That’s the whole conundrum of invoking God as the singular rationale for or against public policy—God says lots of different things to lots of different people, and all of them think that they’re right.
Melissa McEwan, “MREWYB“, Shakesville.
Yup. Melissa McEwan is there talking specifically about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, but her point is broadly applicable.
Any time people get worked up about a menace they believe in but can’t actually see – demons, Commies, jihadis, hordes of hoodie-wearing thugs — they’re likely to take it out on the weakest and most vulnerable people in society.
— Andrew O’Heihr, at Salon, reviewing the film The Conjuring.
And this is why I read Slacktivist, because he takes wonderful quotes like that and examines them.
This wholesome demonization of marginalized women is expected to “appeal to faith-minded audiences.” And it does.
Here’s Fred Clark on Christianity, horror films, and conservative social roles:
- The Amityville Horror is not based on a true story.
- The Conjuring reminds us that the only way to stop Satanic baby-killers is to punish women.
This film is a pep rally for a witch hunt. Witch hunts do not lead people toward God. Witch hunts and witch-hunters lead people, instead, toward the lethal notion that it is their job to identify and destroy the enemies of God. The stories witch-hunters tell are never true stories, but the victims those stories produce are all too real. And there is nothing “wholesome” about that.
And so it goes.