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03 March 2004
The Passion has played a major role in revealing the leanings of our supposedly impartial media.
The controversy surrounding Mel Gibson’s film, The Passion of the Christ,
has created quite a stir in our liberal media. Now, generally, I don’t
like to comment on these sorts of things, since Washington politicians do
a great deal more damage to society than anything the media could do, but
for this I’ll make an exception.
Gibson’s film, released Ash Wednesday, has grossed nearly $120 million since
opening and has created a firestorm of religious fervor from both the secular
left and devout right. This firestorm has revealed the true position
of America’s media conglomerates.
For example, a recent ABC News Report stated the main reason for the success of The Passion
was its “controversial tones,” not its message of faith and devotion.
Instead of focusing on the historical and biblical tones of the film, the
media (primarily the major alphabet networks) have found it necessary to
deem the film a fluke based on the draw of curiosity. “People just
wanted to know what all the fuss was all about,” is a common response.
Well, I’m here to tell you that this wasn’t the case.
Church groups, from all denominations, bought out theaters in droves weeks
before the movie opened. In the Midwest, tickets were selling a full
month before the film was even released. This wasn’t because of controversy—it
was minimal at that time. It was due to the overwhelming excitement
from mainstream America that a movie was finally released that actually reflects
their values and ideas. Instead of acknowledging this, the alphabet
networks pass off the film’s success as controversy and its creator as a
The media doesn’t want you to know that mainstream America is religious.
They don’t want you to realize that most Americans are Christians.
In the name of diversity and religious sensitivity, they would rather you
believe these people are the minority. Most in the media elite are
too afraid of offending Muslims and Atheists to stop and pay homage to our
Am I saying that we should shove Christianity down the throats of our religious
minorities? Of course not, but perhaps we should celebrate the fabric
of our nation a bit more often then we currently do. This can be said
for society at large, as well.
By changing the Christmas Break to “Winter Holiday,” what are we accomplishing?
We aren’t creating religious tolerance. Those who have bigoted ideas
will still have them. We aren’t creating non-religious school systems.
Islam and other minority religions are still taught in the name of diversity.
No, we are simply denying our national origin. The Founding Fathers
had a clear perspective of religion in America—and based our national identity
on this Christian example. So why not celebrate it?
There is another reason the media wants you to believe Christians are the
minority in America, and it is simple to understand. By having you
believe this, it makes it easier for them to force the garbage produced in
Hollywood on you. They’ll have you believe that Christian morals and
values don’t really apply in America because a minority of Americans holds
those beliefs. This makes it OK for you to take your kids to see a
movie laden with sex and violence and fattens their wallets at the same time.
Critics may say that this movie is an example of Hollywood filth—that it
is nothing more than a gratuitous torture scene from beginning to end.
This argument doesn’t hold water. Yes, the movie was brutally violent.
Yes, it depicted extreme, bloody torture and painfully authentic scenes of
cruelty—to the point of bringing many members of the audience to tears.
But it wasn’t violence for the sake of violence or entertainment—as is produced
in many Hollywood films. The violence in Gibson’s film had a point.
It wasn’t enjoyable or entertaining to watch, but it conveyed an enlightening
and powerful message.
Instead of celebrating the film for its historical accuracies, the media
plays it off as anti-Semitic. Many in the media have come almost to
the point of calling Gibson a Nazi. They completely ignore the context
of the film. Jesus was a Jew! It was the Jews who cried in sympathy
while Christ carried the cross through the streets. A Jew brought Him
water; a Jew helped Him carry His burden. Just because the Jewish hierarchy
is depicted as cruel and corrupt doesn’t make the film or Gibson anti-Semitic.
These are just the facts of the situation.
Regardless of your beliefs on Christianity, or religion as a whole, this
film has gone a long way in revealing the leanings of our supposedly impartial
American media—for better or worse.
Andy Obermann is majoring in History and Secondary Education at Missouri Valley College.
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