The cognitive dissonance on Fox is truly amazing. It hasn't been two weeks since Andrea Tantaros, in advancing the popular Fox Muslim bashing narrative, said that Islam was "the most intolerant religion in the world" because, in part, Muslims are upset about the movie Noah which, they claim, violates the Koranic taboo against depictions of a prophet. But yesterday, in advancing the popular Fox persecuted Christian narrative, Fr. Jonathan Morris whined that the word "God" is not mentioned in the entirety of the movie. Oh, no.......
Sweet lil Christian gal, Ainsley Earhardt began her "Fight for Faith" segment with some video from the movie Noah. The chyron read "From Bible to Big Screen, Christians Question Authenticity of Noah." She reported that the movie is causing "controversy among Christians" because OMG "it doesn't use the word God" OMG "not once throughout the entire film." She asked Fr. Morris how "you make a movie about Noah, the story in the Bible about Noah, who was created by God, without mentioning God, that's like writing an American history book without mentioning George Washington."
Morris, who (according to his social media) is catching some sweet Florida sun while doing some Catholic church stuff, said that the movie uses the word "creator" but "the Bible uses the word God." Morris described the movie director's "fancy explanation" of how the movie shows the pre-flood era and as such, the word "creator" was more appropriate; but "it doesn't quite work." The chyron set the requisite Fox Controversy, "Controversial Cinema, Film Noah Never Uses the Word "God," as Morris asserted that Genesis "talks about God." (Who, in the Bible, had many names in the original Hebrew according to a Catholic website) Morris threw in a little dig at the expense of "radical environmentalists" who, according to Morris, would "hate" the word "creator" because they prefer "mother nature." ("God" has a penis. Right, padre?)
After Earhard said that, as a Christian, she was all excited about the three "great" new Christian movies, she threw in the requisite Fox/right wing hatred of Hollywood "liberals" (in McCarthy days, "Hollywood Jews") with her question "is this Hollywood kind of copping out here, not wanting to tell the truth about this story?" (So along with Bill Hemmer, she thinks that the story of Noah is true?) The chyron continued to frame the agitprop: "Artistic License? Noah Uses Creator Instead of God."
In what could have been a subtle slam on Noah's atheist director, Morris, a fan of Hollywood, preached that if you're making a movie, you have to start with a faith perspective. He referenced how the homoerotic Christian snuff film, "The Passion of the Christ" which he "had the blessing" of working on, "was a starting point for faith." He lamented that he wasn't "feeling" that Noah had that starting point.
After Earhardt played video of the movie's director explaining his motives, Morris laughed and said he wished that those with "faith perspectives" had been consulted in the making of the movie. After praising the awesomeness of the director and actors, Morris followed with his trademark caveat - "But it's not going to work if you just try to use huge artistic license on a bible story that's very short and then try to come in somewhere in between." The chyron continued the Fox "controversy" meme: "Film Under Fire, Scrutinized for Take on Biblical Story." His concluding remark about this blasphemous film was "it's not looking good."
Remind me who is intolerant?
That’s why I place hate speech and violence in the same category. It’s one thing to disagree but quite another to express a desire for the worst to happen to another human being, especially death wishes (our own version of a “fatwa”). There’s always a risk that someone, somewhere will decide to go to the next step of physically hurting others, even killing them.
The best antidote against that is to condemn hate speak on the grounds that it is both a dangerous and cowardly weapon (because someone else will take the blame).
There’s a difference between showing your disapproval through speech, even with sarcasm or anger, and showing your disapproval through protests with violence and death.
PS: The science of interpreting tree rings is pretty well developed nowadays and it does not corroborate any worldwide flood: only lots of small ones at different times.
Kirsten’s belief structure seems to be inspired by the principles of livestock breeders: unpure blood, etc. God as a human-breeder reacting to a contamination of the blood stock? Bof.
And if your definition of faith works for you, go for it. It doesn’t work for me. You know why? Because since I was a little kid I’ve been a realist with a scientific mind. I have always rejected the concept of blindly believing and have always been very good at detecting bullshit. And your “easy” answers are the same lame answers I’ve heard before. They may satisfy you, but they do nothing for me.
You believe what you want, but don’t try to force me to believe the way you do. You’re only convincing yourself. Scientific evidence is reliable. Blind faith is not. I’ll go with science 100% of the time.
Perhaps these christians need to do some critical thinking instead of blindly believing, without question, what they’re told. Back in the days when Noah’s story was written down, they believed the earth was flat. So a world-wide flood to them only encompassed a small area. How was Noah able to gather animals, like polar bears, grizzly bears, North American brown bears, North American bison, etc, from regions he didn’t even know existed? These questions, and many more like them were the kinds of questions I was asking my parents and grandparents when I was a little kid. None of my questions have ever been sufficiently answered, therefore, I find the entire story unbelievable.
THAT is why all your bullcrap about the “Noahide laws” are still the “basis for law on earth” is the “basis.” Those “laws” PREDATE Noah. For the record, the “laws” against idolatry and blasphemy violate the basic human rights of freedom of religion and freedom of speech and the press (and most civilized countries don’t have laws against idolatry or blasphemy—only backwards thinking theocratic regimes, like Iran and Taliban-era Afghanistan do).
But it should be obvious (to everyone but the truly religious-blinded morons) that the Noah story is NOT real. The “Mountains of Ararat” (where the Ark allegedly came to rest) are NOT the highest mountains in the world (there are, in fact, mountains even higher just a couple hundreds miles to the northeast; we know them today as the Caucauses). Why didn’t the Ark come to rest on Mt Everest or K2 or any of the Himalayas (which, along with their neighboring ranges, the Tian Shan, the Karakorum and the Hindu Kush account for like 93 of the 100 highest mountains)? Mt Ararat (the most famous of the “mountains of Ararat”) rates in the 240s among the world’s highest mountains.
And, of course, that doesn’t even account for the difficulty in explaining how koalas and raccoons were UNKNOWN to the ancient Hebrews. In fact, these species were UNKNOWN to anyone outside of Australia and North America until the “Age of Exploration” began in the 1490s. Or did these species just spontaneously come into existence AFTER the Flood?
You’re welcome to believe whatever insane hogwash you wish to but that doesn’t mean it’s real or ever happened. And the Noah flood and ark are nothing more than a myth. Consider also the fact that God supposedly—according to the Bible—destroyed the world because it became evil and He wanted to basically “reset” to factory specs. BUT, if he’d destroyed all the evil and ONLY had Noah and his family left to start over with, why did evil and sin continue? I mean, why would the Ten Commandments have a bunch of “shall not”s if the flood had done its job? Why did God feel a need to “inspire” men to write about how certain acts were “abominations” if He’d rid the world of all that evil and sin with the flood? Something does not compute, Jacob.
After all. Where did Noah Live? How did Noah Build the Ark? What Happened After?” (4 min video) http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/xc4khd.. …. . I’m sure this depiction is quite accurate logical and wise. And it is open source to the public.
And please experience….http://www.NoahIsReal.com , a four part interactive essay where Noah’s descendants are traced through architecture, art history and the 3 style of hats they wore , the meteor that struck earth in 3123 bce and “messed things up” and more
Morris is a hypocrite. Money and face-time on this fraudulent “news” outlet is more important to him, than his integrity.
All of these cafeteria Catholics should have been ex-communicated years ago. These clowns act like saints on television, but these frauds act different off-camera.
NOTE TO MORRIS
God is missing from Fox “News” Channel. Look at the behavior of some of the hosts, and staffers, and you know who we are talking about, priest.