Volume 14, Issue 2: Anvil
There is no sense in complaining about the unfairness of it allour adversaries understand that we are in a war, and we do not. They employ whatever they can in that war, however they can, and they do not mind that we like to stand around in the middle of the battle, clueless.
The most recent egregious manifestion of this very potent kultursmog is the reaction of our illuminati to the scandals rocking the American wing of the Roman Catholic Church. The scandal concerns Roman Catholic priests who have been abusing their orders, along with teen-aged boys, coupled with the scandalous fact that the Church hierarchy covered up and put up with all
While there is no sense complaining about the double standard that is applied in such situations, we should at least understand it. And we should understand it well, because we have just now crested the hill, and are only now picking up speed.
Let us point out the obvious. These are homosexual priests. Now we have been told ad nauseam by our enlightened rulers that homosexual teachers, and homosexual Boy Scout leaders, and so on, present no risks worthy of mention to those young boys who are under their authority and influence. Anyone who thinks differently was probably born in the ninteenth century, or
eastern Tennessee, or both.
But now we have glaring evidence to the contrary. So what happened? All of a sudden, poof, the word pedophilia appeared from the clear blue sky. But these were not little kids. By and large they were teen-aged boys. And why were we not referring to their seducers as gay priests, or homosexual priests?
The Roman Catholic Church is being accused of doing that which these same accusers are simultaneously insisting that organizations like the Boy Scouts start to do.
Suppose the Roman Catholic hierarchy in this country were not corrupt (a big suppose) and had done the right thing. Suppose they defrocked these priests for being practicing homosexuals. What then? Then the Church would have been accused of a broad assortment of hate crimes.
You can't tell the players without a scorecard. The Roman hierarchy has the worst possible combination going; they are simultaneously cowardly and corrupt. The homo priests were simply acting their part as brute beasts, and so we understand their priestiality. And those dogs who have taken this occasion to howl at Christian sexual morality are vicious and wicked. The sooner we learn this, the less we will have to regret later.
Pimps and Wimps
The savage wit of Ambrose Bierce has quite a bit to teach us victims of the cultural tempest in our particular little fin de siecle teapot. In his Devil's Dictionary he left us a short little edifying story under his definition of "valor":
"Why have you halted?" roared the commander of a division at Chickamauga, who had ordered a charge; "move forward, sir, at once."
"General," said the commander of the delinquent brigade, "I am persuaded that any further display of valor by my troops will bring them into collision with the enemy."
This kind of thing can happen for two reasons. First, the troops may be more than a little sympathetic with the adversary. They don't want to fight when they could be friends. Or, second, there may be true antipathybut it is mingled with cowardice. David's brothers didn't like Goliath, but neither did they want to actually go out there.
Theological liberals and moderates in our midst don't like the antithesis and don't want a fight. They expend their energies trying to make the Church relevant to the world by making the Church a third-rate copy of that world. For the purposes of definition here, by "moderates" I mean "liberals" who are confused enough to think they are evangelicalswhich, incidentally, is now the character of the tepid moderate water of the evangelical mainstream. Just as conservative Republicans today are far to the left of the Democrats of forty years ago, so contemporary evangelicals are to the left of the theological liberals of forty years agoand all done with the kind of serene ignorance that would make the Buddha envious.
At any rate, this relevancy gambit is taken up by all those who want to pimp the bride of Christ, although they usually like to use different verbs. And whenever you hear the word relevance used in any religious discussions, prepare for the most astounding irrelevance to follow on hard.
But then there are those who don't like the bad guysDavid's brothersso they stand over on the Israelite side of the line, vaporing helplessly with their swords. They do have enough valor to shout back at Goliath, something witty along the lines of "Oh, yeah?" But any display of valor beyond that would bring them into a collision with the enemy.
I know that many will think that this is an over-generalization, and they will think of many individuals and organizations that are involved in our "culture wars." But this reputation for heroism is largely undeserved. We are generally so cowardly that we think yelling at the giant is Bronze Star level behavior. Conscientious insiders in many of these organizations will tell you that there is a fatal rule requiring hesitation and shrinking back. They will tell you of many discussions or board meetings where it was decided to hold back "for fear that . . ."
And so the armor continues to sit in Saul's tent, with no one to wear it.