Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Squeeze Tighter

The Vatican newspaper and radio station are criticizing James Cameron's 3-D blockbuster [Avatar] for flirting with the idea that worship of nature can replace religion — a notion the pope has warned against. They call the movie a simplistic and sappy tale, despite its awe-inspiring special effects.


I wonder if the Pope is as clueless as to why he’s losing followers as Obama is.

L'Osservatore said the film "gets bogged down by a spiritualism linked to the worship of nature." Similarly, Vatican Radio said it "cleverly winks at all those pseudo-doctrines that turn ecology into the religion of the millennium."

And you know God isn’t out to save the earth itself. That’s just here so we can have a substrate on which to worship him. Only a goddess would be concerned with the earth.

Bolivia's first indigenous president, Evo Morales, has praised "Avatar" for what he calls its message of saving the environment from exploitation. But the movie also has drawn a number of critical voices. Some American conservative bloggers have decried its anti-militaristic message.

I’m sure the American Mullahs agree with the latter.

In a recent World Day of Peace message, the pontiff warned against any notions that equate human beings with other living things in the name of a "supposedly egalitarian vision."


Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said that while the movie reviews are just that — film criticism, not theological pronouncements — they do reflect Pope Benedict XVI's views on the dangers of turning nature into a "new divinity."

After all, the church spent centuries destroying that very same “religion”. It’s pretty scary to think that it might make a comeback.

....but hey, do what you will anyway.


  1. i want to see that movie but i have heard a few who have seen it comment that although it was excellent it gave them a headache evidently due to the 3-D affects.

    have you seen 'ferngully'? i have not but an irish author who's blog i read asks 'is avatar an unattributed remake of ferngully?'

    i think those conservative christians should be worried. americans seem just like the kind who would follow the teachings of an animated MOVIE! sheesh


  2. didn't see ferngully, and won't likely see avatar, although i enjoy the 3D effects. i can see how it might inflict headaches to watch a lot of it, though.

    i read about someone setting up a help site for people who are becoming depressed after watching avatar because they can't make the dream real...or something like that.

    but heck, i've been depressed about that for years. that's why god made prozac, isn't it?


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