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I’m really busy with summer activities: Day Camp and Summer Camp. I will not be posting regularly for a few weeks… Hopefully I can get back to it in August.
As I was reading my Kidscreen eNewsletter, they pointed to a list of Top 100 Kids’ Films compiled by Kids First! These are just feature films and were voted on by a group of jurors who have undergone training in the standards set forth by Kids First! It is a site put on by the Coalition for Quality Children’s Media whose mission is to is “to teach children critical viewing skills and to increase the visibility and availability of quality children’s media.”
Thought it might be helpful to see what’s on the list for those of us who work with kids.
Kidscreen posted the top 15 picture books this past week as compiled by Pulisher’s Weekly. I was pleased (yet not surprised because of all the graduations going on) that Dr. Suess‘ Oh, the Places You’ll Go! topped the list.
It was also fun to see a Fancy Nancy book on the list. My wife and I love Fancy Nancy… one lives at our house. We have, yet, to buy one of the books though. Also on the list was a book by Jon Scieszka. He is the author of some of my favourite picture books: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, Math Curse, and True Story Of The Three Little Pigs. Jon Scieszka also has a fun website dedicated to getting boys reading called Guys Read.
There are a lot of books on that list I haven’t heard of. Well, I guess it’s time for me to go visit the kids’ section at Chapters!
I was just reading Scot McKnight’s blog and he had a post about a Focus on the Family episode where Dr. Dobson was commenting on a speech by Barack Obama where Dobson’s name was used.
Now, I don’t agree with everything that Obama supports, and I don’t even know how I am going to vote in the Presidential election (yes, I still get to vote even though I don’t live in the States… I’m still a US citizen). In listening to the Focus on the Family broadcast, though, I was taken aback at how Dobson and his co-host chose to interpret what Obama was saying. Their claims did not match up with what Obama was saying in the clips they played. Many times Dobson said that he wasn’t trying to be defensive, but that’s exactly what he was doing. I don’t even understand why Dobson was so offended by Obama’s mention of Dobson in a speech that happened two years ago! Obama was slamming him in any way or equating him in any way with anyone or anything as Dobson was claiming. Obama, in actuality, was giving tribute to the influence that Dobson has on a certain view of evangelical Christianity. Also, Dobson took other comments way out of context and seemed to be very paranoid in how they viewed what Obama was saying. What I gathered from the clips in the speech was that Obama was simply saying that Christians can’t just influence the political process by pointing to themselves and the Bible and saying they are right and everyone else is wrong. Even Evangelicals disagree on what is essential and what is non-essential. Plus, there are more than just Christians that live in the States and we have to meet those people on some common ground before imposing a set of values on them simply on the basis on having a sense of a greater revealed truth.
Dobson’s reaction to Obama’s speech, in my opinion, is doing a disservice to followers of Christ. He has done exactly what he accuses “the media” of doing to him: pulling sound bites out of context and misinterpreting them. We need to stop being a paranoid people. We need to stop being afraid of what is being said and the questions that are being asked. We need to engage the conversations around us intelligently and in a way that encourages dialogue. We need to stop insisting that we are right and admit that sometimes we are wrong and narrow minded. It’s not about being right. It’s about meeting people where they are and pointing them to a more full life following Christ. It’s hard to do that when we are whining about how right we are.
NOTE: I just finished reading Obama’s speech that is talked about in the broadcast. While I may not agree with all of what Obama was saying, I do think that Dobson misrepresents the spirit of the speech. I do think, though, that much of what Obama brought up about reconciling religion and politics is well worth thinking over and valid. If only more people would be so willing to put their views under scrutiny and be as authentic as he seems to be.