Respect and tolerance for religions is of paramount importance to the Left. So long as that religion isn't Christianity. And, what better time to mock Christians than at Christmastime.
Leading up to the Yuletide season, the misanthropes at The Washington Post and The Daily Beast mocked the notion that Jesus' mother was in fact a virgin, positing that the assertion "hurts rape victims." Newsbusters parses relevant portions from the latest.
In an article for the Post titled, "Our culture of purity celebrates the Virgin Mary. As a rape victim, that hurts me," Rev. Ruth Everhart writes of her traumatic experience being raped as a college student. A horrific incident, to be sure, and one worthy of compassion. What is odd, however, is how the pastor links her violation to the Virgin Mary -- at Christmastime:
I’ll speak for myself. I was raised in the church and taught to be a good girl, by which I mean obedient, quiet and sexually pure. That worked reasonably well until I was 20. During my senior year of college, my housemates and I were the victims of a home invasion. The intruders held us for hours and took turns raping us at gunpoint. The next year of our lives revolved around the criminal-justice system.
Of course, I was traumatized. But what was harder to describe — and more long-lasting — was how the crime became bound up in a sense of sexual shame. I wondered constantly: Did I somehow deserve to be raped? Had the rape ruined me irreparably? Both questions seemed inevitable. After all, what is the opposite of being sexually pure? Sustaining irremediable damage. Being ruined.
I’m not blaming my sense of ruin on the Virgin Mary, not entirely. Protestants do not claim Mary in the way Catholics do, but every Advent I feel a sense of kinship. I know what it’s like to be a good girl whose life got upended by what someone did to her body. Of course, her story plot was good and mine was bad. Plus she was, well, a saint. And I’m not. [...]
If you’re a woman, it’s a complicated gift. But why does Mary’s story have to oppress women when it could liberate us? What would it look like if the church celebrated Mary’s story as a hymn to the beauty of incarnation?
In a separate Daily Beast article, "The Virgin Mary, Career Killer," Candida Moss writes about how, for the past 2,000 years, scholars and skeptics have sought to debunk the birth story "central to Christianity."
"Of all of the miracles recorded in the New Testament, the virgin birth of Jesus Christ garners the most cynical attention," writes Moss.
"Upon learning that I teach at the University of Notre Dame, almost every atheist I meet will make a crack about Mary’s sexual history. It’s an interesting phenomenon: People rarely tell me that they think the disciples lied about the Resurrection. But when it comes to the doctrine that Mary conceived the Son of God without having sex , no teaching is as closely protected or as broadly scorned."
We have no issue with someone writing an insightful piece on the history of these theological questions, although challenging the central narrative of Christianity at Christmastime seems far more driven by a desire to deride than to enlighten.