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Remember when News was presented in a business-like format and delivered to the public without the need for musical interludes, outrageous graphics and other unnecessary entertainment related nonsense?

You don’t?  Ok, then.  So what do I mean?

I remember a time when a story broke and was simply reported.  Everything regarding the story (or at least, everything they had at the time) was presented to the masses by professional and dedicated news broadcasters.  If they had photos, they included them.  If it was an incomplete story or part of an ongoing situation, that was reported as well.

After a story was fully covered, the Anchor moved onto the next story and the pattern continued.  This procedure was followed until all stories were covered.

In between News stories—real news mind you!  Not stories about celebrity marriages or divorces—the weather was covered. . . . in its entirety.

It was not partially dispensed in bite sized pieces throughout the broadcast.  Here’s the weather for tomorrow was a simple statement, not the beginning of a mystery movie.

Back then, we didn’t sit on the edge of our seats awaiting the outcome of the forecast.  We tuned in, got the information and decided what to wear as a result of it.

We didn’t have to wait until the very end of the show to find out what we needed to do for the next day.  We didn’t have to view endless satellite and radar graphics which mean little to nothing to us anyway.

We didn’t get partial News stories, then partial weather, inundated by some 8 to 10 commercial messages in a continuous loop.

Nowadays, you can’t get up or leave the TV for any reason—not even a bathroom break—else you miss the exciting conclusion of what used to be a simple daily update!

So, you hold out.  After all, you’ve invested so much of your time and energy already.  You’ve endured countless stories about celebrity weddings, panda babies, cat videos (which I don’t have a problem with online) and sales promotions pretending to be life tips.  You’ve already waded through ridiculous muck masquerading as News.  You’ve even reviewed satellite and radar graphics regarding the rotation of the earth relative to the sun.

I advise you to do the best you can to stay.  If you don’t, you’ll have to watch it all over again, the next hour, with two different Anchors who are fully prepared to take you into the twilight zone.

Can anybody hear me?

Max Lucado’s The Christmas Candle was lovingly discussed and praised by none other than Joel Osteen, Matt Crouch and Max Lucado himself on TBN earlier this month. With such high praise, I couldn’t wait to see it even though I am not a fan of Christmas films (That, however, is another blog for another time). Alas, The Christmas Candle resembles every old Hollywood film I can remember. Once again, there were no other people on the planet except Caucasians, with no acknowledgment of diversity.

It is disturbing enough to note that all of the so-called “Hollywood Film Classics” showcase other races of people in a subservient (at best) or negative (at worst) light. It is equally disturbing to see that overall progress even in 2016 is still far behind where it should be. However, to have the religious elite green light a film in 2016 that is more befitting of racist Hollywood than people professing the knowledge and love of God says a lot about the current state of religion in these United States.

On some level, I think I appreciate the honesty of Hollywood. It does not purport to love or to be concerned with racial equality. While certain stars here or there have spoken out in protest, the vast majority of roles for blacks remain the same as they always were, name sidekicks, glowering villains, the help or as nonentities. Nowadays, Hollywood seems more concerned about money than anything else. If other races can turn a buck, Hollywood is all over it. Screw realism and diversity, green is what matters most. This, I can understand.

Religion, on the other hand, which has always somehow managed to spew the love of God while maintaining racist points of view, hasn’t changed AT ALL. It continues on its racist merry way even in 2016. Even though the Bible describes Jesus and other peoples of the earth with color, we continue to be bombarded with images of Caucasians everywhere from the covers of Bibles to nativity scenes to television and the big screen, in spite of the fact that the Bible, scientists and historians all agree that, at the very least, other races of people existed and were on the scene. Why?

Here’s the bottom line: If your church is incapable of, not accepting diversity, but rather accepting reality, any more than racist Hollywood, then what’s the point? Why should people of color worship the God of White Supremacy? Can anybody hear me?