Is Redemption Possible?

Redemption: the action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil; an act of redeeming or atoning for a fault or mistake, or the state of being redeemed.

One problem with the Left is that they do not seem to understand human nature, and they do not believe in redemption (or that they refuse to).  They tend to view the world too simply, too black and white, too extreme (at least when it serves their purposes).  They apply their “standards of conduct” inconsistently.  People are messy and complicated and they do change — sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse.  If we’re looking for a perfectly, squeaky clean public figure, we’re going to be looking a long time.  Especially in these times and within the culture/society that most of us have grown up – most people have not reached adulthood unscathed.  [Content Warning for links – some explicit talk about child sexual abuse]

Many have pointed out the hypocrisy and inconsistency of the recent attacks on Milo Yiannopoulos.  One commentary was written by an adult child of a gay couple: Milo Yiannopoulos’ Controversial Comments Reveal Hypocrisy Within LGBT Community.  He says that some of what Milo said “is indeed shocking… But — and this is a big but: what he said is quite common in gay subculture, almost banal, though both left and right tend to downplay or hide it when they discuss policy matters.”  He goes on to say that “Everything that society has done, nodding along with the preposterous notions of the LGBT lobby out of timidity or out of gullibility, has created this horror.”

Some on the Right have disavowed or outright condemned Milo for his flaws and mistakes (and great they may be), but others seem to understand why he is as he is and believe in the possibility for redemption and change, and that allies in standing up for the truth may not always be perfect to be good allies.  From Vox Day’s “The Path of Truth:”

Most people tend to look at others where they were, and judge them by things they have done in the past, even in the distant past. That is why the Left constantly digs through long-forgotten personal histories in seeking to discredit people; to them, you will forever be whatever the worst interpretation of the worst thing you have ever done or said is. That this is patently absurd, of course, is irrelevant to them. They care nothing for the truth, they only seek to destroy. They are little satans, accusers in service to the Great Accuser.

But they are not alone. Petty people always insist on trying to force people into the box of their past. They cannot conceive of change, of personal growth, or personal improvement, and they hate it when others make them feel as if their understanding of the world is incorrect. They will never stop trying to remind even the most successful, most transformed individual of his less impressive past.


Not everyone who walks the hard and narrow path of truth is, or will become, a Christian, but it is a path that eventually leads to Jesus Christ all the same.

Milo Is A Rorschach Blot About Whom The Reaction Reveals All; the reaction to Milo Yiannopoulos is riddled with the hysteria of a witch-hunt that will embolden progressives and weaken conservatives and libertarians:”

We live in dangerous times when we fail to see people as complete human beings. Rational, emotional, spiritual, physical, and moral—human beings who are also imperfect. Where they fail in one area, they excel in another. Where they have darkness in one corner, they have light in another. Where they are wrong on some things, they are right on others. We should be honest about where they are wrong, but not blacken the whole with the stain of one spot.

But we too often don’t do that. We don’t see people with that kind of objectivity and balance because it’s easier and more expedient to see them as something other than complete human beings with a myriad of thoughts, feelings, and ideas, endowed with strengths and weaknesses. Instead, we see them as the sum total of their sin, their failures, even their deviancy, and in doing this, we leave no room for redemption, no room for grace. So, with a single word, tweet, video, or thoughtless comment, they are dismissed, delegitimized, and ultimately dehumanized.

What happens when we no longer see one another as complete, imperfect, complex human beings? What happens we see each other only as monsters? What happens when we no longer believe people can be redeemed, that they’re rot that must be expunged? What happens when we see people only in light of our political ideology, pieces on a game board to be tossed aside as if they have no dignity, no meaning?

Step into your worst nightmares, and you will get the answer. That is our future if we don’t change and start treating one another, not as tools to advance a political agenda, but as beautiful, yet fallen and woefully imperfect, human beings made in God’s image. Only then will we have peace. Only then will we all be free to be heard and understood.

Basically, our culture is, and has been for a long time, so screwed up; how can any of us be surprised by any of this?  What did people expect?


Causes for the Entitlement Epidemic

Are today’s children over-indulged and over-protected?  Does this at least in part explain what’s wrong with today’s overly-entitled young adults?  And why they need “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings?”

Vitamin N makes a lot of sense.  There’s social science to back this up and I think many people have seen it first hand too.

Sticks and Stones – I think there’s a need for balance on this one.  Some protection and helping kids deal with the cruelty of others is needed.  You can’t just abandon them to their own devices; they are kids after all with a lot of maturing to do.  I’m wondering what other causes there may be for some people growing up a lot tougher and more resilient than others.

Milo’s Press Conference

I hope this gets as much coverage as it deserves.  But it probably won’t.


In defense of Milo

It’s looking like a carefully orchestrated long-in-the-planning hit job?  They couldn’t make “nazi” or “white supremacist” stick so they had to up the ante and go for “pedophile” to shut him up.  Is it just me or has the whole world actually gone insane — or maybe this is nothing new, we’re just now becoming aware of it?  The stuff I’m reading/seeing is really playing out like some sort of crazy conspiracy theory book or movie.  But every day more evidence is piling up making it sound more convincing.

Milo’s response makes me feel sad. Milo sometimes says very stupid things, but anyone who knows anything about how his childhood and adolescence went shouldn’t be shocked.  Some people (including those who identify themselves as victims of child abuse) have claimed that the way Milo has talked about this topic and his “jokes” are coping mechanisms and that he hasn’t really dealt with any of the trauma of his past.  I  can see that.  I also think that when he talks about underage boys, he is thinking of himself as such and not thinking from the position of a protective adult or parent (things he seems to have lacked during his own childhood).  It’s all terribly sad, but having read and watched Milo for some time, none of this situation surprises me, including this:


Mike Cernovich says $250K was spent to dig up dirt on Milo and keep him out of CPAC. Cernovich is one paranoid dude, but that might be a reasonable response:

Vox Day has several responses on his blog already and has offered to publish Milo’s now-canceled book, Dangerous.  I wonder if he thinks Milo should have apologized – is this an exception to the don’t apologize rule?  Day’s story seems to line up with Cernovich’s; he reported intel that there are forces working to dig up and use dirt on many on the right and had this to say:

Keep that in mind if you feel inclined to wax indignant and turn your back in huffy righteousness on Milo, Gavin, Steve, Laura, Ann, or Anthony. Or, eventually, Mike Cernovich, Stefan Molyneux, and me. You are being played by the Left. You are, quite literally, serving their interests.

One of the worst problems with this news cycle is the hypocrisy: why not call out all those liberals who have been implicated or connected to sex crimes in some way?  Why doesn’t anyone care about Lena Dunham’s disgusting admissions about her own actions against her little sister?  There are plenty other examples.  Salon jumped on the attack Milo bandwagon and conveniently removed past pro-pedophile content.  And then there’s Jake Tapper who has been vocal in attacking Milo who is possibly linked to Podesta.  And hasn’t bothered to report or be concerned about pedophilia until now that Milo’s scandal comes out and so becomes an example of the inconsistency and hypocrisy of the left.  They ignore the horrendous sins of the leftists but attack anyone on the right who slipped up in the past in any way (and if they didn’t really, try to manufacture some scandal):


Hitler? Fascists?

Uh oh.  These things do not fit the Narrative (the Lame Stream Media Narrative, that is).

Here a German-born woman who lived during Nazi-control of Germany says Trump isn’t like Hitler at all (actually it’s some one else who reminds her of the Nazis): You’ve Heard People Compare Trump to Hitler. So We Asked a Woman Who Was Born in Nazi Germany…

Elbert Lee Guillory, former member of the Louisiana State Senate, became the first black Republican to run for the state’s legislature after switching party affiliation in 2013.  Here he is criticizing the the “protesters” at Milo’s and Gavin’s recent attempts to give talks which erupted in leftist violence.

Or maybe they’re just a joke.


Trump to Media: You lie and no one trusts you

It’s amazing how Trump called out the press in his most recent press conference  (2/16) and they turned around and did just what he said they would, that they would report negatively about the conference saying he was “ranting and raving.”  After I watched the conference, I did a search on responses quickly proving the President correct.  If you didn’t watch the whole thing yourself but only saw/read highlights filtered through the mainstream media, it paints an entirely different and largely off-putting picture of Trump and what he said.

One of the lamest things I came across was a journalist saying basically: I’m not saying he was ‘ranting and raving’ but that he “was confidently unhinged.”  This guy and many others are also not really getting some of Trump’s joking.  They have no sense of humor and take offense at everything imaginable.  Gimme a break guys.  You’re falling for it.  He’s making you look stupid to everyone except the people too dumb to realize YOU are the real purveyors of fake news.

Here’s a couple of the “least biased” commentaries:

Politico’s “Fact-Checking Donald Trump’s Feb. 16 press conference

And this from Wired about the focus on the media:How You Saw Trump’s Press Conference Depends on How You Watched

This isn’t false equivalence. The Timeses and CNNs of the world don’t have anywhere near as explicit a political agenda as the Breitbarts and Drudges. They’re not two sides. That’s what was on display in the aftermath of the press conference. They didn’t even cover the same things. They told different stories.

So which is it? Trump’s press conference was undignified, unpresidential, and weirdly directed at the media instead of the country he leads. But his supporters saw a display of power by a president sloughing off the manacles of coastal elitism. Thanks to the accelerated hyper-partisanship of a social media-powered news cycle, the country is now seeing double.


Actor encourages Hollywood elites to act on their calls of openness and generosity towards refugees.

Rober Davi to Hollywood Elite: Invite Illegal Aliens and Refugees to the Oscars:

It’s time the walls and electronic security gates come down. There are roughly 3,600 seats to the Oscars; we should have at least 2,500 seats reserved for illegal aliens, refugees and migrants, or maybe even more. For those celebrities skipping the ceremony, each should invite at least 100 illegal aliens, refugees or migrants to come to their home to watch the Oscars with them. The Academy and the Vanity Fair people should also get the 150 criminals who have recently been deported from Los Angeles and bring them to the show as honored guests.

I find it curious that when President Obama did the same exact thing — and more — in terms of enforcing the law on illegal immigration, the Hollywood elite were silent. Why were they silent then, but are so vocal now when President Trump is doing basically the same thing? Is Hollywood racist? Why — when Christians are being slaughtered in Syria, Iraq, and other places in the Middle East — is Hollywood silent?

Of course, the people that wish death upon Christians, Jews, gay people and the West are greeted with open arms by the elite in Hollywood — so why can’t they come to our Oscar parties?

Additionally, I am now pleased to announce that Hollywood and the recording industry no longer require the protection of the Men in Blue at any of their events! We do not need a country of laws; only a country of illegal immigrants, refugees and migrants. How dare we ignore the words inscribed on the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”

So now, we ask you all: please come to the Oscars on February 26th at the Dolby Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. We welcome you to our homes with open arms and love in our hearts. Together, let us celebrate the Progressive left and its policies, which have helped make blue collar America Tired, Hungry, and Poor.