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June 5, 2000
CBC takes aim at the Eucharist
Anti-Christian prejudice manages to flourish amidst official tolerance
SPECIAL TO THE WCR
Few people still harbour the delusion that we live in a Christian society anymore. "Post-Christian" has been consensual terminology for some time now. However, as Christianity's cultural purchase continues to disintegrate, "post-Christian society" hardly fits the bill either.
The most accurate term for our era is "anti-Christian," since overt and aggressive hostility to Christianity has become a dominant motif in popular culture.
Multiculturalism, pluralism, and tolerance are the buzzwords of contemporary political correctness, but in practice they are applied to virtually everyone except Christians who wish to be Christians in the public square. Christianity is slandered, belittled, ridiculed and reviled with enthusiastic abandon, while the slightest negative commentary pertaining to other identifiable groups is quickly slapped down under draconian "human rights" codes.
For example, CBC television's recent repeat broadcast of a short TV film entitled Our Daily Bread, in which a dog is depicted receiving the sacrament of Holy Communion in a Catholic Church.
Of course, in our post/anti-Christian era, the offensive significance of this was doubtless lost on many viewers. But for the benefit of the uninformed, Roman Catholics believe that during the Mass bread and wine are transformed into the body and blood of Christ, which communicants take into their own bodies as a means of receiving God's grace.
Anglican and Eastern Orthodox Christians also believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharistic elements, although they tend to regard the process by which this takes place as more of a mystery to be accepted as an article of faith, in contrast to the more rationalistic Roman Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation.
The Traditional Anglican Communion defines the Eucharist as "the sacrifice which unites us to the all-sufficient sacrifice of Christ on the cross and the sacrament in which he feeds us with his body and blood."
Those who receive the Eucharist unworthily are declared by St. Paul to be bringing condemnation and sickness - even death - upon themselves. Ergo: Holy Communion is the most holy and sacred aspect of the Catholic faith - something the CBC has elected to depict as an appropriate object of "dramatic comedy."
In a May 16 National Post column, Ezra Levant relates how a CBC letter of response to viewers who complained after Our Daily Bread aired in Atlantic Canada a while back argues that: "It is true that a scene from the film depicts a parishioner having Communion with her dog but by no means is this event or other religious rites portrayed in the film done in a disrespectful manner."
Uh, . . . hello. Talk about self-contradictory statements. There is no possible way that showing Communion being fed to a dog cannot be disrespectful.
Levant, who is Jewish, says he telephoned the CBC audience relations assistant who wrote the response letter, Bonnie Gold, who is also Jewish. Perhaps, thought Levant, "like me, Ms. Gold simply didn't grasp the religious sanctity of the Communion."
However, when he asked her as a fellow Jew, if "she too might have been oblivious to the sensitivities of Christian viewers," Levant says that she abruptly terminated their conversation in a huff. He subsequently received an email from Gold's supervisor saying: "your implication that because the author of one of our letters might be Jewish and therefore insensitive to or ignorant of the concept of Holy Communion, is not only irrelevant, but offensive."
Now this is really fascinating. The CBC deliberately repeats a program on the national network that viewers in regional test markets have already protested as being blasphemous and offensive, but goes into political correctness overdrive over a civil question made by a Jewish journalist to a Jewish CBC employee - a question that Levant says remains unanswered.
As Levant puts it: "These questions are, surely, properly put to a woman who in response to complaints lectured Catholics about the dog scene being done in a respectful manner. CBC brass feel that televised sacrilege is inoffensive, but a reporter's question about it is beyond the pale."
Then there is This Morning host Michael Enright, who has said publicly that "the Catholic Church is the greatest criminal organization outside the Mafia." Imagine, if you will, what would have happened had Enright made such a statement about any non-Christian religion.
I wonder whether the absurdity of this egregious double standard ever occurs to the gatekeepers of political correctness. I doubt it. Theirs is a world of ideological orthodoxy, not philosophical reflection. Christians are perceived to be the enemy and an obstacle to the realization of humanist utopia, and therefore fair game for ridicule and denigration - the one acceptable intolerance for the dysfunctionally tolerant.
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