God’s Not Dead: Movie Review by Andy McKinney

God’s Not Dead is very much a film for Christian believers.  The producers made the film for a tiny $2 million and so far, it has returned a fabulous $59 million at the box office.

In the world of low budget films, this is a miracle in itself.   The film has found an audience, in spite of crushing reviews by the mainstream critical community.  Christians will find their faith strengthened, scoffers will likely be bored.

The story comes from a series of actual court cases brought by the Alliance Defending Freedom which readers may remember as the Alliance Defense Fund, its previous name.  The ADF specializes in litigation involving issues of religious freedom.

In the fictionalized and stylized movie version, a freshman enters a philosophy class dominated by a strongly anti-religious professor.

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AMERICA Coming to Payson Friday, July 25!

Dinesh D’Souza’s film AMERICA will be showing at the Sawmill Theater in Payson beginning Friday, July 25.  Show times are 1:00, 3:10, 5:20, and 7:30 pm.  The film should remain in the theater for about a week.  If the film does well, it could be held over longer.  The Sawmill Theater is located at 201 W. Main (SW corner of Highway 87 and Main St.)  The phone number of the box office is 928-468-7546.

Here is the trailer of the film.  (Of historical note is that George Washington wrote a letter to his brother John stating:  "I had 4 Bullets through my Coat, and two Horses shot under me, and yet escaped unhurt.")  See George Washington to John Augustine Washington, July 18, 1755.  

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Matt Salmon Visits U.S. Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi in Mexico

Tijuana, Mexico—Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) released the following statement after visiting U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi at el Hongo II prison in Tijuana, Mexico.

"Today, I had the opportunity sit down with Sgt. Tahmooressi and discuss his treatment by prison personnel and his legal case going forward.  While I’m deeply offended by some of the treatment he received at the hands of prison officials at his previous detainment facility, I’m pleased to report he is doing well and is in good spirits since being relocated to el Hongo II. I also had the opportunity to tour this facility, and I leave confident that he will be treated respectfully.  I also expressed to both prison officials and U.S. consular personnel that his care going forward is of the utmost importance and that our expectations are that when Andrew comes home, he will be in good physical condition. 

“In addition, Sgt. Tahmooressi and I were able to hold a private discussion regarding his case and strategy for his upcoming hearing.  He seems comfortable with his new attorney and is hopeful that he will have a successful hearing where his story will be fully explained.

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