Thistle (thistle_chaser) wrote,

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Hellfire, dark fire... (RL)

It's funny how your view on movies changes as you get older. When I saw Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame for the first (and only) time, it was in the theater when it was released. I had liked the bad guy's song, Hellfire, because of his obsession with the woman.

Watching that song again today, it disturbs me. That's exactly what scares me about most Western religions. The Archdeacon sings: "Destroy Esmeralda and let her taste the fires of hell, or else let her be mine and mine alone" "Choose me or your pyre, be mine or you will burn." "You will be mine or you will burn."

It's the... the willingness to let others be hurt. To be perfectly okay with someone else being hurt. "Do it my way, believe what I do, or you'll burn in hell." (I know not every religious person is like that, but a lot are.)

"If you're gay, you're going to hell!"
"If you have an abortion, you're going to hell!"
"If you don't believe as I do, you're going to hell!"

It makes me so sad. I can't even enjoy the song anymore, I'm too aware of how based in reality it is.
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