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Breathing Humanity Back Into Brokeback
Townhall ^ | 1/31/2006 | Chad Thompson

Posted on 01/31/2006 7:17:45 AM PST by dson7_ck1249

I read a review of Brokeback Mountain, the conservative author of which actually felt bad that he had felt bad during the movie. The heartache experienced by the characters in the film had elicited a degree of compassion and empathy in him, yet this author’s hatred toward the act of homosexuality had so inoculated him against seeing the true struggle behind the issue that it seemed like he actually felt guilty for internalizing the humanity in Brokeback Mountain.

As much as the movie tilts at the windmills of our country’s Judeo-Christian foundations, and in doing so ravenously angers its conservative watchdogs, the film still serves a noble purpose. It opens the eyes of those who, before seeing the film, had no idea how darkness looms for those who live in fear of telling their friends and family that they are gay.

My friend Ben put it best when he said, “Much of the homophobia in America is built on the human ability to ignore another's humanity, and this film breathes humanity back into the issue.”

I know, just as much as anyone, how desperately this breath of humanity is needed. Having worked for a conservative political organization in the state of Iowa, I have witnessed Christian people treating very disrespectfully those with whom they disagree on moral and social issues like homosexuality. Therefore, as much as the movie teaches us about how to absorb the sufferings of another, its purpose is dignified. However, to the extent that the film seeks to blur the line between acceptance of a behavior and acceptance of a person, its purpose is harmful.

As someone who has personally struggled with, and overcome, unwanted homosexual attractions, I could resonate with the hunger I saw in the film’s characters, Jack and Ennis. They knew they were missing something, and they each thought it was the other.

To understand fully the dynamics of the struggle, one must realize that homosexuality isn't really a sexual issue. Becoming sexually attracted to someone of the same gender is just the symptom of a much deeper emotional need. It is the symptom of a need for healthy, non-sexual intimacy with one’s own gender—a legitimate need that went unchecked during the childhoods of so many pre-homosexual boys and girls.

Communicator Sinclair Rogers once said, “Temptation is the exploitation of a real need.” And so it is with homosexuality.

I believe this movie is harmful in that it paints sexual expression as the proper way to extinguish the heartache and loneliness experienced by those in the gay and lesbian community. Furthermore, the movie exploits the already-existing stereotypes of gender-typical behavior and re-affirms the sexual nature of experiences between men that shouldn’t have to be viewed as sexual at all: the open expression of raw emotion and tender affection; intimacy, trust, caring, physical closeness, and nurturing.

Sociologist Peter M. Nardi, in Men's Friendships, writes “Men are raised in a culture with a mixed message: Strive for healthy, emotionally intimate friendships, but be careful—if you appear too intimate with another man you might be negatively labeled homosexual.”

That Brokeback Mountain uses cowboys to tell its story doesn’t at all make a statement about the healing power of healthy same-gender intimacy. It only shows us that “cowboys can be gay too.” After all, did Jack or Ennis ever leave one of their sexual encounters even a little bit happier than they were before? No. Each and every time they had to go back to the same broken lives they had come from.

The movie itself argues that it was society's fault that Jack and Ennis never had a shot at living a real life together, and I agree. The early 1960s was a tumultuous time to be homosexual in America, and to the degree that the movie is a statement against the violent and homophobic attitudes of the sixties, I am its fan.

However, willing as I may be to cast blame on society for ruining one of Hollywood’s most famous gay relationships, I think that society's response to the relationship of Jack and Ennis is not as important as God’s response. In the same way, I feel that society's answer to the pain experienced by Jack and Ennis is inferior to God’s answer.

I’m also disturbed that the film suggests that Jack and Ennis were at the complete mercy of a homophobic society and had absolutely no power to overcome their circumstances or make their own choices. This portrayal is unfair to the thousands of men and women who, with God’s help, have chosen to reject their homosexual attractions and are experiencing a genuine transformation of their sexual identities.

The truly ironic part of the film is that almost every single scene contains a visual acknowledgment of God’s existence, along with a practical denial of it.

The apostle Paul says, “Since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”

The scenery portrayed in Brokeback Mountain—the rock formations, the sunrise, the skies, the rivers—they all testify to the existence of God and to the greatness of God. Yet the characters in the film acted in exactly the manner that one would expect someone to act who didn’t believe in God.

After all, isn’t that what this really is all about? The existence of God? The character of God? The power of God? One of the most famous lines in the film is: “If you can’t change [your sexuality] you just have to stand it.” From a human perspective, changing something as deeply ingrained as one’s sexual orientation certainly seems impossible, which is exactly why the world looks at people like me and assumes I’m a fake. But if God really is who he says he is—if God really can heal the sick, turn water into wine, and even bring the dead to life—then overcoming homosexuality wouldn’t seem so difficult, would it?

I suspect that many who saw Brokeback Mountain are in much the same position as the disciples were when Jesus outlined for them the cost of serving him. They responded to Christ’s admonition to give “all they had” by saying “that’s impossible.”

And Jesus replied: "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

I once heard someone say that it’s time for those who struggle with really big things like homosexuality to stop telling God how big their “mountain” is, and start telling their mountain how big God is.

Today, it seems, Brokeback is the mountain that needs to be told how big God is


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: brokeback; hollyweird; movie; pudding
This is perhaps one of the more insightful and interesting commentaries on Brokeback Mountain I have read to date.
1 posted on 01/31/2006 7:17:48 AM PST by dson7_ck1249
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To: dson7_ck1249

Possibly, but I am tired of having this flick shoved down my throat.

No pun intended.


2 posted on 01/31/2006 7:20:14 AM PST by FearlessFreep
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To: dson7_ck1249
sniff-sniff...

Maybe I will start feeling more compassionate towards adulterers now, because Hollyweird tells me it's okay. /s

3 posted on 01/31/2006 7:21:58 AM PST by Millee (I've got FRiends in low places..)
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To: dson7_ck1249

dson7_ck1249
Since Jan 30, 2006

Registered yesterday and posted this today, I'm sure it's just a coincidence.


4 posted on 01/31/2006 7:23:07 AM PST by Bikers4Bush (Flood waters rising, heading for more conservative ground. Vote for true conservatives!)
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To: dson7_ck1249

I have also heardthat the straight men in the movie are depicted as blundering fools, low-grade morons. Aside from the gay love scenes, why would straight men go and see a movie that showed them as crude savages?

I think the film industry has really jumped the shark on this one.


5 posted on 01/31/2006 7:23:25 AM PST by squarebarb
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To: dson7_ck1249
Insiteful? the bible says, "turn from our youthful lusts"...The movie seems to promote it.
6 posted on 01/31/2006 7:24:15 AM PST by Zavien Doombringer (13th AF, 3rd TFW, 3rd AGS, 3rd AMU - ESC The Blue Screw will get you too! 86-89)
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To: Bikers4Bush
Registered yesterday and posted this today, I'm sure it's just a coincidence.

Of course it's just a coincidence... I mean, there couldn't be any reason for it, could there?


7 posted on 01/31/2006 7:26:43 AM PST by Zavien Doombringer (13th AF, 3rd TFW, 3rd AGS, 3rd AMU - ESC The Blue Screw will get you too! 86-89)
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To: dson7_ck1249
The Rounders (1965) with Glenn Ford and Henry Fonda was a better story of two cowboys alone on a bleek mountain...

"Ben and Howdy are a couple of aging cowboys who bust broncos out of Sedona for Jim Ed Love, a slick operator if ever there was one. Sisters, Meg and Agatha, have their eyes on Ben and Howdy, but the boys aren't ready to settle down yet. They spend the winter in the high country corralling more than 100 stray cattle at $7 a head for Jim Ed. Most years, they blow their winter pay in one spring night at a Sedona bar, but this year, Ben and Howdy have a plan: to take an ornery roan that Ben has been unable to break and bet their bankroll that no cowboy at the Sedona rodeo can stay on the horse. What will they do if they win - marry the sisters or head for Tahiti?"

"Whatever Suits You, Just Tickles Me Plum To Death."

Glenn Ford - A talented and versatile performer equally at home in both drama and comedy, Mr. Ford brought a calm assuredness to the screen and was often cast in roles that required the hero to show courage and grace under pressure. He is probably best known for his work in oaters and was inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame by the Western Heritage Museum.

During his service with the Marines in World War II, he helped build safe houses in France for those hiding from the Nazis. Mr. Ford also served two tours of duty in Vietnam and is the only actor to have served with both the Green Berets and the French Foreign Legion. Among his numerous medals and commendations are the Medal of Honor, presented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the French Legion of Honor Medal for his service in World War II, two commendation medals from the US Navy and the Vietnamese Legion of Merit.

From Glenn Ford: Performer and Patriot

Glenn Ford is still alive at near 90...

8 posted on 01/31/2006 7:27:43 AM PST by Bender2 (Stop doodling around... Read the first three chapters of my Science Fiction novel.)
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To: dson7_ck1249
"....the true struggle behind the issue...."

The TRUE struggle behind the issue is a spiritual one - they (homosexuals) are caught in the bondage of sin, and unless and untill they admit that they are sinning, they cannot escape that bondage.

"Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?
Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God."

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

10 posted on 01/31/2006 7:31:01 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: dson7_ck1249
Today, it seems, Brokeback is the mountain that needs to be told how big God is.

God has spoken rather forcefully on the homosexual act. It is a sin. Now you and the writer may not like that but there it is. Pretending otherwise is simply pulling the pillow over ones head and screwing your eyes tightly shut. It gets you nowhere but makes you feel better.

You can argue all you want that men mounting men in the presence of sheep is a righteous thing, you just can't argue that God sees it the same way. Certainly God loves the homosexual but the homosexual act is a different mountain altogether.

11 posted on 01/31/2006 7:32:12 AM PST by jwalsh07
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To: dson7_ck1249

ping for later


12 posted on 01/31/2006 7:34:30 AM PST by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - silent no longer)
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To: dson7_ck1249
My friend Ben put it best when he said, “Much of the homophobia in America is built on the human ability to ignore another's humanity, and this film breathes humanity back into the issue.”

It's not homophobia, it's homoneausea! Most people are not afraid of queers. It's not like they are the Crips or the Bloods and might bust a cap in you. Because I had a good friend in high school who's dad was "confused" I met a lot of queer men. Besides being self-loathing and self-destructive they had a habit of having anal "sex?" with each other then oral "sex?" thereafter. That's what is repulsive to me. I don't really care if they do such things behind closed doors, it's their butt. But give me a break, in the scheme of things there just are not that many queers. Not so many that we have to read and hear about them over and over and over.

If folks want to go see some movie about queer sheep herders on horses that's A-OK with me. But count me out. I don't need to learn anything else about queers. All I ask is that they keep away from young people and stop trying to spread their stupidity to others so they can pretend that makes them normal.

13 posted on 01/31/2006 7:34:55 AM PST by isthisnickcool (Quoting Hillary Clinton: "You know, you know, you know, you know.....")
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To: dson7_ck1249
Nice try. The movie glorifies adultery and homosexuality. Prattling on using Christian terminology doesn't change what is an abomination before God.

That being said, I think I do have a grasp of how hard it is for someone to bring up and speak about their personal sins. We are all sinners...some have committed them in more grandiose fashion, but we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God. But that's not the ending point to it. There are many who have been delivered from their homosexual lifestyles...and in denying that, the film also promotes the lie that it's just the way it is and it can't be changed.

Sorry, but the film is just propaganda, and one review isn't going to change that.

14 posted on 01/31/2006 7:35:01 AM PST by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: Bender2

Can you imagine anyone else playing Jonathan Kent?
One of my favorite cowboys/actors.


15 posted on 01/31/2006 7:35:41 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: dson7_ck1249; Darksheare; meowmeow; 4mycountry; Poohbah; Grampa Dave; an amused spectator; ...
Hmmmm, the old contraversial posting and leave trick...

Just signed on yesterday and this is your only post.

Care to come back with some responses?

Don't worry, I believe I have some freinds here that may invoke a few words of wisdom for you.

16 posted on 01/31/2006 7:42:31 AM PST by Zavien Doombringer (13th AF, 3rd TFW, 3rd AGS, 3rd AMU - ESC The Blue Screw will get you too! 86-89)
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To: dson7_ck1249

This movie seems destined to win several awards from the primarily liberal folks who vote for them.

My vote is with my dollars. I will not go to see the film because the theme doesn't interest me.


17 posted on 01/31/2006 7:46:19 AM PST by wildbill
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To: dson7_ck1249
"Much of the homophobia in America is built on the human ability to ignore another's humanity ...... blah blah blah blah"

I am so sick of liberals throwing around the word "homophobia". An opinion based on a moral judgment is not a phobia. My fear of heights is a phobia. My view of homosexuality is an opinion. If opinions are phobias, then this author suffers from conservaphobia.

Its a wasted post, I suspect your a troll anyway.

18 posted on 01/31/2006 7:56:35 AM PST by GregoTX (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.)
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To: SJSAMPLE
Can you imagine anyone else playing Jonathan Kent?

Well, John Schneider (the real Bo Duke) has done a decent job with the role in Smallville, and Tom Weller is a better Clark Kent than Christopher Reeve ever thought about being.

19 posted on 01/31/2006 8:24:08 AM PST by VRWCmember
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To: Zavien Doombringer
Thanks for the PING!!

I suspect the kitties will be well fed today!

20 posted on 01/31/2006 8:31:58 AM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

OOOooyeah, especially after the Alito confirmation ceremony :)


21 posted on 01/31/2006 8:35:08 AM PST by Zavien Doombringer (13th AF, 3rd TFW, 3rd AGS, 3rd AMU - ESC The Blue Screw will get you too! 86-89)
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To: Zavien Doombringer
I can only imagine the vitriol at the DU after the confirmation.
22 posted on 01/31/2006 8:37:21 AM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick
Check the postings here, I think you will get a good chuckle. DU actually shut down for paying members only for the duration....

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1568198/posts

23 posted on 01/31/2006 8:39:43 AM PST by Zavien Doombringer (13th AF, 3rd TFW, 3rd AGS, 3rd AMU - ESC The Blue Screw will get you too! 86-89)
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To: Zavien Doombringer

LOL, too funny!


24 posted on 01/31/2006 9:01:51 AM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.)
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To: dson7_ck1249

The movie sucked, it is a bomb no matter how the left spins it, and it is a movie about gay SHEEP HERDERS, not cowboys.
But hey, we can't expect the left to know the difference between sheepers and cowboys now, can we?


25 posted on 01/31/2006 10:38:07 AM PST by Darksheare (And baby says "RAAAAR!")
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To: dson7_ck1249

No movie is going to cause me to gain sympathy for the gay community anymore than I might have for self-inflicting drug users.


26 posted on 01/31/2006 3:09:48 PM PST by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: isthisnickcool
Garbage in - garbage out. Why do I need to dirty my mind with more of Hollywood's moral relevancy?

I agree totally with your disagreement with the term homophobia. I am certainly not afraid of someone next to me simply because the pitch of their voice is higher than my own.
27 posted on 01/31/2006 3:12:28 PM PST by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: Zavien Doombringer

No tricks here, this is just the first I've been able to come back and check.
The bottom line is, I'm not defending homosexuality, I've yet to see the movie and I just thought the review was interesting because it wasn't like any of the other reviews I've read.
I haven't left, I just don't have the time that many of you clearly have to spend all day on this site.


28 posted on 02/02/2006 9:07:04 AM PST by dson7_ck1249
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To: dson7_ck1249
Hmm, well since you are new...

Usually we post news that either a reflection of our point of view, or totally opposite with dorogatory comments. By you posting this article that sugar coats the movie with a generalization of God. Totaly contraversial, and to top it off, you never responded to validate your stance.

I don't spend all day on FR, just my lunch break... which has a tendancy to extend itself when the postings get good.

Welcome to FreeRepublic

29 posted on 02/02/2006 9:12:47 AM PST by Zavien Doombringer (13th AF, 3rd TFW, 3rd AGS, 3rd AMU - ESC The Blue Screw will get you too! 86-89)
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To: Zavien Doombringer

noted...

Although, I didn't think that the article sugercoated the movie with a generalization of God. The author was fairly specific as to point out not only his own struggle, but I felt like the author was certainly pointing out the gravity of the sin of homosexuality and fighting to overcome it. The author clearly thinks that homosexuality is a sin, which is why he takes it seriously. As he says, temptation is the exploitation of a real need...the need for intimacy and friendship is real, but the manifestation of it in homosexual lifestyles is wrong!
What I felt like the bottom line was...was that God is not interested in abandoning those who are living lives of sin, but rather that He is willing and able to help these men break free of homosexuality because it is indeed sin! The author is testifying to the powerful nature of God because the author himself was once in the grips of homosexuality but is no longer..thanks to God.
I didn't think the editorial glorified homosexuality at all, nor did it condone it as acceptable before God. It just pointed out the fact that even though it's a sin, it's not one that is big enough to stop God.


30 posted on 02/02/2006 9:24:52 AM PST by dson7_ck1249
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To: Millee

hollyweird isn't telling you to feel more compassion, God is. To be against homosexuality does not necessitate hatred towards homosexuals. That was the point of the article.


31 posted on 02/02/2006 9:25:54 AM PST by dson7_ck1249
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To: Bikers4Bush

i'm not sure what you're talking about. Should I wait longer to post anything? Is there a time limit?


32 posted on 02/02/2006 9:26:36 AM PST by dson7_ck1249
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To: squarebarb

from your response "I heard"...i take it that you haven't actually seen the movie either, which doesn't exactly give your opinion of the movie legitimacy.


33 posted on 02/02/2006 9:27:24 AM PST by dson7_ck1249
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To: Psalm 73

Agreed.
The author's point is that God is powerful enought to break those chains of bondage, as the author points out that God has done in his life! So yes, they must admit that they are sinning, but then what? God is the one that frees them, and that's the point!


34 posted on 02/02/2006 9:28:42 AM PST by dson7_ck1249
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To: dson7_ck1249
OK, I see your point, and you are correct. there isn't anything God can not do. There is only one unforgivable sin, so that should bring relief to a lot of people...
35 posted on 02/02/2006 9:29:57 AM PST by Zavien Doombringer (13th AF, 3rd TFW, 3rd AGS, 3rd AMU - ESC The Blue Screw will get you too! 86-89)
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To: jwalsh07

I don't know how you would get the idea from the article that either I or the author don't think homosexuality is a sin. Clearly it is...but who is the one that is able to break us free from sin? It's God, isn't it? But the way society/media portrays homosexuality, it's almost as if homosexuals are beyond help. But that's clearly not true, as the author himself testifies to from his own life. God is big enough to free homosexuals from their bondage.


36 posted on 02/02/2006 9:30:20 AM PST by dson7_ck1249
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To: highlander_UW

what movie isn't propaganda? How are you defining it? If propaganda is just the manifestation of one's personal views in some sort of publicly consumed medium...then I'm not sure that any movie escapes that definition. Of course it's propaganda, that's not the issue, the issue is..what is the message behind that propaganda? The author's point, and mine, is that perhaps that message isn't what everyone seems to think it is.
The author is precisely one of those that have been delivered from the sin of homosexuality (as you aptly point out in your reply)...


37 posted on 02/02/2006 9:32:49 AM PST by dson7_ck1249
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To: GregoTX

what's a troll?
I've gotten a lot of interesting and thought-provoking replies..considering that discourse is the purpose of this forum, I'm not sure how this was a wasted post.


38 posted on 02/02/2006 9:33:59 AM PST by dson7_ck1249
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To: dson7_ck1249
Well golly, welcome back. My post said nothing about homosexuals, it said adulterers. And I don't hate homosexuals, but I get tired of the non-stop barrage from Hollyweird regarding them. IOW, quit shoving their lifestyle in my face.
39 posted on 02/02/2006 9:34:08 AM PST by Millee (I've got FRiends in low places..)
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To: Millee

i never went anywhere, but thanks for the welcome.
What does IOW mean?
I'm not shoving their lifestyle in your face, I posted an article that was interesting and then I told you what I thought the point was. Neither the article, nor I, advocate the homosexual lifestyle...sounds like you just read the first paragraph of the article and drew your own conclusions.


40 posted on 02/02/2006 9:37:29 AM PST by dson7_ck1249
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To: dson7_ck1249
IOW = "In other words".

I didn't say you were shoving homosexuality down my throat, I said Hollyweird was. We can play "this is what you meant when you posted this" all day long, but I really don't want to. Enjoy your stay at FR.

41 posted on 02/02/2006 9:42:46 AM PST by Millee (I've got FRiends in low places..)
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To: GregoTX
Homophobia is a homosexual describing himself as "gay" cause he can't stand the fact that he is a homosexual.

Homosexuals live in denial and want so terribly to be accepted so they can accept themselves. That's why everything about their behavior has to be normal, accepted, blessed, sanctioned, sanctified, encouraged and celebrated. And if it isn't there is something wrong with the beholder.

Kind of like an AA meeting where booze is served and anyone who objects is a tee-totaling, sanctimonious, prudish alco-phobe.

42 posted on 02/02/2006 9:43:50 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys - Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat - But they know what's best.)
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To: dson7_ck1249
what movie isn't propaganda? How are you defining it? If propaganda is just the manifestation of one's personal views in some sort of publicly consumed medium...then I'm not sure that any movie escapes that definition.

I would agree with you that by your definition no movie would escape being propaganda...however that is not what I'd consider an accurate definition. I would say a more accurate definition in relation to a movie would be one that presents information or ideas with the intention of changing the stance of others. Typically false or incomplete or inaccurately presented information is employed, although not in every case...there can be truthful propaganda, although this movie is not an example of truthful propaganda.

Of course it's propaganda, that's not the issue, the issue is..what is the message behind that propaganda? The author's point, and mine, is that perhaps that message isn't what everyone seems to think it is.

Not sure if you're qualified to speak for the author. I would point out that it's more than just what the message is behind the movie but the world view that such a message is rooted in. I'm not certain what message you believe the movie is intending to present, but it seems clear that one intent is to present a world in which adultery and homosexuality are acceptable. The movie presents false statements...for instance, that one can't help being homosexual. There are many ex-gays, but that fact is the type of thing that the world view behind the movie would rather not be known.

The author is precisely one of those that have been delivered from the sin of homosexuality (as you aptly point out in your reply)...

That is belied by the fact that the opposite is stated in the movie. Isn't the signature line in the film "I wish I knew how to quit you"? Does that sound like a statement of someone who has been delivered from homosexuality? Another example is even in the marketing of the film. The characters are continually referred to as cowboys when they are actually shepherds...guess gay shepherds doesn't sound macho enough...hence the cowboy references. Not sure how long you'll end up lasting on this board, but wish you best of luck...you seem reasonable enough, although incorrect regarding this movie.

43 posted on 02/02/2006 10:38:42 AM PST by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: highlander_UW

I was referring to the author of the movie review that I posted, not the author of the movie. The movie might be presenting a different message, but what I said about the author's message seems to hold true upon reading over the article again. I have not seen the movie, but even if I accept your statement that the "it seems clear that one intent is to present a world in which adultery and homosexuality are acceptable. The movie presents false statements...for instance, that one can't help being homosexual. There are many ex-gays, but that fact is the type of thing that the world view behind the movie would rather not be known"...I don't think that the article I posted agrees with the movie.

The article's author is very candid about his own struggle with homosexuality and what he writes are his problems with the movie and the way it portrays the sin/problem/condition of homosexuality.

I appreciate your comments, but I think that you may have misread my post, because I wasn't commenting on the content of the movie so much as I was referring to the content of the article.

Hopefully I'll last longer than just this post, eh?


44 posted on 02/02/2006 10:44:57 AM PST by dson7_ck1249
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To: dson7_ck1249

I finally saw "Brokeback Mountain" yesterday, just to see what everyone was talking about. It's not just a "gay" movie. It's a love story, period, but the homosexual angle makes the story so much more devastating because it means the two cowboys can never be together, an obstacle that wouldn't be there for a man and a woman. If you've ever lost someone you loved, it'll hit you right in the heart, whether you like it or not. I went in preparing to be grossed out. I came out thinking about an old girlfriend I've never gotten over, and remembering this quote from another old girlfriend: "I was in love once. It sucked."


45 posted on 02/03/2006 5:50:31 PM PST by TroutFishingInAmerica ("I remember, with particular amusement, men in three-cornered hats, fishing in the dawn")
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To: dson7_ck1249

That's nice. I still won't see it.



46 posted on 02/03/2006 5:51:50 PM PST by Fintan (One day we'll look back on this and plow into a parked car.)
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To: dson7_ck1249; All
Sorry, I always come to the threads too late.

It just occurred to me while watching Jay Leno tonight, when he made a Brokeback Mountain joke (or as I call it, "Bareback Mountin' ")...

could this whole movie be a Hollywood / Lavender Mafia inside joke, an "I double-dog dare you" thing?

Remember Matthew Shepard?...Sheperd...Shepherd...Sheep Herders...and in Wyoming, of all places?

Could this be the homos' way of thumbing their...err, noses at middle America?

(Yeah, yeah, I know, tin-foil hat and all that. But why not, if it makes for a way to pass the time posting...?)

Cheers!

47 posted on 02/03/2006 11:22:47 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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I think you are correct.

On a side note, did anyone else see the BM trailer shown during ABC PrimeTime. I guess it was meant to target the audience that watches programs about pedophiles.

48 posted on 02/04/2006 9:12:59 AM PST by grammarman
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To: TroutFishingInAmerica

Agreed. Overwhelmingly just a love story.


49 posted on 02/10/2006 7:19:26 PM PST by mwl1
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