Pure cowardice: ‘Bible’ producers cut Satan from ‘Son of God’ following Obama controversy

by Gramfan on February 18, 2014

in Barack Hussein Obama, Bible, Christianity, evil, Gramfan (team member), political correctness, video and film

Remember this controversy?
If #ObamaIsNotSatan, why is Satan wearing a hoodie?

Jolokia Designs - Obama: 'If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon Martin.' Satan: 'If I had a son, he would look like Barack Obama.'
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Hollywood Reporter has the story…

Eager to avoid a controversy about the devil looking like the president, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett decided to leave the character out of their film, which is based on “The Bible” miniseries.

Scenes with an actor who played the devil but looked a lot like President Barack Obama have been edited out of the upcoming movie Son of God, one of the producers told The Hollywood Reporter.
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The film, which 20th Century Fox opens on Feb. 28, is primarily a reshaped version of the The Bible, last year’s hit TV miniseries that featured actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni as Satan.

For Son of God, the 10-hour miniseries needed to be cut down to the two hours or so that focuses on Jesus; Downey says they went out of their way to leave the controversial Satan out of the film.

A year ago, bloggers immediately noted the similarities between the Satan of The Bible miniseries and Obama and side-by-side comparisons went viral. Burnett, Downey and History, which aired the show, each issued statements supporting the president and slamming those that made the “false connection,” as History put it, between Obama and Satan.

This time around, though, Downey says she’s eager to avoid a similar situation, even though Jesus and Satan both made their appearance in The Bible miniseries during the same episode, so it would have made sense that Son of God also include Satan.

“Someone made a comment that the actor who played the devil vaguely resembled our president, and suddenly the media went nuts,” Downey said Monday. “The next day, when I was sure everyone would only be talking about Jesus, they were talking about Satan instead.”

She added: “For our movie, Son of God, I wanted all of the focus to be on Jesus. I want his name to be on the lips of everyone who sees this movie, so we cast Satan out. It gives me great pleasure to tell you that the devil is on the cutting-room floor.”

More here.

Deleting Satan makes nonsense out of the Bible

Without the actions of Satan leading to the Fall of Man, what need would there have been for the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, or for His Sacrifice on the Cross, in the first place? As Baudelaire warned, “the devil’s best trick is to persuade you that he doesn’t exist.” If we cannot face the existence of evil, we become powerless before it.

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1 Gramfan February 18, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Dictatorship yet?
That’s a rhetorical question!

2 Dave April 22, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Back by Popular Demand!!! I watched “The Bible” last weekend (Easter) and he was back in the lineup again!!! Lmao!!! The producers explained why they took that scene out, but I guess the uproar had them rethink the change. I enjoyed it. It’s nice to see the Bible presented in a positive Light for a change! I doubt Samson was black, but think of the series as a play. Having a black character play Samson seems fitting. I recommend it for new believers, or people who never had in depth Bible teaching. But recognize that not everything in the series is taken straight from Scripture. It’s an adaptation. There’s no substitute for getting in The Book and reading it for yourself! 😀

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