- I have no other gods before Me.
- Thou shalt not make for thyself a god other than Me and My feelings.
- Thou shalt not take My name in vain or disagree with Me in any way.
- Remember January 22, 1973 and keep it holy.
- Honor Me that you may live long in the land and not get fired or have your livelihood threatened.
- Thou shalt not kill – animals. Babies, that’s fine.
- Thou shalt not commit self-control and personal responsibility with regard to sexual practice.
- Thou shalt steal from the rich (as defined by Me) and redistribute it to the poor (as defined by Me).
- Thou shalt bear false witness any time the facts are not on thy side.
- Thou shalt covet all that thy neighbor has and try to take it from him because he only has it due to privilege.
Do not hate your brother in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in his guilt. – Leviticus 19:17
Chapter 19 of Leviticus is a hodgepodge of laws covering things from treatment of the poor to marking your body with tattoos and the mating of animals. But verse 17 jumped off the page at me as I read this chapter. In this short verse are some important truths, truths that are among the most counter-cultural of any in the scriptures. Continue reading “Love Tells the Truth”
I came across an insightful quote this week by Dr. Theodore Dalrymple. It’s from an interview he did with FrontPage Magazine in 2005. I commend the entire thing to you as it is full of insight and wisdom.
However, the quote I want to focus on is this:
Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.
Nowhere has this been more evident recently than in the hoopla over Bruce Jenner’s “transition” from male to female. It is expected, no, demanded, that we play along with Bruce. Anyone who dares suggest that Bruce is and always will be in possession of XY chromosomes, and therefore male no matter what is done to his body, is treated as a pariah or Neanderthal. There’s even a Twitter bot to remind you to change “him” to “her” when referencing “Caitlyn” Jenner – you know, to help the ignorant masses who still remember their high school biology lessons.
Despite their claims of tolerance and love, the progressive agenda is driven by control. It must be, because no one adopts their agenda by choice. Whether it’s threatening to jail those who reject global warming or forcing news agencies to refer to a decathlon champion with an Adam’s apple as “her,” they intend to bring everyone to heel.
Because in the end, if you can get a person to agree that Bruce Jenner is a woman you can get them to agree to anything.
In November 1942 one of Boston’s most popular nightspots, The Cocoanut Grove, caught fire while hosting upwards of a thousand people. To this day, The Cocoanut Grove fire is the deadliest nightclub fire in history with 492 people killed. Part of the reason for the high fatality rate was the lack of adequate fire exits. The main door from the street was a single revolving door. As panicked patrons fled the fire, the door became a deathtrap. Rushed by hundreds of people, it soon was jammed with a mass of bodies and stopped working. Firefighters had to dismantle the door to gain access. As a result of this fire, building codes were later changed to require that outward opening standard doors always flank revolving doors.
Many in our culture today are as afraid of reality as the Cocoanut Grove patrons were of the flames that night. They are looking for any exit they can find to prevent them having to deal with life as it really is. However, the revolving door to relativism is beginning to slow. The consequences of pretending things are other than they are are starting to stack up and jam the works.
Nowhere is this truer than in issues of gender and sexuality, especially in the increasingly bizarre world of the “transgendered.” We’re told with a straight face that some biologically male people are really female and vice versa (as an aside, don’t you love how progressives tout science in support of their ideology, except when science is inconvenient?). At first it was just that some men are really women and must “transition” to their true gender. Now we’ve moved on to the bizarro world of more than just two genders and gender being “fluid” and changing over time. So, you might be a man today and a woman tomorrow and then a man again next week, followed by some third gender the week after. When feelings trump biology there’s no end to the iterations of being that must be accommodated.
The trouble is, this nonsense is not sustainable. It soon begins to jam up the works of society proving an inconvenience even to its supporters. What, for example, do you do if you’re a left-wing feminist all women’s university and a man wants to join your ranks claiming, despite his XY chromosomes, he’s really a woman? Or how about when the same fellow wants to join the monthly meeting of the Down With the Patriarchy Club that is usually a male member free zone? It’s enough to give the president of the Gloria Steinem Fan Club a headache.
The most recent lunacy comes courtesy of the abortion lobby – no strangers themselves to pretending things are not what they really are. Worried about being exclusionary (you know, the unforgivable sin), activist Lauren Rankin thinks the abortion industry should stop promoting abortion using slogans like “the War on Women” or “Stand with Texas Women” because they exclude the men who have abortions. Wait, what? Yes, you read that right. In the bizarro world of transsexuality, men can have abortions because, of course, when a woman says she’s a man, she is one, despite the ovaries and womb that have made possible the baby growing in her body that she now wants to murder. A baby presumably conceived when she had sex with someone whose body was able to produce sperm but who may or may not have been male. This is so bizarre that columnist Katha Pollitt, despite being both pro-abortion and pro-transgender inclusion, wrote a piece arguing against Rankin’s thesis. What’s interesting is that Pollitt almost could not bring herself to write something making the obvious point that only women have abortions. Because she has been so indoctrinated by the feelings equal reality crowd, she was worried she’d “hurt and disappoint” people by sharing the bleedin’ obvious with them:
That is why I’ve started this column many times over many months and put it aside. I tell myself I might be wrong—it’s happened before.
No, Katha, I’m pretty sure you’re not wrong, only women can have abortions because only women can get pregnant.
What should our reaction to this be? On the one hand, it could cause us to despair even more for our culture. But, on the other hand, it could be a sign of hope. One can only run from reality for so long. I can pretend gravity is merely a social construct while I’m between the tenth floor and the second floor of the building I just threw myself off of but after that it becomes a harder position to maintain. I think we’re in a similar situation with sex and gender. The further from the jumping off point we get the more bizarre the claims get and the more likely they are to be seen for what they are, just so much stuff and nonsense. When even those who are inclined to agree with the left can no longer support the outlandish claims of the gender and sexuality lobby, the size-challenged cisgender female has begun to sing.
For my birthday my daughter gave me a copy of Dostoevsky’s “The Brothers Karamazov.” As I was reading it, a quote jumped off the page at me:
“The man who lies to himself can be more easily offended than anyone.”
For those invested in lies, the only protection available is to prevent truth from being heard. And, since lies cannot go head to head with truth and win, you need a secret weapon. In the arena of ideas, that secret weapon is often “offense.” It allows you to shut down discussion on almost any topic before things get out of hand. It steps between you and truth like a celebrity’s bodyguard fending off the paparazzi.
Here’s a good rule of thumb: when you encounter a topic for which only one point of view is allowed, that acceptable point of view is probably a lie. Note carefully what I’m saying. I’m not denying there are issues for which only one view is correct, far from it. I believe in the concept of absolute truth, the law of non-contradiction, etc. I’m saying if the accepted point of view is not open to challenge it’s likely because it cannot stand up to scrutiny and so must be protected some other way such as the tactic of taking offense.
Here are a few things in that category; admittedly some of these are more vehemently defended with the “I’m offended” tactic than others:
- The unborn are not people, they’re just a mass of tissue
- Abortion is healthcare
- Gender is a social construct
- It’s possible to be physically male yet really be a woman (and vice versa)
- Man-made global warming is a fact and is a threat to the planet
- Macroevolution is the explanation for all the life forms we see today.
- A relationship between two people of the same gender can be a marriage
- Minimum wage laws help the poor
- Government spending creates prosperity
- Islam is a religion of peace
I could go on. To question any of these assertions is to be offensive to many in our culture. Of course the words “I’m offended” may not always be used. You will sometimes be accused of being intolerant or misogynistic or homophobic or a greedy capitalist, etc. but those are just other ways the tactic of taking offense manifests itself.
There’s also an underlying assumption in Dostoevsky’s quote: people know they are lying to themselves about these things. Of course the transsexual or the abortionist would deny this but deep down they know truth is not on their side. That is why they are so quick to take offense. The apostle Paul speaks of this in his letter to the Romans:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. – Romans 1:18-23
Which brings us to the biggest assertion of all that this tactic is used to defend:
There is no God.
If you want to see people go from 0 to 60 on the “I’m offended” scale in nothing flat, just acknowledge God in the public square. The shortest length of time known to man is the time between when a prayer is said at a city council meeting and a lawsuit is filed by an atheist.
In the end you must expect to be labeled “offensive” if you stand for truth in our day (usually by folks who claim to hate “labels,” I might add). But when you are take heart, for when someone claims your point of view is offensive it’s likely because they have no counter arguments for it.