Not So Good for the Gander

This is probably an all too obvious a thing to write about, but the temptation is great.

Several months ago Islamist mobs burned embassies, threatened diplomats and generally made a huge stink about cartoons in a Danish newspaper depicting various images of the Prophet Mohammad. Left leaning apologists waxed on about western society’s responsibility to be sensitive to the feelings of Muslims and their faith.

Now, a multi-million dollar Hollywood blockbuster is being shown that strikes as the heart of one of the most cherished tenets of the Christian faith. The Da Vinci Code is a "whodunit" suggesting that Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene bore a child. The book and the follow-on movie have been denounced by the Vatican and a growing number of Christian groups throughout the world.

So where are the enlightened souls who begged us to feel compassion for the hooligans who were seen daily chanting and marching and burning throughout the Middle East just months ago? Nowhere to be found, least of all anywhere near an effort to promote sensitivity toward the Christian faith.

As one would expect, there are plenty of advertisements in American newspapers for the soon to be released film. Today and Good Morning America feel completely comfortable interviewing Da Vinci Code stars and pumping the production of the Hollywood studio. Ian McKellen, one of the movies leads, tells us that the bible itself should have a disclaimer noting that it is, of course, fiction. Such sensitivity!

It is not news to any general observer of society that those involved in the media and arts apply different standards to Christians and Muslims. The latter are given wide berth to express their faith and impose their values on society. The former are expected to take any insult or criticism as part of a free and open society.

Such inconsistency is so common that it is hardly notable. But one has to wonder how a significant sector of modern western society is comfortable defending looting and mobbing in the name of one faith while producing trite fiction that is clearly insulting to the believers of another. And in wondering, one can only conclude that humanism, political correctness and a politicized view of the world blinds many of their fetid hypocrisy.