Ghandi beer elicits mea culpas, “Sweet Baby Jesus” beer is just fine January 12, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Christendom, damnable blasphemy, error, foolishness, General Catholic, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society.
It is not easy to be Christian. Our Blessed Lord counseled us to bear the insults and blows of the world by turning the other cheek, to return hatred to love. Doing thus is certainly contrary to our fallen nature. But it is what Our Lord demands of us.
I do wonder, however, if one reason why the culture and especially those given to leftism enjoy bashing and mocking us so much, is because they know it is safe to do so. We have recently had great evidence from France, Nigeria, and the entire Mideast that mocking islam can be extremely dangerous to one’s health. Our media has learned the lesson so well they not only refuse to mock islam, they attack those who do, and even go so far as to excuse islamic atrocities in response such mocking of their false “prophet.”
And, although we don’t see as much coverage of this in the Western press, hindus have also been known to go to extremes of violence in the name of defending ostensibly sacrosanct aspects of their religion in the recent past. There is a good deal of hindu persecution of muslims and Christians on the subcontinent, with various forms of violence being quite regular. Perhaps that played a role in a small New Hampshire brewery beating their breast and exclaiming their sorrow at having caused offense over their relatively innocuously named “Ghandi-bot” beer:
“For nearly five years we’ve been brewing Gandhi-Bot,” the company said in the post. “In those five years we’ve proudly served it to people of all backgrounds. Until this week we’ve never received a single negative comment regarding the label but after a recent article it has come to our attention that the artwork has clearly offended some people.
“We are a very small company that is passionate about brewing beer and have never had any intention to offend anyone but rather share wha we do with anyone interested,” the post said.
“We are working on finding the best way to amend this situation in a manner that both is respectful to those who are offended as well as a way that is manageable for our small company,” the company said.
New England Brewing posted its original apology on Saturday, at about the time criticism began mounting.
It should be noted that Ghandi was just a man. He is of course lionized by many for his ostensible works of peace (but also has many critics, and those critics have more than a few valid points) and is revered by many hindis, but it’s not like someone bashed “shiva” or whatever. Nevertheless, the brewery quickly cowered before any criticism.
But no matter how much reverence hindus may hold for Ghandi, Ghandi-bot is quite a bit more innocuous than the blatantly blasphemous “Sweet Baby Jesus” beer produced – which much mocking derision – by DuClaw Brewing Company of – get this – Maryland, the state originally founded as a refuge for Catholics persecuted in Jacobian England:
“Sweet Baby Jesus,” launched about a year ago, recently became one of DuClaw’s best-selling beers. Thanks to a recent plug from Uncrate, a digital buying guide for men, “Sweet Baby Jesus” beer is drawing attention from reviewers and expanding its appeal beyond Baltimore, into New Jersey, Virginia, and surrounding states. Critics call the ‘chocolate peanut butter’ porter beer “truly exceptional,” graced with a “creative name worth repeating.”
That “creative name worth repeating” just happens to be the name of the Lord.
These days, taking a celebrity’s name ‘in vain’—without permission—to sell a product guarantees a public rebuke and litigation threats from the celebrity’s lawyer. But taking the Lord Jesus’s name in vain to sell a parochial brew passes for urbane wit and draws a cosmopolitan snicker. One Philadelphia reviewer honored the beer with a “Best Name” award, tittering over the fact that ‘Sweet Baby Jesus’ is “a tiny bit blasphemous.”
And Who could ever be offended by a tiny of blasphemy at the Holy Name, upon mention of which St. Paul tells us “every knee must bend?” It’s only yet another sin against the 2nd Commandment. No biggie.
To get an idea of this company’s gleeful irreverence, their tagline for the brew is “Put a sweet BJ in your mouth,” the double entendre being obvious.
Poor souls. They have no idea what they do. There have been complaints and criticism from Christians (mostly evangelical) over this product, but the brewery has rather rudely discounted the concerns of Christians. One may rest assured this very “brave” and “transgressive” brewery does not have the wherewithal to similarly insult the alleged “prophet,” nor the religion he founded.
With the growing atrocities against Christians worldwide, with the culture becoming increasingly hostile, and with the prospects of even blood persecution rising in so many locales, it does make me wonder if perhaps a more militant stance on the part of Christians would not be warranted. For centuries, the Church convoked Crusades against the muslim and other infidel, Saints were canonized who were known for their martial prowess (San Fernando III, St. Juan de Capistrano, etc), and Christian nations defended the faith against blasphemy and heresy with sometimes quite harsh means. Which is to say, even given Christ’s command to turn the other cheek, there have been many times in the Church’s history when she has not only tolerated violence in defense of the Faith and for the good of souls, but positively encouraged it.
Perhaps, as the former Christendom recedes more and more deeply into the past, and even great lands like South America which were once bastions of the Faith fall into heresy and indifference, and as we observe the threats to the Faith grow more and more menacing, there may come a time again when a more martial defense of the Faith may become necessary. Some might even feel that time has not just come, but is long past. Not that we need to behead brewers. But a far more vigorous defense of the Faith in one area tends to have a spillover effect into others. Silly-headed merchants seeking to score a quick buck appealing to similarly vacuous souls wouldn’t have dared to use even relatively innocuous blasphemy as their selling-point when Christendom was strong and robust. Today, they believe it’s a win win – they appeal to the cultural atheism that is supposedly so hip and such a part of the self-anointed elite’s view of itself to sell more product, while they swat away any minor tut-tutting from Christians, who probably don’t make up much of their market, anyway. But if the cost of doing so were higher, if they could expect a response more than just a few letters of complaints and very half-hearted boycott efforts, little cheap shots like this would not occur with any frequency.
Which situation is exactly the one islam has created for itself even in the formerly Christian nations – people fear the crazed response so much they won’t even point out islam’s obvious failings, let alone mock the “prophet.” Look what happens to those who do.
Is there a lesson in there, somewhere?