Friday, September 16, 2005

I had the sureal experience of seeing a miniature version of Mao's so-called Cultural Revolution on the UW-Madison campus yesterday. Some Christian group had set itself up at on the Library Mall. The minister sat on a folding chair, perched on a stone cube, and preached to the crowd. Around him were several people holding signs saying that homosexuality, killing, stealing, etc., are sins that God does not approve of. The response of the students was one of the wierder things I've seen in recent memory.

The group of students was extremely hostile. There were members of the militant gay lobby, who wore pins with a rainbow on them, punk rock types, and other fanatical campus liberals who otherwise did not stand out. At various points, the minister would be saying something and one of the liberals would start yelling and criticizing him, usually calling the minister "racist" or Chiristianity "racist." Interestingly, the minister's counterparts seemed to be largely Asian and Latino, while all the liberals were white, except for two black men who appeared to be members of the gay lobby. In terms of "diversity," the minister's group certainly seemed to outdo the liberal group, which I'm sure the liberals would say was caused by affirmative action/diversity policies at the university, and certainly not their nearly satanic outlook.

Each time a liberal spoke, he would obviously be seeking crowd support and appeared to be putting on a show for his friends. I saw several of them, over the course of about one-half hour, slap the minister on the shoulder while making fun of him and calling him "racist." At one point, about four or five of them got onto the perhaps 5 x 5 foot platform the minister was on, while each would take turns speaking the "truth" about Christianity and try to scream over the minister. Throughout the episode, each of the liberals looked and sounded so insecure and stupid that if it weren't for their overwhelming numbers and lack of respectful conduct, each of them probably would have been too afraid to engage the minister, who was obviously much more intelligent than any of them individually (or collectively, for that matter).

Not happy to merely shout over the minister, some of the liberals brought a megaphone to the scene and began using that to completely drown out the minister's preaching. The guy on the megaphone held a little red book (I'm NOT kidding!) and read from it. Before he got started, he asked if anyone had heard of the "IWW" (Industrial Workers of the World). Some of the crowd cheered, but it was obvious that many had no idea what he was talking about (I didn't either). The "industrial worker"/UW-student with the megaphone then read what was either a song or some sort of chant from the book entitled "Christians at War," which is copied below for your reading pleasure:

Christians at War (John F. Kendrick - 1916)

Onward, Christian soldiers! Duty's way is plain; Slay your Christian neighbors, or by them be slain, Pulpiteers are spouting effervescent swill, God above is calling you to rob and rape and kill, All your acts are sanctified by the Lamb on high;If you love the Holy Ghost, go murder, pray and die.

Onward, Christian soldiers! Rip and tear and smite! Let the gentle Jesus bless your dynamite. Splinter skulls with shrapnel, fertilize the sod; Folks who do not speak your tongue deserve the curse of God. Smash the doors of every home, pretty maidens seize; Use your might and sacred right to treat them as you please.

Onward, Christian soldiers! Eat and drink your fill; Rob with bloody fingers, Christ okays the bill, Steal the farmers' savings, take their grain and meat; Even though the children starve, the Savior's bums must eat, Burn the peasants' cottages, orphans leave bereft; In Jehovah's holy name, wreak ruin right and left.

Onward, Christian soldiers! Drench the land with gore; Mercy is a weakness all the gods abhor.Bayonet the babies, jab the mothers, too; Hoist the cross of Calvary to hallow all you do.File your bullets' noses flat, poison every well; God decrees your enemies must all go plumb to hell.

Onward, Christian soldiers! Blight all that you meet; Trample human freedom under pious feet. Praise the Lord whose dollar sign dupes his favored race!Make the foreign trash respect your bullion brand of grace. Trust in mock salvation, serve as tyrant's tools; History will say of you: "That pack of Goddamn fools."

This reading was followed by fairly sparse applause. For the first time, I noticed that some police officers had shown up and were surveying the situation. This seemed to prompt the megaphone guy and his friends to quit the scene, taking the megaphone with them. I'm still not sure if the crowd thought that the megaphone guy had taken things too far when it failed to applaud more loudly. Given the karaoke-like situation, maybe the crowd wasn't very pleased with his "performance," instead of being at least somewhat offended by the arrogance of the song. Who knows?

In any event, here's a word to the wise: Never send your kids to this university. I know that many of you (and I) went there during our undergraduate years, and we still managed to escape without becoming rabid Commies. But why take the chance? If this sort of conduct is the obvious and most expected response to a minister preaching on campus, then we should all be wondering why we spend our tax dollars to subsidize this U.S. version of Red Square, where a bunch of pampered, wanna-be Robespierres can go around disrespecting the Christian religion at our expense. There is a more appropriate place for this sort of behavior: North Korea.

And for any lefty that thinks I'm advocating a suppression of "free speech," just look at yourselves and the conduct of your brethren toward this minister. It's proof positive that the left's respect for free speech extends no farther than the spouting of idiotic Communistic idealism.
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