On Wednesday evening June 30 in Tulsa, Oklahoma most theaters were surrounded by lines of people waiting to see Eclipse the third movie of the Twilight series.
The Twilight series phenomenon is a romance story with a twist–the guy is a vampire. The story also contains characters that are werewolves. Part of the fun at movies is being able to suspend disbelief while footage of the impossible flickers on a screen. Normal people, however, know that mythological creatures (vampires, werewolves, and wizards) do not exist.
The Twilight series also addresses sexual morality. In Eclipse Edward, the vampire boyfriend, acknowledges that he does not believe in pre-marital sex. Bella refers to him as, “old fashioned.”
A film that contains mythological creatures and morality must be a difficult target for the Christian Coalition of America, which is ready to pounce and condemn any film that contains either a mythological story or sexual immorality.
So what the heck do they do about a mythological story that contains sexual morality?
Harry Potter was an easy target. It is a mythological story that is seen as a threat to Christianity by the Christian Coalition. The Coalition must fear that the wizardry of Harry appears more attractive than the magic of a virgin birth, faith healing, and resurrections. Perhaps the Coalition fears that people will abandoned Messiahism for Harryism.
It is plausible that one group of people who believe in one collection of mythological stories will see other mythological stories as a threat to their domain.
According to USA Today:
Roberta Combs, president of the Christian Coalition of America, which called for a ban on the Potter series, says she’s considering a similar campaign against Twilight because even though it’s pro-abstinence, it’s also pro-vampires.
She says vampires are definitely not good role models, and she blames Hollywood.
“We can let our voices be heard, and anytime you do that you have an effect one way or another,” Combs says. “These Twilight books are very disturbing books for family values. Teen marriage is not the standard, but the part that is more troubling is the vampire. It’s just not normal for young people to idolize a vampire.”
So essentially the message from the Christian Coalition of America is that it’s not normal or good to idolize wizards, werewolves, or vampires. But idolize a zombie, now that’s okay.