Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Religious Conservatives watch more R-rated movies than liberals?

From a CT newsletter:
A recent story in Variety magazine addresses the movie-viewing habits of "religious" Americans, and it was especially interesting to read about attitudes regarding R-rated films.

The study, co-sponsored by Variety and MarketCast, was reportedly commissioned to get a better feel for the public debate about the effect of movies on our nation's moral climate. They wanted to find out whether religious conservatives, typically the most vocal group when it comes to Hollywood's "value system," were putting their money where their mouth is. More specifically, were religious conservatives griping about hyper-violent and sexual R-rated movies … but going to see them anyway?

Seems the answer to that question is yes. Not necessarily a resounding yes, but according to the story, "the religious and the nonreligious … were nearly indistinguishable in their attitudes about their own individual moviegoing experience."

Some of the specific findings:
  • 25 percent of the "very religious" have seen movies rated R for their sexual content, compared to 33 percent of the "nonreligious"

  • 19 percent of the "very religious" have seen movies rated R for their violent content, compared to 28 percent of the "nonreligious"
Another interesting statistic comes from within the subcategory of the "religious," regarding their viewing of violent R-rated films. Of the "religious" folk, 29 percent of those calling themselves "conservative" have seen the violent R movies, compared to only 19 percent of the "liberal" ones. So, conservatives seem to be more into violence than liberals. Hmmm.


: my denominational manual quotes Susannah Wesley for such purposes: "whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off the relish of spiritual things, whatever increases the authority of your body over mind, that thing for you is sin."


At 12:15 PM, Blogger Doug said...

My family has only seen one movie in the last year and it was a cartoon rated G. It had content that I considered inappropriate for kids, and thus I would deem it inappropriate for adults too. It will probably be a long time before we do any more movies, since it is so hard to find decent entertainment that has good "christian" values.

If the G rated movies are inappropriate, then what about PG, PG-13 and R. The problem is that our culture suffers from relative truth and is surrounded by a sin-filled society. As long as we think we are better than the worst of society, then we must being doing good.

God's truth is absolute, and we as christians need to differentiate ourselves from the main stream culture by what we do and spend our money on. Unfortunately, most churches don't really address this issue well or at all.

My family by the way consists of my wife and me--no kids.

At 12:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't Passion of the Christ rated R?

At 4:48 PM, Blogger Jeremy D. Scott said...

I'm not too concerned by the report.

As others said on Naznet in response, I won't judge my actions by how a secular media or organization rates things.

That said, I don't go to movies. It has little to do with ratings or content and a lot to do with finances.

For me, a greater concern is the amount of money followers of Christ spend on entertainment than the entertainment consumed (though it is a concern).

Followers shouldn't use a line of demarcation such as movie ratings to decide what they do or don't do. Quite legalistic to me. Rather, they should live from a desire for purity of heart. Mark 7:1-20 speaks a lot to this for me. Only what comes from the heart can defile.

- J

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