MOLOCH, which was made of brass; and they heated him from his lower parts; and his hands being stretched out, and made hot, they put the child between his hands, and it was burnt; when it vehemently cried out; but the priests beat a drum, that the father might not hear the voice of his son, and his heart might not be moved.
- Rabbi Rashi
“I would rather you commit suicide than have you leave Love In Action wanting to return to the gay lifestyle. In a physical death you could still have a spiritual resurrection; whereas, returning to homosexuality you are yielding yourself to a spiritual death from which there is no recovery.” - the Rev. John Smid
Much furor has been brewing over the fate of young Zach
, last name unknown, who is being confined to a re-education camp
by his parents. The staff
propose to brainwash
him into heterosexuality.
What isn't being said so much is that this case - and the thousands of other teens 'turned straight' by similar programs each year - is only the tip of a very large and culturally sanctioned iceberg, one in which we see the Strict Father
model writ largest. Only a very strict parent would pay - usually an exorbitant sum, on the order of enrolling your child in an Ivy League school - a perfect stranger to kidnap
your recalcitrant child and drag him away to an internment camp
in a developing country where he will be tortured into respecting, admiring and obeying authority in general and you - and his torturers - in particular.
The war between modern and primitive culture in the United States and England is only growing more and more vicious. These sorts of 'boot camps' and 'tough love' programs would have been unthinkable decades ago. Today, as we turn away from the principles of the Enlightenment, they're widely admired. The modern ideal that personal convictions - of all sorts - are the core of individuality and human dignity, and therefore are a basic human right, is widely superseded by the lizard-brained impulse to exercise power. As America is freed to exercise its power without any restraint, American culture has begun the serious business of finding victims. Children being helpless and completely without rights are the easiest and most convenient form of victim. In many parts of the world, one's children are one's property and even murdering an adolescent who's grown difficult is not unheard of or necessarily disapproved of. Time will tell how far down that road American culture goes, but that we've all taken the first few steps is inarguable.