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Editor’s note: Dr. Tom Snyder contributed to this commentary.
It has only been two weeks since the Oscar ceremony celebrated left-wing politics and anti-Christian bigotry with such movies as “Brokeback Mountain” and “Syriana.”
Today, Time Warner is continuing that policy by releasing “V for Vendetta” – a vile, pro-terrorist piece of neo-Marxist, left-wing propaganda filled with radical sexual politics and nasty attacks on religion and Christianity.
The ending of “V for Vendetta” celebrates terrorism when the movie’s three most sympathetic characters carry out an evil plan to blow up England’s Parliament building, one of Western Civilization’s most enduring symbols of democracy and republican government with a small “r.”
The whole movie, in fact, is a thinly veiled attack on the War on Terror now being waged by Prime Minister Tony Blair in Great Britain and President George W. Bush in the United States. The movie’s story was actually updated from a graphic novel that attacked the conservative administration of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, one of the greatest political leaders of the 20th century.
During the final credits for the movie, viewers are treated to actual recordings of Malcolm X spewing racial hatred and violence (apparently the filmmakers never read the last chapter of Malcolm X’s autobiography where he seems to renounce violence and racism). Viewers are also treated during the end credits to actual recordings of radical feminist Gloria Steinem spewing her brand of male-hating, Christian-bashing, androgynous sexual politics.
The rest of “V for Vendetta” not only depicts Christians as evil people who oppress and torture “innocent” people, it also depicts homosexuals as a persecuted, harmless minority of “nice” people. Both of these portrayals are hate-filled, false stereotypes, but the second one is actually contradicted by the secret stash of homoerotic pornography that one of the homosexual characters in the movie hides in a secret room in his house. If all homosexuals, and all homosexual activists, are such goody two shoes, how come so many of them resort to unsafe sexual practices that spread deadly diseases, and how come so many of them promote pornography, support the murder of unborn children through abortion and molest underage children?
Ironically, during the movie, the homosexual character who owns homosexual pornography also owns a banned copy of the Quran, the “bible” of Islam supposedly written by Muhammad, who was a murderer and an anti-Semite. The character calls the Quran and its poetry “beautiful.”
Does that include the Quran’s teachings against homosexuality? Or, does it just include the Quran’s admonitions to kill Christians, Jews and Non-Muslims?
Where does all this abhorrent, pro-terrorist, atheist, pseudo-intellectual left-wing politics in “V for Vendetta” originate?
It stems from the communist influence of the Frankfurt School. The Frankfurt School was started in Germany in 1923 by a group of Marxist intellectuals, and modeled after the Marx-Engels Institute in Moscow in the Soviet Union. When Hitler came to power in 1933, these Marxists fled to the United States to teach at famous colleges like Columbia University, Princeton and the University of California at Berkeley. Eventually, they became founders and powerful leaders of the counter-culture revolution in the 1960s. This revolution started the movement for “political correctness” in America.
America’s education system, its government, its popular culture, its military, its business community, and its news media have been transformed by this insidious Fifth Column of “Cultural Marxism.” We are now suffering the consequences of this quiet political correctness invasion. This is what the current Culture War in Hollywood and America is all about.
Paul Haggis – the writer/director/producer who picked up two Oscars for “Crash” – exposed this neo-Marxist, PC agenda on international television during the Oscar ceremony. Haggis quoted the Marxist playwright, Bertolt Brecht, saying, “Art is not a mirror held up to society, it is a hammer by which to shape it.”
Of course, the Christian view of art, and the view of art in both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament documents of the Bible, is that art should celebrate and promote the Good, the True and the Beautiful.
The Good, the True and the Beautiful do not promote such evils as blowing up civilian buildings, immoral sexual practices conducted outside the bounds of heterosexual marriage, political terrorism and atheist, pro-homosexual bigotry that creates vile, hateful stereotypes of Christians and their leaders.
The Christian view of art sees God as the ultimate ruler of all creation and all communication. The Christian view of art also sees Jesus Christ as the ultimate standard of all artistic excellence.
Armed with this basic theology of art, we can fight the evil influence of such movies as “V for Vendetta.”
Knowledge of theology can lead to understanding, but the fear of God is the beginning of all wisdom. In other words, God hates it when institutions and people like Time Warner and the filmmakers behind “V for Vendetta” pervert mankind’s ability to create art. When we behave so sinfully, we should all fear His righteous judgment.
To quote President Teddy Roosevelt, however, “If you educate a man’s mind but not his heart, you end up with an educated barbarian.”
Thus, our theology and philosophy of art must be informed by frequent reading and serious study of the Bible, which is the Word of God. Only God’s Word can educate the heart to follow the Good, the True and the Beautiful that comes through faith in Jesus Christ, who redeems us from our sins and energizes our faith through His true and perfect love.