Anti-American for Jesus

The public preoccupation with the matter of whether or not Roy Moore is an insecure horndog, or was 40-years ago, overlooks that there are incontestably well-documented reasons to vote against him today: He is a theocrat. He is deeply anti-American and, by any sane reckoning, ought to be counted an enemy of this country.

  • “Anytime you deny the acknowledgement of God you are undermining the entire basis for which our country exists.”

  • “Separation of church and state was never meant to separate God and government.”

  • “You wonder why we’re having shootings and killings here in 2017? Because we’ve asked for it. We’ve taken prayer out of school.”

  • “The free exercise clause of the constitution does not apply to any religion but Christianity.”

  • “False religions like Islam who teach that you must worship this way are completely opposite with what our First Amendment stands for.”

  • “Worship With Your Vote.”

  • “There is no such thing as evolution.”

  • “Anytime you deny the acknowledgement of God you are undermining the entire basis for which our country exists.”

  • “I feel that I’m sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Alabama, and those constitutions are founded upon a fundamental belief in God … my display of the Ten Commandments and prayer before sessions are simply acknowledgments of God.”

  • “I consider it my duty to acknowledge God. To take down the Ten Commandments and to stop holding prayer would be a violation of that duty. I will not take down the Ten Commandments and I will not stop holding prayer.”

  • “The Ten Commandments are the divinely revealed law.”

We know what theocratic states look like; we are fighting them all over the world.

James Madison, universally acknowledged as the United States Constitution’s chief architect, said this: “The Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense founded on the Christian religion.”

Roy Moore is a Christian Nationalist, and we can’t afford to be indulgent: He is an enemy of American ideals.

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Uh-huh …

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Red state / Blue state

It’s well documented that every social– and family pathology that has ever been given a name is most acute where the churches are strongest. Teen pregnancy, drug abuse, family violence … all are most intense in the Bible Belt; evangelicals, specifically, have the highest divorce rate in the country.

This is a direct consequence of Christianity’s corrupt, anti-life conception of the good — self-annihilation, because the self is depraved and evil. Christianity tells men they were born no damn good, that they can never be any damn good, that their every desire and interest and decision is animated by evil. All of life then becomes a long train of pretensions and pious subterfuges aimed at concealing — literally — guilty pleasures: a cold beer when the yardwork is done, sex without the aim of procreation, intellectual discovery.

Seriously: Is it any wonder that lots and lots of people are grievously screwed-up in a subculture which believes that the bald fact of one’s own existence is an affront to the cosmos itself?

A column by Nicholas Kristof in today’s New York Times takes a look at the malignant effect of this on the formation of culture and voting patterns.

Kristof points toward a study of all this that I’ve already downloaded and will read over the next few days, so I’ll be discussing this more sometime soon. Meantime, go read the column; he’s pointing toward something important about America’s dysfunction.

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Back in the ol’ hometown, ctd

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A matter of perspective

America’s best-selling book genre is romance and, with only minor variations, all romance novels have the exact same plot:

  • Spunky Nicegirl’s life undergoes some kind of change that puts her at a disadvantage. Celt warriors kill her family and take her away to be a scullery maid; a wicked aunt sells her into frontier bondage to a lout; an office scandal unfairly ends her career and she is forced to move to a small waterfront town in New England to start over, where she meets haughty and insufferable Strongand Inscrutable.

  • Strongand Inscrutable roughly takes his pleasure with Spunky Nicegirl, then swaggers off to visit mayhem upon some bad guys.

  • Spunky Nicegirl hates Strongand Inscrutable.

  • It happens again. Spunky Nicegirl is furious. DAMN!! the fates that she needs Strongand Inscrutable’s help!!

  • Strongand Inscrutable again takes summary pleasure with Spunky Nicegirl, grudgingly allows that she may not be the most insufferable woman who has ever lived — he can’t decide, a rare moment of human uncertainty — then swaggers away and, at long and tedious last, vanquishes the bad guys.

  • Strongand Inscrutable and Spunky Nicegirl live happily ever after.

I’m thinking about these things as we enter the umpteenth day of the rolling chaos that is the #MeToo movement. I’ve lost track of all the men who have been accused, and all the victim accounts I’ve watched on television. Some are shocking, some are merely crass and juvenile and some, honestly, sound mostly like peevishness at not being treated like a little princess.

I’d put 32-year old Roy Moore’s behavior with a 14-year old girl in the shocking category; I’d put Al Franken’s behavior with a peer in the crass and juvenile category.

As the popularity of romance novels tells us, the indignant news ladies at CNN are not representative of all contemporary American women, and I suspect not even a majority. The problem is that we aren’t talking here about air pollution, about matters susceptible of objective measurement and determination; we’re talking about the vagaries of individual boundaries, the cultural background of both the men and women involved, and their private reads of the chemistry between them. Which is not to deny that some men are simply predators who ought to be shunned, or to deny that many women have legitimate grievances; I want merely to point out that relations between men and women are more complicated than a simple good/evil checklist.

And I’m glad I’m married and not dating nowadays.

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