I don’t usually get a chance to watch tv. So I missed the new Thor trailer. If you’ve been stuck in Muslim Mommydom like I have then you might not even know who Thor is. Thor is the latest of the Marvel comic heroes to come to “life” on the big screen. In the latest Thor trailer, Marvel proclaims that “There are many superheroes, but only one is a god.” The commercial ends with Thor asked the question, “who are you really?”
The answer according to the poster and trailer is that Thor is a god. On one of the movie posters, the word GOD is centered across his face. With the tag line again…”only one is a god.” As a Muslim mom, I have accepted that my beliefs do not reflect the beliefs of the majority of Americans. As such, my children are exposed daily to ideas and values that are vastly different from mine. I do my best to shelter them and teach them values that reflect our Islamic beliefs.
But seriously, isn’t this blasphemy? Shouldn’t we as Muslims, Christians and Jews all agree on this point. This is not entertainment. This is an attempt to personify god. To take what is basically “shirk” or idolatry and make it cool and heroic. There used to be a time in America when to say “goddammit” was a bad word. Because it was considered a terrible blasphemy. People would tell children, “don’t take the Lord’s name in vain.” Christians would say, “we don’t have false or idol gods.” Does anyone remember that?
The truth is in this country we have all become so relaxed. We allow these small blasphemies without raising an eyebrow, much less a protest. Small shirk (idolatry) leads to big shirk. And if we don’t teach our kids to reverence God, how will they learn it.
When my children ask me about God. I teach them that He is not black or white. I teach them that He is not human at all. I teach them that God is not anything they could EVER imagine, because He is not like anything they have ever seen or known. I teach them that we are all His creation and He is our creator. I teach them that to make pictures or images of Him is blasphemy. Blasphemy because He is so superior to us that we could never get it right and any attempt would be insulting. I teach them that God is worthy of all praise and glory and should be reverenced in the most special way. Certainly not in a way that Thor deserves!
Truthfully, I don’t think that my kids will grow up and start worshiping idols because they watched Thor. However, I want my kids to grow up with such a reverence for God, that they look with disdain and disgust at anything that blasphemes God in anyway. It’s my job to teach them this disdain. It’s the most important part of what I teach them.