Friday, March 31, 2006

Killing the messanger

The Archdiocese of Boston, famous for protecting pedophile priests, is now protecting obscene Supreme Court justices. By now, everyone knows that Antonin Scalia swore and made an obscene guesture in church - and then lied about it.

Clearly, this is Bill Clinton's fault.

Oddly, instead of criticizing the justice for offending the decorum of their sanctuary, the Archdiocese has fired the photographer who proved Scalia was lying by releasing the picture:

A freelance photographer has been fired by the Archdiocese of Boston’s newspaper for releasing a picture of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia making a controversial gesture in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Sunday. Peter Smith, who had freelanced for The Pilot newspaper for a decade, lost the job yesterday after the Herald ran his photo on its front page. Smith said he has no regrets about releasing it.

“I did the right thing. I did the ethical thing,” said Smith, 51, an assistant photojournalism professor at Boston University.

Ethics? Ah. No wonder the Church fired you.

Meanwhile, let's play a game: Imagine a prominent liberal from Boston did the same thing. Say, Ted Kennedy or John Kerry went to Mass during Lent and, while still in the church, one of them made an obscene gesture that was photographed. Wouldn't Fox News, Drudge and the NY Post be running the photo 24/7 with calls for Kennedy or Kerry to resign? Wouldn't conservatives be raking them over the coals for their lack of respect for God?

So, nu, conservatives, let's hear you yell about Scalia.

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