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Adrienne Veronese

Poet, Novelist, Author, Essayist, Humorist

Consulting a Moral Compass to Shed Light in Dark Places

                                                             

                                                            “Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
                                                                      only light can do that.  
                                                                 Hate cannot drive out hate;
                                                                    only love can do that.”

                                                                  – Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

New information has emerged about a video showing a confrontation in Washington DC on Friday, January 18th between Catholic high school boys in MAGA hats attending the March for Life and Native Americans attending the Indigenous People's March at the Lincoln Memorial. My inbox has been choked with newsletters and videos this morning, condemning “mainstream” media for jumping to conclusions before all the facts were in.

 In a nutshell, - if such an oversized imbroglio could actually fit in a nutshell - a handful of haters from the Black Hebrew Israelite cult were there shouting insults at people passing by, basically because that's what they do. They're the shock-jocks of big city street corners and prominent public gathering places. And like most shock-jocks, lack the imagination to do anything but hate. Which probably explains why the Southern Poverty Law Center considers them a hate group. Along with anyone else with ears, they were hating on the group of teenage boys in MAGA hats. Who must have missed class the day they taught that thing about turning the other cheek. This perfect storm of haters colliding with smells like Catholic teen spirit appeared to have set off a chain reaction, which may very well have ended up being misinterpreted by the time the video we all saw went viral on the internet and was reported on by the media over the weekend.

Atlantic Monthly has featured a well thought-out article about the pitfalls of taking things out of context in the digital era, and we are well-advised to keep that in mind. Unless the context is the issue. With that in mind, it seems worth noting that as of this writing, mainstream media has carefully avoided making an issue of one of the MAGA boys being captured on video shouting, "It's not rape if you enjoy it!" Thus begins my shedding light on the intersection of two issues that have made tools of us all if we allow them to keep us polarized.

A friend shared a YouTube video on social networking today addressing the inclusion of the cult's involvement in a more current news report on CNN. It was posted to the channel of one of the cult members, whose work I've grown familiar with over the past few months.

As you know, I tend to lurk in places others stay away from, especially if I sense a darker purpose behind what's being promoted. Never one to accept the interpretations of others, I wade through some pretty dark stuff and draw my own conclusions after consulting my Moral Compass on much of the stuff that sticks to the bottom of my shoes. Which is why I've taken the liberty of making notes with my own response to what the narrator of this 30 minute video is saying. I'll let you listen to as much of it as you can stomach.

FAIR WARNING: Extreme violent, racist, misogynistic, and anti-Semitic rhetoric.

He is both cursing and celebrating that the media is mentioning his cult. And making it clear he does not consider calling someone a “Trump incest child” to be saying anything evil against them falsely. Because alternate reality. One in which pissing in the pool doesn't poison it for everyone else. And claiming that it does is demonizing the person who pissed in the pool, and instantly qualifies the accuser as being a Devil.

                                    

And then he's off and running with his Bible quotes, beginning with a quote from Matthew 5:11: “Blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake.”

MY RESPONSE, UPON CONSULTING MY MORAL COMPASS: Disagreeing with someone's point of view is far from persecuting them. Objecting to a person choosing to spread hatred and incite tension in a public place is not the same thing as “saying all manner of evil against them.” The speaker quotes Matthew 5:11 to defend his argument, which is ironic. Not only does he confuse the word “revile” with “revel,” he seems to be objecting to hundreds of years of slavery by celebrating his right to hold women in slavery once he and his people are raptured to Heaven.

Yes, insisting that of those “raptured,” the small percentage of women who are allowed to come along will “just have to get used to polygamy” is assigning the role of sex slave to women. As I said earlier, this isn't the first of this narrator's videos I've sat through. And I've heard enough of his rhetoric to have a pretty good picture of just what he thinks of women in general. He's made it abundantly clear we are little more than objects of pleasure. For eternity.

In one of his fellow cultist's video diatribes, he goes so far as to say the men who are raptured will be given superpowers, and will use them to make their woman's ass bigger(11:14) if that's what the man wants. Obviously just because a woman's been raptured to Heaven doesn't mean her will to have her ass stay just the way God made it will prevail over the will of the menfolk, who get to pass that ass around in a polygamous orgy, apparently.

So it would seem this same speaker invoking Matthew 5:11 is the very definition of irony, in context. The philosophy he's sharing reviles women, promotes their persecution, and “speaks all manner of evil against them falsely for His sake.” Yet rather than being Blessed, as Matthew 5:11 claims, I have little doubt I would be shouted down as the White Devil Woman for pointing out this error in logic. And most likely burned at the stake for being in possession of a Moral Compass.

                                                  

Oooh, this next one is a fun one: Isaiah 5:20:Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

To which I must respond with a quote from the Bible of the Moral Compass, with this one from the Book of Adrienne, Chapter 1: Verse 'OMG Wake the Fuck Up, You Tool': “Believing my ass is nothing more than a plaything created for the sweetness of your own pleasure is evil. Telling you this in all honesty is not being bitter, it's shedding light on the dark shadow cast by your enormous penis-shaped ego.”

But that's not all. There's even MORE Biblical irony as the narrator quotes Luke 6:22: “Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.“

Again, the irony cannot be emphasized enough here. How long have women been separated from the company of men in positions of leadership in religion, government, and both the public and private sphere? And what about being refused the right to be in their company when cultural standards have been created? How long have male religious leaders reproached the female of the species, claimed we are witches, or worse – of the devil – when we speak out? All for the sake of the Son of man, affectionately known by this cult as Yahawashi. A cult that seems to have used the Bible as a template for justifying slavery and flipped the script in favor of their particular version of the historically persecuted MEN folk, while completely ignoring the eternally persecuted females of any and all races, religions and nationalities.

Ever look up the definition of misogyny? Let's go back to Luke 6:22, shall we? “Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you.”

As a female, I can honestly say I do not feel blessed for having been hated, as this speaker claims to feel. Unless you count the perspective I've gained from traveling through this world being treated like a devil-possessed witch whenever I opened my mouth and shared the things I saw and experienced along the way. The perspective gained has given me the advantage of being able to see certain flaws in the logic of door-to-door salesmen peddling religious propaganda, and YouTube proselytizers. Especially those preaching a message of hate and subjugation.

Attempting to share that perspective has been especially enlightening. Particularly among the Viagra spammers of my poetry blog, who have made it abundantly clear the only thing of value in my being here is as a sperm depository. And of course, to the Black Hebrew Israelites, who have echoed that same sentiment and gone one stop further by proving poet Gregory Corso's point about my ass.

Corso once sat behind me at a poetry reading and announced to the audience that my poetry may suck, but from his point of view I've got a nice ass. Once the Black Hebrew Israelites are raptured and have their superpowers, they will certainly wave a superpowered hand and my demonic poetry will disappear in the blink of an eye. And then of course, my ass will continue to grow larger and larger as I'm passed around in that great polygamous orgy the Black Hebrew Israelite brothers get to have in Heaven with their enslaved women.

Oh wait. Devil women don't get to be raptured, do they? See how I got my ass out of that mess?

I guess I'll just have to be stuck here with this Moral Compass, doomed to spend eternity examining the darkness and shedding as much light on it as I can. Maybe it will help us sort out exactly what happened in Washington DC last Friday, and why we were all so willing to point the finger of blame for one type of transgression at some boys in hats that represent a Moral Compass badly in need of recalibrating, but not for another. I suspect my compass will lead me to a theme running through the varying story lines with a connecting thread. I'll let you know what I find out.

Until then, I'll leave you with a quote from another Prince of Peace, recorded in the Book of Adrienne:

                                           

 

©Adrienne Veronese

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2019

Compass photo courtesy of Jordan Madrid

Photo of John Lennon's blood-stained glasses courtesy of Yoko.

 

 

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