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April 19, 2004

If you don't like the content, then don't watch the movie. It's not like anyone is forcing you to sit down in front of a television and listen to the curse words.

Censoring software is dumb.

I wonder why anyone who is too weak to withstand the horrible moral pressure caused by hearing the word damn! wants to watch death-and-destruction movies like The Patriot?

It is just that killing people is okay, as long as you don't swear at them?*

Flaming hypocrites.

I understand that copies of Chitty-Chitty, Bang-Bang and The Little Mermaid are available.

(* Please note. I haven't seen The Patriot and have no idea if any character dies in the movie.)

Posted by AnneZook at 03:45 PM


I particularly liked the part where they exempt "movies where the violence is central, like Passion of the Christ."

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at April 19, 2004 06:41 PM

Blood religions get special dispensation.

Posted by: Hal at April 19, 2004 07:38 PM

Well, it can't be wrong if it's God, right?

I had a whole, bitter rant written about the amazing hypocrisy of religion (or at least religious people) but I decided not to post it.

I never thought, or cared, much about religion until Dubya started this recent Crusade and recently I'm finding that I'm becoming irrational on the subject. :)

Posted by: Anne at April 20, 2004 10:42 AM

There's a whole lot of death in The Patriot, including two of Mel Gibson's kids. It's the motivating factor behind Gibson's character - to avenge their deaths. He doesn't become a "patriot" until it affects him personally.

Great blog.

Posted by: Mustang Bobby at April 20, 2004 11:25 AM

You have to be crucified not to be offensive? How twisted is that?


Posted by: Anne at April 20, 2004 04:09 PM

While browsing family letters from around the end of the 18th century, my Baptist ancestors were roundly complaining about the G-dless behavior in the Army and Militia. Not only was there swearing, there was card playing and the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Tsk, tsk, such behavior from a group of people who were shooting each other and blowing things up.

Posted by: Bryan at April 20, 2004 07:22 PM

Okay...so it's institutionalized hypocrisy with a venerable history.

Either that, or it's some peculiar, religion-inspired blind spot. The sight of a woman's breast or the sound of a word referring to body functions will send you to hell, but turning someone's insides into their outsides is okey-dokey.

I'm so grateful my morality isn't that pathetic.

Posted by: Anne at April 21, 2004 01:50 PM