when I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house. He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me. He talked to me while he did it, whispering that I was a good girl, that this was our secret, promising that we’d go to Paris and I’d be a star in his movies. I remember staring at that toy train, focusing on it as it traveled in its circle around the attic. To this day, I find it difficult to look at toy trains.
Devastating. Frankly, I’m heart broken. I remember seeing this case when I was young. Still the case stuck with me and I knew enough never to watch to a Woody Allen film, lest I somehow endorse his actions unintentionally. Still haven’t.
Before we turn our attention elsewhere, saying ‘innocent until proven guilty’, let’s remember that such a phrase is a matter of law, not moral judgement. Christians now, more than ever, have an obligation to society to moral standard higher than relativism.
All politicians are prone to shaving the truth, giving themselves the benefit of the doubt and trying to appear more reasonable than they are. Obama has made it an art form. Bad faith is one of his signal strengths as a politician, and makes him one of the greatest front men progressivism has ever had.
If only the President had less Dewey and more of this
Healthcare.gov is a half-billion dollar site that was unable to complete even a thousand enrollments a day at launch, and for weeks afterwards. As we now know, programmers, stakeholders, and testers all expressed reservations about Healthcare.gov’s ability to do what it was supposed to do. Yet no one who understood the problems was able to tell the President. Worse, every senior political figure—every one—who could have bridged the gap between knowledgeable employees and the President decided not to.
A little individual humility could have gone a long way.
Castro was sentenced on Aug. 1 to life plus 1,000 years in prison without the possibility of parole for abducting his three victims and keeping them imprisoned in the dungeon-like confines of his house, where they were starved, beaten and sexually assaulted for about a decade.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters,[a] what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
Some days are harder than others, but we strive, re-reminding ourselves that in the end we must “be perfect just as [our] Heavenly Father is perfect”.
Still, somehow in this age it just seems wrong. We have to go out in public and humiliate ourselves? People are striking their chest? Isn’t that a bit silly? They’re lowering themselves like that? Won’t that hurt their self-confidence? Don’t they know they don’t have to do that? There are indeed a thousand reasons not to do it—and if those run out the ego will dream up a thousand more to prevent its being tamed. We want to exalt ourselves. We want never to be wrong. We want to constantly be blurring the lines so we are always within them. While denial of this kind takes mental effort, it is ultimately the easy thing to do. It is the human instinct. It is why the Confiteor is needed: to wash away this worship of the self so that we can then worship God.
Yup. We all would do well to start our days with a confession to our Lord.
NB: good to be back after a summer break. Hope you’re eager for more postings as a new school year begins.
Peter Rollins explains the “emergent church” movement:
The church needs a liturgical structure like the psalms that has the full range of human emotions, that confronts us with our brokenness, but not so that we despair.
Bracketing the real theological differences and focusing only on Liturgy, maybe he should look at the Catholic Church. I mean, if you want liturgical structure and the full range of human emotions…