Originally created 01/16/04

Attacks on God, culture and Mel Gibson

Is the end near? I'm not talking about the exploited "rapture" or the end of the world, but rather the concerted attacks on Christianity and America's pre-1960s values. Expect professed "Christian" senators who vote for killing babies and obstructing judicial appointments to soon say, "While I am personally opposed to abortion, homosexual marriage, polygamy and incest, I cannot impose my beliefs on others."

Some folks incite bigotry and hate by criticizing Mel Gibson's film, The Passion. Others, typified by Doug Martin's Jan. 12 letter ("Religion suffers when mixed with politics"), attack God by equating public visibility of the Ten Commandments to "religious instruction" and "worship." He wrote, "I feel that the proper place for religious instruction and worship is in the temple, church, synagogue or home - not to be forced upon people of other traditions." Mere visibility of the Ten Commandments seems to offend him. Maybe the American Civil Liberties Union will ask the courts to ban Gibson's movie on the grounds that one uses public roads to reach the theater? Perhaps activist judges should force churches to remove crosses or other identifying features visible "to people of other traditions?" Don't laugh; bigots are devious and persistent incrementalists.

Any informed person knows that Christians believe each and every human being, alive, dead or yet to be born is responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus by virtue of personal sins. Christians do not single out Romans or Jews. So, let's all get off of Mel Gibson's back and ignore those critics who use Mel Gibson's film as one more excuse for bashing Christianity and insulting Jewish intelligence. For the sake of political correctness, a movie on the Passion of Christ produced by revisionist historians would no doubt blame an extreme right wing conspiracy of old for Jesus' death.

Paul W. Rosenthal, Augusta


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