Opus: Penguin lust is not Immoral and Wicked and anyone who says so is an old prude. It’s beautiful and natural, and I for one fully support penguin lust.
Phil Donohue: That’s great, caller, but today’s topic is “Nun Beating.”
Opus: Good Lord, man, I can’t support that!
One of the first pieces long pieces I wrote as a blogger was a critique of Gay Marriage and Richard Cohen attack on Rick Warren:
I will go as far as to say that it would have been an impossibility to have a clergyman who publicly SUPPORTED gay marriage give the invocation before the year 2000 and in 2004 if John Kerry had won it would have been an incredibly controversial decision.
But 8 years later the word “bigot” is thrown around at all who dare say otherwise.
3 years later came this story from the daily caller
If a small group of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals have their way at a conference this week, pedophiles themselves could play a role in removing pedophilia from the American Psychiatric Association’s bible of mental illnesses — the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)
and I asked this question:
My point? I’m not surprised one bit and nor should anyone who has been paying attention over the last 3-4 decades. The question is will this be the final trigger for the latest Great Awakening or in the final decline of American/Western society?
Four months ago came (and nine months after Rick Santorum said it was coming came the Polygamy argument out of the Guardian and the marriage of three people:
Why shouldn’t three people get married?
As three Brazilians are legally joined as a ‘thruple’ it starts to look illiberal to insist that marriage must be between two people
and I said:
That this is advanced in the Guardian is interesting, even more interesting is the comments, tons of people agreeing after all one does not want to be “Judgmental.”
Now we have this in Salon:
A legal defense of donkey sex
A man accused of feeling up a farm animal argues an anti-bestiality law is unconstitutional. Does he have a point?
By Tracy Clark-Flory
With apologies to easily offended readers, this story brings new meaning to the word “jackass” but I’ll say this for Tracy Clark-Flory, she didn’t wait 32 years into her journalistic career to jump on board a movement after it became popular.
Lisa Graas is not amused:
It is not Rick Santorum who came up with the idea that “gay rights” would lead to the acceptance of bestiality. The slippery slope of immorality leading to more and more immorality is just a fact of human nature. It surprises no one who is educated about human nature in the conservative (Aquinas) tradition that Salon is now defending bestiality just as it surprised no one in the pro-life movement that Jack Kevorkian ended up with his day in the sun in the aftermath of Roe v. Wade. Though assisted suicide has not taken hold, “passive euthanasia” is common practice now in hospitals. The slippery slope is real.
That we have reached a point where a major online publication feels comfortable with this speaks volumes, because it tells people it’s OK to think about it, that there is a legitimate debate. It is the same dynamic as the Gay Marriage argument:
I suspect beyond the core set of true believers the support is actually very thin. It is what the “enlightened” and “right” type of people support to show how good and tolerant they are. It allows people to feel good about themselves without actually doing anything. It keep them safe from that most dreaded charge of bigotry. In short it is an exercise in narcissism.
This principle is going to continue to be used on all types of things that just a few years ago people would have been ashamed to advance, but it makes sense. After all it’s a lot easier to re-define what is acceptable behavior than actually changing behavior your behavior.
And PLEASE don’t give me the “ick” factor argument about these other things being accepted. Ick is just an argument about culture. It is the same argument that one would have heard concerning gay marriage less that 20 years ago. It is particularly galling when gay people are subject to state sponsored murder in places like Iran and ick is invoked beside Islam.
And once the ICK factor moves the definition of acceptable will move as well and then Opus the Penguin will find his opposition to “Nun Beating” doesn’t makes him a prude, it will make him a bigot.
It takes courage to stand up to this, I suspect that is why the left considers faithful Christianity in general and faithful Catholicism in particular its greatest obstacle and enemy. For it provides to the courage to stand up and say “Enough!”