Canadian TV commentator Rex Murphy is tired of Christians turning the other cheek.
“There is a radical inconsistency to the treatment afforded to Christian believers and that of most other religious groups,” he writes in the Canadian daily newspaper the National Post. “It would be rather nice if so many people, the Christians of the West, who offer respect, tolerance and regard for beliefs other than their own, could be treated with equal civility and courtesy.”
But he’s not expecting a miracle, he writes:
“To be a serious Christian in modern Western culture is to be the favored easy target of every progressive thinker and every half-witted comedian. It is to have your sensibilities and your deepest beliefs on perpetual call for taunts, mockery and desecration.
“At a time when all progressives preach full volume for inclusivity and sensitivity, for the utmost care in speech when speaking of others with differing views or hues,” he notes, “Christians, as Christians, are under a constant hail of abuse and disregard. There is nothing too low or too vulgar.
In our society, he notes, even Christmas TV specials must include “something determinedly offensive to Christians.” As an example, Murphy cites “Russell Peters, the Canadian joker, for his special this year has invited Pamela Anderson, pinup queen and soft porn actress, to play the Virgin Mary.
“I know — the wit, the daring, the originality — the bravery of it all. The casting is so, so clever — getting a lewd exhibitionist to play Mary, to call in a pop-culture tart to play the very Mother of God.
“But for believers to object, well that would be irksome and stuffy and high-handed and parochial — it being another of this age’s curious predisposition that Christians are supposed, if not to like the jeers hurled at them, to at least be good enough to suffer the insults, blasphemies and mockeries in silence, if not secret approval.”