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Monday, March 13, 2006

A Christian Review of Brokeback Mountain


"Homo On The Range" [December 20, 2005]


Brokeback Mountain, a film developed to continue to mainstream all things sodomite upon American culture, is already old news. The film is but one more example of how the 'love' that was once described as one that dare not speak its name now won't close its piehole. Brokeback Mountain seeks to make the audience feel sorry for these two Cowpoke lovers whose innocent love can't be lived out publicly for fear of the consequences. This film is one more step into the breach of mainstreaming all things sodomite in as much as it is the first film produced for a broad audience that films the perversion that goes on between two excited but confused males in heat. Christians must not make the mistake of referring to this perversion as 'sex' lest we surrender the meaning of the word for its anti-meaning. Whatever it is that two men do with their reproductive organs it certainly isn't sex.Its interesting that the way that Brokeback Mountain is marketing itself is by selling itself as a love story, and further it is interesting that many of the people that it is being marketed to will likely buy that angle. You see it has all the angles of a love story being present with the only difference being that they forgot to include a female lead. In traditional Hollywood love story fashion, boy meets boy, boy rides boy (hey -- they're not Cowboys for nothing), boy falls in love with boy, love ends frustrated, audience leaves sad that boy boy love story didn't end happily ever after and resolved that they will never do anything to frustrate such sacred love when they meet two star crossed male sodomites.Of course this love story suffers from the upside down world of categories that comes when God hating people are left in charge of the culture. What is billed as a love story is actually a hate story. As a proper oriented sexual identity is very closely bound up with man created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), homosexual behavior is a self and other hating behavior as it has as its intent (whether consciously or sub-consciously) the attacking of the image of God in man. So the behavior explicitly portrayed in this film is about hate of God, Hate of self and hate of the partner and all of this is done in humanistic notions of 'love.' Hatred of God, self, and others, in Brokeback Mountain is the theme of this movie and it is all portrayed as endearing, heart wrenching, and commendable. What American filmgoers have long forgotten is that love is not a sentiment. Rather love is defined by conforming to a certain explicitly defined standard. The question then is where will we find those a standard by which to judge the love that is portrayed in Brokeback Mountain? Either we will discover those standards on the basis of film-makers ability to manipulate our emotions or we will discover those standards in God's word. If we submit to manipulated emotions then whoever is best at film propaganda will define our standards. If we submit to God's word as the standard then we have capacity to determine if film-makers are sentimentalizing in an ugly direction.Brokeback Mountain is one more example of how our culture has come to call evil, 'good' and good, 'evil.' It creates a narrative that conveniently leaves out Aids hospitals, Brokenhearted parents, homosexual bath-houses, torn and bleeding anuses, and tries to create the facile myth that the most traditionally masculine of men (Cowboys) can find monogamous gay love on the range where the deer and the antelope play... or at least could if it wasn't for such a hateful culture that oppresses them.



  • At Tuesday, June 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You would absolutely LOVE to meet Brett in real life. His wife is awesome too! Brett is a bull-dog when it comes to debate and just as steadfast when it comes to being a loyal friend.

    Jen Graber

  • At Tuesday, September 26, 2006, Blogger Forrest Schultz said…

    Glad to hear it. What attracted me to the article was the title because I myself had alreaday said that this movie could be subtitled "Homo On The Range". When I was in high school we called them "Homos".



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