Wednesday, March 02, 2005

The Yul Brynner/Roy Moore Connection

As you may know, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case today involving a Ten Commandments monument on the Texas State Capitol grounds. But you probably don't know--I certainly didn't until I collapsed into hysterical laughter at the NPR report on the subject this morning--where the monument really came from: Hollywood!

That's right: the organization (called the Fraternal Order of Eagles) that actually put up the monument, and several hundred like it around the country, was being massively subsidized by Cecil B. DeMille as part of his effort to promote his movie, The Ten Commandments. In fact, DeMille sent Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner out to appear at a number of the monument dedications.

So when guys like Judge Roy Moore haul around their Ten Commandments monuments for the edification of a chastened populace, they are unwittingly carrying on the last stages of a Tinseltown Promo. Talk about worshipping golden calves....
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