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"God says I don't have to listen to you, nyah nyah!" - Nothing New Under The Sun
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"God says I don't have to listen to you, nyah nyah!"
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bellatrys From: bellatrys Date: August 3rd, 2006 12:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

an American thing all over - see, I get the distinct impression

that he decided to become a Catholic b/c the Protestant denominations here (tho' only some of them!) were ordaining women. Ugh! Girl cooties! I have to respect a WOMAN now? Tis against nature! Where's a church they won't do that? Ahah! Rome has made it a central defining tenet of themselves now, I know, I'll Cross The Tiber™ and then I won't have to worry about it ever again! This is not an uncommon thing, I have come to realize; freaked-out authoritarian personality types looking for the place they will have to do the least critical thinking, yet can comfort themselves with the illusion that they're living on the cutting edge of philosophical daring. (I mean, the guy calls himself "socrates58"--!)

The obsession with St. Paul - and the argument over male dominance/women should be silent - and whether or not dissenting - or even feeling mildly uncomfortable reading those passages out in church - is a) Heresy, b) "PC," which is worse - is an obsession you simply can't escape among the conservative Catholics here, pages and pages/hours and hours spent explaining why it is all dulce et decorum and you're an Ebol Feminist trying to Destroy Everything if you're not *delighted* with your Submission. (Both the she-kapos and the guys, although mostly from the guys: their women more try to ignore the theory and find little places to be happy and avoid friction by retreating into domesticity and busyness.)

Seriously? I think it has a lot to do with the same machismo that means we a) can't not get involved in dumb, evil, *counterproductive* wars and b) can't extricate ourselves once we have because that would be "showing weakness." See, we're not pussies like you Old Europeans! We'll stick our fingers in the socket AGAIN, that'll show you!

From: anna_wing Date: August 4th, 2006 03:06 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: an American thing all over - see, I get the distinct impression

(I mean, the guy calls himself "socrates58"--!)

A good omen for us, perhaps, considering what happened to Socrates.
bellatrys From: bellatrys Date: August 5th, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh, this guy isn't going to get himself killed antagonizing the govt

or challenging societal norms, don't worry. Far from! He recites tautologies and flatters himself that he's a daring, radical freethinker who defies conventions by asking why people just go along with them, when in fact he's about as mindlessly hidebound-conventional as is possible, and moves from mental safe zone to even less challenging safe zone so as to avoid having to think critically about any of his own assumptions. That he should compare himself to any martyr, let alone one who challenged the popular theologies and practices of the day, is just ludicrous.
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