‘I Want Vengeance,’ Said The Christian-Hater

‘I Want Vengeance,’ Said The Christian-Hater, by Rod Dreher.

A European reader writes:

A small thing, but in the update on how one is now forced to align in culture wars:

My wife, working in a small [foreign] government office yesterday was handed a new lanyard that everyone now has to wear together with their ID: Rainbow-striped lanyards. This is also in a customer-facing role, where they deal with customers from all sorts of backgrounds. So my wife is effectively forced to front a political message to others. As it was her boss, a previously married gay man, who handed these out, we haven’t figured out to react yet. …

This is how it’s going to be. You must conform — or else.

I’m a subscriber to The New York Times in part for the same reason Sovietologists read Pravda. I swear, the articles almost daily that cheerlead for every form of LGBT culture — well, let’s just say it’s going to provide future historians and cultural anthropologists with a lot to analyze. In context of this post, though, reading the way the Times and other major media approach LGBT (last week, Desmond, the 10 year old drag queen, was celebrated on NBC’s Today show) is to receive an education in how sacred — the word is not too strong — the LGBT cause is to opinion leaders in this culture. To object to it, or even to refuse to cooperate, puts you in roughly the position of a red in Joe McCarthy’s America. We’re not quite there yet, but we’re getting there very fast. …

We social and religious conservatives are about to face an enormous reaction in the private sphere — what we used to call “civil society” — as Americans who hate us use their liberties to exile us. It won’t happen everywhere at once, but it’s going to happen. A far-seeing Evangelical pastor told me years ago that he tells congregations to which he speaks that they should prepare themselves to be viewed by the dominant culture as akin to the Ku Klux Klan over their stance on sexuality. …

As for Evangelicals, I am informed by my sources in that tradition that leaving aside the ordained Trump lackeys, many, even most, Evangelical pastors, like Evangelicals in the pews, are simply not (yet) capable of grasping the nature and severity of the crisis. They still believe that there is no fundamental opposition between being a good middle-class American and being a faithful Christian.

hat-tip Stephen Neil