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It might be true that “liberal elites” are more contemptuous of the fervently religious than 50 years ago, but it’s the hysterical rants and exaggerated boy-who-cried-wolf claims of movies like this that fuel this disdain. Persecuted is a ludicrously mushy political thriller, but the fact that it can find an audience is downright terrifying. ‘Persecuted’ Is the Christian Right’s Paranoid Wet Dream

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…at the end of the day America isn’t really about history or narratives, it’s about arguing that any change in economic policy favoring the poor can only be traced back to people hating the United States of America. Dinesh D’Souza’s America: Imagine a World Without It

Perhaps the next incarnation of the film will explore more of the deep social and political issues evident in Pierre Boulle’s original story. Rod Serling’s Planet of the Apes script metamorphosis

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…every time a movie like this hits the theater, many conservative evangelicals want it to closely follow the biblical text for purposes of “accuracy,” but if Ridley Scott brings that view of accuracy to the table, what you are left with is a brutal man and a movie unfit for families. Will “Exodus: Gods and Kings” Sanitize Moses?

Aronofsky’s fictionalised account has replicated a paradigm that is true for many religious leaders in the world today. For example, in desiring to obey the concepts of righteousness and right standing before God, many, going back as far as the early Church fathers and before, have made the assumption that if lust is the issue, it therefore follows that the object of that lust must be responsible, and steps must be taken to stifle and eradicate the threat by whatever means. This reasoning justifies violence and abuse of women, and the refusal of education, medical care, and equal status in the community. Viewing “Noah” Through a Gender Lens

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