Comments: Perhaps a Mirror Might Help

I expect Kerry's more "nuanced" view runs along the lines of, "I'm personally opposed to gay marriage, but I don't think it's appropriate to impose my private religious beliefs on others."

Posted by: Jon at June 29, 2004 at 11:41 AM

Hey, I had similar thoughts when Sully (whom I love to read, the other 3% of the time when he's not advocacy blogging) actually tried to compare Mel Gibson & Michael Moore.

He asked what about the "intelligent viewers"?

My immediate thought was "having dinner with folks against gay marriage who are NOT bigots"?

Posted by: Ricky at June 29, 2004 at 04:00 PM

I was startled by his conclusion that Gibson's movie was for the far-Right, while Moore's was for the far-Left.

I have a number of friends of varying religious (and political) stripes who went to see The Passion. Most were affected by the violence, some thought it gratuitous. But most also thought it was quite a movie, most thought it was worth seeing (I haven't seen it myself, yet).

But few went because they were far-Right or Opus Dei type Catholics or whatever Andrew thinks is the typical viewer. A number went primarily because they were curious about the movie (given the controversy). They stayed because they thought it was decently done (and none converted or became more zealous).

I think he's mistaken the kinds of folks who might go see "The Passion," and those who WILL go see F9-11.

Posted by: Dean at June 29, 2004 at 05:29 PM

I'm guessing that if Gibson had come out for gay marriage & embraced Sullivan's version of catholicism, the review would've been quite different (yep, I'm charging premeditated discrimination).

Posted by: Ricky at June 29, 2004 at 06:51 PM

OTOH, if Gibson had come out for gay marriage and embraced Sullivan's version of Catholicism, I seriously doubt he would have made the movie he just did.

Posted by: Jon at June 30, 2004 at 11:57 AM