Thoughts on Blasphemy

I have to share something that is on my mind and close to my heart. Consider the following movies…

  • The Matrix
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Hitch
  • Shall We Dance?
  • With Honors
  • Office Space
  • Weekend at Bernie’s
  • The Cinderella Man

What have they in common?

All got good reviews, all looked good in the trailers… but the trailers somehow failed to mention the indiscriminate use of God and Jesus Christ as all-purpose swearwords. In many cases I started to watch them but could not bring myself to watch all the way to the end.

How far we have come; The ancient Hebrews revered God’s name so highly that they could not bring themselves to write it down. When they absolutely had to, they wrote down just the consonants – YHWH, which we have anglicized to “Yahweh”.

In the dark ages, scribes wrote out Bibles longhand using quills. When they wrote the name of the LORD they would do so in capitals (as a mark of respect); then they would break the quill, wash their hands and get a new quill before continuing.

Only a few decades ago,, blasphemy was considered offensive. In these enlightened days it is considered an amusing affectation of Valley Girls and Hollywood types.

What went wrong?

Before you dismiss me as an overly-sensitive zealot, imagine releasing one of the above movies overdubbed with the words “Allah” and “Mohammed” substituted for “God” and “Jesus”.

Two things would happen.

  • First it would be next to impossible to get it released – we wouldn’t want to offend the Muslim population now, would we?
  • Secondly, the Muslim Leaders would not allow you the privilege of living very long.

This is not a screed against Islam; in some ways I admire their stand, though they do tend to take it to an extreme. But it seems ironic in our “inclusive” and “tolerant” society that Christians somehow do not qualify for the same degree of protection.

It seems like opposing sets of rules are being applied to the two sets of religious beliefs. In Hollywood’s eyes it is open season on Christians, but the recent events in Europe (the Danish Cartoon scandal, for instance) show that the media is absloutely terrified of upsetting the Moslem community – many of whom despise the very nations and cultures in which they have chosen to live. Why is this, I wonder?

Perhaps it might be because their faith allows them the luxury of killing people who disagree with them.

That’s it. I’m done. Feel free to tell me how narrow-minded and bigoted I am.

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