Kurt Schlichter at NewsBusters has an interesting illustration at a prominent moral double standard held by the left. Many among the left are (rightly) outraged by the child sex abuse scandals in the Catholic Church, especially since in many of the cases the abuse was covered up and offending priests moved to other areas. But some of those same people don’t seem to mind too much if the sex offender is respected artist and left-wing icon.
Jeffrey Wells of Hollywood-Elsewhere.com … recently unleashed the full power of his ire upon the Pope over the recent child abuse accusations. And his ire is awesome to behold, as we can learn from the plugs and testimonials his website continuously flashes – plugs testifying to his influence from the very same Hollywoodoids whose toes he claims to be willing to tread upon with abandon.
In short, Wells supports the wacky idea that a couple of well-known atheists should somehow arrest Pope Benedict on his trip to England …
Leaving aside the question of why this Tinseltown transcriptionist is writing about the Pope and the No God Squad’s Britannic antics – shouldn’t he be breaking the news about the big budget 3D reimagining of My Mother The Car starring Matt Damon, Kristen Stewart and Ice-T? – it sure is nice to see Hollywood taking an interest in holding to account those who have allegedly abused children. In fact, Wells has a track record when it comes to folks in the public eye who treat kids as sexual playthings.
He supports them.
Polanski slammers on Wikipedia have apparently tried to amplify the matter into a much uglier and more pernicious thing than may be fairly warranted, and his defenders have tried to frame the episode within a realistic historical and sociological realm — i.e., one unmotivated by a curiously frenzied and tub-thumping moral outrage….
One shudders to think of what Wells considers to be truly “ugly” and “pernicious.” And if you really want to mourn the state of humanity, just take a gander at the comments that follow Wells’s plea for understanding on behalf of the man who thought it was cool to drug up and anally rape a 13 year old girl.
I don’t know what the Pope did or didn’t do – that’s for the police to deal with, along with the Catholic Church and even God Himself. The chips will fall where they may. But I know what Roman Polanski did, because he confessed to it and then ran away. And no matter how wonderful and transcendent an artist he is supposed to be – I think he’s generally a hack – the same standard applies to him that applies to everyone else.
I can’t see how this outrage directed at the Pope is anything more than left-wing anti-religious bigotry. Unless there is some kind of evidence that the Pope himself molested children, and then organized a cabal within the Church to allow others to do the same, I don’t see how he can be held personally responsible, or how anyone can expect him to be.
And yet some on the left who are so angry at the Pope, like this guy Wells, is actively defending Roman Polanski, who thought it would be fun to drug and rape a 13-year-old girl, and who has never denied that he did so. How is Polanski treated by the left? As a hero. As a great artist. As someone who is being treated unjustly.
And his victim has never found justice, and instead been vilified by left wing actors (like when Whoopi Goldberg insisted it wasn’t “rape” rape).
So just keep that in mind. If you are a religious figure, you are personally responsible for the transgressions of others in your organization, and should be arrested. But if you are a left-wing member of the Hollywood elite, then rape is apparently no big deal.