THE LEFT’S SELECTIVE OUTRAGE OVER THE DEPICTION OF JESUS CHRIST IS ASTONISHING
Selective outrage and blatant hypocrisy have been equal parts of liberalism for decades.
As I wrote in a January 31 post, Democratic analyst Bob Beckel got his self-righteous panties in knot over recent comments made by Allen West – yet we’ve heard nary a word of disgust from Mr. Beckel over the countless vicious attacks on Sarah Palin. Barack Obama rails against “the rich” on a daily basis, yet he plays countless rounds of golf, the family Obama takes extravagant vacations on a regular basis, and Mishy goes on $50,000 shopping sprees.
Remember the famous case of Teddy Chappaquiddick Kennedy’s opposition to wind turbines in Nantucket Sound, (six miles from shore and not visible from the Kennedy compound) while he vigorously supported the development of solar, hydrogen, and wind as alternatives to oil and coal? The late senator’s nephew, Robert Kennedy Jr., who had also been an avid supporter of alternative sources of energy for more than a decade, complained that the project would be built in one of the family’s favorite sailing and yachting areas.
Or, how about John Kerry’s attempt to avoid paying $500,000 in Massachusetts sales tax by docking his new $7 million yacht in neighboring Rhode Island? A Kerry spokesman later said that the “Isabel” was being moored at Newport Shipyard not to evade taxes, but“for long-term maintenance, upkeep and charter purposes.” Uh huh.
However blatant these examples may be, nothing quite brings out the selective outrage and blatant hypocrisy in liberals as does religion. Christian religion, that is. And when it comes to Jesus Christ? Game on. Here are two cases in point:
Our pals at the Freedom from Religion foundation have been fighting vociferously for several months to have a Jesus statue removed from a WWII memorial on government-owned land atop a Montana mountain. While U.S. Forestry Service initially gave the atheists a small victory by announcing that it would remove the statue, it subsequently withdrew its decision, pending further consideration.
Yesterday, the Forestry Service announced that it would in renew the Knights of Columbus special-use permit for the display of the Jesus statue – which has been in place since the 1950′s. Needless to say, aheists have their collective hair on fire over the case – which suggests we’re likely to hear more about this case in the future.
Liberals have always walked a not-too fine line between “freedom from religion” and “freedom of expression.” As is always the case with “progressives,” their indignation is selective. The situation surrounding the movie “Visions of Ecstasy” is a perfect example:
The controversial short film has finally been cleared for release in Great Britain – 23 years after its production. So, what’s been the problem, you ask? Visions of Ecstasy contains a scene in which St. Teresa of Avila interacts sexually with Christ – while he is being crucified on the cross. Imagine, for a moment, Muhammad being portrayed similarly.
Freedom of expression finally won out; after all, this is “art.”
By the way, the film’s director has set up Redemption Films - which specializes in occult and fetish horror films – for distribution of Visions of Ecstasy. How fitting.
While this vile and disgusting imagery is offensive to Christians the world over, it’s also nothing new -just another example of the relentess attack on Christianity. Who could forget “Piss Christ“ and its creator’s claim that it was “not intended to denounce religion?”
Freedom from religion – freedom of speech: Such confusing concepts to Liberals.
Drawing a blank here trying to remember any vile depictions of Muhammad I’ve seen. Nope, got nothin’.