Christians can't catch a break...Rock of Ages movie...

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  1. billc

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    Here is a story about the new movie "Rock of Ages." Apparently, the "villian," in the movie will once again be...wait for it...christians. Apparently, Christians are not in the original production of the material, but hollywood felt the need to attack those evil christians again. Is it true, did the original use Christians in any meaningful way? Here is the article...

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/06/13/rock-ages-attacks-hypocritical-church


     
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    Well, from where I am looking, the world would be a much more pleasant place without the bible thumpers....

    but that's just me....
     
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    Well, I can't bring myself to give breitbart.com a web hit, so I'll pass on what I'm sure is a well thought out, object and insightful review.

    But based on what I've read, it's pretty innocuous, if trite and cliched. They changed the villain from a pair of German developers interested in cleaning up the town to the wife of the mayor, who by what accounts I have read, is hilariously over the top by Zeta-Jones.

    Being totally serious, I'd like to know whether any Christians on this board are offended? It seems to me to be very much the same kind of plot cliche used in Footloose. I don't think I'd be offended, but then I'm not a Christian, so I guess it's hard to say.
     
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    +1 Gran :nods:.

    I should point out that I am, however, an equal opportunity refuser of religions, so all of 'you' get the same reaction. The level of objection might increase depending on how objectionable the actions of your faith are but, with the possible exception of Buddhism, humanity would be a lot better off without the organised religions. Most particularly when it comes to founding our disputes, violent and otherwise, in something practical rather than something than dehumanises the opposition (for it is along that route that the really vile stuff lies).

    As to the film ... well, I guess they could've gone with almost any other moral majority type group but you do have to bear in mind that it really was the Christians who actually went after rock in the 80's. That's where the Parental Advisory stickers came from because that's all they could push through after Dee Snider (the singer with Twisted Sister) did such a good job advocating for metal.
     
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    Exactly! I think the producers looked at who was actually attacking rock and roll at the time, and decided it made a better plot point than the rather innocuous german industrialists from the musical.
     
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    I am a Christian (at least by definition... if not by ACTIONS). I"m not offended but I don't appreciate how they'll vilify or poke fun at one religion but not another. Would they make the same type of comedy poking fun at Muslims? Prolly not, they don't want to be blown up.

    Nearly every religion I've studied (and yeah that's a lot of 'em), I've found hypocrites. So much so that it's basically has reduce me to having the faith I grew up with (and affirmed on my own) and not being a "member" of any church/sect/cult/or anything else related. I find it sad but it's a necessary part of my own spirituality and sanity.

    If Romney gets elected ... expect a lot more films like Orgasmo to start coming out.
     
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    Ever see Harold and kumar at Guantanamo? Or the new movie out, the Dictator? Muslims get lampooned plenty. So do hindus, ala the love guru and every stereotypical quickie mart owner.

    Point being that every religion gets it, but you see what you expect to see. Just like when you buy a type of car, you all of a sudden see them every where.


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    And, in fact, the most successful musical comedy on Broadway right now is The Book of Mormon, brought to you by those same South Park fellows who brought you Orgazmo.
     
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    But what do you think?

    Just another dumb musical like all the rest that have come and gone, just now it's 80's hard rock (which bothers me as a metal fan). Not like I'm gonna see a movie that 1. Is a musical 2. Has Tom Cruise in it
     
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    Sometimes these movies can be really good, and that Julian Hough is easy on the eyes. She knows how to dance really well...as well. I'll keep the non-political discussion in the Rec room though. I'll review it if I happen to see it as part of the 2012 movie season.
     
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    Who's Juilan Hough? When are musicals ever good?
     
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    Katherine Zeta Jones plays a woman who thinks she knows what is best for everyone and will force others to do things her way. Her character also professes to be a Christian. She is the villian because of the first sentence, not the second. There is a differene, unless you believe Christians have the right to tell everyone else how to behave, then you won't understand the difference anyway.
     
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    Harsh, man!
     
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    One of the general functions of art is to comment on the culture of the times. Christianity is the dominant religion in our culture. Therefore, it needs, and will get, the most commenting.
     
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    Somebody stated that in a different context and it made oh so much sense.
     
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    And yet if I said that about the... (insert term here... "Gays" "Hispanics" "Women" "Jews" whatever...)

    Ahhh, tolerance, we have come SOOOO far.
     
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    I don't think that that is a very close comparison, to be honest, Cryo. The other groups that you mentioned have not, so far as I know, used their 'holy vision' as an excuse for all manner of 'political' acts that truly moral people would not have countenanced for a second.

    Tolerance, or more accurately, the right to be tolerated, is one of those that is 'lost' rather than 'earned' and most organised religions lost their right to be tolerated many centuries ago.

    That's not to be confused with a persons right to have a spiritual world view if they so choose. The two are not linked unless you choose them to be. Do I like BillM any the less because he elects to define himself as a Catholic? No, I do not. Nor do I hate those people who form part of it's infra-structure (other than the ones that abuse their trust). But do I loathe the very fabric of the organisation that he voluntarily attaches himself to? Yes, I do; it is an affront to the nature of humanity and we would be better off without it.

    Part of that disdain for the Catholic Church is no doubt down to my being English of course. It's representatives conspired to steer the King of Spain to try to destroy my country - that leaves a stain that lingers you know and breeds into our bones :lol:. That history is why we have a Church if England and why, until very recently, Catholics were not allowed to marry into the Royal line. The tale of it being because the Catholics wouldn't grant Henry VIII a divorce is part of the truth but not the most important part - the Catholic Church set itself against the Crown and it lost and paid the price.
     
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    I would just like to point out that the whole point of sex, drugs, and Rock n Roll, is that you are doing something wrong. That is why it is fun. Who else is supposed to take a stand, if not the church, for God's sake!... and now,back to your discussion. :)
     
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    Does that make a difference, or is it an excuse for your bigotry? I'm sure I could come up with a valid reason (In my mind) for thinking the world was a better place without, say... the English. After all, their actions caused a bloody war to be fought right here on our soil. They have subjugated my people (the Irish) for hundreds of years... blah blah blah... would any of that make me right to hate the whole of the people?

    I'd say not.
     
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    A fair enough point, Cryo - sadly not one that will change my views (which is my failing rather than yours). For the record it is disdain and contempt, not bigotry, that I feel - and a desire that the cancer of the human spirit that is organised religion could be undone (but of course it cannot be done, so we must hope that we survive it).

    It is one of the very few areas of discourse where I have no position of compromise (it's what you get when you're a Born Again Non-Christian), so I can only apologise if you are personally offended.

    Oh and for the record, the world would be a much worse place without the British :p. For a start you wouldn't have a computer or an internet to be nasty about us on :lol:.

    P.S. The response you gave was just the sort of rebuttal I was looking for, by the way. I was going to add that caveat into my earlier post but thought I'd see if anyone else brought it up.
     

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