Christians crusade against Christian crusade film
After a special preview for religious journalists, one thin-skinned critic from Plugged In Film Review complained that the film depicted Christians as “mean spirited”.
The Bishop of Jerusalem is a coward who deserts his flock, and most of the crusaders are driven by greed rather than piety. This is not how Christians I know see each other, nor will we want to see this film.
Driven purely by piety, the generous-spirited US religious press will urge American born-againers, of which there are an estimated 80m, to avoid the film.
Quite right too. Anyone suggesting that the crusaders were anything but patriotic Americans doing their duty to God and country must be a Christian-hating liberal elitist. Let’s hope our UK campaigners take a similar stand.
UPDATE: Reaction to the film from the Muslim community seems generally, but not exclulsively, positive. “We have Christians who think this movie is pro-Muslim and Muslims who think that this movie is pro-Christian,” says Egyptian actor Khaled el-Nabawy, who plays an imam in the film. “It will make both go and see the movie.”
(Thanks to Bartholomew)