I just read Ralph Wood’s 2011 study of G.K. Chesterton’s life and work called “Chesterton: The nightmare goodness of God”. Ralph Wood is University Professor of Theology and Literature at Baylor University. His book on Chesterton was endorsed by several people whom I have read and respect including David Bentley Hart, Dale Ahlquist, Joseph Pearce and Fergus Kerr. In the book Wood praises Chesterton for his great work on behalf of the church but then also seeks to criticize the great man on several points. One such was Chesterton’s great poem on Lepanto: the great naval battle of a European coalition against the Ottoman Turks. Wood criticizes Chesterton because the great man celebrated the bloody victory of the west over the barbaric Islamist fanatics too enthusiastically for Wood’s tastes. For Wood apparently, Christianity is mainly about peace and love and not denigrating other religions like Chesterton does in his magnificent, celebratory, epic poem Lepanto. Wood spends a lot of pages in his book trying to argue that Chesterton really wasn’t the kind of guy who celebrated bloody victories over heretic foes but Chesterton WAS that kind of guy. Believe or not the Church has always produced militant foes of heresy and that is precisely the kind of man the church needs today; unapologetic defenders of the Truth.
I have a daughter. I raised her to be independent, intellectually curious, physically capable, spiritually sensitive and humble towards God.
As a father I communicated my expectations of excellence of mind, body and character. I always did and continue to wish for the very best for my daughter.
She is today a very, very capable wife, mother of two well-adjusted and fine boys and she is a college-educated homeowner selling real estate on Boston’s south shore. She and her husband are still in love and work together like a well-oiled machine as they raise my grandsons.
I raised my daughter in a rather old-fashioned way as well… her mom stayed at home until my daughter went full day to school. My daughter ALSO decided to be a “stay-at-home-mom”. She CHOSE to do exactly and to give exactly as she had received. The gift of motherhood.
I just endured another February wherein a certain race of human beings were lifted, praised, remembered and coddled all over the entire cultural plain; media spilled all over itself to remind us that it was Black History Month. Try to imagine the shit thrown on someone who dared to call for a White History Month! EEeeeeeee! ( I don’t have the courage presently!)
Now we must endure 30 days or so of International Women’s History Month (the Google homepage never fails to give me a bit of indigestion with their daily selection of some unheard-of, obscure hero of the far left, hero of some oppressed group somewhere either in the Third World of “poor Amerika” – never a white man with an expressed Judeo-Christian ethic. – but, I digress!)
I am often reminded by the lovely and gracious Mrs. Gillis of my playful suggestion of a future novel that I should write… titled: “Men in Cages”. I started ranting back in the early 90’s about the dangers I saw for the fellow members of my sex. ( I HATE the word “gender” these days – overused!) The basis of my futuristic novel would feature a society where “males” would be caged and or farmed and would be raised only for their sperm. Milked like cattle through a mechanical process while being passively medicated and fed minimally to sustain them for the only product deemed necessary… their sperm. Men are bad. Women are good.
God created them male and female. I never bought any theory that little boys should be medicated for exhibiting big-muscle movement and temperamentally-male behavior as the female dominated “educator class” termed the sickness; ADD or ADHD. Adderall and Ritalin laced daily dosages to suppress “maleness” are Satanic. Gender theory/studies are Satanic. Any ideology that works to separate men’s need of women and women’s need of men is profoundly Satanic. Feminism is Satanic in as far as it strives to de-construct the natural realm of and the Divine beauty of the differences between the sexes.
By the way… The Divine, God and Creator… is a male. For the rabid feminist… God is FATHER. THAT truth really sticks in their craw!
PLEASE take a moment or two and watch this short video by Tucker Carlson… I find this topic very, very frightening. Don’t YOU?