Gifford, who is a friend, called me to talk about the show she hopes will appeal to all faiths and none. She wants people to know that "Scandalous" isn't about promoting faith. It is a creative work of theatrical art. It's entertainment and should be seen as such.
For years numerous groups, starting with the Moral Re-Armament movement of the '30s, to the Hayes Commission, which censored Hollywood films of material it deemed too racy, to the Moral Majority, have denounced films, TV shows and the performing arts for their content, but put no real effort into creating better entertainment of high quality that people of faith would see. This failure all but ensured what the late Richard John Neuhaus called the "naked public square," a culture absent a conservative biblical and cultural voice. Kathie Lee Gifford has created good entertainment and with "Scandalous" she attempts to lights a few candles in a dark arena.
Liberals and conservatives, religious or not, ought to love "Scandalous." Buy a ticket. Go see it. Be entertained. Appreciate the unique power and strength of Carolee Carmello.
Secret Service agents study counterfeit bills in order to better identify the genuine article. Even if you're a skeptic about religion, you might be better able to judge authentic faith after seeing the counterfeit.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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