I know that the following subject can be to some people, highly immotive. So, I hope the responses do not get out of hand and we all remain friends.
I have my beliefs and disbeliefs, the same as anyone else. But how do Britmovie members feel about the depiction of religion in films, whether it be drama or comedy?
I may tune in to Britmovie at the weekend, or maybe not. But when I do login next, I hope there will be some interesting responses.
In the meantime, I shall log out and wish you all a pleasant weekend.
A very broad subject Alan, and an interesting one. Like you, I have my own thoughts and beliefs, and respect others - but I don't class religion as a 'no go' area when it comes to comedy or drama. As a Christian, I can appreciate the likes of The Last Temptation of Christ, Jesus of Montreal, Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, King of Kings, even The Life of Brian because all feature matters relating to Him without being offensive. In the main all of these are thoughtful portrayals while giving food for thought as to what religion actually is.
I see no problem with depictions of other religions either as long as such depictions don't go too far. Watch examples of anti-Jewish propaganda from the Nazi regime, anti-Islamic or anti-Christian material with associated agendas, and that's where a line is crossed and dramatic and comedic programming and films becomes unpalatable.
I am trying to focus my thoughts on this topic without veering into the emotional, but I can see that for many even the most lighthearted of religious depictions is treating the beliefs of others in an objectionable way. It is something very personal, as indeed is individual interpretation of sacred texts, etc.
The problem is, other beliefs seem to be fair game but whenever religion is in the firing line for satire certain people still get their knickers in a twist. Why? Why should religion have a special place above all other beliefs? Especially when many religions attempt to condemn other people & their lifestyles telling people how to live etc. As far as I’m concerned go as far as you want with religion, if god did exist I’m sure he’d have made his feelings known if he didn’t like people taking the mickey all the time.
As a spiritualist, I felt slated by a couple of members on the forum on the ghosts on the underground thread, but I can`t take it personally. why? Because I can`t prove to them that what I believe is true, and rightly or wrongly, that probably makes it easier to make fun of? It can by some perhaps be put down as wishful thinking and therefore ok to ridicule?
Like a lot of things, some will say the subject of religion should be dealt with in a more sensitive manner, some will disagree.
IMO Monty Python deal in surrealism which I feel is usually different from `just having a laugh at someone`s expense`. I have found a couple of The Pythons sketches very serious and hard hitting indeed, but whatever went through their minds at the time of making The life of Brian, it offended some people, and whether we laugh at the cruifiction scene or not, they probably did cross the line with the Christian community as a whole. Although I wasn`t offended, but it`s not my religion.
Just my thoughts
Last edited by faginsgirl; 21-10-11 at 07:31 PM.
Religion is as open to question and humour as an other subject. If the beliefs,tenets and laws cannot stand scrutiny and humour they can't amount to much in the first place.
Muhammad seems pretty much a no-go area or you'll receive a fatwah. Most other religions have been satirised to the point there's no 'Life of Brian' style outrage.
Fagingirl's post about feeling slighted for her beliefs touched a nerve with me. I posted on an obit thread on this forum and said I hoped the person concerned was 'at peace'. As a Christian I believe that there is something after death and I do believe in the concept of souls at peace. But my comment was picked up on and I felt rather taken aback as it was something I had never ever questioned, and probably never will.
Slightly off-topic of this thread - sorry!