“Satan’s Little Helper”? Christian Group Calls For Boycott Of Movie “Hobbit”

Christians For A Moral America really do not want you to see the Hobbit. It appears that really bad things come in really small packages. Producer Sir Peter Jackson is a self-proclaimed atheist. It would appear that he would have been better off proclaiming that he was an orc.


Here is the statement from the organization:

Invading your local cinema next winter is a new work of evil The Hobbit. The Hobbit follows on from the Lord Of The Rings trilogy and seemingly has brought everyone back to “Middle Earth” from the dead. Peter Jackson has once again stepped up as Satan’s Little Helper to direct the two-part film and is once again using witchcraft and wizardry to peddle the film, even though the books had strong Christian undertones (good vs evil; Christians vs Atheists) but Jackson being the self-proclaimed Atheist he is obviously doesn’t want to present this movie in the way it was meant by Tolkien. Let’s vote with our wallets and send a big message to Hollywood and Jackson; Christians will NOT tolerate this blatant Anti-Christian bigotry and Atheist propaganda. Our children’s minds are filled with enough poison these days from the media without us as parents actively doing the same while filling liberal fat cats’ coffers.

The group appears as focused on Jackson being an atheist as the screenplay itself — not to mention “liberal fat cats.” (It turns out that conservative fat cats are acceptable in the eyes of God).

The prejudice against atheists is growing with leaders in both the United States and abroad joining a crusade against those who refuse to embrace a God — any God.

It seems that every religious groups is rushing to warn that the Hobbit is either faith-friendly or faith-threatening. The Catholic writers have found that film to be not only faithful but Catholic in its message — tying its messages directly to Biblical accounts. Others have identified Gandalf as the ultimate Christ figure.

Then, of course, it could be just a really cool movie.

69 thoughts on ““Satan’s Little Helper”? Christian Group Calls For Boycott Of Movie “Hobbit””

  1. BTW,

    Keep your mouth shut about what I’m about to tell you. Even Dan Brown never wrote of this before. George Romero is the true Priory of Sion. It is how he legally obtained the rights to dead raising and brain eating. This is why any legal claims against him by Christians have been suppressed.

  2. Gene,

    You are correct. This claim does stretch back further in time but right before Jesus copt it, Lazarus was the holder of the papyruswork!

  3. The “Hobbitt” was required reading in fifth grade at the catholic prep school my son attended. Not a fan my self. Tolkein was a devout catholic.

  4. Jill,

    Thousands of zombies would disagree with your snark about who has the rights on returning from the dead. 😀 Just as George Romero. Also arguably the Greeks have a prior claim of art with Prometheus. As you can’t live without your liver and Zeus punished him for giving fire to the mortals by having him bound to a rock while a great eagle ate his liver every day only to have it grow back to be eaten again the next day? One could say he had dibs on the whole rising from the dead thing. Over and over again.

  5. lol @ Catullus

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    lol @ ladyruth54 – but for entirely different reasons.

    You, as “Christians” won’t tolerate others? You won’t tolerate “anti-Christian bigotry and Atheist propaganda” that was written by a Christian? That’s not only not very Christ-like – He was big on tolerance – but it’s ignorant and stupid as well. Have you ever read Tolkien? There isn’t a single thing in any of the books that is either anti-Christian or pro-Atheist. They are carefully constructed mythologies that represent heroic archetypes found in all of Western literature. Tales told for entertainment to illustrate that it is the heroic and good in the nature of men that triumphs over evil. Nothing more, nothing less. In that respect, it’s a message Jesus would approve of – seeking the nature of good (or God if you will) within yourself as a way to combat the evil in the world. Jackson being an atheist is irrelevant to the source material which was indeed written by a Christian and is in itself neutral on the issue of Christianity. I see some bigotry here, but it’s not on behalf of “atheists” or those who simply wish you’d learn to keep your religion to yourself.

    If you want others to respect your beliefs? You should really learn to respect others beliefs as well. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” – That was the entire point of the Parable of the Good Samaritan and it’s a reciprocal ethical duty. For example, I disagree with those who worship Jesus as God, but I have no issue with those that do . . . until they try to force me to believe as they do. Call it proselytizing if you will, but it’s simply coercion meant to override free will, free will which by your own Bible is a gift from God. No one is forcing you to be an atheist. No one is forcing you to see a movie. Those are choices everyone is free to make on their own; an expression of their free will. However, you sure are interested in propagandizing yourself. Promoting the idea that others shouldn’t see a movie that you disapprove of (without understanding the material properly I might add) and seemingly based on your bigotry against atheists. A bigotry which I suspect extends to any who don’t believe as you do.

    Not very tolerant of you.

  6. So, the real problem here seems to be a copyright dispute. Even though Jackson is not really bringing back people from the dead, this mistakenly appears to be the crux of the issue. Jesus has the registered trademark on rising from the dead. He purchased it off Lazarus with some money he got tossing the money changers. If Congress would just pass SOPA this kind of thing would never have happened in the first place (except on an alternate earth in the distant future).

  7. If I may pose a question, how does this infringe on anyone’s right to see this movie and impose this group’s morals on you?

    “Let’s vote with our wallets and send a big message to Hollywood and Jackson; Christians will NOT tolerate this blatant Anti-Christian bigotry and Atheist propaganda.”

    It seems they are making a suggestion to those who are like-minded rather than affecting your rights or decision to see this movie.

  8. Sorry. Scratch this:
    The idea that any group; religious or not has a right to inflict their repressive, didactic religion on the rest of America is Unconstitutitonal at best.

    Insert this:
    The idea that any group; religious or not should try to inflict their repressive, didactic religion on the rest of America is Un-Constitutional at best.

    Also; Sorry if I seem rude. It’s a gift.

  9. Geeba Geeba,
    I don’t think that Raff’s calling a Crazy,Right-Wing Religious Wacko a Crazy,Right-Wing Religious Wacko is just name calling. Stating his impressions of a person who believes everyone should live by their rules whether they agree or not; in language that is clear and concise; is not just name calling. I believe it would qualify as a full blown statement of Indignation and Repulsion; would it not?

    The idea was for America to be free country. Free doesn’t just mean free from Englands tyrany in 1776. It means free from anyone’s tyrany. Even that of Crazy,Right-Wing Religious Wackos.

    Now as to the accusaion of insanity. Are they crazy? Well anyone who tells me that the Spirit of God enters their body and makes them speak in tounges, roll around the floor, prophesy, or cast out sickness; is not crazy. They are possessed. But not by God. Not his style since way back in the days of the Apostles. The Bible even says that such things would stop. It’s in black and white. You could find it yourself if you bothered to read the Bible instead of taking the word of a Crazy,Right-Wing Religious Wacko as to it’s meaning and intent. In fact I find it rather insulting that anyone would expect me or ask me to do that.

    I would also reccomend That anyone who believes in or practices such spiritual interactions; take a long hard look at the ceremonies and rituals practiced by the Voodoo community of the deep south and Carribean Islands. When you can tell me that those people are acting in union with the spirit of God (my God anyway); then I will consider discussing this subject again.

    I am a reasonable, intelligent person. I read. So; I am able to understand much more of the Bible than a Crazy,Right-Wing Religious Wacko who makes up his own “Truth” using the Bible as a loose refence for story structure ; in order to create a religious frenzy and power play. I have read the Bible, and that’s how I know these Crazy,Right-Wing Religious Wackos are full of Shit and that none of the Crazy,Right-Wing Religious Wacko crap that these people are pushing has even a modicum of common sense to it or truth; mush less does it respect the rights of the American people to watch, hear, support, believe, and say any Damned thing they want to whether it makes us the target of Crazy,Right-Wing Religious Wackos or not.

    The idea that any group; religious or not has a right to inflict their repressive, didactic religion on the rest of America is Unconstitutitonal at best.

    It is; at worst; one of the most dangerous threats to our freedom as a people.

    It comes when people; like these Crazy,Right-Wing Religious Wackos you so energetically defend begin to treat their Religion as Government and their Government as a Religion.

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    Just as an aside to this; I loved the books and the movies. I thought the movies were near perfect in their recretion of the books; as close as one can and still produce a film and not a reading of the book. I have seen many movies where the story and characters were so butchered that it hardly resembled the book so Hats Off to Sir Peter Jackson for his latest offering; “The Hobbitt”; which BTW the Crazy,Right-Wing Religious Wackos incorrectly identified as a Sequel to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy in which all the old dead characters miraculously come back to life.

    In fact “The Hobbitt ” is a Prequel and the story takes place years before the beginning of the quest to destroy the ring in the trilogy. Only three of the charaters in “The Hobbitt” are also in the trilogy and none of them die until the end of the trilogy; as I say; many years after the story of “The Hobbitt” ends when one of them; falls into the”Cracks of Doom” which are huge fissures surrounding a Volcano. Anyway; no death. No characters miraculously coming to life.

    The only character in the entire story including all four books; who seemingly comes back from the dead is the Wiazrd Gandalf. He falls into a similar fissue while fighting an impressively powerful creature. The book however never says that he died. Only that everyone assumed so. The book tells the story of his falling and defeating the creature and then being transformed from Gandalf the Gray; to Gandalf the White thus officially being given the title and authority of the Wizard who betrayed them and went over to serving the Dark Lord, Sauron. His name was Saruman the White. It never says who makes that descision only that it is made. My impression was always that there was somewhere a Council of Wizards or some other governing body directing the work of the wizards to defeat the Dark Lord in his bid for dominion of MiddleEarth. This is well into the trilogy however so does not apply to “The Hobbitt” at all.

    I’m not surprized that this group made such an elementary error. I’m sure that none of them bothered to view the film before forming a judgement about it; which is not to say that they would like it any better if they did view it but it seems to me that if you are going to broadcast a vitriol filled, full damnation of something; you might what to know what the hell it is your damning Huh?

    Or maybe they could take the “American Way”. Quietly pass the lies about the movie as well as their opinion to their parishoners and members and allow everyone else to see the movie without having to listen to the uneducated ranting of men who are equivilent in attitutde and temperment to the Orthodox Islamic Mullahs and Talliban Extremists they condemn everyday. Or do they?

  10. Frankly,

    Understood and I’ll gladly accept disservice over defile. It’s too bad there are inherent limitations to storytelling in the cinematic form. It keeps many great books from being made into anything other than simply passable or even bad film – the more epic in scale, the more likely this outcome. This is the one of the reasons I find novels still to be the best mechanism for storytelling. But if one compares say the film versions of LOTR and the film versions of “Dune” (an equally epic story and setting), I think the disservice to LOTR is fairly small by comparison. While there are several things I love about David Lynch’s attempt to make “Dune” into a film (the design work – the sets are exceptionally gorgeous, much of the casting), I think it does a far greater disservice to the source material’s story. He sacrificed a great deal of the political subtext in favor of the theological aspects of the story. Even the longer form TV mini-series wasn’t able to fit all of nuance of “Dune” onto the screen – ironically doing the exact opposite of what Lynch did in re focus. That being said, it is possible to write a screenplay from a novel that while capitulating to the restrictions in format still manage to convey the same essential story. All of the examples I can think of, however, are much smaller novels in scope and scale. Like “Fight Club”. Brilliant novel, brilliant film, essentially the same storywise.

  11. Gene – I am sympathetic to the problems of getting 3 novels onto the screen & understand why the movies did a disservice to the books (defile was a bit harsh). If I only saw the movies I would think the books were one extended combat scene. I know I couldn’t have done better (unless I could have double the screen time) but I found it irritating.

  12. this is rather interesting, as a high school and college student I remember the Tolkien series being read by Christians and looked at as metaphors for Christianity. In the same way the C. S. Lewis stories are, my how times have changed. Apparently evangleical Christians are “heading” to the dark ages.

    I guess in many respects they are already there. Where are Thomas Aquinas and Brother Peter when you need them.

  13. “Invading your local cinema next winter is a new work of evil The Hobbit. The Hobbit follows on from the Lord Of The Rings trilogy and seemingly has brought everyone back to “Middle Earth” from the dead.”

    You would think that they could get their facts straight. The Hobbit takes place prior to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and so of course many are alive.
    I’ve read the whole cycle from The Hobbity to the Sylmarians and loved it.
    I’ve seen all of the movies and consider them to be the best translations from book to screen, except for Godfather I & II. Stuff of course had to be cut out or one would have had to have a twenty four hour running time for the trilogy alone.

  14. RE prejudices against atheists

    Thank you Mr. Collier for proving the assertion with such delicious satire. Such genius; by chance any kin to Don Knox, of Barney Fife fame — a comedic genius in his own right?

    If by you are the slightest bit serious in your charges, then I find that there are many reasons Christians should give thanks for atheists — keeping the state out of the church is but one.

    May God bless the Atheist — oh wait, God already has. Well, may the Christian follow his God’s example.

  15. “The Hobbit follows on from the Lord Of The Rings trilogy and seemingly has brought everyone back to “Middle Earth” from the dead.”
    Wrong.
    The events in ‘The Hobbit’ occur many years before ‘The Lord of the Rings’.
    You think wingnuts would get their facts straight. Oh wait…

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