Friday, May 23, 2014

Is Hollywood Finally Getting a Clue?

A recent editorial in Variety speaks about the possible public flogging of an Iranian actress. Her name is Leila Hatami and she is the star of an Oscar-winning film called, A SEPARATION. Hatami is married with two children and did not commit adultery.

We know that adultery is cause for flogging and even death in some Islamic countries. What does it take to convince Hollywood that radical Islam is not going to make it easy for their lifestyles?




Don't misquote me. We love our Muslim brothers and sisters. But we know for a truth that when a country is taken over by Islamic rule including Sharia law, the country is likely to submit to the Qu'ran and whatever its leaders deem that the Qu'ran dictates. In this case, no kissing in public--not even on the cheek, the hand or anywhere else by a stranger (that is anyone who is not her husband and even then I'm sure this is open for interpretation by the Muslim clerics), or you will be flogged.

So what exactly is flogging? Simply put, it's torture.

According to Wikipedia, flogging in Islam is: Flogging is a form of punishment used under Islamic Sharia law. It is the prescribed punishment (hadd) for offences including fornication, alcohol use and slander and is also widely favoured as a discretionary punishment (ta'zir) for many offences, such as violating gender interaction laws. Punishment is normally carried out in public. However, some scholars maintain that this goes against the teachings of Islam. In Islam, lashes for punishment for women are often performed with the Qu'ran under one arm to minimise the swing and as a reminder of the source of legislation. They are not supposed to leave permanent scars, and when the number of lashes is high, are frequently done in batches to minimise risk of harm. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flagellation

But, what is the truth?

Because flogging starts at 101 lashes or beatings with a whip or other device on open skin, it can kill the victim. [al-Noor 24:2] But at least they will have learned their lesson, right? No. They will be dead or emotionally incapacitated in some way. This is a case of the punishment being so strong that the crime is forgotten because now the punishment is the bad guy instead.

Jesus had a better way to bring others to repentance for sin--if you consider a kiss on the cheek as sin. Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

 Higher Ground Films presents: Abducted to Kill, the movie


Abducted to Kill is the story of Joseph’s abduction to fight and kill in the army of the Hezbollah, his determination to maintain his faith in God at all costs, and his miraculous escape, and harrowing journey back to the United States and safety. 
Written by Christian author, Pola Muzyka.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

HGF Newsletter Volume 6

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IndieGoGo Crowd Funding
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Abducted to Kill

We'd like to share our experience with you on how the campaign went. This is the first time we've ever tried to raise money for our film company and we were surprised by the results.

What we thought would happen:

1. Everyone in the whole world would see how important our film was and tell everyone else so we would raise all the money we needed to get the script written, the office work, final budget, and scouting done, and get the sizzle scene produced, and have some left over.

2. The 2,000 to 20,000 people we know from the internet, family, friends, and others would help us spread the word.

3. We would be in a position to help others by now and to cast our film. LOL

What really happened:

1. A few of us did what we could to get the word out through Facebook and twitter by posting blurbs every day and referring to what was going on in the news that had to do with our film -- which would emphasize why our film was so important.

2. We sent y'all newsletters letting you know what we were doing and asking you to pray and get the word out.

3. We did raise over 1% of the funds we needed.

4. We kept posting updates on the crowd funding campaign.

5. In short, we fell short.


So, crowd funding might not be the way to go to raise a lot of money for our Christian film. After all, we are not super famous and that throws a wrench in the works. But we are determined.

We believe that where God guides he provides and he will provide what we need to fulfill this calling. Our goal is to do ongoing films. Not just Abducted to Kill, the movie.

So, stay with us as we attempt to pull ourselves off the floor and start all over again. We're really not starting over and we are a determined team of professionals.

When you have time, check out our website at: http://abductedtokill.com. Perks will be going out and some have already gone out for those who contributed. Thank you for hanging in there with us. We will succeed.

Keep praying.

The story of Joseph in the up and coming movie, Abducted to Kill, will bring hope, courage and God's love to those around the world and those who are in the midst of the rise in persecution around the world just because of their faith.


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Friday, May 16, 2014

HGF Newsletter Volume 5

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IndieGoGo Crowd Funding
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How many times have you checked your jean pockets just before throwing them in the wash and discovered a $5 bill you had forgotten?

Most of us can remember finding at least a few dollars in change after rummaging through the car, coat pockets, or couch cushions. What about that change jar you keep on your counter top?


For your contribution of any amount during the next few days till the end of our campaign, in addition to the perk you select, we will send you the full story as a pdf download to read on your computer, iphone or desktop. Enjoy the excitement of this romantic suspense CSP Book of the Year for Fiction.

Higher Ground Films has been engaged in a crowd funding project for our Abducted to Kill seed money over the last several weeks, we are winding down our campaign, but the momentum is still growing. We have all donated, money, time, and talent to this project, but we need your help too, to complete the initial phase.

The story of Joseph in the up and coming movie, Abducted to Kill, will bring hope, courage and God's love to those around the world and those who are in the midst of the rise in persecution around the world just because of their faith.

Won't you contribute TODAY to help us get the message out?

Please visit the Indiegogo website link below, and RECEIVE THE FULL STORY IN TWO VOLUMES FOR YOUR contribution OF ANY AMOUNT (offer is only good for the next 4 days). Tell your friends, followers, and family, too.
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/abducted-to-kill-the-christian-movie

"We thank you for helping us make all of this possible, and for helping those who may have already begun to believe there is no hope. Your contribution will make a difference in the lives of those living under the tyranny of persecution because of their faith." -Pola Muzyka, founder of Higher Ground Films, and Producer of Abducted to Kill.

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