Monday 4/14/14

    1. White Man’s Burden redux
    2. Written on the heart
    3. Self-respect now and then

1

Rod Dreher comments on the odd situation of a Church of England Priest legally marrying (scare quotes omitted) a spouse of the same sex. What’s so odd about that? Because same-sex marriages (scare quotes omitted again and passim) may be performed just about anywhere in England except the Church of England, where it’s illegal (by act of Parliament, I assume, the C of E being an established Church) to perform them.

Dreher points out how untenable it is that Priests of the Church of England should marry outside the Church only, and the likelihood that many gay and lesbian priests will do so to force the the Church into a position where Parliament is forced to relent.

True enough, but I’d like to focus on Dreher’s last sentence: “It’s not like the C of E, like its US counterpart the Episcopal Church, cares what their (booming) sister churches in Africa and elsewhere in the global Anglican Communion think.” Indeed. White Western liberal Churches will do as they damn well please and then will condemn their darker-skinned brothers and sisters as schismatic for saying “enough is enough.”

It’s the new White Man’s Burden to teach these superstitious savages the true meaning of equality, doncha know?

2

Of the all-out assault on traditional sexual morality, R.R. Reno writes in the May First Things:

Finally, as I learned in my many years as an Episcopalian, homosexuality plays a very important symbolic role in the moral imaginations of heterosexuals. When it comes to sex and transgression, their freedom from moral censure guarantees ours. Which is why gay rights are so very popular among American elites who can’t imagine themselves anything other than good people.

But the most significant reason to be pessimistic what’s coming is also the deepest reason to be optimistic in the long term. “The law is written on their hearts, ” St. Paul tells us. Moral truth bubbles up in our souls, even if we outwardly deny it. For this reason, the gay rights movement will come up against limits that stimulate resentment and redoubled effort. It will seek ruthlessly to suppress dissent—not because discrimination against gays and lesbians remains a persistent problem, but because even the slightest whisper of moral judgment stirs up conscience, including the consciences of the most ardent champions of gay rights.

The italics italics express almost exactly my conviction, and explains why the desire for affirmation has been insatiable: outward affirmation can’t silence the inner voice of the soul.

3

As long as I’m on a sexual roll, I’m troubled by a billboard on Canal Road. A beautiful young woman says something about “respecting herself,” and the way this manifests itself is that she gets tested for AIDS.

I remember when a self-respecting woman would not have slept with the kinds of bounders who might give her AIDS. Have people really forgotten that sex is optional?

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“The remarks made in this essay do not represent scholarly research. They are intended as topical stimulations for conversation among intelligent and informed people.” (Gerhart Niemeyer)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.