Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Muppet Bohemian Rhapsody

His Grace has been working on his thoughts for tomorrow - child abuse and paedophilia in Ireland's Roman Catholic Church. And in a moment of brief respite from the appalling accounts he has read, he came across this Bohemian Rhapsody by the incomparable Muppets.

What is religious about it? What is political? What is religio-political?

Well, the original had Freddy Mercury singing about 'Bismillah' - the opening word in the Qu'ran which is translated 'In the name of Allah':

Bismillah! No - we will not let you go - let him go
Bismillah! We will not let you go - let him go
Bismillah! We will not let you go - let me go

Yet this lyric does not appear in the Muppet version: it is supplanted by incomprehensible gibberish.

Presumably, it is completely excised so as not to offend some hyper-sensitive Muslims or to cause the invocation of a fatwah on Kermit or Gonzo. After all, we could not have Miss Piggy invoking the name of Allah, could we?

But it is enjoyable, none-the-less.


Blogger FABVirgil said...

Interesting piece of education, I never knew that before, but there again, why the hell would I? I was slightly compelled to look further into it, but then the idea became less appealing. Queers!

26 November 2009 at 21:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From David Lonsdale

Your Grace,
In deliberating over tomorrow's epistle, perhaps you would give some thought to the purpose behind the Marxist attempt to prohibit home schooling.

When I read of this initiative from the government, it occurred to me that the aim is to ensure that children are not educated with reference to the Christian faith. Many home schoolers are Christians, which must terrify the atheistic Marxists in this government, who want control of our thoughts. Show me the child before he is 7 and I shall show you the man was a truth well understood by Marx. Marx disciples in the Labour Party, old and new do not want Christianity to take root in the young.

26 November 2009 at 21:29  
Anonymous not a machine said...

Dont know if it helps your grace , but monks are fairly intolerant of family , the abuse must have its origin , spare the rod perhaps .
The peadophilia is a little more disturbing as i think it is more behavioural , given that having young wives was once matters of security and diplomacy , perhaps it comes from there .

People forget how some aspects of society were ordered , I saw a program recently on afghanistan where girls of 12 are married and still many die in childbirth .

people forget how life and death child birth once was or for that matter the sheer number of orphans through war and disease .

we are perhaps judging the end of a less medically ignorang era , being claimed by psycoanalysis

26 November 2009 at 22:14  
Anonymous Stuart said...

Oh don't cover the child abuse and paedophilia in Ireland's Roman Catholic Church, it's too depressing for you and for us.

Let the MSM chew over it and tear the carcass apart.

We need uplifting and edifying Your Grace, there is enough doom and gloom around.

26 November 2009 at 23:35  
Anonymous Inglia said...

Yes, not a machine brings up some salient points. How much has to do with orphanages and boarding schools and the plight of the vulnerable? Weren't the institutions originally connected with monasteries? And wasn't there a 'perceived' [PCspeak] problem in the monasteries? Surely there were rules against it from early times?

How much also stemmed from early military societies, where young noble boys were farmed out so as to learn military arts while giving their primary loyalty to their brethren-in-arms? And this for the preservation of their society.

Weren't the early 'marriage alliances' also part of those attempts to retain and stabilize homelands? I do believe that in later medieval times a girl could be betrothed and married very young, but consummation had to wait until she was less likely to suffer irreparable damage from childbirth.

The system was doubtless convenient to someone of the proclivities ascribed to Richard II... but he himself was an orphaned child-king who had been surrounded by who knows what as 'guides' 'advisors' or 'protectors' ..... I believe his second wife arrived here when she was six years old.

Clearly the potential for abuses was widespread at different times and places in the past, then. I wonder to what extent and why those abuses would develop so strongly among Irish RCs? How could they get away with it for so long?

Actually - I rather agree with Stuart. It is horrifying, and I don't think it's confined to Ireland.

26 November 2009 at 23:53  
Anonymous Leg-iron said...

Greetings, your Grace, from a heretic of no persuasion.

You might be overreacting to the loss of 'Bismillah'and its replacement with apparent gibberish. Most of the song is replaced with gibberish in this version.

The 'Bismillah' line is replaced with 'mah-na-mah-na', a reference to a previous tune (originally by Piero Umiliani) covered by these cloth-created creatures.

I doubt they had anything sinister in mind. More likely they hoped to rekindle memories of past glories and thereby boost sales.

If the Muppets have become politically correct, then the four horsemen must be saddled up and ready to ride.

27 November 2009 at 02:30  
Blogger Manfarang said...

"Why would those abuses would develop so strongly among the Irish RCs?"
Authoritarian structures,authoritarian personalities such of which are found in the Christian Brothers and wider Catholic Church in Ireland.

27 November 2009 at 04:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope your Grace won't become too demoralised.Sexual abuse is evil, breaks down,dispirits & harms victims & their suffering may or may not be healed in this life; victims need all the compassion, help, privacy & destigmatisation they deserve. Not being able to stop abuse is not a sin & healing happens; most abused kids don't repeat the crime & some who abuse weren't abused. Justice with mercy & discretion in society is needed(I don't support dragging up some crimes where i.a. the abuser has repented, the victim has forgiven or would be further harmed)as is discerning forgiveness for abusers who repent.Abuse isn't the only sin relying on secrecy & imbalance of power. Some govt "protect the vulnerable" policy is misguided & harmful, oversexualises kids & adults who do think about other things. Inducing unnecessary fear levels harms & is used to increase power. If vulnerable kids see sex or abuse on tv & copy it,it's bad, but unless parents allowed it, they're not abusive. Govt could decrease some over-interest in sex & some abuse if it stopped some material in schools & daytime-/evening-tv. Kids don't understand sex;they are not mini-adults. Many don't view some things which kids sometimes do as abuse. Govt can help provide a country where parents & schools can provide activites not based on sex & fear. Some kids who hear about abuse get fearful & project, seeing abuse where there's none & govt created haystacks hide real abuse. ISA hearsay checks won't stop abusers who will get away with it, especially if they have power charm or influence to evade or fix their ISA ratings. The believable & powerful will (in secret&without accountability,a recipe for abuse of power) increasingly, accidently damn, or frame, the innocent & stigmatise the repentant. ISA, contactpiont etc.overly intrude on kids & adults, storing "info" for life, yet increase power/secrecy, groom kids to be unphazed by intrusive behaviour,privacy invasion,hearsay -mimicking abuse & tactics of abusers.Ditto 'trust me'schemes labelling some100%safe, demoting thinking/gaining judgement,a God-given protection to help us stay away/keep kids away from abusers, & to help heal afterwards should the terrible happen(victims knew the abuse(r)felt wrong,needed to forgive; bad feelings help realise(at the time/later)they didn't like it/want it/were not guilty;to tell someone they trust for help/ protection).Schemes saying non-ISA cleared parents/parent-vetted persons can't look in on their child in Sunday School isolate kids & setup a place abuse may happen & parents can't protect. Ditto demoting kids being with their parent-vetted community of usually safe people before/after eveil happens, who know the kid's weaknesses/love them well enough, while promoting govt/govt approved organisations/people as safe & good.If govt teaches kids sex-ed in the wrong way, telling them to masturbate, etc. it leads to kids thinking about sex more than they would & some get the message "go try" & get pregnant or abused, then or later. It's abnormal for kids to talk about sex to any & everyone or to trust everyone, let alone blindly.Some social workers focus on keeping their job,are over-bearing, not honest about who abuses/who doesn't, see abuse everywhere etc.Parents are usually better than govt at protecting kids, & are onhand.Sorry to rant, but I fear your Grace's article may be used to endorse some schemes which result in more abuse & less prevention & healing for victims. Abuse is despicable, but our Lord is greater, so please don't despair, even though your Grace may be rightfully angered or distressed by abuse. Blessings to those who have been abused (or any repentant abusers). Don't give up hope. Our Lord Jesus sees & cares greatly.

27 November 2009 at 04:55  
Blogger FABVirgil said...

JESUS is simply a product of the human mind seeking answers in an answerless existence. While Christians have made some progress with this dilemma - moving bravely forward into the fog of pointless manifestation and dragging their Christian atheists along, side by side, there are still those such as the Islamic lost and retarded who still chain themselves to old and primitive fears, like a fish that is eternally dependant upon hooks for sustenance.

I personally see no point what so ever in this deeply obscure and contradictory manifestation which I find myself 'in'. No explanation, biblical or scientific seems to be able o touch upon anything like a realistic justification for looking for the sun each morning and lamenting its departure into tomorrow's repetition of sublime misery

In some strange twilight and obscure dream during the lucid moments of waking, I glimpsed another 'reality' on some distant planet not too dissimilar from my own, where I sat staring at a sun while tortured by my mechanical implants that kept me alive to the nightmare of a planet that had long ago turned sour and abandoned any responsibility to all existence that stained its surface. God almighty let this be only some twisted fiction of my deranged human brain.

27 November 2009 at 06:53  
Blogger Botogol said...

great video.
beelzebub seems to me missing as well (in the orginal version He-Has-A-Dev-Il-Put-A-Side-For-Me! For-Me! For-MEEEEEEE!)

danah- naaa-- danah, na
danah- naaa-- danah, na

and so on.

27 November 2009 at 08:35  
Anonymous not a machine said...

FABvirgil , isnt it possible that your unbelief is an attempt to make sense of the world , by using virgil ??

talk about pot calling kettle meta physcially speaking of course

27 November 2009 at 08:59  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

Your Grace

I cannot recall the Muppets offending anybody. So why should they set out to offend Muslims?

27 November 2009 at 09:03  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Bo-hen-ian Rhapsody? Good to see the critters are back!

27 November 2009 at 09:17  
Blogger Roger Pearse said...

I was watching the reporting of the Irish scandal with some amusement.

When a teacher is caught bending, it's the teacher that is at fault. If officials cover it up, the reports do NOT say "the school system engaged in a cover-up."

But in this case, all the coverage says "the church engaged in a cover up". Not that individuals did. Not that particular people did. Oh no. If you're a Catholic in Ireland, apparently you did! And of course you are guilty, and you are required to apologise, and -- I'm sure -- hand over money.

For something you never knew about, and would have indignantly rejected if you had.

Nice scam, isn't it? It's all in the spin. Simples!

27 November 2009 at 09:44  
Blogger Manfarang said...

The individuals are still on the loose.

27 November 2009 at 14:09  
Anonymous WilliamJansen said...

I am all for mocking Islam, offending believers and taking swipes left and right, but...

I do appreciate, that there are other worthy missions in this wonderful world of ours, and I do appreciate that some muppets pursue the value in avoiding mock and ridicule.

There is actually a time and place to treat Islam kindly (can't believe I am writing this). The Muppets might just be the right people in the right place at the right time to let easily offended muslims actually catch a break

27 November 2009 at 18:51  
Blogger Roger Pearse said...

The individuals should be brought to justice without delay. Never mind trial by media; they should appear before a court. There is such a thing as being an "accessory after the fact." Let the courts decide, and find the guilty guilty and sentence them heavily. In the mean time these people should most certainly be suspended from the priesthood. Guilt or innocence remains to be established, of course; but this the Church leaders could and should do now.

27 November 2009 at 19:21  
Blogger Roger Pearse said...

The individuals should be brought to justice without delay. Never mind trial by media; they should appear before a court. There is such a thing as being an "accessory after the fact." Let the courts decide, and find the guilty guilty and sentence them heavily. In the mean time these people should most certainly be suspended from the priesthood. Guilt or innocence remains to be established, of course; but this the Church leaders could and should do now.

27 November 2009 at 19:21  
Blogger Tarquin said...

"Yet this lyric does not appear in the Muppet version: it is supplanted by incomprehensible gibberish. "

Clearly you are not quite as enlightened on the issue of the muppets

They replaced the line with 'ma-na-ma-na' - a fairly famous muppet line, just like they removed several of the far more famous lines (like 'just killed a man..')

28 November 2009 at 12:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always thought that was "Miss Miller, no, we will not let him go". You learn something new...

30 November 2009 at 13:45  

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