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Okay, this was too good to pass up:

Vatican official Father Raniero Cantalamessa has added to widespread criticism of Dan Brown's best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code, branding it as just another example of Jesus Christ being sold out.

Jesus is being sold out! Bwahahaha!

I blame Mel Gibson. Crazy fucker.


In other news, fun birthdays!
- James Woods (59)
- Maria Bello (39)
- Eric McCormick (44)
- Conan O'Brien (43)


And, I have two new movies from Netflix today. The Road to Wellville (ooo! satire!) and The Lovers on the Bridge, a French film starring Juliette Binoche (sweet!). Rock on. Now, if only I didn't have work to do...

Ah, at least I only have to read the script to Goodfellas tonight.


EDIT: I feel the need to add commentary about the Da Vinci Code thing. First off, I don't think a little speculation of what is fact and what is fiction is outrageous when it comes to the Bible. We all know that it was censored like fuck. King James threw out half the damn book. I think anyone who is sane realizes that what they read in their hotel-stolen Gideon-donated Bible is not a flawless account of life 2000 years ago. Creationist or no, there must be some part of the brain that goes "ya know...something just ain't right here..."

So good. Question Jesus. Question God. Question the Bible. And after you do, if you can still say that you believe...GREAT! Then you can call yourself an informed Christian, as opposed to all those small-minded bigots in the world.

I think it's also important to note that the controversies have only started running so high after it's been made into a movie. Granted, after the book hit the bestseller list, some people were angry, others slightly peeved. But now? We have some absolutely LIVID dissenters. Dan Brown has been sued twice in the past few months. Apparently, no one cared to sue when it was only a book. But now that it's a movie....

Now I'm going to make a bit of a jump. You with me?

It's like the "South Park" Family Guy/Mohammed episode. They are making fun of the whole Dutch controversy thing, which is funny in itself. What I think is terribly amazing is that a couple years ago, South Park had an episode featuring a depiction of Mohammed. Apparently he was some sort of superhero with flames coming out of his hands (or so says people in my film class). There was no hullabaloo then. But something goes terribly wrong in a silly little European country and we have everyone stepping as thought they are walking on eggshells. Buh?

Now, I'm all about the religion. Okay, well I'm all for believing what you want to believe. And if your god says "uh, no pictures of me, please" then that is peachy. Don't watch the show. Frankly, Christianity has gotten a little lax on that point. There was a time when God and Jesus weren't supposed to be depicted either. But then the dark ages came, and no one could read, so necessity forces artists to take a bit of a grievance with that. Is God going to hate you because for the past 1500 years, we've had painting after painting, sculpture after sculpture of religious figures? I sure hope not, or your God is just evil and vengeful and I'd rethink the choice to follow that particular deity.

If your religious convictions aren't strong enough to stand up to an obviously fictitious book/movie, or a stupid cartoon (political or otherwise)...then I think you need to do some personal soul searching before taking it out on the world at large.

By the way, my "church" rocks. It's a United Church of Christ, which has put out the commercials recently with the "ejector seat" in which people who are different (single mother, gay, Middle Eastern/Ethinic, elderly/disabled, poor/homeless) are ejected from the church. Then is says "God doesn't reject people. Neither do we."

See? That's what religion is all about. [Story and link to the commercial can be found here.]

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