Whilst traveling all over the Caribbean and Europe I made the fatal mistake of checking my Cayblogger email, and an even bigger mistake actually searching archives and reading the latest rantings by Reverend Nikolai Syko and the Communist Ministers Association. It is appalling.
Apparently Rev Syko is an expert on Phillip Pullman’s trilogy and he’s an expert on what we should and should not see. It’s “Passion frenzy” all over again.
Never mind this religious zealot and social sycophant is the same moron who tried to convince us that Burger King’s “best darn burger” was an attempt by the burger magnate to impose damnation on those of us who enjoy eating the delicious flame-broiled burgers (by the way, the best damn burger is the Jack Rackam’s Burger at Rackam’s – tell Linda I sent you); but now he is – again – playing a fanatic religious censor of a movie that is by its own admission FICTION.
There is a literary term that most educated people understand when dealing with works of fiction either printed or presented cinematically. It’s called “suspending disbelief.”
The producer of the work is asking you to, temporarily, suspend your beliefs of what is and isn’t possible, practical or in this case real. Just as producers of movies like “The Fantastics,” “Toy Story” and “Babe” hope you suspend disbelief long enough to think that humans can perform super-human feats of strength or that toys and pigs can talk (and fly), Pullman’s production asks you to suspend your disbelief just long enough to enjoy a movie about a girl trying to rescue her friend from the forces of evil.
Check me if I’m wrong, but don’t Christians believe that this is what Jesus did?
Maybe Reverend Syko and his merry band of crusading morons can stand before movie audiences like they did during the overblown hoopla of “The Passion of The Christ” and remind us that their way of thinking is the only right way. Maybe Syko can help us to understand that movies with talking animals dressed in coats of armour aren’t real… Who knew?
As for me, not only do I not believe that pigs can talk (all evidence to the contrary Arden and McKeeva), I don't believe Tom Cruise can fly an F-14, I don't believe Sigourney Weaver can fly a spaceship and battle aliens, and I don't believe Julia Roberts can act.
Enough is enough, I say. Screw Reverend Syko and the rest of his hyper-sensitive advocates of censorship. If he doesn’t understand the basic tenet of religion and faith then he doesn’t deserve to stand in the pulpit and proclaim he is a messenger of God. You can't superimpose God's plan on human creativity and have the results make sense. So we can either do away with creativity and the arts or we can chose to be enlightened and educated children of God capable of understanding concepts like reality, fiction, and faith.
God gave the vast majority of us a brain. With these brains we are given the task of making decisions. We can decide to be good or bad. We can decide to be Christian or Atheist, Muslim or Jewish, Catholic or Buddhist or Agnostic, etc…
We can also decide to exercise our faith in whatever religion that may be.
And we should be able to exercise our faith without being made to feel guilty by close-minded idiots like Rev Syko who tell us that a movie is being produced to corrupt young kids and to encourage them to become atheists. If you believe this you are an even bigger idiot than Sykes.
I would venture a guess that most kids will see the movie and either like it or hate it – but maybe the message of dedicating yourself to caring for a friend will sink in in spite of the talking animals in costume.
I grew up on Disney. I saw movies like “Bedknobs and Broomsticks,” “Escape to Witch Mountain,” “Return to Witch Mountain,” “The Wizard of Oz” and many others – all of which contained elements of witchcraft, sorcery and impossible things that do nothing more than create a sense of awe in children. Much like Harry Potter does today.
When I was a kid I was allowed to be a kid. I went swimming with gum in my mouth, I skinned my knee and somehow managed to not be rushed to the emergency room shortly before my parents sued someone, I watched movies and I even read books on assignment in high school English with decidedly agnostic or godless themes. And I somehow managed to remain a Christian.
Freaks like Sykes have the best of intentions and as they pave the road to hell they count on mindless minions to follow behind them all the while marching to the beat of their little tin drum.
Here’s a message: In spite of all evidence to the contrary, God gave all of us fully-functioning brains and we should use them. In this case we should use them to understand that Syko’s agenda isn’t necessarily God’s agenda and any person who claims to know what God thinks or feels about a movie should be avoided at all effort.
What Syko and the CMA are trying to do is tantamount to book burning and anti-socialist McCarthyism of the 1950s. They’re barking at the wind and what's worse is some of the people in Cayman will listen.
God loves us and he trusts us. He gave us life and dominion over the earth and He gave us brains to make decisions. We are flawed and imperfect in so many ways – why do we need the Communist Ministers Association to make us feel worse about a harmless activity created to entertain us? We don’t.
Go see the movie or don’t go see it; but don’t do so because of or in spite of what the CMA says. Use your God-given brain to make your own decision. And afterward, head over to Rackam’s and have the best DAMN burger in Cayman – or head to your local bookstore and buy all three of Pullman’s books.
If anyone needs me I’ll be outfitting my cat in chainmail and a battle axe while worshiping Baal.
Regardless, if you see Rev Syko ask him how he knows so much about Pullman’s trilogy without himself converting to atheism – he must have a strong faith in God and none in us.