As a conservative, I’ve come to admire Milo Yiannopoulos. Despite being a flamboyant homosexual, he’s done more to destroy the cult of Political Correctness than any ten movement conservatives I can think of. (I’m looking at you George Will, Evan McMillan and Rich Lowery.)
That’s not to say I approve of his lifestyle. Far from it. But here’s the thing: the same PC culture that he’s helped overturn, has made it impossible for ordinary Christians, conservatives and traditionalists to express their revulsion for sodomy. We’re caught in a Mobius loop. On the one hand, we can’t criticize his lifestyle but on the other hand, we can’t hold him up as a hero either. That’s untenable.
I myself have the scars on my back to prove it. When Monomakhos was started way back when, it inadvertently came to my knowledge that there was a lavender mafia within the bowels of the Orthodox Church here in America. And those of us who commented on it were roundly pilloried for it. And some of those who stood up against it were thrown out of their ministries.
“Homophobes”, “bigots” and “haters” we were called. Unjustly I might add but that didn’t make a difference. Because we couldn’t abide the particulars of that lifestyle, we were deemed unfit for polite society. “It was now [insert year here] and society had evolved.” Didn’t we get the memo?
So, what’s a self-respecting Christian conservative to do? Defend Milo or castigate him? If we defend him, we’re hypocrites, if we throw him under the bus, we’re evil bigots.
Does anybody else see the problem with this?
OK, let me spell it out: homosexuality is a pathology. There, I said it. No, you’re not “more wonderfully made” because you can’t (or won’t) enter into real Christian monogamy. And yes, so’s heterosexual porn addiction, fornication, embezzlement, drunkenness, and extortion. It’s right there in the Bible. Don’t like it? Start your own church.
Now Milo’s a big boy. He can take it. I imagine he’ll rise like a phoenix from the ashes of his recent press conference. And I’ll still respect him, both his convictions as well as his courage. Like I said earlier, anybody who has to wear a bullet-proof vest when giving a speech is more of a man than any of the eunuchs over at National Review Online.
But what I don’t respect is what he said about paedophilia. In fact, I’m revolted by it. And to his credit, he’s condemned those words, which he said were taken out of context. But let’s be honest here, we conservatives and been saying the same thing about adult homosexuals for, well, since forever. It’s an open secret among homosexuals that this lifestyle is perpetuated by recruitment.
Yes, I stand by what I just said. Homosexuals see nothing really wrong with adults grooming post-pubescent minors. Don’t believe me? Read passages from Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. Or watch what George Takei said about his own seduction at age 14 by an older man. Or watch Bill Maher’s defense of young boys being seduced by older women. When Lena Dunham wrote in her own autobiography no less that she molested her baby sister, there were no howls of outrage. Crickets. And let’s not forget, the age of consent in Germany is fourteen –the same age Milo was when he got molested by an older man.
The question is why?
I think I have an answer. The reason is not so much on the act itself, but upon the ethos that homosexuality imposes on an institution. In this case the entertainment industry and the political sphere. But in the case of the Church, I’m talking about a real, severe paralysis. One that makes it incapable of exerting any serious moral witness. As rational sheep, instead of the meat of the Gospel, we are fed the thin gruel of only the most anodyne statements. Pabulum that does not prepare us for the mission work of evangelism or the rigors of the persecution which is to come.
Seriously, think about it. In 2003, the Standing Council of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in America (SCOBA) put out its reasons why the Orthodox Church could not, nor would not, ever sanction gay marriage. That was the last significant thing SCOBA ever did. Does anybody really think that the Episcopal Assembly of the United States of America (EAUSA) as presently constituted could reissue that exact same statement? I doubt it.
Perhaps I’m wrong. I certainly hope so. But the fact remains that so much of what has beset our churches here in America, what has prevented us from going forth and getting our house in order, are the petty games that homosexual men are prone to playing. And always thinking, wondering and worrying about when the other shoe will drop. Let’s be honest: manly men don’t spend precious hours poring over canonical arcana that were obsolete centuries ago in order to ensure their place in the pecking order.
And no, being open about it doesn’t make it any easier. There are literally dozens of mainstream denominations which are caught in the grips of this vice. Homosexuality is open and often celebrated within their walls and halls of power. And they’re all imploding.
“Openness”, “inclusiveness”, “tolerance” and “acceptance” are not the answer. Nobody is more open about his homosexuality than Milo. He’s so flamboyant that his hair’s practically on fire. And many of us in the conservative movement have accepted Milo and other gays (such as Guy Benson, Richard Grenell and Tammy Bruce) with open arms. As far as I’m concerned these are all good people. As William F Buckley once said: “I’d rather have dinner with Noel Coward than with Al Gore”. Copy that.
We’re all broken. We’re all sinners. I’m a Christian after all and that’s why I try to be merciful. Having said that, I don’t know what it must be like to live within the grips of that particular passion. It’s not the secrecy (although there is plenty of that) it’s the act itself which brings the internal contradictions of that lifestyle to the forefront of the mind. Everything is colored by that act. Nothing is immune from it.
That doesn’t mean that all is lost. Nor that compromised men can’t lead the Church or that the sacraments aren’t valid. If the Holy Scriptures can include a book about about Joshua, a man who conducted the first genocide in history, then the Church can withstand a few effeminate men in the episcopate. Indeed, when the persecution comes, some of them might surprise us. (I on the other hand, may be the first to fold.)
But the fact remains; sodomy is a precursor to nihilism. We are seeing it with the internal contradictions that l’affaire Yiannopoulos has exposed for all the world to see. At its most basic level, the left can’t decide what to do. If they condemn Milo’s words then why do they praise his lifestyle? Incessantly and ad nauseam? Why indeed?
It’s really that simple.