Sunday, February 25, 2007

Look at me! Look at me!

Easter is coming. You know what that means - pastel colors, eggs, marshmallow peanuts, those little yellow and pink chicks, hundreds of rabbits being purchased as pets that will be let out into the grass to play that will get worms and eventually be released into the woods to make easy prey for real wild animals, and of course an onslaught of sensationalized Christian criticism. One of the first examples of this is rearing its head already, less than a week into Lent. You can find out the details here, but the main idea is:

In a new documentary, Producer [James] Cameron and his director, Simcha Jacobovici, make the starting [sic] claim that Jesus wasn't resurrected --the cornerstone of Christian faith-- and that his burial cave was discovered near Jerusalem. And, get this, Jesus sired a son with Mary Magdelene.
No, it's not a re-make of "The Da Vinci Codes'. It's supposed to be true.

Now wait a second, why does this James Cameron fellow sound so familiar? What has he done before? Wait a second, didn’t he make another movie? Yeah. That one that did really well at the box office, the love story - what was it? With the ship... Poseidon? No. Queen Mary? No. Oh yeah, he made Titanic and after that he... After that he... help me out here. What exactly has James Cameron been up to? Well it seems he worked on a failed TV show and made a few documentaries. Nothing you’ve heard of. It must be hard to fall from such a height. I bet it would make you want to do anything to get back into the spotlight. You might even consider doing something controversial and presenting it during a sensitive time of year.

As for the content of documentary, two quotes from the comments on the linked site:
“A cartload of dung is still a cartload of dung even if it is being peddled by PhD's and Oscar-winners.” - Siobahn O’Halloran
"I refuse to take direction on God and happiness, from people who have neither." - GK Chesterton
And one link to the blog of a certain professor who writes about such things.

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