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Posted by punkmonkey75 at on August 28, 2001 at 01:17:17:

In Reply to: Re: KEV, YOUR VULGARITY CONFUSES ME!!! posted by Elevature on August 28, 2001 at 01:02:34:

: I've got a couple of things to say. I respect your beliefs and your
opinion, even if I don't share them. I'm not a religious person myself,
but it's fine that you are. I apologize for the people who will no doubt
have very poorly written replies that will consist of nothing more than
FUK YOO ASSHOLE! However, as much as I respect that you have
your opinion, I get upset when you say that people who don't go to
church will have a rough life. There are more religions than
Christianity, and there is nothing that says which one is the right one,
or if any of them are. I think it's pretty pompous to imply that your
religion is correct and anyone who doesn't believe will suffer. If it
makes you happier to believe, then go for it. But don't tell others what
to think or believe, because it may not be the right thing for them.

: And on the vulgarity issue, like I said above, it's not the words
themselves that harm. It's the intent behind the words. I find Jay's
constant swearing funny. It's part of his character, something that
defines him. I swear quite a bit, I don't find anything wrong with it.
Words are just words. I don't think Kevin is any less of a Christian
because he/his characters swear. He finds it funny, so do a lot of
people. There's no real harm meant.

: : Kevin, I'm rather confused about you. I don't know you, so I really
: : make any sort of judgments about what kind of person you are, but
: : don't understand how someone who is a devout Catholic can
: : produce movies so full of vulgarity and obscenities. Do you really
: : that God is pleased with this sort of thing? I have seen all your
: : movies except the latest, so far, and there are parts that I do enjoy.
: : You certainly have an ear for good dialogue, but my enjoyment has
: : been hampered by the constant cursing and sexual crudeness. I
: : really am digging your Green Arrow series, which proves that you
: : spin a good yarn without the profanities, so why chock your films so
: : full of them? I see all the zombies out there (especially at the
: : Chicago Con) who try to act and talk just like your movie characters,
: : and it brings me down. I know you don't owe me any sort of
: : explanation, but I'd really like to know who the real Kevin Smith is
: : if there's some secret justification for all this that I'm just too dense
: : grasp. I know the Bible says to not use coarse or crude language
: : and humor (Ephesians 5: 4 "There should not be among you any
: : obscenity, foolish talk or coarse jesting, which are out of place...",
: : Colossians 3: 8 "You should rid yourselves of all such things as
: : these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your
: : lips.") , but you obviously interpret that differently than it reads. Clue
: : me in, here. Obviously I don't think all movies should be bereft of
: : foul language as it adds authenticity and conveys intensity, but no
: : movie ever needs the level of foul language that some of yours
: : contain, especially when it's used strictly for cheap laughs and
: : value. I'm not singling you out, others do the same, I'm just using
: : forum to try to understand you.
: : So, if you've got the time, please respond. If not, I'm sure one of
: : devoted followers will be sure to step in and put me in my place
: : some of that clever language they like to use to put down those
: : opinions that differ from theirs.
: : Thanks!

Thanks for your comments. However pompous I may seem, it's what
I believe. The essence of Christianity dictates that there is NO other
way to get to heaven than through Jesus Christ. Not by whatever you
feel is right for you. I didn't make up these tenets, God did! Truth
would not be truth if it was open to interpretation or restructuring. I
believe in ONE way to God, and cannot apologize for it. It's not
narrowmindedness or weakness, its FAITH. I get my truth from the
Bible and have absolute faith in its accuracy and integrity. My
decision to follow Jesus did not happen suddenly, it was the result of
YEARS of research, study, deliberation and trying my own way. I
believe that God's way is the only and right way. I don't expect my
words to make a lightbulb pop on in your head so you say, "wow!
Now I believe, too!" I just want everyone to not dismiss Christianity so
blindly without really knowing what it's about. Thanks for being kind,
by the way. I've seen enough FUK YOO ASSSHOLE to last me

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