Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Liberal Message of Les Miserables

The message of this film, at its core, is one of forgiveness, charity, and democracy. In a word, it can be called liberal. This makes me wonder why so many conservatives celebrate this musical. Yes, there is a spiritual theme that many on the religious right may find appealing. Yet I can’t understand how they miss the overwhelming liberal message in this story.

Why are Christmas villains always conservative?

Why are Christmas villains so often conservative businessmen? I suppose nothing could be a better contrast to the message that Christ preached than someone who thinks only of their own needs. For a person who not only fails to consider the needs of others, but whose greed causes them to harm others for their own benefit, this is the ultimate antagonist to the message of giving that we celebrate at Christmas.