Thursday, July 05, 2007

Censorship

What do you think?
We're having a talent show here at theatre school and the comittee for deciding what is appropriate needs to decide on belly-dancing. Most of the Christians do not agree with it being a viable option for an act and most of the non-christians do. I can't discuss it at length right now because I have class in 7 minutes so tell me how you feel.

Zhen

1 comment:

Mom said...

Wow committee for appropriateness has a conundrum there! Dancing in contemporary North AMerican society has a mostly social/sexual connotation but truly throughout the ages of man dance has been involved in many rituals. There was dancing and rejoicing in the bible and given that belly dancing most likely originated in the Middle East, Turkey or Roma...chances are the dancing during biblical times was similiar - but was it as suggestive?

"So they instructed the Benjamites, saying, "Go and hide in the vineyards 21 and watch. When the girls of Shiloh come out to join in the dancing, then rush from the vineyards and each of you seize a wife from the girls of Shiloh and go to the land of Benjamin. 22 When their fathers or brothers complain to us, we will say to them, 'Do us a kindness by helping them, because we did not get wives for them during the war, and you are innocent, since you did not give your daughters to them.' "

23 So that is what the Benjamites did. While the girls were dancing, each man caught one and carried her off to be his wife. Then they returned to their inheritance and rebuilt the towns and settled in them." Judges 21:20-23

Maybe it was suggestive. Maybe not but truly I think the purity of the intent of the dancer and the viewer both need to be considered. Its hard to see a dancer moving suggestively and not let your mind wander toward lusty thoughts.

And of course we are Baptists.

Just kidding.
Have fun and follow the recommendations of the committee for appropriateness - because the Bible also says to obey your elders and the law of the land (or in your case school)

Love Mom