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Jesse Russell, Ph.D. | Remnant Columnist

On January 3, 2019, the 116th Congress of the United States convened in Washington, D.C. for a new legislative session. Among the newly elected members of the House of Representatives is one, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated the longtime incumbent from New York’s 14th congressional district, Joe Crowley, by a whopping 15 percentage points in the June 28, 2018 Democratic primary election.

This victory was representative of the demographic sea-change that has transformed the Democratic Party in the northeastern United States from the working-class party of ethnic Catholics, such as Ted Kennedy and Tip O’Neil, into a new “broken coalition” of members of the LGBT community,  radicalized people of color (or “POC), and a new class of hipster “bugmen”, themselves a lower testosterone version of their ethnic Catholic Democrat forefathers.

“In our time more than ever before, the chief strength of the wicked lies in the cowardice and weakness of good men… All the strength of Satan’s reign is due to the easy-going weakness of Catholics. Oh! If I might ask the Divine Redeemer, as the prophet Zachary did in spirit: What are those wounds in the midst of Thy hands? The answer would not be doubtful: With these was I wounded in the house of them that loved Me. I was wounded by My friends, who did nothing to defend Me, and who, on every occasion, made themselves the accomplices of My adversaries.”    -Pope St. Pius X, Discourse at the Beatification of St. Joan of Arc, Dec. 13, 1908

THE ODD WORLD of left-wing Catholics, or “Leftcats”, is in an uproar over an article by the Greek paleoconservative, Taki Theodoracopulos, that appeared in The Catholic Herald. It seems that because Taki made some off-color jokes back in the early nineties, his writings must now be considered not up to the standards of the gauchiste Night Court-in-its-fifth-season-lame Catholic left.

Throughout the long “Meme War of 2016,” the potency of the internet as vehicle for political, cultural, and even religious change, was revealed as cartoon frogs, photo shopped Napoleonic portraits, and skinny paled faced doodles, helped to propel Donald J Trump to his election as president of the United States of America.

Almost always funny but often offensive, right wing memes successfully overthrew sixty years of left wing dominance over the world of humor and humor. No longer would leftist Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons, and late night TV have the upper hand in swaying the political opinions of Americans with lampooning and satire. The candidacy of Hillary Clinton and the values for which she stood: diversity, globalism, and champagne socialism became a joke in the minds of many, not only in America, but around the world.

Trump’s victory was soon followed by another shock: Great Britain declared its independence from the degenerate, anti-Christian and racist (against its own people) European Union. This wave of populism quickly spread to Italy, Brazil, Hungary, Japan, Austria, and a host of other nations who are seeking to return to traditional values and put the interest of their own people first.

In the fallout of this populist revival, the left has doubled down, attempting to shut down any and all expressions of dissent. Starting with the so-called Alt Right, and then proceeding to “conspiracy theorists” such as Alex Jones and even some left-wing and Muslim critics of the state of Israel, the global elite have made significant efforts to remove dissent from social media platforms.

The left has figured out that the internet, which was originally built for disseminating pornography, arena sports culture, and cat videos, has become an effective way to break the establishment media control through videos, podcasts, Tweets, and, most especially memes.

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Originally coined by Richard Dawkins (of all people) in his 1976 work, The Selfish Gene, a “meme” is a cultural phenomenon that passes from person to person in a community. On the internet, a meme is usually an image that often takes the form of a drawing or photo that someone has altered for comical effect. The overwhelming majority of memes are satirical, and the majority of these memes come from the political right.

One of the most effective memes in recent months is the NPC or “Non Playable Character” meme.

A riff on the Wojak “average guy” meme, the NPC meme depicts a grey character staring into the void of pop culture and media static pumped out through establishment institutions. This grey character is representative of the thoughtless, soulless social justice warrior who, having been run through the American public education system, is now prepared to receive his or her programming from MSNBC, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and a variety of other publications that, although presenting themselves as hip and alternative media outlets, are the very definition of establishment conformity.

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It would be an understatement to say that the left has not responded well to this meme. As the NPC meme escaped from the com boards of 4Chan and spread throughout social media, Twitter and other outlets went on a “Death Wish” killing spree, removing accounts that used the NPC guy as their avatar or even those who merely tweeted about NPCs.

The NPC meme enervated the left and prompted this immediate crackdown because it was so true.

Although viewing themselves as waging a war against the establishment, de facto terrorist organizations such as ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter are, in fact, funded by billionaire oligarchs such as George Soros and protected by both the establishment media and the American judiciary, which has become a cruel “clown world” of political, religious, and ethnic discrimination, are merely tools, the very foot soldiers of the establishment.

Catholics, especially in the United States, have not been immune to this political fight. There are hosts of Catholic journalists, academics, and politicians who have played a critical role in the populist revival.

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More importantly, in the Church, we have our own NPCs.

The number of Catholic NPCs is legion—it is the very nature of an NPC to be part of the crowd, so your humble author will merely focus on one of the most prominent Catholic NPCs: America Magazine’s Michael O’Loughlin.

Outside of Fr. James Martin, SJ, Michael O’Loughlin is one of the most public Catholic NPC faces. The author of The Tweetable Pope: A Spiritual Revolution in 140 Characters (perhaps a better title would have been The NPC Pope: A Spiritual Destruction in Five Years), Michael O’Loughlin runs a veritable ticker tape of NPC social justice articles and social media posts.

One of O’Loughlin’s recent NPC gems at America is “U.S. bishops adopt new anti-racism, first in almost 40 years.”

Now, dear reader, you may be thinking that a condemnation of racism in 2018 is apropos. You might further think that Christians at all times and places are obligated to condemn racial hatred and chauvinism.

And, dear reader, you would be entirely correct: hatred of anyone at all has no place in the Christian heart.

However, like a good NPC, O’Loughlin’s piece (like the bishops' letter itself) is riddled with brain-dead NPC code words.

Citing the bishops document, O’Loughlin describes a disturbing rise in “racism and bigotry” in the Church in America. In his litany of the sins of racism, O’Loughlin includes such terms as “anti-Semitic,” “anti-Muslim sentiment,” and the dreaded “xenophobia.”

These words, however, do not mean what one might think they mean, for they are code words for NPC programing.

The term “xenophobic” literally means “fear of the other” and denotes a mental illness—just like arachnophobia describes someone with an irrational fear of spiders. This term is a code word for anyone at all who supports restriction of immigration to his or her country.

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The implication is that if an Irishman wants Ireland to remain an Irish Catholic country and not become a Muslim Pakistani country, then he is a mentally-ill xenophobe. If an American, even a conservative Hispanic America, thinks that the border between the U.S. and Mexico should be regulated, he or she also is an insane xenophobe.

By the way, this clinical language of “phobias” to describe natural and healthy political opinions was first used in the Soviet Union to institutionalize members of the Communist party who were not being good enough comrades.

The term “anti-Semitic” as well is a code for attacking anyone—even Jews themselves—for any criticism of anyone who happens to be Jewish. Talia Lavin of the Washington Post recently argued that anyone who criticized George Soros for meddling in the politics of the countries must be doing so, not because they are mad that George Soros was meddling in their countries, but because George Soros happens to be Jewish.

“Anti-Muslim sentiment” is likewise a code word for anyone who criticizes large scale Muslim immigration into the West or even mild-mannered criticism of Islam or the Koran itself.

You don’t want your daughter kidnapped, tortured, raped, and literally turned into Kebab?

That’s anti-Muslim sentiment.

Are you angry that a Muslim Somali (one of hundreds of thousands dumped into our country by the Obama administration) police officer killed a woman in Minnesota in cold blood when responding to a call?

That’s anti-Muslim sentiment.

O’Loughlin also notes that the bishops mention hate symbols such as the noose, the swastika, and the dreaded Confederate flag, which have been used to terrorize populations in America.

The only problem with this narrative is that almost every single one of these hate crimes involving spray painted swastikas and hung nooses have been hoaxes.

Virtually every single spray-painted swastika rattling the news over the past several years has been either painted by the alleged victim him- or herself or by someone else who was, sadly, himself Jewish. Even the dreaded anti-Semitic bomb threats that scorched the left-wing media turn out to have been perpetrated not by Nazis, but by a young Jewish man with Israeli citizenship.

The nooses condemned by the bishops, themselves NPCs ready to kowtow to the left for praise and refugee resettlement cash, unfortunately have been found throughout workplaces and homes around America.

However, like the swastika hate crimes, these have almost all been hoaxes as well.

A “noose” found on the University of Michigan’s campus was, in fact, a shoe lace.

Another noose found at Salisbury University was placed there by two black students.  

The black church in in Mississippi that “Trump supporters” burned down? A hoax.

The 2017 incident at the Air Force Academy in which a black cadet claimed to have a racist message scrawled in his room was a hoax too.

The simple fact of the matter is that the majority of our bishops are as stupid as they are evil, and they probably very well think in these NPC terms in which unsupportable community-destroying social population replacement schemes should be called “migration,” hate hoaxes are “hate crimes,” mild criticism of people who happen to be Jewish is “anti-Semitic,” and concern that Muslim values are irreconcilable with Christian values is “anti-Muslim sentiment.”

But your author highly doubts that Michael O’Loughlin of America magazine is that stupid.

Surely, he must know that a lettter condemning phantom racism by the American bishops is simply a ploy to gear up the electorate to vote against president Trump in 2020.

Perhaps Michael O’Loughlin is not an NPC after all.

Perhaps, like many LeftCats and even many neoconservative Catholic media personalities, Michael O’Loughlin knows exactly what he is doing.  

If so, this fact would lead us down another rabbit hole that Crisis Magazine’s Austin Ruse peered into last spring. Ruse’s piece, “The Soros-Funded Attacks on Orthodox Catholic Universities,” drew the spotlight on the fact that left-wing Catholic journalists are receiving grants from billionaire-funded left-wing institutions to attack conservative and traditional Catholic organizations.

If your humble author were a betting man, he would wage that there is a lot more money seeping into Catholic journalism from nefarious sources than a few Soros grants here and there.

But more on that another time.

“The saint attempted, in the place called Gaesmere…to fell a certain oak of extraordinary size, which is called, by an old name of the pagans, the Oak of Jupiter….But when the fore side of the tree was notched only a little, suddenly the oak's vast bulk, driven by a blast from above, crashed to the ground, shivering its crown of branches as it fell; and, as if by the gracious compensation of the Most High, it was also burst into four parts, and four trunks of huge size, equal in length, were seen, unwrought by the brethren who stood by. At this sight the pagans who before had cursed now, on the contrary, believed, and blessed the Lord, and put away their former reviling.”

In one of the most famous and splendidly-triumphalist scenes in Christian hagiography, the 8th century Christian chronicler Willibald depicts the destruction of the fabled Donar Oak by St. Boniface, an English missionary, which marked the beginning of the end of Germanic paganism and served as one of the definite symbolic catalysts of the new Germanic Christian Middle Ages.

Throughout the later twentieth and early twenty-first century, a time period that basked in the economic prosperity and upbeat cultural mood of the Clinton 90s, humor in the West was largely the province of the political left who helped advance the long march of Frankfurt School, Cultural Marxism through the hearts and minds of Christians who sat glued to their television watching and laughing along as their religion and values were mocked. 

The greatest case in point is Fox Network’s grand slam series, The Simpsons, which, reaching its apex of pop culture aesthetic (if not moral) quality in the 1990s, routinely ridiculed Christianity and the Catholic Church, the American family, the working class, the Republican Party,  masculinity,  the nuclear family, and even God Himself. 

 

Beginning in 1989, when John Paul II was starting his ascendency as the world’s most popular pope and George H.W. Bush was crafting his disastrous one term precedency, The Simpsons, “the first primetime animated family since the Flintstones,” has gone on to become the longest running primetime scripted TV series in American history. Since its inception, The Simpsons was a controversial and provocative show, which sought to inculcate radical views in its audience. In fact, during the 1992 campaign against the hip Arkansas governor William Jefferson Clinton, then President Bush took aim at the crude series as representative of the culture that Bill Clinton would produce, instead promising an America in which families would be “a lot more like the Waltons and a lot less like the Simpsons.”

The funny thing was that the Simpsons, in retrospect from our time in which the Western family has almost completely disintegrated, were, at first, much more like the depression era Waltons than the “modern family” of 2018. Marge, Homer, and their children went to church every Sunday, their family was intact, they ate dinner together every night, Homer had a job that could provide for the family while Marge stayed at home, and Springfield was a low crime, cohesive community. 

Yet, this conservative veneer is what has made The Simpsons so appealing and, as we will see, so deleterious to the moral wellbeing of the viewer. The show was not only very funny, but was and perhaps, in a certain sense, still is very likeable. 

Who would not want to grow up in a town like Springfield? 

However, this appeal has made The Simpsons a noxious moral trap for viewers, for the show, has served as vehicle for ushering in the culture of death and the destruction of traditional values. 

While there are many points at which The Simpsons attacked traditional American Christian values, the midwifing of the LGBT movement, in subtle, incremental ways is one of the most pronounced.

Since the shows inception, the primary gay character has been Mr. Waylon Smithers, who first appeared in episode 3 of the series, “Homer’s Odyssey.” Mr. Smithers was carefully packaged by Simpsons creator Matt Groening and the show’s writers as a likeable and quirky character. The personal assistant of Mr. Burns, the WASP nuclear plant owner, Smithers is kind, soft spoken, and deeply loyal to Mr. Burns on whom he has an odd crush. This crush on an elderly man seems novel and humorous in the show’s early seasons and allowed audiences to see Smithers’ homosexual attraction in a nonthreatening and goofy manner. If Smithers was dating men or was engaging in sexual acts in the early nineties, audiences, who still retained a strong Christian ethos, would have immediately been turned off. Like Will Truman of the NBC series, Will and Grace, which, as much as any other cultural artefact in the late twentieth century, helped to soften TV audiences to homosexuality, Mr. Smithers is a likeable person, someone you would want as a next door neighbor, whose sexuality is softly muted and hidden behind “harmless” gay jokes like Smithers’ love of Malibu Stacy Barbie Dolls or his love of big hair, doo wop music. 

Over the years, as the LGBT movement pushed, with increasing aggression, for tolerance, rights, and then enforcement of their agenda, so too did The Simpsons prepare its audiences to adapt to the new queer orthodoxy.

The Simpsons gave the gay movement a boost when they addressed the issue of “homophobia “in episode 168, “Homer’s Phobia,” which aired on February 16, 1997, the annus mirabilis in which what would become Millennial culture was born—Pokémon was introduced that year as was Harry Potter.

 “Homer’s Phobia” depicts Homer Simpson, the blue collar, everyman dad of the series, as having an irrational fear of homosexuals from which he must be cured. The episode is, in effect, a process of social conditioning in which the viewer, along with Homer himself, through humor and kindness, is manipulated into realizing that homosexuality is not so bad after all. 

In “Homer’s Phobia,” the Simpson family is introduced to John (played by film maker John Waters) the owner of a crudely named curiosity shop in the Springfield mall. Homer is initially frightened by John, but his apprehensions are overcome as he is eventually rescued from a group of aggressive reindeer by the curiosity shop owner. 

Within the episode, the masculinity of the inept Homer, Moe, the perverted and creepy conservative bartender, and Barney, an alcoholic Irishman, is mocked as they fail in their hunting expedition and are rescued by the gay John, who is the hero of the episode. In addition to the hunting scene, “Homer’s Phobia,” contains several moments in which traditional masculinity is mocked or disenchanted—there is one scene in which Homer takes Bart, whom Homer fears to be turning gay, to a steel mill that also moonlights as a gay dance club. 

As with the perennial Simpson’s character Mr. Smithers, “Homer’s Phobia” presents homosexual men as friendly and odd characters who are harmless. Moreover, the episode depicts working class, blue collar men, who, in the mid-90s, still were largely opposed to homosexuality as uptight and mean homophobes, who were probably gay themselves. The point of “Homer’s Phobia” was to create the first step for the triumph of the LGBT movement: tolerance of homosexuality and mockery of those who objected to it.   

With the triumph of social conservativism in the early twenty-first century during the reign of George W. Bush, the first conservative Evangelical president, the left took a more aggressive and politicized approach to advancing the LGBT agenda, and The Simpsons, in good form, followed suit.

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On February 20, 2005, immediately after President George W. Bush dropped efforts for a constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage, a Simpsons’ episode that gave a full throated endorsement of gay marriage, “There’s Something about Marrying” aired on Fox.  This episode, occurring during a downslope in the show’s quality and popularity, is almost a purely propaganda piece and lacks the subtly and skill of earlier Simpsons episodes. “There’s Something about Marrying” is basically a dramatized argument for economic benefits of same sex marriage. In the episode, in order to buoy the finances of Springfield, the Simpsons’ hometown legalizes same sex marriage. The sourpuss social conservative pastor, Reverend Lovejoy, refuses to perform marriages, so Homer obtains a minister’s license online and performs same sex weddings for $200 apiece. The Simpson family matriarch Marge’s sister Patty also comes out and, although uncomfortable about her lesbian sister, Marge becomes a supporter of the same sex marriage. Thus, as her husband was used to coax males in the 1990s to support male homosexuality—something that works well enough for Homer to perform “gay weddings” eight years later, so too is Marge used to urge any moms on the fence with LGBT issues during the Bush era to let go of their conservative hang ups and take the plunge. 

On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court opened the way for the legalization of gay marriage with the Obergefell v. Hodges decision. By this point, the LGBT movement had become pervasive throughout the West, and gay characters and even homosexual acts were the norm on TV sitcoms—even fact, gay characters have become so routine as to become blasé. 

The Simpsons reflected this triumph by quietly outing the staple gay male character Mr. Smithers in episode 591, “The Burns Cage,” which first aired on April 3, 2016. In the episode, Smithers, having been rebuffed by Mr. Burns for the last time quits his job and “falls in love” with a Cuban named Julio, whom he eventually leaves to return to Mr. Burns. In many ways, “The Burns Cage” is a victory lap for the left, which was assured that the anticipated election of Hillary Clinton in November of the next year would enable them to solidify their political gains. 

The elderly WASP industrialist Mr. Burns’ acceptance of Smithers was also a ratification that corporate America and the sexual revolution are firmly allied, and there were even hints in “The Burns Cage” that the sexual revolution was going to increase its targeting of children. The episode was a tribute by writer Rob LaZebnik to his son who had “come out” as gay, and, at the end of “The Burns Cage,” Smithers creepily teaches the young boy Milhous the ins and outs of love. Like the other LGBT themed Simpsons episodes, the gay scenes in “The Burns Cage” were full of slap stick humor, and special guest, former Star Trek actor and LGBT representative to the Asian community, George Takei’s jokes about Will Shatner to ease the discomfort that many views may still feel about homosexuality.

As is commonly known, The Simpsons has largely lost its luster. Its viewership has declined and critics routinely pillory the quality of the episodes. With its nuclear family, and its cohesive American small town feel, it seems like a relic of another time. However, for the sexual revolutionaries “the show must go on,” and savoring their political and cultural victories of having normalized adult homosexuality, they have now targeted children. 

One of the most popular and controversial programs currently on Netflix is Big Mouth, a vile program, directed toward children that celebrates “child sexuality” and even whose episode names are unprintable. It seems that pedophilia is the new frontier of the culture war, but the way to our current deplorable state was paved by LGBT-friendly shows like The Simpsons. 

It is time for Catholics to pull the plug on these vile shows. 

Editor's Note: Before posting this article, we reached out to several students and staff members at Franciscan University (FUS) for their input on this. I’m pleased to report that though the threat detailed here by our columnist, Jesse Russell, is quite real, there is, in fact, significantly more pushback on the FUS campus than had initially been reported. In fact, for the moment I’m happy to say that the actual Catholics at FUS are winning the day.  We're posting this article anyway as a means of making it clear to the "good guys"—the Newman Guide schools—that should their unspoken contract with Catholic parents ever be compromised along these lines, we will not hesitate to call for a boycott and, in fact, encourage our followers to withhold all support and pull their kids from these schools. When the president of Ave Maria University (AMU) decided he was going to go after Cardinal Burke and Archbishop Vigano last month not a few of us publicly stood against him. And while it’s true he's now claiming it was his decision not to renew his contract with AMU, the fact remains he will soon be the former president of AMU. The bottom line is this: there is no reason at all to support these small Newman Guide-approved schools other than the most essential reason of all: They still attempt to uphold Catholic dogma and the Church’s moral theology. As soon as they drop that ball, we drop them. So far, FUS seems to be holding the Catholic ground despite a new loony-Left COO. Should that change, we'll let you know and maybe Mr. Gorman can be encouraged to take a prolonged vacation with Mr. Towey.  MJM 

For the past several years, scandals and rumors of scandals have emanated from Catholic institutions of higher learning promoted by The Cardinal Newman Society, an organization founded in the early 1990s when the collective realization among many American Catholics that something had gone terribly wrong at Catholic colleges and universities reached a crisis point.

Mel Gibson, the world’s most infamous traditional Catholic and one of the biggest stars of the late twentieth century, is in the news again. However, this time, Mel is not in trouble for impolite comments made while under the influence of tequila or for any other “memeable” crime against political correctness.

See Part I here and Part II here.

The 1953 film Roman Holiday starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn captures the zeitgeist of post-World War II Western Europe which, dominated by American troops stationed throughout the continent and with the old world of throne and order wiped away by two enormous and destructive wars, fell passionately in love with America and Americanism.

In fact, this is (almost) literally what happens in the film.

“It was real grease ball [stuff]”...

In one of the best of many aesthetically excellent scenes in his classic (but deeply immoral and therefore unwatchable) 1990 Goodfellas, the sadly lapsed Catholic Martin Scorsese depicts the death of the mobster Tommy DeVito, superbly played by Joe Pesci.

Tommy, thinking that he was on his way to “being made” and initiated into the inner sanctum of the Sicilian Mafia, dresses and prepares for his big moment while the actor Ray Liotta provides a wise guy history of the process of “being made.”

The viewer eagerly anticipates the moment when Tommy is going to be made but is violently shocked to see Joe Pesci’s character shot in the back of the head while looking into an empty room.

Part I: War and Rumors of War...

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Former head of CIA counterintelligence and infamous spymaster, James Jesus Angleton, once described the Cold War world of espionage and intrigue as a “wilderness of mirrors.”

As more and more of the clerical abuse scandal is revealed, and layers of conspiracy and confusion are peeled away, many Catholics may feel as though they are walking around in their own wilderness of mirrors, a mess of doubt and confusion in which no one can be trusted.

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