I just saw the movie last night with my lady and, while I have to say I’m squeamish about practically any intimacy between couples onscreen - much less male-male couples, I left “Brokeback Mountain” with a BAD case of the melancholies. My heart ached for those guys, particularly Jack - although I couldn’t really blame Ennis for the fear that kept him from doing what to the audience seemed so obvious he should do. I really can’t imagine how any person who saw the movie would see a pair of “homos”, rather than a pair of humans.
Yet apparently my imagination is lacking, for such people do indeed exist.
This from the Christian Wire Service:
[quote] “Don’t be fooled by Brokeback Mountain’s seven Golden Globe nominations. What a sad day in America when a movie that glorifies homosexuality, adultery, dangerous and deadly unprotected anal sex and deception is up for Best Picture of the Year. This anti-family movie sends a very harmful, insidious message to its viewers, cloaked in awards nominations,”
"Brokeback Mountain’s nomination for Best Picture of the Year depicts a tragic picture of the all time moral low our culture has sunk to. When a movie based on a short story, containing graphic, explicit, dangerous homosexual anal sex by two men is elevated to Best Picture of the Year, America better wake up. "[/quote]
(Incidentally, the author tried to couch his homophobia by expressing his concern at least partly in terms of outrage at the practice of unprotected anal sex – as if he’d honestly care whether a couple of guys like this got AIDS!)
Morever, we all know that quite a number of American theaters refused to even screen the movie.
With ignorance and intolerance like this still so rampant amongst our people, it’s no wonder a political party whose true agenda is the serving the interests of a minute percentage of the population can still manage to win the elections. They focus on side issues like gay marriage, affirmative action and school prayer, and they hire spokesmen like the Reverend Bill Owens (who’s received a million dollars in contributions from Bush, incidentally) to send out messages like this:
[quote]Merry Christmas. This is Rev. Bill Owens of the Coalition of African America Pastors, wishing you a merry Christmas this week, as we finish celebrating the 12 days of Christmas. Can anyone think of a friendlier greeting than