that’s not bias, that’s behavior

This ‘anti-Christian bias’ bullshit again.

It’s important to remind everyfuckingbody that in all of Western culture, Christianity is the default. Unless it’s specifically mentioned, every television and movie character is assumed to be Christian. There is a definite, consistent pro-Christian bias in Hollywood. When Christian characters act in non-Christian ways–by lying, by cheating, by conniving, by being greedy, by sexually molesting people, by being hypocrites, and yes, by being fucking cannibals–that’s NOT anti-Christian bias. It’s anti-Christian behavior. And hey, that shit happens ALL THE TIME.

The fact is, there are–and always have been–lots of television shows and movies devoted to favorable portrayals of Christian priests and ministers and nuns. There was even a show called God Friended Me about an atheist ‘friended’ by God on social media, who then became an active agent for good things. How many crime-solving Christian clergy shows are there? Dozens. How many movies and shows about ex-priests still doing the Christian God’s work by fighting supernatural evil–vampires and demons and all that?

There are far more overtly positive representations of Christians on television and in the movies than disparaging ones. And, again, the unfavorable representations are generally about characters who are defined by their close association with Christianity. That’s how character-driven narratives work: you play them against a higher standard. The more trust placed in a person, the greater the betrayal when that trust is broken. A judge or a police officer who steals is seen as worse than an ordinary person who steals, because their job is to uphold the law. A professed Christian who violates the tenets of Christianity is more shocking than a non-Christian who does.

So yeah, if you want to create a villain, first you put that character in a position of trust and respect. Because Christianity is the default, and because society is expected to honor and trust the clergy, they make great villains. Presenting a post-apocalyptic Bible-reciting preacher as a cannibalistic predator is NOT anti-Christian bias; it’s a depiction of the betrayal of Christian beliefs.

Mark Wahlberg (who, by the way, is an absolutely dreadful actor–which has nothing at all to do with his faith) has also complained about an anti-Christian bias in Hollywood. He’s said he intends to dedicate the rest of his career to ‘faith-based storytelling.’

“I don’t want to jam it down anybody’s throat, but I do not deny my faith. That’s an even bigger sin. You know, it’s not popular in my industry, but, you know, I cannot deny my faith. It’s important for me to share that with people. I have friends from all walks of life and all different types of faiths and religions, so you know, it’s important to respect and honor them as well.”

This is a huge part of the problem. Christians DO jam it down our throats. Spreading the Gospel–the Good News–is inherent in Christianity. It’s hard-wired into the belief system.

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

‘Preaching the Gospel’ sounds a lot better than ‘Jamming it Down Throats’ but the commandment to ‘share’ exists independently of the desire of others to listen. It may be important for Wahlberg “to share that with people” but it’s not important to those of us who aren’t Christians. Go be a Christian, but we’d very much appreciate it if you’d leave us out of it. Wahlberg says it’s important to “respect and honor” folks of other faiths and religions, but one way to do that would be to NOT to ‘share’ your religion with others unless invited. Refraining from ‘sharing’ your faith is not the same as denying it.

Anti-Christian bias absolutely exists. But it’s generally a result of two things: 1) that unrequested sharing business, and 2) the constant barrage of professed Christians caught doing stuff they preach against. Wait…make that three things. Let’s include 3) Christians who’ve been caught doing stuff they preach against and who, after a period of ‘reflection’, announce they’ve been forgiven and go right back to preaching. And making money.

Anti-Christian bias exists primarily because of anti-Christian behavior on the part of Christians.

3 thoughts on “that’s not bias, that’s behavior

  1. A-fucking-men.

    So tell me, Greg, old sock, how are you doing with not being angry about them?
    I’m angry at them all the time.
    I want it to just roll off my back as if it doesn’t matter, but I find it toxic, and think it matters a lot, especially to people marginalized by these fuck-wits, and so it doesn’t just roll off my back, and I’m angry at them all the time.

    I feel like something needs to be done about it, but being the default, it’s too big to do a thing about it. Overall, we are led to believe, the world is drifting toward secularism, and eventually there will be nothing more than fringe fanaticism here and there. Some say this wave of white christian nationalism is just the final death throes of a dying ideology. But “the arc of the moral universe is long,” and honestly I feel like it’s still winding up. It’s going to get worse before it gets better.

    And that makes me angry because I’m not getting any younger over here.
    I’m tired of being angry, but I can’t just put my head in the sand and get away from it.

    Are you angry about it?

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    • Hey Chris, I sort of agree with GB Shaw on this. Christianity might be a good thing, if anybody ever tried it. The problem, of course, is that so many Christians aren’t really interested in what Jesus actually taught.

      Am I angry about it? I don’t know how to answer that. I don’t get angry easily or often. I mean actually angry. I get pissed off by the hypocrisy, but I expect that from most outspoken Christians now. I get outraged and bitter about Christians (or any religious group) passing legislation based on their understanding of morality. I do get angry about hateful speech or hateful behavior, but that’s generally directed at specific people rather than at an entire religious group.

      But in the end, I know some really good people who are also Christians. Just like I know some really good people who are pagans, or Jews, or who actually believe angels watch over us, or who believe aliens occasionally visit earth. I think a lot of good people are pretty fucking nuts to believe what they believe, but as long as they’re good people I’m okay with that.

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