Oh, that limey b*stard Batman has stepped in a heaping pile of Red Sea now. But we must have known it was coming when he went out doing interviews, promoting his new Ridley Scott venture “Exodus.” Despite the fact that 80 percent of America is christian, Biblical movies have of late never been free of firestorm controversy and accusations of heresy on Fox. Well, except for Left Behind, which was about an actual firestorm. Still.
On an interview with ABC’s Nightline, Chrisian Bale gave audience members some real food for thought; unfortunately for Christian conservatives, it was in the form of a slightly poisoned apple.
“[Moses was] absolutely seen as a freedom fighter, for the Hebrews. A terrorist in terms of the Egyptian empire…What would happen to Moses if he arrived today? Drones would be sent out after him, right?”
Of course, that rankled on Fox a little bit. First because, come on…Jews can’t be compared with terrorists. They’re God’s chosen people. As Cenk Uyger points out, it’s not “genocide” — it’s just “clearing out the Promised Land.” It’s not “terrorism” if you poison the water supply to (reportedly) turn it into blood, use a biological weapon (via God) to cause peoples’ skin to boil off, kill all the firstborn in a country or call in a holy rocket attack of deadly hailstones.
Secondly because…wait a minute. Which modern empire is known for using drone attacks against “terrorists” again? Come on, Christian! If that is your real name. The 80 percent of Christians that make up the Western World are the persecutED. Everybody knows that!
The most poignant moment here, though, came when Fox aired its grievances on one of Fox & Friends long-running religious-themed segments, The Persecution Complex. Sorry…The Fight for Faith. They brought on one of the show’s friends, a priest, in hopes that he would do what preists on Fox do: condemn people. But that didn’t turn out exactly as planned. When asked about Moses as a terrorist:
“I think [Bale] said ‘In relationship to the Egyptian Empire, and the Egyptians were holding the Hebrews as slaves. So maybe from their perspective of the slaveholders, these bad slaves would be seen as terrorists against their empire. Maybe.”
He moved on before irony had a chance to set in, focusing instead on Bale’s implied Anti-Christian-Americanism.
“But he makes it sound like the bad guys are the ones who use drones. And of course, that would be the U.S. and the West against terrorists. So, I don’t like the comparison. Put it that way.”
As Cenk puts it:
“Yeah, I’m sure you don’t. That’s why he made it.”
But, rest assured, fellow Good Guys of the West; we are in no way comparable to a completely different empire that forces lower-class citizens to labor without regard to their own self-interest toward the sole advancement of a small group of people. America is not and never will be comparable to an empire that reactively pursues and kills a bunch of Middle Easterners in order to secure its own economic and cultural interests and maintain the existence of buffer states as a means to fight proxy wars with other resource-rich nations using a potentially hostile foreign army of ideologically opposed, well-armed, military-trained religious radicals.
Nope. Not us. Perish the thought.
In no way comparable.