Monday, June 29, 2015

A nation that has lost its soul

Like most of you, I saw the idiotic pictures of the White House all lit up in rainbow colors.  No word yet on whether the current occupant plans to install a gay bar on the premises.

Seeing that picture, I kept thinking of a quote from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the King.  I was lucky enough to find it online:
"The nine have come forth again," I answered. "They have crossed the river. So Radagast said to me."
' " Radagast the Brown!" laughed Saruman, and he no longer concealed his scorn. "Radagast the Bird-tamer! Radagast the Simple! Radagast the Fool! Yet he had just the wit to play the part that I set him. For you have come, and that was all the purpose of my message. And here you will stay, Gandalf the Grey, and rest from journeys. For I am Saruman the Wise, Saruman the Ring-maker, Saruman of Many Colours!'
"I looked then and saw that his robes, which had seemed white, were not so, but were woven of all colours, and if he moved they shimmered and changed hue so that the eye was bewildered.
' "I liked white better." I said."
"White!" he sneered. "It serves as a beginning. White cloth may be dyed. The white page can be overwritten; and the white light can be broken."
"In which case it is no longer white," said I. "And he that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.”

from The Fellowship of the Ring
 “...he that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.”

The Supreme Court of the United States of America has broken marriage in an attempt to find out what it is.  Sure that the number two is important but the sex difference of the participants can’t possibly be, the Five have ignored human history, human biology, reason, the Constitution, and pretty much everything else in order to redefine marriage in a way that will gain them the applause of the elite. As of Friday every single person who holds that marriage is between a man and a woman is, legally, a bigot. Already the calls are going out to end respect for churches and religious believers and to redefine “tolerance” to mean, “Accepting only those people who think exactly like I do, while permitting others to hold thoughts about traditional marriage only if they can keep them to themselves in private and convincingly pretend otherwise in public.”

And the White House has joined in the celebration as if to underscore the idea that anybody who doesn’t fly the rainbow flag just isn’t a real American anymore. This is the “tolerance” of the religion of Secularism: you will celebrate sexual immorality in all its forms, from gay sex to fornication to adultery to contraception to abortion, or you will be marginalized and excluded for now, and punished in the near future.

And the wicked SCOTUS just keeps the hits coming, striking down a ban on a cruel form of execution on the one hand while forbidding Texas to make sure the abortion killing fields are, at least, as clean and well-equipped as your average urgent care center or slaughterhouse on the other.  Nothing matters in America except the right to meaningless consequenceless conscienceless sex with any willing partner and the right to kill the valueless, including the elderly and infirm, the prisoner, and the unborn child.  The White House’s proud transformation into a rainbow-hued monstrosity shows that only too well.

Then again, the color white symbolizes things like innocence and purity and, as Gandalf put it, wisdom.  Perhaps it would be just as well if all the public buildings in our nation’s capital were repainted in some color more fitting as a symbol of a nation that has lost its soul, and is busy trying to lose its mind and heart as well.


Siarlys Jenkins said...

The Supreme Court of the United States of America has broken marriage in an attempt to find out what it is.

Wise words Erin. That is the crux of the matter. As you undoubtedly know, I have specialized in developing the "purely secular" arguments that the more rabid advocates of SSM claim over and over do not exist (especially when someone has just posted on at great length). You know, biology and stuff. But progressive thought has established that the metabolism of the cell is merely a human social construct. The fundamental error, actually dating back to Goodridge, was failure to define terms before engaging in analysis or reasoning.

"Denied access to marriage." Well, what is this marriage thingy that you have been denied access to? To establish denial of access, one must first rob the word of all substance, because if it has a definition, it may be one that the claimants simply do not fit.

I've been denied access to the joys of childbirth and the "right" to lactate when caring for a baby... but then, we all know that only women can have babies, because God knew that men couldn't handle the pain.

Svar said...

This country has long lost it's soul and spirit. Gay marriage is not a cause of that, it's just a symptom of a greater sickness.

DJL said...

My heart is very heavy. I keep trying not to be angry and deeply saddened but I have to admit to myself that this IS a blow and that we are seeing something broken and destroyed that has immense value. I feel grief over this. I try to remember this quote from B16: "Dear friends, may no adversity paralyze you. Be afraid neither of the world, nor of the future, nor of your weakness. The Lord has allowed you to live in this moment of history so that, by your faith, his name will continue to resound throughout the world. " but it isn't making any difference to me yet. Perhaps in time I can recover/rebound but for now, I am reeling.

I appreciate your words. God bless you.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

I don't know that anything has been broken or destroyed. Lampooned, smeared, libeled, slandered, misunderstood... but the substance of marriage is in those who still practice it. That, I suspect, will remain in the tens of millions, just in the USA alone.

L. said...

Fortunately, there is no such thing as "legally, a bigot." Just because something is legally possible doesn't mean you have to like it -- did people start "tolerating" abortion, when it was legalized?

I think too many believe "toleration" has to mean support/tacit consent, when all it has to mean is acknowledgement of the way something is. I "tolerate" my friends' opinions with which I don't agree, even as I argue with them, because criticizing their views doesn't mean I hate them as people.

Elizabeth said...

Still trying to get my head around this outrage. A nation built on genocide and slavery, with a few notable murderous incursions into other countries both in our own hemisphere and not, JUST NOW lost its "soul?"

How can a nation have a soul?

Red Cardigan said...

Actually, Elizabeth, I would posit two separate places where America pretty well proved she was as barbarous and ugly as the countries she came from.

Slavery is one. The Founders had a chance to outlaw it and didn’t. Our nation’s history could have been so different if they had had the courage to act.

The dropping of the nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was the second. Fulton Sheen traced every immoral outrage of the modern age from those events and I think he was right. We dropped nuclear weapons on innocent people and it made us think we were gods; we went on to drop nuclear bombs on the family, the unborn, and the whole idea that liberty demands restraint, not license.

That’s why we are where we are today. Smashing and destroying marriage because we think we are gods who can alter reality at will.

When a nation reaches this level of blasphemous hubris bad, bad things usually start to happen. People who think in microseconds laugh and say, “What could possibly happen?” But Noah received the call to begin building the Ark roughly a hundred years before the rain started falling.

Svar said...

Elizabeth, name one country that was not founded on slavery and/or genocide. The natives themselves were expert ethnic cleansers and African slavers were the first part of the slave trade and European countries like Spain and Portugal used slavery all throughout their colonies in Latin America.

It would take forever to list every nation, tribe and race that has committed these two acts. Open a history book, you'll see that every nation is completely marred.

The only thing that is unique about American is it's contingent of self-hating masochists who feel the need to decry their nation.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

The only thing that is unique about American is it's contingent of self-hating masochists who feel the need to decry their nation.

Or, from the other end of the telescope, we were among the first to recognize that there was something wrong here, and even try to correct it. In most other cultures, if someone was enslaved, "that is their fate."