Oscar-Snubbed Singer: Jesus Faced Tougher Foes Than Hollywood

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Monday, 10 Feb 2014 10:41 PM

By Greg Richter

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Joni Eareckson Tada, a singer whose Oscar-nominated song was pulled from consideration, said she wouldn't be surprised to learn anti-Christian bias was behind the move.

Tada's song "Alone Yet Not Alone," was the theme of a faith-based movie of the same name produced on a small budget in 2013. The nomination was revoked in late January after the film's producer, Bruce Broughton, sent emails to fellow Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members asking them to consider the song.

Critics of the decision, including "Schindler's List" producer Gerald Molen, accused the academy of anti-Christian bias, saying the Oscars have a long tradition of lobbying for votes.

Tada, appearing Monday on Fox News Channel's "The Kelly File," said she isn't a Hollywood insider, so she has no knowledge of whether such bias was at play. But she said she wouldn't be surprised if it were.

"Hollywood . . . they look at low-budget, limited-release, small Christian productions, and perhaps they feel that they should not be privileged to be elevated to the global stage of the Oscars," she said.

But the singer, who has been a quadriplegic for 47 years because of a diving accident, was upbeat.

"Jesus was shunned by weightier opponents than those in the field of entertainment," she said. "His message has always been not the most popular among people of the world."

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