November 16, 2007, - 3:04 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
I’m not sure what Stephen King thinks of Christians. Maybe those of you who read a lot of his work can tell me. But if “The Mist“–a movie out Wednesday for the big Thanksgiving Weekend–is true to his novella, “Skeleton Crew,” on which it’s based, then he certainly doesn’t care too much for them.
I can’t post a complete review here until late Tuesday Night, but the fact is that, in “The Mist,” the biggest villain besides a mysterious mist produced by (who else?) the military (guess King doesn’t like our troops so much either) is a Christian woman, who wears her religion on her sleeve. Played by Marcia Gay Harden, the Christian woman resembles the Fred Phelps folks from the Westboro Baptist Church who protest at troops’ funerals and shriek our troops deserve to die because of our sins. This woman echoes them and blames the plaugue of the mist (and the monsters it spawns) on our sins. Among them, she cites abortion and stem cell research. And she causes the murder–the “sacrifice”–of innocent soldiers. Just like the Phelps team.
Um, here’s a newsflash: Conservatives and religious Christians detest the Phelps crew of protestors. We don’t agree with them. And we’re not like them, no matter what Stephen King thinks.
Yup, the evil conservative Christian preaching against abortion and stem cells and sexual promiscuity is America’s greatest villain, in the eyes of this movie.
Sad that King can’t find a more believable enemy than that. Looks like the mind of King has gone feeble.
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