Rainn Wilson, known for his role as Dwight Schrute on The Office, recently posited that he believes Hollywood has an anti-Christian bias.
Wilson shared his thoughts to Twitter after watching a recent episode of HBO’s The Last of Us.
He tweeted, “I do think there is an anti-Christian bias in Hollywood. As soon as the David character in The Last of Us started reading from the Bible I knew that he was going to be a horrific villain.”
He then questioned, “Could there be a Bible-reading preacher on a show who is actually loving and kind?”
Following a Fox News article published covering his thoughts, Wilson lampooned the outlet.
He wrote, “Here’s a couple of funny things about the anti-Christian bias in Hollywood. My opinion tweet was picked up as front page news by Fox News. Talk about bias. An organization created as a corporate shill to create division solely for profit based on culture-war outrage. Print that!”
He didn’t stop there. He went on to declare that he’s not a Christian and that some Christians are “doing a great deal of damage to our country.”
“Also, I’m not even a Christian,” he wrote. “Of course it’s true that the evangelical/political coalition is doing a great deal of damage to our country. Banning books – banning freedoms – denying inconvenient science, taking a grotesque anti-LBGTQ+ platform…”
Wilson concluded his thread, “But most Christians that I know are kind, accepting and loving and seeking to make the world a better place. They should also be honored in the media.”
It’s unclear what books or freedoms Wilson is referencing that are supposedly being banned that are doing “a great deal of damage to our country.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church notes, “Freedom is exercised in relationships between human beings. Every human person, created in the image of God, has the natural right to be recognized as a free and responsible being. All owe to each other this duty of respect.”
“The right to the exercise of freedom, especially in moral and religious matters, is an inalienable requirement of the dignity of the human person. This right must be recognized and protected by civil authority within the limits of the common good and public order.”
However, it also states, “Man’s freedom is limited and fallible. In fact, man failed. He freely sinned. By refusing God’s plan of love, he deceived himself and became a slave to sin. This first alienation engendered a multitude of others. From its outset, human history attests the wretchedness and oppression born of the human heart in consequence of the abuse of freedom.”
“The exercise of freedom does not imply a right to say or do everything,” The Catechism teaches. “It is false to maintain that man, ‘the subject of this freedom,’ is ‘an individual who is fully self-sufficient and whose finality is the satisfaction of his own interests in the enjoyment of earthly goods.’ Moreover, the economic, social, political, and cultural conditions that are needed for a just exercise of freedom are too often disregarded or violated. Such situations of blindness and injustice injure the moral life and involve the strong as well as the weak in the temptation to sin against charity. By deviating from the moral law man violates his own freedom, becomes imprisoned within himself, disrupts neighborly fellowship, and rebels against divine truth.”
As for what Rainn believes is a “grotesque anti-LGBTQ+ platform” is unclear. The Catechism does note, “The importance of the family for the life and well-being of society entails a particular responsibility for society to support and strengthen marriage and the family. Civil authority should consider it a grave duty ‘to acknowledge the true nature of marriage and family, to protect and foster them, to safeguard public morality, and promote domestic prosperity.”
It also states, “The political community has a duty to honor the family, to assist it and to ensure especially: the freedom to establish a family, have children, and bring them up in keeping with the family’s own moral and religious convictions; the protection of the stability of the marriage bond and the institution of the family; the freedom to profess one’s faith, to hand it on, and raise one’s children in it, with the necessary means and institutions; the right to private property, to free enterprise, to obtain work and housing, and the right to emigrate; in keeping with the country’s institutions, the right to medical care, assistance for the aged, and family benefits; the protection of security and health, especially with respect to dangers like drugs, pornography, alcoholism, etc.; the freedom to form associations with other families and so to have representation before civil authority.”
The Church defines marriage writing, “The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.”
As for Rainn’s declaration that Christians should be honored in media, he’s right.
What do you make of Rainn’s thoughts on Hollywood having an anti-Christian bias and that Hollywood should start honoring Christians?