Saturday, May 16, 2009

Defend Whose Honor?

Those goofy Notre Dame demonstrators hold a sign that reads, 'Defend Her Honor' with a likeness of Mary -albeit an awfully European one.  Defend her honor.  Yep, that's what it says.

I wonder if we could call upon a wordsmith to decode that three-word phrase for us.  What does abortion have to do with the mother of Jesus?  Or does this have something to do with the 'virgin birth' scenario?  Curious indeed and marvelously obtuse as well.

The honor of Mary.  [I'm trying all sentence constructions] To honor: 
  • noun:   a woman's virtue or chastity
  • noun:   the quality of being honorable and having a good name
Chastity, well as Jesus had several brothers and a sister, chastity is out.  Good virtue and having a good name- we know very little about Mary except for the additions to the Gospels and a few minor passages.

Mary bore Jesus out of wedlock but didn't go to an abortion clinic, so perhaps that's what these fundamentalist Catholics refer to with their signs on the Notre Dame campus.

Who knows for sure?  Yet, I'm betting that these same protesters weren't in the streets or on corners with NO WAR! placards back in late 2002 and early 2003 when George W. Bush was hawking his war on Iraq.  That's my bet. Nor, do I imagine them marching in front of the White House with WE DO NOT TORTURE! signs either. Rather, these anti-abortion folks in general curiously avoid the war, torture and death penalty scenarios.  Apparently some lives are more precious than others.

Who would Jesus bomb?  Who would Jesus execute?  Who would Jesus torture?

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