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New documentary argues the traditional family is 'Irreplaceable'

Published: Monday, May 5 2014 11:40 p.m. MDT

"It really surprised me that a mainstream movie theatre would support a religious organization's propaganda film," said Rosenberg. He claims the film promotes the notion that nontraditional families (including single parents and LGBT families) are not valid.

"As a teacher and a gay man and as an American, I simply cannot accept this," he said.

Rosenberg said he is religious — he teaches theology and is married to a rabbi — and strongly supports freedom of speech and religion. But he contends groups like Focus on the Family "hurt others either directly or indirectly by preaching hate and not love."

"They tell others it is OK to discriminate against those who are different and to knock down other families who are different. It is irresponsible to not hold them accountable."

In response to Rosenberg's petition, Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, wrote a blog post defending the organization and the film.

He said the controversy began when Focus on the Family began running "benign" clips of the documentary in December. "During the trailer, Sisarich rightly points out that the culture is now seemingly at odds with that simple and natural design formula," he wrote.

"We quickly learned that according to some, there are some questions you just can’t ask — or you’ll suffer the consequences," Daly said.

He advised the film's supporters to pray that the film "ignites a counter-cultural revolution" that will cause "husbands and wives to live lives committed to each other, and that moms and dads can see the beauty and worth of their everyday sacrifices as they parent their kids."

He also asked the film's proponents to pray for those who are opposed to "Irreplaceable."

Message of "Irreplaceable"

Sisarich said the most important message viewers can learn from "Irreplaceable" is to learn to love.

"It’s not until we get a grasp of what Jesus talked about in the Gospels, of loving God and loving others in the same way we love ourselves — the greatest commandment — that we can truly know how to reflect the love, mercy and glory of the God of the universe to a hurt and confused world," he said.

He added our culture has problems, but he is now attempting to "embrace people within the culture" rather than fighting against society.

"We let the light of Jesus Christ so shine out of us that those around us would see the reflection of that light, by how we live, love and care for those around us, that they can only but glorify our Father in Heaven," Sisarich said.

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