6/16/2005

Holy Willie's Prayer

The most recent commentary I wrote for The Washington Dispatch was called 'The Last Conservative Value'. Its topic was pitilessness.

It seems that sheer ghastly pitilessness is now the one value that unites both sides of the conservative camp. A stunning example of this was on 'Townhall' today.

I'll lay my cards on the table. My face has been set against Chuck Colson since he enlisted in the ranks of the Appeasement All-Stars, falsely labelling the Spanish as cowards for their rejection of the liar and propagandist Jose Maria Aznar in the aftermath of the Madrid train bombing, a massacre appropriated by the neos for their own ideological purposes. Colson has written nothing since 'An Ill-Wind from Spain' which has changed my opinion of him as a propagandist for the most pitiless brand of religious pseudo-politics.

He delivered the goods again today, with a piece called 'Is Sexual Identity Malleable?'. Its language reeks of intolerance towards homosexuals, describing them as if they were other than human creatures -

"You see them at night in big cities: men dressed up as women, complete with makeup, jewelry, and high heels" (what bars does Chuck go to?). He continues:

"Despite their best efforts, it’s not a pretty sight. Nor is the sight of men who take a more drastic step: undergoing so-called sex-reassignment surgery."

Clearly the Chuckster has never seen the stunning Israeli diva Dana International, winner of the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest.

In Chuck's book, trans-sexuals also don't qualify for gallantry, one of the more basic civilities.

The piece then rambles to a triumphalistic conclusion with these sentences:

"...Johns Hopkins no longer performs sex-reassignment surgeries. But trendy ideologies are being used to argue for a host of feminist causes—like women in combat. When you hear them, tell people about the psychiatrist who took on the ideologies and proved that gender isn’t a preference or a choice. These psychiatrists found out, indeed, that human nature can’t be manipulated, that the Bible was right all along: We are made male and female in His image" - as theocratic an argument for the abandonment of the study of human science as can be advanced.

One can almost picture Chuck jumping up and down like Rumpelstiltskin after writing that last sentence - and just like the little guy, he ended up putting his foot right through the floor. See! See! I told you so! Male and female in His image!

Yet his argument is also both intellectually and scripturally lazy.

I had five years of Jesuit high school during the Thatcher era - the only piece of liberalism missing from the curriculum was how to help the Sandanistas strip down a Kalashnikov in the dark - but even a poor student of the Bible like me knows it contains slightly more complex ideas than those spelled out in its opening pages. Such as 'love your neighbour as yourself' - yes, Chuck, that includes gays and Spaniards. Or, if you want to add a dash of modern conservative pitilessness to the mix, perhaps, 'hate the sin but love the sinner?'

Nah, that would imply a little too much sophistication from a guy who once had the words, 'if you've got them by the balls, then their hearts and minds will follow', framed on the wall of his office in the White House. The born-again Chuck of today is still just like the Chuck of yesteryear, before Federal prison and a new vocation proved he could retain many of his unadmirable qualities.

Perhaps like Robert Burns' 'Holy Willie', Chuck thinks,

"I bless and praise Thy matchless might,
When thousands Thou hast left in night,
That I am here before Thy sight,
For gifts an’ grace
A burning and a shining light
To a’ this place"


As a Christian who doesn't recognise the brand of Christianity he preaches, one can only hope that he will reform. Hopefully, America's gay and trans-sexual Christians, some of whom could teach the old ex-con a lesson in the real meaning of spiritual anguish, also feel the same.

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