Pope Pans Avatar

Geez, it is getting to the point that you cannot go to any movie without putting your ever-lasting soul in jeopardy. After giving a thumb down to the movie New Moon, the Vatican is now panning Avatar as a threat to the true faith. Joining the Pontiff is a Chicago Alderman who opposes the movie for making Marines look like corporate guns for fire, here. The Marine Corps itself has turned movie critic in panning the film, here. It would strongly suggest “From Here to Eternity” as an alternative.

According to the Vatican newspaper and radio station, the problem with Avatar is its alleged promotion or elevation of nature which is deemed as threatening religion.

L’Osservatore warned the film “gets bogged down by a spiritualism linked to the worship of nature” and the Vatican Radio says that the movie promotes “all those pseudo-doctrines that turn ecology into the religion of the millennium” and promotes nature as “a divinity to worship,” the radio said.

The Marines have joined the Holy See in its view of the film, though it is not religion that is under attack according to Marine Col. Byron Salas. He objects that the film “takes sophomoric shots at our military culture and uses the lore of the Marine Corps and over-the-top stereotyping of Marine warriors to set the context for the screenplay. This does a disservice to our Corps of Marines and the publics’ understanding of their Corps.” Well, maybe the objection was about a faith of a different kind.

I am surprised by the criticism. I was hoping the Vatican would have made the link between the ridiculous lines and the work of Satan. I took the three boys this week to see the movie only to find every show sold out until 7 pm. People were waiting in line for over an hour just to get seats together. Am I alone here or is this not the hand of the Biblical Beast? I will remind you of Revelations 13: “And [the Antichrist] causeth all … to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark….”

Of course, if some studio flack were to score me four tickets to the 3D version of the film, my concerns (and blogging campaign) over Satanic influences might end . . .

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  2. Mary, the church has told you all your life, that black is white and white is black. They’ve convinced you that the church is good and satan is evil. Well mary, there is no satan and the church is not good. It is evil. You should learn to live life living a better and more just life, make it up as you go, don’t worry about it too much, but the church is not the right path. They have lied to you.

    Sincerely: Giordano Bruno. You can google him and find out what his life was about. He was a real person whom the church burned on a pile of wood.

  3. Mary
    Why would you defend a bible that says to stone your wife to death on her father’s doorstep if she’s not a virgin when you marry her?
    Why defend it when it says to stone disobedient children to death. Do you think when the white settlers read in Leviticus, that it’s OK to hold slaves, as long as they are heathens, do you think when they were sitting in their churches reading that, they looked at each other and said: We can’t burn and lynch black people to death and enslave them, because one day they will produce a black president of the United states…
    When they read Joshua, where it says to kill all the babies in the villages that he conquered, because the village is full of godless heathens, do you think that they looked at each other and said that they can’t holocaust the native americans, because they are our brothers? No, they called them heathens and tried to kill them all by killing off their buffalo, and by putting them on reservations with hardly any game to hunt. Like in Oklahoma.
    Sincerely: Giordano Bruno The guy that the church burned to death, because he told them that the earth revolves around the sun.

  4. If the value the bible and interpretation of Jesus teaches us to reject to the book of Earth, something is terribly wrong.

    Where would Jesus be without Earth which, over billions of years inspired and still today inspires, intelligence, imagination, conscientiousness, morals, balance, diversity, respect, awe, creativity, service and caring…Jesus along with Buddha etc as earthling, certainly was part of mutating consciousness forward.

    At this time in history, it seems time for the western mind/heart is drawn to take all we are experiencing and take another step forward in consciousness, namely our future will only be bright if we go into the future accepting, protecting and fostering Earth’s wise paths of success and sustainability:
    1.recognizing that all beings are interdependent and every form of life has value regardless of its worth to human beings.
    2. affirm faith in the inherent dignity of all human beings and in the intellectual, artistic, ethical, and spiritual potential of humanity.

    Avatar brought up such possibilities and questions–what does it mean to be human today? How do we want to behave? What does Earth have to teach us? Jesus, shows attitudes of learning from Earth. So is you ask who is the primary revelation of what God is, I would say Earth and I would add that Jesus is a gift of Earth and therefore us. Now it is our turn.

  5. Mr Turley,
    I absolutely agree with the Pope….but I am not posting to defend the Popes actions. I am posting to ask you to PLEASE do not quote the bible if you can’t even read it. It is NOT the book of Revelations..but rather REVELATION (no s). I get very upset when I see people trying to come across as knowing the bible word for word when they can’t even get one chapter title right! Don’t act like you know the bible when it is clear that you don’t! As for the movie..I haven’t see it and have no desire to, that is my choice.

  6. “I just saw Avatar and thought it was fantastic. The boys like it, though it was a bit sad in parts. Worth the wait and money in my view, which is saying a lot when tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for kids. Most bothersome corporate abuse was not found in the movie but at the ticket booth.” – jonathanturley

    You know I wasn’t planning on seeing this movie. I have this aversion to CGI. I think its called CGIopia or something.

    But I have to say given all the hype warning me to not go see it that now I find myself insatiably curious about it. So I’m going to see it. Or at least get the DVD when it comes out in a month or two.

    With the Pope himself and the Marine Corp decrying it not to mention the negative hype about it in the neoconservative blogs (apparently something to do with global warming?) it must be a winner. 🙂

    Now I can’t wait to see it.

  7. JT said “I just saw Avatar and thought it was fantastic.”

    No urge to engage in satanic ritual?

    Give it time professor. Give it time.

    1. No, I have not had Satanic urges, though I have been thinking about getting at those diamond seas on Neptune and ideas of how displace those pesky Neptunians. Who needs Pandorian unobtanium when you have liquid diamonds just around the corner?

  8. I just saw Avatar and thought it was fantastic. The boys like it, though it was a bit sad in parts. Worth the wait and money in my view, which is saying a lot when tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for kids. Most bothersome corporate abuse was not found in the movie but at the ticket booth.

  9. Buddha:

    cant leave her out.

    “You know you don’t have to act with me, Dick. You don’t have to say anything, and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Dick? You just put your lips together and… blow.”

    The trolls to Dick Cheney.

    note to self, rent “To Have and Have Not”

  10. Buddha and Byron, I’m still in love with Lauren Bacall and Catherine Deneuve.

  11. Good calls Byron and Mike A., but might I suggest adding Lauren Bacall to that list. Watch “Key Largo” if you doubt her credentials. She was so sexy I don’t see how that old acetate film stock didn’t catch fire during principle shooting.

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