Thursday, October 30, 2008

The New Gay - Conservatives, Christians, Catholics

Alexandra Petri writing in The Harvard Crimson nails what in post-modern parlance can only said thusly: Conservative is the New Gay. [ht: Matthew Archbold, CMR]
The other day, a friend of mine made a heartfelt confession. I’d known it was coming, and I was prepared to offer support. I swaddled her shoulders in a rainbow blanket, played Elton John softly in the background, and reassured her that no matter what, she would always be the same person. This was only one small facet of her personality, and it wouldn’t change the way we thought about her. If anything, we would love her more for her honesty.

But when she blurted out, “Alex, I think I’m conservative,” I realized that I had been deluding her with false hopes. I couldn’t bear to look at her. Clearly, this girl I had always thought of as an intelligent, rational being was secretly a sub-literate moron. All those times we‘d innocently joked about Bristol and Levi, she’d been harboring perverted desires to do things like watch FOX News and vote for McCain. “At least tell me you still think Sarah Palin is Satan,” I pleaded. She shook her head and muttered something about the liberal media distorting things, but I couldn‘t quite make it out over the sound of our friendship crashing to an end.
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What Ms. Petri admirably thematizes is a par-for-the-course anthropological fact in Girard's mimetic theory; namely, fallen human nature always seeks a scapegoat so as to revitalize our conventional cultural structures of ritual, myth, and prohibition. The act of scapegoating itself, unconscious though it normally is, is a playing out of ritual, rehearsing of myth, and enforcement of the prohibition(s) that is part and parcel with culture.

What is of interest here is that even post-modern naïveté about these anthropological realities cannot abjure the one thing one must never do to maintain culture's rituals, myths, and prohibitions - one must not name the victim/scapegoat.

But Ms. Petri does. Whether or not she realizes it, she is pulling back the mythological curtain and revealing the appalling fact of what gives the primitive sacred its power - the fallacy that the victim/scapegoat deserves to be victimized and scapegoated, and the culpability of his persecutors. In other words, once one sees that the mob is not innocent or righteous and its victim is not a devil or monster, the jig is up.

Conservatives are innocent of the default liberal accusations and attacks, structurally. One may say that the Obama campaign, the vast falderal that is sucking so many into its vortex, is simply the latest expression of the mob feeling righteous in its search for new victims.

Obama is merely the froth on the cauldron. A mob and its leader that are sincere can be sincerely wrong; every hubris-filled humanist utopian project of the twentieth century was wrong, from Stalinism to National Socialism, from the Khmer Rouge to the abortion-ritual "sexual liberation" genocide now underway. Without the true transcendence of the biblical faiths - including understanding of Origin Sin - such projects are doomed to end in sacrificial violence.

Conservatives in general, Christians more specifically, and the Catholic Church in particular are indeed the "new gay." Read: the victim of choice by the default liberal oligarchy of the West. What shall happen in post-election America will be most telling.


David Nybakke said...

For some reason your link "mob feeling righteous" does not work.


David Nybakke said...

Dear Ath,

Most excellent post dude. The work to expell the Gospel and Christianity from our lives in this age is so rampant that hardly anyone, especially those who claim the liberal bias, can see through it. Yet this is our age. If one really wants to be mindful of scapegoating, if they actually feel that scapegoating is inappropriate, they must first and always re-exam their hearts' desires and be in sync with that of Christ, the Church and the Gospel. If you are out of alignment with one you are out of alignment with all three and you can rest assure that you are scapegoating Christianity.

Any and all "social justice causes" must be bound-up in prayerful discernment in accord with Christ, Church and the Word. Any effort not immersed in these 3 will always results in scapegoating violence.

When I was coming around to this fact I asked, how could this be? I reread and reread Girard and Bailie and I prayed constantly.

Girard has made a little cut through the cultural fog enabling us to see a bit more clearly what the revelation Christianity, through Word, Tradition carried forth by the Church, and the Holy Spirit has been revealing about human violence. But grasping what is seen, by this help of Girard through the fog, is no good if you fall away from your humble prayers and guidance that the Church, the Word and the Holy Spirit provide for one.

My first reaction to a study of Girard, which was not fully grounded yet in the Church, sent me spinning around under a righteousness and idolatrous liberalism. What kept me at His Cross I am not sure, however it was the crucifix and prayer that brought me round to the Church and of course with the faith provided me by the Holy Spirit to stay listening to Bailie and others and I learned that I cannot do this alone - I must hold true to the Church, the Word and to the Triune God.

Athos said...

Glitch corrected, thanks for the heads up. Cheers