Disney Turns Anti-Christian
Following in the footsteps of rampant atheism in the arts, Disney is cancelling a long-held Christian music festival. The festival, called the Night of Joy has run for the past 34 years and its association with Disney is dead in the water to the point where even the official Facebook page has been deleted.
The Night of Joy festival has been cancelled in the spirit of “continually changing” the offerings at Disney World in Florida.
Last year’s event was the last, according to local media.
The Christian music concerts had been held in September every year since 1983, mostly in the Magic Kingdom but also at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports. Past performers include Steven Curtis Chapman, Amy Grant, Newsboys, Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Kirk Franklin, Michael W. Smith and Debby Boone.
Walt Disney on Religion
But what about the man who took Mickey Mouse to such great heights?
Walt was born in 1901 and was named after Congregationalist pastor Walter Parr. The patriarch of the family, Elias Disney was very strict with his children and would beat them if they violated the Sabbath.
While not a churchgoer as an adult, he retained a belief in God. He wrote this in 1949:
“I believe firmly in the efficacy of religion, in its powerful influence on a person’s whole life. It helps immeasurably to meet the storms and stress of life and keep you attuned to the Divine inspiration. Without inspiration, we would perish.”
Christian themes appeared in Disney movies, such as in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, the first major motion animated picture produced by the studio. Snow White is shown in prayer by her bedside.
Furthermore, Disney parks still celebrate Christmas! Since the 1950s, Disneyland in California has held a Candlelight Ceremony with choirs, carols and the Nativity from the Gospel of Luke. Last Christmas, the Ceremony featured Chris Hemsworth of ‘Thor’ fame reading from the Gospel.
There was one year when the voice of Darth Vader himself, James Earl Jones was the reader. Now that would’ve been a treat.
Hurricane Irma At Fault?
Normally a two-day event, the Night of Joy was restricted to only one night last year as Hurricane Irma made its way through the state.
While the Night of Joy is gone, the Epcot Center will still host a yearly concert featuring Christian artists called “Eat to the Beat.”
Disney Going Gay on TV
First thought up in 2015, ABC — which is owned by Disney — developed a show now aired on the Disney Channel which is aimed at kids and teens featuring an openly gay character running through the paces of learning how to be a proper homosexual.
One pro-gay website called Study Breaks gives a review of the show, Andi Mack:
“Showcasing a young, gay character on a popular television station will transform the lives of so many young people across the nation… most networks still view homosexuality as a taboo topic for children, but Disney is paving the way for this to be normalized.”
Great, just what we need. A Disney princess who’s gay!
In surely completely, 100% unrelated news, in 2017 a pedophile ring was busted in Disney’s offices netting 35 arrests:
Jon Heely, the longtime director of music publishing at Disney, was arrested nearly a month ago and charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child. One of the reported victims was 15. The other was abused for four years starting at the age of 11, according to the charges.
Last summer, the popular kids TV show on Disney, Doc McStuffins featured a lesbian couple. The show, about a female doctor, is geared to ages 2-7.
And then there’s the most recent live-action reboot of Beauty and the Beast, which included an “exclusively gay scene” where the lovable LeFou gets all hot and bothered by the big man himself, Gaston. Not exactly what I remembered from my old VHS copies. The director said:
‘He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. It is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.’
Yeah, nice. Real nice.
Sources: Eagle Rising, The Daily Wire, Christianity Today