Friday, December 15, 2017

Mapping the Swamp: What Next for the Anti-Roy-Moore Right?

While there were quite a few NeverTrumps who were against Roy Moore, we should not conflate the anti-Trump right with the anti-Moore right. As I stated in an earlier post, the anti-Trump right included some people who were actually principled, and who felt Donald Trump's public record failed to meet their minimum standards for a conservative president, even in a race against Hillary Clinton. The NeverTrumps encouraged a host of stupid countermeasures, such as not voting for anyone for president, writing in something like "Ronald Reagan's ghost," voting for Evan McMullin (close your eyes and if you think long enough, you will remember who that was), or even, in the case of some far-gone cases, voting for Hillary Clinton to teach the GOP a lesson. These were, I admit, completely insane suggestions but the NeverTrumps were saved a life of penance for putting such ideas out there because as luck would have it, Donald J. Trump won. One can only imagine how excruciating life in America would be if Hillary Clinton had won, and how vicious the backlash would be against the right-wing people who would have helped to make that happen.

But that was so 2016. It is a year later now, and we have to come to terms with what happened in Alabama. The "conservatives" who fought to sink Roy Moore's candidacy, led by such figures as David French, Matt Drudge, Ross Douthat, and George Will, overlap quite a bit with the NeverTrumps but they are a completely different animal. First, I think of someone like my friend Jason who was NeverTrump but not NeverMoore--I know of quite a few principled objectors to Trump who simply did not believe the accusations against Moore and therefore did not jump on the bandwagon. Then there were some Trump supporters, like Matt Drudge and possibly Fox figures such as Jeannine Pirro and Laura Ingraham, who were behind Trump but embraced the anti-Moore agenda hook, line & sinker.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Mapping the Swamp: Roy Moore, please be better than I was

In the early weeks of May, 2016, I did something I am not proud of. In fact, I feel I should confess my sin before God.

The sin I committed was cowardice.

The famous lines from Joshua ring true: "Be strong and courageous." It is okay to feel fear but wrong to let it cripple you, for a very simple reason. If you are a believer, you have to submit to Christ with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. God will be with you if you believe. So cowardice is a lack of love for God. I was guilty of exactly that in May, 2016.

As an Ex-Gay Cradle Catholic, I Know the Devastation That Awaits Those Who Follow Fr. James Martin

As an Ex-Gay Cradle Catholic, I Know the Devastation That Awaits Those Who Follow Fr. James Martin: If any of the Catholics who raised me or taught me had told the truth about the church's teaching on sex, I might still be Catholic today.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Don't Forget We Have to Fix Colleges!

Phonies, Creeps & Pantywaists!

Burn Me This Many Times, War on You!

Robert Oscar Lopez

The Left is crazy and currently embroiled in its own horror show of groping, doping, raping, and scraping scandals, so let's not waste time belly-aching about Doug Jones and the bodily atrocities he is sure to commit. You must give credit to scoundrels, they are too corrupt or too dumb to pretend to be anything else.

Instead let's vent about the people who are our friends, and who ran out of breath mints last night. With no more ways to hide their true political dishonesty, you have the putrid halitosis coming from the conventional "conservative" leadership quoting William F. Buckley and each other and showcasing their trappings of respectability--look, Ma! They have tenure! They're lawyers and get grants from Mystery Donors! They're trending on Amazon! Liberals invite them to parties! They get to represent "our side" on the View, on CNN, on MSNBC, in guest editorials for the Wall Street Journal, and at civilized tea-and-crumpets simulations on "bipartisan" sites like Heterodox Academy.

These are the people who have made their whole careers on telling people across America that their conservative interests are safe in their hands. They have made sure that people across America only hear from them, because they get big money from shadowy financiers who allow them to control all the platforms. They send recruiters to loiter around their alma maters and scoop up well-bred bluebloods from elite schools to groom, puff, and polish, so they can rise through the ranks of the right-wing advocacy circuit and become the next generation of conservative raconteurs.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Of Cakes and Christian Charity-A Contrarian View

Robert Oscar Lopez

If you decide to read this essay, and I hope you will, please be charitable. I believe very strongly in the conservative movement and despite my occasional bitterness, I respect conservatives who have fought for what they believe in.

The case of the cake-maker before the Supreme Court is bugging me. I have followed it as best I can. From what I can tell, if we "win" the case, we will be justifying the Obergefell decision and vindicating Anthony Kennedy by telling the world that all we really wanted was some little safe spaces where we don't have to deal with homosexuality's toxic destruction of our social order. If we "lose" the case, I can't see how the loss will make our world any worse than it is right now. The narrow, expedient argument that was required to get the wedding cake case to the Supreme Court basically threw almost everyone being oppressed by the LGBT agenda under the bus. In typical right-wing style, the built-in preference for business owners ("job creators") and disinterest in workers ("Trump voters") led to a skewed approach to religious liberty.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Case for Roy Moore

My name is Robert Oscar Lopez. I'm a Humanities professor at a seminary, a Southern Baptist, married father of two, a Christian sinner who found Jesus, and a scholar proficient in two ancient and six modern languages. But if you enter my name in Google, you won't know any of that. You will hear, instead, that I am anti-gay, anti-LGBT, virulently bigoted against gays, a hater, a blacklisted persona non grata. You will find dozens or more of my remarks twisted and misrepresented, removed from their original sequence of arguments and often presented without the provocations from opponents who prompted me to react with harsh statements. You will find several outright lies, claims that I was at rallies I never attended or that I said all gay parents were as bad as slaveholders.

God Gave Us No Shortcuts To the Truth

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Roy Moore, the Fog of Political War

Roy Moore and The Fog of Political War
Robert Oscar Lopez

I have seen multiple posts by people claiming various versions of the following statement: "Roy Moore has been credibly accused of sexual assault by multiple women who have nothing to gain from accusing him. Their accounts have been corroborated."

This is false on many levels. Anyone interested in living in a fair society needs to call the bluff of ANYONE who posts such statements, even if you like them. You can be professional and objective (not necessarily polite or civil) but you must rebuke people for engaging in this kind of clever deceit.