How many guilty Catholic priests does it take to screw in a light bulb? Better question — How many guilty Catholic priests (guilty of SCREWING children) does it take before a Culture opens its damned eyes?
That blind spot isn’t the Catholic Church’s alone. The man who sexually assaulted me worked for a synagogue. Jews do it too. And Protestants and Muslims. I suspect other religions do it, too but I’m not too well-versed in their cultures; I know from Abrahamic religions — they all flow from the same toxic male bias. The religious elements are all really just ‘overlays’ of male self-aggrandizement. If you really, really look at them, Abrahamic religions have a nasty habit of making its male believers believe not so much ‘in’ a god as that ‘THEY THEMSELVES’ are gods.
They are not made in Yahweh’s image (Yahweh’s his name, god is his job description), Yahweh is made in theirs.
When you start out — deep down — thinking YOU are ‘the gods’ — and if YOU have control of the Culture (made much easier when you tell everyone that YOU and YOU alone can communicate with ‘the gods’) — things like ‘bias’ just sort of flow naturally. Like toxic waste from a turd factory.
What we Americans need to grasp is that we begin every conversation or debate about who we are with a heavy bias that distorts our image. We are NOT that thing the Culture insists we are. We are not predominantly White-Christian-Male — and never were.
But, when you jealously guard the means to tell stories to the widest possible audience, you risk fooling yourself first and foremost.
White-Christian-Male Culture wants us all to believe their excrement smells like roses. It doesn’t. They know better than anyone.
They’ve stacked the deck best they can to keep hold of their Ivory Tower. Problem is, they’re surrounded — by the rest of us. We need to overtake them — remove them from their tower and then remove their tower, too. It all needs to go.
It will start — shortly — with our votes.