Is Focus on the Family’s “Irreplaceable” Documentary Too Controversial for Theaters?
Activists ask theaters to cancel showings over the film's biblical view of marriage, gender and human sexuality
April 22, 2014
Colorado Springs, Colo. – Focus on the Family’s first feature-length film, “Irreplaceable," is encountering opposition from those who disagree with the ministry’s Christian convictions, prior to its one-night May 6 release in more than 700 theaters across the U.S.
The documentary, produced with Fathom Events and Pine Creek Entertainment, is facing boycotts and protests, including a Change.org petition gathering signatures to ban the documentary from being shown.
Already, one theater in Ohio has dropped its showing because of complaints. In a blog post about the censorship efforts, Focus President Jim Daly described how the movie’s trailer ignited the controversy by asking a seemingly innocuous question: What happened to the view that a man and woman should marry, raise children and remain committed for a lifetime?
“We quickly learned that according to some, there are some questions you just can’t ask ¬or you’ll suffer the consequences,” Daly writes.
Does Family Still Matter?
“Irreplaceable” covers major societal pressures that have contributed to the breakdown of the family. The film explores how deviating from God’s design for family causes society to suffer, but embracing it allows society to thrive. While the movie does present the forces harming today’s families, it also empowers viewers with this message: no matter what kind of pain you have experienced in your family – either as the result of your own poor choices or someone else’s – there is hope for redemption and restoration.
Experts Featured in “Irreplaceable”
“Irreplaceable” features interviews with experts, including Professor of Law Helen Alvaré; National Center for Fathering CEO Carey Casey; radio host Michael Medved; speaker and radio host John Stonestreet; New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas (“Bonhoeffer”); neuropsychologist Dr. Anne Moir; philosopher Dr. Roger Scruton; authors Gabe and Rebekah Lyons (co-author of “UnChristian”); Christian scholar Nancy Pearcey and others.
Tickets and additional information including the “Irreplaceable” trailer are available at www.irreplaceablethemovie.com.
About Focus on the Family
Focus on the Family, which reaches about 238 million people in 130 countries, is a global Christian ministry that helps families thrive. We provide help and resources for strengthening believers in their faith and sharing the gospel; building resilient marriages that reflect God’s design; equipping parents to raise their children with a thriving faith; advocating for the preborn, orphaned and life at every stage; and engaging the culture through a biblical worldview. Visit Focus at FocusontheFamily.com or on Facebook and Twitter . You can also follow the Focus PR team on Twitter.