04w09:1 Jesus Harry Potter Christ

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Boobs, blood and Bible-bashing | John Patterson
“Here we go again with the same old hypocrisy. Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers, which features a fair acreage of flesh, and whose politics are avowedly of the 1960s left, gets slapped with an NC-17 rating by the Motion Picture Association of America’s ratings board, thus guaranteeing a drastic narrowing of its audience and a lowering of its profitability. Meanwhile, Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, a medievally reactionary Bible-basher drenched in the literal blood of the mythical Lamb, featuring extensive, non-sex-related applications of scourge and lash, close-ups of nails being hammered through flesh, and a bloody spearing or two, gets pushed out to 3,000 screens nationwide under the more inclusive R-rating, which means newspapers will carry its ads, and children will be allowed to see it. ”

Eichmann in Hogwarts: Harry Potter and the banality of evil. | Julian Sanchez
“Umbridge and Fudge may be power hungry, but their malevolence is not the raw nihilism of a Voldemort. Umbridge is particularly insufferable precisely because her transformation of Hogwarts into an increasingly regulated panopticon is motivated by an apparently sincere self-righteousness. A central theme of The Order of the Phoenix, then, is what Hannah Arendt called ‘the banality of evil.’ The bureaucrats are doing good by their own lights, following orders. Former Hogwarts prefect Percy Weasley is a case in point. In the past, Percy served as comic relief, a stuffed shirt whose obsequiousness toward authority figures was matched only by his imperiousness toward younger students. Now Percy is a Hogwarts graduate and assistant to Minister Fudge, and his blind affection for his masters leads him to join the smear campaign against Harry. The transition from buffoonish to sinister is seamless. ”

It’s all Greek to Harry Potter | BBC News
“Mr Wilson said writing the book had its challenges. ‘Everybody asked me, what’s the Greek for Quidditch? ‘What’s the Greek for bludger and snitch and all these other technical terms that JK Rowling has invented?’ […] The classics teacher showed the ancient Greek version for the first time this week at Scott School in Bedford, where he read to the children. One of the pupils told BBC Look East: ‘I didn’t know what he was saying, but I did recognise a couple of words and it did make us laugh.’ ”

Mel’s Maligners | George Neumayr
“Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ is provoking religious slights — on Christians. Diane Sawyer’s Primetime interview with Gibson dripped with an insulting condescension toward Christianity, a condescension liberals would regard as bigoted were it aimed at Judaism or Islam. Sawyer, brows furrowed, looking almost in a state of physical pain, felt free to question Gibson’s faith with a surely-you-can’t-believe-that? air. As Gibson spoke about such things as his belief in the Devil and the Holy Spirit, Sawyer’s face registered a wincing incredulity. She looked like a horrified anthropologist who had just stumbled upon some grotesque religious sect. […] Talk show hosts usually coo over the convictions of artists and believers. Not so with Gibson. His convictions are so in need of correction that Sawyer, suddenly an art monitor, demanded to know why he didn’t make a different movie. ‘You could have made a life of Jesus,’ a nice and fuzzy movie without the crucifixion, Sawyer told Gibson.(The fatuousness of Sawyer reached its bottom when she referred to the movie as an ‘anti-date movie.’)”

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