By Jonathon Van Maren
Every so often, a pop culture phenomenon reminds us just how thoroughly we have abandoned our Judeo-Christian heritage in the year of our Lord 2019. The latest example is an upcoming Downton Abbey film, a cinematic accompaniment to the wildly popular six-season period drama that followed the lives of the Crawley family and their assortment of servants in a magnificent Edwardian manor around the turn of the last century. Since the trailer was released, my Twitter feed has become littered with breathless news stories about a prominently featured gay kiss and speculations about the potential of a same-sex romantic storyline, many of them published by once prestigious news organizations.
This is nothing new, of course. Most TV shows and films now feature gay characters, and the LGBT lobby painstakingly takes note of these things and targets those film companies (like Disney, which GLAAD gave a “failing grade” on LGBT issues as recently as March despite Disney’s recent efforts) that are being too subtle in their attempts to mainstream the LGBT agenda. But the creators and producers of Downton Abbey have consistently gone the extra mile in their attempts to appease, kicking the series off with a same-sex kissing scene in the very first episode of the first season. The film trailer indicates that they intend to continue this track record, and LGBT activists are pleased with this state of affairs.