More strange with each passing hour, the MEL GIBSON SAGA.
I tried returning time to this past Friday morning but it’s not going to work, not with the news ever-pressing onward.
From HOLLYWOOD.com, there is this news and I’ll admit this, I think this is strange, odd, even — yes — bespeaks of more insincerity: “MEL GIBSON INVITED TO OFFER WORDS OF WISDOM AT YOM KIPPUR.”
Yom Kippur is the JEWISH “Day of Atonement.” It’s a JEWISH religious holiday defined and observed by JEWISH religious dogma. Mel Gibson’s not Jewish, to state the obvious. And yet, in that article about this invite, it concludes with
“…Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered a speech there over Yom Kippur last year…”
So that means…what…Jewish religious ceremony and Synagogues are centers for entertainment, political campaigns and by Gentiles? Are or should Jews — the ones who’ve spoken against and in offense to Christians and/or Christianity — now observing Easter? Do they attend Holy Communion at their local Catholic Church? Or follow in religious observation with Presbyterians and Baptists during alter calls?
We Christians use our churches as meeting places but we don’t use “religious ceremonies” for entertainment purposes, nor political efforts, nor confuse the purpose of congregation between social, entertainment and religious (holy) commemoration in those places.
The Rabbi’s motives are confusing. We’re not all observing Jewish “religious” holidays (even many Jews do not) and although we all are free in the United States (we assume) to practice our religious ceremonies, It’s a tad fearful a proposition that someone in an period of duress (Mel Gibson in his current circumstances or anyone else under similar circumstances, if that can beimagined) is pressured, coerced perhaps, into associating with a religious ceremony contrary to their own, and the media is used to attempt that.
…Los Angeles’ Temple of The Arts Rabbi David Baron is giving the actor/director the chance to make up for the shocking rant on the Jewish day of atonement.
In an open letter to Gibson, Baron writes, “I wish to invite you to come and speak in order that you might directly express to the Jewish community your remorse.
“I feel that Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement, would be an appropriate time.
“In our faith we are commanded to forgive when the offending party takes the necessary steps and offers an apology from the heart.”
Hasn’t Mel Gibson already expressed — what’s it up to now — two “official” apologies (and various rewrites)? So, forgive already!
Are apologies only “from the heart” when they’re offered in a Synagogue on Yom Kippur? I hope the Day of Atonement will be used by people such as Rabbi David Baron to peer into and over their own souls and ask for forgiveness for their own sins. And to pray for those who remain unforgiving.
And Hillary Clinton “delivering a speech” in a Synagogue on Yom Kippur…I am filled with questions here. Did Hillary Clinton seek “atonement” as a Gentile before a Jewish assembly? Ask for votes? Apologize for…what? She was a Senator when she made that appearance, that “speech” so she was certainly appearing there (and speaking there) in a political capacity.
Using a religious service at house of worship for political campaigning tends to reinforce questions as to their not-for-profit tax status. Are Synagogues exempt? They shouldn’t be.
And, did Hillary Clinton violate (name a federal thing here)? Unless she “gave a speech” in a Synagogue in Los Angeles on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, to make sense of this, then she’s either converted to Judaism (doubt that or at least have never read as much but could be possible) or was motivated to confess something in a Jewish religous context for unrevealed personal reasons (again, I doubt that) as in to “seek forgiveness” in a Synagogue, or, she was politically motivating in a Synagogue (I don’t doubt this) and because of that, politically campaigning (I believe that she was). Deliver speeches before Jewish or any religous group of persons but the context here is questionable…is insincere given that Yom Kippur is a day of religious observation. Or is supposed to be, even in Los Angeles.
I hope Gibson can remain sober, I pray that he does, and I pray for him that he will. Maybe the Rabbi can go to confession at a local Catholic Church and “deliver a speech” while the Celebration of Mass is underway. I wonder what the Priest and Catholics would do, under the circumstances. I know most of us Catholics would really enjoy seeing more Jews in Church — but Holy Communion, Mass, well, there are considerations involved and they aren’t political ones.
These times are difficult.