In 1970 the movie M*A*S*H, with Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould, prominently featured the f-word strewn throughout the dialogue. It was the first American motion picture to challenge the social norm of profanity, and swearing has become commonplace, omnipresent in film.
A new Harris poll finds many movie-goers aren’t okay with that.
The biggest offense, most especially among people who identify themselves as Christians and/or Republicans, is using the Lord’s name in vain, and Dr. Shannon Holzer, who teaches religion at Houston Baptist University, understands why. “It places Christians in a particular position to accept it as the norm,” he says. Second most offensive is asking God to damn someone, and the F-word is third.
“They’re paying to be entertained and what they’re getting is their religious beliefs insulted or degraded,” Holzer tells KTRH News. “What is of sociological interest is that Republicans are more sensitive to this than are Democrats. This is one of many issues that make a case that Christians that take the commands of God seriously vote for the party that most closely aligns with Biblical morality. It also shows that Christians vote with their pocket books. In my most recent article for the Imaginative Conservative, I made a claim that if Conservatives want their voices heard more, then we need to take a page from the left and create our own entertainment and news.”
33% of the general public says if they knew the words “Jesus Christ” was going to be used to curse they would be less inclined to see the movie.