On Hate Porn

Hate EmojiBlogger Rebecca Hamilton offers a devastating critique of some elements of Catholicism here. She speaks of the agitation for public Masses as a form of “hate porn.” I think the “hate” fits the discussion thread I linked last Friday. While church musicians of any stripe have little enough discretionary money (unless they married into the middle-class or above) and maybe even less now, certain elements in society (not just the Church) are looking to consolidate a base of angry people. The money isn’t really important. Other people have the money. Now they want the influence.

If you (sign a petition for public Masses), you will be entered into their database.

They now know that you’re (1) Catholic, (2) conservative, (3) religious, (4) stupid and gullible. You’ve self-identified as an easily manipulated dummy who will believe just about anything.

You’ve shown that you are vulnerable to appeals couched in religion, in particular Catholicism, but that you don’t trust the bishops and Church leadership.

They have you down as someone who will believe just about anything, who is a consumer of their hate porn, someone who will most likely pass along the infection of hate and crazy that they are pushing.

Not only can they use you, but their friends can use you too. Your name and information is going to be sold and given to other right-wing groups. You’ll start getting all manner of targeted appeals, conspiracy theories and propaganda.

In sum:

You are now a mark. You’ve always been someone they want to use. And now you’ve given them an idea of how to get to you.

It can be difficult to live like this. Distrust of almost all authority, except for the authority of choice. It must be difficult indeed to jettison such gurus–one would need to admit there are no leaders left. Rudderless marks?

What are the alternatives? I wish I had one to offer. When you’ve been sucked down the Frank Pavone hole, it’s like this …

And there is no escape.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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