I haven’t heard much about the ongoing dispute between the Russian government and the Western media over the fate of the faux “punk rock band” ***** Riot in the American Catholic media. But this is a dispute in which I believe we ought to take sides as Catholics.
[No, I will not give the vulgar hate group the sociopathic pleasure of having yet another Christian publication use their name]
Three members of the vulgar hate group were arrested following their desecration of Moscow’s largest Orthodox cathedral. They have now been sentenced to two-year prison terms, with the six months spent at trial counting as time served.
My position on this incident is pretty clear. I stand 110% with the Russian government, the Orthodox Church, and the tens of millions of Russian Orthodox who have condemned the vulgar hate group – and I believe all Catholics in all countries ought to do likewise.
Not simply because this appears to me to be a deliberate ploy encouraged and promoted by anti-Russian elements in Europe and the United States; not simply because in all of the Western countries hypocritically condemning Russia these same actions could be and likely would be regarded as hate crimes according to their own established laws; not simply because the right to free speech does not, never has, and God willing, never will mean the right to invade any space one chooses and defecate on the floor; not simply because I respect the religious sensibilities of the Russian people; not even because I am fairly certain that being on the opposite side of whatever cause the degenerate celebritariat is championing is almost always the best and wisest choice – ???. Not just for those reasons.
It is because I am sick to death of the hypocrisy displayed by the Western media when it comes to religion and free speech. As some rather seasoned purveyors of vulgar filth put it themselves: while certain religions, beliefs, and prophets are strictly off-limits, it’s open season on Jesus. There is no act too vile, disgusting, offensive or low that can be perpetrated against Christ or Christian organizations to not be praised as “artistic expression” that ought to be protected by law. There is no rebuke, however mild, that a Christian can deliver to such miscreants that will not be labeled as evidence of intolerance, bigotry, philistinism, cultural backwardness or something similar, even if it is reluctantly acknowledged by some secularists that such things are not in good taste.
And to suggest that such offenders ought to be punished by law? Well, clearly suggesting that a group of wretched defilers be sent to jail for a year-and-a-half is “reminiscent of show trials of dissidents in the Soviet era“, in which tens of thousands of people were executed by Stalin’s regime.
Unlike radical Muslims, the vast majority of Christians do not respond with violence or threats of violence when Our Lord is mocked and publicly defiled. Those few that do have not really taken the time to know Him, who was mocked and spit upon by Roman soldiers and still called for their forgiveness. Our enemies know this, and they wish to take advantage of it. One of the criminals, after her sentence was handed down, said:
“It was not in vain that when Christ was among the prostitutes, he said that those who falter should be helped, I do not see this in our trial.”
Consider it well, Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox all. They will violate you, knowing full well that you are expected to turn the other cheek. That is the kind of sadistic perversion we are dealing with here. Fortunately, the admonition to do so is a precept of individual conduct. The business of the state is to preserve social order, and there is nothing vengeful about the court’s sentence. People who hate Christianity (and Vladimir Putin in this case) are not the only people with rights protected by the laws of civilized countries.
My only concern is that it is, as always, a lose-lose situation. If the vulgar hate group wasn’t convicted, then it would embolden all of the other vulgar hate groups to do as they please, when they please, where they please. Now that the vulgar hate group has been convicted, they will be seen as righteous martyrs for a righteous cause, the permanent revolution against Christian civilization.
The sad thing is that I believe that much of this anti-Christian hatred – and I am now speaking generally and globally – is motivated merely by the fact that vulgar, hateful people cannot tolerate the existence of other people who, even though they are as oppressed by sin as everyone else, aspire to be something more than mindless animals who do nothing but hump one another and follow the latest idiotic trends. Sloshing about in a sewer filled with their own spiritual feces, they must pull everyone else down into it, and erase any suggestion that it might be possible to escape. That is the only way it can be enjoyed.
But we will not be pulled down quietly. In the meantime, here’s hoping that there’s plenty of veal in the prison borscht.
Post-Script: if you want to hear a real female Russian musician perform, go here.