Bill Maher, High Priest
Bill Maher is upset. In his pagan mind, now that a significant number of Americans are comfortable with same-sex marriage and legalized marijuana, he recently concluded, "it's time we knocked over the next social domino, Puritanism."
So, according to Maher, what exactly is "Puritanism?" It seems that anyone or anything that would stand in the way of the sexual desires of any consenting adult would be guilty of Puritanism. For example, France has been in the headlines recently because "the boring guy they elected president last year turns out not to be so boring" (Maher's words).
It turns out that President François Hollande never married the mother of his four children. He broke up with her a few years ago for a younger woman. As happens so often (amazing that so many first-time "mistresses" don't figure this out-because if a man will leave the mother of his children, why wouldn't he leave the next woman) in these matters, the younger woman was then dumped for an actress.
So what? concludes Maher, "the French just shrug and go back to eating snails." Maher wonders why America can't be more like France as he then gets to the point of his rant. He points out that newly elected Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, was shamed into firing Lis Smith, who was in line to become de Blasio's communications director.
Maher, oblivious to his moral ignorance and hypocrisy, asks, "Was it that she lied on her résumé? Or accepted gifts from a lobbyist? Or injected Alex Rodriguez with steroids? Nope. It's that she's dating Eliot Spitzer, America's evilest, horniest man." Evidently in Maher's perverted world, lying on a résumé, illegal gifts from lobbyists, and steroid use are bad things; but abandoning the mother of your children, whoring around with whatever is your current fancy, same-sex marriage, pot use, and the like are okay.
I wonder what moral code Maher and his like-minded pagan friends are using to reach these bizarre conclusions. (Actually, I don't wonder at all, but I want you to think about it.) I also wonder how Maher would have felt if his father took the path of Hollande and abandoned him and his mother and sister during his youth. Or are such things okay only when they happen to someone else?
Maher's morality is not only illogical and inconsistent, but is a great example of what happens when morality is defined by infallible (and ignorant, and foolish) humans. When it comes to de Blasio's former aid, Maher asks, "[W]hat exactly is the sin here? She's an adult in a consensual relationship with another adult who's in the process of divorcing his spouse."
Well, the sins are fornication and adultery, for starters. I suppose at least it is encouraging that the word "sin" is still in Maher's vocabulary. Of course, if we follow Maher's morality (that whatever is done between "consenting adults" is okay) to its logical conclusion, prostitution, gambling of almost every form, polygamy and polyandry, pornography, almost every form of drug abuse, illegal payments-political and otherwise, and the like, should be not only legal, but moral as well.
Most of today's liberals, at least those who craft and coach modern progressivism, are little more than present-day pagans. They are fulfilling well what occultist, bisexual, and habitual drug user Aleister Crowley described as the creed of modern paganism: "Do What Thou Wilt."
Much to the excitement of today's liberal, the great lure of paganism is that the moral demands are few. Such demands are decided by each individual, and thus we have the chaos that stems from moral relativism. What was once deemed shameful is now celebrated. Tragically, the secularism that is the fruit of modern liberalism has given us a culture that is bereft of shame.
Thus it is a bit of a wonder that Maher and his pagan liberal friends have a problem with "slut shaming." In fact, given today's American culture, it's a wonder that any form of "shaming" has an effect at all. Also, just like a "twerking" Miley Cyrus, males such as French President Hollande, or the NFL star with multiple children by multiple women, or the nice looking college boy out to hook-up as often as possible, should have their slutty behavior called out for what it is as well.
What's more, not only can Maher be described as a pagan, but like his editorial friends at the New York Times, he is a fool. And I mean a fool in the Old Testament book of Proverbs sense of the word. In this sense, liberals like Maher are not feebleminded idiots; instead, they are morally corrupt and despise true wisdom. Being wise in their own eyes, in almost every way possible they have rebelled against God and His Word.
Such liberals have knowledge, and they crave the political power necessary to put it into practice. Sadly, too many Americans have given them this opportunity. Thus, many of us have learned the hard way what a British rock band sang over 15 years ago, "Knowledge is a deadly friend, when no one sets the rules. The fate of all mankind I see is in the hands of fools."
Trevor Grant Thomas At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason. www.trevorgrantthomas.com
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