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Why Voting Is Bad & Other Topics from Everything You Believe Is Wrong — Podcast

Podcast from the Your American Heritage show from 15 January 2022. Show description: “Ed Bonderenka talks to Matt Briggs (wmbriggs.com) about, among other things, his book ‘Everything You Believe Is Wrong’.”

Bonderenka’s previous shows are here.

We spent a good deal of time on Chapter 5 “On Voting.” But there were a few words on our culture’s determination to DIE. Which is taken from Diversity Inclusion and Equality, or Equity. Which is Chapter 11, “Can’t We All Get Along?”

As I’ve said many times, Equality was the first sin, and it will be the last. It comes and goes, fades and strengthens in time. Now it is believed with an ardor stronger than a scientist touting his model to a grant review board.

It’s most bizarrely believed in this thing called academic Christian theology. Yes, prefixing “academic” to any word is enough to damn it in most cases. In this case, too.

However Equality to be believed in Christian circles is a question I don’t have an answer to. Perhaps some of you know. But that it came to be believed is remarkable, because it is nowhere supported in scripture itself.

In a nice coincidence, here was the second reading from yesterday (1 Cor 12:4-11).

Brothers and sisters:
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit;
there are different forms of service but the same Lord;
there are different workings but the same God
who produces all of them in everyone.
To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit
is given for some benefit.
To one is given through the Spirit the expression of wisdom;
to another, the expression of knowledge according to the
same Spirit;
to another, faith by the same Spirit;
to another, gifts of healing by the one Spirit;
to another, mighty deeds;
to another, prophecy;
to another, discernment of spirits;
to another, varieties of tongues;
to another, interpretation of tongues.
But one and the same Spirit produces all of these,
distributing them individually to each person as he wishes.

Whatever the opposite of Equality is, this is it.

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  1. The first lie that children are taught in public screwel is “People are all the same.” They are taught to repeat what is obviously, blatantly untrue, training their minds to falsehoods. This also separates education from reality, and demoralizes the children. This is all done on purpose.

  2. The answer is easy Briggs.

    Many people we call Theologians and priests and religious now are really in fact scientists, and more importantly psychologists and social workers. While the former can be fully credentialed in the latter, they cannot serve two masters. They have either been poorly formed or enthusiastically taken their vows to the latter because “credibility” and general lack of faith.

    Scientism and naturalism and THE PSYCHOLOGY ™ in the vein of the god and gospel according the Dr. Jordan Peterson came in and much like Critical Race theory, all things Biblical and holy and ritualistic had to be filtered through Critical Naturalist Psychology Theory in order to teach and be understood.

    Everything is a poetic interpretation of the mind, you see? Much like the first sin, Eve had to stare very hard at the forbidden fruit and mull it over in her mind until she “saw that it was good”, you know… according to her own personal lived experience! So it was the first incident of a trans-fruit identifying as something other than what it is. And as is typical the woman cucked the man into going along with it.

    There is truly nothing new under the Sun. But there certainly is variety!

  3. Ha ha ha. I had the same thought in Church yesterday. “Boy, the progressives aren’t going to like this reading…”

    I would comment on the homily afterwards, but we are being forced to wear masks in church now (BC, Canada) so I fell asleep due to lack of oxygen. At least, that’s my excuse.

  4. The the current miseries being experienced by the West are the inevitable consequence of rejecting a rightly ordered society that acknowledges Christ as King. It is going to get much worse.

    God, it seems, will continue to allow His people to inflict this chastisement upon THEMSELVES until the few remaining decent people finally all get that through their heads.

    And the demonically inspired insanity of égalité is, indeed, a principle element in the pile of stupidity.

  5. Here’s my response to Matt’s question, “how did equality come to be believed in Christian circles?” and to his contention that the concept of equality “is nowhere supported in scripture itself.”

    Of course, the “no scriptural support” contention is immediately refuted by Gal 3:28: “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

    Yes, you can argue your way around that, but the “no support (at all)” contention is false.

    Some other traditional instances in Catholicism: the three Persons of the Most Holy Trinity are certainly all equal; Jesus rejected ideas about “who will be the greatest in the kingdom” (Mt 18:1-5).

    But Matt also seems to be conflating the concept of “difference” with “inequality.” In a way, Matt’s example, 1 Cor 12:4-11, is not a great proof text for his point, for that passage doesn’t say that those with different gifts are “unequal” under “the same Spirit.”

    Obviously, there are many other passages and currents favoring hierarchy: the hierarchy of angels; “heroic” virtue as a pre-condition for beatification; etc.

    There’s plenty on either side, really. After all, Christ the King died horribly on the Cross for all men. So: hierarchy, or equality — or even, “taking the form of a slave?” (Phil 2:7}

    I think there’s always been plenty of ammo in Catholicism for “equality” and self-abnegation, even to the extent of buying into a suicide pact to gain “equality” for others and thus feel Extra Virtuous while you live in pods, eat bugs, and die off — ammo, not justifications.

    It all seems completely stupid to me, but hey, I’m rigid.

  6. JohnK,

    Give that we both accept as true “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus”, how do you tell your wife from all the others who are all one?

    The woke version of “equality” is that all can be molded to be the same in all things. That’s the version even theologians now embrace.

    Not the reality-based equality that we all share human nature, etc.

  7. Ed,

    Well, “equity” is the end result. When strict unbending mandatory uniformity (also called “diversity”) is enforced on all. “Equality” it the blank slate, the lump of clay theory that we’re all absolutely equal in potential. Hence men who are women, etc. etc. etc.

  8. Great interview. Ed did his homework. He read your book and asked good questions. The answers were spot on, too. I appreciated the touch of sardonic joviality with what can be such a depressing topic. The book (buy some copies today for your erstwhile friends) has a fair amount of humor, too. Sometimes laughter is the best medicine.

  9. My gosh I have been too far removed from ‘Normie’ Conservative stuff for so long. This guy feels like he came right out of the 1980’s. “I believe we’ll see a reckoning at the midterms”… ?? The ridiculously common references to the results of WWII. And “Judeo-Christian”…

  10. “Not the reality-based equality that we all share human nature, etc.”

    Equality of opportunity and equality before the law are good things.
    Equality of outcomes (“equity”) is stupid and wrong, and will inevitably lead to inequality – indeed, that is its purpose!
    Isn’t it odd that with the US being such a nasty place full of inequity, racism etc, that so many entered illegally in 2021?

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