"Sarah Palin rebuked for comparing water boarding to baptism" (Catholic World Report, May 1, 2014): "Even if you don’t believe that waterboarding is torture, surely you agree that it should not be compared to baptism, and that such a comparison should be laughed at."As always, food for thought from our underground correspondent. Thanks, Mr. Noir.
But note here that no one is actually doing anything close to laughing, even in derision. And what Dreher and the others really want is excoriation [as exemplified recently by Mark Shea on Facebook--PP].
Instead it is what seems to me like sanctimonious outrage and offense over a figure of speech. No one was outraged over Dolan saying "Bravo." No one was outraged over when Bush was called stupid or an idiot. Nor over Cardinal Schonborn's teachings finally leading down the line to two lesbians celebrating their same-sex household via a baptism ceremony. But now, to dare even rhetorically to appropriate a phrase in a non-liturgical manner... ! Wow, suddenly we become apoplectic over our Sense of the Sacred....
Personally, I find Palin's comments in keeping with her preferenced Joe Six Pack swagger and thus mildly annoying. Also no one is noting Palin may have been born Catholic, but her current identification is Fundamentalist or Charismatic, so she is shredding no loyalties here.The fact so many commentators find the baptism line so offensive shows just how bogus the state of commentary has become. IMHO. Professional Catholics now swoon over Pope Francis and take extreme offense over Palin. They speak religiously-motivated compulsions that make their version of Moral Majoritarianism seem not counter-cultural but irrelevant.
Saturday, May 03, 2014
Our correspondent, Guy Noir - Private Eye, sends us this: