The guy in this story falls under the category of people whom I naively thought would somehow rise a little bit above the unwashed masses. Here are a few quotes from this incident:
Move off the property, you f*cking fool!
You don’t belong in Australia!
“You’re the foreigner there – look at the slitty eyes, black hair.”
How’s your *sshole? So sore by being f*cked by all these c*nts?
(I put the asterisks in there because I am a delicate sort.) Guess who?
Reportedly this is Reverend Monsignor Geoffrey Baron of Melbourne’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, attempting to get skateboarders to leave church property. You can view the video here. (Edited to add: Video appears to have been deleted off youtube. You can view it here.)
More troubling was the Vicar-General’s response:
… Monsignor Les Tomlinson, saw the vision yesterday and defended Reverend Baron, saying his outburst was justified because the teenagers provoked him.
“If any human being is put under siege like that, they may well react in a way they wouldn’t do,” he said.
Monsignor Tomlinson says the fact that he is a priest makes no difference.
“Could you imagine yourself being subjected to the abuse and the pushing that he was subjected to and be confident that you yourself would not react?” he said.
When people make excuses like this, I always wonder if it is because they can imagine themselves in the very same position. Does Tomlinson react in such a manner? Can he imagine reacting in a different way? Should a representative of the church justify such actions based on the actions of others? And if so, what does that mean?
What would Jesus do, indeed.