A Psalm for These Times

Psalm 36

Sin speaks to the sinner
in the depths of his heart.
There is no fear of God
before his eyes.

He so flatters himself in his mind
that he knows not his guilt.
In his mouth are mischief and deceit.
All wisdom is gone.

He plots the defeat of goodness
as he lies on his bed
He has set his foot on evil ways,
he clings to what is evil…

(New American Bible translation)

 

A Crusade Led by the Broken

At the risk of turning this into an all-Milo-all-the-time blog, I have to say: Stefan Molyneux is completely wrong.

For those who haven’t the 45+ minutes to watch, Molyneux essentially tells a child abuse victim that the only way to make up for the comments that he made is to go on an anti-child abuse crusade.  And he essentially accuses Milo of lying by dismissing what he said about “boy” meaning young man.

Now Molyneux is right that the best thing to do is to expose those people that molested Milo, to bring them to justice and keep them from ever harming another child, but he is not looking at this from the point of view of a victim, especially not of one who has not dealt with the abuse.  A person who is that psychologically damaged is not likely to be able to turn around and fight.  It takes years, decades, for some people to come to grips with what happened and from what Milo has said, it looks pretty clear that he’s nowhere near that.

The issue of the gay-sex-drug-orgy Hollywood parties is even stupider.  Okay, so Milo said he went to some parties where there where lots of drugs and “very young boys.”  Molyneux turns that into “child rape parties”  and demands that Milo “name names.”  Of course Milo should name names!  We should drag it all out into the open so these people can be prosecuted and thrown in jail just like Bryan Singer was!  OH WAIT

That’s right.  NOTHING HAPPENED TO BRYAN SINGER.  Despite numerous accusations of child abuse and pedophilia in Hollywood, how many people are in jail for it?  Hows about none.  If Milo trotted out and accused a bunch of people of pedophilia, HE’S the one who would go to jail.  They’d sue him so fast it would make your head spin.  You need hard as rock evidence which no one has managed as of yet.  Hollywood protects its own.

I’m not sure what kind of mind reading powers Molyneux has that he’s able to say what Milo really meant or that Milo couldn’t possibly change his mind about comments made over a year ago in “forty-eight hours.”  There are rarely good or easy answers when it comes to dealing with child abuse.  Yes, it is abhorrent.  Yes, it must be stopped.  No, you cannot necessary hold victims responsible for how they deal with it.  They need to be healed before anyone can expect them of being capable of being able to confront what happened to them and to be able to help other people who might also have suffered.

Are we witnessing the death of Europe?

The answer increasingly appears to be yes, unless Europeans wake up and do something dramatically different than what they have been doing.  One independent journalist (thank God for those) who describes herself as a “conservative millennial” decided to visit Europe, particularly Germany, to report on conditions there (and may I add that she must be very brave to do this).  She has this to say:

“It is time for everyone to stop caring when they are called racist.  Avoiding this accusation is not more important than preventing rapes and murders serially perpetrated by Muslims…now in Western Europe. And those that are too weak to let such an accusation roll off their back, or worse perpetuate this accusation themselves become increasingly responsible for the Islamification of their countries and their own cultural demise.”

That’s just the way things go!

I hadn’t gotten around to mentioning that the hewillnotdivide.us silliness had moved (to Albuquerque of all places) when what do you know but it gets shut down again.

Shia LaBeouf cuts his anti-Trump livestream in New Mexico after shots were fired in the area – just five days after he moved the installation from New York over safety fears

Shia LaBeouf has cut his anti-Trump livestream in New Mexico after shots were fired in the area.

The actor cited safety fears when he shut down the He Will Not Divide Us installation in downtown Albuquerque – just four days after he moved the camera from Queens, New York, because of violence.

On Thursday, he wrote on Twitter: ‘We have taken the stream down after shots were reported in the area. The safety of everybody participating in our project is paramount.’

TMZ reports that police didn’t find anyone with a gun, and an all-clear was given. No one was in front of the camera at the time anyway.

The shots were heard around 2:51am, but as of 11am, the camera still remained off.

It’s unclear whether LaBeouf and his partners plan to turn the camera back on.

This is the second time that the camera has been unusable since it was installed on Saturday.

Just so long as no one gets attacked by a one nostriled man or starved crazed weasels.

(What’s really amazing about this is that I managed to spell Albuquerque right on the first try.)

 

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.

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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?