Monday, February 19, 2018

Mapping the Swamp: Divide & Conquer, Part 2: HOPE AND FEAR

Since the days when the story of Pandora was new, poets and visionaries have exposed two tools used by tyrants: hope and fear. In Hesiod's tale, captured in Works and Days, Zeus punishes Prometheus for stealing fire from Mount Olympus and giving it to human beings. The punishment consists of two devices: a false gift to Prometheus's brother Epimetheus, and a brutal chaining of Prometheus himself to a rock so he will cook in the sun each day for all eternity. Aeschylus expounds on the tale in his famous tragedy Prometheus Bound. Countless other artists and writers would rewrite or adapt the story, if not lift some of its themes. William Blake's Book of Urizen involves countless images of chains and fetters; the words "fear" and "hope" appear as ominous harbingers of something awful.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Saturday, February 17, 2018

What I Wrote to CPAC

I supported CPAC's outreach to gay conservative groups when this meant diversity of opinion. But CPAC has gone too far in banning Mass Resistance. Mass Resistance was not demanding that gay groups be banished but apparently gay groups have been telling CPAC to banish those who criticize them. I cannot think of a worse direction for CPAC to go in.

I spent decades in the gay lifestyle and watched many friends get destroyed by the ill health and compulsive self-destructive behavior rampant in it. Whether people are anti-Obamacare or pro-amnesty has no impact on the devastation wrought by encouraging anal sex as an exclusive form of intimacy.

CPAC's poor ethics in giving purveyors of this damage the power to silence conservatives alarm and nauseate people of good conscience.

It would mean the world to grassroots people if you would simply allow Mass Resistance to attend and share important information.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Going Dark

I took down my Twitter & Facebook for a while! Focusing, focusing, focusing a while. Meditation. Prayer.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Interview with Sandy Rios on the Sodom series




Saturday, January 27, 2018

Mapping the Swamp: Dividing & Conquering, Part One (Women)

I am beginning a new five-part series on "Dividing & Conquering." Here I start with the question of women.

The Need to Divide & Conquer

The Swamp Mafia faces one persistent challenge: namely, their demographic disadvantage. If we can visualize the Swamp, we must picture a rotting bog full of slithering pests, stinking of rot and pestilence. What a horrible place! The vast majority of people whom the Swamp affects suffer because of its festering. Yet there is a Swamp Mafia that likes the rot and muck since they stay in charge as long as nobody cleans the place up. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Mapping the Swamp: Sodom and Contagion

Rembrandt, Lot & His Daughters
In this series on Sodom we have been open about our interest in applying the lessons of this doomed city to our own time. All the posts in the series have proceeded with confidence that Sodom holds wisdom that we must interpret for the benefit of our needs today. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Mapping the Swamp: Why was Sodom's punishment so extreme?

BY ROBERT OSCAR LOPEZ

A young Hebrew Bible scholar responded generously with his time when I asked if I could consult him on the Sodom question. He agreed with me about the uniqueness of Sodom. Sodom is not like Jericho or Ai. God saw fit to wipe out the city with His own actions, as if He could not trust any human–even someone as faithful as Abraham–to spill Sodomite blood on himself in the process of blotting it out.

Sodom is not like Nineveh, for Nineveh repented. Sodom is not like Babylon. Even the wicked Babylon appears in scripture as a realm with some people worth saving. Consider this line from 1 Peter 5:13: “The church in Babylon, also chosen, sends you greetings, as does Mark, my son. Greet one another with a kiss.”

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Mapping the Swamp: Sodom and Immigration

The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah by John Hamilton Mortimer, via Wikigallery.org

In my continuing examination of Sodom's meaning to us in the 21st century, we must now turn to the very difficult convergence of immigration and sexuality as two cases both thoroughly involved with the Sodom history.

 Anyone who has been involved in Biblical debates about homosexuality is likely aware of a common rebuttal to concerns about Sodom and homosexuality, relating to some lines in the sixteenth chapter of Ezekiel. Consider that Ezekiel wrote long after Sodom's obliteration. During the last days of Judah's embattled monarchy, he had this to say:

Mapping the Swamp: What Significance in Sodom's Rebellion in Genesis 13 and 14?

via Encyclopedia Britannica
I am going to devote several posts to Sodom, because the story of Sodom is so crucial to understanding today's Swamp. I wrote a general explanation for the key importance of Sodom yesterday. I explained that an enduring challenge with the Sodom story is that it is scattered and dispersed across scripture, even though everywhere the city's name shows up, it is clear that Sodom holds a particularly powerful importance. It is easy to oversimplify Sodom, as so many people have. On the one hand there are those who view Sodom as a purely sexual portent with no larger political meaning. On the other hand many homosexualists try to remove Sodom from its sexualized context and cast the city merely as a social-justice problem, often citing Ezekiel 16 in irresponsible ways. Many people do not draw a connection, which I believe must be drawn, between the two nations that descend from the incest following Sodom. Lot and his daughters conceive Moab and Ammon in the moments after Sodom has been destroyed and their mother has turned into a pillar of salt. Ruth is a Moabitess and a direct ancestor of King David, so I would argue that these Sodom-related genealogies matter a great deal.