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A Hell of an Idea | June 28, 2012

A friend regularly sends me his blog– mostly on his deep love of Houston baseball and history.

I usually don’t read them which is the downside for most bloggers but his last one really caught my attention.

Bill’s Hell’s Big Game, written in a stylistic poetic format, depicts a game in the nether regions below between the denizens of hell.

Dante made some presumptions

The teams seemed to be divided into dictators versus Arab terrorists with the usual suspects of Nazis, communists and other unpopular totalitarians pitted against the late  Osamas, and Saddams of the world, ironically playing God’s game on fiery tundras as opposed to its usual verdant fields.

You can check it out @:

If you know something about the game, I am sure you will find strains of Bernard Malamud’s The Natural and Ernest Thayer’s Casey at the Bat.

Lately I have been writing a lot about Heaven and Purgatory but I have particularly shied away from the land of the damned, whether it be called Hell or Gehenna.

I think Bill is a fellow Catholic.

I know his doggerel is meant for fun and entertainment but in a serious vein as Catholics we are not supposed to presume the eternal damnation of any other human being.

That is one Umpire’s call that we cannot usurp

It is just not in our purview to know conclusively whether or not someone was damned to Hell–no matter how evil their earthly behavior was because God’s mercy is presumably infinite.

So his assignment of Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin-Laden and their fellow evildoers is presumptuous at best.

Of course both Michelangelo and Dante thought nothing of consigning their living enemies to the fiery dungeons below on the wall of the Sistine Chapel or in the page of The Inferno.

Michelangelo’s serpentine revenge

His poem did get me to thinking about ideas…ideas that may have sent millions to Hell or at least created a hell on earth for countless others.

I once knew a marvelous Jesuit who informed me two weeks after his ordination in 1969 that Catholics have to believe in a Hell but we don’t have to believe anyone , other than the rebellious angels are actually there.

Nice idea–I hope he’s right.

Perhaps it is only ideas that go to Hell.

I know this sounds like the liberal mantra for gun control, guns kill people, not bad people.

So I want to explore some of the nefarious ideas that millions have believed with a religious certitude, reserved only for the Almighty.

In watching an old movie the other night—One Man’s Hero, the intriguing story of the St. Patrick Battalion of Irish deserters from the United States army just before the Mexican War in 1847, there was a profound quote from one of the Irish lads.

The Devil makes a heaven of Hell

In talking about the devil, who had just been assigned to his place in Hell, he had the personification of evil say: The Mind is its own special place.  It can make a Heaven of Hell and a Hell of Heaven.

This is a serious thought that underscores so many of the contradiction in American life perpetuated by Liberalism–the #1 misanthropic idea in our culture.

Liberalism is at the root of our culture of death that has results in millions of abortions, murders, suicides, mercy killings, assisted suicides ad infinitum.

It is a cultural philosophy that heralds the belief that the State is god and all human beings exist for the good of the state.

It attracts millions of  well-intentioned but profoundly naive souls to its way of thinking on the pretext that it really is helping human beings–the cannon fodder for most of its policies–create a better world.

Like the horse in George Orwell’s Animal Farm, they always wind up in the glue factory.

Illustration 4

Boxer went straight to the glue factory

Liberalism is a contrarian philosophy that turns a good into evil and an evil into good, just as the Irish soldier said.

It used to mean freedom in the 19th century, underscoring the major trait, along with reason that separates humans from the lower animals.

It was the early 20 century when Progressivism literally turned it on its head.

Liberalism has gone by many different names–socialism, communism, relativism, Positivism, and I will also throw in absolute libertarianism–read Objectivism, which appeals to a lot of conservatives.

All other insidious movements from radical feminism, gay liberation and environmentalism stem from liberalism’s flawed and sometimes pernicious reasoning.

Since the French Revolution this hellacious ideology has sought to destroy the three main pillars of Western Civilization–family, private property and the Christian faith.


Because they are all the workshops and incubators of individual  freedom and responsibility.

Since Rousseau liberals have failed to understand basic humanity’s flawed human nature.


Didn’t understand human nature!

Liberalism contradicts the ways things are and as a result reduces its thinking to the level of an intellectual fantasy.

Consequently liberals don’t realize that, instead of a pure heart, human beings have the dark stain of the fall that manifests itself in a real world of pride, lust, envy, sloth and anger—all staples of the human condition.

These utopian avatars are attempting to turn reality on its head and create pie on earth in place of  what they call pie in the sky.

But when the reality of their thinking settles in, it is a dystopian Hell they have created…not a Heaven.

Just look at what this pernicious philosophy is doing to Europe–the one-time Christian Europe that was the simmering pot for 500 years of Western Civilization with its advancements in literature, science, theology, philosophy and logic.

All that is gone under the tremendous weight of rampant nanny  states that treat their citizens like children, promises them cushy government jobs with high pensions and early retirements, all at the expense of the producing class that is dwindling as fast as attendance at weekly mass.

Europe is a moribund portrait of what our future will be.

Abstract ideas always have leaders, advocates and original thinkers.

Liberalism’s thinkers and proponents deserve a great deal of opprobrium for what their devilish ideas have wrought on the history of the world

I am talking about Danton, Robespierre and more importantly its thinkers–Diderot, Rousseau, Voltaire and the rest of the philosophes.

Karl Marx, Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky all derived their thinking from 18th century France, which left a bloody toll of millions dead in their wake.

In American circles, Woodrow Wilson, FDR, Lyndon Johnson and even the charming Bill Clinton did untold harm with their ideas and policies.

Margaret Sanger, Alfred Kinsey, even Ayn Rand, whose thinking personified an anti-religious bigotry that dripped with selfishness, the root of all evil, and Saul Alinsky belong in this misanthropic group.

An advocates of devilish sexual ideas

Now presumption prevents me from taking the same tact as Hell’s Big Game did in assigning these historical figures to the fiery furnaces of Hell.

But I think their actions and the ideas that propelled their behaviors should burn in eternal fire forever for all the harm they have done to mankind.

Just think about all the criminality,and violence their thinking encouraged when they undermined the judicial order through their warped sense of justice and fairness.

Think of all the starvation, disease and death their human engineering has wrought.

Consider the economic waste, and joblessness their policies produce.

Ideas belong in Hell

How about the spiritual devastation, the broken homes and smashed marriages that free love, the pill and pornography have established as the new pillars of our civilization?

As Richard Weaver once proclaimed: ideas have consequences!

 Because of the consequences of liberalism, it deserves its fiery final destination.

Now that’s a Hell of an Idea.



  1. Bill,

    Forgive my presumptuousness. Hell’s Big Game was just for fun, with no intellectual pretensions – and no genuine presumptions about hell, who’s really there, and who’s not.

    Once upon a time, as a Catholic parochial school kid, I had the wings of hope completely knocked off me in 4th grade religion class when I decided to ask our parish priest a question. The priest came over to our class every now and then to answer the questions we had about the material in our Baltimore Catechism.

    By this time, I had figured out that my love for God had not achieved the perfect status that seemed necessary for a straight shot into Heaven at death, but I was very sure that I didn’t want to go to hell either. Purgatory seemed to be my likely destination, but that didn’t feel too good either since it really came across from the nuns as sort of a temporary hell.

    Fearsomely, I asked the priest in those protective terms we often used as kids to furtively avoid taking responsibility for our questions. “Father,” I stated, “a friend of mine wants to know, just how long is your average stay in purgatory?”

    “Think of the earth as a giant iron ball,” said the priest, “one that is visited once every one hundred years by a gentle dove from Heaven, who gently brushes his wing upon the great orb once only as he flies by a single time. – The time it takes for the dove’s wing to wear the whole iron earth to nothingness is about the average time that a soul stays in purgatory.”

    I got it. The difference between hell and purgatory was too slight to matter. Clip my wings right here and now. At least I’ve got baseball while I’m still alive on earth. Hope they play the game in hell.

    I recovered. I had to grow to understand that it is God Who is perfect, not us. As such, he had nothing to gain by creating us. Our lives are his gift. We cannot disappoint God. We can only disappoint ourselves by not using the potential He has given all of us through the gift of His Love – which is life itself.

    It works for me.

    Bill McC

    Comment by Bill McCurdy — June 28, 2012 @ 2:36 am

    • Dear Bill:

      Some how I knew I might get a thoughtful, reasoned response to my own take on your inspiring poem. I have ben thinking a lot about the middle region of eternity and have recently finished a good draft of a new play on Purgatory. I had tried it three years ago in a different location from a burning fire…not too unlike Hell itself and it didn’t work. I saw the job of Purgatory as, not on eof punishment, but of self-awareness of what we did wrong and theneed to, not change it but repudiate it and decide to move on to the last stage of our existence. A New York City subway car with fellow passengers, getting on and off—all were reading s=certain books to find that awareness—it just didn’t work. I had called it For the Love of Dickens. I have replaced that with Gaby’s People, which is the same idea, only the divine representative–a woman named Gaby is a massage therapist. I am a regular of that kind of therapy and have learned a lot about its soothing and therapeutic values on my weather-won body of 68 years. My day I had this thought as she was pushing the pain from stem to stern that could that not serve as a metaphor for reducing our guilt, sinfulness and impurities of the soul? I wrote it with four “sinners” and another angel—the strong-armed Mike. I think it works for me now. My therapist has read half of it and found it very realistic. She was a big help in the development of at least two characters. So we shall see what we shall see when I can get others to read it. BB

      Comment by bbprof — June 28, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

  2. Nobody really knows what purgatory or hell is like or
    who goes where.

    We do know that God is a Just and Merciful God so
    we need not be anxious about our destiny.

    A protestant once said that he expected God to
    see our earthly behavior kind of like a balance
    sheet with all the good we have done on one
    side and the bad we have done on the other. He
    hoped his list of good would outweigh his list of bad.
    NOT such an unreasonable way of looking at things!
    After all, we are stuck with original sin through no
    fault of our own so I don’t think God expects us to
    be perfect but rather to try and do what is right:
    Practice the golden rule and obey the basic 10!!!


    Comment by MF — June 29, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

  3. Bill, making mention of Saddam Hussan and Osama Bin Laden:
    I hope God forgives the way President Bush permitted the former to be publicly “flead”, .
    He was treated as an animal and both were entitled to due justice and it was obvious neither were going to get from their fellow countrymen.
    Tony Blair was no better, with that embrace and handshake.
    Non will fare well who condoned what happened there.

    Comment by L. Newington — June 30, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

    • Lynn: You underscore the point that eternal dispositions are not ours to judge or influence. Bb

      Comment by bbprof — June 30, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

      • I would like to add, Muammar Gadaffi who was really in my utmost thought when commenting (not Bin Laden), I’m so glad the member of the ICC, sent to Libya to represent Gadaffi’s son, Melinda Taylor was an Australian.
        I like that Bill, “eternal dispositions are not ours to judge”, but as christians, in the land of the living, we do have a responsability at law, (founded on the ten commandments), to see that justice is done, don’t you think?

        Comment by L. Newington — July 1, 2012 @ 1:11 am

      • Of course I agree…this life is different from the next..we create hells and purgatories for each other and I think that is all part of the divine equation. BB

        Comment by bbprof — July 1, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

  4. It is my humble thought that we stay in purgatory until the selfish self is burned off and God is first and the ultimate. I will burn a long time. Pax

    Comment by Mary B. Lachney — June 30, 2012 @ 11:24 pm

    • You should read my play…I try to give a new twist on Purgatory…don’t be so hard on yourself…try to focus on God’s mercy…sometimes I think Purgatory is here on earth…the more cancer survivors, widows etc I talk too….changing my attitude about many things…BB

      Comment by bbprof — July 1, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

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After graduating from Holy Cross, Bill Borst earned an MA in Asian History from St. John's University and a Ph.D in American History from St. Louis University. (1972) A former New Yorker, he taught for many years in the St. Louis area, while also hosting a weekly radio show on WGNU from 1984-2006. He currently is a regular substitute for conservative Phyllis Schlafly on KSIV radio. (1320) He is the author of two books on social history, "Liberalism: Fatal Consequences," and "The Scorpion and the Frog: A Natural Conspiracy." He just retired as the Features editor of the Mindszenty Foundation Monthly Report. In his 11 years from 2003-2013 he wrote nearly 130 essays on Catholic culture and world affairs. Many in St. Louis also know him as the "Baseball Professor," because of a course that he offered at Maryville College from 1973-74. It was arguably the first fully-accredited baseball history course in the Midwest.The author of several short books on the old St. Louis Browns, he started the St. Louis Browns Historical Society in 1984. In 2009 his first two plays were produced on the local stage. "The Last Memory of an Ol' Brownie Fan," ran six performances at the Sound Stage in Crestwood and "A Perfect Choice" ran for two performances at the Rigali Center Theater in Shrewsberry. His third play, "A Moment of Grace," ran six performances at DeSmet High School in January of 2011with First Run Theater in January of 2011. He is currently working on a 4th play, "A Family Way," which is a comedy about a happy dysfunctional family. He can reached at







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