Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Is Roman Polanski being persecuted?

For those who haven’t heard, film director Roman Polanski is attempting to prevent being extradited to the U.S. where he was convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl back in 1977. Before the sentencing, he left the country and has been living in exile ever since.

Many people are calling for the drop of charges against him. After all, 32 years of not being able to live in the U.S. is a long time. Never mind that he was able to keep working, living very comfortably, and even winning an Oscar (though he couldn’t pick it up in person).

Writers for the Huffington Post, Washington Post, and others have expressed their deep dismay that he is being pursued after all that he’s had to go through. Why not just forget about it? After all, the girl he raped wants charges dropped (though she has said that she wants them dropped to avoid media attention).

Isn’t this a bit weird? Since when does 30+ years make a difference in cases of child rape? Since when does fleeing a country after being convicted count as “serving time”? Where were the Huffington Post, Washington Post, and others when priests were being charged for crimes committed as far back as 1920? They wrote articles alright; but they didn’t exactly come to the priests’ defense.

And they shouldn’t have. There shouldn’t be, and isn’t, any leniency for priests convicted of these crimes; but shouldn’t a popular film director be held to the same standard?

If anyone doubted that there’s a sever double-standard, how could you possibly deny it now?

To read another article, which contains heavy doses of sarcasm and descriptions of what happened that may be unsuitable for children, click here.

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