Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Vatican Slams Avatar? HaHaHaHa!

You'd think the Vatican, with its long history of being on the wrong side of the facts (not to mention its reputation as a bastion of illogical thinking), would have the good sense to keep quiet when a SciFi pro-environment movie is rapidly climbing into the all-time number one slot as the highest-grossing movie in history. But then, why should the Roman Catholic Church break its two-thousand-year record of being wrong?

According to a report on Huffington Post, the Vatican news organizations claim Avatar is "flirting with the idea that worship of nature can replace religion – a notion the pope has warned against." Apparently the Pope is pro-environmentalism, but is afraid of it turning into some sort of neo-paganism. You know, where people worship some of the other of the 16,000 to 20,000 gods that humans have invented over the millenia rather than picking the right one. (In case you're confused, the right god to worship is the one called Jehova, Yahweh, Allah, El and a couple other names. Or maybe those were different gods, but we got confused. I don't know, ask the Pope, he's the expert.)

I don't know about you, but I'm not a guy who turns to the Vatican for advice when I'm deciding whether to see a SciFi movie.

In case you haven't seen it yet, Avatar is GREAT. We're going to see it again soon while it's still in 3D theaters. And see it in IMax if you can!


  1. I saw this on Colbert, last night's episode. At the risk of stating the obvious, is this a smokescreen Vatican is using to distract us from more important issues, such as sheltering people who rape children and facilitating the spread of AIDS?
    It's nice to know that the Vatican apparently has nothing more pressing to do than get offended by books and movies.

  2. Obviously I completely disagree with the Vatican always.

    However I've noticed that for some people environmentalism is almost becoming a religion. Take a look at this:

  3. Sarah - I agree, anything to distract their parishoners from the obvious would be a good ploy for the Vatican right now!

    Dan - Fascinating link, thanks. One has to wonder why any beliefs, whether political, philosophical or religious, should be of any concern to an employer. In fact, it's a pretty broad line between science and philosophy, and between philosophy and religion.


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