Since it’s the Thanksgiving season and we are practically at our wit’s end with the liberal garbage that pop culture constantly feeds us — particularly on mainstream television — it’s nice to take the time and sit back in gratitude for those rare fleeting moments where the showbiz industry shows some sense and appreciation for wholesome, traditional values.

 


Increasingly, readers of news across the US will find that the “heat” behind a mainstream journalistic “hot take” is usually contained completely in the headline so to draw as many clicks as possible. The actual text of the article will contain a weak argument, questionable statistical evidence, and needless speculation.



For horror fans who often complain that slasher movies are bloated and played out, lefty Hollywood may have just found a way to inject new life into the subgenre. New film The Clovehitch Killer attempts to bring audiences a new menacing figure that plays right into liberal fears — the dreaded conservative, all-American dad who’s secretly a knife-wielding serial killer.



A major international incident has been boiling over in the Middle East during the last couple of weeks, yet American news viewers might not have heard about it. After years in a Pakistani prison, Asia Bibi, a Christian woman recently acquitted of charges of blasphemy against Islam, has so far been denied the ability to leave the country for her own safety, as the government fears civil unrest from extremists who have been protesting her acquittal. ABC, CBS and NBC have networks have failed to report the situation.



Have you been longing for a cartoon about drag queen superheroes? Nor was I, but Netflix has given us one anyway. It's Super Drags, which the streaming service describes as "three gay co-workers lead double lives as drag queen superheroes, saving the LGBTQ community from evil nemeses." Throughout the series, there is one nemesis who remains constant and, of course, he is religious. And looks like Hitler.



In this latest installment of Entertainment’s Winners & Losers, a network TV show actually acknowledging a Christian audience, the cancellation of a Star Wars spinoff, and one of the most recognized names in children’s television continuing its sharp turn to the left.



Let me just say right up front that I am very disappointed that there is no talking cat in this version of the old Sabrina the Witch story. There is a black cat, Salem, who serves as Sabrina’s familiar but he doesn’t talk. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is not the Sabrina of days past. This Netflix version is not fun and light-hearted. It’s dark and cynical with a very heavy dose of fighting the male patriarchy through very anti-Christian means at the heart of the storyline. The setting is Greendale, a town with its own history of witch hunts.



The end is in sight for the latest season of Hulu’s I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman, but that doesn’t stop every episode from being more excruciating than the last. In a true pinnacle of awfulness, she provides a sketch with the voting, swearing, pansexual version of Jesus Christ. It just goes to show that when they go low, Sarah goes lower.



If there’s a theme in Star’s October 31 episode “Someday We’ll All Be Free,” it’s the suffering and healing of the black characters on the show, particularly the gay ones. The suffering of these characters is so righteous, that it is ultimately likened to the suffering of Jesus on the cross, and taken to mean that God has bestowed a special kind of love upon them.



During interviews about my most recent book, "Jesus Is Risen: Paul and the Early Church," many hosts have asked me why the greatest persecutor of Christians, Saul of Tarsus (later known as Paul), became Christianity's foremost evangelist. This is a fascinating question because Paul, by all appearances, was the least likely person to pioneer early Christianity's missionary efforts. He was born a Jew in Tarsus but raised and educated in Jerusalem under Gamaliel, a highly respected rabbi and Jewish scholar who mentored him on the "strict manner of the law of our fathers" (Acts 22:3).



With Halloween approaching, Young Sheldon, in its October 25 episode “Seven Deadly Sins and a Small Carl Sagan,” refused to miss the opportunity to create a caricature of Christians and how they regard the day. The First Baptist Church, where Sheldon’s mother, Mary (Zoe Perry), attends, is looking to use Halloween to scare the townspeople with a haunted house showing the seven deadly sins and hell, in hopes they’ll go to church.



The October 25 episode of Hulu’s I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman took a break from its usual diatribe of insulting Trump and conservatives. Just kidding. This week, Silverman focused on bashing Trump and conservatives while giving praise to modern Spartacus Senator Cory Booker. She has truly become that predictable.