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Friday, August 20, 2010

Scott Pilgrim vs the Religious Right

Yes, the title is a reference to that movie that just came out, I think, last weekend. Yes, I know, it was kind of silly, but had lots of geek references that made it funny. Also, I had a cute girl with me, so it was a good time.

So, yes, I enjoyed the movie. However, the guys from CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network) didn’t

First of all, let us know who are those talking. CBN is a network founded by one of the biggest Christian assholes, Pat Robertson, who is well know for blaming Haiti’s "pact with the Devil" for the quake they had at the beginning of the year. Focus on the Family on the other hand, is an organization founded by James Dobson, which purpose is to “nurture and defend the God-ordained institution of the family and promoting biblical truths worldwide”, such as school prayer, corporal punishment, opposition to abortion, feminism, porn and gambling, and of course, demonization of homosexuality.

Ok, so we know the sponsors are world-class bigots. But let’s forget about that and pay attention to the message

The newscaster says “beware of the anti christian messages out there”. So, there must be some movies that say very clear that Christianity is a bad thing, or Christians are just mindless sheep, or stuff like that, right? Well, check it out:

Well, no. If you see what the “Plugged in” guy says, it’s all about the fact that Ramona (the main female character in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) has had a girlfriend. Add to that, the fact that Scott’s roommate is gay.

Look at the far right. That was the problem

Apparently, that makes it unfit for 13-year olds, because, well, no 13-year old knows that gays and lesbians exist. Or, if they do, they should now that their way of loving is, wrong, evil, and, anti-christian.

I think I have stated it before, that I have no problem with people believing whatever they want to believe. The problem comes when “different” becomes “anti”; when “different” becomes the enemy. I might not care much if this were just one bigotted redneck talking in his mobile home, but that’s not the case.

We are talking about these views in a broadcasting network, with millions of people watching, founded by “respectable” members of our society, despite their bigoted and anti-scientific views. Yes, I say “anti scientific”, because, gays are not evil, Haiti’s quake had its origin in plaque tectonics and the Earth is not 6000 years old.

Then there are two other reviews that I don’t care much about. “Eat, Pray, Love” sounds like a chick-flick that doesn’t get my attention, but, by the comments of that guy, is “anti christian” because Julia Roberts tries to find the “divinity within herself”, and because it “asks the right questions” but answers them in the wrong way, meaning, not in the Christian way. Because, well, for these guys, anything that is not Christian, is anti-Christian. It’s “new agy” and that gets them worried, because someone might want to think differently. It says that we are “spiritually divine” and that is sad and scary, for these Christians. “An anti-christ message”

Please, wake me up when it's finished

Finally, “The Expendables”. Obviously, it’s not a family film, but apparently not even christian grown-ups should see it, since it receives a “thumbs down”. Maybe that “born again” thing leaves them being children forever. See how easy is for children to believe in Santa Claus, or the Tooth Fairy? Yeah, like that.

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