The director and co-producer of Angels and Demons have carefully avoided showing Muslim characters in a negative light. This while making two movies depicting the Catholic Church as anti-reason, anti-science and riddled with hypocrisy. Maybe it’s simple hatred of Christians, or maybe it’s because they know that offended Catholics won’t be bombing their homes or slitting their throats. In any case I won’t be paying money to see any movie made by either of them again.
In which Carl Olson exposes some of the phony claims (regarding both fact and purpose) in Dan Brown’s next shovelful.
The phoniest aspect, in my mind, is Brown’s protestation that he wants peaceful coexistence between faith and science even while making all sorts of false accusations and vicious stereotypes against Christians. He is a cheap propagandist who whines when his revisions are examined critically, and those in the media who promote his work are helping promote slander and hatemongering.
‘[T]he physical abuse of students in schools is likely more than 100 times the abuse of priests.’ So common is the transfer of offending teachers that it is called ‘passing the trash.’
I’m awaiting the daily-for-months news coverage of this, the spate of hundred-million-dollar lawsuits, and the late night comedians’ jokes characterizing all school teachers as molesters…
I hardly recognize the movie depicted here as the one we went to see yesterday. I thought it was good. Aside from being a fun, thought-provoking story, it demonstrated the glaring logical flaw that atheism/materialism is based on: that if science hasn’t discovered something (e.g. the purpose of something) then it doesn’t exist. It wouldn’t be the first time that a good movie was panned for specious reasons by critics because it made a point that was politically incorrect.
This isn’t the first time.
Seems to me this issue is not that dissimilar to the priest abuse scandals, since bishops have been raked over the coals for what they allegedly knew about but didn’t do anything. But where the latter was front page news for months on end, this story is studiously ignored by most press. The other day I even emailed the Wikipedia entry to a TV news station in Spokane while they were discussing controversy over parental notification in California. They apparently didn’t pursue it.
Hillary Clinton raised eyebrows on her first visit to Europe as secretary of state when she mispronounced her EU counterparts’ names and claimed U.S. democracy was older than Europe’s.
Since the press is so fair and impartial, no doubt this will touch off a long-running “Hillary is arrogant and stupid” meme.
On the other hand, I’m still waiting for this howler from Nancy Pelosi to result in similar characterizations. So maybe my faith in the impartiality of the media is misplaced…
Fifteen percent of respondents said they had no religion, an increase from 14.2 percent in 2001 and 8.2 percent in 1990, according to the American Religious Identification Survey.
I suppose researchers will come up with explanations as to why. One thing I have noticed, in the workplace at least, is that people who don’t believe and who actively and consciously reject Christian morality have become more outspoken in recent years. They are “coming out of the closet” as it were, and I wonder how long it will be until public school curricula are designed to actively promote it.
In any case, Hollywould seems to have been out front on this one again, not reflecting the culture but helping to mold it. Which reminds me… there’s a movie prequel to the DaVinci Code coming out.
I recall a few years back the maker of an anti-Christian movie (I can’t remember the name of either) was described by the Hollywood crowd as “brave” for doing so. Malarkey! Make a movie critical of homosexuals and you will experience violent demonstrations and demonization in the press. Make a movie critical of Islam and you literally risk your life. Make a movie critical of Christianity -or, more crudely, designed for the explicit purpose of offending Christians– and you will get some polite objections along with a lot of kudos from your fellow travellers. No bravery –or truthfulness– required.