America's seventh veil
By Michael Moriarty
The Watergate cover-up was something, wasn't it? More dramatic than the Watergate break-in. It certainly had a more interesting and well-known cast than the small gang that couldn't steal political secrets straight, couldn't grab them out of a Washington, D. C., apartment building without getting caught.
There is a new one now, however, that, so to speak, drops the Seventh Veil and will shake the history books, because the cast is so huge and so profoundly self-righteous that their present, ongoing and ludicrous "cover-ups" will be eternally unforgettable.
"How do we support abortion," ask the Reverends and Evangelists of the American Protestant and Reborn communities, "without looking like we support abortion?"
The answer, certainly as of this week, is "we endorse pro-abortion politicians, and when people like Michael Moriarty are outraged, we just say it never happened and infer that people like Michael Moriarty are liars."
That is what an anonymous plaintiff did last week about my article entitled "Progressive, Post-modernized Christianity". He claimed the now increasingly infamous appearance of Rev. Billy Graham with the Clintons in 2005 "never happened".
Or rather, Rev. Graham's words praising Bill Clinton as a budding "evangelist" and his wife Hillary as someone who could "run the country", "never happened" … or, finally, and this is probably what the profoundly shy, no-name protester intended: "It never happened because it was all a joke."
I didn't know that Rev. Graham fancied himself as a standup comedian … or that he invited guests to join him on stage, so he could make fun of them, a kind of Billy Graham's friar's roast, so to speak.
Was Bill Clinton laughing when Rev. Graham said his now puzzling words? Did the former President chuckle like Frank Sinatra did when, at a Friar's Roast, television comedienne Ruth Buzzy, hit him over the head with her handbag? Did Hillary smile stoically as Rev. Graham satirically inferred that she should "run the country?"
I didn't get that feeling from the news reports, and I've since learned this last of Graham's revivals was not in Yankee Stadium, because Yankee Stadium would have been too small. It took place in Flushing Meadows which seats, or seated that day of June 23, 2005, 90,000 people.
Many of the audience probably knew that the former President would not only be attending, but appear as a featured guest. Well, it was Rev. Graham's Last Big One! What would you expect?
However, there is a mysterious "veil" growing over the issue of Protestants and abortion.
Meanwhile, Rev. Graham went out with an unforgettable bang, I tell you, and the protesting Protestant's letter of complaint is perhaps more wishful thinking, false hopes that Graham's remarks had "never happened".
I doubt if my critic wrote Time Magazine to complain about this year's August 8 issue, which again re-quoted Rev. Graham as having said something that now his fans say he never said, or never meant to say, or intended as a joke, which certainly doesn't qualify as having "never happened".
It is patently clear what is going on. The "veil" is covering up something very ugly by trying to make it look charmingly divine, rather like the similarly glowing, white-grey hair of both Rev. Graham and Graham's own "evangelist", William Clinton.
My plaintiff's last words were "but then, who cares about facts?"
"Who cares about language?! You claim it ‘never happened?!'"
The game in 1930s and 1940s Germany and eventually in most of Europe was, in regard to the increasingly obvious Holocaust, to "look the other way as if it weren't happening". The price for such willful blindness has been blindingly exposed in the great German film Der Untergang, or The Downfall in the last days of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich.
Meanwhile, now in the Third Millennium, abortion, according to Catholics, is not a venial sin, it is a cardinal sin, it is murder. However, for the Protestants of the world to repeat the same mistake the Germans did in the homeland of the German Reformation of Catholicism by Martin Luther, that is more than symptomatic of Protestantism in general, and continues to be, all the way down to the American Progressive evangelists, such as Billy Graham and Pat Robertson.
As the great novelist James Joyce replied to the question of whether he would become a Protestant, now that he was no longer a Catholic, he said, "I may have lost my faith, but I haven't lost my mind."
The Eugenics of Nazi Germany have returned more strongly than ever and the "survival of the fittest humans" has taken on an exponentially greater impact when those who can truly least protect themselves, gestating infants, are legally led to the slaughter by their own mothers and fathers, and by their parent's agreements not only with an abortionist, but with their favorite evangelists. And of course, with the RU486 abortion pill, all pregnancies can be made to look like they "never happened".
Finally, the Seventh Veil of this Protestant Dance, the wish to have an abortion and still remain Christian, or be able to behave like it "never happened", has been more than provided by the likes of Revs. Vaught (William Clinton's spiritual mentor), Robertson and Graham. Without even the Catholic gradation of sins the Protestants, rather like the Prodigal Son, have not only not returned home for forgiveness, they and their Salomes have created their own Seventh Veil Religion called Progressive Christianity. When the Seventh Veil can be seen through … my God, you wonder why you came to see this striptease in the first place, the dancers are so riddled with the vermin of an eternally memorable hypocrisy.
Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Moriarty is also running for President of the United States in 2008 as a candidate for the Realists Party. To find out more about Moriarty's presidential campaign, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.