The Conversion of Saint Paul
I went with some college friends and most of the Georgetown students to see Brokeback Mountain last week. The cinema was full. I warned one of the guys that if he actually laughed at the sight of a couple of guys in cowboy hats making out, he would get beaten down by some 250 pound queen. And I would not come to his defense.
In fairness, if I saw anybody making out and wearing cowboy hats, it would be hard not to laugh. Cowboy hats are just like that.
The film was very sad. It did not end very pleasantly. But it was a very good and well-done film.
It was particularly noteworthy that our lil' Irish friend kept complaining about the country western soundtrack all the way through:
(I'll let you imagine the accent) "Oh my goodness, the music is so horrible. Look at that guy, he's cryin.' No wonder he's so unhappy, country western music depresses everybody."
Some commentators have found it noteworthy that the religious right is throwing a big fit over Brokeback, but not Hostel, a film about torture. Rather, that depicts torture. For fun.
So let me anticipate a comment or two that I might get. Many Christians believe it important that they contribute to a culture in which people are pressured to have sex only in ways of which those Christians approve. Many Christians believe it's important to contribute to a culture that respects life and human dignity to such a degree that "dehumanization as entertainment" would never be an option. Do you rank one of those things as more important than the other? In theory? In practice?
Why do you think ancient Christians so conspicuously skipped important civic entertainments such as circuses and gladiator bouts?
I'm starting to understand what Hauwerwas is getting at in terms of "letting the world know it's the world." Come back tomorrow. Things are going to get a little mean.
Get Religion: "Some Sins Are Okay"
Amy Welborn: "Hostel Takeover"