Monthly Archives: May 2013

In Memoriam

Colorado governor John Hickenlooper has indefinitely delayed the execution of Negro armed robber and mass murderer Nathan Dunlap, with the usual justification given in these cases. Arguing with the progressive legal system is hopeless. These Pharisees of the “law” assure us they stand for all that is right, and no one can question them. Nathan Dunlap has been and will be well-cared for, by progressive lawyers and pastors.

But I would like to remember, and offer a humble prayer, for the forgotten victims. To face evil and die by it is a horrible thing, and to survive it is horrible also. The survivors of the robbery who witnessed this and the families of the victims must live not only with the loss, under the worst circumstances, of their loved ones and the horror of seeing it but the endless justifications and excuses for the murderer.

According to progressive Christians, Jesus loves murderers. I’m reminded of Robert Alton Harris, who killed two teenage boys after carjacking them in San Diego. After having them drive to a remote location, he decided he would have a little fun and made them run for their lives. One boy, Michael Baker, prayed to Jesus in his last moments. “Jesus can’t save you now, kid!” Harris told him, then killed him. And indeed, Jesus did not save Michael Baker.

However, if you use progressive Christians as a proxy for Jesus- I don’t, but it would be reasonable to do so- Jesus make a heroic effort to save Robert Alton Harris. A vast array of progressive Christians, up to and including Mother Teresa, asked for clemency for him. California governor Pete Wilson denied it, and so Catholic nun Janet Harris said he was “demonic” and “dances with death”.

No progressive lawyer will ever help the victims. No progressive pastor will ever comfort or counsel them, except to tell them they must unconditionally forgive the murderer and think about their own sin, particularly racism.

I guess there is no hope in human justice, as corrupt as it is. I will offer my prayer for the victims. Protestants can’t pray for the dead, but I’m no orthodox modern Christian anyway- that would mean being a progressive- so I will go ahead. I will not pray for the murderer, or the progressive lawyers and journalists promoting his cause. Jesus told us not to throw our pearls before swine, so I won’t.

Sylvia Crowell
Ben Grant
Colleen O’Connor
Margaret Kohlberg

Peace, salvation and eternal life in the presence of our lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Liberal Christianity and Category Error

One of the things that puzzled me about my mother as a child was her regard for poor people, especially Mexicans. Poor people were always to be regarded as special and any bad conduct on their part excused as the result of oppression by the rich. Things that would have been totally unacceptable by middle-class people- even pretty marginal lower middle-class people like ourselves- pride, arrogance, insolence, aggressiveness, violence, fornication- were not to be criticized in the poor.

The poor I saw were not the meek, sweet sufferers of Matthew but pretty nasty people you didn’t want to be around, especially if you were a small, weak child like myself. This Christianity stuff seemed not only pretty stupid, completely out of touch with reality, but self-destructive to its practitioners- unless they were hypocrites who never actually had to deal with the nasty behavior of poor people, such as my mother. I had to go to school with these people, and my mother was convinced any problems I had were because I wasn’t nice enough. She never met these kids though.

My mother’s ideas were not unique to her, she was just part of the social justice thinking of 1960’s liberalism. But were did these ideas come from?

I have talked about the pro-communist terrorist sympathies of Jesuit Ignacio Ellacuria in my politics blog. I was reading a little more about him, and I think I see the source of his error and that of liberation theology.

Ellacuria regarded the poor, or oppressed, as the “crucified people”, which is to say that the poor are Jesus in suffering. This idea comes from the church as being the body of Christ. In whatever sense this may be, it is not true in the sense of Jesus as crucified, as the sinless sacrifice for all sin.

There is a Catholic idea that human suffering is part of the redemptive process of humanity. First of all, only the suffering of the sinless Christ can act as atonement for sin. All humans, unlike Jesus, have sin and so are not acceptable sacrifices. Human suffering can and sometimes should produce sympathy in us, but human suffering is the result of sin- either experienced by the sinner as the result of his sin, or by the people he has sinned against- and so cannot atone for sin. The suffering of Jesus was a completely free choice of his own and not involuntary or compelled in any way.

Humans are not Jesus. To set aside any human, or group of humans as being Jesus is to confuse the very important distinction between the two.

Navin Johnson learned the difference between shit and Shinola. Ignacio Ellacuria never did.

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Liberal Christianity and Sexual Abuse and Misconduct

Picking up a copy of the LA Times in my travels, I came across this story of a young woman who left the Westboro Baptist Church, a church headed by and mostly composed of the descendants of Fred Phelps and famous for picketing funerals of soldiers with ant-gay placards.

Westboro is mostly known as a group of offensive weirdos. I read once many members are attorneys and what they really want is to provoke attacks so they can sue and get money. The story is how poor Libby Phelps found freedom from her evil and intolerant family and church. The thing about the media is they can’t completely make stuff up, so you learn something reading even the most slanted journalism. That’s why people in the Soviet Union eagerly read Pravda- somewhere in there was something that told you what was really going on.

The key couple of paragraphs tell you the genesis of Fred Phelps’ anger at and hatred for gays-

“It was the summer of 1991 and her grandfather took two grandsons on a bike ride to a park in Topeka. The park had long been a hookup spot for gays. The family story goes that Fred rode ahead and when he circled back, a man was trying to lure the boys into the trees.

“Furious, he went to the city and demanded it clean up the park. When Topeka’s government did not act, he posted his first sign on a park restroom door: “Watch Your Kids. Gays in Restroom.”

“He went to local churches for support. He found none.

“He became convinced he and his offspring were chosen to battle a modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah. They needed to take their warnings directly to the public. Fred, now 83, describes his church as Old School Baptist and subscribes to the Calvinist belief that certain people are picked for salvation before birth.”

So- Phelps encountered an example of gross evil, attempted sexual abuse. This isn’t really an issue for any sane people. Even sexual libertine people agree kids are off-limits. Public sex, which was already known to be occurring in the park, is another thing even the most liberal would say is inappropriate.

However, gays don’t seem to really ascribe to this, even if they say they do in the face they represent to the public. I saw a book once by a gay man, an autobiography which from the slip cover notes included a description of his first sexual relationship, when he was 13, with an adult homosexual, which he thought was a great thing. I saw on the cover of a gay paper once a story about the oppressiveness of consent laws and sex offender registration for many gays. The mayor of Portland, Sam Adams, had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy. Pop singer George Michael was busted for public restroom sex but is completely unembarrassed about it.

What goes on with gays is there if you look, but one, non-gays find gay sexual behavior gross and don’t want to think about it, and two, gays expect their public image as nice, normal people not to be questioned.

Phelps had discovered a problem, and quite reasonably he expected somebody to do something about it. But the city government was not interested. Churches were not interested. Why? Governments are expected to maintain basic public decency and order, and keeping public spaces free of sexual activity and children free of approach by pedophiles seem pretty high on the list. But even in 1991- which was a long time ago- gays had established themselves politically as a group that was not to be messed with. Even in a relatively culturally conservative place like Kansas, the government of a modestly sized city is going to be run by politically correct liberals.

Dealing with evil sometimes requires confronting people. Not confronting people because they are politically or culturally favored is just as wrong as not confronting someone because they are rich, which seems to be a theme in the New Testament.

Phelps is pretty over the top, but he does have a few points. If you call yourself a Christian or righteous and you don’t confront sin, you are lying. God knows this. God does not have sympathy for unrepentant sinners. They may cry, and feel terrible and suffer but God doesn’t care. God loves, but God is just, and there is no conflict here because justice is love.

The fine people of the Topeka municipal government and the Topeka Christian community would be horrified to be called evil, but if they are more comfortable being politically correct and pro-gay than protecting children, that’s what they are.

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