Cross Ministry founder won’t be seeing “Brokeback Mountain”

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Quote of the Day: Tim Wilkins, Executive Director of Cross Ministry “I will avoid the movie like a slug avoids an overturned saltshaker and for the life of me, cannot understand why any evangelical would see it.” -Tim Wilkins, founder and director of Cross Ministry, a Wake Forest, N.C.-based organization that believes gays can leave […]

  • Anonymous

    Everyone should see BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN and here is why. As a man struggling with my sexual identity, I have seen it twice and what disturbed me more than the depictions of homosexuality and adultrey was the cold, loveless world of which these men were exiles. That world alone bears lots of discussion.
    I’m not going the woe-is-me, blame society route here. These men made poor choices and left broken, disspirited lives in their wake.
    Nonetheless, Ennis (Heath Ledger) was orphaned and abandoned by his siblings. Jack (Jake Gyllenhaal) was the son of a cold, disapproving father. The traditional male-bonding, so important for men, was nowhere to be found in this film: the boss was disapproving from the beginning, the father-in-law disparaged his son-in-law’s manhood at every turn, even usurping his parental authority so that the grandson would watch football during Thanksgiving dinner – because it’ll make a “man” out of him (I still feel less than a man because I couldn’t care less about football). Other such examples abound.
    The villian of the film (besides their adultery) is a world that leaves boys to fend for themselves (materially and emotionally), that belittles and disparages men instead of offering them much-needed support and affirmation and a crude male culture that equates filth and obscenity with manliness (the fireworks scence where Heath Ledger protects his wife and daughters from the ravings of a foul-mouthed drunk should be applauded by good people everywhere). I urge everyone to see this film and maybe have a discussion on how to – or rather how NOT to raise our sons. That alone would be worth the price of a ticket.
    No one in the Christian community, including the author, has responded to my take on the film. I’m struggling here and I would like some real give and take, so I challenge you to be the first. That would be worth more than donut and Hershey’s Kisses analogies. Thanks for listening.