I am comforted, I guess, by the fact that the reaction to the rapper Nicki Minaj’s hysterically blasphemous, expressly anti-Catholic performance on the Grammys last night has been largely negative. One would hope that her portrayal of a demoniac who vanquishes priests, one that used explicitly Catholic imagery, and that incorporated a sinister chorus of “O Come All Ye Faithful,” would not exactly be cheered by people. But it strikes me that the most telling thing about this disgusting spectacle is that none of this was spontaneous. This was a highly stage-designed, heavily choreographed performance. The Grammy producers signed off on this, and it was shown on national network television. I’m not freaking out over it — Nicki Minaj is, on evidence of her performing and her songwriting, a complete nitwit — but surely this is a sign of the times. It’s not Nicki Minaj that concerns me; it’s the producers for whom this sort of thing was deemed acceptable. It’s the Culture of Death, again.

It’s tiresome when Christians respond to things like this by saying, “They would never consider doing something like using Islamic imagery.” But you know, it’s true. It’s always true. Let those with eyes to see…