Jul 24 2012
The incident that occurred in the Aurora theater last Friday morning was heart breaking and terrible. It is something that never should have happened. As I read news articles on the issue and watch people’s comments on the web several things start to bother me.
Why blame violent movies for people doing violent acts? Is it really Hollywood who gave us the ideas and taught people how to be violent? Did they really put these ideas into our heads?
The answer is no. Sure, a specific way to commit an act may be copied from a movie, but that in no way means that someone wanting to do something horrible would never had done it if they never watched movies.
We are a violent race, and have been since the beginning of time when Cain killed Abel.
Did Hollywood inspire the Romans to create crucifixion, to torture and execute people in the most violent method ever developed by men? Roman Gladiators only came about because of the movie Gladiator, right? And what about the Holocaust? If Schindler’s List was never made then the Nazi’s would never had gotten the ideas to torture and experiment on humans in gross and devastating ways.
No, the fact that violent movies are created and popular has nothing to do with causing events to happen, and everything to do with showing how much more we are tolerating as a society. If we did not enjoy those movies and did not support them, then Hollywood would not make them.
Hollywood has started making Christian films now, and Fox created a whole division called Fox Faith, why? Because they care about the message? No, because they know that those faith-based movies sell, families love them. So they empower Christian movies to be made. Because those companies are driven by money.
If you do not want to see violent and sex obsessed movies come out of Hollywood then we need to show that with our wallets. If people quit going to violent movies then they would not be made.
But that is not going to happen without the gospel.
Tragedies happen and it hurts everyone, but lay the blame in the right place. The killer is the one who decided to shoot 70 people in the theater in Aurora, and he did not need to get the ideas from Hollywood.
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