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Published: Sunday, March 9 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

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Hutterite
American Fork, UT

God doesn't really like the movies. God is into football.

john@sneekee
draper, UT

this mans stock just went way up. glad to see his faith in GOD, his mom and family.

Hollywood and the world need more of this.

just one mans opinion.

Manfred Man
Salt Lake City, UT

If you want to find God in Hollywood, look no further than the 1986 masterpiece "The Mission." Easily one of the most uplifting and spiritually satisfying movies I've ever seen.

MormonSean
Provo, UT

If you want good people making movies, we need to boost the film economy in Utah. There are a lot of talented people in media here, but not enough jobs, production companies, producers, etc.

Unless L.A. suddenly had a change of mind, you would see films that reflect it.

southmtnman
Provo, UT

Jared Leto's acceptance speech was better.

a bit of reality
Shawnee Mission, KS

It's quite ironic. An actor stars in a film and praises God for his success. However, the particular film itself was rated "morally offensive" by the Catholic News Service. According to them, "Predictably for a product of contemporary Hollywood, "Dallas Buyers Club" fails to condemn sexual excess of any kind. It also promotes acceptance, not only of people as individuals but of their actions, even when those actions -- whether heterosexually or homosexually oriented -- are incompatible with the moral teaching of Scripture and sacred tradition.

"The film contains a benign view of promiscuity and of homosexual acts, strong sexual content, including graphic casual sex, full nudity, masturbation and sexually themed dialogue, drug use and pervasive profane and crude language."

Do people of faith really want to be thanking God that this film turned out so successful?

wendall
Huntington Beach, CA

'He has graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand." This is my favorite part of his comment !! So true for all of us,,

jbbevan
Heber City, UT

Matthew has done a lot of work worth watching ever since A Time to Kill. In interviews and personal encounters he always seems to be genuine -- the real deal. His courage in saying what he did was a little startling against the backdrop of the normal Oscar acceptance. But he seemed to know what he wanted to get across -- without notes. However, after living living 11 years in Texas, I think he was also being true to his heritage. Certainly not all of my Texas associates were like Mathew, but he shares a common thread with "gentlemen" of Texas. He has a "familiar spirit."

Mister J
Salt Lake City, UT

to john@sneekee

Who's opinion? McConaughey's or yours?

Flashback
Kearns, UT

You want to watch a religious themed movie that doesn't throw it into your face, go and get the movie "Courageous". Great movie from a bunch of Evangelicals in Georgia who get the point across without being unduly preachy.

GZE
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

So as long as Mathew McConaughey thanks God for allowing him to appear in a movie about drugs and sexual promiscuity, you approve of it? I'm a bit confused by that.

FT
salt lake city, UT

Just another example of a Hollywood star talking and few are listening. Never understood the facinastion that some people have for actors and atheletes.

E Sam
Provo, UT

Matthew McConaughey was NOT criticized for mentioning God in his acceptance speech. It was the 'I am my own hero' stuff he said afterwards.

pmccombs
Orem, UT

"Defying the critics, the film went on to earn $370 million in ticket sales.

There’s a significant lesson here."

Yes, and the lesson is this: Religion is good business, and Hollywood knows it. We can now talk about religion in terms of "mass market hunger." It is ripe for commoditization, you see. There is reverence and respect for you.

Speaking of hunger, at the very least I am happy to know that the Lord has taken some time off from ignoring those millions of hungry people, lacking in opportunity, in order to grace Mr. McConaughey's life with opportunities in abundance.

You see, when the very wealthy talk like this on television, the discussion inevitably turns to questions of justice and theodicy. Hence the awkwardness of the situation.

It seems that there is some truth in McLuhan's tired old maxim that "the medium is the message"--a message which has little to do with what is said; and the religion of the rich and famous is less faith-inspiring to many than some would hope.

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