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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Evolution of the Christian Right

A USA Today article yesterday made some observations about the so-called religious right that I think bear considering. The article mainly focuses on the reaction to Brokeback Mountain, but uses that as an example of a maturing role for the Christian right in American politics.

The article basically boils down to the fact that there has been a notable lack of outcry from christian conservatives about all the accolades that Brokeback Mountain has received. The conclusion is not that this silence shows the weakness of the movement, but rather it proves its strength. Frankly, best response that conservatives can give to a film like this is simply to ignore it. That is largely what is being done, and the result has been that the film has done as well as expected in areas like New York and San Fransisco, but has failed to create any sort of mass appeal.

Brokeback's $75 million domestic gross is nothing to sniff at, but compare it to the $288 million domestic gross for the Chronicles of Narnia, and it is clear which movie was preferred by the folks who buy the tickets. All the accolades for Brokeback may make those in Hollywood feel better about themselves, but it doesn't really change anything out in the rest of the country. In fact, it likely only reinforces the idea that the NY-LA set are really out of touch with America and are wed to an extreme liberal agenda.

So why would the religious right want to disturb that marriage?


Blogger Andropogon_Gerardii said...

Interesting, informative link....thank you.

I do disagree that conservatives are "display[ing] their strength and optimism as a maturing mass movement currently more interested in creating than complaining."

All you have to do is look at the reaction most Christian conservatives had to the ongoing debate of creationism vs. evolutionary theory to dispel any conviction that this mass-movement has somehow grown out of their reactionary, fear-mongering foundations.

Fundamentalism, in any form, seeks to define itself through self-aggrandizement and self-righteousness. Regardless of how it expresses itself--as in physical violence with the extremist Muslims or in smug silence--it's still violence in that it seeks to separate and define the other as 'other and separate' instead of different yet part of the whole. This is what I see Jesus' message was.

It's surprising that I believe this now, too. I am a rather moderate Christian minister in a very "red" state (North Dakota) who finds himself being more and more appalled with literalist fundamentalism.

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