Friday, May 1, 2015

prestidigitation, y'all...

Shot:  in 2004 Donald Sensing made a strong argument:  that acceptance of the birth-control pill rendered inevitable acceptance of same-sex marriage.

Chaser #1:  Anthony Esolen expands a version of this argument:  the Sexual Revolution insisted that freedom, love, and free love would solve all...and exactly the opposite has happened.  More sex has actually enslaved us further:  wrecked homes, marriages, and generations now thinking that only material well-being and sensual satisfaction provide the only markers of happiness. He doesn't use this meme, but this is what Esolen's arguing:

Chaser #2: Austin Ruse hits the same riff, too:  the Sexual Revolution is killing us.

It is a wonder to see sexual revolutionaries, just like the communists before them, insist that all we need is just a little bit more. At least the communists thought the breaking of a few eggs might be regrettable but in the long run was beneficial to the omelet. The sexual revolutionaries deny the eggs.

The litany of broken eggs is tedious, certainly, but we must continue to recite it and in the recitation lay it all at the doorstep of the revolutionaries: more than 50 million dead babies in this country alone; almost one million deaths due to AIDS; 19 million new cases of STDs every single year in the United States; millions addicted to pornography; sex trafficking; galloping pedophilia; forty percent of children born without a father in the home. Your mother never heard of chlamydia. Now teen girls get shots to prevent it.

Ruse draws attention to the work of Jennifer Roback Morse who direct the Ruth Institute.  Ruse on JMR:

Roback Morse thinks we are fighting the symptoms—abortion, gay marriage—and not the disease. She proposes something of an Inchon landing. The sexual revolutionaries have been attacking from the front for going on 50 years, their victims strewn out behind them. She proposes a landing behind their front lines, striking at the heart of their movement, counting on the victims of contraception, divorce, abortion, pornography, and promiscuity to assist us.
She is not suggesting that the individual battles cease, only that we open a new front.

As we wait, the body count rises ever higher and all the while the revolutionaries insist the revolution hasn’t really been tried, not yet anyway. All we need is a little bit more: more orgasms, more pills, more sex-ed, more abortion, more freedom man, and then you’ll see the beautiful things we can do for humanity.

Just ignore all those bodies. there's an image:  an Inchon Landing.  Instead of attacking headfirst into the same old battlefields (ala World War I), try something different:  hit where they are not.  This, though, means recognizing the dignity and rights of some folks who, in earlier generations, were often shunned:  the teenage mothers, those who sought and helped others seek abortions, the dead-beat boyfriends and husbands, the porn-stars, and those who watched them.  This raises an Inchon-related question:  will the reception be favorable when the rescuing force arrives?

This isn't the Theology of the Body so much as a rescue mission for those whose misfortunes and pain demonstrate the TotB's validity through inversion.  The TotB makes sense because, as Ruse and Esolen note, we see the body count--and it's just as high as Soviet Communism.  That at least faltered and failed. Chinese communism, much like the Sexual Revolution persists today--but does so, we now know, only through coercion and material corruption.  Here again is a place where Pope Francis' recently announced Jubilee year of Mercy might pay extraordinary dividends.  

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