In an interview with The Christian Post, Dr. Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film and Television Coalition and Editor-in-Chief of Movieguide, attacked [The Lone Ranger’s] “strong mixed pagan, revisionist, politically correct worldview.”….”The government is bad - the army is killing Indians - the bad guy is a businessman, the military-industrial complex is bad,” he explained, finishing the list with a notable exception - “the Christians are not always bad.”….Nevertheless, “the pagan elements triumph because you’re looking at it from Tanto’s point of view.” He used “pagan” as a generic term for non-Christian, unidentified spirituality. “It’s not Buddhism, it’s not Hinduism, it’s a mishmash.”….”There’s a lot of humor in the film, much at the expense of some of the Christians,” he added, also mentioning the villain “who prays in the name of Jesus before he goes off slaughtering people.”
I never cease to be amazed at the degree to which Bible-thumpbers think the world revolves around them and ergo should cater to their tender sensibilities. It seems the phrase “lighten up” is nowhere to be found in their vocabulary.
Here’s a news flash for those who believe that the world would be a better place if only it could be described with two simple words: “dominionist theocracy.” As difficult as it might be for y’all to wrap your head around this concept: THE WORLD DOES NOT REVOLVE AROUND YOU AND YOUR FEARS AND PREJUDICES- no more than it does around mine or anyone else’s.
I’m not saying that you need to love “The Lone Ranger.” I saw it over the weekend, and I thought it was quite entertaining, all religious/ideological overtones aside. And that’s the thing; sometimes it’s not about your flavor of Imaginary Friend, or your disdain for the beliefs of others, or even your considerable ignorance, xenophobia, and intolerance. It’s not about you at all. America has been referred to as a “melting pot” because we’re a collection of different races, creeds, and religious beliefs, each one as valid as any other.
America IS NOT a Christian nation; it’s a secular nation with an 80% majority that identifies as Christian. That’s a big- and very significant difference…not that fundamentalists bother to recognize that truth. Evidently, reading the Constitution is frowned upon because they already “know” what it says. The truth is not nearly as important as their narrow, intolerant, fear-based theology.
Because…’Murrica. And Jesus.
The problem is that fundamentalists like Baehr are so wrapped in their own sanctimoniousness and self-righteousness that they fail (or refuse) to recognize that the opinions and beliefs of others are every bit as valid as their own.
And sometimes a movie is just a movie. Lighten up, already….