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Saving Grace

I like Holly Hunter. So I watched her in the new program, Saving Grace, last night. We had recorded it.

It is the worst kind of cliche. Hunter plays a cop who lacks morals. Has sex with a married man, drinks too much, drives while drunk, gets into fights. All, it seems,because she isn't grounded in religion, because she doesn't believe in God. After a particularly bad moment she says "God help me," and whaddaya know, there's an angel waiting to help her find her God.

Hunter is a terrific actress. She's no longer young. I wish I could enjoy this show but I can't. This show exploits common beliefs: that people who don't believe in God have no sense of right or wrong, that people who don't believe in God do so because they have for some reason "lost their faith". We do not need any more of this kind of misguided claptrap. It is insulting.

I sat watching it last night with Paul, who does in fact believe in God but has the sense to know that this belief is not what makes a good person. Yet he was willing to accept the show far more readily than I. To me it is not so different from Michael Landon's version of angels, and no better. In fact, because Hunter's character is more fun to watch, it may be more insidiously damaging.

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susandennis
Jul. 25th, 2007 02:08 pm (UTC)
oh wow. i watched it and did not even consider any of that. i enjoyed it. hmmm
judith
Jul. 25th, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
See now, that's why I'm here. Helping you to understand why NOT to enjoy some things.

Seriously, as a dedicated atheist I am part of a group that is hated even more than gays, and mostly because so many people believe that if you do not believe in a god you are a bad person, you have no sense of right or wrong. It is the Dr. Laura vision of the world. And it's wrong.

So I just have to climb up on that thar soap box.
gordon92151
Jul. 25th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
I'm also annoyed, no, outraged, that "believers" think I have no morals, compassion or honor because I'm an agnostic. In fact, I have observed that many so called believers do things that I would be ashamed of. But, as the smug little bumper sticker says, they're not perfect, just saved. What hubris!
judith
Jul. 25th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
No kidding. What really gets me is that the message here is the by "being good" on earth, Hunter's character will be treated right in the afterlife. How selfish a motive is that?
prom
Jul. 26th, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC)
i read about that series and forgot to watch it. perhaps i don't need to.

holly hunter was soooo good in the piano...
judith
Jul. 26th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
That's what I keep going back to, The Piano. A strange but wonderful film with such great performances.
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