Outrage Watch: 'Let It Go' exposed as 'Satan's rebellion anthem'
Welcome to Outrage Watch, HitFix's semi-regular rundown of entertainment-related kerfuffles. Not anxious enough already? Get your fix of righteous indignation below, and stay posted for outrage updates in the coming weeks.
Run for the hills, everybody! Ultra right-wing "thinker" Geoffrey Botkin has exposed "Satan's rebellion anthem," and it is...Disney's Oscar-winning empowerment ballad "Let It Go."
But first, a little background on Botkin: leader of the prestigious-sounding Western Conservatory of the Arts and Sciences, the far right-winger founded the organization "to equip Christians to examine the cultures of our lives, homes, churches, and communities in light of the transforming and unstoppable Gospel of Jesus Christ." Here's a photo of him with his lucky grandchild, who was inexplicably photographed with a mouthful of banana:
Photo Credit: Western Conservatory of the Arts and Sciences
To be clear: this is an organization entirely made up of a single, unnervingly-photogenic family. As in, literally every "team member" bears the last name "Botkin." Let us all bow to their infallible wisdom.
But back to "Let It Go," a song that I loathe with a singular passion but would never describe the way that Geoffrey did at last week's "Freedom 2015: National Religious Liberties Conference" (via Right Wing Watch):
At a session titled “The Decline of Freedom: From the Bill of Rights to the Ten Planks of Communism, America’s Domestic Enemies and Where They Came From,” Geoff Botkin of the Western Conservatory of the Arts and Sciences said that “Let It Go” is furthering America’s rebellion against God, warning that the country is already under 50 divine judgments that will only subside once the government and the wider culture begin to abide by biblical law.
He likened “Let It Go” to Eve’s temptation by the serpent in the Garden of Eden, deriding the song as “Satan’s rebellion anthem” that corrupts children.
The popularity of the song and its “spirit of licentiousness” shows that people don’t want to follow the totality of the Bible, he said, warning that God “will chasten our nation” as a result of the movie’s popularity.
Botkin also lamented that “Let It Go” fans are “rejecting God’s law” and therefore become “enemies of God” and God “does go to war against you.”
More context on the conference: its chief organizer is Kevin Swanson, the sensible pastor who noted in another session that "it would be better that a millstone be hanged around [children's] neck[s] and they be drowned at the bottom of the sea than that there would be so many people stumbling so many children in public schools, in movie theaters, in homes in which children are raised to be stumbled by the [gay] Dumbledores and by the mentors of Hiccup in ‘How to Train Your Dragon’!”" and who has in the past waxed nostalgic about those more enlightened eras in which gay people were put to death.
By the by, attendees of the conference included Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal, none of whom have a chance in hell of securing the nomination. May the flamboyantly gay spirit of Dumbledore infect them all.