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June 16, 2006

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I remember former Christian pop singer Amy Grant before she went secular and after a few hits on mainstream charts, dropped off the face of the earth. I guess payback's a bitch when you ditch the Almighty as manager. Religions often try to pass themselves off as young and hip pushing sanitized versions of what's "in" minus the sin. However, sometimes they inadvertently stumble with slightly blasphemous subtexts.

Growing up in rival-loving church, we often had people perform songs in front of our congregation. They used prerecorded music replete with cheesy backup vocals like bad karaoke for Jesus. Called contemporary praise ballads, some lyrics sung made a strong devotion to Jesus sound like an R-rated love song. Swooning over how good it feels all over to be filled so deep with the Holy Spirit, again and again. Amen. Hallelujah. He's coming again to take me all the way to paradise!

Now according to a story on Fox News (06/13/06), for some Christians, Superman Returns is the second coming of Christ. Steve Skelton even wrote a book, "The Gospel According to the World's Greatest Superhero." The author states, "It is so on the nose that anyone who has not caught on that Superman is a Christ figure, you think, 'Who else could it be referring to?'"

Further fueling the religious fervor is a voiceover in one trailer sampled from the 1978 "Superman" movie. In a booming baritone, Marlon Brando as Superman's father explains that the Man of Steel was sent to Earth because humans "lack the light to show the way."

He continues, "For this reason, I have sent them you, my only son."

Message boards have since been awash with believers such as Christian blogger Tom Gilson who wrote, "The allusion to Jesus Christ could hardly be accidental."

Hardly is right and high praise for plagiarizing the good book. Those more worldly know that it's good marketing to attract Christian moviegoers to a film equally appealing to the rest of us sinners.

Superman is now somehow both a new gay icon and the ultimate Christian symbol. Who'd ever think that a single film good leap onto both those target markets in a single bound?

Posted by Will Peters at June 16, 2006 11:38 AM

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