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Saturday 17 February 2018

Christian group says sex in 50 Shades of Grey is a 'perversion of God's gift'

David Kearns

Members of a Christian campaign group have called on cinemas across Ireland to not show 50 Shades of Grey saying that it endorses sexual violence.

Even as screenings of the controversial ‘erotic’ romance sell out, a series of letters have been sent to Irish theatres pushing for a boycott.

Seen by, one writer says God has compelled them to speak out because of the attention the movie, with its scenes of bondage and sadomasochism, has attracted.

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“PLEASE BELIEVE ME when I say that God in His MERCY has asked me to warn YOU so that you will NOT BE part of this,” it says.

“I want to WARN you that hosting this movie in your cinema is a great violation of the laws, nature and character of God and His compassion for people.

“It’s reported that the movie contains up to 20 minutes of onscreen sex. This is HORRENDOUS… PLEASE BE WARNED THAT SHOWING SUCH CONTENT IS WRONG!!” it continues.

Actors Jamie Dornan (L) and Dakota Johnson attend the
Actors Jamie Dornan (L) and Dakota Johnson attend the "Fifty Shades Of Grey" New York Fan First screening at Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. Photo: Mike Coppola

It ends with a call to staff to resign in protest if their cinema is showing the film, adding that to do so is to “HONOUR GOD” by not encouraging people to sin.

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In a separate letter received by some theatres in Dublin, staff are asked to reconsider showing the film due to “the harmful effects that the movie will have on people”.

“As a Christian, I am concerned about the normalising and glorification, on screen of a perverted version of a gift which God gave us,” the author writes.

“I would ask that you would consider not showing this disturbing movie which portrays such a twisted "version" of sex.”

Responding to criticism that the film is degrading to women, Irish star Jamie Dornan said the critics had it all wrong.

“Let me be absolutely clear: Domestic violence, rape, are unacceptable,” said the actor who portrays the obsessive billionaire Mr Grey in the film.

“They are not entertaining in any way. Everything that happens in this book is safe and consensual.”

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