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#117077 - 08/11/05 06:40 PM A moral dilemma
Nevermore Offline


Registered: 02/03/05
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I am a recently graduated 3d Animation student. As such, I'm freelancing around the place trying to build up a portfolio, make a name for myself etc. Therefore I can't really afford to be picky about the jobs I take, as everything is one step towards a solid portfolio and better jobs/more money etc.
However recently one of the jobs I was offered was for a local Xtian church. Apparently they're having trouble getting young people interested in their church (gee, I wonder why), and they came up with the idea of making CG cartoons of some bible stories in order to get the kiddies back in sunday school.

Now I'd like to look at this as a paying job and simply disregard the subject matter. However the matter remains that I'd be actually helping "the enemy". I don't really think their plan is going to work anyway, which also helps my conscience, but still...
I haven't accepted the job at all, but I was wondering what you think? If I believe their plan is doomed to fail anyway, and I can further my career, is that worth working for a Xtian church?

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#117078 - 08/11/05 06:50 PM Re: A moral dilemma [Re: Nevermore]
redgriffin Offline
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Registered: 06/28/05
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I wouldn't have a problem with separating a rube from their money, but I guess I can see where your discomfort is. I say if you can tolerate the employer and feel you can do the job, take the paycheck. It would also be amusing to let them know your affiliation after the project is over and you have cash in hand, because they might just scrap the whole thing, but thats probably more wishful thinking on my part

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#117079 - 08/11/05 06:54 PM Re: A moral dilemma [Re: Nevermore]
Asmedious Offline


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You could make a cartoon that would look to the Christians as something that they are looking for, but perhaps throw in some double meanings and or misdirection.

Sorry, I don't have any specific ideas.

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#117080 - 08/11/05 07:01 PM Re: A moral dilemma [Re: Nevermore]
Discipline Offline
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"The enemy" is in fact not the vile nemesis that they appear to be. Yes, Christianity holds values and ideals that are counterproductive to a free and individual society. I would not, however, deem them as the "enemy". To do so would create unrealistic barriers and conflicts that would not be benefical.

The best question to ask yourself is, "Do you feel disgust about taking this job? Do you feel like it would only cause you apprehension? Or do you feel that the money is well worth a little collaboration with those you may not agree with ethically?"

I am sure you will figure which options are more important to you. Our opinions and advice really don't mean crap if they only end up putting you in the poor house.
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#117081 - 08/11/05 07:08 PM Re: A moral dilemma [Re: Nevermore]
DancingintheDark Offline


Registered: 08/20/02
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Personally I would take the job, and the money, and insert some nice little subliminal or cryptic "Easter eggs" into the work. I would take care to be clever about it so it wasn't obvious.
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#117082 - 08/11/05 07:14 PM Re: A moral dilemma [Re: Discipline]
KissFrk3 Offline
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I agree with you Discipline, no need to see christians as the enemy. Sheep, yes, enemy, no. I, personally, would see nothing wrong with taking the job, like you said it is a stepping stone to creating a professional portfolio. The benefits of your future aspirations far outweigh, to me anyway, the fact that you will be working for christians. Just my 2 cents of course.
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#117083 - 08/11/05 07:19 PM Re: A moral dilemma [Re: Nevermore]
Rev_Malebranche Offline
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The idea of creating pro-Christian propaganda isn't even feasible for me, but it is important that you don't frame this in the context of a "moral dilemma," as you have.

There is no right or wrong here, there is only what makes sense for you, and what doesn't. I think anyone who has a personal business endeavor learns what kind of clients and projects they will accept, and what clients and projects are not acceptable.

I will say that downplaying the effectiveness of these "Christianity is fun" campaigns may be a mistake. Most people are easily distracted by shiny objects and cute animations.



Evangelical Christianity is gaining popularity in this country precisely because church leaders have wised up and embraced modern marketing techniques. It ain't what they're selling, it's how they're selling it.

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#117084 - 08/11/05 07:36 PM Re: A moral dilemma [Re: DancingintheDark]
Asmedious Offline


Registered: 09/07/01
Posts: 617
What a great idea. Why didn't I think of that.?

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#117085 - 08/11/05 08:08 PM Re: A moral dilemma [Re: Nevermore]
uncleherpe Offline


Registered: 03/21/05
Posts: 499
I watch christian cartoons. They are on at 5am and they are just as boring as the old fashioned ones.

Do you honestly think 3d animations will draw a larger audience, only because of the style? They are losing youth left and right no matter what they do. "Aquire the fire" shows how desperate they are for kids and teens.

Take the money. Its not like you are doing charity work to help them out, you are getting plenty out of the transaction.
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#117086 - 08/11/05 08:15 PM Re: A moral dilemma [Re: uncleherpe]
Nevermore Offline


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Thankyou for your replies.

I guess I could have worded it differently. I don't actually see Christians as "the enemy", but they do support things that go against what I believe.
But I agree that furthering my career is more important to me right now.

One thing I forgot to mention, which is one of the main reasons I think their idea will fail, is that I'm in a fairly small country area. So even if in some bizarre way they manage to reach 50% of the youth community, that's still not very many people. Not a number I would get worked up about.

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#117087 - 08/11/05 08:43 PM Re: A moral dilemma [Re: Nevermore]
TrojZyr Offline
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I say, as long as they're not on an evil campaign that will be directly supported by the creation of little CG characters, go for it! (For example, if the church was dedicated to "rehabilitating" homosexuals, or was big into protesting abortion clinics, I personally wouldn't want to give them any more fuel for those specific activities.) You can even be cute and secretly subversive with the subject matter, if you're smart about it. I'm a bit of a geek, but I think it sounds like a fun opportunity, and you'll get some of *their* money for it.

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#117088 - 08/11/05 09:27 PM Re: A moral dilemma [Re: Nevermore]
CWH Offline
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Registered: 04/22/05
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The way I see it is that a job is a job. I am a Marine and I don't agree with every little ideal, symbol or creed and that was crammed down my throat in bootcamp, but I still do my job with a sense of pride.

I don't see it as helping out the cause of christianity by making some CG cartoons for them. If the people they are trying to reach are that mentally handicapped that some CG cartoons about jesus would impact their lives.....then christian church can have them.

Plus what's wrong with creating CG works of fiction anyways?

Take the money.

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#117089 - 08/11/05 10:14 PM Re: Evil Campaign. [Re: TrojZyr]
Drake_Bamboozle Offline
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Registered: 06/25/02
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Loc: England
>>I say, as long as they're not on an evil campaign that will be directly supported by the creation of little CG characters, go for it!<<

The whole Christian agenda is an evil campaign.

To quote The Satanic Bible - "The true prince of Evil."

I'm not going to bother delving into my reasoning. A read of page 30 of The Satanic Bible just about says it all.

Fuck 'em. If they were starving I wouldn't throw them a single rice crispie from my bowl.
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#117090 - 08/11/05 10:37 PM Re: A moral dilemma [Re: KissFrk3]
Drake_Bamboozle Offline
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Posts: 10715
Loc: England
>>I agree with you Discipline, no need to see christians as the enemy.<<

I've quoted this before and I'll quote it again here:

"There can be no room for this ecumenical attitude of 'well, if God works for them and makes them happy, it won't hurt me to let them go on believing it.' But it does hurt you. When there are that many people in positions of authority thinking mudddled, incoherent thoughts, it's going to affect you. To completely overthrow mystically orientated religions, Satanists choose active opposition. We don't need to show any tolerance or good fellowship to these sheep."

-Anton Szandor LaVey-

And need I mention the book of Satan I-5:

"He who saith 'thou shalt' is my mortal foe."

They are the enemy. However you look at it.

I seriously recommend that those CoS members who have not purchased a copy of Blanche Barton's book, The Church of Satan, do so. It really will provide you with a clear idea of what the Church of Satan is about.
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#117091 - 08/11/05 10:42 PM Re: A moral dilemma [Re: Drake_Bamboozle]
uncleherpe Offline


Registered: 03/21/05
Posts: 499
I dont really think it matters if they are the enemy or not in this situation, he needs work and he doesnt do it someone else will get hired instead.

Not to mention it sounds like it wont make much of a dent, plus he gets money and builds a portfolio with it. I say go for it.
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