How Fundamentalists ‘think’

By Reuben

Across the Internet, there is much discussion and discourse on how exactly the Bible, Koran etc pines against homosexuality, abortion etc. As discussed here, some have a more liberal interpretation of such texts. But what makes a fundamentalist determine what’s heretical/bad/liberal/logical from what’s conservative/backwards/myopic/traditional? How do they ‘think’ (and note that I use the term ‘think’ with a certain amount of irony here) or infer biblical, non-biblical or anti-biblical themes from seemingly unconnected policy areas?

The way in which I’ve been thinking about this is their reactions to certain movies – even movies that aren’t overtly on religion. One such movie is V for Vendetta – a fabulous movie in my opinion –  and it has been slammed by many Christian religious groups. I have no clue why; V for Vendetta talks about the tyranny of the British government in the near future when the country becomes a fascist state. It explores the process of change in government through its protagonist – a shadowy character called ‘V’. The main themes in V for Vendetta are:

  • Freedom and civil liberties (how the people are being oppressed)
  • Estranged Romance (the two main characters develop a bond).
  • The believability of deceit and lies (how the fascist state came to be established).
  • The limitations of technology (as V says: “ideas are bulletproof“).
  • The potentials of anarchy (the fascist reign is toppled).

Naturally, the next question we should be asking ourselves is ‘where does V for Vendetta discuss religion?’ It doesn’t. The only reference I can think of is that the main antagonist – Chancellor Sutler – who masterminded the fascist state is a “deeply religious man“. But, like Hitler, he is clearly motivated by evil – not religion. His character would be just as effective if he were an Atheist.
When his henchman proclaim “strength through unity, unity through faith” the context is not biblical in nature at all, even if the characters themselves are actually religious. If the fascist state was theocratic, logically it would be hunting out atheists as well – yet it’s made very clear that queers, refugees and the mentally unwell are the main targets. Atheism is not painted in a good light or a bad light; it’s not even mentioned.

Chancellor Sutler: a religious man, but places evil in a higher regard

Chancellor Sutler: a religious man, but places evil in a higher regard

There is no religious undertone whatsoever in the script, but that doesn’t stop our fundamentalists from seeing a pernicious agenda designed to topple their core beliefs, dogmas and superstitions. If Chancellor Sutler was an atheist, would they back down their criticism?

According to ‘Christian Spotlight’, V for Vendetta’s moral ranking is “offensive“. For the most part, their criticism is a reverse ad hominem claim – ‘the evil guys are Christians…why are you making Christians evil?‘. Yes, supposedly Christianity is the antithesis of evil. Here these reviewers roar:

The movie is preachy to say the least, and harps on three major themes and one minor one: 1) the evil of America; 2) the government control of media; 3) the evil of Christianity; and 4) the innocence of Islam.

Yes…that’s right. It’s all against America. To borrow Christian Spotlight’s own ad hominem-styled arguments, V for Vendetta portrays America in a good light…because the fascists are against what they call ‘Arse-erica’. Clearly freedom of speech (which is what V for Vendetta is considerably about) is not in any way, shape or form ‘American’. The irony continues unabated:

The second fiction of the movie is that of a government-controlled (or supported) media which brainwashes its populace. In reality, this is true only of oppressive regimes and socialist societies like England where the media is, in fact, already Leftist. In the United States, we have a freedom of speech that is so wide-ranging in its liberties that it permits our media to print blatant forgeries libeling our President.

Yes, the BBC is obviously less objective than Christian news channels. But this point is irrelevant to the script anyway; the media outlets depicted in V for Vendetta were very much censored. How is this disputing the freedom of America’s press?
Finally the truth is revealed:

The only totalitarianisms we have known in the modern era are either secular or Islamic, precisely the ones that the United States is trying to protect the world from.

Watch out Christians, when the new atheist/Islamic/British order takes hold, you won’t be spared. And here’s the icing on the cake:

And when movies persistently portray our country and our faith as evil, even skeptical believers who think that Hollywood is too shallow or too objective (!) to make anti-Christian movies should sit up and take notice.

Got that Hollywood? You’ve got an agenda to uphold.

Finally, here’s a trailer of V for Vendetta:

Also published on YAS.


10 Responses to How Fundamentalists ‘think’

  1. Oskar says:

    I thought the film was ok, though it was a biased viewpoint of the evnts.
    I think the reason no one is commenting is because there is no real oppinon one can take on the article. Yes, it’s weird that some christians had an isse with the film, but that’s just it…it’s weird.

  2. Brian says:

    “His character would be just as effective if he were an Atheist.”

    But considerably less Tony Blair-like. (I haven’t seen the film, but from what you’ve said, it smacks a bit of political sattire to me.

    “In reality, this is true only of oppressive regimes and socialist societies like England where the media is, in fact, already Leftist.”

    Hahahahahahahaha! Oh God! My ribs ache. Well that’s taught us lot.

    “In the United States, we have a freedom of speech…”

    Such a pity they’ve got fuck all worth saying.

  3. Reuben says:

    Could you elucidate as to how it was ‘biased’, Oskar?

  4. Oskar says:

    I think that a film could have been made from the perspective of the government, dealing with the same events, which would have portrayed V as a terrorist, extremist and generally unpleasant person. I am anticipating that you would label this film a piece of propaganda, however you have to remember that the actual film was made to portray V in a good light. In this way, I feel the film was biased, a pro-anarchist bias.

  5. Reuben says:

    I think it’s almost impossible to have an ‘objective’ film, Oskar. And I don’t know about you, but I certainly favour anarchism over fascism.

  6. Oskar says:

    Whoa there Reuben, looks like we could have some kind of mojor idealistic difference here. I think that anarchism is almost the worst political system possible. How can you justify complete deregulation as a sustainable system? At least in a facist system you can have a benevolent dictator.

  7. nlthinking says:


    I’ll save that for a later post, Oskar.

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