|From: Greg or e||11/13/2014 1:19:40 PM|
|You’re Christian? You need to get treated for that. |
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A year ago at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Australia, I watched with interest as Christian commentator Peter Hitchens debated with a panel of people dedicated to the Sexual Revolution—radical feminist Germaine Greer, journalist Hanna Rosin, and the popular and much-published pervert Dan Savage.
As the token conservative on the panel, Peter Hitchens was constantly forced to defend the most basic civilizational concepts, from the value of marriage to how we treat our children. But one exchange with Dan Savage really stood out to me. That was when Savage responded to Hitchens by accusing him of being “paranoid and projecting.”
Christianity, apparently, is nothing more than something one needs to go to rehabilitation for, a mental disorder requiring extensive detoxification. Which is precisely why courts are increasingly trying to send those who dissent from the New Moral Order of the Sexual Revolution to rehabilitation and mandatory diversity training.
Hitchens interrupted angrily: “This is the intolerance! Because I hold an opinion different from his, he has suddenly become a qualified pyscho-analyst who can tell me that my opinions are opinions which I am entitled to hold, but are a pathology—and this is the absolute seedbed of totalitarianism. When you start believing that the opinion of others are a pathology, then you are in the beginning of the stage that leads to the secret police and the gulag. You cannot imagine that anybody else is entitled to hold a view different from yours without believing that he has some personal defect.”
Or as the late great William F. Buckley said, “Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to find out that there are other views.”
When Buckley made his witty comment, our culture was still in many ways oriented by residual Christian values. The anger of Peter Hitchens, however, is well-warranted today, as atheist clean-up crews and totalitarian progressives try their very best to root out every cultural symbol with any marginal connection to Christianity. While the Australian crowd laughed loudly at the suggestion that Christian beliefs might be suppressed (how quickly we forget history!) and Dan Savage protested loudly that he was, in fact, tolerant, a brief scan of left-wing news prove that Hitchens’ fears are far from paranoid.
Just a couple days ago, The Daily Beast ran an article titled “ Why Are Millenials Unfriending Organized Religion?” It turns out that physicist Lawrence Krauss, a close friend of late atheist polemicist Christopher Hitchens, had recently mused that our culture could be on the verge of extinguishing religion:
“Change is always one generation away,” he told the audience, referencing the rapid cultural shifts on gay marriage and slavery, “so if we can plant the seeds of doubt in our children, religion will go away in a generation, or at least largely go away. And that’s what I think we have an obligation to do.”The author of The Daily Beast article notes that people do seem to have a psychological predisposition to religious belief, but just the same, the “bigoted” views of certain religious factions, such as those who oppose gay marriage, can be eliminated much more successfully. In other words, he says tolerantly, we don’t need to get rid of religion entirely, just gut it substantially.
Salon has also weighed in, declaring that “Duck Dynasty bigotry still has an audience—but not for long.” Atheism is no longer the end of a long road of self-doubt, the author crowed, but rather just the beginning—and atheists are even using religious traditions so they can still feel like life has meaning and enjoy paid holidays! Not only are atheists plundering religious traditions for activities that don’t include behavior modification or self-control, but Salon also notes that “Biblical sexuality is getting binned—finally.” This, apparently, is a good thing—regardless of the disease-ridden and corpse-carpeted mountain of evidence that the Sexual Revolution has been a colossal failure.
And then there’s this:
Recovering believers are reclaiming their lives. Most atheists and agnostics are former believers, which means that many carry old psychological baggage from childhood beliefs or some post-childhood cycle of conversion and deconversion. While many former believers slip out of religion unscathed, some do not, and believers in recovery now have a name: reclaimers. A small but growing number of cognitive scientists are exploring the relationship between religion and mental illnesses like depression, anxiety disorders and panic.Christianity, apparently, is nothing more than something one needs to go to rehabilitation for, a mental disorder requiring extensive detoxification. It is a virus that requires treatment and recovery, rather than a set of beliefs rooted in Truth. Which is precisely why courts are increasingly trying to send those who dissent from the New Moral Order of the Sexual Revolution to rehabilitation and mandatory diversity training. Across Europe and North America, re-education camps (which our public school system and universities often qualify as) and classes are increasingly the government’s solution to the problem of the primitive Christians still in their midst, clinging to their antiquated beliefs with conviction that seems hard to shake.
I was chatting with one of my lawyer friends the other day, and he noted that one of the reasons our culture has shifted so dramatically is that the Left has been willing to fight like demons for every bloody inch of scorched territory, to suppress every mention of the name “God,” to create every newfound sexual right out of thin air, to purge all mention of our Christian heritage from the schools. Christians, on the other hand, have been far more eager to placate, to acquiesce, and to simply get back to the business of working and raising their families. And so, inch by inch, the Sexual Revolutionaries have backed us up into our churches and our Christian schools and our homes. And they are already trying to find ways to force their new “values” on us there as well.
Because if Christianity is in their eyes a pathology, a mental disorder, a temporary insanity, then there can be no religious freedom. They will not be satisfied as long as religious institutions teach and adhere to Christian beliefs, while churches that cling to orthodoxy still preach timeless truths, and while parents still teach their children that the Sexual Revolution was a bloody, horrific mess. So they will try, as they already are, to push harder and longer.
And we are going to have to push back.
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|From: Greg or e||11/14/2014 4:09:29 PM|
|One Nation Under Godlessness Michelle Malkin | Nov 14, 2014 |
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Cheating. Bullying. Cybersexting. Hazing. Molestation. Suicide. Drug abuse. Murder. Scanning the headlines of the latest scandals in America's schools, it's quite clear that the problem is not that there's too much God in students' lives.
The problem is that there isn't nearly enough of Him.
With the malfunction of moral seatbelts and the erosion of moral guardrails, too many kids have turned to a pantheon of false gods, crutches and palliatives. They're obsessed with "Slender Man" and "Vampire Diaries." Alex from Target's hair and Rihanna's tattoos. Overpriced basketball sneakers and underdressed reality stars. Choking games and YouTube games. Gossip and hookups. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat.
It's all about selfies over self-control, blurred lines over bright lines.
In a metastatic youth culture of soullessness and rootlessness, the idea of high school teens voluntarily using their free time to pray and sing hymns is not just a breath of fresh air. It's salvation.
But leave it to secularists run amok to punish faithful young followers of Christ.
Last week, the Alliance Defending Freedom filed a religious freedom lawsuit against Pine Creek High School here in my adopted hometown of Colorado Springs. Chase Windebank, a senior at the District 20 school, had been convening an informal prayer group for the past three years "in a quiet area to sing Christian religious songs, pray, and to discuss issues of the day from a religious perspective."
Windebank and his friends weren't disrupting classroom time. They shared their Christian faith during an open period earned by high-achieving students. Other kids used the time to play on their phones, eat snacks, get fresh air outside, or schedule meetings for a wide variety of both official and unofficial school clubs.
A Pine Creek choir teacher had given permission to Windebank and his fellow worshipers to meet in an empty music practice room. No complaints ever ensued from other students or faculty. For three years, the group encountered no problems, according to ADF's complaint. But in late September, Windebank was summoned to the assistant principal's office and ordered to stop praying because of "the separation of church and state."
The school singled out the young man of faith's harmless activities and banned members of his group from discussing current issues of the day from a religious perspective during an open period in an unobtrusive meeting place.
As Todd Starnes of Fox News, who broke the story of the lawsuit last week, lamented: "Public school administrators and their lawyers have succeeded in suppressing and oppressing the Christian voice at Pine Creek High School."
It defies common sense that in conservative-leaning Colorado Springs, home to a vibrant faith community and leading evangelical organizations, students would be reprimanded and deprived of basic constitutional rights. As a letter from local parents to the school district decried: "To what benefit does it serve a school to limit the ability for a student to pray with their friends, fellowship with their friends, or discuss daily events from a Christian perspective? It is obvious that School District 20 is taking a freedom FROM religion perspective, not a freedom OF religion perspective."
Think about it: If the high-schoolers gathered in the cafeteria to listen to Billboard magazine's No. 1 pop hit "Habits (Stay High)" -- "You're gone and I gotta stay high/ all the time/ to keep you off my mind" -- school officials would have no issue.
If they lounged in a courtyard to joke about the latest girl-fight videos or off-color joke memes posted on Vine, no problem.
If they discussed the latest "Walking Dead" episode or napped in the library? All good.
But singing "Amazing Grace" and studying scripture? This subversion must be stopped!
How did we get here? And in Colorado Springs, of all places -- not Berkeley or Boulder or Boston? Blame cowardice, ignorance and politically correct bureaucrats pledging allegiance to one nation, under godlessness, without religious liberty, and the occult of extreme secularism for all.
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|From: Greg or e||11/14/2014 4:13:17 PM|
| Why Social Justice Warriors are losing |
Social justice warriors have been pretty successful over the past two or three decades, but they seem to be losing their touch. Perhaps this is because there has been a certain democratisation of opinion in the media; newspaper commentators, who for some reason take themselves as moral arbiters, tend to side with SJWs, but their monopoly of the pulpit has long faded. SJWs work by making disproportionate noise, but with the decline of the newspaper comment monopoly enough people with enough clout can see that, for example, Dominic Cumming’s word on IQ and education, or Lord Freud’s words on disabled workers were being twisted, or that the street harassment campaign didn’t quite fit the SJW narrative.
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