wrong for you to support Disney and any of its films—namely Beauty and the Beast?

No one can tell you what is right for you and you must follow your convictions. However, there are 4
things worth thinking about ahead of the world premiere of the 2017 version of
Beauty and the
as you prayerfully ask God to guide your choices.

    #1 The plot of the film is based around bestiality. Bestiality is just as much of a sin as
    homosexuality, but you don’t see any Christians getting up in arms about that. If you’re going
    to boycott what the Bible says is sin, you must be consistent across the board. You can’t
    target one sin as though it is worse than the other. However, you are by no means obligated
    to expose your young children or grandchildren to homosexuality. If you feel that is an issue
    better discussed later in their life and not introduced courtesy of a movie, that is perfectly

    #2 We don’t live in a theocracy. We cannot be outraged when a company, such as
    Disney, puts out content contrary to our faith when the company never claimed to be built on
    Christianity. We live in a pluralistic society, which means we are going to be confronted by
    beliefs, images and opinions that differ from our own.  We must learn to agree to disagree
    with the world.

    #3 Be in the world, but not of it (1 John 2:15). It is impossible to live in this world and not
    be exposed to sin. Lying, cheating, adultery and a multitude of other sins can be found
    everywhere: in books, television, and movies. Although we may see certain wrongs becoming
    more commonplace each day, we don’t have to let such things take up space in our hearts
    and minds. It’s okay to see it, as long as you don’t immerse yourself in it. After all, the only
    way to fully avoid sin is to walk through life with our eyes closed.

    #4 Engage with the world. Speaking of walking through life with your eyes closed, you
    have to be aware of the things in this world. You can’t have effective conversations with
    people in the world if you don’t understand their viewpoint, nor can you speak on the current
    issues if you are not informed about them. Am I saying we should tune in to anything and
    everything that goes against our faith—no! But make sure you are educated, and not walking
    through the world blind.

Before you make your final decision on whether or not to see Disney’s latest live-action film, be
sure you take these 4 points into consideration.  
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