Christianity: The Only Religion you can Hate With Impunity
I am and always have been a firm believer in religious principals. I am, like all other humans on the planet, fallible and a sinner, yet what separates me from certain human beings is that I believe that my transgressions are forgiven thanks to my devotion to the Savior, Jesus Christ, the son of God in Heaven. This does not mean that I consider myself better or superior to any other human on the planet. What it does mean, is that I have been given a chance at redemption through God’s Grace, and I will unshakably declare that to anyone who asks.
In the mind of some, this makes me a hateful bigot because of certain tenants within that faith, such as the Catholic church’s aversion to homosexuality, pedophilia, abortion, gay marriage, and a host of other hot button issues. Apparently it is narrow-minded and hateful to believe that these particular acts and practices are wrong, with feminists calling you against women’s rights if you oppose abortion, to the simple cry of RACIST or more appropriately BIGOT if you oppose, as I do, gay marriage and homosexuality. Now, of course, the practice of homosexuality will not go away, but that doesn’t mean I have to find it appropriate public behavior. Having standards in today’s world is among the highest crimes and misdemeanors of unwritten cultural law.
I bring this up because, yet again, the so-called “artistic” community has struck, using a piece of “art” erroneously entitled “Moral Values”, which consists of a painting of the Holy Bible (which version is not specified). Now, this would normally be a cause for the LEFT to be up in arms. I mean, after all, a Bible on public grounds is fast becoming a crime punishable by lynching, or worse, by Barbara Streisand. Cheap shots aside, the reason that the RIGHT is up in arms about this is because underneath the painting of the bible is painted the words “Warning: May impair judgment.” What, does this artist think herself some sort of anti-religious surgeon general, or something?
I make no apologies for the smart ass nature of those two remarks, by the way. Political correctness is no longer an effective filter for me, and shouldn’t be for anyone, really. But guess what would have happened if this had been a painting of the Quran? That’s right, boys and girls, the left would have been OUTRAGED at the very IDEA that someone would think that the tenants of Islam are somehow able to brainwash people into losing their sense of judgment. If only we could find out if that were true…oh, wait, it is. Those Maddrassas aren’t just for show, boys and girls.
The story comes from my local toilet rag, the Sacramento Bee, though admittedly it’s better than most newspapers out there. That’s right, I’m looking at you, New York Times. And saying that the Bee is better than the New York Times is like saying Al Sharpton is less racist than David Duke. And don’t go telling me Sharpton isn’t a racist either. You can have black skin and be racist. It’s true, I swear.
Now again, imagine if this had been a painting of the Quran with the same words. How much outrage do you think the left would have generated if that had been the case? A lot? That doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Still, this gives me cause for hope. A year ago a story like this wouldn’t have even been newsworthy, yet here it is in a widely read newspaper, admittedly only in one state, but it happens to be the most populous state in the country. Are we making a comeback to our old school principals? Signs like this tell me yes, we are, however, the indignant attitudes of the so-called “artist” who put this piece of trash up give me cause to believe also that much more work remains to be done before a reawakening of religious principals can occur. She is quoted as saying, in the article, “I came to the conclusion that there must be something about religious faith that renders people stupid.” Her exact words, I swear. Google the name Jeri Wyrick and you might find this very story online. I don’t know as I haven’t looked yet, but that’s beside the point.
The point is that in addition to this person being a moron, the justification for leaving it up is that only one person complained. Excuse me? Only one person complained so it’s okay to leave up a piece of anti-Christian art? How many times have Christmas displays had to undergo complete overhauls just because ONE person MIGHT have been offended off in some parallel universe somewhere? Huh? How many? DOZENS, that’s how many. At least.
Rant aside, this article was both informative and revealing. Revealing in the sense that it points out the stupidity of the leftist agenda to remove religion from the public square, and informative because it tells me that for Christianity to once again draw attention in the media beyond use of the phrase “religious right”, it must be creeping back into the forefront of our consciousness again. That would certainly be a welcome change. We have strayed far too long on the path away from God, and will only achieve greatness again when we deliver ourselves into His hands.
I know that last bit sounded preachy, but it’s still true. This I believe with all my might.
Continuing to Fight the Good Fight
UPDATE: I just read in TODAY'S version of the Bee that that garbage has been sold. Someone bought the thing for 500 bucks. Paltry sum where art is concerned. Apparently someone who shares the artists views decided to buy it. This now becomes a non-issue in the eyes of the media.