Pharos-Tribune

January 20, 2013

PUBLIC FORUM: Movie not want this country needs right now


— I am in shock. Less than a month had passed since the Sandy Hook Elementary School murders, and one of the top grossing movies (gross is an operative word) has been “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” in 3D. A result of the murders has been high-profile national attention directed toward violence in America, and Americans turn around and pour precious resources into something like this? Seriously?

Instead of wasting a couple of hours or so along with the money dumped down the drain, wouldn’t the time have been better spent doing something to improve someone’s life? So many people have gone around saying that the victims need to be memorialized and never forgotten. I submit that turning around and making a movie like this the No. 1 movie for a week is a signal that the Sandy Hook and other victims of violence are to be disrespected instead of honored.

By now, someone may be thinking, “I have the freedom to see whatever movie I want!” Obviously, you do. What we have lost along the way, however, that alongside freedom is responsibility. The loss of personal responsibility is leading us in a direction far removed from our Founders’ intentions. Understand that exercising a freedom to do what you want at the potential expense of others is selfishness. Right now, we are engaged at the national level on how to respond to the violence prevalent in our culture, and a significant number of citizens decide to make a chainsaw massacre movie their No. 1 choice of entertainment.

There is a solution to the shocking violence that threatens to tear apart the fabric of our society. Instead of flocking to a movie theater to catch the latest in gore and debauchery, flock to a church to learn about the love of Jesus Christ. Do that, and maybe we will still have a chance.

Charles A. Layne, Bunker Hill