Spanish Catholics whine about Agora
A new film by Alejandro Amenabar has provoked complaints from a Spanish Catholic organisation which claims it will “stir up hatred against Christians.”
The reason for my letter is to make you realize something that you already know but have dismissed as unimportant: your film is going to awaken hatred against Christians in today’s society. You present a biased view of the relationship between science and the Church, between faith and reason. It has been pointed out to you directly and indirectly, and you have used a somewhat vague excuse and looked the other way.
The film is a biopic of Hypatia, a 5th century neo-Platonic philosopher who was scraped to death by a howling mob of seashell-wielding Christians. So it is hardly surprising that the OADIR is objecting – they’d be much happier if the bloody past of the Catholic Church was kept hidden from the glare of Hollywood publicity.
Bartholomew has more about this organisation, and the clownish Antonio Alonso Marcos.