Lee has a blog called SailerFraud. Its latest effort is VDare into religious idolatry (November 26, 2006), featuring a photo we posted of Bryanna Bevens with her son, Adam Quincy. Incredibly, Lee claims this looks too much like the conventional images of the Madonna and Child:
"It can get really creepy how the right-wing extremists use twisted religion to manipulate their audience, con them for money, and promote hatred and fascism. VDare is doing another fundraising drive, and the front cover features VDare writer Bryanna Bevens holding her baby in a similar fashion as the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus."Of course, the first and most obvious point is that all mothers look like that. They can't help it.
The second is that there's a real reason for mentioning the children here. If whites are minority in the United States after 2050, I may not be here to see it. But children alive today will.(This, of course, was one of the reason Peter Brimelow, in his book Alien Nation, mentioned his son Alexander, which produced a similar hysterical reaction from many otherwise sober commentators, such as Michael Barone, the late A. M. Rosenthal, and Ira Glasser of the American Civil Liberties Union.)
Lee goes on to say
"I don't believe it was intentional for Peter Brimelow and the VDare editors to imitate the Virgin Mary pose, but they do know a thing or two about marketing."…which more or less destroys his whole point. And what do we know about marketing? We just ask you to send us money! How fiendish is that? (P.S. Send Money!)
After which, Lee goes on to quote the commandment forbidding "idolatry"—which is often quoted, I'm afraid, not against Bryanna, but against the Virgin Mary, whose statue keeps being smashed by anti-Christian vandals, from coast to coast.
A long time ago, Hilaire Belloc, an Anglo-French Catholic, saw an item in the newspaper about an Anglican controversy in which a Bishop had made a clergyman remove a statue of the Virgin from his church—which the report referred to as "A female figure with a child."
When that the Eternal deigned to look On us poor folk to make us free He chose a Maiden, whom He took From Nazareth in Galilee; Since when the Islands of the Sea, The Field, the City, and the Wild Proclaim aloud triumphantly A Female Figure with a Child.
These Mysteries profoundly shook The Reverend Doctor Leigh, D.D., Who therefore stuck into a Nook (Or Niche) of his Incumbency An Image filled with majesty To represent the Undefiled, The Universal Mother— She— A Female Figure with a Child.
His Bishop, having read a book Which proved as plain as plain could be That all the Mutts had been mistook Who talked about a Trinity Wrote off at once to Doctor Leigh In manner very far from mild, And said: "Remove them instantly! A Female Figure with a Child!"
Prince Jesus, in mine Agony, Permit me, broken and defiled, Through blurred and glazing eyes to see A Female Figure with a Child.