How Long, O Lord?! |
More Blasphemy is in the offing this coming week when the sacrilegious film Life of Brian is re-released in theaters in trying to stop 'The Passion's' tide during Passiontide
"...this vile film will simply point out what Rabbi Daniel Lapin always stated, which is that Jews tend to be offended when it is convenient for them. The problem here is that Jews typically ignore blasphemy against Catholics and Christians because such blasphemy does not touch them. In 'Life of Brian' the stroke of blasphemy is wide enough to insult Jews as well since their own people are being terribly ridiculed. It will truly be interesting to see how deeply offended our Jewish friends are this time. Yet, since all the Python players share the same liberal leftist views, it's highly unlikely they'll complain. Their silence will speak volumes as to their real agenda against Mel."
Satan is certainly a cunning, sinister, and treacherous foe. In his efforts to steal souls, he will insinuate, he will suggest, he will lure. Sometimes, however, like a brazen rat with no fear, he will come right out in the open and mock, as he incited that crowd to do to our dear Jesus during those terrible hours after His arrest. Not successful in stopping the public from seeing and promoting Mel Gibson's masterpiece, the devil has decided to try another of his favorite routes…mockery and ridicule!
The Ultimate Mockery!
We have all been subjected to the vile and disgusting use of so-called Freedom of Speech to promote sin, blasphemy, and sacrilege, and we have seen how conveniently that label is removed when it may protect sanctity, reverence, and holiness. Trash such as 'The Last Temptation of Christ,' 'Bloody Mary,' and the upcoming 'DaVinci Code' attest to the kind of filth, which the devil dumps on the minds of his minions. What is coming our way, however, is the ultimate in mockery, in blasphemy, in sacrilege! Originally released to controversy in 1979, a piece of trash called 'Life of Brian' by Monty Python will be re-released this upcoming month. Anyone who cares anything about our beloved Jesus must sit for a description of this vile rubbish.
'Life of Brian' tells of a fictional Brian of Nazareth, who was played by an openly sodomite Graham Chapman who since has died from AIDS. The character Brian was a Jew supposedly born in the manger next door to Jesus who grows up to join an anti-Roman separatist group called the People's Front of Judea but ends up being mistaken for the Messiah. Apparently this despicable production is loaded with satire and mockery, including a scene in which several crucifixion victims sing and whistle a tune while hanging on crosses. The main characters from the Monty Python Circus play the majority of the characters and have no reverence for the reverent or sacred. They are John Clease, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, and Eric Idle . They have said that it was meant as a spoof on Bible films and intolerance rather than Christianity.
Henry Jaglom, president of Rainbow Film Company whose distribution arm is reissuing the film, said, "We decided that this is an important time to re-release this film, to provide some counter-programming to The Passion. I intend it, hopefully, to serve as an antidote to all the hysteria about Mel's movie."
If the disgusting nature of this film is not enough, the marketing tactics are an additional slap in the face to reverence and respect. Jaglom said the marketing will play off Mel's film with such lines as "Mel or Monty" and "The Passion of the Python". Jaglom claims that he wants to give people a choice. What vile things are done for choice these days! Oh, yes. I almost forgot, Abortion.
God Almighty Will Have The Last Laugh
We have seen how God Almighty has turned the fools on their heads with 'The Passion of The Christ. Now we will see the Master really at work! You see, the world is different than it was in 1979. Yes, things are worse, and Christians and Catholics are easier, more popular targets than ever. But the devil's blatant mockery placed right after the release of 'The Passion' and during its continuing success will turn out to be a tactical mistake for him and all who follow his agenda.
First, all of the accusations of disrespect and Anti-Semitism, which were thrown at Mel's film, will be revealed for the hypocrisy and smokescreen, which they were. Certainly this film really mocks Jews, pokes fun at them, ridicules them, makes them look totally foolish. All the stereotypes that good ol' Rabbi Schmuley Boteach, Abe Foxman, Frank Rich, and all of the others nay-sayers of 'The Passion' railed about are there. But do you think they'll stand up and speak out against this mocking portrayal of Jews? I doubt it.
We recall how masterful Christ was at confusing and disemboweling his critics with inescapable paradoxes from which they could not extricate themselves. If these Jewish critics stay silent on a blatant mockery of Jewish people, they will look hypocritical. But, if they attack this film now, they will be inadvertently siding with those who respect Mel's work.
Second, those who usually defend such trash crying Freedom of Speech will be revealing their hypocrisy as well, since they will not have been seen doing the same for Mel's film or, worse still, they will have to use the other side of the banner which stated "Do Not Watch This Blood Libel" or called for censorship.
Third, this vile film will simply point out what Rabbi Daniel Lapin always stated, which is that Jews tend to be offended when it is convenient for them. The problem here is that Jews typically ignore blasphemy against Catholics and Christians because such blasphemy does not touch them. In 'Life of Brian' the stroke of blasphemy is wide enough to insult Jews as well since their own people are being terribly ridiculed. It will truly be interesting to see how deeply offended our Jewish friends are this time. Yet, since all the Python players share the same liberal leftist views, it's highly unlikely they'll complain.
Their silence will speak volumes as to their real agenda against Mel.
Fourth, this movie manages to make a mockery of the work of our radical Bible scholars as well, since it pokes fun at subjects, which they write books and give speeches on. Will Paula Fredericksen and the other learned, serious scholars speak out against the mocking of their subject matter? Perhaps Paula and the others will praise the film, as they seemed to like 'Last Temptation.' Maybe our fine scholars will declare this 25-year-old trash " a notable integration of satire with the sacred leading to a more precise clarification of the milieu that was Palestine at the time of the historical Jesus".
Lastly, this drool will certainly only highlight the masterpiece that is Mel's film and, perhaps, will inspire people to go out and see God's message again as a kind of counter-protest and to wash the bad taste of such blasphemy out of their systems!
When I first heard about the re-release of this film, I felt very sad and emotional. Tears and anger welled up inside me as I nearly became overwhelmed by the sheer disrespect and audacity of the devil and his troops. However, God has taught me that His Almighty Power and Majesty make use of even evil, and this is no exception. I have a feeling that this latest spit in the face of Christ will only show the beauty of His Divine Face and His Sacred Message of sacrifice, love, forgiveness, and selflessness.
So let Brian play to half-empty theaters, it will run its course and in the end the good wine will be preserved while the rotted, contaminated ferment will be cast into the ground to dry up and parch away. It is all part of the process that God allows for good to rise to the surface in His time.
That is why our Catholic Faith is so important, so vital for salvation in understanding what He went through in atonement for us as the propitiatory Sacrifice for us. It better enables us to bear up under the modern scourgings. Being a Catholic means that when Our Lord is ridiculed and mocked, we are ridiculed and mocked. When He is insulted and spat upon, we too feel the words and the spit.
When His Holy Name is trashed, our very being is trashed. This latest attack upon Our Lord, upon us, will only show us more the ultimate power and justice of God Almighty. Because we are human, however, we will rightly ask, "How much longer, O Lord?"
Editor's Note: We are pleased to announce Gabriel Garnica will be contributing many articles in 2004. Heaven is once again under attack by those who would seek to ignore and overthrow God's majesty and authority. Gabriel Garnica, educator and attorney, will submit regular insights and commentaries to remind and help guide readers toward a deeper and more assertive faith. Touching on topics and issues ranging from personal faith, doctrine, education, scripture, the media, family life, morality, and values, Gabriel's notes will be music to traditional ears but unpleasant tones to those who have bought into the misguided notions so prevalent and spreading in today's Catholic world.