Do Nothings

Vox linked to an article the other day which is relevant both to the Christendom thing and some discussions I’ve been having lately.

*Sigh* No, Being A Christian Does Not Require You Meekly Submit To Leftist Tyranny

Now, let’s understand this basic concept – Jesus was not some sort of whiny wimp who refused to confront the establishment and took comfort in his own righteousness while leaving others to do the heavy lifting. Jesus made people angry, because that’s what happens when you defy bad people. Being a Christian does not mean that you have to shrug and let the likes of Hillary Clinton be elected so she and her minions can fire up her anti-faith pogrom against those of us who dare worship God and not the elite she represents. Maybe you didn’t notice, but they do not accept the concept that we have any legitimate interests or rights. They hate us. And, if we are weak and stupid enough to allow them to take power, they will act on their bigotry and prejudices. Baking cakes is only the start.

Resistance is not merely an option. It is a duty. And resistance to evil – because the desire to suppress our faith is evil – is not somehow unchristian because it can be aesthetically displeasing. Fighting back is not always pretty. Jesus cleared the temple of moneychangers. He made a mess and got people angry. He didn’t sit on the sidelines and write ponderous articles lambasting the people tossing over the tables because “We’re better than that.”

Wimp Jesus is not the real Jesus.  Jesus wasn’t nice.  Now, a friend of mine said to me the other day that while of course Jesus did some mean things, like calling people names or attacking them with a whip, we have to remember that He did it with perfect charity and knowledge, because He’s God and can know when it’s appropriate to do such things.  This is true.  However, the implication I got was this meant that we can’t know when it’s appropriate to do these things.  Maybe my friend didn’t mean it quite like that but that’s what I got.  Regardless, it’s also important to remember that everything Jesus did in the Bible is an example to us of what to do and how to act.  If we were incapable of knowing when we could morally perform an action, then I don’t believe Jesus would have done it.

Your typical conservative, however, wants you to remember that we should be kind and accepting of freaks and deviants who want to ruin your lives and corrupt your children.

Though transgenderism is a far rarer phenomenon than homosexuality, I think most adults could admit it does seem like a rather persistent aspect of humanity. Most can probably recall a transgender person making at least some minor appearance in their life. If we concede that transgenderism is not going away, and is not something anyone intends to exert effort toward ending, then Americans, especially conservative ones, should reflect on our culture’s honest and fair attitude toward homosexuality and acknowledge that the most sensible path out of the present acrimony will probably require similar compromise.

Part one of the compromise will be borne by cultural conservatives and traditionalists. It asks for broad tolerance for the reality that transgender men and women exist, and are entitled to basic human dignity, just like everyone else. This does not mean having to morally endorse behavior many may believe runs contrary to God’s plan for a just and healthy society, but it does imply that acts like ostentatiously calling people by pronouns they don’t want, or belittling their personal struggle, are boorish and petty. It means acknowledging that arbitrary discrimination against transgender people is a cruel bigotry like any other.

It hurts gay and trannies’ feelings to tell them that they’re freaks and that you’re not going to kiss the ground on which they stand, so we can’t do that, oh, no.  This is where niceness leads.  This is where inaction leads.

“Good” people sit around and congratulate themselves on how they’re not going to do anything mean to anyone and remind everyone that these are just broken people who need to be shown love.  Well, we have seen how effective this strategy is.  We can argue certainly on which ways to fight back are moral or most useful but we have to realize that passively standing around and loving someone does not do anything.  Because even the people who claim to be on our side are telling us to SHUT UP AND BAKE THE CAKE BIGOT.

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The Black Conservative who isn’t

Joy Villa made quite a splash when she wore a MAGA dress.

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Now, not only is she accusing Corey Lewandowski of “sexual assault” but she’s going to run for congress!  Oh, and she was also caught on tape sexually assaulting a man in the same way she accused Lewandowski.

Daily Mail: EXCLUSIVE: ‘Joy Villa slapped MY butt – she’s an opportunist playing loose with the truth.’ Pro-Trump singer accusing campaign chief of sex assault seen on video hitting man on rear – and he says she lied that it was consensual 

A pro-Trump signer who claims she was sexually assaulted by his campaign manager who ‘slapped her a**’ did the same to a businessman while drinking at a party, the man has told DailyMail.com.

Joy Villa was caught on video slapping George Harris’s rear after saying that she ‘wasn’t afraid to grab them by the p***y’.

The slap was videoed in Las Vegas in September, months before she alleged to police that Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager, sexually assaulted her in the same way.

On Friday Harris, who owns a tequila brand, told DailyMail.com that he had not consented to the attack and accused her of lying that he had when a short clip of the video was published by The Wrap.

In addition to being a hypocrite, she’s apparently a Scientologist too.

INTERVIEW: Former Scientologists Speak Out Against Joy Villa, ‘She Lies!’

Following massive controversy surrounding Scientologist Joy Villa accusing Corey Lewandowski of sexual assault — former members are blasting the singer for not standing up against the abuse within the organization. They also spoke to the Gateway Pundit to debunk claims that she has publicly made about Christianity being compatible with Scientology.
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Melissa Paris, a former high-level member turned outspoken advocate against the organization, publicly blasted the singer.

“Does that include all of us Scientologists that were sexually abused in the cadet and sea org? I’m one of those survivors, as is @ChrissieBixler. So do you have our backs or does it not apply to us because you’re a scientologist?” Paris demanded to know, which lead to her being blocked by the potential Congressional candidate.
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Villa, a member of the church of Scientology for seven years, has repeatedly claimed that she is Christian and that you can hold that religion while also being a Scientologist. She has explained that this works because Scientology is a philosophy, not a religion, and therefore the two do not interfere.

Leah Remini says no.

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Villa’s not the first black/POC “conservative” to turn out to be a fake.  Maybe people shouldn’t be so quick to jump to support these people simply because they’re not white.

Disavow! Disavow! Disavow!

Gavin McInnes HAS TO GO BACK

If this isn’t a a good reason to disavow conservatism once and for all, I don’t know what is.  We have to disavow the alt-right and go back to promoting “socially liberal and fiscally conservative values”?!  That’s conservatism?  No wonder we’re losing.  If that’s what Gavin wants, okay, but he needs to go back to Canada and try to make it work there, not tell Americans what to do.

Also, Gavin, the name “Proud Boys” is gay.  Sorry.

 

Buckley Should Have Listened

George Will notices that bad people are getting conservatism dirty.

Conservatism is soiled by scowling primitives

In 1950, the year before William F. Buckley burst into the national conversation, the literary critic Lionel Trilling revealed why the nation was ripe for Buckley’s high-spirited romp through its political and cultural controversies. Liberalism, Trilling declared, was “not only the dominant but even the sole intellectual tradition” in mid-century America because conservatism was expressed merely in “irritable mental gestures.” Buckley would change that by infusing conservatism with brio, bringing elegance to its advocacy and altering the nation’s trajectory while having a grand time.

Today, conservatism is soiled by scowling primitives whose irritable gestures lack mental ingredients. America needs a reminder of conservatism before vulgarians hijacked it, and a hint of how it became susceptible to hijacking.
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[Buckley], to his credit, befriended Whittaker Chambers, whose autobiography “Witness” became a canonical text of conservatism. Unfortunately, it injected conservatism with a sour, whiney, complaining, crybaby populism. It is the screechy and dominant tone of the loutish faux conservatism that today is erasing Buckley’s legacy of infectious cheerfulness and unapologetic embrace of high culture.

Chambers wallowed in cloying sentimentality and curdled resentment about “the plain men and women” — “my people, humble people, strong in common sense, in common goodness” — enduring the “musk of snobbism” emanating from the “socially formidable circles” of the “nicest people” produced by “certain collegiate eyries.” Buckley, a Bach aficionado from Yale and ocean mariner from the New York Yacht Club, was unembarrassed about having good taste and without guilt about savoring the good life.

Of course a Yalie elitist is so much better than a back-to-the-land bumpkin farmer–regardless of said bumkin’s own “good taste” or education.  There’s a funny thing, however, about him attacking the “sour, whiney, complaining, crybaby populism” of Whittaker Chambers.  First of all, the idea that Witness is the “canonical text of conservatism” is absurd.  Chambers described himself as “a man of the right” explicitly stating he was NOT a conservative.  There are more than a few passages in Witness that struck me as being close to a proto-alt-right take on things.  All the more reason for Will to hate him.  But most interesting of all is a quote from Chambers included in the forward to the 50th anniversary edition of Witness written by Buckley himself.

[I]f the Republican Party cannot get some grip on the actually world we live in and from it generalize and actively promote a program that means something to the masses of people–why somebody else will.  Then there will be nothing to argue.  The voters will simply vote Republicans into a singularity.  The Republican Party will became like one of those dark little shops which apparently never sell anything.  If, for any reason, you go in, you find at the back an old man, fingering for his own pleasure some oddments of cloth.  Nobody wants to buy them, which is fine because the old man is not really interested in selling.

It’s a wonder Buckley didn’t write him out of the conservative movement–perhaps it is Chambers denial of the lable that saved him.  But it’s more the wonder that Buckley could have included this in his reminiscence and been completely unaware of its implication.  Even fifty years ago Chambers could see where the Republicans were headed.  They haven’t got anything meaningful for the masses and they will be replaced.  Buckley should have listened.

Then again maybe he did.  Maybe he simply didn’t care.  For as Vox Day, one of those scowling primitives, writes, Buckley “was, without question, a significant part of the problem; he was no true soldier of the Right, but rather, the treacherous captain of the Left’s Cuckservative Guard.”  He built up conservatism all right–a conservatism doomed to failure.