The Gospel Truth

Sexual Confusion

September 7, 2015
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When I first came to St. Louis years ago, KMOX radio had a series of zany commercials with the late baseball broadcaster Jack Buck and a local appliance dealer, Steve Mizerany that was one of the most clever I had ever encountered.

Mizerany was totally unscripted but with Buck as his Virgil, he always wandered into the bizarre recesses of his ephemeral mind and would say the funniest things in a serious tone.

Mizerany’s ending tagline was always the oxymoron, Don’t be confused!

Confusion is a word that rules the sexual mores of American society today!  The Sexual Revolution that took its lurid form in the early sixties has morphed into something even more unrecognizable!

To paraphrase Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky in his Brothers Kamerozov, when no one believes in God, anything goes.

Life was so much simpler for young people when I was a prepubescent boy. There were girls and there were boys. No one suffered from the Mizerany conundrum.

It has taken nearly 200 years but the Philosophes of the French Revolution have landed on the beaches of sexual identity politics.

Then came Simone de Beauvoir and her introspective book, The Second Sex and all of a sudden women were wondering what it meant to be a woman.

Serious doubts waded ashore and with the slow decline of religious faith, one of the trident pillars of Western Civilization the Jacobins had targeted after the Bastille, resistance weakened and then collapsed.

With the breakup of millions two-parent households, boys were raised mostly by women who feminized two generations of boys, just increasing their doubts about their sexuality.

Homosexuals could not wait to get ahold of them.  A headline in one of their newspapers in the seventies read if no sex by eight, too late!

In effect men had been deconstructed and had their sexuality reduced to feelings and inner uncertainty.

Deconstruction is a philosophical movement, inspired by the homosexual Michel Foucault and Marxist Jacques Derrida.  This modern movement is  joined at the hip of conspiracy.

Deconstruction is the theory of literary criticism that questions traditional assumptions about certainty, identity, and truth.  It asserts that words can only refer to other words; and attempts to demonstrate how statements about any text subvert their own meanings.

In early August the New York Times published an article by Jessica Bennett, entitled Man Deconstructed. She could have easily left out the “con.” It focused on an upstate SUNY college professor, Michael Kimmel who contrasted the difference between real men and good men.

Why does there have to be a difference?

Professor Kimmel wanted his male students to question what made them a man. He specializes in a new study, called Masculinities.

It seems to be the polar opposite of Gloria Steinem’s idea of Women Studies, which had emphasized that a woman needed a man like a fish needed a bicycle.

The real culprit in this miasma of sexual confusion and philosophical musings predates Freud, Marx and even Rousseau.

Sexual confusion traces its intellectual lineage back to the Nominalism of Franciscan scholar, William of Ockham. He is more recognizable as the progenitor of the eponymous Ockham’s Razor, which held that the simplest solution was usually the correct one.

Ockham also had flirtation with literary notoriety, appearing as the clerical sleuth in Umberto Ecco’s 1983 novel, The Name of the Rose.

Ockham also was a pioneer of Nominalism. He argued that only individuals exist, rather than any universals, essences, or forms, which are nothing more than the abstract creations of the human mind and have no place in reality.

Abraham Lincoln provides the perfect illustration of the fallacy inherent in both Nominalism and Deconstruction. He liked to ask his visitors a riddle. If one counted a cow’s tail as a leg, how many legs would it have?

The correct answer was “four!” Just because one calls something, something else does not make it so!

The hidden truth beneath the riddle is that man does not have the Edenic power to rename or change the essence of things just because he thinks or wills it.

Nearly 2000 years of cultural history was under assault, not on the beaches but in the beds and classrooms of America. As the feminist tobacco icon Virginia Slims used to bellow, you’ve come a long way baby!   Downhill!

A pregnant woman can’t say it’s a baby if she wants it and a glob of tissue if  she doesn’t!   Similarly homosexuals cannot arbitrarily change the nature of traditional marriage without making it something else

To illustrate just how far sexual confusion has come, the eleven-year old daughter of a domestic employee was one of the 150 students who skipped classes at the Hillsboro schools,  a community 40 miles south of St. Louis, to protest a transgendered senior, Lila Perry’s desire to use the girl’s restrooms and locker facilities.

Perry was living as a gay teen until this past February, when he came out as transgendered. He started wearing dresses and a wig but to date has not had undergone gender reassignment surgery nor has he undergone hormone therapy.

The fact that her new name Lila literally means popular just might have something to do with “her” prominence in the public eye.

To further confuse the issue of his sex, the media accounts state that Perry was designated a boy at birth as if it had been done pure by a random selection. On another day he might have been designated a female chimpanzee to carry this irrational account to its absurd conclusion.

Parents have brought the issue before the local school board and have called for a new policy. They should have the ability to do whatever they need to do in the privacy of the bathroom without having a male in there.

Another parent stated that the girls have rights, and they shouldn’t have to share a bathroom with a boy, adding that it’s unfair for Perry to get special accommodations while the girls just have to suck it up.

All we have to rely on is his statement that he feels like a girl. When I was Perry’s age, if a boy woke up one morning and thought he was Mona Lisa or the Queen of Sheba he would have been taken for mental health evaluation.

In fact I knew many a lad who if he thought he could get a peak at a room full of naked girls he would have used a similar approach!

It is not surprising that the government has intervened to protect the false right of Mr. Perry.  The Office of Civil Rights has issued an official opinion that says, if you do this, (stop Perry) you have engaged in gender discrimination!

Perry’s personal battle with traditional morality will go on but in the interim the innocence and modesty of young girls today is threatened and confused by sexual outliers like this troubled adolescent.

While people like Perry should be treated with compassion, just because he thinks he is something other than what nature made him, it does not mean that the majority’s natural rights should be trampled as they were with abortion and homosexual unions.

This is another battle of the culture wars because feminists have believed for generations that men and women are perfectly equal, sexually, morally and occupational.

In a word they are fungible…that is perfectly interchangeable.

This is one of the great lies of the culture war.

Men and women are not equal.  They are different and will always be different! Communist China in the sixties had everyone man and woman wear identical clothing, which is the drab look of an enslaved people. That did not make them the same. It only covered up their sexual distinctions in a standard progressive attempt to coerce uniformity and change our basic nature.

This argument goes back to the French revolution and Jean Jacques Rousseau and Thomas Paine who wanted to make the world anew.

That was a misnomer. What they wanted to do was transform the way people were and how they lived their lives. Barack Obama is as much a Rousseau disciple as he was Saul Alinsky’s.

Now thousands of poor souls march to the beat of this Marxist drummer. They challenge the traditional gender binary of American life with a coercive force that they hope will silence the voices of reason one at a time.

As they weave their Satanic web, the disciples of Foucault and Derrida are  changing the language with dozens of confusing definition of politically incorrect speech on the innate difference between men and women.

Neologisms such an Gender Niji and genderflux pollute deconstruct the language we need for communication.

The result is a leaderless nation where men have forfeited their traditional role as leaders, providers and home defenders. A country without Real Good Men can not survive indefinitely.

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The Faces of God

May 31, 2012
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Theologians have been speculating on the Beatific Vision for many centuries.

They believe that God has many faces and countless attributes that boggle the weak human mind.

Since we experience life according to St. Paul, through a glass darkly, I believe that God’s many faces can easily be reduced to two predominant aspects of our understanding of God that dominate traditional theology and philosophy.

The Gospels highlight both the God of Love and the God of Truth.

All the Gospels accounts concern God’s love and truth in varying degrees.

Love seems to register higher on the Richter scale of popularity than truth, but to me, the God of Truth has a more intense attraction.

This face of God is most apparent in John’s Gospel.

Its words and its imagery soar like an eagle with its rendition of God as the Logos, the Divine Word who is designed to enlighten the minds and souls of all who believe.

Words soared like an eagle

Given our social milieu, the pursuit of truth can be the higher and more difficult road.

In a world of shifting values, truth is more elusive and therefore more difficult than loving one’s neighbor.

Everyone wants and seeks love but truth has many enemies.

We live in a society that Pope Benedict XVI has called a dictatorship of relativity.

Real truth is impossible in this dictatorship.

All that exists is opinion, usually based on nothing more substantial than shallow feelings.

Liberals exude this kind of  false truth.

Many people will say you have your truth and they have their truth.

To them all opinions share an equal status.

Just like the elimination of sin, absolute truth has been relegated to the dusty shelves of irrelevance.

The dictatorship of relativism emanates from the philosophy of Nominalism, which dates back to the 14th century and Franciscan monk, William of Ockham.

The father of relativity

He denied the real existence of metaphysical universals.

Responsible for the phrase Ockham’s Razor, William served as the model for the literary character, William of Baskerville, the monastic detective who uses logic in a similar manner and, also like has faced charges of heresy in Umberto Echo’s classic, The Name of the Rose.

Unchecked Nominalism that sees only individuals leads to pure relativity.

It is this kind of tampering with logic and the rules of communication that has given us the term, politically correct.

Things are not what they are but what we want them to be or what the custodians of the social mores say they are.

Truth has nothing to do with it.

We are conditioned to accept everyone just the way they are.

There are no wrong answers, stupid, bad, or lazy people, just variations of the human condition that remain equal before the law and social custom.

We have become a nation of euphemistics who cannot talk in straight language to one another for fear or offending someone’s sensibilities, whether they are racial, ethnic or sexual.

This affords great power to a special group that has been able to muster political and legal protections, usually at the expense of other groups.

The truth of any issue is often the first casualty in this kind of cultural manipulation.

Society is the ultimate loser in this kind of artificial milieu.

Pope John Paul II is reputed to have said after viewing Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion of the Christ, It is what it is.

Pope John Paul II

Knew what absolute truth was

In other words, Gibson had captured the true spirit and fact of the crucifixion as preserved by the Church.

Oh that we could all do that in our conversations.

Life and the pursuit of the true face of God would be less complicated if we could all adopt this way of viewing reality.


About author

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 bbprof@sbcglobal.net

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