Thursday, August 03, 2006

UPDATE, bumped to top

Celebrity Anti-Semitism

A lot of folks have been commenting about remarks allegedly made by Mel Gibson during his arrest for DUI. Besides the legal standard of "innocent until proven guilty," there is nothing I can say about Mr. Gibson's arrest. However, on a moral scale there is an obvious observation to make about a man who claims to be a Christian (in his case, Catholic).

Luke 6:45 "The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks."

I am reminded of how often I have spoken rashly and regretted it later. The words we speak are a reflection of ourselves.

Any rebuke I could send to Mr. Gibson would be redundant at this point. If he has said such things then there is every reason for his speech to be condemned. All such hateful things deserve condemnation.

UPDATE For a much better take and and excellent essay on sin, repentance and the mote-in-the-eye see Thomas Lifson at the American Thinker

UPDATE 2 As always the Anchoress places things in worldly and spiritual perspective, all at once.

UPDATE 3: Hugh Hewitt, If you could save the victims of one of the following four events, which group would you save?

1. The victims of Fidel Castro's "revolution?"

2. The victims of Hezbollah's ambushes, rockets and missiles over the past three weeks?

3. The victims of the Seattle attack on the Jewish federation?

4. The victims of Mel Gibson's repulsive outburst of anti-Semitic venom?

Mr. Hewitt goes on to say, We are, it seems, in danger of losing any sense of priority, of scale, of genuine importance.

What has started as a window into the troubles of one man's soul is rapidly becoming a reflection of our society's moral relativism and philosophic bankruptcy.

UPDATE 4 And the press hardly notices vitriolic anti-semitism in Brussels.

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