America as a Post-Christian Nation

Their loss can be our gain, if enough of us survive the attempt by some in our ranks to secularize the rest of us.

Recent polls confirm the increasing secularization of our people, especially the young. A poll by the Pew Foundation shows that the number of Americans describing themselves as Christian has declined by about 10% between 2007-2014. Meanwhile, those professing no religion grew by 50% in that same time frame. Fewer than 6 in 10 millennials (ages 18-33) affiliate with any branch of Christianity. A recent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute shows that 66% of those age 65 and over believe being Christian is an important part of being American, while only 35% of those ages18-29 agree. These numbers are changing remarkably quickly as Americans are seemingly losing their faith and becoming more like secular Europeans.

David Davenport, “Elites And Courts Push America Into A Post-Christian Era”, 29 Jul. 2015, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2015 < http://www.forbes.com/sites/daviddavenport/2015/07/29/elites-and-courts-push-america-into-a-post-christian-era/ >

More discussion here at the 0:31:00 minute mark at this link.

Preaching Strategy: Why do we want to be more like them when being them is such a problem?

Americans are constantly reminded by psychologists, politicians, and the press that rape is an epidemic on American college campuses. But is it? Nonetheless, it’s an issue the leaders of mainstream American culture clearly don’t have a handle on and, just as clearly (to some of us, anyway), this is an opportunity to preach. So, just to get downright countercultural, what is our solution for their problem?

Open thread.

The Culture War: The Right Catches Up

Ever since the days of the French Revolution, in the National Assembly, where the Jacobins sat on the left-hand side of the meeting room, the terms “Left” and “Right” have been used to broadly describe where on the political spectrum any given statement, organization, or person rests. The Jacobins, of course, were the most iconoclastic towards the old European social, political, and religious institutions; they were responsible for the Reign of Terror, which effectively ended the Enlightenment period. The Enlightenment was not supposed to end was something so grotesque as the Reign of Terror, but it did.

In the same way, in the minds of secular reformers at least, the sexual revolution of the 1960s was supposed to bring about a new, more tolerant, more fair society. But instead, as recent news of Planned Parenthood’s harvesting and selling fetal tissue from aborted children shows us, secular liberation movements inevitably produce more of these grotesqueries, also called ugra-karma.

So, there has been for some time now a culture war within the West between the Left and Right, and lately what has been interesting about that war is that the Right has been catching up to the Left in three ways: it’s adoption of tactics more traditionally associated with the Left, its willingness to break the law to achieve its objectives, and a more sophisticated utilization of technology.

That’s something conveyed in this article from The Hill:

Anti-abortion hackers have apparently hit Planned Parenthood, potentially leaking the reproductive healthcare organization’s internal data and employee information.

The hackers are also threatening to release the nonprofit group’s internal emails, according to The Daily Dot, which first reported the possible intrusion.

“Trying to mold an atrocious monstrosity into socially acceptable behaviors is repulsive,” one of the hackers, who goes by the name of “E,” told The Daily Dot. “Obviously what [Planned Parenthood] does is a very ominous practice. It’ll be interesting to see what surfaces when [Planned Parenthood] is stripped naked and exposed to the public.”

Planned Parenthood said it is investigating the incident, but hadn’t yet confirmed an actual breach.

Cory Bennet “Anti-abortion hackers claim to have breached Planned Parenthood”, 27 Jul 2015, The Hill, 27 Jul 2015 < http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/249246-anti-abortion-hackers-claim-to-have-hit-planned-parenthood >

For a long time in America, the Right has been the dominant cultural and political force. But their willingness to break the law is showing that those on the right more and more feel that the Law is simply not going to work for them. So, like the Left before, those on the Right are more and more taking extra-legal measures in their advocacy. Yes, right-wing activists in the past have set off bombs or protested outside of abortion clinics, but these were fringe elements quickly disavowed by the mainstream Right. Not any more. This suggests that a shift of power in America has taken place, from Right to Left, and that means things from now on are going to be different in the United States. Moreover, “right-wing hackers” is a new thing, showing that the Western Right is made up of young people, so the culture war is bound to go on for a long time.

What will be interesting to see in the coming years how American Hare Krishnas, who disproportionately have prior histories of Left-leaning values and sentiments, reconcile their politics with their religion. Will they be a part of the new Right-ward counter-culture, or will they be a part of the Left-ward status quo?

Under the Hood: Gay Samskaras and the Story of Moira Greyland

Or, why the gay rights movement in the United States is not the benevolent civil rights movement some of you might believe it to be. Moira Greyland, the daughter of a famous science-fiction writer, reflects on the gay rights movement in light of her own experience as a victim of childhood sexual abuse from her parents:

I was born into a family of famous gay pagan authors in the late Sixties. My mother was Marion Zimmer Bradley, and my father was Walter Breen. Between them, they wrote over 100 books: my mother wrote science fiction and fantasy (Mists of Avalon), and my father wrote books on numismatics: he was a coin expert.

What they did to me is a matter of unfortunate public record: suffice to say that both parents wanted me to be gay and were horrified at my being female. My mother molested me from ages 3-12. The first time I remember my father doing anything especially violent to me I was five. Yes he raped me. I don’t like to think about it. If you want to know about his shenanigans with little girls, and you have a very strong stomach, you can google the Breendoggle, which was the scandal which ALMOST drummed him out of science fiction fandom.

Moira Greyland, “The Story of Moira Greyland (Guest Post)”, 23 Jul 2015, askTheBigot 25 Jul 2015 < http://askthebigot.com/2015/07/23/the-story-of-moira-greyland-guest-post/ >

One part of her story in particular struck me as similar to what we call samskaras (bolding added):

Due to my long experience with the BSDM community (bondage/discipline, Sado-Masochism) it is my belief that homosexuality is a matter of IMPRINTING, in the same way that BDSM fantasies are. To the BDSM’er, continued practice of the fantasy is sexually exciting. To the gay person, naturally, the same. However, from what I have seen, neither one creates healing. My mother became a lesbian because she was raped by her father. My father was molested by a priest–and regarded it as being the only love he had ever experienced. There are a vanishingly few people who are exclusively gay, but far more who have relationships with people of BOTH genders, as my parents and other relatives did.

What sets gay culture apart from straight culture is the belief that early sex is good and beneficial, and the sure knowledge (don’t think for a second that they DON’T know) that the only way to produce another homosexual is to provide a boy with sexual experiences BEFORE he can be “ruined” by attraction to a girl.

If you’re OK with that, and you might not be, it is worth your consideration. If you think I am wrong, that is your privilege, but watch out for the VAST number of stories of sexual abuse AND transgenderism that will come about from these gay “marriages.” Already the statistics for sexual abuse of children of gays are astronomically high compared to that suffered by the children of straights.

Western Civilization is Finished . . .

. . . because this is what passes for enlightened discourse amongst Western intelligentsia nowadays:

“Before my wife started sleeping with other men, I certainly considered myself a feminist, but I really only understood it in the abstract. When I quit working to stay at home with the kids, I began to understand it on a whole new level. I am an economically dependent househusband coping with the withering drudgery of child-rearing. Now that I understand the reality of that situation, I don’t blame women for demanding more for themselves than the life of the housewife.”

Michael Sonmore, “What Open Marriage Taught One Man About Feminism”, 16 Jul 2015, NYMAG.COM: The Cut, 19 Jul 2015 < http://nymag.com/thecut/2015/07/what-open-marriage-taught-one-man-about-feminism.html >.

What a tool.