On Refusing to Watch ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’

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When I first saw the trailer for this, I thought: “What fun!”

And then it was released.

And then I read, I don’t remember where, that it featured a vicious and bigoted depiction of evangelical Christians — whose slaughter is seen as an act of perverse justice.

So fun it was not, especially in light of those Christians beheaded and crucified by ISIS butchers, the images of which were still emblazoned on my mental landscape.

I just stumbled upon this post by Maggie Gallagher, which was published back in February. I hope she won’t mind my quoting from it extensively. I think it is apropos for a couple of reasons: (1) Kingsman: The Secret Service is now available on VOD and promoted incessantly as “kick-ass” fun, and (2) the glee with which secular elites continue to raze Christian cultural markers, institutions, and businesses. This may very well turn into something far more Jihadi-like as their “social justice” tendrils begin choking the oxygen out of more brains.

From Gallagher’s post:

I don’t like that word “Christianaphobia.” The evil and disturbed progressive man who killed three Muslims last week did not hate Christians in particular; he hated God-lovers in general. As the New York Times reports:

Mr. Hicks appeared to have a deep dislike of all religion. On his Facebook page, nearly all of his posts expressed support for atheism, criticism of Christian conservatives, or both. Last month he posted a photograph that said, ‘Praying is pointless, useless, narcissistic, arrogant, and lazy.’

At her news conference, Hicks’s wife Karen felt the need to assert that her husband, while clearly a murderer, was not a bigot. As proof she offered that he supported abortion and gay marriage. (Note here the peculiar dominant cultural assumption that progressive views inoculate a person against all charges of bigotry or hatred by definition.)

The phenomenon emerging among the educated left-wing classes is better dubbed theomisia, or the hatred of God, and by extension God-lovers. …

It is also a good word to describe the hatred painstakingly indulged in and lovingly cultivated by the movie Kingsman in a way that I have never seen before from Hollywood. Stay with me a second.

Kingsman’s otherwise innocuous and comic plot involves a billionaire villain who decides that, to save Earth and mankind from global warming, he will depopulate the Earth. His plan is to offer the world a free cell phone containing a chip that can excite the hatred centers of the brain and remove inhibitions. Phones in hand, the earth’s people will slaughter one other, leaving only a handful of powerful and rich people whom our villain saves on his version of the Ark, a bunker in the snowy mountains.

Before our villain launches his plan to wipe out almost all of mankind, he decides to test his device on what appears to be a small Southern Baptist church, incongruously located close to London (maybe I missed something). Naturally, this congregation is identified as a hate group, a sort of fictional Westboro that hates gays, Jews, fornication, divorce, abortion, and black people, openly and generally.

But Kingsman dwells long, lovingly, and lasciviously on these Christians, with a cross and an altar behind them, hacking, shooting, and axing each other, while the hero (temporarily under the influence of the villain’s evil machine) joins even more efficiently in killing Christians and emerging unscathed. These are the only religious people in the movie, and the stage for their violent deaths is full of icons of ordinary Christianity — an altar, a cross, pews.

The violence is both voluptuous and visceral, and the audience is clearly meant to libidinously enjoy it, watching our suave hero massacre Christians with maximum blood and gore, our enjoyment made more complete and excusable by the fact that the villain’s machine made him do it.

Gallagher goes on to describe how a work of sociology she had just finished reading, So Many Christians, So Few Lions: Is There Christianophobia in the United States? by George Yancey and David A. Williamson, recorded in chilling detail how some well-educated progressives indulge a sick preoccupation with inflicting pain on Christians, a blood lust resembling that of the Jihadis:

“I want them all to die in a fire,” said one man with a doctorate. “I would be in favor of establishing a state for them. . . . If not then sterilize them so they can’t breed more,” said a middle aged man with a master’s degree. “The only good Christian is a dead Christian,” said another under-45-year-old man with a doctorate. “I abhor them and I wish we could do away with them,” said a middle-aged woman with a master’s degree. “A tortuous death would be too good for them,” said a college-educated man between the ages of 36 and 45. “They should be eradicated without hesitation or remorse,” said an elderly woman with a master’s degree.

Who was Hollywood entertaining with Kingsman’s groundbreaking displays of orgiastic pleasure in witnessing a Christian massacre? All the good people above, who would never, I am sure, commit violence against Christians, but for whom the idea of doing so gives a guilty pleasure.

If these living guardrails of History’s direction cannot realize their dream of seeing Christians die in large quantities, at the very least:

 “Restrict their ability to become judges, senators, representatives, member of Cabinet, military chief of staff and other powerful members of government,” said a man over 75 with a bachelor’s degree. “Should not be able to make decisions regarding the law, they should somehow have to be supervised if they are working with other people (drastic, I know),” said a woman under 45 with a master’s degree. “We should put in place mandatory extreme prison sentences for anyone or any group that attempts to take away civil liberties guaranteed by our constitution,” said a middle-aged man with a master’s degree. “Churches should not be allowed to provide orphanages and adoption programs,” said one elderly man with a doctorate. “I think we should restrict the indoctrination of children in religious dogma and ritual” said a middle-aged man with a master’s degree. Conservative Christians should “not be allowed to hold political office, be police etc., serve in the armed forces,” said another middle aged man with a doctorate.

Can anyone dismiss such scenarios as far-fetched anymore?

I wonder if the best and the brightest quoted above would have had the audacity to admit their psychopathological vision to the surviving members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, whose witness has put to shame not only the gaggle of white supremacist sociopaths that still stalk the land but also the Christian-haters who would otherwise not associate themselves with their ilk — and, frankly, more than a few Christians, such as myself, who in light of such a massacre would obey Jesus’ command to turn the other cheek only after doing my damnedest to put a mortar shell in Dylann Roof’s.

Imagine: Roof actually began to reconsider his bloody agenda “because everyone was so nice to him” at the church he singled out as ground zero for the race war he hoped to ignite. This white stranger walks into Emanuel AME — a denomination formed in 1787 because white Methodist Episcopalians segregated black congregants and forbade black preachers from ministering to white members — and is almost deconverted from his false race-based faith by the sheer force of his soon-to-be victims’ good will.

Would those progressive citizens interviewed by Williamson and Yancey, well-indoctrinated in the virtue of tolerance no doubt, have cheered on Dylann Roof if his motive had been to kill Christians and not black folk? I can only believe that their desiccated imaginations picture Christian churches today as either all white or all stuck in 1787, as does Kingsman, it appears.

Or would those broad-minded elites have preferred a less haphazard, more systematic, and preferably publicly funded process of eradication?

(And will the workers tasked with rounding up Christians or cutting off their livelihoods be unionized? What do you think the minimum wage for such work will be? Will there be dental?)

I think it’s time for Christians and other non-crazy Americans to spend their entertainment dollars with even greater discretion.

Perhaps it’s also time for Christian websites (and those sympathetic to their concerns) to begin offering a new rating for films such as Kingsman — something like “Rated E for eliminationist.”

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