Apocalypto: Defending Catholic colonialism

The movie Apocalypto masquerades as a historically accurate description of the Mayan civilization before colonization by the Catholic Spaniards.

It has failed miserably in this endeavour. A key consultant among several archaeologists who served as advisers on Mel Gibson’s “Apocalypto” has expressed his disappointment that the film overlooks many of the Mayas’ cultural and scientific achievements and portrays the people as “bloodthirsty savages.” He admitted the sets, makeup and costumes are “accurate to the nth degree,” and that it’s a great action film, but believes that people who don’t know anything about the Maya culture might not might not realize from watching it that there was more to the Maya than bloody human sacrifice.
Here are some excerpts from the reviews by experts on the Mayan civilization:

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Deliver Us from Evil

Deliver Us from Evil” is an Academy Award-nominated documentary about clergy sexual abuse of children focuses on one particular case in California. Some facts I learned:

  • Over 100,000 victims of clergy sexual abuse have come forward in the United States (alone).
  • Experts say more than 80% of sexual abuse victims never report their abuse.
  • Most countries are just beginning to report clergy abuse.
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