Mel Gibson sought a restraining order against a homeless man who has shown up twice asking Gibson to pray with him. The homeless man is now in jail on a charge of disorderly conduct. Wouldn’t it be funny if the homeless guy was Christ?
A psycho after Mel?
[takes note for next years dead pool]
You don’t say?
Can’t be. He’s already in Gitmo after behaving inappropriately at a George W. Bush appearance.
I pointed out to my husband that one sign you’re no longer a sex symbol is when the only thing your stalkers want to do with you is pray.
I would find it extremely funny if it was GW Bush… dream, dream… Hardly Jesus Christ, but since he claims to be inspired by God in any case a good stand-in, no?
I daresay that wasn’t a very Christian thing to do, Mel.
I’m by no means a bible thumper, but I do recall a passage saying something to the effect of, “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, you do that unto me.”
Who among us wouldn’t do the same thing though?
I mean, really. Some crazy guy keeps bugging you to go pray with him while you are minding your own business, trying to live your own life. I look at myself and wonder if I would get a restraining order as well, especially if the guy has been obnoxious about it.
Sorry I didn’t mean for this to be a GD response. It just got me to thinking.
In Jean Vanier (a devout Catholic)'s book Becoming Human, he says that the most Christlike way of dealing with the destitute (who he refers to as “Lazarus”), is to be radical, and actually talk to them, interact with them in ways that may make us uncomfortable.
Vanier set up a chain of community living homes for developmentally disabled adults called L’Arche, so he knows a thing or two about reaching out to those in need.
He presses the reader to ask themselves: When I see Lazarus in the street, what is really keeping me from talking to him? What could he possibly have the power to take from me, other than my complacency?
If he has a razor or a gun, he has the power to take from me my wallet, watch, iPod and life.
What makes you think he is so much more violent than you are? Or stupid enough to attack you in a public place where there are lots of witnesses? This is what Vanier said was the biggest problem the destitute face: people see them as untermenschen, as animals, and not as human beings.
I fancy that with shitloads of money he may have been able to achieve a better resolution than this.
A couple of years ago a Rugby League referee in Sydney was attacked in a pub by some guy who didn’t like his decisions in a particular game. The referee called the police, the guy was arrested, but the referee didn’t press charges on condition that his assailant sought counselling. His attitude was that jail time would achieve nothing because the guy had a drinking problem and that was what required attention.
So I think Mel could have suggested a fully funded treatment program for his nemesis.