Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Don't Forget We Have to Fix Colleges!

Phonies, Creeps & Pantywaists!

Burn Me This Many Times, War on You!

Robert Oscar Lopez


The Left is crazy and currently embroiled in its own horror show of groping, doping, raping, and scraping scandals, so let's not waste time belly-aching about Doug Jones and the bodily atrocities he is sure to commit. You must give credit to scoundrels, they are too corrupt or too dumb to pretend to be anything else.


Instead let's vent about the people who are our friends, and who ran out of breath mints last night. With no more ways to hide their true political dishonesty, you have the putrid halitosis coming from the conventional "conservative" leadership quoting William F. Buckley and each other and showcasing their trappings of respectability--look, Ma! They have tenure! They're lawyers and get grants from Mystery Donors! They're trending on Amazon! Liberals invite them to parties! They get to represent "our side" on the View, on CNN, on MSNBC, in guest editorials for the Wall Street Journal, and at civilized tea-and-crumpets simulations on "bipartisan" sites like Heterodox Academy.


These are the people who have made their whole careers on telling people across America that their conservative interests are safe in their hands. They have made sure that people across America only hear from them, because they get big money from shadowy financiers who allow them to control all the platforms. They send recruiters to loiter around their alma maters and scoop up well-bred bluebloods from elite schools to groom, puff, and polish, so they can rise through the ranks of the right-wing advocacy circuit and become the next generation of conservative raconteurs.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Of Cakes and Christian Charity-A Contrarian View

Robert Oscar Lopez


If you decide to read this essay, and I hope you will, please be charitable. I believe very strongly in the conservative movement and despite my occasional bitterness, I respect conservatives who have fought for what they believe in.


The case of the cake-maker before the Supreme Court is bugging me. I have followed it as best I can. From what I can tell, if we "win" the case, we will be justifying the Obergefell decision and vindicating Anthony Kennedy by telling the world that all we really wanted was some little safe spaces where we don't have to deal with homosexuality's toxic destruction of our social order. If we "lose" the case, I can't see how the loss will make our world any worse than it is right now. The narrow, expedient argument that was required to get the wedding cake case to the Supreme Court basically threw almost everyone being oppressed by the LGBT agenda under the bus. In typical right-wing style, the built-in preference for business owners ("job creators") and disinterest in workers ("Trump voters") led to a skewed approach to religious liberty.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Case for Roy Moore

My name is Robert Oscar Lopez. I'm a Humanities professor at a seminary, a Southern Baptist, married father of two, a Christian sinner who found Jesus, and a scholar proficient in two ancient and six modern languages. But if you enter my name in Google, you won't know any of that. You will hear, instead, that I am anti-gay, anti-LGBT, virulently bigoted against gays, a hater, a blacklisted persona non grata. You will find dozens or more of my remarks twisted and misrepresented, removed from their original sequence of arguments and often presented without the provocations from opponents who prompted me to react with harsh statements. You will find several outright lies, claims that I was at rallies I never attended or that I said all gay parents were as bad as slaveholders.

God Gave Us No Shortcuts To the Truth

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Roy Moore, the Fog of Political War

Roy Moore and The Fog of Political War
Robert Oscar Lopez


I have seen multiple posts by people claiming various versions of the following statement: "Roy Moore has been credibly accused of sexual assault by multiple women who have nothing to gain from accusing him. Their accounts have been corroborated."


This is false on many levels. Anyone interested in living in a fair society needs to call the bluff of ANYONE who posts such statements, even if you like them. You can be professional and objective (not necessarily polite or civil) but you must rebuke people for engaging in this kind of clever deceit.

Monday, November 20, 2017

The live coverage videos from the Teens4Truth Conference!

If you are angry about sexual predators preying on youth, you need to get active in fighting our current educational system. The Teens4Truth conference in Fort Worth met Nov. 17-18, bringing together activists and experts from around the world to stop the excessive sexualization of our youths. The focus was mostly here the LGBT lobby because that is the political force most explicitly committed to removing the sexual limits and boundaries that have traditionally protected young people from adult sexuality. BUT they are far from the only culprit. There are many another vanguards of the Sexual Revolution working diligently in schools right now to reprogram Texas kids in order to make them less cautious and more risk-friendly in matters of sex, which will leave them open to predators and harm. Browse through these raw videos to see more. With Urban Game Change and Mass Resistance I will be working to format and repackage much of this video so it is easier to use.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Got Mercy?

I have previously written that the great crime of the LGBT community is not sodomy, but its lack of mercy. I wish to remind Christians of that.

We All Knew, including Rose McGowan, but we can all change

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Smartest Woman from Antiquity was Arguably the Most Evil. Learn from Her & Then Don't Be Like Her.




If I had to write a companion piece to this, I would write about Penelope, Helen's virtuous foil. Penelope was shrewd, resourceful, and witty, but she did so out of virtue. I think she was less smart than Helen, only because when a woman is virtuous, she has less need of contrivance and trickery. So while I think today's ladies should learn from Penelope's chastity and devotion, they can also learn a great deal by studying Helen's wiles so they are prepared for the dangers of the world in which they will have to survive.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Awesome Conversation with Janet Mefferd

I would argue, one of the most important interviews I've ever done!! Thanks, Janet!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Harvey Weinstein & The End of Queer Theory






Though we have no reason to believe Harvey Weinstein ever directed his lust toward other males, he was the epitome of queerness. In all his luxurious depravity, Harvey Weinstein did exactly what queer theory expected queerness to do.

When the idea of queer theory emerged in the early 1990s, articulated by luminaries like Michael Warner, Judith Butler, and Lisa Duggan, it was a pagan uprising that crowned RuPaul and Madonna as its festival king and queen. Both were seen as transgressors in the best possible ways. On the one hand we had RuPaul’s “appropriation” (back then, a good word) of white supermodel culture in the spirit of black “contestation” of the white male patriarchy. On the other hand we had Madonna’s “deconstruction” of gender hierarchies, a thrilling new defiance of sexual limits that combined the profits to be earned by prurient boys and the plaudits of feminist, proto-feminist, and post-feminist writers ranging from Camille Paglia to the emerging women in the hot new field of the post-Frankfurt Birmingham School’s Cultural Studies.

I was there. I was completely part of queer theory, drifting from the Ivy League into the catacombs of New York City with my flimsy BA in Political Science. Nursed on Foucault but taught to apply his culturally archaeological approaches with ironic detachment, we were primed to view anything naughty as inherently revolutionary. In an increasingly dumbed-down translation of high French theory to American pop culture, we emerged from the 1990s assuming that the more behavior scandalized or disconcerted people, the better it was. Our a priori was an encrusted and sterile world stuck in a rut, needing to be jolted into a more dynamic set of possibilities by a brave erotic Kulturkampf.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Open Letter on Our Important Mission: TELL TEENS THE TRUTH!

October 1, 2017

Dear Concerned Texans & Americans,



Robert Oscar Lopez
I am writing to tell you about a conference on November 18, 2017, in Fort Worth, that you shouldn’t miss, if you care about the future of Texan youth. Our mission is simple yet requires such bravery these days: Let’s tell teenagers the truth about sex and gender.

Not silence, where we pretend that the harmful trends are not swirling all around us (or them). Not the state-approved propaganda about tolerance and equality for all kinds of sex, families, relationships, love or [fill in the blank]. Not a “conversation” where we talk around difficult issues and scramble to avoid being called “bigots.”

Just the truth.

On November 18 in Fort Worth, on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, we will be gathering for Teens for Truth, a conference devoted to telling the truth to teens!

For this Friday night and all-day Saturday conference, we will have workshops outlining how teenagers can receive true, sound information about gender and sexuality at three levels: schools, civics, and churches. We will have special breakout groups for teens and parents. Experts on all the flashpoints in school controversy, from “born this way” to “children’s sexual rights” to “sex reassignment” and bathrooms and more, will be available to share information and materials.

As we finalize the speakers and workshop leaders, more details will be available. For now, however, please save the date. We will be arranging for special rates for youth and for group tickets. The venue is conveniently located in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. More details can be accessed at https://www.teens4truth.net/. You can follow Mass Resistance Texas at http://www.massresistancetx.com/ or at https://www.facebook.com/MassResistanceTEXAS/.

As the leader of Mass Resistance Texas, allow me to add a personal note to this announcement. As someone who spent decades in the gay and lesbian community, I know that there is a breadth of human experience there, ranging from moments of brave survival to shame and tragedy. Whether as a child with a gay parent, as a teenager drawn into homosexual activity, or as an adult making a transition out of homosexuality into a Biblical life, I never saw simplicity. It was always a complex patchwork of human needs, sorrows, and triumphs. It is good to tell young people about that world and what happens there-in other words, the truth in all its beauty and hardship. It is wrong to paint a false picture where gay people are always blameless victims, people who advise against homosexuality or transgenderism are always bigots, and the answer to everything is the Sexual Revolution.

I have worked to co-organize this event with David Pickup because he and I know that truth and only the truth can set people free, as Jesus Christ said. Please join us in furthering this mission.

Blessings,

Robert O. Lopez
Professor of Humanities

Director, MassResistance Texas

Friday, August 11, 2017

Young black man dies in the home of a gay Hillary mega-donor

The events reported in the Advocate set me off. I won't waste time typing a 2,000-word post about it--just listen to this five-minute video to understand what is so messed about this.

And know--THIS is why I fight so hard against the LGBT curriculum in schools, especially in predominantly Latino and black schools.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Liberals Are Out to Gentrify Churches

The great social sin of the left is gentrification, something that liberals are particularly heinous about. Growing up in Buffalo, I remember being quite conscious that the suburb in which I lived, Williamsville, was populated by the grandchildren or children of immigrants who at some point fled urban conditions. Still carrying inside them the Italian, Polish, German, Irish, Russian, Jewish, and Greek strivings that had brought them to America, they wanted spacious lawns, fancy cars, and shimmering pools. The generation of spoiled children of such strivers (myself included!) found Williamsville's whitewashed pretenses embarrassing and swiftly ran off to colleges where they were taught to despise their own parents' upward mobility.

Finished with college, almost none of them would move to Williamsville, even if they could afford one of the many duplexes in the town on entry-level salaries. No, no, they had to prove to WASPy America (the people who didn't strive, but just sort of existed) that they weren't tainted by the shameful compromises and failed assimilations of their grandparents.

So where did they move?

They moved to downtown Buffalo! Returning from New York City to my hometown in 1998, I found the neighborhoods like Allentown, Elmwood, and West Side overflowing with white liberals, many of whom I'd known in high school. I remembered them with upturned bangs, dungarees tapered with safety pins, and overpriced sweaters from the Limited, circa 1986, when they wouldn't be caught dead on some street like Fargo or Ferry or Franklin. But now, toting their bachelor's degrees from places like SUNY Geneseo and Niagara University, they were reborn as über gay-friendly, metrosexual artsy parvenus, the hipsters immortalized in fin-de-siècle studies like Urban Families. They'd spent their teenage years distinguishing themselves from uncultivated peers by showing they had more money, less ethnic habits, and stauncher Republican values than those they condescended to. Now, still the snobs but in different apparel, they were spending their young adulthood distinguishing themselves from uncultivated peers by showing that they knew people at bodegas, could score pot on the West Side, and could eat with chopsticks.

This is how gentrification works. It's a horrible white liberal game. First, there's a stage where a young white liberal is born, usually in some painfully monochrome suburb where people argue about lawn care, get riled up about school board elections, and still go to church. The white liberal will later reject all the outward appearances of such a dull life, but the white liberal will never reject the craving to be better than neighbors: more of something--more hip, more educated, more successful, more popular, more stylish.

At some point the white liberal's parents send the little parvenu off to college, where the white liberal meets people who grew up in Manhattan. Suburb shame sets in. The white liberal feels the poisonous class guilt for four years, dreading the moment when Mom and Dad will come for graduation and talk about their used car dealership or civil service job in front of classmates.

With diploma in hand, the white liberal wants to move to some area where he will be around other white liberals and will get cable access, decent internet service, safe transit, and affordable rents. But he must have other stuff too, which is less tangible: moral credit for living somewhere rugged, some interaction with expressive ethnic people, and close proximity to homosexuals who go "antiquing."

The neighborhood that will best fit these requirements is often a place like the West Side of Buffalo, where I was born way back in 1971. There are historic homes where white liberal men can learn how to fix pipes and revive their fading sense of masculinity. On their block they will interact with Puerto Ricans, Vietnamese people, homosexuals, and a few black folks. They will feel oddly at home because it reminds them of their ethnic grandparents who immigrated a gazillion years ago to just such a run-down neighborhood. They will feel, however, safely removed from the stifling conformity they associate with their bourgeois parents and their Weight Watchers, cable satellites on the roof, and tacky gazebos.

There is a problem with this model of gentrification. It's great for landlords, zoning regulators, and white liberals. But it drives up the rent and turns otherwise normal neighborhoods into neurotic extensions of the university multicultural centre (spelled "re" not "er"). Suddenly white liberals want to become your friend but they can't help lecturing you about how oppressed you should feel and how you should join this or that urban movement for world peace, gay marriage, or Planned Parenthood. As the rents get higher, old greasy-spoons close down, and fake ethnic diners with overpriced menus abound, you make the decision my immigrant wife and I made in 2002--we decided to move out of the West Side of Buffalo and back to Williamsville, where I could get a break from the gentrification.

In the same way that white liberals have gentrified cities, they gentrified schools, the military, and businesses. Basically, anything that can be spurned and then suddenly deemed relevant in the mind of the ever-anxious and constantly evolving white liberal. Look at how the Intelligence Community and its 17 Big Brother organs have gone from being the greatest evil of the Bush Era to the perpetually cited authorities on Russian election fraud in the Trump Era. The CIA got gentrified.

So now, as I discuss in this video below, the last great frontier to be gentrified is church. HILLARY CLINTON WANTS TO BECOME A METHODIST MINISTER. Oh my heavens! They're treating Christianity like an urban renewal project to score political points. We must stop this. If they ruin the churches there will be nowhere for us to go.

Monday, July 24, 2017

My appeal to Latin America: Choose kids' rights over adult politics!

The case for building a border wall with Canada too!

It is commonplace to offer proof of racism among Donald Trump's supporters by pointing out that his most popular campaign promise involved building a wall between Mexico and the United States.

I have resisted this racist designation for quite some time, not merely because I am Latino and support immigration enforcement, but also, because the attribution of "racism" makes little sense in this context.

As I pointed out in an open letter to Donald Trump, the people who promote open borders have repeatedly tied DACA status (deferred action for childhood arrivals) to the immigrants' remaining enrolled in colleges...which miraculously benefits colleges & universities while not resolving the DACA people's status so they can actually work legally. See here:

http://englishmanif.blogspot.com/2016/12/trump-say-no-to-janet-napolitano-and.html

This looks and smells like exploitation and racism, insofar as the people pushing DACA and "Dream Act" policy are using a large nonwhite population to make money for their struggling campuses, based on the irrational premise that the best thing for anybody brown-skinned is to cut ties to their functional home countries in the Third World in favor of lifelong citizenship in the majority-white United States.

A year ago I pointed out the following:

True malevolence adores secrecy and dissembling. More often than not, racial injustice thrives under disguises of condescension, exploitation, and mental manipulation.  Higher educationHollywood, and big-city bureaucracies are the biggest foes of Black Lives Matter despite the fact that they are universally led by Democrats who claim to love and defend people of color.
"Racism" does not mean saying insensitive things. It means doing harmful things to people of color.  It is not racist to speak frankly about border security.  In 2006, Barack Obama voted for H.R. 6061, which allocated $1.2 billion for 700 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.  Seven hundred miles is long enough to insult Latin Americans but short enough to entice them to come through the massive gaps left open.  What harms immigrants of color more – clarity about future prospects, or mixed messages that might lead them to spend their family's only money on a human smuggler?
A wall between the United States and Mexico sends exactly the right "message": these are two different countries with different ways of thinking, and their peoples should flourish by building their homelands into great nations rather than by being exported en masse from dysfunctional governments that do not want to change to a dysfunctional government that does not know what it wants.
Ditto on Islamophobia
"Racism" does not mean expressing reservations about the mutual benefits between a nation founded on Judeo-Christian values and immigrants who adhere to Islam, a religion practiced by people practicing ethnic cleansing and even genocide against Jews and Christians in those immigrants' home countries.
There is a profound racism embedded in the notion that the best thing for any Latino or Muslim is to settle permanently in the United States.  In being naturalized, they sever their ties to the civilization from which they came and assimilate into the Democrats' toxic liberal brew of consumerism, iPods, abortion, sodomy, fornication, pornography, marijuana, and atheism.  Shame me though it does to say it, this mix is American culture, which I should know – I was born in the United States and have been fighting the left's influence on popular culture for most of my life.
If the prevailing forces on the American left are so incensed by a Christianity that celebrates chastity, complementary gender roles, and strict family values, why on Earth are they promising Muslims that they will be happy settling in the very country the left strives to secularize?
Is free in-state tuition to California State University, Los Angeles, where a near riot exploded simply because Ben Shapiro was invited to deliver a speech, so important that a Moroccan family should forever forsake their rituals and Arab traditions and move to Sherman Oaks, California?  If they try to keep their values alive while living in Los Angeles, the Democrats will turn a deaf ear to the complaints that their daughters are getting abortions and dressing like tramps while their sons are dyeing their hair green and loitering outside gay nightclubs…just like white liberal Americans.
Is it more racist to say, "You come from a beautiful home country that needs your talent and hard work" or "Come to America so you can change and become just like Miley Cyrus and George Clooney"?

The basic point still stands. It isn't racist to believe that Latino or Muslim countries are places where Latinos and Muslims can live and flourish. It is racist to insist that Latinos and Muslims can only be happy by becoming citizens of an English-speaking, mostly white country and by turning into fledgeling little liberals.

But my argument--while very sensible!--has not taken off.

So I was happy to find another occasion to push a different, albeit stronger, rebuttal to the charge that supporters of border enforcement are racist.

What would you say if I told you that I feared another country's cultural decay far more than Mexico's problems--and that other country is a nominally Christian, overwhelmingly white nation that belongs to the British commonwealth.

I am speaking, of course, of Canada!

Consider these photographs coming out of Canada recently:




The white, European-descended leader of Canada, Justin Trudeau, rose to power from undistinguished achievements as a resort-hopping pretty boy, based on the white patriarchy writ large. Less qualified to lead Canada than most Puerto Rican high school dropouts from the Bronx, he had the good luck to be the son of a Canadian prime minister well known from the 1970s. We already have creepy left-wing dynasties in California and New York with the Browns and Cuomos, haunting us from the decades of Pierre Trudeau's reign of decadence. And we have the Bush family's father-son team, which people resoundingly rejected by booting Jeb! from the Republican primaries. We don't want a neighboring country, which still belongs to the Queen of England's Commonwealth, further romanticizing the thought of a modern-day royal family.

But putting aside all these anti-democratic forms of "white privilege" surrounding Justin Trudeau, there is a deeper problem, which I think warrants the building of a wall between the United States and Canada.

Canada is becoming Sodom, and Justin Trudeau is more debauched and depraved on sexuality issues than any leader in the Western Hemisphere. See the photographs of him dragging his (unhappy) toddler sons to a pride parade where they have to salute rainbow flags and see sundry perversions all around them. Why is the prime minister of Canada trucking with men walking around in leather harnesses and jockstraps, never mind bringing his sons there?

And what leader of a democratic nation would in his right mind salute a rainbow flag, which posits the political supremacy of a small minority group's chosen form of sexual gratification? That the gays have planted their flag in official places, granting their movement a political solidity no other progressive group claims, is quite concerning. We do not salute an abortion flag, an amnesty-for-immigrants flag, or a climate change flag. Even worse is the idea of saluting sodomy. Literally, the flag is Sodom's banner. And Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, is saluting it and forcing his sons to do the same!

This is cultural rot that we need to stop from spreading like mold to the United States. We have enough problems with Sodom's ubiquitous rise in the United States, without importing large numbers of these white domestic terrorists working to overthrow Old Glory to replace it with a rainbow flag honoring anal sex, sex toys, and violations of Biblical chastity.

So as you see, I am not a racist. I want walls built wherever there is a danger to the homeland. We should start building that wall from Bangor to Seattle, tout de suite.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Robert Lopez's Testimony before Texas State Senate on SB-3

Dear Lawmakers,

Thank you for giving me the chance to share this testimony. My name’s Robert Lopez, professor of Humanities at Southwestern Baptist, and I support SB-3.

I have been immersed in the gay community since the early 1970s. I grew up with a gay mom and worked in the mental health clinic she ran from my early teens. I was initiated into sodomy at age 13 by older teens and didn’t get out of the gay community until I was 28. I was hounded, harassed, defamed, threatened, and blacklisted by many gay groups, including the Human Rights Campaign, with the result that in 2016 I was forced out of a tenured faculty position and came to Texas with my wife & children, hoping to find refuge from the gay juggernaut. My crime? I told the ugly truth about what I’d seen in the gay community from the 1970s to the 2010s.

Please consider the context of the efforts to support transgender minors who transition. You are being told that an urgent need exists to help a community that suffered injustice and might resort to suicide or self-harm if their demands are not granted. You are being told that the suffering community is completely innocent, targeted because of irrational bigotry.

This continues a pattern of lies.

In the 70s, these groups promised that once their sexuality was not a crime or stigmatized, they would flourish. Several years later an AIDS epidemic broke out. The activists who wrongly predicted no medical problems with rampant homosexuality proceeded to blame Ronald Reagan and homophobia for a disease that they spread through indiscriminate sodomy.

By the early 90s attention shifted to the military. First with Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, then with its repeal, gay activists promised that open gayness would pose no problems. But after the repeal in 2010, sexual assaults increased, especially same-sex assaults, as did the suicide rate. Without addressing this harm, the activists moved to push for transgender service and integrated showering and billets, even amid the crisis of sexual assault.

By the late 90s, we saw alarming eating disorders caused by gay men’s unhealthy fixation on beauty standards, suicide, drug addiction, domestic violence, steroid abuse, depression, and anxiety. They claimed this wasn’t the fault of gays but of Christian bigotry. They said all could be solved with civil unions, which soon morphed into gay marriage, which then morphed into gay adoption, which then morphed into compulsory changes to school curriculum, elimination of Father’s Day, gender-neutral birth certificates, a boom in paid surrogacy, and fines and penalties on people who expressed opposition to gay marriage on the job or off. Most visible effects of gay marriage have been punitive-life is not better for gays but harder for those considered anti-gay.

In the late 90s, activists said they just wanted to be left alone and allowed to visit each other in the hospital. Soon they declared war on ex-gays and closeted gays, launching a movement to abolish any counseling to people to resist homosexual impulses, even if impulses resulted from abuse. I just returned from York, England, where at gay groups succeeded in getting the Anglican synod to ban prayers for Christians trying to overcome gay impulses. They now have a transgender liturgy.

We can’t take any claims about transgender students at face value. You have to pass this bill because the gay movement is pushing transgender policies in schools and municipalities and will advance quickly absent resistance. Not passing a statewide law preserving normal bathroom policy is the same as a green light for them to force transgenderism onto millions of Texans who don’t want their daughters’ private spaces invaded by this—not because they are bigots, but because they have common sense.

When they say that nobody will be harmed or inconvenienced by transgender policy, they are lying as they lied about every other pro-gay initiative in the past. We will see no benefits for transgenders, abuses we can’t fully foresee, and punishments against those who voice dissent.
  
Learn from the past. Please, please, pass this bill.

Respectfully,


Robert Oscar Lopez, PhD
President, Mass Resistance Texas
Professor of Humanities
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary


Friday, July 14, 2017

My remarks at Church of England's general synod in York July 2017


Monday, July 3, 2017

James Martin's Bridge to Trauma & Bad Memories


Phillis Wheatley
Phillis Wheatley did not paint a happy picture of memory in "On Recollection." She visualizes Memory as a mischievous goddess, who bears wisdom but also a "cup of wormwood."

"Days, years misspent! O what a hell of woe!" Phillis Wheatley says of Memory, adding, that "hers are the worst tortures that our souls can know."

I studied Wheatley extensively for my dissertation and the first scholarly book I published, The Colorful Conservative. Like so much other great poetry, hers has impressed its deeper meanings gradually on me as I have aged. Now, in this summer of 2017, her words have sunk in. It is truly like drinking a poisoned cup when you are plunged into days, years misspent, and you relive--because of Memory--painful times that you have no power to undo.

My "birth family" (I use the term to distinguish from my wife and children, who are a completely different case from what I am to describe) finds itself in the throes of a number of crises. I will not expose people's intimate details but stressful events have made it necessary for me to have a great deal of contact with siblings, cousins, uncles, aunts, and the whole host of extended relatives who made my Catholic childhood the miserable mess of confusion that nearly ruined me.

And now, because of the Trump era's peculiar blend of freakish news stories hot in the press, I find the difficult re-connection with old family ties combining with media overload to make me feel like I am drowning in Memory's wormwood. Think of what is big right now in the politically polarized news cycles: LGBT ideology amplified into a global totalitarian dystopia, higher education melting like scrap metals in a cauldron, loads of insane "investigations" dominating the news, Christianity and Judaism careening into theological bedlam, racism.

See here:




Oh gee! That's a bummer! Those happen to be all the issues that framed my tumultuous life for 45 years!

It is as though four and a half decades of my life threw up, and the chunks of vomit got stuck all over twitter. I was raised by a divorced woman in a lesbian relationship with another divorced woman, and I myself jumped into homosexual sex at the age of 13, staying there until the age of 28. My profession is higher education, where I lived through a nightmarish academic-freedom case and had to leave a tenured position. What was the nightmare about? I was beaten down with phony accusations from a clique of Clinton Global Initiative lackeys who tricked me, among other things, to run an intelligence grant that provoked vicious protests from people on campus. With Kamala Harris as the bumbling Attorney General, I went through years of the Clintonesque, Comeyite, Loretta-Lynch-like investigations based on nothing, until finally I left the academy in a horrible case of academic freedom gone haywire. 

Days, years misspent! Preach it, Phillis-I know exactly what you mean. Almost every gross news story can be answered with a been there/done that from me.

But two stories from the religious world are particularly unsettling. One is the Southern Baptist Convention's passing of a resolution condemning racism and the "alt-right," which is of course a slam against Trump supporters engineered by highly placed Baptists still mad at the election and hoping to hang on to their ties to the liberal establishment, which they cultivated by carefully playing to Obama and Clinton for years. More on this will result in an article, which I hope to publish soon.


The other is far more sinister--the push by Jesuit James Martin to force the Catholic Church to "build a bridge" to the LGBT community. By now the old adage that you must speak truth in love has been done to death. The Catholics, like all Christian groups, have for decades couched their Biblical sexuality in the language of healing, spiritual love, etc., emphasizing that we love all children of God and want all God's creations to be delivered from sins like homosexuality. Arguments on Twitter serve as a fair approximation of the way gay groups have leveraged their own testimonials about being bullied to guilt-trip the church. When blasting "anti-gay" people who want the Church to hold true to Scripture, two arguments are presented from foul-mouthed pro-gay Twitter militants:

1) Gays have been bullied and called mean names, as they can tell you from their painful memories of high school when cruel peers called them sissies and picked on them for the way they talked.
2) The Catholic church had a sex abuse scandal so any Christian (even someone like me with a Twitter name literally "Baptist4Freedom") must never say anything about homosexuality under threat of having copious links to exposes about pedophile priests flung onto one's Twitter timeline.

While James Martin has some arguments that rise slightly above the juvenile brinksmanship of these two emotional blackmail games, he is not really much more complex. He functions on the basic level of naivete, pretending that the gay community is something it isn't. He sees the gay community as well-intended people who have suffered too much and never done anything wrong, and who just want to be loved and comforted by the full spiritual blessing of the Church. Starting with this two-dimensional fantasy, he suggests that Catholics engage highly paid political strategists from the self-appointed LGBT leadership, who have a ruthless history of crushing all opposition to their egotistical quest for sexual gratification without any criticism or self-constraints, in order to follow their advice about how best to make the church atone for the past sin of causing harm to gay kids. Their advice, unsurprisingly, happens to encourage large numbers of young impressionable people to experiment with gay sex, identify as gay, and support the gay community's political causes, while taking no action that's ever shown a track record of relieving gay-identified adults of their horrendous rates of suicide, depression, anxiety, loneliness, anorexia, bulimia, overeating, steroid abuse, drug addiction, sex addiction, alcoholism, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual assault, domestic violence, and emotional abuse.

James Martin, with all due respect--I know very well about what awaits you on the other side of the bridge you are saying you want to build. It isn't a bevy of new doe-eyed Christians clamoring to get close to Jesus if only the church could not beat them up and condemn them for urges beyond their control. No group, especially one lacking a collective history of oppression akin to the abuses precipitating the black civil rights movement, is ever that pure and simple. The bridge you want to build will eventually connect to an emotionally afflicted but highly organized political camp that has dominated the media, education, culture and fashion for half a decade--and which has been, for a whole generation, well placed in the most powerful echelons of law, business, government, and the military.

Build the bridge, and they will pour over the bridge into your church, take it over, add it to their list of vassal institutions, corrupt it, and turn the religion into a mockery of itself.

To understand why all this is, let's revisit the 2 basic arguments pro-gay people give for wanting the Catholic Church to celebrate and affirm gay people.

1. Lots of gay people have unhappy memories of being bullied as kids.
2. The Catholic church had an inglorious history of protecting priests who molested boys.

It's hard to build a bridge when all the plans for the bridge are disconnected and disjointed. If this bridge were a good idea, you would have to prove:

1. That a new Christianity, which encourages people to engage in sodomy, would result in happier and more faithful Christian souls.
2. That there really is a large contingent of aspiring Christians who were born gay and have no choice but to engage in gay sex.
3. That there exists a gay community willing to engage in dialogue with dignity and respect, and which has proven its ability to have a good-faith dialogue with those who have dissenting views.

I can't even get to the end of #1 above, let alone #3, without dying of uncontrollable laughter. Nobody can solemnly argue for 1-3 above, because:

1. Anal sex is gross and two men have no choice but to engage in it all the time, resulting in unsanitary bedding, bleeding, long-term damage to each others excretory system, absolute chosen infertility, the spread of diseases, and generally unpleasant sexual experience...for their whole lives! The Bible isn't naive about anal sex-it bans it and classes it with bestiality, child sacrifice, and incest as the worst possible of sins, in Leviticus. (And no, it doesn't list sodomy alongside eating shellfish-sodomy falls under the highest class of abominations, which Jesus does NOT override as one might argue He does with dietary or ceremonial laws.) It is in Leviticus that the line appears, "do not take revenge or bear a grudge against members of your community but love your neighbor as yourself" (Leviticus 19:18), which I am sure few people would want to dismiss as just Old Testament grouchiness, old wine for old wineskins. Why would we want to "affirm" a practice the Bible condemns and which our own common sense can observe as harmful? Are people born with the absolute needs to damage their own bowels? No! From the centrality of an act that is really unpleasant span many other effects--the addictions, the self-harming worries about beauty, the difficulty with monogamous supportive relationships--because gay male culture constructs itself on men uniting with other men to do something that doesn't bring long-term joy or togetherness.

2. In his letter to the Romans, Paul says not to conform to the ways of this world and to renew our minds. Jesus says that to follow Him you must deny yourself; He also says sexual immorality defiles a man. Overwhelmingly Christianity tells us to overcome desires except those--like the covenant of marriage--that can bring us closer to, and please, Jesus Christ. I see no defensible leap from these central tenets to the claim that a certain class of people must be applauded and honored for carnal desires that are nowhere applauded in scripture, because they can't deny themselves, they can't reform their minds, and they must conform to the sexual practices of their gay friends whom they have sex with. Like, no, dude. This is a complete non-starter.

3. As I outlined and provided many links to in this earlier piece, the sad reality is that the gay community exists as a particular subculture, one marked by histrionic politics, gossip-based empowerment strategies, pathological obsessions with youth and status, and unrelenting viciousness and vulgarity. Pro-gay people have sent me messages calling me a "fat and inbred creature who should go kill yourself," "a piece of shit," "an ugly moron," etc.--we are talking, tweets in the hundreds. The least of this subculture's incompatibilities with Christian theology is the actual sex act. The fact that the culture is unforgiving, unloving, gossiping, backstabbing, and many other unchristian things, poses the role problem. See this excerpt from the piece I wrote in May, in which I list the critical evils Paul warned would result from rampant uncritical homosexuality. This list has largely come true:

Tier 1: Misbehaviors: unrighteousness, evil, greed, wickedness, envy, murder, quarrels, deceit, malice. 

Tier 2: "Identities" of people who have become their sins: gossips, slanderers, God-haters, arrogant, proud, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, and unmerciful. No, all these documented problems are not isolated or atypical events with no relation to "who gay people are." This is the gay culture, on which the "gay community" is built. If you carry on with an acknowledgement that actions are homosexual but people are simply male or female with no identity based on sexual orientation, you can be kind and loving and save people while still fighting valiantly against the affront to God, which is the rampant act, not particular human beings. Gay is what some choose to do, not who anybody is. 

There's nothing there to build a bridge to. The best way to bring the gospel to people in the LGBT community is to get them out of the community, encourage them to drop the gay label, show them that their only label is child of God, and do not involve ANYONE who "speaks for" the gay community or who has shown complicity with all the problems mentioned above.

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But what about the 2 claims I discussed earlier, which people skeptical of James Martin are sure to encounter?  These are harder to dispel because, while not rhetorically coherent, they are very emotional and draw on Memory, the wormwood of Wheatley's poems:

1. Gays have been bullied and are hurting.
2. The Catholic church protected pedophiles.

Let me address these carefully below.

The problem is that even when I was a child in the 1970s, the antigay bullies who picked on kids in school weren't quoting Scripture or doing what Catholic priests told them to do. They were usually arrogant jocks or "ruffians" (to quote the Smiths) who were as likely to mock male virgins practicing chastity as they were to mock boys deemed homosexual.

Much of the bullying that colors the minds of gay-identified adults came from people who forced a gay label on them when they weren't ready for it. In many cases, it was never a real label to begin with. Young boys with high voices, who play with dolls, who talk with their hands, or who aren't good at sports, were often called sissy and other gay-related slurs. People assumed they were gay because they were unmanly and girls were uninterested in them.

But here is the thing: both mean straight bullies and gay people engage in this kind of abuse, telling people they must be gay based on stereotypes. When I was a boy, straight boys rarely commented on or speculated about my sexuality. It was gays who constantly forced me into gay identity, often to coax me into having sex.

So the answer to the painful memories of bullying is not to "affirm" LGBT and its "born that way" ideology, since this is the very logic underlying the abusers who tell effeminate boys that they have to be gay and have no future other than as homosexuals. Affirming the popular LGBT rhetoric encourages bullying and becomes part of the abuse.

Second, regarding the history of Catholic church abuse, it is important not to lose sight of what we must learn from such history. The Catholic church erred egregiously by refusing to admit there was abuse going on in the institution's ranks, and by silencing victims in the interest of protecting the Church's name. There should have never been so much unsupervised mentorship between priests with same-sex attractions and teenage boys. As I explained in this article in 2013, the gay community is absolutely retreading the same mistakes. The high-profile controversy surrounding Milo Yiannopoulous became a missed opportunity, a warning sign ignored.

Groups like the Human Rights Campaign are pushing for highly sexualized curriculum for toddlers and children, while the boom in Gay Straight Alliances has created many unsupervised mentoring relationships between gay adults and children who are being, effectively, groomed for homosexuality. There are many cases of these precarious mentoring relationships turning into sexual molestation, not to mention the daunting statistics on rapes in the military, where we see that male-male molestation can occur on a massive scale if a culture becomes sexualized and no safeguards exist in vulnerable situations.

The statistic that should cause everyone to stop and think is this: Infections are spiking among boys aged 13-19, and 95% of these cases involve HIV- boys being sodomized by someone HIV+. Epidemiologically the odds lean towards the probability that the HIV+ sodomizer has more life history and has had time to pick up the virus, which means... this is a wave of older men molesting boys. (It is actually hard to pass on HIV, and it usually is transmitted about 1 out of every 130-150 times a person engages in passive anal sex.)

The gay community's reaction to reports of abuse has mirrored the horrible reaction from the Vatican over the sex abuse cases it dealt with--again, in the name of protecting the gay brand, victims are silenced, they are told they wanted this sexual exploitation or they wanted it or it is who they are, and then gay activists continue to claim there is no problem. Some have claimed that gays are not an institution so can't be held liable, but this betrays a flaw in the LGBT community's thinking--they have no sense of duty to each other and feel little need to protect the weakest among them, making them worse than Catholics.

If Martin gets the bridge he seeks, he will be merging the gay and Catholic histories of sex abuse in a perfect storm of moral disaster.

I've seen this before. I remember this entire sad arc. I paid the price for poor guidance, corrupted mentorship, confused morals, and the Catholic church's lack of discernment. I left the Catholic Church because by my thirties I had too many memories of authority figures showing no responsibility for the moral and spiritual development of the church's children. I left the LGBT community for exactly the same reason. Phillis Wheatley's cup of wormwood never disappeared.