March 27th 2004

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COVER STORY: The PM, farmers, the FTA and the election

EDITORIAL: Telstra has lost its way

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Spending signals start of election campaign

ANALYSIS: Australia-US trade deal a monumental folly

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Lilies of the field / Speaking conspicuously

MURRAY RIVER: Science overturns need for big environmental flows

INDONESIAN ELECTIONS: Indonesia taking control of its own destiny

How alcohol leads to harder drugs (letter)

The Passion of the Christ (letter)

DOCUMENTATION: IVF - Playing against a stacked deck

MEDIA : Join the Fairfax Club

ASIA: Behind the India-Pakistan thaw

ECONOMICS: Eight centuries of wavy prices

BOOKS: JAMES BURNHAM, by Samuel Francis

FILM REVIEW: Shattered Glass

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The Passion of the Christ (letter)

by Frank Bellet

News Weekly, March 27, 2004

It is interesting to study the hysterical antics of the critics of Mel Gibson's blockbuster The Passion of the Christ, as they switch from one argument to another, depending on how effectively they perceive their criticism is travelling.

Following the unsustainable charge that the movie was anti-Semitic (something that was discounted by some Jewish rabbis) they switched their attacks, claiming the film was too violent - an interesting observation, coming particularly from Hollywood.

After all, if Christ could suffer such violence, all day and in real life, surely the tender hearts of Hollywood could suffer a few hours of violence while roughing it in padded theatre seats.

One Hollywood type cautioned that "Gibson might not work again". If I earned $170 million in two weeks, "not working again" would be the least of my worries.

Another critic who obviously made a decision early in life to go into B Grade movies rather than rocket science, opined that while being critical of Gibson, he was not critical of the nasty movie Kill Bill because the latter was "make believe".

It must be devastating for that section of the media which is secular humanist and for their equally culpable bedfellows in the legislature and judiciary, who have worked so assiduously over five decades to break down the moral code in our society so that it reflected their own, to be threatened by a blockbuster movie which could undo some of the devil's work they have been accumulating over the years.

Personally, I believe that those who say, somewhat extremely, that they hated the movie, also hated the book.

Frank Bellet,
Petrie, Qld

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