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    Excellent article.

    If Polanski were a 76 year old Catholic priest, I don't think the great and the good of the film and entertainment industry from either side of the Atlantic would excuse his drugging and rape of a 13 year old girl against her will.

    Roman Polanski: What if He Were 'Father Polanski'? -- Politics Daily

    "I think it's absolutely ridiculous," Bill Flicker, a film editor who once worked with Polanski in France, tells the Washington Post. "It's stupid and a waste of resources. I don't understand why they are doing it."

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    Comparisons are by their nature invidious. But what if Roman Polanksi were wearing a Roman collar? Would "Monsignor Polanksi" receive the same considerations? As Father Thomas Reese, a Jesuit, writes at the Post's "On Faith" site, "Imagine if the Knights of Columbus decided to give an award to a pedophile priest who had fled the country to avoid prison. The outcry would be universal." And rightly so, as Reese says. But Polanski gets an Oscar in absentia in 2003 and earns sympathy because he can't receive it in person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seán Mac Stiofán View Post
    Excellent article.

    If Polanski were a 76 year old Catholic priest, I don't think the great and the good of the film and entertainment industry from either side of the Atlantic would excuse his drugging and rape of a 13 year old girl against her will.

    Roman Polanski: What if He Were 'Father Polanski'? -- Politics Daily
    Very good point but for centuries, people in the Arts who are perceived to be creative or a bit cutting edge are undoubtedly allowed far more leeway in their behaviour.
    Misdemeanours (drunkeness, drugs, starting fights, being obnoxious and vulgur) are laughed off as being part of their "character".
    In turn, dangerous and even criminal acts are also frequently looked at differently to ordinardy citizens.

    In summary, as far as the luvvies are concerned Roman is a creative but tortured soul who deserves our sympathy.
    Father Joe is a sick paedo (allegedly!) who should be castrated without trial.

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    It baffles the mind how people are supporting Polanski. He's a great director, fine. He's won Oscars, fine. He raped a child,... not fine.
    So there irregularities with the trail. Let him go back to the US and have another fair trial.

    I could understand people saying, 'Such a shame that such an imminant artist could do such a thing' but people are calling his arrest a travesty of justice. Sick and depraved. I do not object to priest being hauled over hot coals for t and I think that Polanski deserves deserves the same.
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    If it had been Father Polanski, then it would not have been a young girl.

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    Many 'Father Polanskis' have committed the offence , and their 'industry' has not only minimised and condoned the offending , it has actively protected the perpetrators and impeded the investigations.

    Most sickening of all , it has promoted many of the criminals up the management ladder .

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    if he was fr polinsky he could come here an the goverment would pay compensation to the girl an hed be livin of the best in a home with ignorant gob********************es askin him for his blessin!!!

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    The polish government has been very hypocritical on this.

    Polanski was born in Poland.

    The polish minister Sikorski and President Kachynski appealed to America for clemency for Polanski.

    Yet at the same time the Poles want compulsory chemical castration for pedophiles.


    Some pedophiles are more equal than others it would seem!


    How can they square their hypocrisy in this case?

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    Anyone who supports Polanski should be ashamed of themselves, he has dodged justice for too long. I see no difference between him and anyone else who rapes children.

    Remember, this case came before the courts - was there other cases that didnt? The poor are the usual hunting ground for people like Polanski, how many poor families did this 'creative genius' pay off for a chance to slate himself?

    Let him rot until death I say.

    As for the media, it has little in the way of common human decency or morality so no surprise about the reaction.
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    Why is everyone so obsessed with talking about paedophilia these days? It almost seems like a persons "goodness" suddenly became directly proportional to their hatred for paedophilia.

    But anyway, has anyone seen Chinatown? It is an indescribably magnificent film. One of those rare, rare gems that actually deserves the hype.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sauntersplash View Post
    Why is everyone so obsessed with talking about paedophilia these days? It almost seems like a persons "goodness" suddenly became directly proportional to their hatred for paedophilia.

    But anyway, has anyone seen Chinatown? It is an indescribably magnificent film. One of those rare, rare gems that actually deserves the hype.
    By a strange co-incidence, that's the point being made in the USA by the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights regarding Polanski's paedophilia and his artistic endeavors. Catholic League President Bill Donohue has commented on the rush to defend Roman Polanski and compared it to the attitude of “liberals” to priests accused of child abuse.

    The Catholic League has long suspected that, in many quarters, the outrage over priestly sexual abuse has had more to do with the status of the accused than the crime itself. Now the evidence is indisputable: a child can be drugged, penetrated and sodomized—and the guilty can cut and run—and still maintain hero status. Provided he is a celebrity.

    Actress Debra Winger showed up at the Zurich Film Festival “to honor Roman Polanski as a great artist, but under these sudden and arcane circumstances, we can only think of him today as a human being.” Either that or as a child rapist. She was not alone: the Zurich Film Festival jury proudly displayed red badges reading “Free Polanski.” It was also nice to know that Woody Allen, a man who speaks from experience, came to Polanski’s defense.

    Whoopi Goldberg showed off her usual brilliance when she declared that Polanski’s crime “wasn’t rape-rape.” No, only priests are guilty of real rape. Noted photographer Otto Weisser agrees: “He made a little mistake 32 years ago.” That’s right—it’s only a big mistake when priests do it. Richard Cohen of the Washington Post also notes that it’s been “over 30 years” since Polanski molested the girl. Similarly, movie critic Tom O’Neil exclaims that it is “mind-boggling why they’re still pursuing this.” Yet there is no statute of limitations afforded priests—men long dead have been accused of crimes extending back to the 1920s.

    Harvey Weinstein is so noble: “We’re calling on every film-maker we can to help fix this terrible situation.” The terrible situation, of course, isn’t what Polanski got away with—it’s his pursuit by the authorities. “To put him on trial or keep him in jail does not serve society in general or his victim in particular,” says journalist Anne Applebaum. She, and others, would carry more weight if the “he” included priests.

    No wonder so many Americans look upon the celebrity worshippers with utter disdain. Double that for Catholics.

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