Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Paging Christopher Hitchens

I wonder if this news report was synthesized in a lab to provoke the particular sensibilities of Christopher Hitchens?

Roman Catholic Cardinal Jorge Medina criticized the flamboyant singer [Madonna] during his homily at a Mass in honor of the late dictator Augusto Pinochet, who oversaw the deaths of some 3,200 dissidents during his 1973-1990 rule.

"This woman comes here and in an incredibly shameless manner, she provokes a crazy enthusiasm, an enthusiasm of lust, lustful thoughts, impure thoughts," said Medina, the cardinal who was chosen to announce the election of Pope Benedict XV.
Upon the too-late death of the same Pinochet that this cardinal is lionizing, Hitchens observed
The death of Pinochet is an occasion, among other things, for a moment to remember the many victims of his state terrorism and international terrorism and the deplorable way in which he managed to outlive their claims ... Chile and the world are well rid of him ...
Well, sure, Pinochet "disappeared" thousands, tortured thousands more, and overthrew a democracy, but he didn't shake his ass and sing in public, so we can at most find fault with the good cardinal's sense of priorities. And on that count, let's concede this: Cardinal Medina objects to the sexiness of Madonna, an adult woman, not a child.

It's a start?

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