Archive for February 2004

Orson Scott Card on marriage and gay marriage

It’s quite long, and I can’t say I agree with 100% of it, but he raises some interesting points and I do think it’s worth a read.

Orson Scott Card on “The Passion of the Christ”

no matter what religious context you bring to the film, you will find that the critics who wrote or spoke of a festival of gore have misled you. This is not like the blood-thirsty movies that kill people left and right and seek for new and excruciating ways to titillate an audience. There is nothing here designed to promote a corpse-filled computer game.
In this movie, violence is shown as appalling, evil, vengeful, malicious. The moral context is never lost. The people in the film recoil from precisely the same actions that we recoil from. If some critics can’t see the difference between this film and movies that delight in casual violence, they’re in the wrong line of work.

The violence is not what makes us weep.
All my tears in this movie were shed in empathy for those who loved Jesus, and in gratitude for those who are shown attempting to be kind to him. I was moved by Pilate’s wife, who knows what is right and tries to do the one small thing that is possible for her. I was moved by Mary’s love for her son. I was moved by the epiphany that came to the reluctant cross-bearer, Simon of Cyrene; by the shame and empathy discovered by one of the soldiers — the one required to pierce Jesus’ body with a spear, but who can hardly bear to do it in front of his mother.
The woman who brings him water to drink at one of the stations of the cross; Pilate himself, caught in a terrible political situation where he has no good choice, but chooses his career over his integrity and makes the futile, empty gesture of washing his hands; the “good thief” (Francesco Cabras) who is promised paradise on the cross — it was goodness, or the yearning for goodness, that brought tears to my eyes.

There is no competing record to refute the depiction in the gospels. So to say Gibson should not have shown Jewish leaders being the driving force behind the killing of Jesus is to say that Christians are not allowed to actually believe in or dramatize their own scripture.
Civilization Watch

There’s a lot more good stuff there as always. He also ends with a letter to Mel Gibson that’s worth a read concerning Card’s suggestions for what to do with the profits and what to do when Oscar time rolls around next year.

Double standard on racism

House Rep. Henry Bonilla, a founding member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, has taken back his demand that Rep. Corrine Brown resign her seat in Congress for remarks she made accusing the Bush administration of racism in its Haiti policy.
But even after Bonilla accepted Brown’s apology, he said the fact that her comments raised few hackles demonstrates a double standard among Democratic Party members.
“If a Republican had made such derogatory, insulting and discriminatory remarks there would be a firestorm of outrage. The current silence is deafening,” Bonilla, R-Texas, said. “If we truly advocate zero tolerance for racism, then we must insist the statement be addressed.”
FOXNews.com

My thoughts after seeing “The Passion of the Christ”

It pulled in another $14 million yesterday for a two day total of over $41 million.
It

John Kerry: Bastion of integrity

Or not… If you go and equate something to a traitor, what does it say about you when you accept support from said “traitors”.

Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.), the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, frequently calls companies and chief executives “Benedict Arnolds” if they move jobs and operations overseas to avoid paying U.S. taxes.
But Kerry has accepted money and fundraising assistance from top executives at companies that fit the candidate’s description of a notorious traitor of the American Revolution.
Executives and employees at such companies have contributed more than $140,000 to Kerry’s presidential campaign, a review of his donor records shows. Additionally, two of Kerry’s biggest fundraisers, who together have raised more than $400,000 for the candidate, are top executives at investment firms that helped set up companies in the world’s best-known offshore tax havens, federal records show. Kerry has raised nearly $30 million overall for his White House run.

Kerry has come under attack from President Bush, as well as some Democrats, for criticizing laws he voted for and lambasting special interests after accepting more money from paid lobbyists than any other senator over the past 15 years.
Washington Post

Back from “The Passion of the Christ”…

Wow.
It’s going to take me some time to decompress before I’ll be able to string together a second word about it.

Wow

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown verbally attacked a top Bush administration official during a briefing on the Haiti crisis Wednesday, calling the President’s policy on the beleaguered nation “racist” and his representatives “a bunch of white men.”
Her outburst was directed at Assistant Secretary of State Roger Noriega during a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill. Noriega, a Mexican-American, is the State Department’s top official for Latin America.
Brown sat directly across the table from Noriega and yelled into a microphone. Her comments sent a hush over the hourlong meeting, which was attended by about 30 people, including several members of Congress and Bush administration officials.
Noriega later told Brown: “As a Mexican-American, I deeply resent being called a racist and branded a white man,” according to three participants.
Brown then told him “you all look alike to me,” the participants said.

After her comments about white men, Noriega said he would “relay that to (Secretary of State) Colin Powell and (national security adviser) Condoleezza Rice the next time I run into them,” participants said. Powell and Rice are black.
Herald.com (via Instapundit)

The whole situation pretty much ridicules itself, doesn’t it?

Some thoughts on “The Passion of the Christ”

“The Passion of the Christ” drew in $20 million $26.6 million on it’s first day. I find it somehow reassuring that in today’s modern world a biblical story with the biblical violence can still draw.
I won’t be seeing it until this afternoon so I can’t comment specifically about what’s in the film but these lines in a Yahoo! News story caught my attention.

In Salt Lake City, curiosity about the film among many Mormons was outweighed by church teachings that discourage viewing R-rated movies.
“I don’t think our Lord would want me to see an R-rated film about his son,” said 20-year-old Shawn Watts, a Mormon missionary.

I’m sorry, but Jesus and the Disciples LIVED an NC-17 version of the actual events. Sure, the movie is violent, that’s because the Crucifixion itself was violent. God saw fit to actually put Jesus and his Disciples through these events; I find it hard to imagine that God would find it sinful for people to watch it. Sure he preached a message of peace and love, but to pretend that his life and death was this Sunday School, well coifed, sanitized version of his life I think takes something away from the story. It’s taught that he died for our sins, but he didn’t just pass away peacefully in his sleep. Like thousands of people in Roman times he was beaten, whipped and tortured. He was attached to the cross with nails driven through his flesh and left to die. Of course this was violent. Of course this was bloody. But it’s what happened. It

Virtual stocks

Fox News today has a front page article on the Hollywood Stock Exchange and another site called NewsFutures.com. They’re sites that let you trade virtual stocks based on movies and movie stars. I’ve been a member of the community at HSX since 1998 and highly recommend it.

For the record…

I think I’m now officially burnt out on the gay marriage debate.