Back in the ol’ hometown, ctd

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When a drag queen goes to church

A Chicago-area pastor publicly rebuked a drag queen and told him he wasn’t welcome in his church.

I have to admit to deeply mixed feelings about this. It is his club, and the club can have any rules it likes about deportment. If drag queens aren’t welcome in his church, then that’s that.

BUT:

  • There is w-a-a-a-y more to sexuality than plumbing, and only resolute ignorance makes it possible to choose to believe a Bronze Age anonymity over scientists who have spent years actually studying the issues.

  • On standard Christian theology, the drag queen is troubled and confused. Surely he deserves sympathy and help, then, rather than public shaming?

So, I guess what I think is that the pastor had the right to act as he did, but he exhibited the character failure of resolute ignorance, and he didn’t honor the teachings he claims to believe.

I (not very bravely, really) predict that these sorts of confrontations will grow more common. Sexually non-conforming people are not going to stay in the closet any longer — nor should they. And they will find themselves in conflict with a church whose teachings have been overtaken by science.

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Dismal theology-related tweet for the day

The link goes to a modern version of C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters, where an older Demon advises a young Demon that the best way to steer a young man away from Jesus is to introduce him to a non-believing woman.

Globdrop, get him to “fall for her” and they shall both fall to us. Unlike their delightful romance movies, his kiss cannot rouse her from her sleep. In real life, kissing corpses causes Prince Charming to become one. The Enemy told them to leave the dead to date the dead. He told them not to be bonded with one of ours. We are less intolerant. Let them hold hands together, fall in love, and stare deeply into each other’s eyes as we slowly lower the coffin.

Now, to avoid making another dreadful mistake, follow my instructions to the letter.

The first thing to do in this matter is to lure him in with her lostness. Few things rouse the evangelistic zeal in the youthful vermin like romantic interest. Do not despise this outright. Here — and only here — allow your man to care about her soul. “Flirt to convert” they call it. It works out brilliantly. He justifies enmeshing his heart to hers and crossing the Enemy’s boundaries because he means to save her. Allow this Noah to jump from his ark to rescue the girl. Most who go overboard never return.

The message, in other words, is don’t date outside the faith.

You would think — Wouldn’t you? — that Eternal Truth could withstand association with people outside the cult? That logic and reason would lead to Eternal Truth, not away? That blaspheming Eternal Truth would be laughable? They’ll deny it, and stamp their feet, and get red in the face, but the Pious know their storyline doesn’t stand up; that’s why they need the protection of stuffing in their ears.

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The weasel in winter

Apparently, The Donald finally understands that a majority of the country regards him with uninhibited loathing, and there is no stopping Mueller.

For weeks this fall, an ebullient President Trump traveled relentlessly to hold raise-the-rafters campaign rallies — sometimes three a day — in states where his presence was likely to help Republicans on the ballot.

But his mood apparently has changed as he has taken measure of the electoral backlash that voters delivered Nov. 6. With the certainty that the incoming Democratic House majority will go after his tax returns and investigate his actions, and the likelihood of additional indictments by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, Trump has retreated into a cocoon of bitterness and resentment, according to multiple administration sources.

The implication is that Trump is so stupid he actually thought he would get away with his depredations against the presidency and the country, that his cult of deluded hero-worshippers could protect him from reaiity.

No. As I said shortly after election day, the election was Trump’s high-tide — as good as it would ever be for him.

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♫ The ♪ most ♬ tedious ♩ time ♫ of ♪ the ♬ year ♩

Yes, it’s that time of the year again: Liberty Counsel has released its annual list of places that the Godly may safely shop, and places that the Godly ought to avoid. Because, you know, the War on Christmas, when hatred for Pious Folk and the Baby Jesus is signified by the greeting Happy Holidays, rather than Merry Christmas.

Bah.

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