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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 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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