Rex MurphyNational Post
To be a serious Christian in modern Western culture is to be the favoured easy target of every progressive thinker and every half-witted comedian. It is to have your sensibilities and your deepest beliefs on perpetual call for taunts, mockery and desecration. At a time when all progressives preach full volume for inclusivity and sensitivity, for the utmost care in speech when speaking of others with differing views or hues, Christians, as Christians, are under a constant hail of abuse and disregard. There is nothing too low or too vulgar.
Something as inconsequential as a Christmas special, for example, will have â€” almost as an essential element, it being â€œChristâ€™sâ€ birthday after all â€” something determinedly offensive to Christians. Russell Peters, the Canadian joker, for his special this year has invited Pamela Anderson, pinup queen and soft porn actress, to play the Virgin Mary.
Pamela Anderson as Mary the Immaculate: I know â€” the wit, the daring, the originality â€” hell, the bravery of it all. No wonder Peters is at the very top of the yuk-heap. Can it be that itâ€™s only 30 years since Monty Python and The Life of Brian? Talk about â€œcutting-edge.â€ The casting is so, so clever â€” getting a lewd exhibitionist to play Mary, to call in a pop-culture tart to play the very Mother of God. But for believers to object, well that would be irksome and stuffy and high-handed and parochial â€” it being another of this ageâ€™s curious predisposition that Christians are supposed, if not to like the jeers hurled at them, to at least be good enough to suffer the insults, blasphemies and mockeries in silence, if not secret approval. To actually object to Russell Peters going for a cheap, unintelligent and vulgar laugh would probably get categorized as â€œintoleranceâ€ or â€œcensorship.â€ Go for it, Russell â€” Pam Anderson as the Virgin Mary will tickle the funnybone of every single digit IQ from St. Johnâ€™s to Victoria.
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