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“Amazing Grace” opens in top 10

Amazing Grace. Copyrighted poster. [1]
The historical drama, Amazing Grace (distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films/Roadside) opened in 791 U.S. theaters with a gross of $4,304,622 on its opening weekend, placing it in the boxoffice’s top ten. In comparison, Billy Bob Thornton’s PG family film, “The Astronaut Farmer” opened on the same weekend in almost three times as many theaters (2,155) with a gross only ten percent greater than “Amazing Grace.” “Amazing Grace” was a coproduction of Walden Media (Bristol Bay Productions, Los Angeles), Ingenious Film Partners (London, UK), and Roadside Attractions (Beverly Hills). Walden is the producer of The Chronicles of Narnia [2] films and Because of Winn-Dixie [3]. The Screwtape Letters is one of their projects in development.

Amazing Grace. Image copyrighted. [1]Copyright, Samuel Goldwyn Films/Roadside Attractions/Bristol Bay [4]
Read our MOVIE REVIEW of Amazing Grace [1] and our INTERVIEW with the director, Michael Apted [4]

Following comments supplied by Chip Rohlke, an Evangelical writer who’s to the point

Amazing Grace. Copyrighted poster. [1]Amazing Grace is a wonderful movie that has a timeless message and challenge for all of us in this post-modern world. Though we are constantly bombarded with appeals to pleasure, vanity and excess—this movie shows us that one person with uncompromising character and single minded purpose can truly change the world for good.

In a time of great evil fed by economics and significant political self-interest, Evangelical Christian William Wilberforce rose up with indignation and outrage against the horror and inhumanity of slavery to outlaw this wicked and vile practice. He eventually triumphed a couple days before he died.

However, long after slavery was outlawed in the British Empire it continued in America and much of the Islamic world. The US Supreme Court Dred Scott decision of 1857 stated that those of the black race were not human and simply chattel or property of white slave owners. Choice [5], Freedom, Legal Rights of Ownership, etc. were all rallying cries of those who supported slavery. The abolistionist movement was characterized as religious zealots, intolerant, fanatics, etc. by those trying to justify the horror of slavery.

Today, those same slogans are used to justify the slaughter of the unborn [5], the infirm, the elderly and the unwanted (as well as slavery itself in many muslim nations). Seems evil never disappears only changes form.

In America alone, over 50 million unborn children have been slaughtered up to the point of life birth [6] (and beyond at times) with little outcry from any except those few souls driven by a conscience haunted by the cries of these innocents in the womb. How long America will tolerate this evil is something only history will tell. I pray God raise up another William Wilberforce to defeat this great evil of child sacrifice.