Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Some Dangers of Homosexuality

The median age of death for married heterosexual men is nearly twice that of homosexuals: 75 compared with 39.  Only 1 percent of homosexuals live beyond the age of 65.  The average age of death for married women is 79 compared with 45 for lesbians.  Homosexuals are 87 times more likely to commit suicide and 23 more times to die from heart attacks.  Base on the facts, it is reprehensible for anyone to encourage the practice of homosexuality!

Dave Hunt, Occult Invasion: The Subtle Seduction of the World and Church, pg.330

Monday, August 21, 2017

How Did Instinct Evolve?

What about instinct?  Evolution has no answer: Even if the bat’s sophisticated radar system suddenly appeared by chance, who taught the first mutated bat to use it?  How many millions of Arctic terns drowned before the first one, by chance, learned to navigate thousands of miles across the ocean?  How many salmon lost their way in the ocean and never made it back to spawn before this uncanny instinct was developed?  How many millions of spiders starved before the amazing mechanism for making webs suddenly chanced itself into existence—and who taught that unique mutated spider how to make a web?  How many eggs of all manner of birds rotted before the instinct to hatch eggs developed, and how was it learned and passed on?

Dave Hunt, Occult Invasion: The Subtle Seduction of the World and Church, pg.36

Sunday, August 20, 2017

If Minds Evolved…

If minds are wholly dependent on brains, and brains on biochemistry, and biochemistry on the meaningless flux of the atoms, I cannot understand how the thought of those minds should have any more significance that the sound of the wind….

C.S. Lewis, cited by Dave Hunt, Occult Invasion: The Subtle Seduction of the World and Church, pg.21

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Necessity of Patriarchy

If you do not raise men to be fathers—not just progenitors of children, but fathers in the full sense implied by a phrase like “city fathers”—they will not therefore become compliant and gentle mothers.  They will either drag out their days in ennui and desperation or go very bad, very fast.  Nor will they lack for women, and plenty of them too, who will be attracted to the dangerous man, the rebel, the leader of the gang.  The alternative to rule by fathers, which is what patriarchy means, is male domination in the form of a police state or in the persons of men outside the law.

Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg.103-104

Friday, August 18, 2017

Manhood and Womanhood

A girl grows into womanhood more naturally than a boy grows into manhood, because the potential for motherhood is expressed so obviously in the form of her body; it cannot be missed.  A girl who climbs trees with her brothers and plays ball will naturally and easily turn towards more womanly pursuits as those brothers surpass her in bulk and strength, and as her own body grows less fit for the boyish things.  That is why female athletes sometimes take drugs to suppress the working of the natural hormones in their bodies; or the sports themselves suppress the hormones, as when female long distance runners lose so much of their natural fat that they no longer menstruate.  Their bodies “judge” that they are not fit to conceive and bear and care for a child, exactly as if they were starving.

But the boy must be made into a man; nor is it true, once he has established himself as a man, he need never worry about it again.  Manhood is risky.  It must be publicly affirmed, and you can lose that affirmation by cowardice or effeminacy.  See the movie Four Feathers.  See the old Western Branded.  Which cultures have recognized these truths?  Every single one of them but ours.

Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg.97

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Let Boys Be Boys

Sexual morality is predicated upon the reality of sexual being, male and female.  The morality is inseparable from the reality.  If there is no such thing, really, as male and female, only some convenient organs for reproduction, then there is no reason why “a man should leave his mother and father, and cleave unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.”  We have to recover a strong sense of the beauty of each, and of their essence as being-for the other.; man is for woman, and woman is for man, and both are for God.  That means we must cease the destructive chatter about “gender roles,” as if they were thoroughly arbitrary and not built upon nature.  We must see past the factitious distinction between the natural and the social, because man is by nature a social being, and the societies he builds are predicated upon his nature.  . . .

We raise boys and girls, we raise them at once in accord with the sexual nature they possess already and with the flourishing of that nature that we hope to see as they become husbands and wives, fathers and mothers.  We must always shave that aim in mind.  They boyishness of the boy is to come to flowering in manhood and fatherhood.  The girlishness of the girl is to come to flowering in womanhood and motherhood.  That is what the sexes are for.  We want to no longer deny reality.  We want to work in harmony with it, shoring up its weakness, confirming its strength, and delighting in its beauty.

Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg. 95-96

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Male and Female He Created Them

When the European missionaries came to the New World to evangelize the natives, they did not find creatures of a different species.  They found human beings, male and female.  They did not find any tribes in which the women met in council, hunted the large animals, smoked the peace-pipe, trained up their daughters in savage displays of physical courage and endurance (the “sun dance” of the Plains Indians, for example), and established elaborate hierarchies of honor.  They did not find any tribes in which the men took care of small children, gathered roots and berries, made themselves up with pretty decorations to delight their women, ground corn kernels to powder to make bread or paste, carried water while the women were singing war-songs, gossiped with one another to share the news and to keep daily morals in line, and made “nests,” as it were, as clean and neat as possible, for the sake of the little ones, and because that is the way they liked things best.

They found men and women. That is what you will find wherever you go in the world. . . . 

Men and women are different from one another, down to the roots—down to the cells.  We have merely trained ourselves not to see it or not to admit it when we see it.  It is a willed stupidity.  It is also a willed grimness, a willed refusal to delight in the natures God has given us.  There is nothing glad or merry about it.

Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg.93-95

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sexual Anarchy

Marriage is in free-fall, and multitudes of ordinary people who in any healthy culture would be married and having a fine brood of children now live in a protracted adolescence or in loneliness and disillusionment.

Nobody foresaw the endless disintegration of sexual personality that is implied in the every multiplying categories of “identities.”  Nobody foresaw that we would be throwing parades for perversion and sadism and recommending them to our children.  Some people foresaw that it would be open season on girls.  Nobody foresaw that it would be open season on boys, confusing them and corrupting them in their never-sure sense of developing masculinity.

Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg.92

Monday, August 14, 2017

Recognize Truth

One way to distinguish truth from all its counterfeits is by its modesty:  Truth demands only to be heard among others while its counterfeits demand that others be silenced.

Sydney Harris 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

What Modern Man Worships

Modern man…is weary of giving honor to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, so he falls back in his lassitude upon the three biggest things that are nearest to him, which he may worship without much exercise of his imagination.  They are himself, his sexual passions, and the all-encompassing state he has built in order to prop up his rickety being and to liberate him sexually from all of the family-protecting and culture-forming restraints that used to humanize his brute impulses and channel them into noble deeds.  He flogs a sluggish horse.

Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg.89

Friday, August 11, 2017

Educating Into Stupidity

Centuries from now, people who do not suffer our current psychoses will read about professors  who gave their students credit for dressing in drag (Muhlenberg College), or who advised students that arguments against sexual perversion would not be admissible in class (Marquette University), or who elevated the trivialities of mass entertainment to the states of great art (everywhere), and shake their heads with dismay, using them as examples of how people can study themselves into a degree of stupidity for which Nature alone would never suffice.  We do not produce many great comedians in the present.  We produce a lot of material for comedians in the future.

Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg.83

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Teaching the LGBT Agenda to Children is Dangerous

To teach children about LGBT life is, in most cases, to introduce and suggest it to them at a time when they shouldn’t be encouraged to jump into it. But let’s say we want to teach kids about this sexual content at a young age to prepare them for the topsy-turvy world out there. The curriculum put forward by Welcoming Schools and other gay-affirming educational groups is not the right way to bring this topic to kids. It is blatantly false, presenting LGBT life as untroubled and joyful. It equates all kinds of intercourse, glossing over the hygienic and epidemiological problems that afflict anal sex in particular. It romanticizes homes, relationships, friendships, and social circles tied to LGBT activities, all but coaxing the children to rush into those milieus expecting happiness and sunshine.

One problem is that this material should never be taught to minors in school at all. But a bigger problem is who is pushing this material right now.

These are the same people who’ve burned us a thousand times before, as I will elaborate in a series of posts on “These are the people who want to talk to your kids.” The movement behind these curricular changes found success almost entirely by threatening, embarrassing, and insulting people who stood in their way. They have never improved the lives of the people they claim to champion. Nor have they ever behaved in a dignified way to people who had reservations or objections to their work.

The impetus for the folly of teaching kids about strange sexualities comes from a group of people who were wrong about every measure they promoted to society at large; they are largely responsible for millions of people in America dying of AIDS not to mention the new drug-resistant forms of syphilis and gonorrhea; they have contributed to mental health disasters among millions of gay Americans caught in a subculture of unstable relationships and unhealthy beauty standards; they are responsible for a spike in same-sex rapes in the military and partly to blame for the rise in military suicides; they have complained about bullying and teen suicide for decades and have only aggravated these problems with every youth program they’ve tested; they undermined the adoption system and contributed to the growth of new forms of human trafficking and eugenics to meet their demand for designer babies; they have been the single greatest force in destroying free speech at schools and universities with their gross distortions of Title IX and anti-harassment laws… but worst of all, they are horrible, vicious people who have made the gay subculture, once a place of blossoming creativity, a place of acrimony and nastiness.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Relativism Destroys

Relativism is an unstable equilibrium—imagine a pyramid upside down, placed delicately upon its apex. It might make you break out into a cold sweat to stand in its shade.  The question is not whether some moral vision will prevail, but which moral vision.  The colleges are thus committed to a moral inversion.  High and noble virtues, especially those that require moral courage, are mocked: gallantry in wartime, sexual purity, scrupulous honesty and plain dealing, piety, and the willingness to subject your thoughts, experiences, and most treasured beliefs to the searching scrutiny of reason.  What is valued then?  Debauchery, perversion, contempt for your supposedly benighted ancestors, lazy agnosticism, easy and costless pacifism, political maneuvering, and an enforcement of a new orthodoxy that in denying rational analysis seeks to render itself immune to criticism.  You sink yourself in debt to discover that your sons and daughters have been severed from their faith, their morals, and their reason.  Whorehouses and mental wards would be much cheaper.  They might be healthier, too.

Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg.75

Monday, August 7, 2017

A World of Inversions

It is…a mistake to point at the [college] students and laugh at them for being weaklings.  The students hold the hammer, and they know it.  Yes, it is true that mere teenage boys in decades past—lads who stormed the bluffs of Normandy, sailed on ships cutting through the ice of the Northwest Passage, and slashed their way with explorers through the fever swamps and forests of Borneo—would not be preoccupied with hurtful words, and that a “trigger warning” in those days was the clutch of a rifle being loaded.  But in our world of inversions, power is granted to people who claim that they have no power and who resent the greatness of their own forebears.  They do not seek “safety.”  They seek to destroy.  The strong man is bound and gagged, and the pistol is pointed at his head—the seat of reason itself.

In such a world, it is insufficient to say that higher education suffers.  Except in the most technical of disciplines, and perhaps even in those, the very possibility of higher education comes to an abrupt halt.  If a professor must negotiate an emotional and verbal and political minefield before he opens his mouth, then he is no professor any longer.  He is a servile functionary, no matter his title and no matter how well he is paid.  He instructs his students not in freedom but in his own servility.  That many of the students demand this servility of him and of themselves makes their capitulation all the worse.

Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg.73

Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Source Behind Multiculturalism

What's behind the current flavor of multiculturalism for some hardcore leftists is hatred of Judeo-Christianity and rejection of its God. This is evident not only in their treatment of observant Christians and Jews (especially their views on Israel,…), but in their attack on science and truth.  

In the absence of an absolute, there is no "truth"; there is only "power" and "personal narrative." Thus does good become bad, wrong become right, ugliness come to be hailed as beauty. A human baby in utero is "just a clump of cells." Killing it becomes a "human right." Teaching small children how to perform sex acts becomes "education." A man becomes a woman (and vice-versa) by proclaiming that (s)he feels like one.

Anyone who says otherwise -- first and foremost the God of Jews and Christians -- is the enemy.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Anti-Gun Laws Harm Law Abiding Citizens

Laws that forbid the carrying of arms ... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.

Cesare Beccaria (1738 - 1794)

Friday, August 4, 2017

Perversion Taught in School is Dung in Your Water

Now the question for us is not whether perversion ought to be taught in school.  Nor is it even whether teachers should instruct small children in how to behave like a member of the opposite sex.  Let us change the terms of the situation so that we can see what the problem really is.  Suppose it is not sex we are talking about, but violence.  Imagine a world in which teachers  introduce children to the thrill-seeking of stabbing and slashing—with precautions, of course, so that the person who is stabbed will probably not bleed to death.  Suppose the teachers bring to the school speakers who delight in cruelty, whose eyes shine when they recount the first time they gouged out the eye of an enemy.  Imagine that parents are not even informed when a machete-wielding gang man demonstrates on stage the proper angle at which to slice off someone’s arms in mid-fight.  Imagine safe switchblades.

The problem is that you would be dealing with people whose imaginations and moral sensibilities are so diseased as to make such things even conceivable.  It will not do merely to restrain them in this or that regard.  They are not fit to teach your children the multiplication table.  They are not fit to be near them at all.  Every moment that your children are in their presence, they will be breathing the putrescent air from the diseased heart and spirit of the instructors, in an institution whose walls stink of it, it has lingered there so long.  We are not talking about sinners here, since everyone is one of those. We are talking about people whom C.S. Lewis called the “bent,” those whose souls are warped, so that the more “honest” and consistent and idealistic they are, the worse they will be. . . .

But the problem is even worse than that.  No such person could ever be hired in the first place unless the entire school system were not slavering for him—or, more frequently these days, her.  From top to bottom the system is laced with people whose imaginations have been corrupted.  If that were not bad enough already, the publishers of textbooks and exams know it and provide them with their materials accordingly.  The evil is not just here or there, in this teacher or that, on this day or that, when this subject or that comes up, in this school or that school.  It is everywhere, a pervasive pollution, like fecal bacteria in your water supply.

Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg.52-53

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Modern Sex “Education” is Demonic Slime

Try to imagine explaining to the old farmers of Prince Edward Island the need to teach small children how to insert, safely of course, antiseptically of course, their fingers or tongues or other protuberances into the orifice of another kid of ambiguous sex, including the anus.  It is not that they would disagree with you.  It is not that they would have an alternative opinion about behavior that makes old-fashioned sodomy look like a peck on the cheek. It is that they would think that you had lost your mind.  They would believe that you were suffering a terrifying moral and psychological illness, nigh unto demonic possession, or perhaps well past it.  Would they let you speak to their children?  They would not want you to speak to their parents or friends or anybody, not because they would be afraid that you might persuade or entice one of them, but merely to spare their loved ones the experience of something so gross, so wicked, so repulsive, so sad.  They themselves, in future years, would let the memory of it drop into the darkness and the silence.  You do not make scrapbooks of slime.

Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg.51-52

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Truth is More Important Than Peace

We must not so seek peace with others as to wrong truth.  Peace must not be bought with the sale of truth.  Truth is the ground of faith, and the rule of life.  Truth is the most orient gem of the churches’ crown.  Truth is a deposit, or charge that God has entrusted with us.  We trust God with our souls.  He trusts us with His truths.  We must not let any of God’s truths to fall to the ground.  Luther says, “It is better that the heavens fall—than one crumb of truth perish.”  The least filings of this gold are precious.  We must not seek the flower of peace as to lose the diamond of truth.

Thomas Watson, Puritan preacher (1620-1686)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

People Ripe for Destruction

Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction.

John Witherspoon (1776)