Author Archives: readerjohn

About readerjohn

I am a retired lawyer and an Orthodox Christian, living in a collapsing civilization, the modern West. There are things I'll miss when it's gone. There are others I won't. That it is collapsing is partly due to calculated subversion, summarized by the moniker "deathworks." This blog is now dedicated to exposing and warring against those deathwork - without ceasing to spread a little light.

What’s wrong with this picture?

The data is clear that the Democrats are the more godless party. So why do I not feel tribal loyalty to the GOP? Continue reading

Posted in American Folk Religion, Evangelicalism, Heretics, Jeremiad, Moralistic therapeutic deism, Naked Emperors, Nominalism and Realism, Pre-American Christianity, Thrown down gauntlet | Leave a comment

“What are the duties required in the ninth commandment?”

Christians have some non-negotiable standards, even in politics, and even if “they” are violating those standards. Continue reading

Posted in 9th Commandment Watch, American Folk Religion, antipluralism, conservatism, grievance mongering, Political Matters, Speech & Press | Leave a comment

Iconography – Saint Alexis Orthodox Church

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Toxic Trump’s Toxic Traces

My own best reason to opposed Trump is his toxic narcissism, but if you want some details of his incompetence, here it is. Continue reading

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Chickens coming home to roost

Thus does it become salient that Evangelical fealty to Donald Trump and the GOP, flavored with Christian Nationalism, has given religion and religious freedom a particularly bad odor, and not just to the secularists of the ascendant Left. Continue reading

Posted in Benedict Option, Evangelicalism, Intricate malice, Liberal Groin Pieties, Religious freedom, Sexualia, transgenderism, Transvaluation of Values

“Because of … Sex”

Some personal thoughts and some channeling of smarter people’s thoughts on yesterday’s SCOTUS decision on Title VII and SOGI. Continue reading

Posted in Christianity generally, conservatism, deathworks, democracy, Discrimination, Duly noted_stay tuned, Evangelicalism, Justice, Liberal Groin Pieties, Religious freedom

President Molotov

Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted about the “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons” that shield him and make him safe. Young Secret Service agents were girding for a fight, he wrote. Presidents don’t normally feel compelled to boast about their … Continue reading

Posted in deathworks, Declinism, grievance mongering

Glimmers of light at the end

Of course, nobody other than the Illuminati who created this fake pandemic knows what our future holds, but a couple of people have some lovely ideas that “resonate” with me: It has been a dramatic time. We have stopped and … Continue reading

Posted in "Spiritual" (maybe Religious), Asceticism, Economia, stay tuned, subsidiarity

Disillusioned

This has been rattling around my soul, inchoate. Today, it came together. It’s nothing much, but maybe others will find it helpful. I was a single-issue voter for a while in the 80’s, but then I notice some fools and … Continue reading

Posted in Abortion distortion factor, deathworks, Political Matters, populism, Religious freedom, Thrown down gauntlet

Present obsessions

Coronavirus seems to dominate the news and now is beginning to dominate our tribal animosities, but don’t forget Michael Flynn. 1 Some fascinating insights by one of Rod Dreher’s readers: [B]ecause conservatives aren’t interested in environmental policy, public health, etc., … Continue reading

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