Artists for Life defends songwriter Bruce Broughton and the song sang by Joni Eareckson Tada titled, "Alone Yet Not Alone," and is asking the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to permit the song to contend with other selections for the Oscar award.
Broughton, the composer of the song, was an ex-governor of the Academy and is an existing executive committee member. He indicated in a press release that "The marketing abilities of the other companies before and after the nomination far outstrip anything that this song was able to benefit from."
Albert Strong is the Director of Artists for Life and issued the following statement in a press release:
"We are saddened that the song 'Alone Yet Not Alone,' sung by AFL Affiliated Artist Joni Eareckson Tada, was removed as an Oscar nomination. Bruce Broughton has a long and distinguished career which deserves better treatment at the hands of the Motion Picture Academy. God will use this questionable ruling for His Glory and the song will be magnified through this episode more widely than we can know."
The petition has been generated to convince the Academy to reverse its verdict to withdraw the Christian film's nomination for best original song.
Artists for Life is a project of Cherish Life Ministries. The company endorsed a culture of life celebrating art in its various forms.
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Tada is a born again Christian who has her own faith based television show called 'Joni and Friends.'
In addition, the 64-year-old quadriplegic woman also runs a self-less organization that shares the same name as her Christian TV program that donates wheelchairs to children in third world countries.
"I was grateful for the attention the nomination brought to this worthy song and the inspirational film behind it, as well as to the ongoing work of Joni and Friends to people affected by disabilities. The decision by the Academy to rescind the nomination may well bring even further attention, and I only hope it helps to further extend the message and impact of the song," said Tada in report last week.