One boycott ends, but persecution lives on - Shannon Jenkins

After nine years, a conservative Christian group has ceased its boycott of the Walt Disney Company.

The group wanted Disney to stop promoting homosexuality with its Gay Days and same-sex benefits.

Disney never caved in.

According to news reports, the American Family Association gave up its fruitless fight to focus on new challenges, like the appointment of federal judges and same-sex marriage laws.

Here's an idea: How about those "Christians" focus on– oh, I don't know– being Christians.

Instead of condemning others and demanding everyone live how this group believes others should, maybe this group should concentrate on spreading love.

I'd venture to say this group, and others like it, have turned more people away from Christianity than they have led to the faith.

Now, I'm a Christian myself, but I just don't agree with the tactics of groups of this nature.

In fact, I can't help but roll my eyes when I hear of their brazen attempts to rule the world. I can't help but think these self-righteous people are leading by force rather than by example.

The AFA even wanted Disney to set up an advisory panel of evangelical Christians.

That's a bit arrogant if you ask me. But this arrogance began long ago when people started slaughtering others in the name of Christianity. The bloodshed has practically stopped – depending on how you look at things – but the persecution is still rampant. And that's an entirely different column. So, let's get back to AFA.

The group's president, Tim Wildmon, has said the boycott also ended because former Disney CEO Michael Eisner has departed, and the company split from Miramax, "which was making a lot of trash films."

The group even approves of Disney's upcoming film "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," which AFA says contains Christian themes. The classic tale revolves around four children who travel to a mystical land through a magic wardrobe in a closet.

But I can't help but wonder, does the AFA approve of this film because the children are going into the closet instead of coming out of it?

Shannon Jenkins is the education reporter for The Daily Herald. He can be reached at (770) 957-9161 or sjenkins@henryherald.com .