Screwtape:   When humans disbelieve in our existence we lose all the pleasing results of direct terrorism and we make no magicians. On the other hand, only believe in us, we cannot make the materialists and ethics. At least, not yet.  I have great hopes that we shall learn in due time how to emotionalize and mythologize their science to such an extent that what is, in effect, belief in us [demons and devils], (though not under that name) will creep in while the human mind remains closed to belief in the Enemy. The “Life Force”, the worship of sex, and some aspects of Psychoanalysis, may here prove useful. If once we can produce our perfect work—the Materialist Magician, the man, not using, but veritably worshipping, what he vaguely calls “Forces” while denying the existence of “spirits”—then the end of the war will be in sight. 
C. S. Lewis The Screwtape letters #7

A final post on the Kavanaugh nomination before we move onto real life.

One of the more interesting stories on the Kavanaugh front was reported on by Stacy McCain

Friday at midnight, a group of witches will cast a “binding spell” against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, following a ritual devised for this occasion by a Baltimore-based wizard. Michael M. Hughes is author of Magic for the Resistance: Rituals and Spells for Change, and leads a Facebook group for “resistance witches and magicians.”

Wednesday, Hughes published instructions for an “Emergency Ritual” intended to prevent the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh, whom Hughes calls a “lying, entitled, arrogant, rapey piece of garbage.” Those participating in the ritual are directed to use two candles, a tarot card and other implements, while reciting various magical incantations,

I saw the tweets go out on this and as a Catholic I naturally counted with the Rosary of Our Lady.  As I said on twitter:

Now this is a perfectly natural response for a devout Catholic to this, but what I found interesting was the lack of response on the left to this. We didn’t get leftists give speeches about science, or insisting that this is all hokum or that these people would be better off protesting or voting. They simply ignored it.

Given they had reported on witches trying to hex Trump in puff pieces like this one at the daily mail:

Men and women worldwide had pledged to cast a spell under the crescent moon
Singer Lana Del Ray had earlier tweeted a photo of herself saying: ‘At the stroke of midnight Feb 24… the ingredients could be found online’
Twitter was flooded with photos of witches posting photos of their spell set up

or this one at the Huffington post which published the items for the hex

The spell instructions have gone viral, and there is a group on Facebook dedicated to answering all the questions people may have.

Performing the spell takes a good deal of dedication, including amassing the following:

or Vox

“My thought from the beginning,” he told Vox, “was that Trump’s presidency was surreal and abnormal, therefore there was a need to counter him and resist his administration beyond the normal channels like public protests, petitions, emails, and calls to representatives.” Hughes, likewise saw the spell’s efficacy as, in part, granting a kind of power to its participants: “One very powerful element of the spell is its ability to allow participants to take back their power from the out-of-control administration.”

or Patch

Ever since Catland Books began hosting these ceremonies, Bracciale pointed out, the president and his administration have suffered repeated scandals and setbacks. (Among them the damning testimony of ex-FBI Director James Comey, a confession from Donald Trump, Jr. that he cavorted with the Russians, all those failed attempts to lock down a White House spokesperson and the horrible joke that is Trumpcare.)

“Just look at Kellyanne Connway,” Bracciale said. “It looks like the life has been sucked out of her. She looks like she’s wasting away before our eyes.”

You might wonder why only Stacy McCain found this newsworthy, when in the past this kind of thing was worth at least an uncritical puff piece. I suspect they did not because they realized that not only would this news if disseminated to the general public would not only hinder their ultimately failed effort to stop Kavanaugh but might have added fuel to the GOP voter fires that have now been reawakened just a month before the midterm election.

Suffice to say these spells were ineffective or rather as I would put it our prayers were more effective which brings up my second point. Observe this tweet concerning the two sides in this process

Note the absolute rage in those opposed to Kavanaugh vs the peace in the side of the other. It was a contrast noted by J. Christian Adams who was in the senate Gallery during the vote, at PJ media:

I was in the Senate gallery this afternoon when Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed. You would have thought I was at an exorcism in an insane asylum.

Perhaps you were watching on television and heard the disruptions, though you certainly didn’t see them. The attenuated audio probably didn’t catch the frightening, incoherent shrieking – including the lingering screaming and howling as they were being dragged down the hallways outside the gallery.

If there was any doubt that the opposition to Kavanaugh was unhinged, uncivil, disruptive, rude, and borderline nuts, my experience in the gallery made it clear.

Now again as a devout Catholic this is no surprise. These people are fighting to continue the demonic human sacrifice of children on the altar of materialism (You must abort that baby or your prospects in life will be destroyed). Stacy McCain in a follow-up piece said:

Once the party of the working man, Democrats have become the party of the screaming woman. Trump has literally driven them insane.

I think there is actually something more to this, something rather sad.

During the Obama years there were many frightful reverses that directly affected Christians in general and Catholics in particular. They were painful and discouraging but we were able to fall back on the words of Christ to handle it even when Christians were jailed we understood it was part of the Job Description:

Before all this happens, however, they will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. It will lead to your giving testimony. Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.

and through that perseverance, prayer and  our faith in God we saw it through.

Contrast this to the left.  They have rejected God, they have rejected religion and have made their politics their faith, when they fail, when they lose, what do they do, what CAN they do.  Who can they turn to?  Not to God they consider devout Christians the enemies, to their witchcraft, it has no utility or power, to the left that has used them, what can they do but use them again.

They have nothing, so naturally all they can do is shout and scream to the air in vain frustration without hope or consolation.

If you want to see what a post Christian society looks like, it looks like a lot of protesters making noise in frustration and without hope

They are sheep without a shepherd, without the good Shepherd.  They are to be pitied and prayed for


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It does not matter how small the sins are provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Nothing.

C. S. Lewis:  The Screwtape Letters

Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

She replied, “No one, sir.”

Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, (and) from now on do not sin any more.

John 8:10-11

Back on Wednesday Glenn Reynolds linked to a post called Stripping on the side. I found it a rather sad story about a woman who made a lot of bad decisions

At work, I kept my night job to myself. No one knew I was stripping. And no one knew I was sleeping with Jay (although in retrospect I’m sure everyone suspected it). Everyone thought that Jay was a loser. I acted as if I agreed.

Jay’s not a bad guy, I’d sometimes think to myself. He lacked steady employment and had no place to live; I didn’t particularly respect his music and I’d have died if anybody at work found out for certain that we were together. But when it was just Jay and me, I felt at ease. I felt more like myself—normal, safe—without even having to realize that I’d ever felt otherwise. I sometimes wondered what Jay thought of me, whether he liked me and wanted to be my boyfriend, and then I’d remind myself that it didn’t really matter. I already had a boyfriend. Jay knows I’m in a relationship, I’d remind myself. He knows I’m practically married and that what he and I have is simply sex. We’re just using each other, I’d think.

and in return had a lot of bad results.

The name of the woman,  Melissa Petro , didn’t ring a bell with me but I googled her  and found a wealth of articles about her life including the NY Post Story that exposed her past,  got her “exiled” and  finally ending in her resignation from the NYC school system that tagged her under the rather logical assumption that parents might object to knowing the city had  an ex-hooker teaching their grade school kids.

We’re different. I’m from the east she from the mid west, I’ve very conservative, she’s very liberal, I’m a 50-year-old fellow she is young enough to be my daughter (at least if I had gotten married a bit sooner).

I also found we had things in common:  For example we are both trying to make a living out of freelance writing, but while she is writing for places like the Huffington Post, Salon and elsewhere, my writing is pretty much here as I try to draw sufficient monies to pay the bills from my readers rather than various publishers.   (Personally I think my model might work for her both on radio and the net).  I think she would be an excellent choice for the 4th Bob Beckel seat and if it was a paying gig  I think she might take it.

She’s a big Obama person but hope and change apparently aren’t enough

Some days — like when my rent is due and I’ve got less than $400 to my name (not enough to pay my rent), and I’ve got no work because the subways and servers are down, and I’m in a battle with my ex over the apartment we’ve shared for the past five plus years, the cheapest apartment in Manhattan that I can’t afford — and rather than mourning the loss of that relationship, we are bickering over who will get custody of the dog, and it’s suddenly winter and I don’t own a proper coat or boots, and then the coffeemaker breaks, and the world is literally crumbling around us, and Mitt Romney just might be elected president — selling sex sounds like a reasonable solution to at least some of it.

That was a couple weeks ago. Then I got paid. And Obama won.

Now, a week or so later, the fuzzy right-in-the-world feeling of that political victory has trickled away. And so has that paycheck.

One may or may not feel sorry for her but no matter what you feel I think she got a bum deal both from enemies and friends

More disappointing than the arguably predictable moral outrage I faced, however, was the lack of support I received from the very communities who had emboldened me to speak in the first place—namely, the feminists and sex workers whom I had assumed myself to represent. One online women’s magazine (which I now write for) described as “disgusting” what they saw as my desperate plea for attention. Sex workers contacted me to dispute my account of the work as “spiritually bankrupting” and my claim that working as a prostitute had required that I sometimes be dishonest.

Oddly the more I’ve read her work, the more it seems to be, well,  venting.  Almost as if writing about herself, was a therapeutic event.  A good example being the double standard of a Spitzer or a Weiner getting a shot while she was crashing:

After I was fired, I couldn’t pay my rent. (Even now, freelance writing and the seminars I teach barely pay the bills.) Because of the negative publicity, I lost the part-time jobs that subsidized my teaching salary. And it would only get worse: When I surrendered my fight for my job, the Department of Education contested my unemployment, even though my resignation agreement had stipulated that they wouldn’t; this was the only reason I didn’t go to trial. I moved back in with an ex-boyfriend, falling back into an emotionally abusive relationship. I was four years in recovery for alcohol and sex addiction and 31 years old. Selling sex was out of the question, even though this option haunted me more then than it had in years.

Perhaps it’s the Sicilian father in me always wanting to see people together or maybe because I still remember how crushing being alone can be I found myself oddly delighted to see she has seemingly found a nice guy:

When I met my BF, there were a couple “red flags”: he didn’t drink (alcoholic!), he was five years younger than me, he’d never had a serious girlfriend before, he worked for the NY Post. I’m glad I overlooked my prejudices and gave him a chance.

Because he works for the NY Post, something he told me in one of our first conversations, it seemed illogical to withhold who I was, and so I told him right away. He said something to the effect of “I’m sorry that happened to you” — regarding this. Then, he told me something personal about himself to even the playing field. Right response! Moving on!

I’ve now read about a dozen of Ms. Petro’s articles and several about her  It strikes me that her situation from the bad early choices ,  the inevitable consequences, ups and down and the daily struggle to regain personal dignity in an unforgiving world are likely more common in our modern society than we realize and that’s when it hit me…

…the pontificate of Pope Francis is made for people of this age exactly like her.

 

Pope Francis is constantly giving the message of welcome, from the washing of the feet  to those who have been rejected from the very start

That the emphasis of this Pontificate mercy Mercy MERCY:

I am always struck when I reread the parable of the merciful Father. … The Father, with patience, love, hope and mercy, had never for a second stopped thinking about [his wayward son], and as soon as he sees him still far off, he runs out to meet him and embraces him with tenderness, the tenderness of God, without a word of reproach. … God is always waiting for us, he never grows tired. Jesus shows us this merciful patience of God so that we can regain confidence and hope — always!

The culture and its norms are empty, they don’t provide purpose or support.  The drug and sex purported to be freedom provide no escape for the nothingness that surrounds them.  This Pope through Christ offers purpose of life, support in need and escape from emptiness.

Neither Christ nor his Pope reject you when you fail.   Francis constantly reinforces the message to the woman about to be stoned,  no amount of failure or falling back will make him close the doors if you a willing to walk in and try.

The Holy Spirit knows what he’s doing, at a time when the fruits of the rejection are coming to their height and more and more find themselves outcast and abandoned and at this very time the Spirit whispers first to the old Pope who steps aside, then to the college who fills the chair of Peter and to Francis who extends Christ’s hand who have found the promises of the world empty and shallow.

And sometimes he extends that message in person.  I’d get a charge out of that but when it comes down to it…

That’s why he’s here, the right Peter at the right time to help the Melissa Petro’s of the world find themselves all they have to do is ask.

And remember there are millions of Melissa Petro’s out there who need to hear that message of hope.

Update: Re-wrote redundant sentence.

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The Arian Heresy is named after its founder – Arius – who was a presbyter in an urban parish in Alexandria, Egypt during the early part of the fourth century.  Arius put forth the view that Jesus Christ was not self-existent, eternal or of the same divine essence as God The Father.  Arius taught that Christ was the first-born and highest of the created order of created beings.

Arius’ doctrine placed him in stark opposition to the Apostles of Jesus who affirmed the Deity of Christ in the four Gospel narratives (confer with John 10:30  where Jesus states that “I and  The Father are One.”).

Arius interpretation errors were the result of the poor exegesis of certain Christological passages of Scripture such as Proverbs 8:22-36; this is an Old Testament Wisdom narrative which some scholars in the spirit of Origen’s figurative  mode of biblical interpretation could translate symbolically and erroneously put forth the teaching that JESUS the Son of God was a created being.

Arius’ doctrine reach a point of great influence in the Eastern part of the Catholic Church right at the time that the emperor Constantine granted the Christian Church the status of “religious tolerance” and “freedom from persecution” (313 A.D.).  Constantine hoped to reinvigorate the Roman Empire and he could not have the strongest institution in the empire – The Christian Church – being torn asunder by internal controversy.

Constantine’s solution to the Arius controversy was to propose a council of the entire Catholic Church to resolve this issue; this council became known as the Council of Nicea (325 A.D.).

At the council of Nicea, the Bishops present voted 323 to 2 against Arius’s teaching.  The Bishops declared that Jesus is begotten, not made and that His divine nature is of the same essence (homoousios) with God the Father.   Christ Jesus is not merely similar to Deity, but He is Deity.  The Bishops put together the great Nicene Creed which has stood as a bulwark against many heresies for more than 1650 years.

In many Churches throughout the globe, the Nicene Creed is repeated at every worship service.  This wonderful Creed helps to strengthen Christians as they walk with Christ and seek to fulfill His Divine mission in their lives.

May GOD richly bless each one of you as you seek to affirm the truth of Christ into your lives each and every day

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The Pope really nailed it in his angelus message:

The Holy Father explained that both of these disciplines, service and prayer are needed to serve the Lord, “they are not two opposing attitudes but, on the contrary both are two aspects essential to our Christian life aspects that should never be separated, but lived in profound unity and harmony.”

Even in our Christian lives, continued the Pope, prayer and action are always deeply united. A prayer that does not lead to concrete action towards a poor brother, who is sick, and in need of help, is a prayer that is sterile and incomplete. But, equally, Pope Francis said, when in ecclesial service you are careful only to give more attention to objects, functions, and structures, and forget the centrality of Christ, you are likely to serve these earthy things and not God.

As James said Faith without works is dead, this is something often stressed by Catholics in our debates with protestants, but we must remember if all we worry about is works without Christ (attn LCWR), the church is just another “social justice” organization or an Elks club that meets on Sundays.

In the same way that Christ is both God and man, we are both physical beings of this world and spiritual beings meant for another. Ignoring either in a life costs us dearly.

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The crowd responded with thunder.

“We want God!” they shouted, together. “We want God!”

What a moment in modern history: We want God. From the mouths of modern men and women living in a modern atheistic dictatorship.

WSJ Peggy Noonan April 7th 2005

Kevin Lomax: In the Bible, you lose. We’re destined to lose, Dad.

The Devil’s Advocate 1997

Here on Easter Sunday we finish quite a Holy Week.  We have the MSM declaring it “Gay Marriage Week”, me suggesting  the Yellow Cross as a twitter badge since we’re going to be marked for respecting our Christian Faith anyway (if you don’t believe me ask why John Hopkins considers Pro-Life the equivalent of White supremacists.

We’ve also talked about Pope Benedict XVI as Pope John Paul I, the lionization of Pope Francis by the left , the absolute love of a humble Jesuit Pope from Hispanics as  one of them and the wild card this Pope is.

This all portends what is coming and today on this day of hope and redemption for Christians is the day to explain it.

 

Francis through act after act of sincere humility has been charmed the MSM.  The wall to wall coverage while of intense interest to us, is simply background noise to the low information voter that the media uses to their effect.

Yet that background noise has been establishing a single consistent narrative:  Pope Francis as the humble servant of God a different kind of Pope.

Now to us of the faith, this is nothing extraordinary as he IS a humble man of the faith but to the people who do not pay attention and only catch the word in passing through the odd TV show playing, the assorted news report or the magazine in the Doctor’s office it’s a message that they’re not used to getting.  He is doing as Father Z explains:

I think what Pope Francis is up to is trying to project, re-project, is an image of the Church as compassionate.  He is trying to help people remember (or learn for the first time) that she is actually all about compassion, charity in its truest form.

We’ve lost the message and we have to get it back.

And while the media sees this and pushes it forward they (perhaps mindful of his popularity with the growing Hispanic population in the US, perhaps convinced or hopeful that the tide of history is bringing this pope to their way of thinking) ignores him echoing lines that Richard McBrien said would disqualify Joseph Ratzinger from any chance of winning a papal election

At the very same time, the media with the same narcissism that is their hallmark and  lasting legacy of the Baby Boomers they worship, is  as Elizabeth Scalia puts it:

…almost ready to deconstruct a fundamental social understanding common to every culture for thousands of years, because of a conceit that we have become so much more enlightened, in the last fifty.

to the point where the faithful will soon be derided without embarrassment or restraint.

Meanwhile the country suffering through four very bad years has the implementation of Obamacare ahead.  While you can’t outlaw the business cycle, when more and more companies cutting back or don’t hire full time to avoid the penalties of the humorously named “affordable care act” middle class families, particularly on the lower end will find themselves hit again   Which choice will they take, the cost of buying heath insurance on their own or the huge tax penalty.

Then there are all the issues and the family problems and strife that come from economic hardship. Anger, frustration, domestic problems and all the vices they lead to that people use to forget, drugs and alcohol, infidelity, and that’s not even  assuming it leads to thievery and worse.

In a society with strong faith and family structures, these things can be overcome but in a society where the media elites have spent nearly three generations trying to remove God from the equation the end result is despair.

While these symptoms grow how many will notice the vicar of Christ at the very beginning of his new office diagnosed it:

But there is another form of poverty! It is the spiritual poverty of our time, which afflicts the so-called richer countries particularly seriously. It is what my much-loved predecessor, Benedict XVI, called the “tyranny of relativism”, which makes everyone his own criterion and endangers the coexistence of peoples. And that brings me to a second reason for my name. Francis of Assisi tells us we should work to build peace. But there is no true peace without truth! There cannot be true peace if everyone is his own criterion, if everyone can always claim exclusively his own rights, without at the same time caring for the good of others, of everyone, on the basis of the nature that unites every human being on this earth.

And a fellow named Joel identified the solution even before the days of Christ:

Yet even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;

Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment.  Perhaps he will again relent and leave behind him a blessing, Joel 2:12-14b

And not today, not tomorrow maybe even not for a few years as things get to their absolute nader as Ameica experiences the darkness of their Good Friday, will come Francis I the lionized, humble and messenger of Christ who the media has already described as a “different” kind of Pope.

He will come to this country and bring that same humility his name implies, but he will also bring with him the message of Christ, undiluted, undisguised and unambiguous just as his other namesake implies.

And when he does so to a country simply thirsting for both truth and hope at that moment will the eyes be opened across the land. The people will see the church for what it truly is. The media will see Francis as he is and always has been and will attack with such venom their wrath at John Paul II & Benedict XVI will seem calm by comparison. And at that point those who celebrate Francis the most will see that same media for what they are, see the emptiness of the false paradise they have proclaimed and cry out with a loud voice in English & Spanish those word made famous by the Poles: “We Want God!” “Queremos a Dios!”

That cry will echo from sea to sea, from small towns to big cities from Hollywood to the halls on congress and it will be heard.

Some might laugh at this suggestion, just as people laughed at possibility that the Bishop of Rome could possibly lead to the fall of Communism in Poland, let alone anywhere else.

It was a decade from those first cries for communism to fall and it will take decades and generations for that same cry in English and Spanish to resonate to the point where the walls of secular narcissism built up so carefully over a lifetime will like Jericho come tumbling down. The media will do its best to shore it up as their empty barren generation dies and fades into the dustbin of history.

And while with these eyes I won’t live to see that final victory, God willing I will be there to see the moment when it all begins.

It will be as glorious as the risen Christ.

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Apparently the cheating website Ashley Madison has put a bounty on the virginity of Tim Tebow. The Ashley Madison people are playing this for all it’s worth:

“I guarantee that no man of Tim Tebow’s stature could survive a season in New York without succumbing to the temptations of the city,” CEO Neal Biderman sneers in a press release.

The Bleacher report is outraged:

Of all the disgusting ways to gain publicity, this has to rank right up there at the top.

Tebow’s religion and abstinence are well documented and arguably the most talked about personal matters of any football player in the league. For whatever reason, people love to attack the superstar in any way, shape or form.

For whatever reason? Are you serious? It is his Christian witness that enrages them. It is simply silly to pretend anything else. They do note that Tebow seems to be above it all:

Rather than fight an uphill battle against those who will say or do anything for money and/or fame, Tebow chooses to shrug it all off with a smile and laugh.

Actually if I’m Tebow I do one better, I make sure the offer is in writing and a bond is put up. Football is a tough and dangerous sport and you never know when you will go from Playoff QB to punt protection so when the time comes when he meets the right girl and wedding bells will ring the very next morning the happy couple can go to Ashley Madison and collect the brides dowry.

And what a joke that would be on a business sustained by cheating spouses.

In 1884 during a time when the entire country said the Lord’s Prayer in school, when Americans for separation for Church and state would be laughed out of the room and abortion was considered the Abomination that it is; a reforming Governor of NY by the name of Grover Cleveland was running for president.

He had an enviable record and reformers like young assemblyman Teddy Roosevelt admired him greatly, but during his campaign the question of an illegitimate child (a huge deal in 1884) came up.

Mocking chants of “Ma, Ma, Where’s my Pa?” were heard at political rallies from coast-to-coast. That’s when, in a move that would surprise modern political operatives, Cleveland instructed his campaign staff to tell the truth. The truth was that Cleveland, along with several other men had been involved with Halpin. Actual paternity was uncertain (Halpin named her son after both Cleveland and another man) but as the only bachelor among the group, Cleveland assumed responsibility for the child. That included paying support, later providing medical care for Halpin and ultimately facilitating the child’s adoption by a wealthy couple. The truth paid off, and on inauguration day, Cleveland’s happy supporters did a chant of their own—Ma, Ma, Where’s my Pa? Gone to the White House Ha! Ha! Ha!

Which brings us to ….Mitt Romney.

There is no question that Mitt Romney is an able administrator and a smart man. There is no hint of personal scandal in his family life. There is furthermore no question that he is qualified to be president.

The reason why Mitt Romney doesn’t advance beyond his current numbers is nobody believes a word he says. We don’t know if he is a conservative who acted liberal to get elected in Massachusetts who really is conservative or a liberal who is acting conservative to get the Republican nomination.

Mitt has kept a base of about 25% of the GOP electorate. These people insist on Romney’s electability while conceding his issue of flip flopping, but to the GOP base it comes down to honesty. After his speech in Concord at the Tea Party Express I talked to the tea party people who had protested him earlier at the venue, they complemented his speech but said the question was: “Is he telling the truth?”

and THAT brings us to Herman Cain.

The question on the floor to people on the right, has nothing to do with if Herman Cain harassed women 15 years ago. The question to the base is: “Did you lie to me?

If the accusation (I use the singular because only one woman has actually publicly accused him of something) is false; then Herman Cain is doing exactly the right thing, denying it and moving on.

If the accusation is true however, then Herman Cain has made a huge mistake. As a professed and public Christian he should understand that the entire ethos of Christianity is man’s sinfulness and God’s forgiveness. Although the instinct is to dodge the fact is Christians will forgive you (in fact they are required to forgive you) If you honestly say: “Yeah in days past, I was a player but with the help of my wife and God I got past it.” Then the story is about redemption and not about bad behavior. Americans love redemption stories.

If however the accusation is true and Herman Cain has lied to this supporters and the electorate, that is different. That is lying to people in the present. People will forgive mistakes in the past, but they won’t let it go if you lie to their face.

I don’t give a care about the unfairness of the MSM or the double standards of democrats. That’s not what’s important to me. I need to know the candidate I support will not lie to my face in the hope of not being caught.

That’s the bottom line. GOP voters think Romney is lying to their face about what he believes, if they decide Herman Cain is lying to their face, it’s all over, AND SHOULD BE.

I’ll conclude with the Houston Pilgrim again:

That’s why telling the truth is always an individual choice. You do it or you don’t. When you don’t, people will figure it out sooner or later and you won’t be trusted. When you lose that trust it’s hard and sometimes impossible to gain it back. Most of the time, the truth goes down easy. It’s not hard to be truthful when you’re operating in good faith and doing nothing wrong. But when you make a mistake, there’s a powerful urge to rationalize or even deny your missteps. That’s when it becomes a test of character. In that briefest of moments— when you consider whether to tell it straight or put a little spin on it—remember Grover Cleveland and take the President’s advice.

It’s all about character, if Cain is lying to my face then he fails the test of Character. If he is not then he will be fine.

Update: Stacy give Herman Cain the best advice that anyone has yet.

Where would we be without our unbiased media folks like Tina Brown?

It’s because of stuff like this:

via Stacy McCain who notes:

What’s strange is that liberals find this type of narrative perfectly acceptable when what is being testified to is some appropriately secular conversion: “Why I became a lesbian feminist” or “When I learned the undenjiable scientific truth of global warming” or “How I discovered that my Republican parents are closet Nazis.” It is only the conversion narrative of Bible-believing Christians that liberals find obnoxiously repellant. And the idea that a Bible-believing Christian might think themselves called to high public office . . .

Well, liberals just can’t handle that — at least when the self-identified Christian is a pro-life conservative Republican. It was OK for John F. Kennedy to be Catholic, it was OK for Jimmy Carter to be a Baptist, and it was OK for Barack Obama to be whatever it is you want to call devotees of what Rev. Jeremiah Wright preaches. But let a conservative Republican speak in public about his or her Christian faith, and liberals immediately start screaming about “theocracy.”

It’s like Ann Coulter says in Godless: Liberalism is a religion and abortion is its sacrament.

As Rush Limbaugh says, the MSM will always telegraph who they fear

One final thought. Pre 1965 with very few exceptions the Average American would have found absolutely nothing odd about that kind of speech coming from a political figure running for president or any office.

Update: Ann Althouse raises an interesting point:

This reminds me of why I wouldn’t let Isthmus photograph me when it did a cover story about me. I figured they’d take a lot of shots and pick one that made me look crazy or bad in some other way.

But I wasn’t striving for media coverage, and Bachmann is. She’s got to take what she can get. The media is (mostly) liberal. Deal with it. You’ve got to manage your face if you want to get elected

What can’t be cured must be endured, but it doesn’t mean we can’t call em out.

reported by Zombie (incredibly NSFW)

1. He is exactly right that if it was a group of Christians making fun of Gays in the same manner it would be front page news on every paper, held up as a sign of intolerance and condemned by every major media outlet. The MSM will never cover this event because they understand what the reaction of the general public would be.

2. Considering that gays are actually killed today under Sharia law it would be interesting if these same people would hold a similar festival during Ramadan attacking Islam or holding a “hunky Mohammad” contest.

3. As a Christian in general and a Catholic in particular this kind of stuff is part of the job description. We will always be mocked, Christ said so. The proper response to such mockery is to pray for them.

4. No word on if Michael Bower will be devoting a show expressing his outrage concerning this event.

5. It would be very interesting to find out if any Federal and or state funds are used for this event. If so it would be more interesting to ask state and federal elected officials if they support the use of said funds for this event.

6. Under local standards and law, the people of San Francisco have a perfect right to hold events of this nature if they want. The people involved are certainly welcome to continue to do this every year and hedonisticly mock Christianity and Christ for the rest of their lives…

…after that they’re on their own.