I think of the British martyrs, going all the way back to Saints Aaron and Julius, and St. Alban, in Roman times–and if grieves me to see the state of our mother country. Not that we’re exactly swimming in holiness on this side of the Atlantic.
Among people who know me well, the word “optimist” is not likely to spring to mind. But as a member of the Chalcedon Foundation’s ministry, I can’t indulge that aspect of my personality. I have to try to be a cheerleader. My editor, Susan, thinks that’s a very funny position for me to occupy.
Listen to the hymn while I collect my thoughts. John Bunyan and Maddy Prior are better morale officers than I could ever be.
This is a dark period in history. I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t know that. We try to defend our Christian culture, but the ungodly attack from all directions. And I wind up writing about it, which doesn’t exactly pump me up and which I’m sure is no picnic for my readers. But we can’t just stand there and say everything is peachy, can we?
Everything is not peachy, and we might as well know it. If the human race were actually to do all the things that the ungodly insist we do, it would surely go extinct. Even if they got their world government, it would soon have no one left to govern.
What can any of us say? Trust in God and in His word, pray, comfort and support each other, speak nothing but the truth, put our heads down and work in Christ the King’s service–and grab a laugh when we can get it.
Because the last laugh will be God’s: He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh (Psalm 2: 4).
You wouldn’t think I could get into much trouble, reading a Lord Peter Wimsey mystery by Dorothy L. Sayers. The one I’m reading now is Gaudy Night, set at a women’s college in Oxford. It’s important to remember, at all times, that this was published in 1936.
Consider this bit of conversation. One character, opposed to capital punishment, says murderers must be “kept from doing further harm. But they ought not to be punished and they certainly ought not to be killed.”
To which one of her fellow academics replies, “I suppose they ought to be kept in hospitals at vast expense, along with other unfit specimens… Speaking as a biologist, I must say I think public money might be better employed. What with the number of imbeciles and physical wrecks we allow to go about and propagate their species, we shall end by devitalizing whole nations.”
“Miss Schuster-Slatt [an American] would advocate sterilization,” said the Dean.
“They’re trying it in Germany, I believe,” said Miss Edwards [the biologist]. ****
Hello? Did someone invite Heinrich Himmler to give a series of guest lectures at this college?
Well, no. They were just talkin’ eugenics, which was Settled Science once upon a time, between the world wars. The West–primarily Britain and America–was talkin’ it, and passing laws against reproduction by “the unfit”; but in Nazi Germany they shifted eugenics into high gear and started killing people. After all, it’s a sure way of getting rid of the unfit.
And Margaret Sanger founded Planned Parenthood, to get rid of the unfit by means of abortion.
So we had all this Nazi stuff floating around in our culture, believed in by the best and smartest people, no one dared venture into Eugenics Denial for fear of being mocked and cast out of polite society.
A lot of people shut up about eugenics after it became well known how the Nazis put it to work. The word “eugenics” fell out of use. Nobody wanted to sound like Himmler.
But it was there–respected, exalted, socially acceptable, absolutely a part of our culture. In Gaudy Night we see it in Britain in 1936, before the Nazis started bombing London.
We see it even more vividly in Agatha Christie’s Curtain, written during World War II but not published till 1975. The ideas most commonly associated with the Third Reich were deemed respectable in Britain–even while the Germans were attacking and it was an open question whether Britain would survive.
The evils of our own day have deep roots. Very deep indeed.
How’s that post-Christian thing workin’ out for ya?
It wasn’t an all-time record, though. In 2008 London had 154 murders.
These figures do not include serious assaults in which the victim survived.
Londoners, for the most part, are not allowed legally to own guns for self-defense. Take the knives away, and it’ll be blunt instruments that do the killing.
London has closed-circuit TV cameras all over the place, but that doesn’t seem to be working.
Why so many murders?
Kill the culture, and it will kill you back. But then you can’t tear down and re-engineer society without killing the culture, can you? A lesson which the world’s Far Left Crazy ruling class refuses to learn.
The more I think about these news stories I’ve posted over the year, the more I begin to realize R.J. Rushdoony was right–Far Left Crazy, secular humanism, really is destroying itself. Like f’rinstance:
All the “progressive” things they do are progress only to the pit. Go ahead, tell me how it benefits anyone to have a “racist” label slapped on an 8-year-old kid, by some damnfool of a schoolmarm, that’ll follow him wherever he goes–just because his mommy didn’t send him on a field trip.
Nothing these people “achieve” benefits society. Unless you think live birth abortion and “gay marriage” are benefits. But if you do… well, you’re one of them.
Why do private companies and corporations always hop aboard whatever bandwagon of perversion is about to leave the station?
Are the Gillette board of directors honestly convinced that a girl can “transition” into a boy? Really? If they are, they are deluded. And if they don’t believe it–why produce this commercial? I can’t think of a single sane or wholesome reason for it.
Because truth must be heard, it must be stated again that there is no such thing as “transgender.” There are only deluded people who say they are. You can have surgery and hormones from now till Doomsday, and every chromosome in your body will remain either male or female, just as they were when you were in the womb.
I have never in my life seen anything pushed so fanatically, so fast, as the “transgender” movement. Nor have I ever seen any movement whose premise was so flagrantly unreal.
O Lord our God! Remember that these things are done without our consent, against our will, and over our objections! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Why is the Far Left Crazy so crazy? Why are we confronted with so much sheer loopiness–“transgender,” “open borders,” “everything is racist,” and so on, endlessly–which, far from landing its proponents in the madhouse where they belong, are offered to us as genuine public policy options? Options that we’d seize in a New York minute, if we weren’t racists and biggits etc.
Mark Rushdoony explains it clearly and convincingly. It’s their ideology that makes them so patently irrational. In their Darwin-inspired world view, chaos and revolution equal “progress,” and it’s always a good thing to tear down the old to make place for the new–never mind their relative merits, new is always better!
There is a method in their madness.
That’s why they must be utterly defeated. May God equip us for that righteous task!
In a word, no. In a fallen world populated by sinners, where you can win applause by rejecting God, freedom is a plant very easily shriveled.
The Romans frittered away their republic and wound up with an emperor.
The English beheaded King Charles and wound up with a Parliament that assigns sovereign power to itself and ignores the result of a supposedly binding referendum because it didn’t like the way the people voted.
The French beheaded their king and wound up with first a lot of little creeps who were beheading everybody, and then Napoleon.
The Chinese tossed out their emperor and wound up with warlords, Mao, and the mob of tyrants who succeeded him.
In the 20th century, tyranny bloomed like kudzu. It would take up too much space just to list the perpetrators. there were so many tyrants in that century, you could have had them in a boxed set of bubble-gum cards.
Our own country’s founders tried their level best to avoid these errors and create for us a republic ruled not by tyrants, but by laws that were the same for all. A terrible civil war rid us of the curse of slavery. But as the Bible teaches us, if we won’t serve the true God, the only author of our liberties, we will surely wind up serving false ones.
All over the world today, freedom is under attack. Even here, we have elitists, we have Democrats, who believe in, and try their damnedest to create, a government colossus to rule over virtually everything–for our own good, of course, and with themselves doing the ruling. And because our education establishment is fully committed to that course, it trains young Americans to be ignorant of civics, ignorant of history, ignorant of God’s word, terrified of Global Warming and a host of other made-up boogeymen, and receptive to the idea of unlimited government.
By Almighty God’s decree, all of this is doomed to fail. He will not yield His place to a lot of grubby little puffed-up bugs who went to Harvard.
But it would be good for us, good beyond words, if we would only just stop voting for them.
In 2017 they put a patient to death based on an email she sent her daughter in 2013. Recalling her father’s dementia, the woman told her daughter, “Get the pillow ready if I get that way.” Interpreting this as a green light, hospital authorities pulled the plug on life support and killed the patient.
One thing they’re not telling us is how far back they want patients’ kin to “trawl,” looking for some kind of “I wish I were dead” remark. Like, what did you say when no one asked you to the prom? When you peed your pants in kindergarten and all the other kids found out? When you lost your job at 40 and couldn’t find another?
Some of my readers believe there is a section of the world’s ruling class that seriously wants to depopulate the earth, and is taking steps toward that end. I’ve always resisted that suspicion, on the grounds that being a tyrant is no fun unless you’ve got a lot of people to pick on, the more the merrier.
But Satan would like to see us all dead, and God’s world a lifeless, blackened shell. And don’t waste your breath trying to tell me the Far Left Crazy isn’t satanist. Not to mention all those people who say they don’t believe in Satan, but serve him anyway.