Thursday, May 06, 2004
It’s not like it’s the Pledge of Allegiance
Last night the dinner conversation turned, as it will these days, to Abu Ghraib, and Janet asked me (I’m paraphrasing from memory-- we don’t tape our dinner conversations), where is the Christian Right on this? I mean, this is literally obscene-- these pictures, these scenes of rape and humiliation, these are obscenities. Has the Christian Right said anything at all, a single word of shock or outrage?
I had to admit that the question hadn’t even occurred to me. Abu Ghraib just doesn’t seem to be the kind of thing that motivates moral panics on the Christian Right. After all, as Janet and I came to realize,
-- Janet Jackson’s breast was not exposed at Abu Ghraib;
-- no one was performing abortions at Abu Ghraib;
-- Abu Ghraib does not permit same-sex marriage;
-- the soldiers at Abu Ghraib did not hold up any signs expressing a belief in evolution.
We rejected the more sinister possibility that there’s some hardcore fundamentalist interpretation of a passage in Leviticus or Deuteronomy according to which it actually pleases the Lord when you stack naked heathen into human pyramids. But we’re keeping an open mind on this, at least until we hear from Biblical scholars Roy Moore and Tom DeLay.