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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:17 AM
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Mel Gibson’s Passion and Fascism’s Piety of Pain
By Matthew Fox


A long article but an interesting read; just a few snips don't cover the scope of the article, but here are a few I found meaningful:

http://www.matthewfox.org/sys-tmpl/response /


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As I sat and watched Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” with its unrelenting emphasis on blood and gore I had a déjà vu experience as I vividly recalled this Dominican priest and his particular form of piety. Gibson set out his intentions for his film in an interview: “I want to push you over the edge, push you right over the edge, so you can stay there and hang out with and get to a higher plane… through the pain.” Piety as pain, pain as piety. This movie opens a door on fascist piety which is pain-driven.

The piety of fascism is inevitably a piety of pain and suffering (thus the complete fascination with redemption and total refusal to entertain grace and original blessing) and it manifests itself in full bloody form in this movie. Gibson is allegedly a member of Opus Dei, a secretive Catholic sect of wealthy men whose spirituality is deeply fascistic. Its founder, a Spanish priest named Escriva, whom the Pope rushed into canonization two years ago in record time, was a card carrying fascist who actually praised Adolph Hitler and who was also deeply sexist. Two of his Opus Dei members served on Franco’s cabinet. The present pope has taken this religious order under his wing (his own press secretary is a member of Opus Dei) and has appointed many Opus Dei bishops and cardinals (especially in Latin America after decimating the liberation theology and base communities there). They have constructed an $81 million edifice in Manhattan and are ensconced in the financial capitals of Europe, especially in Frankfurt, which is replacing Switzerland as the financial capital of Europe.


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It is no wonder, then, that this film is being seen by so many Christian groups whose piety is built more on fear than it is on love and hope, more on sin than on blessing, more on victimization than on liberation. It provides a logical haven for fall/redemption religious world views. No wonder Gibson leaves out so much of the message of Jesus: It is not compatible with fascism which is about control and not justice, about power-over, not power-with (compassion).

It is one of the signs of our times that new generations born since the defeat of fascism in World War II (and the attempt to throw off fascism in the Catholic Church in the Second Vatican Council), know very little about fascism. I recently met a twenty-six year old college graduate who did not know what fascism was. It is a scandal that our Congress appropriates millions of dollars to build monuments to the heroes of World War II but apparently very little to educate youth (or itself?) about the lessons to be learned from the purpose of that war: To defeat fascism.


Plenty more!

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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 11:31 AM
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1. Gibson is an anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist creep
Edited on Sat Apr-24-04 11:32 AM by Skittles
it sickens me that so many people - even DUers, wished to see his sick movie
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 03:29 PM
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2. I passed this on to my son,
who offered to take me to see this movie. And enjoyed the vigorous discussion of christ vs christianity that followed. (I declined. We saw something else.)

I sat in the lunchroom at work and listened to my colleagues gush over their opportunity to see this movie. Some had already been; whole congregations went together to "special showings." Others were planning to see it that week. They repeated, ad nauseum, "What he did for us! I can't believe what he endured/went through/suffered/etc for us!

I didn't offer comment, since it wouldn't have been civil. But I thought much of what was stated in this article; how could "christianity" have strayed so far from what Christ seems to have been trying to teach?
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Durandal Donating Member (9 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 03:44 PM
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3. So true
I can't believe anyone would actually WANT to see this movie. It just sickens me. BTW, hi all to this forum! I'm glad I found this place.
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 03:51 PM
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4. Welcome, Durandal.
Enjoy your time at DU.

:hi:
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 03:51 PM
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5. HOWDY DURANDAL
welcome to the DU! :hi:
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