More Annals of Stupidity

Hot on the heels of the “turn on all your lights and electrical appliances and roast some animal flesh for good measure” nyah-nyah from the Rebels Without a Cause crowd, comes this new hyperventilation. It seems that Hillary Clinton, while on a visit to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe during a recent official visit to Mexico, asked her hosts who painted the image of Mary that is the centerpiece of the Basilica. This was a terrible faux pas because, the Catholic News Agency tells us, the image was not painted — it just appeared there one day, miraculously:

The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was miraculously imprinted by Mary on the tilma, or cloak, of St. Juan Diego in 1531. The image has numerous unexplainable phenomena, such as the appearance on Mary’s eyes of those present in the room when the tilma was opened and the image’s lack of decay.

CNA continues:

Mrs. Clinton was received on Thursday at 8:15 a.m. by the rector of the Basilica, Msgr. Diego Monroy.

Msgr. Monroy took Mrs. Clinton to the famous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which had been previously lowered from its usual altar for the occasion.

After observing it for a while, Mrs. Clinton asked “who painted it?” to which Msgr. Monroy responded “God!”

Right-wing bloggers, of course, are pretending to be scandalized.  After all, it’s not as if Clinton had any excuse for not being well-versed in Catholic mythology in general and Mexican Catholic religious traditions in particular. This was not her first visit to the Basilica. She was there once before — 30 years ago.

Richard Fernandez at Belmont Club (Pajamas Media) quotes from the Wikipedia entry for Our Lady of Guadalupe:

According to Wikipedia, “Our Lady of Guadalupe (Spanish: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe) is a celebrated 16th-century icon of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ. The image, also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe (Spanish: Virgen de Guadalupe) represents a famous Marian apparition. According to the traditional account, the image appeared miraculously on the back of a simple peasant cloak. It is perhaps Mexico’s most popular religious and cultural image, and the focus of an extensive pilgrimage. …

Fernandez titles his post, “Who’s Allah?” suggesting, as best I can parse right-wing gibberish, that (a) Hillary Clinton supports Islam over Christianity, and that (b) she is an ignorant fool for not “knowing” that God painted the image of Mary at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, or for not knowing who God is, or not believing in God — or something like that. Like I said, I don’t speak this language.

Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog retorts, in his post title: “RIGHT-WINGERS WHO HAD NO FREAKING IDEA WHO PAINTED THE VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE SNARK OFF AT HILLARY CLINTON BECAUSE SHE DIDN’T, EITHER.”

And no, Steve is not Secretary of State. And yes, it would have been a good idea for Clinton’s staff to get her up to speed on the local cultural and religious beliefs before the trip. “But,” says Steve, “no one’s going to tell me that all the righty bloggers snarking off about this knew the first thing about the painting 24 hours ago, or had even heard of it.”

Hopefully, though, they all know that Spain is not in Latin America, that Iraq and Pakistan do not share a border, that the country named Czechoslovakia does not exist anymore, and that the president of Germany is Hoerst Koehler, not Vladimir Putin.

Well, maybe not. But at least they are not so dumb as to be unaware that Our Lady of Guadalupe is the “Protectress of the Unborn.” (I mean, how could Clinton not know that?). And even worse: After having stood in front of the miraculously imprinted image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Protectress of the Unborn, and observed it for many minutes, Secretary of State Clinton went back to the United States and accepted an award from Planned Parenthood! How insensitive!

Nice Deb points out that after visiting this Patroness of the Unborn (and of the Americas) Mrs. Clinton went off to receive Planned Parenthood’s highest award:

I can tell she was very affected by her encounter with the Protectress of the Unborn. Last night, Clinton received the highest award given by Planned Parenthood: the Margaret Sanger Award, named for the organization’s founder, a noted eugenicist.

The shocked itals are in the original.

2 Responses to “More Annals of Stupidity”

  1. nothing surprises me any more

  2. joe says:

    I guess it’s too much to ask of the “smart diplomacy” administration that they actually familiarize themselves with the foreign countries that they visit. How do you say RESET in spanish? Pendeja!

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