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Conservative Ignorance – Business as Usual

Conservative Ignorance – Business as Usual

Hello, everyone.

By now, everyone has heard of the sick, ignorant creature named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, and his stupid, revolting film Innocence of Muslims, and how that film has been endorsed by the Christian ignoramus Pastor Terry Jones .

You have also heard that the Muslims do not like the film for good reason.  Much has been said on this  subject.  Here is a take on it from Crooks & Liars on 9/16/12.

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While listening to all the outraged right wing rantings about free speech and how Muslims were a separate, primitive class of religion for their outraged and violent response in Libya to the deliberately provocative work of a California porn director, I kept thinking to myself, “Why does this all seem so familiar?”

And then, last night I watched Martin Scorcese’s 1998 film, “The Last Temptation of Christ”, and it all came flooding back. From Wikipedia:

[COMMENT:  Scorcese’s film actually came out in 1988, not 1998.]

“On October 22, 1988, a French Christian fundamentalist group launched Molotov cocktails inside the Parisian Saint Michel movie theater while it was showing the film. This attack injured thirteen people, four of whom were severely burned.[8][9] The Saint Michel theater was heavily damaged,[9] and reopened 3 years later after restoration. Following the attack, a representative of the film’s distributor, United International Pictures, said, “The opponents of the film have largely won. They have massacred the film’s success, and they have scared the public.” Jack LangFrance’s Minister of Culture, went to the St.-Michel theater after the fire, and said, “Freedom of speech is threatened, and we must not be intimidated by such acts.”[9] The Archbishop of ParisJean-Marie Cardinal Lustiger, said “One doesn’t have the right to shock the sensibilities of millions of people for whom Jesus is more important than their father or mother.”[9] After the fire he condemned the attack, saying, “You don’t behave as Christians but as enemies of Christ. From the Christian point of view, one doesn’t defend Christ with arms. Christ himself forbade it.”[9] The leader of Christian Solidarity, a Roman Catholic group that had promised to stop the film from being shown, said, “We will not hesitate to go to prison if it is necessary.”[9]

“The attack was subsequently blamed on a Christian fundamentalist group linked to Bernard Antony, a representative of the far-right National Front to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, and the excommunicated followers of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.[8] Lefebvre had been excommunicated from the Catholic Church on July 2, 1988. Similar attacks against theatres included graffiti, setting off tear-gas canisters and stink bombs, and assaulting filmgoers.[8] At least nine people believed to be members of the Catholic fundamentalist group were arrested.[8]Rene Remond, a historian, said of the Catholic far-right, “It is the toughest component of the National Front and it is motivated more by religion than by politics. It has a coherent political philosophy that has not changed for 200 years: it is the rejection of the revolution, of the republic and of modernism.”[8]

[“…] Although Last Temptation was released on VHS and Laserdisc, many video rental stores, including the then-dominant Blockbuster Video, declined to carry it for rental as a result of the film’s controversial reception.[14] In 1997, the Criterion Collection issued a special edition of Last Temptation on Laserdisc, which Criterion re-issued on DVD in 2000 and on Blu-ray disc in Region A in March 2012.”

Lesson of the day: No religion has a monopoly on irrational violence.

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Here is the URL for the Wikipedia article:

The article includes the source materials referenced in the footnote links in the passage quoted.

As usual, the Republicans and the Evangelical Christians are supporting the goon who made the anti-Islam trash.  Here are the thoughts of one of their shining stars, Michelle Bachmann, thanks to Daily Kos.

“WHY BARACK OBAMA SHOULD RESIGN. Just for the record, this is what it looked like for a man who made a film that made the Obama Administration uncomfortable […] By sending — literally — brownshirted enforcers to engage in — literally — a midnight knock at the door of a man for the non-crime of embarrassing the President of the United States and his administration, President Obama violated [his] oath. You can try to pretty this up (It’s just about possible probation violations! Sure.), or make excuses or draw distinctions, but that’s what’s happened. It is a betrayal of his duties as President, and a disgrace. [Emphasis supplied “

Hey, did you get the idea that stuff was done “literally?”  SOMEONE give that woman a dictionary and a thesaurus.  She is suffering from a severe vocabulary malfunction.

Rick Santorum, a former – THANK GOD FOR “FORMER!” – candidate for president, made a comment that “We will never have the elite, smart people on our side.”  Gee, I wonder why!

Actually, it’s not hard to figure out why.  Consider this classic from Joe Scarborough.  This is from Crooks & Liars today, 9/17/12.

“SCARBOROUGH: Give me a break. You know, it’s just like oh, you know, they hate us because of waterboarding. No, they hate us because they hate us. They hate us because of Obama’s drone attacks. No, they don’t — they hate us because they hate us. They hate us because someone burned a Koran. No, they don’t — they hate us because they hate us.”

So let’s see.  I want a Coke because I like Coke?  No; I want it because I want it.  Or I want to kiss a woman on the lips because I enjoy kissing women on the lips?  No; I want it because I want it!  Oh good grief!!

I doubt that I have any Evangelical Christians reading this, because my shoes tend to pinch their toes a tad too much.  But just in case there are, I want to post two questions.

Number one.  Assume that I write a diary in which I say that Jesus of Nazareth is a hairy sanctimonious sonofabitch who hasn’t a clue about anything except his monstrous ego and that he is either under extreme delusions or else he is mentally ill.  What would your reaction be?  I know what it would be.  First, if you are a member of Solus Christus, you would unsubscribe from the group.  Second, you would put me in your twit filter.  Third, you would file a complaint with Yahoo and Word Press and ask that I would be removed.  Fourth, you would contact me by e-mail and write me a hate message or make threats to my physical person.  Maybe not in this particular order, but these four events would occur.  Would you feel justified in taking the actions you take?  You bet your life you would!!

Number two.  If it is fitting and proper for you to react in this manner to my calling Jesus “a hairy sanctimonious sonofabitch,” etc., etc., then why is it NOT fitting and proper for Muslims to react the way they did to that revolting film that slandered The Prophet?  Or to put it another way, why is criminal, anti-social, misanthropic behavior appropriate for Christians, but inappropriate and improper for Muslims or any other non-Christian group?  Frankly, in my book, this door swings both ways.  If the firebombing of the Saint-Michel movie theater in Paris over the showing of “The Last Temptation of Christ” was proper and appropriate reaction and behavior, then WHY is the behavior of the Muslims in Cairo and Benghazi over the showing of  the movie “Innocence of Muslims” IMproper and INappropriate?

I know that I await an Evangelical response to this latter question in vain, because given the caliber of conservative intellect that I cited earlier, I think this second question is beyond their capabilities.

If the Evangelicals cannot give a logical answer to this question, then they are no better  — and quite possibly worse – than the Israelites in the Book of Judges, where it is said that “every man did that which was right in his own eyes.”  Or, in other words, a state of anarchy.  All societies have laws for a reason, and those of us with functioning brains know what that reason is.  It is not coincidental that the people who are the most against the rule of law in this country are conservatives – the Weathermen, the militias, the Ku Klux Klan, etc.  They love and adore Jesus not because he supposedly “died on the cross for their sins;” they love him because he bucked the establishment in his day.  That is why there never was any Christian outcry against the firebombing of the Saint-Michel theater in Paris.  There should have been, loud and clear, just as there is now an outcry over the events in Egypt and Libya.

Several years ago, I came across a wonderful saying that is germane to this discussion and the reaction to the Muslim protests:  “When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”

So true.  So true.

Have yourselves a good day today.




September 18, 2012 - Posted by | Miscellaneous, Politics, Religion | , ,

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