Friday, February 20, 2004

No Passion for Me, Thanks…

Any of you following religious movies lately has heard of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of The Christ”.

Any of you who hasn’t been on the Moon, or hiding in the cavity of a rock lately has heard of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of The Christ”.

In the recent weeks, as the release date approaches, there has been a great cry in the LDS circles on the net as to whether or not we should watch this movie. Some say that its R rating preclude it.

“The Brethren have told us that we shouldn’t watch R rated movies.” The intone. “I don’t care how artistic or brilliant the movie is, I’m not going to watch an R rated movie!”

Others say, “But the scriptures are brutal and bloody. Life is ugly. There’s no sex or nudity in the film!”

“Doesn’t matter! We have to draw the line!”

“But we’re supposed to think for ourselves!”

“But the Brethren have done the thinking for us! Obedience will be rewarded!”

“But then you’re letting the Hollywood’s corrupted ratings system think for you!”

“Bla, bla, bla,…!”

“Yadda, yadda,…!”

Well, I’ve decided that I’m not going to see the movie.

And my reason? It’s not because of any blind obedience to an arbitrary standard set up by corrupt and manipulative power brokers (I’ll blog on THAT some other day). It’s not because I want to make a stand for my own individuality and think for myself. My reason?

I’m chicken.

Yeah, you read it right. I’m chicken. Buck, buck, buckaw.

I’m sorry, but that movie just looks too intense. I have enough drama in my life (both real and imagined). I don’t need to pay money to go get more. This is why I chose not to see “The Return of the King”, but went to “The Home Teachers” instead. And I had a great time. At this stage in my life, I need LAUGHS! Yes, I would rather watch an overweight priesthood slacker fall through the ceiling in a wedding dress than the final conflict of good versus evil.

I read the books years ago.

I know how it ends.

I don’t need to see it again.

Same thing with the New Testament.

So, if that’s blasphemy, I guess I’ll have to answer for that at the end of my own passion.

Mark Hansen

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