I like to think of myself as a connoisseur of comic books. Now one comic book in particular that I have found to be very interesting is “The Punisher” by Marvel Comics.
“The Punisher” is about a former soldier whose family was massacred by the Mafia. Since that time, he has carried a very effective one-man war against crime.
In the last few years, “The Punisher” comic book has been the showcase of, shall we say, repulsive actions, all viewed in living color including but not limited to:
Eviserations (i.e. disembowlements), cannibalism, rapes, immolations (i.e. setting people on fire), close-ups of violent shootings, death by snakes, piranhas, sharks, polar bears (the scene in which the polar bear swipes the man’s head clean off was simply incredible), beheadings, the destruction of an entire island by a nuclear bomb, a tossing of a gangster from the top of the Empire State building (in the full view of a young teenager who got super excited over it), testicular castrations . . .
I think you get the picture.
But not once, I repeat, not once have any religious right group raised anything resembling anger, outrage, disgust, or downright shock over any of these things.
But these groups are crying bloody murder now and you know what they are angry about?
The wedding of a gay superhero, Northstar, to his boyfriend in another Marvel comic:
From that lovely bastion of phony news, One News Now:
Pro-family groups are outraged by the recent announcement about plans for some comic book super heroes to embrace alternate lifestyles.
. . . Focus on the Family’s Glenn Stanton, director of family formation studies, says it is “shameful” to press this issue upon children.
“What’s really disturbing about this is the real arrogance of these cartoon creators who think their job is not just to entertain, but to indoctrinate, to preach at us,” he observes. “We go to church to be preached at; we don’t go to comics to do that. And again, it’s just arrogance on the part of these creators.”
He also dubs it a political move. “It’s kind of activist comic books, which we don’t need. Comic books are for entertainment; they’re not for activism, social activism,” Stanton contends.
. . .Monica Cole of OneMillionMoms.com, an advocacy branch of the American Family Association, agrees.
“DC Comics and Marvel, they have an agenda, and it’s to indoctrinate children at a younger age,” she laments. “And they’re doing it. They’re being successful at it.”
Now I usually end a piece like this with a quirky comment, but I don’t think I need to.
Sometimes the idiocy of the religious right speaks very well for itself.
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