Father Forgive Them
By Beverly Hicks Burch
I’m at a loss for words. If you know me, you know that’s a feat rarely accomplished. Maybe it would be more accurate to say I’m stunned, grieved, concerned and yes, angered to a degree. Here’s why…I must warn you, if you are faint of heart or under the age of 18 you should forego this blog. But, I would recommend any concerned, spirited, civic-minded American to proceed…especially if you are a parent. (Warning: Graphic links ahead.)
I’ve spent the morning researching something called the Folsom Street Fair. It’s an event that occurs yearly in the City by the Bay, San Francisco, CA on the last Sunday in September. The event is billed as the world’s largest leather event and concludes San Francisco’s Leather Pride Week. Because it is an event where sadomasochistic acts are performed in the open in broad daylight, the event draws many curiosity seekers…about 400,000 a year, making it the third largest street event in California.
People parade around in outlandish costumes. No harm, no foul there, right? Some people are in street clothes, some cross dress because, yes, this is a gay event and some take the clothing optional route (read NO clothes). Yep, no kidding…I have seen the pictures and I personally DO NOT understand this one. Why on earth would you want to go around advertising your…huh…umm…shortcomings to the world or at least 400,000 other fellow human beings. It just looks like to me that would really spoil the pick up. (If I have to spell it our for you, let me put it to you this way…if I had met Gomez at a clothing optional event, well, there would not have been a Gomez and Bev. But, that is another story entirely…)
The Folsom Street Fair is an event of debauchery and the organizers are proud of it. It pales the average imagination. Folks, this isn’t southeastern football gone wild or an animal house frat party. And, I feel like I should be interjecting (and defending myself) at this point…Bev isn’t a prude…so, what’s up?
Well, this year the “fine” organizers of the Folsom Street Fair decided to use their “interpretation” of da Vinci’s Last Supper. For those of you not familiar with this painting, it depicts Jesus Christ’s Last Supper on Earth with His disciples before he was crucified. To many people of the Christian faith, of all denominations, this is a sacred time and is celebrated as Communion, a sacrament that signifies the commitment of one’s faith in Christ.
The Folsom Street Fair decided to take a blasphemous interpretation of da Vinci’s painting to promote their event. The “players” in the poster are dressed in S/M and bondage leather gear and the “sacraments” of the Last Supper are now sex toys.
The Catholic League and several other Christian organizations have cried fouled. Of coursed they will take the heat for that, but, I ask, “Why should they not cry foul?” As I said in a previous blog, Redacted, there is still one accepted prejudice and bigotry and that is against Christians and people of faith. As a matter of fact, it is quite the vogue to exhibit this prejudice.
Cases in point are the sponsors and promoters of The Folsom Street Fair. While they claim to be and want tolerance for all people, their words and actions betray their true feelings. Perusing the websites, as disturbing as it can be, will tell you that…they practice something else entirely. They are totally intolerant of Christianity.
For example, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence claim to be a group of “nuns”. The “sisters” are mostly a group of cross dressing gay men. Reading the “nuns” individual bios will tell you many have had piss poor lives and experiences that have lead them to where they are today. Many of the “sisters” seem to have a raging anger or disdain for God or religion. Sister Tilly Comes Again said: “Reared Catholic…served 12 years in Catholic school…was an altar boy that was NOT molested…dammit!”
That’s not funny whether you’re religious or not…period. The molestation of a child is not a laughing matter, but evidently to a gay, cross dressing “nun” it is. Who do you think your child would be safest with? A Sister of Perpetual Indulgence or a Sister of the Catholic Church?
People I have had disappointments in life…betrayals, hurts…the full range of the human experience. I can guarantee you mankind will let you down. It is our nature…because we are not God. But, I can tell you this…in the long run…when I have done my part and listened to Him, God has NEVER let me down. It’s usually been the other way around. But, people, there is NO life experience that justifies this kind of cavalier attitude, especially toward child molestation!
The Sisters also hold an Easter event that is in keeping with the blasphemous theme of the current Fair poster that follows its suit. Pictures of the event are bizarre at best. It appears the crowning moment at the Sisters’ Easter event is a “Hunky Jesus” contest. I also fail to see what this has to do with Easter.
The more I read about these people and this “Fair” the more my heart began to ache. I began to think of the theatrical mask…one happy and one sad. I thought of the sadness that follows their lives, the sickness, the emptiness, the cycled relationships. Don’t tell me I don’t know of what I speak. I’ve had people in my life I am close to that struggle with the issues daily. It tears at families, friends…period. In the end you love them…period. I pray for all the wounded…Father, forgive them…
The Catholic League and other Christian organizations are calling for Miller Brewing to pull their logo from the poster of The Folsom Street Fair or be boycotted. It is beyond me why a mainstream company like Miller would want to offend a lot of America AND align themselves with a website that sells hardcore male gay porn…yep, that’s another sponsor (Hot House) of the Fair. The Catholic League posted these pictures from last year’s Fair on their site as evidence that this is not a mainstream event. I would add this picture. If you agree, support the Catholic League. (I would also like to ask: Why is Disney’s Little Mermaid showing up here as it did in 2006?)
*Note: Humm…well, since posting this blog and the inception of The Catholic League’s boycott it appears the The Folsom Street Fair decided to attempt to take one of Brian de Palma and Hollywood’s plays and redact their poster and website to some extent. The full-size poster has been covered with a sticky to a link for “fair press”. If you would care to see the poster in its glory, it appears on the Fair’s homepage.
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