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February 24th, 2004

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08:34 pm
OK, I need to hear from as many of you as I can in the next 90 or so minutes: do I want to go to a midnight showing of "The Passion of the Christ"? Doing so will not have a terribly huge bearing on my work tomorrow.

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Date:February 25th, 2004 04:23 pm (UTC)

last comment for clarification

While I do not believe that seeing a movie will turn anyone into a raving fundamentalist of any sort, I am quite sure that the reigning raving fundamentalists of this country will latch onto anything, including the success of what is simply "a movie" as a sign that this country is in line with their beliefs and that all focus should be placed on the crisis of faith that is really threatening our nation. The fact that our president is trying to make preservation of the sanctity of marriage between man and woman the sole focus of debate to take the focus off of our economic woes and his completely unjust war should be noted by anyone thinking me a raving secular fundamentalist. Should your politics dictate which arts you support? Each person needs to decide that for themselves. I don't believe that most Christians are raving fundamentalists, nor do I believe they are hateful, but a sad and vocal power wielding handful makes it hard for a person with a different view to live as they choose. I simply gave my feelings on the matter, which is quite close to the individual hearts of people on both sides of the argument. He asked for as many opinions as possible. That was, and is, mine.
Date:February 26th, 2004 07:22 am (UTC)

Re: last comment for clarification

I hope that you didn’t get the impression that I was attacking your opinions. I personally am very happy that you did post it, and that it possibly started a conversation about the beliefs that helped form your opinion (or mine or anyone else’s).

And I agree. Our current President may very well decide that the success of this movie points to a nation trying to reconnect with its lost spirituality. And if he decides to make religion and the “sanctity” of marriage his main campaign points, I think he will regret it.

Why you ask? Imagine if every single gay person who now had the ability to marry voted this issue. I don’t think he would continue to hold office. Or if every single non-Christian voted on the basis of their faith, again Bush would have a lot of packing to do come November.

Of course there is possibility that the next joker we put in office will be no better (guarding against this is our responsibility as voters). And all I ask is that we continue to question our leaders, even when we agree with most of their policies. Because as I hinted in my earlier post, those on the extremes of either side are a frightening lot, and surrendering authority to them should be done minimally, if at all.

As for politics dictating what arts should be supported, to me any act of creativity (be it a movie, song, speech, poem, book, bathroom graffiti, etc.) that is not actively calling for harm to come to a segment of the population (ie. hate-speeches and the sort) or inciting violence should be supported. It doesn’t matter whose values or beliefs the work of art exposes, as long as it fits the criteria listed above it should be encouraged and protected. And right now it is, by our first amendment rights.
Date:February 26th, 2004 04:38 pm (UTC)

Re: last comment for clarification

completely understood, and I hope that my opinions were taken with minimal offense, as I meant none.
Date:February 27th, 2004 06:16 am (UTC)

Re: last comment for clarification

No offense taken at all.


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