A complaint submitted to the Southern Baptist Convention by a Florida pastor has compelled LifeWay Christian Bookstores to remove the movie The Blind Side from their stores. The pastor, Rodney L. Baker of Hopeful Baptist Church in Lake City, denounced the film for its strong language and racist references and plans to introduce a resolution against LifeWay to the SBC during the upcoming annual meeting in New Orleans.
Although LifeWay has agreed to remove the film from their shelves, Baker plans to submit the resolution anyway. LifeWay’s communications director Marty King was hoping that removing the film from the stores would avoid a controversy at the New Orleans session. “We do not want this convention to be about us or any agenda, other than our convention’s strides in racial unity with the historic election of the first African American president of the SBC,” he commented.
LifeWay has been selling the PG-13 film since 2010 with no complaints thus far.