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  1. Xenia says:

    Well I’m a member of the Tolkien Society, HQ’d in Oxford. Every year there’s Oxenmoot, an academic conference for Tolkien scholars and fans. This is the first year I was able to “attend” because it’s being held online. So the first talk went well but I bailed out of the second round-table discussion because the first speaker was a lesbian person of mixed race (she was physically beautiful) who wanted to talk about her trials and tribulations in the world of Tolkien studies, due to her race and sexual perversions. “This is a very important topic that MUST be addressed,” she intoned. So I took a look at the rest of the line-up and saw more of the same. “The racism in Tolkien’s works MUST be addressed.” One young woman I recognized from another online event and the audience booed her woke ideas, which was her 15 minutes of fame and she is milking her ordeal for all it’s worth. Now that’s she’s in an online environment, the woke managers of the event can eject any negative reactors.

    If you don’t like Tolkien, don’t read him.

    Everything is being homogenized to make everything acceptable to the homosexuals, feminists, and race-baiters.

    “Some of the things Tolkien wrote makes me uncomfortable.” Yeah, well, most of the pornography passing as modern literature makes ME uncomfortable. My solution? I don’t read it. Instead, I read very old literature but even now I am seeing papers about “Queer theory and the Old Norse Sagas.” Stay out of my world, perverts.

    If you are one who says this stuff is of 2ndary importance, you might change your mind when EVERY SINGLE ASPECT OF YOUR LIFE* is affected by people who insist you agree with them about their perversion and race-baiting.

    *Except church, if you attend one that doesn’t compromise.

  2. Xenia says:

    Sorry for the rant. Well, not sorry. I’ve enjoyed being a member of the Tolkien Society for years and always wanted to attend the conference. I spent money and set aside the weekend for this event, only to discover that it, too, has been ruined.

  3. Xenia says:

    And if you are tempted to snark “Poor old Xenia, her online experience wasn’t much fun for her,” may I tell you that EVERY event I have participated in recently outside conversations with certain family members and my church has been infected with this. It is assumed that everyone is in agreement. Who has the courage to be surrounded by a mob calling you a hater? Not me…. yet.

  4. Michael says:

    Xenia,
    It has affected virtually every area of discussion and study…

  5. Jean says:

    Xenia,

    I don’t have any analogous experience here in rural Iowa, but I do have a reading experience to share. I have been reading some multi-author college/seminary level annotated anthologies of Luther’s most important writings. One of the writings has been translated and annotated by what I’ve come to find out is a feminist Lutheran scholar.

    She constantly makes negative comments about the patriarchy in the Bible and in Luther, translates a lot of “him” to “God” and “Father” to “Godself” and refers to the Holy Spirit as “her.” These comments and others are distracting, unnecessary and negatively impacted my reading experience. I will never buy anything from this particular woman again and will probably do more due diligence before purchasing any other theological works from a woman theologian.

  6. Duane Arnold says:

    All

    Welcome to what passes for academia these days…

  7. Em says:

    “… what passes for academia…” Where HAS all the honesty gone? 1 + 1 = 1 1???
    Well, one written beside one is eleven, but…. gee whiz. .. 😤

  8. Em says:

    Another troubling political rhetoric coming from one party…. They speak of the Presidents shortcomings as if the President is coequal with God, i.e., “If the President had done his job, there would have been NO covid deaths….”. Say What? ? ?

  9. Xenia says:

    I just sat through a very pleasant lecture on the significance of music in Tolkien’s works. Very wholesome and it’s what I expect to see at Oxenmoot.

    Next up on the schedule: A feminist reading on a section of The Silmarillion by a woman from Chile. Hard pass.

    It’s not just academia. Last February, last time I was allowed to go anywhere (j/k) we were in Los Angeles and I guess it must have been gay pride week/month because all the stores, and I mean ALL the stores, had rainbow flags out front.

    This made me wonder if advocates went from store to store with flags and what kind of intimidation they used to ensure there was 100 percent compliance.

    In the volunteer groups I used to be part of, back when we were doing these kinds of things, it was assumed we were all woke. Maybe we weren’t all woke but those of us who weren’t kept our mouths shut.

    Maybe if I lived somewhere other than California I would see something different. Here it is pervasive.

  10. Xenia says:

    So. We expect serious turmoil during and after the election, no matter who wins but it’s the Dems with the matches and lighter fluid. We’ve been stockpiling supplies because we don’t know what to expect, and not just supplies for ourselves but enough to give stuff away to ill-prepared neighbors and church folk. I suggest everyone do the same. If it’s all peaceful, you won’t have to go grocery shopping very much in February because you will have a nice stash in your garage.

  11. Jean says:

    Xenia,

    “This made me wonder if advocates went from store to store with flags and what kind of intimidation they used to ensure there was 100 percent compliance.”

    I can’t speak for the stores there, but when I lived in Chicago, which had a large Pride parade every year, stores and flags carried the rainbow for business reasons. They wanted business and were latching on to the event of the month. Stores probably have a diversity of decorations for every major occasion, whether a Pride parade, Christian holiday, Jewish holiday, national holiday, etc.

    But the one thing I would mention is that many straight, non-conservative people have an affinity with the Gays, because as a culture in the cities, they tend to be creative, joyful and have a lot of disposable income because they are educated or creative and have good incomes. In other words, they are pleasant and often fun to be around.

    Maybe a “note to Christians,” if you are a sower puss, in either your life or your proclamation, don’t be surprised if people reject you.

  12. Xenia says:

    Jean,

    As you know, I am not a sour puss.

    But I am one angry cat. (Not at you.)

  13. Michael says:

    “So. We expect serious turmoil during and after the election, no matter who wins but it’s the Dems with the matches and lighter fluid.”

    As a Democrat who just spent a week fleeing fires, I don’t appreciate this much.
    The people looting, rioting, and starting fires are extremists without any real political affiliation.
    They don’t vote…they’re opportunists.

    If people feel safer voting for the party of forced sterilizations, that’s their business, but please don’t impute morality to your vote.

  14. Jean says:

    Don’t let the sun go down on it Xenia. That’s just my prayer for you.

  15. Em says:

    Whem i was out and about more than i am today, the gays, like all other folk came in all kinds of personalities, but three of the nicest, kindest, most courteous men ii have known were homosexual…. and a confessed NON practicing homosexual man who is a Lutheran priest is a man that i try to hear teach every week…
    That said, God is pretty clear that it is a handicap/sin not to be celebrated or affirmed…
    Personally, i think it is a harbinger of a decaying nation…. along with many other indicators…. sigh

  16. Jean says:

    Em,

    “Personally, i think it is a harbinger of a decaying nation…. along with many other indicators…. sigh”

    Do you really think that homosexuality is more prevalent today than it was 50 or 100 years ago? I suppose it’s possible that because of environmental factors, like pollution in the air or water, that whatever chemical or genetic factors give someone a same sex attraction has increased, but I am not aware of any studies that show that there are more gays today than historically.

    We are aware of more homosexuality because it is “out of the closet.” But, it’s always been with us in some small percentage throughout history.

    So, I don’t think it is a harbinger of a decaying nation. I think the harbinger of a decaying nation is in the 90% of straight Americans who are not faithful spouses and parents, who have rejected even the pretense of Christianity (not the whole 90%, but let’s say 40-50%), for self-indulgence, entitlement and a whatever feels good mentality.

  17. Xenia says:

    All the above.

    And I intend to retain my righteous anger, Jean.

  18. Michael says:

    This country will remain unchanged as long as people believe one party is more moral than the other.
    It has been wonderful in a weird way to be in a crisis where only those outside of it had the luxury of political division.

  19. bob1 says:

    Dems with matches and lighter fluid??

    Seriously?

    Where does that come from?

    I’m with Michael — I find that off the wall, to say the least. Not to mention ridiculous.

    There are some on here who seem to have some real strong anti-Democratic Party animus, I guess.

    I don’t share it.

  20. Xenia says:

    Seattle, Portland…

    Not talking about wildfires.

  21. bob1 says:

    What about Seattle and Portland?

  22. Michael says:

    Seattle and Portland are both dealing poorly with extremists. As. Democrat and a native Oregonian I put the blame where it belongs. I hear many conservative extremists calling for civil war. Rhetoric just keeps us where we’re at…or worse.

  23. Jean says:

    “Seattle, Portland…”

    Why are any rioters or arsonists considered Democrats?

    And, when it comes to “matches and lighter fluid,” is that not roving vigilantes and militias, rogue police and federal law enforcement, Trump’s rhetoric?

    Here’s what one Republican Kansas politician posted this week:

    “I’d rather fight and die than live in their dictated world. And right now I’ve got my own war drum — and I’m waiting for the other side to give me reason to pound on it. And I will. Say when. Don’t tread on me,” – Mike Brown

    In all the protests I’ve seen in the media, I see far more violence instigated by the right than the left, and none instigated by elected Democrats, whereas, on the right there is violence instigated from the top of the ticket.

  24. Political parties are a negative force in society. It is just another type of tribalism. But once the evil is established, the next best thing is in a two party state, that there always be two competitive, functional parties, with the ability to maintain near political equilibrium.

    This means that I am very grieved to hear of the passing of the Honarable Justice Ginsburg. I am fearful for a future with an imbalance of powers.

    Rest in peace.

  25. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Jean is so blinded by Trump hate it makes me dizzy. The leftist mayors and city councils in both Portland and Seattle openly supported the riots and rioters along with handcuffing their police departments.
    Trust me, they would not have done that if the riots we initiated by right wing militias as he claims.

  26. MLD. This is not true. I am aware of no city in America where rioters are receiving support from local and state governments.

    To find such a situation, we would likely need to go back to race riots of the 1900’s. Tulsa 1921 comes to mind.

  27. As of this moment..

    I think the President may have just won the election.

  28. Em says:

    MLD makes a good point. It may be only certain Democrats, mayors, allowing the riots (and losses) and it is very likely the “demonstrations” have been hijacked by antifa, etc.

    Justice Ginsberg has passed, know we who know who to pray to are praying for a clear transitioning

  29. Em says:

    Nathan, the woman who is Seattle’s mayor called the group who took over/occupied a good sized portion of her city, people having a summer festival …. FWIW

  30. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Nathan, the mayor in Seattle call the riot on Capitol a love in.
    The socialists on the council did nothing to protect the police when they were run out of town.
    Revisionist history usually takes years, not 2 months like you are doing.

  31. MLD.
    If you go to Sea tonight, you will find police. No police have been run out of town. I do not follow Sea news, but from memory, the Mayor made comments in the first days of protest that it was a “love in”. It would seem that the local street scene was reminiscent of 60’s street scenes and marches.

    I am confident that gatherings and the like where constant in the Capital Hill area going back to 2016. Or at leadt on weekends.

    It is a fact of life going back to the days of your mentor, that a bohemian element of society will always exist. This is called personal freedom. Humans sometimes choose personal freedon. Results may vary.

    There will always also be an authoritarian Christian element that is not satisfied with the destruction of the soul in the afterlife. That is to long to wait.

    You have said that officials engaged in some sort of conspiracy to commit crimes. That is not true. You are not distinguishing between opinions and actions.

  32. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Nathan – nonsense.
    The police chief resigned saying that the mayor and council interfered with her sworn duties.

  33. Em says:

    FWIW… My daughter who is in government in an adjoining city to Seattle received quite a few threatening Emails, if she didn’t vote to disband their police dept.
    She didn’t – they are a close knit community, but she did have to be concerned about retaliation from these hooligans

  34. Ruth says:

    I’m tired tonight. Hoping the smoke will go away tomorrow as promised. I live South of Seattle and it’s been quite smoky. I’m spiritually tired. My husband and I are the only ones not deep down the rabbit hole of Trumpism in our families. It’s exhausting. Snuggling my doggos, thankful for rain tonight, thankful for so many things! Also just heartbroken my brother in law won’t talk to me because I questioned him when he said Trump was a repentant born again Christian. One of my brothers won’t talk to me because he knows I’m not all in Trump. My heart hurts. I know in my head I have so many things to be thankful for, but my heart hurts…

  35. A couple of things..
    The citizenry of Seattle have chosen to empower successive administrations that are not authoritative. It is a free society. These administrations determine public policy. If a police chief does not support those policies, they are free to resign, in a free country.

    The population of the Puget Sound region has exploded. Whether billionaires or bums, people have chosen to move there. Its a free country. Some chose to live in Capital Hill, because they want to. Should they be disatisfied with public services, they can vote accordingly.

    Seattle is not a lawless wasteland.
    People get arrested 24/7.
    It did not burn down.
    Next week at the King County Courthouse, the usual crowd will shuffle in.
    Because they got arrested in Seattle.

  36. CHAZ/CHOP was ok until black kids were shot and murdered. Now Seattle is being sued for tolerating that nonsense. The Oakland mayor was ok with the destruction until her home was targeted. Ted Wheeler of Portland marched with protesters and was attacked, then his home burned. So elected officials did in fact approve of or encourage the violence. They seem to have forgotten that Robespierre met his end at the guillotine.

  37. Michael says:

    Ruth,

    A lot of us are right there with you…

  38. Michael says:

    I think the mayors of these cities did a pathetic job handling these situations.
    Their foolishness affects all of us as extremists expect to be granted such liberties in places like our valley.
    They will not find us as amenable to blockades and property damage…especially after what we’ve just been through and are still dealing with.

  39. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Nathan, please do not misunderstand me. I am all for what is going on in Portland and Seattle until the citizens decide to put an end to it – it does not bother me a bit if they willingly choose to loot and burn down their own territory.

    I am 100% against Federal intervention – the mayor’s have their own local resources to call on – county and state. And the can Lobby county and state for funds to repair and rebuild – just don’t call on me.

    It’s very similar to the issues the ‘no bail’ cities have brought upon themselves.

  40. Xenia says:

    Oxonmoot day 2: Much, much better today. Proper Hobbit fare.

  41. I think the mayors have performed badly, starting with messaging.

    -There is no BLM, it’s only a slogan.
    -Civil rights organizations are long since dated and do not connect with younger generations.
    -There is no universal vernacular to convey Progressive ideas. Some pathetic terms like “bullying” can repel males.
    -Specific western cities are vulnerable to any federal efforts to destabilize urban communities. This could happen the moment any federal action is initiated.
    -The local riffraff is likely amoung the greatest assets of the Republican party.

    If mayors wanted to push back against the Administrstion, they dhould focus on gaining the trust of their community, adj the community for help identifying criminals from protesters and get the
    criminals in jail.

    However. Everything I just said is irrelevant due to Justice Ginsburg’s passing. The Palintir of Fox News et al. has rotated east.

  42. Michael says:

    I’ve finally hit the wall and am officially exhausted.
    Unfortunately, there is no rest for the wicked.
    Our situation was exacerbated by a complete failure of the information system.
    The emergency network was never activated and unless you were following the scanner and social media, you had no clue what was happening around you.
    Now, we face an information crisis of a different kind.
    Rumors are flying that BLM and antifa have set up in one of the parks and are threatening locals who won’t co-operate with them.
    We know two of the three fires that devoted us were arson…the main one is still under investigation.
    Who set them and why?
    We know one was a long tome local loser…but was he doing someones bidding?
    The looters were all local felons…much to some folks disappointment.
    We’re highly stressed and these are perilous times…

  43. Em says:

    This morning we have blue sky above us – finally. Checking the canyon around us and trusting that the rising white puffs are clouds, not smoke – sometimes it is hard to tell the difference.
    Thank You, Lord
    AND we do have what Michael described @ 9:37 – demented people and their exploiters. I really do pray that this is Satan’s last gasp, but i don know….
    An FYI for all here, my nurse daughter told me to not stop taking D3 ad they are being told to expect another covid go round early fall

    If there is a respite in the pressures now, a chance to relax a bit, take advantage of it, focus on eternal Truth and thank God that we are among those who know the end will be glorious – but there is that thousand years v blink of an eye observation….
    Inhale, Lord, exhale Jesus, inhale Lord, exhale Jesus, inhale….. 😇
    God keep cuz it really isn’t easy at times

  44. WenatcheeTheHatchet says:

    yes, Em, God sent rain and wind that has driven away the smoke. I’m grateful.
    I’m going to celebrate God’s mercies by getting groceries …
    and it feels really weird to know I’m celebrating clean air quality by going and doing the kinds of chores that would be just plain chores any other time. 🙂

  45. Xenia says:

    We know one was a long tome local loser…but was he doing someones bidding?<<<

    Our town's wooded park, which, by the way, is the location of our parish church, is always having small fires, set by homeless folks for warmth. Our church caught on fire maybe 20 years ago, under (what some consider to have been) suspicious circumstances. Whenever I hear on the scanner (thanx to a FB reporter) that there's another fire over there, we hop in the car to see if the church is ok. So far, so good.

    Do I think these homeless folk are members of Antifa or BLM? No, I do not. Do I think some of them would be amenable to set a fire for a bottle of wine or some drugs? Yes I do. I do not believe it's happened ye heret but we are on the alert. Churches are being vandalized all over the country.

  46. Michael says:

    Xenia,

    I don’t think this guy has the brain cells left to be political…but he could have been enticed.
    The rumor mill is going to kill more people than the fire if this isn’t resolved.
    They found two bodies where the fire started…and have said little more since…

  47. Nancy Holmes says:

    Zenia

    Altho I am a Democrat, I am much in sympathy with many of your views. There are too many things being shoved in my face by the gays and their cohorts and altho I am pro-choice, it is only because I want women who do choose abortion to have decent medical care. I am not pro-abortion but I am pro making this country safe enough for women and their dependent children, that abortion will no longer be a desired option.

    Several decades ago I became exasperated with a feminist “scholar” who took after C S Lewis for being a misogynist. Good grief, there are enough proven misogynists around to have targeted.

    As for the gays and the rest of the alphabet folks–I wish them no ill, desire that they be enabled to live peaceful lives and am willing to tolerate them but not celebrate them. I am thankful that I have never had to struggle with those particular temptations, as my sad sack of sins is weighty enough as it is.

    And yes, I do know my sins are forgiven me, but the memory is searing at times and does a good job of keeping me humble when I am willing to step back from my tendencies to be humanly judgmental and self righteous.

  48. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Open Blogging – we could use some Good News. I was reading through Luther’s Large Catechism and ran across this –
    “Everything, therefore, in the Christian Church is ordered to the end that we shall daily obtain there nothing but the forgiveness of sin through the Word and signs [sacraments], to comfort and encourage our consciences as long as we live here. Thus, although we have sins, the [grace of the] Holy Ghost does not allow them to injure us, because we are in the Christian Church, where there is nothing but [continuous, uninterrupted] forgiveness of sin, both in that God forgives us, and in that we forgive, bear with, and help each other.”–Martin Luther, Large Catechism, Article III, 55

  49. Nancy Holmes says:

    Also I am not interested in taking people’s guns away and I am for law and order, but I do desire justice for victims of all kinds. I am embarrassed by what seems to be a certain gutlessness of the big city Democratic mayors.

    I am deeply grieved by the divisions between Christians and desperately hope that we may find common ground in our love of Jesus Christ.

  50. Xenia says:

    Nancy, you sound like a reasonable person!

    I understand why many Christians are Democrats because, as Jean has brought up, there are many good things on the Democrat platform. I hate it when one side says the other side can’t possibly be Christian, no matter who says it.

    God bless,

    -Xenia

  51. Dan from Georgia says:

    Xenia and Nancy…I hate that too when Christians demonize other Christians and say “you are not a Christian because _______”. This is usually a weapon used by someone to put another person down and make them out to be a bad person.

  52. MLD. Nice.

    This week I thought about John Winthrip/Model of Christian Charity.
    And physics. The effect of modulating an oscillating electron field charge.
    A mans gotta do what a mans gotta do to keep his sanity right now. Especialy if raised a teetotaler.

  53. Dan from Georgia says:

    Missed this by 2 days, but 23 years ago on Sept 19, 1997, musician Rich Mullins passed from this world to the next.

    I know of only one or two other CCM musicians who, in my opinion, produce music that is honest and real, sometimes painfully.

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