Tuesday, June 14, 2005

USC Dean calls us "Christers"

I noted in the last post that moral idiocy is a rich vein of the purest gold for conservative bloggers like moi. I’m reminded of Democratic Party leader/screamer Howard Dean, the gift that keeps on giving to the Republican Party.

I had planned to blog next on the Amnesty International idiots who called Gitmo a gulag. Then I walked Cookie and listened to Hugh Hewitt talk about an amazing example of moral idiocy here in LA at the University of Southern California.

I couldn’t resist.

In the current issue of Los Angeles Weekly is an article called
"The New Blacklist," which deals in part with a Christian boycott of products from companies sponsoring pro-gay or salacious entertainment. The objectionable programs include Will & Grace, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Desperate Housewives, South Park, and the 2006 Gay Games in Chicago.

In the article, "
Martin Kaplan, director of the Norman Lear Center at the Annenberg School of Communication at USC, calls the new Christer offensive a drive toward 'theocratic oligopoly. The drumbeat of religious fascism has never been as troubling as it is now in this country"

For Hugh’s "Pittsburgh Steelers fans," I’ll translate: Kaplan calls us Christers, ie. followers of Christ, which would make him an anti-Christer.

He claims that we are driving toward a "theocratic oligopoly." Now an oligopoly is a market that is dominated by a small number of sellers (oligopolists). The word is derived from the Greek for few sellers. I guess Kaplan is saying that only a few businesses will survive the boycott, those that have a moral outlook.

Kaplan is really troubled by the drumbeat of religious fascism. Of course, Fascism (in Italian, fascismo) refers to the authoritarian political movement which ruled Italy from 1922 to 1943. Fascism spread across Europe between WWI and WWII. The term now refers to any totalitarian worldview regardless of its political ideology, including Hitler’s Nazism and Stalin’s Communism.

Fascism is a philosophy of government that assigns to the state control over every aspect of national life. The state is absolute in its methods and unlimited by law in its control and direction of its citizens. For example, both Hitler and Stalin committed mass murder of millions of their country's civilians who did not fit in with their plans.

Now you see that Martin Kaplan is truly a “moral idiot.” Christians who are merely exercising their free speech rights to petition public companies that sponsor programs that undermine the moral fabric of society are compared by Kaplan to mass murderers.

USC grads, let the school know your thoughts on their moral idiot Dean.


Anonymous Pamela Cleveland said...

In I Cor:4, Paul speaks "for we have been made a spectacle to the world" and "We are fools for Christ's sake". Jesus also warned that His followers would be ridiculed! I am honored to be among those believers who are mocked. Yet, remain humbled by the grace given me as I once was a wretch. I pray that those so blind will sometime know the love of God that awaits them.

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