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Twitter Questions, The Boss, The Pope, and More Ethnic Gnosticism

Started off today with a couple of Twitter questions (including one on Eastern Orthodoxy),  then covered Springsteen’s view of transgender warriors as “freedom fighters,” the Pope’s “studied ambiguity” in his new statement, and toward the end of the hour I responded to BlackCalvinist’s piece accusing me of…well, all sorts of things, actually.

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Preaching Jesus on the Jersey Shore

This is a brief clip from the street preaching ministry here in Jersey. I was told that this most recent preaching tour was more hostile than typical because people feel more emboldened to be intolerant toward Christians after the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. Nevertheless, a fellow came up to one of the preachers at the end and asked him, “How can I be saved?” Let’s remember that open-air preaching is the normative biblical means by which the Gospel is proclaimed to the lost.

Thoughts on the Dr. Drew Show, ESPN’s Shame, and Continuing with Anjem Choudary

Discussed my experience daring to commit heresy in the courtyard of the High Temple of Secularism (aka, on national media) by even mentioning the lordship of Jesus, briefly commented on the disgusting, reprehensible, immoral act of ESPN in giving Bruce Jenner an award for bravery and courage.  Then made a few comments about David Barron’s “misrepresentation” complaint, and got back to Anjem Choudary’s debate with Sam Shamoun.

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The Soft, Kind, Loving Face of Hate

Once the moral and ethical infrastructure of a meaningful worldview based upon our status as creatures of God is removed from the thinking of the human being, a vacuum develops. That vacuum, in today’s radically secularized world, is being filled with mind-numbing mantras uttered in complete disregard for their consistency or truthfulness. A population robbed of its creational foundation is easily led by those who can manipulate emotions, as history has proven many times. When we see language being emptied of its meaning and hatred being promoted through the use of deception and untruth, then we know we are dealing with the death-throes of a culture, one that will, of necessity, give way to another. Today we are forced to endure torrents of “politically correct” speech, filled with such terms as “inclusive” and “tolerant.” We see the ancient moral landmarks of the culture identified as “hateful” and “exclusivistic” and “discriminatory.” Yet it is a given that the most intolerant purveyors of hatred in our culture just happen to be the very ones screaming the loudest for tolerance and against hatred. The hypocrisy is so regular it is hardly even noticed, especially by the younger generation who, as faithful wards of the State, have been taught not how to think, but what to think. The result is frightening for those of us closer to the ends of our lives than the beginnings, and for our children and grandchildren, the result will be catastrophic.

 

I truly hesitate to promote this video, for at the time of this writing, it has hardly been noticed, with only 1,650 views. It was sent to me via Twitter, and the one who sent it to me said it was a promoted video. Those who think logically and rationally cannot find the video compelling. It is a rather blatant attempt to promote a viewpoint based upon an appeal to emotions without the provision of necessary factual and rational basis. It cannot be taken as a serious argument, but that’s the point: serious arguments have little weight any longer in our society.  If it moves your emotions it accomplishes its purposes, even if that purpose is evil.  In this case, the argument is so simplistic that, if you remove it from its emotional shell, it collapses on its own:  “You can’t call homosexuality wrong because that might offend homosexuals!  And some of them might be so offended they will harm themselves!” Once the argument is out in the open its true nature is easily seen. “Don’t have moral and ethical standards, because those who violate those standards might be offended!” We should all be offended at the very offering of such an argument, but there it is.

Any time someone does harm to themselves it is a tragedy, but shouldn’t the first question we ask be, “Might there be something intrinsically unnatural about homosexual orientation that may well lead those who suffer from such desires to be more likely to harm themselves?”  Evidently, that is a question we are no longer allowed to even ask. Instead we are faced with the amazing claim that if you identify a behavior as destructive and opposed to human flourishing (and clearly, homosexuality falls headlong into this category) you are filled with hate and should be silenced by that great amorphous arbiter of all things moral and true: “the society.” All one need do is remove the LGBT label and insert something else in its place, say, inter-generational sexual activity (plenty of folks saying that is a natural “orientation” now as well), or inter-species “love” (ditto), and the nature of this kind of non-argumentation becomes clear. It spells the onslaught of moral anarchy, the corpse of rational ethics and thought lying squarely on the altar of the greatest commandment of the Secular Society, “Thou shalt not offend…the protected groups that the elites say thou shalt not offend.” Offense of majority groups, of religious groups, of those groups outside the current sphere of approval from the Elites, is not only acceptable, but to be encouraged. Tolerance is a one-way street in the secular utopia. It is only relevant to the favored ones—whose favored status can be rescinded very, very quickly, depending on the whims of the Elites.

This video is designed to engender hatred toward anyone who will not bow the knee in abject obeisance to the great Secular Society, toward anyone who would dare to hold to objective morality and think with their minds rather than their adrenal glands. In a thoughtful society with a foundation for ethical reflection, this kind of presentation would be rejected out-of-hand and its creators excoriated for their foolishness. But in today’s world, this kind of velvet-gloved hate-mongering is wildly popular, and wildly successful.