Friday, March 03, 2006

An interesting take on religious commercialism

Rik Swartzwelder started thinking that churches have started becoming too comforatable pitching movies to their congregations, which he realized specifically due to the large push in churches to go watch "The Passion of the Christ." He had no problems with the movie, but he explained what did bother him:

"The original idea came when The Passion of The Christ was being released in 2004. I was visiting my brother in Charlotte, North Carolina, and we visited several churches. And every church we went to, we were basically told from up front that it was our duty, or our responsibility as a church member, to buy a ticket to this movie. Now, I don't have anything negative to say about the film at all …"

With that, he created "The McPassion." It is a 4-minute short satire that focuses on the commercialism of the religous. Keep in mind, it will only be shown during Lent, and will disappear from viewing on April 15th at midnight. If you do view his filmic commentary, you may either love it or hate it, but it does give food for thought. (pun intended)


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