As a person with a stunning lack of religious understanding and background, there is a lot that is lost to me when I observe pop-culture or read a lot of classical and even much modern literature. Huge aspects of European history and art are inexorably intertwined with aspects of religious thought and iconography most of which, I miss absolutely, even when its put right in my face.
This is my loss.
But it does help to explain why I missed something rather jaw dropping in the newest episode of the X-Files. The show that never misses an opportunity to show its progressive values and its culturally Marxist agenda, even in the old series, as entertaining as it often was, and even more in the new one.
The episode was about muslim suicide bombers. So far, not very PC. The guys who did the attack at the start did all the right prayers and looked the part of the muslim terrorist although not as much as their coreligionists in the connected cell later in the show.
Many died in the attack but one of the bombers survived. Now I don’t want to spoil this episode for anyone who wishes to see it, so I won’t give away much more than that except to the extent needed to show something which was brought to my attention by someone considerably more scholarly than I am, and much better versed in Christian symbolism.
At one point, the surviving bomber’s mother comes to the hospital to visit her son. She has a head cloth on but not one I had ever seen on a muslim whatsoever. (She also spoke about his act in a decidedly un-islamic way)
During a sort of dream sequence, Mulder sees the suicide bomber, one who had survived a mass murder and mass destruction of property in order to destroy infidels, in this way:
I found this somewhat uncomfortable imagery but wasn’t sure exactly why. Disturbing though. It was clearly a loving image of a mother with a martyred son.
And then my scholarly friend pointed this out to me. This is Just one example of a powerful part of Christian iconography, The Pieta.
Yep. The X files had found a way to conflate a mass murder for the purpose of killing unbelievers and implementing the sharia on all survivors, with Jesus Christ, the Christian avatar of God and prince of peace. They tried to make people feel like those who believe in “koran 9:5
And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them [go] on their way. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.
are the same as those who believe Matthew 5:44-45
44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
And once again, the aggressor becomes the victim. The killer of the innocent is seen in Islamic terms. as a ‘martyr’, (which frankly is the most disgusting possible application of that word) The Islamic world view is spread to an audience of millions with a revival of one of the hippest shows of the 90s. Is this the CVE in action? Or is it the kind of accidental cultural Marxism as Bill Whittle explains, is the new-normal thanks to a generation or two of university inculcation.
Thank you very much SC. and GoV. for your insights on this.
Eeyore for VladTepesBlog