What we learned from Wal-Mart and Miller Beer
By Alisa Craddock
I've been a fan of Robin Williams for many years. Yet I recently swore off his films for good. Why? On the June 18th episode of Jay Leno, as related by William Donohue, President of the Catholic League, this is what Williams said and did:
"Williams pretended to be playing a game where the pedophile is hidden under a cup. ‘Here we go. Find the priest, find the pedophile. Find the priest, find the pedophile. Here you go right now. Move ‘em around, move ‘em around. Oh, you found the pedophile.'
"Williams then put his hand over his groin, saying, ‘You have to realize that if you are a Catholic priest, you have retired this. That's it—no more sex.' Then he took a shot at confession: ‘But they are going to put you in a small dark box and people are going to tell you the nastiest sexual stuff they have done.'"
Now, I have had enough of the duplicity of actors and politicians and the entire gay community pretending that the sexual abuse of mostly young, post-pubescent boys by closet gay clergy was not a homosexual issue, and concealing that fact by constantly trying to associate priests with pedophilia in as many minds as possible. Is he really that ignorant? I doubt it, but if I heard him say so, I'd forgive. He certainly doesn't understand the nature of the priesthood, and the confessional, or, I imagine, anything of spiritual matters at all.
Now, I suppose it is a little outside the subject of this column to elucidate on the confessional, but for those who aren't Catholic, some clarification might be in order. No normal person goes into the confessional and gives the priest a blow by blow description of their sexual sins. One might say "I violated the sixth and/or the ninth commandments" or "I had impure thoughts." One doesn't go in and describe the impure thoughts to the priest without a very good spiritual reason, and then with as little description as necessary to elucidate the specific moral or spiritual transgression. Confession is to God through his minister, and God knows what you did. Confession unburdens the soul and restores our relationship with the Lord that was damaged by the sinful act, and the priest, in Christ's name, conveys Christ's forgiveness to us, as he was commanded by Christ when he said to his Apostles:
"As the Father has sent me, so I send you." When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven them. Whose sins you retain, they are retained." [Jn 20: 21-23.]
And also, to his Apostles he said "What you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and what you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." (Matt 16:19 and 18:18) We Catholics hold our priests in very high esteem because they have given up much to serve him, and it is very heroic. When one of them falls, it's devastating, but let's not pretend the problem is with the nature of the priesthood rather than the nature of those with a disordered inclination who have their own agenda, or sometimes just from human weakness. That is precisely what Robin Williams did here, and it was dishonest and sleazy, and that's why I find Robin Williams' remarks so offensive.
So from that day on, I will not watch a Robin Williams film. Do I think it will matter? Only to me and God.
Another one whose films I refuse to watch is Ed Harris. I liked his films, and his style of acting, but when he said that President Bush was not a man because he didn't support the murder of unborn children (oh, excuse me, a woman's choice), I found that too much. No more Ed Harris movies for me. (Personally, I don't think Ed Harris, or any man who believes in the butchery of the helpless unborn, is very manly. Men don't condone the murder of babies. Maybe we should call him Ed Herod.)
I used to love "Crossing Jordan". I had just started watching it again after three years absence, when I saw an episode (clearly written by a gay writer) which simultaneously insulted God and promoted lesbianism (Jordan kissed both her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend on the lips to show there were "no problems, no issues" with their relationship). The lesbian scene I would have tolerated. But "God sucks" was too much to take. No more "Jordan". It's a matter of principle.
What's most distressing is that this deranged kind of thinking is supported in public policy and in education, though it does not do so overtly. But our generation is seeing a radical shift in cultural mores that is being reinforced in schools. Gov. Schwarzenegger's endorsement of the pro-homosexual bill SB 777 in California assures that homosexuals, transsexuals, and cross-dressers will be depicted in school textbooks in a positive way, among other things, thereby setting the school system against the moral values of many California Christian parents (not to mention other religions who also recognize homosexuality as immoral behavior).
Fr. John Hardon, S.J., the saintly Jesuit theologian, warned that there would come a time when one who practiced Christian charity (which would include counseling in right conduct and moral values) would be regarded as an enemy of the state. For those of us who watch social trends closely, it is clear that that time is rapidly approaching.
There was a time in this country when there were laws against corrupting the morals of a minor. How ironic that it is now the schools that are doing the corrupting as a matter of state endorsed policy, and the parents who resist are the enemy. Children are turned against the authority of their parents, parents turned against teachers, teachers against ministers, ministers against an increasingly secular state. The reason is that the state aims to shape a generation to suit its global objectives, and that means atheism, collectivism, environmental extremism, "diversity", socialism, promiscuity—a total redefinition of moral and civil responsibility that treats Christianity as an arbitrary set of irrational behavior codes that are hateful and contrary to the peaceful goals of globalism. Eventually, any parents who try to teach their children Christian morals will be accused of emotional abuse, endangering the welfare of a minor, even of corrupting the morals of a minor. They will become enemies of the state. Sound preposterous?
Not when you consider how sexual harassment laws have been twisted to protect homosexuals from criticism when they bring their sexual preferences and behaviors into the workplace and demand recognition. Not when they can take off their clothes and publicly perform obscene acts during a street fair while the police (and little children) look on. Not when some in the Congress can repeatedly try to end any discretion employers might have in hiring (or not hiring) homosexuals, (despite the fact that 43% of teacher/pupil sex is homosexual in nature, and 29% of acts of rape and murder against minors is perpetrated by homosexuals, who represent only 2.5% of the population). And not when some in Congress repeatedly try to make it a crime for Christians to speak the "truth in love" regarding the devastating consequences of the homosexual lifestyle, devastating both to those that practice it, and to those exposed to it. And not when textbooks have to be rewritten to reflect homosexuals, transsexuals, and other dysfunctional people in a positive light, while eradicating references to "mom" and "dad", the most natural relationship under heaven.
Every time I think I've seen the worst the gay community and its anti-Christian sympathizers can dish out, something else more lewd and repulsive happens. The 2007 Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco is live pornography of the most perverse kind—with public nudity, public homosexual sex with each other and with "objects", nude floggings, bizarre, obscene costumes, many mocking nuns or glorifying sado-masochism, and sex toys made in the form of religious objects and saints, and cages hoisted by cranes above a nearby Catholic church, one cage containing a man dressed as Jesus, another with a woman dressed in a skimpy leather and fishnet costume. The greeters at the entrance were dressed like nuns as well. (The pictures of this year's event are readily available online, but I will not link to them. They are as pornographic as any site I've ever stumbled onto. But they are easy enough to find, if you Google it.)
This event was sponsored by Miller Beer. William Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights gave Miller a chance to withdraw its support for the event (because of its expressly anti-Catholic nature), then called for a boycott of the company. At first they simply removed their logo from the disgusting ad for the event, which was a gay leather parody of the Last Supper, with sex toys on the table instead of food. Miller flimsily apologized for that. Eventually (presumably after Donohue sent them the shocking photos of the previous versions of the event) they finally apologized and promised never to sponsor such an obviously anti-Catholic event again. Donohue was relentless and uncompromising, and at last, after hearing the magic words, called off the boycott.
Last year it was Wal-Mart. They decided to join the Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and gave money to some gay cause(s) that sparked furor in the Christian Community. Sam Walton was, after all, a Christian, and Wal-Mart was supposed to be a family oriented business. Kiss that goodbye, but Christians are an overwhelming majority in this country, while those who engage in homosexuality are only a tiny percentage, and Wal-Mart felt the sting of Christian outrage through their boycott of the store. This year, Wal-Mart discontinued its association of the GLCC, though they apparently persist in carrying gay-friendly books on their website for sale.
In both cases, the message was driven home by Christian outrage and the withdrawal of financial support for those companies through a good, old-fashioned boycott. Well, it isn't anything new, but perhaps in this age of instant communication, it is more important than ever for Christians and others of good conscience to recognize that they can influence a culture that has abandoned morality. If their leaders don't have enough of a conscience to listen to moral outrage, then we can hit them where they will notice—in their "bottom line". The perverse culture being foisted on us is coming from the global business arena, the multi-national corporations that are shaping our Brave New World Order. And that is where we can assert our power. By boycotting those companies who support the gay agenda or the abortion industry, we can tell these corporations that they are not going to tell us what we have to believe. They are not going to dictate to us how we live, what to think, who we associate with, they are not going to bring a FOLSOM STREET FAIR into our neighborhoods and subject our community and our children to this obscenity. Life Decisions International's annual boycott list gives the names of companies who sponsor abortion. Life Site News, one of the best sources for current information on the culture of death, pornography and perversion, also keeps lists of boycott targets. We are now engaged in another great civil war, but the weapons we use in this war may turn out to be the very thing they use to try and control us—our own almighty dollar. Just stop buying from them. That sends a message they cannot ignore. And our government will not be able to ignore it either.
Alisa Craddock is a columnist and activist in the culture war, a convert to Catholicism, and describes herself as a Christian Libertarian. She may be contacted at alisa.craddock at hushmail.com.
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