06 March 2009
Believe me, the last thing I want to do is to spark another round of debate on my LOLSaints post. But God sure does know how to prove a point.
The fascinating and, frankly, disturbing discussion going on at the Borroughs prom post below has brought home the point to me in a very tangible way.
I was wrong.
In the Burroughs comment thread, some of the defenders of the invitation and prom theme return to the point that it is just a joke, or harmless fun, or no big deal. When I read these it felt like I was hit in the face by that Captain D's fish. Oof!
Don't think I'm completely retreating from my first position, which essentially relied upon the facts as I saw them from my first-take perspective. The author of the blog is known to me as a solid Catholic, not a flake. The author, and the readers, have a genuine love for the saints and were not intending to belittle or mock them. They teach about the saints depicted. I found many funny, and thought that they were absolutely harmless. Why? Because I thought so? Because I love Mary and the saints and so it's OK for me?
There is a huge difference between that site and the "harmless fun" of embracing a prom theme making use of satanic imagery and encouragement to the capital sins. But, really, it is more a quantitative instead of a qualitative difference.
Some things are not joking matters.
In the end, whatever benefit to be gained by the humor is, I believe, more than offset by the danger of unintentionally giving offence to God, or setting a bad example to anyone that might be influenced by me.
So, while I can understand the difference between the two scenarios, and I cast no judgement on those who took the LOLSaints side in that thread, I have changed my opinion. I apologize to anyone whom I offended.