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Friday, April 14, 2006

Good Friday and "The Passion of the Christ"

I feel sorry for Mel Gibson. Ever since he made the epic movie, "The Passion of the Christ", he's been losing thousands of dollars in lost revenue. Unlike other Biblical movies, for example, "The Ten Commandments", the events in "Passion", i.e. the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, are celebrated by Christians the world over every year. And church leaders think that their congregations should watch it every Good Friday so that we are reminded of why we are Christians.

Clips from the movie were shown in my church as part of the youth ministry's skit. For my part, I closed my eyes and tuned out, although I contemplated storming up to the pulpit and rebuking everyone for contravening copyright law.

Millions (billions?) of Christians sitting in thousands (hundreds of thousands?) of churches worldwide watching a commercial movie -- for free. In Singapore, a movie costs $9.50. Christians make up about 1/5 of the population. There are about 6 million people in Singapore. That's 1.2 million x 9.50 = a s**tload of lost money.

Mel Gibson's lawyers are either underworked or ordered to lay off for "good PR".


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