Thursday, May 12, 2022

Do you reject the glamour of evil, and refuse to be mastered by sin?

I do.

Today on The View - yes, I watch it - they had a segment on RuPaul's Drag Race, which I have never watched.  There were several drag queens celebrating their craft, identities and Queer Culture.  I'm not a fan - never have been.  I used to go to bars which featured drags, but I never enjoyed the show.  Friends seemed to love it, I just wanted to drink and dance.

I hated the exaggerated portrayal of women and the bawdy entertainment.  It's worse these days as they emulate fashion models, disco-divas and a category of celebrities who are only famous for being famous.  Like the Kardashians - who happen to model a straight form of drag queen.  So-called couturiers - fashion designers, have picked up drag-queen-queer style and mainstreamed it, to some extent.  (That all began with grunge and goth copied from the streets a couple of decades ago.)

The glamour of evil.

I like to revisit club-dance-trance music once in a while online.  I'm a huge fan of Chaka Kahn and discovered a great dance song by her sister Taka Boom, "Must Be the Music".  If I was 20+ years younger, and I came across that song, you couldn't make me stay home.  Watching the video, I noticed the back-up singers, very cool, moving 'discreetly', sort of like acolytes in a temple.  I was fascinated by the crowd and the musicians and the lights, viewing it as a kind of mesmerizing ritual, with the mantra "must be the music" repeated incessantly.  It can be rather seductive.  

A very old impression of this kind of entertainment came to mind for me.  After my conversion, I thought gay bars and disco and gay behavior were reminiscent of ancient cultures which engaged in temple prostitution, sacred prostitution associated with fertility cults.  In our day, there are no longer fertility cults, rather, today it's all about infertility by choice, through contraception and abortion.  Today some activists actually regard abortion in terms of pagan sacrifice for a greater good, similar to  a sacrifice to Astarte, goddess of fertility and sexuality.

The result may perhaps be similar to the way Israel behaved, turning from the Lord to idols and depravity.  Even the Levites defiling themselves, as in Exodus:

Early the next day the people sacrificed burnt offerings and brought communion sacrifices. Then they sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to revel. - Exodus 32:6

Today I read that an group called "Ruth sent us" may be responsible for stealing a tabernacle from a Texas church.  It was found a few days later by a Burger King, intact, the only thing missing was the Blessed Sacrament, all the consecrated hosts.  'Ruth sent us' activists made a statement last week saying they intend to burn the Blessed Sacrament - the Eucharist - in protest for the overturning of Roe Vs. Wade.  Which reminded me of the Exodus passage, 'the people sacrificed burnt offerings and brought communion offerings... and rose up to revel'.  

Must be the music.

UPDATE: Stolen Tabernacle Found with only Consecrated Hosts Missing

Monday, May 09, 2022

I should write something.

 It's been a longtime that I have written anything here.  I spend too much time on FB only writing little snippets that I usually remove - inappropriate humor, something too revealing, or a political comment people wouldn't like or understand, and so on.  My humor no longer fits in with world events.  I'm preoccupied with the war in Ukraine and that is pretty much the focus of my prayer and spiritual exercises.

The leak concerning Roe v. Wade has overtaken MSM and a lot of social media.  I'm so sick of partisan fear mongering.  No surprise how well the dissimulation by the Trump appointees worked out to reverse Roe.  It hasn't happened yet, but it will.  Didn't people know that?  Isn't that why women wanted the ERA?  Now they will attempt to codify women's reproductive rights.  When it discussed in those terms, as well as the 'right to privacy' concerns for a woman and her doctor to decide, it's a somewhat compelling and reasonable concept.  Until you know and understand what abortion is and does to unborn children.  It's mutilation and murder.

The business of mutilation extends beyond birth of course.  It's big business - one can reconstruct one's body to look like an animal or an extraterrestrial, to change one's gender, to become more beautiful and so on.  It can be used for good and it often is - but there is a dark side.

I used to read a blog by a former Dominican priest who often said, "Women only have the rights men allot them."  

On the other hand, women like Hillary Clinton want to change that.

“There is one lesson from the past, in particular, that we cannot afford to ignore: You cannot make progress on gender equality or broader human development, without safeguarding women’s reproductive health and rights,” Clinton said near the end of a speech marking International Women's Day. “That is a bedrock truth.” - Hilary Clinton, CNN
“Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice — not just on paper,” Clinton said.
“Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will,” she explained. “And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed. As I have said and as I believe, the advancement of the full participation of women and girls in every aspect of their societies is the great unfinished business of the 21st century and not just for women but for everyone — and not just in far away countries but right here in the United States.” - Hilary Clinton, The DC

 I think the Dominican was right, to some degree.  After all, it was an all male Supreme Court which ruled in Roe v. Wade.