By sifilings Jan 30 2014 Joni Eareckson TadaCiting an 'unfair advantage,' academy rescinds 'Alone Yet Not Alone' as one of five picks for best original song. 1979 reads There are 6 Comments Thankful.. SuzanneT - Thu, 01/30/2014 - 3:17pm 1. For the exposure to a bit of Truth this has already garnered in the wider world. (however played out) 2. That God doesn't need the "cred" of an Academy win. (!) John 15:18 What Truth? Julie Anne - Thu, 01/30/2014 - 3:56pm Suzanne - Can you please identify the Truth that you are talking about? Biblical truth as opposed to SuzanneT - Thu, 01/30/2014 - 4:48pm Biblical truth as opposed to worldly truth; such as was evidenced in Joni's words and prayers included in the video, as well as articles/posts found (notably in secular places) surrounding this whole thing. Ok, gotcha. I've been Julie Anne - Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:11pm Ok, gotcha. I've been surprised at how many are complaining that this is religious persecution, but few are acknowledging that rescinding the nomination was warranted because of his impropriety - especially being a former Oscar board member who knew the rules. Persecution? SuzanneT - Thu, 01/30/2014 - 11:25pm People are calling this religious persecution? Yike. I'd say that is really stretching the definition of persecution! Whatever the details that allowed the song to be nominated and then rescinded, I believe God allowed it all for bigger purposes than we can know. Joni issued a statement per her usual marked grace and class: (source) “While I can only imagine the disappointment of music writer Bruce Broughton and lyricist Dennis Spiegel in the rescinding of their Oscar nomination, it in no way detracts from either the song’s beauty or its message. I was humbled and honored to have been asked to sing it for the film, and was as surprised as anyone when I learned of the song’s nomination. 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. Regarding the reasons for the nomination being rescinded, it is not my place to speculate as I have no insights into the workings of the entertainment industry. I was honored to be invited to sing the song and it will always be a treasured experience.” I completely agree with you Julie Anne - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 8:15pm I completely agree with you on Joni's statement - - and it's funny that I also chose the same words you did when I tweeted her statement: classy and gracious.