A Note From The Preacher:
The following article is a hard hitting, frank
expose of what happens to a society, our society, when the Bible,
Gods Word, is not preached from the pulpits of our land without fear or
favor. Gods men, called
and set apart by God to
aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people
their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins (Isaiah 58:1) have
instead, turned our nations pulpits into stages for entertainers,
charlatans, and a social gospel that is pulling our society and our
country into hell! Lazy
preachers getting their sermonettes from sermon books instead of getting
Gods message from God and His Book have, and are, producing a corrupted
generation that is without the foundation to distinguish right from wrong.
This is the kind of society that elects leaders who publicly, with
a straight face, question the meaning of the word is, and that,
seemingly, without adversely affecting their conscience in the slightest.
Our society, our world needs to hear thus saith the Lord! We must hear the pulpits cry out, My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:
David Kupelian has done in the following article what men of God should have been doing, and must do before the sword comes on our land. My gratitude goes out to Mr. Kupelian for this fine article and for his permission to post it on our website. It is not for the children to read, but the childrens parents should! R.S.Brewer, Pastor
THE MARKETING OF EVIL PART 1
Posted: January 15,
© 2004 WorldNetDaily.com
"A Scout is
I'm watching my
12-year-old son Joshua and two dozen other Boy Scouts together recite the
Scout Law at their weekly troop meeting. It's a refreshingly hopeful and
manly vignette in an era of wall-to-wall teen confusion.
As I stand in rapt
attention -- my eyes exploring the boys' uniforms, searching out all the
badges, patches, insignias and other colorful signs of their allegiance to
Scouting's high ideals -- my mind wanders back a few years to a time when
my son wanted to wear a different "uniform."
Our family had
traveled to Cape May, New Jersey, to vacation on a warm Atlantic beach
with close relatives we hadn't seen in a long time. Joshua hit it off
great with his cousin Mark, several years his senior. A fun-loving and
thoroughly decent kid, Mark didn't have a mean bone in his body. One
little thing, though. Mark wore a choker around his neck. Of course,
Joshua had always regarded necklaces, bracelets, earrings and the like as
strictly girls' stuff, and wouldn't dream of donning such gear himself and
"looking like a girl" (or a "weirdo").
You guessed it. By
the end of one week, Joshua told me he really wanted to get a choker, like
his cousin's. He just
felt like wearing one, that's all. No big deal,
I took him for a
walk out on the jetty where we could be alone. Before long, I discovered
that not only had my son developed this powerful desire to wear a piece of
punk jewelry around his neck -- something he had formerly despised -- but
he was also noticeably hostile toward me for some strange reason, even
though he admitted I had done nothing to offend him. As we talked, it
dawned on me what was going on. Obviously he wanted to be like his older
cousin, who he looked up to and had bonded with hence the desire to
wear a dumb-looking neck choker. But me? I now stood there providing an
uncomfortable contrast, seeing as I represented his state of mind before
he was captivated by this alien desire. I was a threat to his new
allegiance, so he was rejecting me along with his own previous viewpoint.
As it turned out, I
didn't need to say too much: "Joshua, why are you mad at me? Is it
because I don't think that deep down you really want to wear a necklace?
Tell me something. What would you have thought if, two weeks ago, before
we came to Cape May, I had asked you if you would like to wear a clunky
wooden necklace. Would you have wanted to?'"
he replied without hesitation. The trance was broken. Realization set in.
He cried briefly, gave me a hug, and assured me manfully he did not want
to look like a girl and wear a necklace. When we went into the little gift
shop on that beach, he even pointed out the choker he had wanted,
displayed there in the showcase, and let me know once again that he wasn't
interested. So that was the end of it. But it sure as heck illustrated to
me just how sensitive children are to peer pressure.
If Joshua felt the
invisible pull to conform to his cousin's fashion preferences, what was
influencing his cousin? Indeed, what is exerting this irresistible
pressure to conform (by "rebelling") on most of today's youth?
Just as the military
and private schools and Boy Scouts have uniforms, so does the youth
culture: baggy pants, backward hats, chokers and other jewelry, body
piercings, tattoos and the like. But if uniforms symbolize values and
allegiance, a loyalty to a higher (or lower) order, then in this case it's
an allegiance to an increasingly defiant musical, social, sexual and
cultural world, a mysterious (to parents) realm that seems magically to be
drawing millions of children into it.
For three years,
journalist Patricia Hersch journeyed into this exotic subculture. She
observed, listened to, questioned, bonded with, and won the trust of eight
teens in the typical American town of Reston, Va., ultimately producing
her acclaimed portrait, "A Tribe Apart: A journey into the heart of
American adolescence." The landscape she describes, as ubiquitous
across America's fruited plain as McDonalds, is troubling indeed:
hip-hop in suburbia, the culture of rap. Everywhere students wear baseball
caps turned backwards or pulled down over their eyes, oversize T-shirts,
ridiculously baggy jeans or shorts with dropped crotches that hang to
mid-shin, and waists that sag to reveal the tops of brightly colored
boxers. Expensive name-brand high-tops complete the outfit. Variations on
the theme are hooded sweatshirts, with the hood worn during school, and
"do rags," bandannas tied on the head, a style copied from
street gangs. Just as ubiquitous are the free-flying swear words, sound
bursts landing kamikaze-style, just out of reach of hall guards and
the latest exasperating challenge to adult society, black rage is in as a
cultural style for white middle-class kids. As in the sixties, when the
sons and daughters of the middle class tossed out their tweed jackets and
ladylike sheath dresses for the generational uniform of Levi's and work
shirts and peacoats in their celebration of blue collar workers, "the
Real Americans," so today's adolescents have co-opted inner-city
black street-style as the authentic way to be. To act black, as the kids
define it, is to be strong, confrontational, a little scary.
"We are living in the gangsta generation," one white high school
senior wearing his Malcolm X baseball cap turned backwards explains.
"It is all about getting it. I look at what these cool dudes do and
how it affects other people. These people are doing more than any faggoty
white kid who plays basketball and gets accepted at Duke and has been rich
his whole life and maybe gets drunk on the weekend. These kids put their
ass on the line every day."
Hersch describes how
hip-hop a multimillion-dollar music industry filled with "the
powerful political and sexual images of rap" has captivated a
generation with the drama of the ghetto and its daily struggle for
in-your-face attitude looks strong and free to kids who feel constrained
by expectations of the mundane middle-class world they have grown up in.
Rappers have become the most popular attractions on MTV. In an interview
on his album "Home Invasion," rapper Ice T refers to the
"cultural invasion" that is occurring while unknowing adults sit
around with their racist attitudes and their kids sit quietly in their
bedrooms, his words pouring into their brains through their headphones:
"Once I get 'em under my fkin' spell / They may start giving you
fkin' hell," he raps. "Start changin' the way they walk, they
talk, they act / Now whose fault is that?" The rap world of "hos
and pimps, bitches, muthafkers, homeys and police" is an
attractive diversion from the "ordinary" sphere of dental
braces, college boards, and dating. The ghetto experienced second-hand
in movies and music and on the evening news, viewed from the comfort of
nice suburban family rooms holds enormous drama and appeal for young
So, is that it? Is
today's bizarre youth subculture just the latest "costume" for
adolescent rebellion, like the long hair of the 1960s and other, if less
conspicuous, rebellious phases of previous generations of youngsters? Is
adult concern over today's youth culture just the perennial hand-wringing
of parents needlessly worried about their growing offspring's experiments
with independence? Or is something else, something far more sinister at
"They want to
be cool. They are impressionable, and they have the cash. They are
corporate America's $150 billion dream."
That's the opening
statement in PBS's stunning 2001 Frontline documentary, "Merchants of
Cool," narrated by Douglas Rushkoff. What emerges in the following 60
minutes is a scandalous portrait of how major corporations Viacom,
Disney, AOL/Time Warner and others -- study America's children like
laboratory rats, in order to sell them billions of dollars in merchandise
by tempting, degrading and corrupting them.
Think that's a bit
of an overstatement?
got a few gigantic transnational corporations, each one loaded down with
debt, competing madly for as much shelf space and brain space as they can
take," says NYU Communications Professor Mark Crispin-Miller,
"they're going to do whatever they think works the fastest and with
the most people, which means that they will drag standards down."
Let's see how far
blizzard of brands, all competing for the same kids," explains
Rushkoff in "Merchants of Cool." "To win teens' loyalty,
marketers believe, they have to speak their language the best. So they
study them carefully, as an anthropologist would an exotic native
he discloses, "five enormous companies are responsible for selling
nearly all of youth culture. These are the true merchants of cool: Rupert
Murdoch's Newscorp, Disney, Viacom, Universal Vivendi, and AOL/Time
shows how big corporations literally send "spies" to infiltrate
young people's social settings to gather intelligence on what they can
induce these children to buy next.
entertainment companies, which are a handful of massive conglomerates that
own four of the five music companies that sell 90 percent of the music in
the United States -- those same companies also own all the film studios,
all the major TV networks, all the TV stations pretty much in the 10
largest markets," University of Illinois Communications Professor
Robert McChesney reveals in the documentary. "They own all or part of
every single commercial cable channel.
"They look at
the teen market as part of this massive empire that they're colonizing.
You should look at it like the British Empire or the French Empire in the
19th century. Teens are like Africa. You know, that's this range that
they're going to take over, and their weaponry are films, music, books,
CDs, Internet access, clothing, amusement parks, sports teams. That's all
this weaponry they have to make money off of this market."
What about the cable
channel that positions itself as champion of today's teens and pre-teens
champions of their music, their rebellious free spirit, and their
genuine, if ever-changing, notions of what is "cool"? Whatever
else MTV might be, at least it's interested in kids, right? Sure, just
like the lion is interested in the gazelle.
MTV is a commercial," explains McChesney. "That's all that MTV
is. Sometimes it's an explicit advertisement paid for by a company to sell
a product. Sometimes it's going to be a video for a music company there to
sell music. Sometimes it's going to be the set that's filled with trendy
clothes and stuff there to sell a look that will include products on that
set. Sometimes it will be a show about an upcoming movie paid for by the
studio, though you don't know it, to hype a movie that's coming out from
Hollywood. But everything's an infomercial. There is no non-commercial
part of MTV."
how the machine works by using the example of Sprite. What was once a
struggling, second-string soft-drink company pulled off a brilliant
marketing coup by underwriting major hip-hop music events and positioning
itself as the cool soft drink for the vast MTV-generation market.
Connecting the dots between Sprite, MTV, rap musicians and other
cross-promotion participants, Rushkoff lays out the behind-the-scenes game
plan: "Sprite rents out the Roseland Ballroom and pays kids 50 bucks
a pop to fill it up and look cool. The rap artists who perform for this
paid audience get a plug on MTV's show, 'Direct Effects,' for which Sprite
is a sponsor. MTV gobbles up the cheap programming, promoting the music of
the record companies who advertise on their channel. Everybody's
So what, you say?
What's wrong with that? Aren't MTV and rappers and clothing companies and
others just giving kids what they want?
That's what they
say. But it's not what they do.
In reality, the
companies are creating new and lower and more shocking that's
your key-word, shocking marketing campaigns, disguised as
genuine, authentic expressions of youthful searching for identity and
belonging, for the sole purpose of profiting financially from America's
They hold focus
groups, and they send out "culture spies" (which they call
"correspondents") to pretend to befriend and care about teens,
so they can study them what they like, don't like, what's in, what's
out, what's cool and what's no longer cool. They engage in "buzz
marketing" (where undercover agents disguised as "one of the
crowd" talk up a new product). They hire shills to interact with
young people in Internet chat rooms, and "street snitches" (a
roving group loudly talking up a band or other product in public to raise
interest). They bring the entire machinery of modern market research and
consumer psychology to bear on studying this gold mine of a market to
anticipate the next, and always weirder and more shocking, incarnation of
This would be bad
enough -- if corporate America were just following and marketing the
basest instincts of confused, unsupervised teenagers. But they are not
following, they are leading -- downward.
Exhibits A and B:
the "mook" and the "midriff," two creations of this
corporate youth-marketing consortium.
is a marketing caricature of the wild, uninhibited, outrageous and amoral
Stern," says Rushkoff, "perhaps the original and still king of
all mooks. Look how Viacom leverages him across their properties. He is
syndicated on 50 of Viacom's Infinity radio stations. His weekly TV show
is broadcast on Viacom's CBS. His number one best-selling autobiography
was published by Viacom's Simon and Shuster, then released as a major
motion picture by Viacom's Paramount Pictures, grossing $40 million
domestically and millions more on videos sold at Viacom's Blockbuster
He adds: "There
is no mook in nature. He is a creation designed to capitalize on the
testosterone-driven madness of adolescence. He grabs them below the belt
and then reaches for their wallets."
A great deal of
MTV's programming features and markets to the "mook" in
America's boys. For instance, a major venue of the mook is professional
wrestling the most-watched type of television among adolescent boys in
OK, what about the
Girls, says Rushkoff,
"get dragged down there right along with boys. The media machine has
spit out a second caricature.
The midriff is no more true to life than
the mook. If he is arrested in adolescence, she is prematurely adult. If
he doesn't care what people think of him, she is consumed by appearances.
If his thing is crudeness, hers is sex. The midriff is really just a
collection of the same old sexual cliches, but repackaged as a new kind of
female empowerment. 'I am midriff, hear me roar. I am a sexual object, but
I'm proud of it.'"
And what is the
purpose of these debauched role models for America's future, fashioned out
of market research compiled by "culture spies" hired by
corporations to predict what the likely next step down -- the next shock
wave disguised as authentic "cool" will be for the MTV
Why, to sell kids
more stuff, of course.
revenues depend on being ahead of the curve, you have to listen, you have
to know exactly what they want and exactly what they're thinking so that
you can give them what you want them to have," explains NYU's
Crispin-Miller. However, he adds, "the MTV machine doesn't listen to
the young so it can make the young happier.
The MTV machine tunes in
so it can figure out how to pitch what Viacom has to sell."
And how do they
manage to bond kids -- imprint them -- with the next round of musical,
clothing, and lifestyle choices they should be buying into?
invited to participate in sexual contests on stage or are followed by MTV
cameras through their week of debauchery," says Rushkoff. "Sure,
some kids have always acted wild, but never have these antics been so
celebrated on TV. So of course kids take it as a cue, like here on the
strip in Panama Beach, Florida, where high schoolers carry on in public as
if they were on some MTV sound stage. Who is mirroring whom? Real life and
TV life have begun to blur. Is the media really reflecting the world of
kids, or is it the other way around? The answer is increasingly hard to
Then the really
devilish part of the marketers' modus operandi comes into view, as host
Rushkoff relives his own epiphany:
never forget the moment that 13-year-old Barbara and her friends spotted
our crew during a party between their auditions. They appeared to be
dancing for us, for our camera, as if to sell back to us, the media, what
we had sold to them.
that's when it hit me: It's a giant feedback loop. The media watches kids
and then sells them an image of themselves. Then kids watch those images
and aspire to be that mook or midriff in the TV set. And the media is
there watching them do that in order to craft new images for them, and so
"Is there any
way to escape the feedback loop?" Rushkoff asks. Only in the kids'
minds, he reveals, noting that "cool"-seeking youths continually
reach downward to a new, raunchier, more outrageous expression --
something, anything, as long as it hasn't been exploited and ripped
off by the corporate world.
That said, Rushkoff
rolls tape of a large, demonic-looking group of teens, faces painted,
chanting and screaming obscenities in downtown Detroit on Halloween night,
few thousand mostly white young men have gathered to hear a concert by
their favorite hometown band, Insane Clown Posse. ICP helped found a
musical genre called rap metal or rage rock, which has created a stir
across the country for its shock lyrics and ridicule of women and gays.
Rock music has always channeled rebellion, but where it used to be
directed against parents, teachers or the government, today it is directed
against slick commercialism itself, against MTV. These fans feel loyalty
to this band and this music because they experience it as their own. It
hasn't been processed by corporations, digested into popular culture and
sold back to them at the mall.
A member of Insane
Clown Posse explains the group's attraction: "Everybody that likes
our music feels a super connection. That's why all those juggaloes here,
they feel so connected to it because it's -- it's exclusively theirs. See,
when something's on the radio, it's for everybody, you know what I mean?
It's everybody's song. 'Oh, this is my song.' That ain't your song. It's
on the radio. It's everybody's song. But to listen to ICP, you feel like
you're the only one that knows about it."
"These are the
extremes," intones Rushkoff, "to which teens are willing to go
to ensure the authenticity of their own scene. It's the front line of teen
cultural resistance: Become so crude, so intolerable, and break so many
rules that you become indigestible." (To complete the mood, in the
background Insane Clown Posse is rapping "Bitch, you's a ho. And ho,
you's a bitch. Come on!" and other uplifting lyrics.)
Then comes the
betrayal: "Merchants of Cool" shows how Insane Clown Posse and
other "authentic" groups untouched by commercialism are
ultimately bought off by the marketing "machine," packaged and
sold back to the youth market. Of course, when the shock value wears off,
and the mantle of "cool" untouched and uncorrupted by
corporate America moves downward to the next, even more outrageous
level of depravity MTV, Viacom, and the other corporate giants will be
there to package it and sell it, once again, to our children.
Oh, but don't bother
trying to tell your kids about this fiendish game. You see, says
Crispin-Miller, "it's part of the official rock video world view,
it's part of the official advertising world view, that your parents are
creeps, teachers are nerds and idiots, authority figures are laughable,
nobody can really understand kids except the corporate sponsor."
OK, so is that it?
America's teens are in the grip of a malignant marketing campaign by big,
greedy, uncaring corporations? and hopefully the kids will grow out of
it and become normal sometime? End of story?
Not quite. To be
sure, millions of youths are in the grip of something destructive, but the
corporate aspect is just the visible part. Behind both the
corporate manipulators and the youths caught in their selfish and shameful
influence lurks another, much more formidable and all-pervasive
"marketing campaign" a malevolent dimension that has no
one's best interests at heart, and which is programmed to devour all in
its path, from the highest to the lowest.
"something," which we shall unmask tomorrow in Part 2, is
literally intent on degrading this generation so totally that little hope
would be left for the next generations of Americans.
Fasten your seat belts for a guided tour of the psychological and
spiritual devastation being wrought in today's youth. Find out what's
really driving it and how your children can escape its corrupting
Why today's youth culture
Posted: January 16,
© 2004 WorldNetDaily.com
Remember in the
classic, biblical epic films of the 1950s, how Sodom and Gomorrah were
portrayed? Drunken men with multiple piercings and bright red robes, with
one loose woman under each arm, cavorting in orgiastic revelry against a
background of annoying, mosquito-like music? Maybe a bone through the nose
as well? Hollywood took pains to depict these lost souls in the most
debauched and irredeemable manner to justify their subsequent
destruction with fire and brimstone as punishment for their great
Guess what? Those
Hollywood depictions don't even begin to capture the shocking
reality of what is going on right here in America's culture today I
mean, they're not even close.
First of all,
there's sex. Very simply, there seem to be neither boundaries nor taboos
any more when it comes to sex. Anything goes from heterosexual to
homosexual to bi-, trans-, poly-, and you-don't-want-to-know sexual
experiences. Sex has become a ubiquitous, cheap, meaningless quest for
ever-greater thrills. As Dr. Laura Schlessinger quipped, the guy no longer
has to lie to the gal, pretend he likes her or take her out to dinner to
get sex he just has to show up.
Moreover, with the
evolution of online pornography, every type of sexual experience has
literally been shoved under the noses of millions of Americans against
their will, who find their e-mail in-boxes filled with hard-core sexual
images. As a result, a recent urgent plea from well-known evangelist Chuck
Swindoll lamented that one out of two American churchgoers today is caught
up with Internet pornography.
What about body
piercing? It has progressed from traditional earrings for females, to
earrings for males (eager to display their "feminine side" which
the '60 cultural revolution sold them), to multiple piercings for both
males and females in literally every part of the body the tongue,
nose, eyebrow, lip, cheek, navel, breasts, genitals again, things you
don't really want to know.
It's the same
progression to extremes with tattooing. But why stop with
"conventional" piercing and tattooing? Ritual scarification and
3D-art implants are big. So are genital beading, stretching and cutting,
transdermal implants, scrotal implants, tooth art and facial sculpture.
How about tongue
splitting? How about branding? How about amputations? That's right
amputations. Some people find these activities a real "turn-on."
There are no bounds
no lower limits. Whatever you can imagine, even for a second in the
darkest recesses of your mind, know that someone somewhere is actually
doing it, praising it, and drawing others into it via the Internet.
Strangest of all is
the fact that any behavior, any belief no matter how obviously insane
is rationalized so it sounds reasonable, even spiritual. Satanism
itself, and especially its variant, the worship of Lucifer (literally,
"Angel of Light") can be made to sound almost enlightened of
course, only in a perverse way. But if you were sufficiently confused,
rebellious and full of rage if you had been set up by cruelty or
hypocrisy (or both) to rebel against everything "good" the
forbidden starts to be mysteriously attractive.
Let's pick just one
of these bizarre behaviors. How about
hanging by your skin from hooks?
It's called "suspension." In literally any other context, this
would be considered a gruesome torture. But to many people who frequent
"suspension parties," it's a spiritual experience. Consider
carefully what "Body Modification Ezine" (www.bmezine.com)
the Web's premiere site for body modification says about
act of suspension is hanging the human body from (or partially from) hooks
pierced through the flesh in various places around the body.
would someone want to do a suspension?
are many different reasons to suspend, from pure adrenaline or endorphin
rush, to conquering one's fears, to trying to reach a new level of
spiritual consciousness and everything in between. In general, people
suspend to attain some sort of "experience."
people are seeking the opportunity to discover a deeper sense of
themselves and to challenge pre-determined belief systems which may not be
true. Some are seeking a rite of passage or a spiritual encounter to let
go of the fear of not being whole or complete inside their body.
are looking for control over their body, or seek to prove to themselves
that they are more than their bodies, or are not their bodies at all.
Others simply seek to explore the unknown.
people believe that learning how one lives inside one's body and seeing
how that body adapts to stress and passes through it allows one to
surrender to life and explore new realms of possibility.
"control over their body," "discover a deeper sense of
themselves," "conquering ones fears," "trying to reach
a new level spiritual consciousness." What could be wrong with that?
Or, how about tongue
splitting literally making yourself look like a human lizard how
could that be a positive, spiritual experience?
tongue," explains the BME website, "is one of the most immense
nervous structures in your body. We have incredibly fine control over it
and we receive massive feedback from it. When you dramatically alter its
structure and free yourself of the physical boundaries your biology
imposes, in some people it triggers a larger freeing on a spiritual
Here's one more
experience I'll bet you didn't realize was so uplifting getting
Oh, you haven't
heard about "bug-chasing"? Rolling Stone did a big expose on
this new underground movement last February. Very simply,
"bug-chasers" are people for whom getting infected with the AIDS
virus is the ultimate sexual experience. You heard it right: The main
focus of their lives is to actively seek out sexual encounters that will
infect them with HIV.
Reporter Gregory A.
Freeman explained the phenomenon, focusing initially on a
"bug-chaser" named Carlos:
is part of an intricate underground world that has sprouted, driven almost
completely by the Internet, in which men who want to be infected with HIV
get together with those who are willing to infect them. The men who want
the virus are called "bug chasers," and the men who freely give
the virus to them are called "gift givers." While the rest of
the world fights the AIDS epidemic and most people fear HIV infection,
this subculture celebrates the virus and eroticizes it.
semen is treated like liquid gold. Carlos has been chasing the bug for
more than a year in a topsy-turvy world in which every convention about
HIV is turned upside down. The virus isn't horrible and fearsome, it's
beautiful and sexy and delivered in the way that is most likely to
result in infection. In this world, the men with HIV are the most desired,
and the bug chasers will do anything to get the virus to "get
knocked up," to be "bred" or "initiated into the
And what, exactly,
motivates Carlos and his bug-chasing colleagues?
bug chasing is mostly about the excitement of doing something that
everyone else sees as crazy and wrong. Keeping this part of his life
secret is part of the turn-on for Carlos, which is not his real name. That
forbidden aspect makes HIV infection incredibly exciting for him, so much
so that he now seeks out sex exclusively with HIV-positive men. 'This is
something that no one knows about me,' Carlos says. 'It's mine. It's my
dirty little secret.'"
infecting themselves, explains Freeman, "is the ultimate taboo, the
most extreme sex act left on the planet, and that has a strong erotic
appeal for some men who have tried everything else."
No question about
it: The forbidden is very attractive. As pop star Britney Spears admitted
in a recent interview: "When someone tells me not to do something, I
do it, that's just my rebellious nature." Similarly, Carlos's thrill
at having a "dirty little secret" is a very common theme sounded
by people explaining why they had some hidden body part pierced.
Why are so many
attracted to the forbidden? Why is it so exciting?
In love with
In the West, we
marvel at the death-oriented Muslim jihad subculture, which in some areas,
particularly among the Palestinians, has become the dominant
culture, a culture of death. We shake our heads sadly as we contemplate
children growing up desiring, above all else, shahada
literally, martyrdom which to them means blowing themselves up while
killing as many Jews as possible, and thinking they're going to heaven.
These young people,
caught up in the rage-fueled Islamist marketing campaign of global jihad,
can look you right in the eye and express with great passion their
conviction that committing mass murder is the mystical doorway to eternal
life. Yet, in much the same way, "bug-chasing" men who seek
AIDS, people suspending themselves from the ceiling by meat-hooks, those
who literally slice their own tongues in two and even, albeit on a
much more subtle level, "regular" people obsessed with the
thought of getting their next piercing or tattoo feel as though they
too are moving, not toward death, but toward life and greater
spirituality, a more unique and authentic sense of self. Somehow the
ritual of pain and mutilation, and in extreme cases, death, drives out
their awareness of inner conflict, and replaces it with an illusion of
freedom and selfhood.
psychotherapist Steven Levenkron, bestselling author and one of the
nation's foremost experts on anorexia and other emotional-based illnesses,
explains it in his landmark book, "Cutting: Understanding and
Overcoming Self-Mutilation": "The self-mutilator is someone who
has found that physical pain can be a cure for emotional pain."
After years of
counseling patients, mostly young women, who purposely cut their bodies
with razors and knives to obtain relief from emotional conflict, Levenkron
have many different reasons for their actions and are tormented by a
spectrum of different feelings. Yet I consistently encounter two
characteristics in all self-mutilators:
A feeling of mental disintegration, of inability to think. 2. A rage that
can't be expressed, or even consciously perceived, toward a powerful
figure (or figures) in their life, usually a parent.
the self-mutilator, the experience of one or both of these feelings is
unbearable and must therefore be "drowned out," as they report,
by some immediate method. Physical pain and the sight of oneself bleeding
become solutions because of their ability to overpower the strength of
the first incident begins with strong feelings of anger, anxiety, or
panic. If the feeling is not too intense, throwing an object, or breaking
or knocking something over, may settle the person down. It's when the
person becomes so overwhelmed that none of these "remedies" help
that we may see them plunge a fist into a wall or through a window, bang
their head against a wall, or finally take a weapon to use against
who stumbles upon self-injury in this manner and discovers that it
relieves one of the painful states listed above will be inclined to use
this discovery again in the future. The individual who needs this kind of
solution is a person who cannot redress the grievances she has with
others, who is afraid to argue, to articulate what she is so angry about.
The self-mutilator is ashamed of the mental pain that she experiences and
has no language with which to describe it to others.
they came to it, the self-mutilator is someone who has found that physical
pain can be a cure for emotional pain.
When a person attacks his or
her own body with an instrument that will wound the skin, and often worse,
it means that the person feels helpless to use any other means to manage
the mental anguish and chaos that is borne out of unmanageable feelings.
is describing a psychiatric syndrome afflicting young girls who
ritualistically cut themselves to relieve inner pain, much of the same
dynamic is at work to some degree in multitudes of people today finding
solace and identity in pain and disfigurement. For example, here's how one
young lady explained her decision to have her tongue pierced, writing on
the BME website:
love piercings and wanted to do it but the guy that I'm interested in
disapproved of it. So, I was reluctant to do the piercing seeing as I
didn't want to start a relationship and having a piercing in an area that
would affect our physical activities. Anyway, it turns out the bastard
slept with my best friend the other night and I knew a new piercing had to
take place. Weird, but getting a new piercing helps me to focus all my
mental pain and then release it with the physical and also it leaves a
nice looking piece of jewelry as well!
In other words, her
anger is extinguished, at least temporarily, by piercing her own body.
Piercing the veil
wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against
powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against
spiritual wickedness in high places." Ephesians 6:12
Earlier in this
exploration of youth culture we "pierced" the corporate veil,
discovering the shameful marketing reality behind today's youth culture.
Let's go the rest of the way now, and pierce the spiritual veil.
History is full of
times and places when something call it a spirit if you wish
sweeps over a particular society. This something is drawn, as into a
vacuum, into societies that have lost their way, and have harkened to the
voice of deceitful leaders and philosophies. During the mid-20th century,
a malevolent spirit swept over Germany, leading to unspeakable crimes
being perpetrated against millions of Jews and other
"undesirables" in the name of progress. In the late '70s, the
demonic spirit of Marxist "cleansing" swept through Cambodia
like a raging wildfire, resulting in the brutal deaths of perhaps 2
million. And today, we see the worldwide spread of a maniacal jihad
suicide cult that is attracting literally millions of Muslims.
But this phenomenon
is evident not only in genocidal frenzies. The counterculture
"revolution" of the 1960s was, to many, a spiritual phenomenon,
with profound reverberations still in today's world. Likewise, the New Age
movement, the preoccupation with "channeling" and UFOs, and
other similar movements have an uncanny spiritual, religious dimension
that can't be ignored.
conformity even to bizarre beliefs and practices can be explained somewhat
by the sheer power of peer pressure, but there is more to it. It's more
akin to mass-hypnosis, where large numbers of people simultaneously adopt
the same bizarre mindset, beliefs and practices. Such instances of
spiritual "possession" of a society, of a people made ripe for
such a downward transformation by their sins and rebellion against God,
are evident throughout history.
Well now, is it just
my imagination, or is there something about today's celebratory piercing
and tattooing of the body, and the free sex that permeates this culture,
that literally evokes the spirit of Sodom and Gomorrah? It's as though the
rebellious spirit of reprobate, pagan civilizations of the past was being
tapped into (dare I say "channeled"?) by today's pop culture.
on," you might say, dismissively. "They're just adorning the
human body to make it more beautiful and unique. Let them have their fun.
Who are they hurting?" Such mellifluous excuses spring up in our
minds quite easily, as most certainly they did also in the time of Sodom,
Gomorrah and other perverse societies.
The fact is, what
has risen "out of the pit" in today's world bears a striking
resemblance to the ageless spirit of defiant paganism, a spirit now
inhabiting millions of people "freed" by trauma (drugs, illicit
sex, bodily mutilation, etc.) from the pain of their own conscience
which is to say, freed from God and the divine law written deep down in
every person's heart. Why? Same reason as always: so they can be their own
gods and make up their own rules.
Of course, in a very
real sense they are also victims they've been set up for all this. For
not only has today's popular culture from its astonishing gender
confusion to its perverse and powerful musical expression become toxic
virtually without precedent in modern history, but also, most parents have
not protected their own kids from it.
In past eras, if
parents were very imperfect or even corrupt, their children still had a
reasonable chance of "growing up straight," since the rest of
society still more or less reflected Judeo-Christian values. The youngster
could bond to a teacher, minister, mentor or organization that could
provide some healthy direction and stability.
But today, because
of the near-ubiquitous corruption "out there," if parents fail
to properly guide and protect their children, the kids get swallowed whole
by the child-molesting monster we call culture.
What do I mean? Just
this: Your being any way other than genuinely virtuous not
perfect, mind you, but honestly and diligently seeking do the right thing
at all times will drive your children crazy. Here's how the craziness
unfolds: Children deserve and desperately need firmness, patience,
fairness, limits, kindness, insight and a good, non-hypocritical example.
In other words, they need genuine parental love and guidance. If they
dont get this, they will resent you. Even if you can't see it, even if
they can't see it and deny it, they will resent you for failing to give
them real love.
And that resentment
which becomes suppressed rage is a destructive, unpredictable,
radioactive foreign element in their makeup, which transmutes into every
manner of problem, complex and evil imaginable. It makes children feel
compelled to rebel against you, and against all authority, out of revenge
for your having failed them. And it makes everything forbidden from
sex, to drugs, to tongue studs, to things worse seem attractive, a
road to personal freedom. Rationalizations and philosophies that once they
would have laughed at as ridiculous, now make sense to them. Practices
they would have shunned in more innocent times, they now not only embrace,
but celebrate. All of this occurs below the level of consciousness.
rebellion is not only against failing parents, but against the entire
adult society against the children of the 1960s cultural revolution
who grew up to become their parents. Unfortunately, many of us never shook
off the transforming effects of that national trauma, which birthed the
"sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll" youth counterculture, the leftist
hate-America movement, the women's liberation movement and overriding all,
of course, the sexual revolution.
So we grew up to
elect one of our own a traumatized, amoral sociopath of a baby-boomer
named Bill Clinton. (His wife and partner-in-crime, Hillary, is the most
popular Democrat in American public life today, and has a good shot at
being president one day.) If you don't think Bill Clinton's escapades with
Monica covered by the media like the Super Bowl had everything
to do with the explosion of middle-school sexual adventures across
America, then open your eyes. We, the parents of this generation, along
with the degrading entertainment media, the biased news media, the lying
politicians, the brainwashing government school system and the rest of
society's once-great institutions whose degradation we have tolerated, are
No wonder our
children are rebelling. And today's insane Sodom-and-Gomorrah culture,
which we have allowed and in many ways created, stands waiting in the
wings to welcome them with open arms.
The way out
Today's culture is
so poisonous that your only hope is to literally create (or plug into)
another culture entirely a subculture. Just as today's homosexual
culture, for example, used to be a miserable subculture lurking in public
toilets and seedy clubs, and has today become the sophisticated culture of
the "beautiful people" and Hollywood, so must your true American
culture if it's ever to come back start off as a subculture.
The best solution I
know of for accomplishing this is to homeschool your children, and network
with other like-minded parents in your area. Trust me, it's already been
done, you're not reinventing the wheel. Sports, music, drama, Scouts, 4-H,
whatever extracurricular activities you want, are all available to the
homeschooler. You can literally pick and choose the "culture" in
which your children grow up, and can actively participate in its creation.
I believe homeschooling today represents the single most important and
promising avenue for the true rebirth of American Judeo-Christian culture.
In families where children are raised with real understanding and insight,
and protected from the insanity of the popular culture until they're big
enough and strong enough in their convictions to go out in the world and
kick butt in the name of righteousness the real America is now being
reborn. May it grow.
What if your
children are already caught up in the youth subculture? Is it too late?
No it's not. But it
may be a difficult and long road back. It's a lot easier to be corrupted
than to become uncorrupted. Just know this: There is something almost
magically liberating about confession. For a parent to honestly confess
his or her mistakes, regrets, failings, selfishness and blindness to their
errant offspring is a spiritual experience for both. Of course, when a
youngster has been "converted" to new loyalties and beliefs,
maintained by unconscious rage and rebellion (and perhaps the desire for
revenge), he may or may not right away want to come back over to your
side. But by being truly repentant over your own culpability in their
problem, and confessing this openly and genuinely and from now on
being the kind of person you always should have been you are giving
them the best chance possible to forgive you and find redemption
Even if they don't
come around, or if it takes a long time, your honest self-examination and
confession as a parent will free you from your own guilts and past sins.
Beyond this, we need to have faith that, with God, all things are
"A Scout is
As I stand there at
my 12-year-old son's Boy Scout meeting (See
opening of Part 1), listening to these boys recite the Scout Law,
I know what I'm looking at. These kids young men, really their
afterburners roaring on a fabulous fuel-mixture of youthful energy,
playfulness, intelligence, testosterone and dedication to higher things,
are literally the future of America. I am grateful that at least a few
institutions in today's world still exert a positive influence on
children. I marvel at the powerful pull the Scout ethic has on them. It
binds their lower impulses, hems them in, and appeals to the "better
angels" of their nature.
Now they're reciting
the Scout Oath: "On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God
and my Country, and to obey the Scout Law, to help other people at all
times, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally
Or course the
Scouts, as well as other good institutions like our churches, and even
marriage itself are torn at mercilessly from the outside by heartless
activists. And they are torn at from within by the occasional rotten
"Scout leader" whose ultimate aim is to molest children. And
yes, even within Scouts, the kids bring a bit of that crazy culture in
with them. Yet the Scout oath and law, the adult leaders, the
time-tested-and-proven program, and the positive peer pressure
all of these beckon the boys to embrace a higher calling.
May we all do
likewise. If we do, we can redeem our wretched culture one child, one
family at a time. And those little swatches of the real American culture,
the bits of heaven-on-earth residing in this home and that home and this
church and that Scout troop will one day, please God, join together to
form the fabric of a reborn American culture of virtue. Each of us must
take that lonely, high road. Otherwise, the marketers of evil will lead us
all down to ever darker and lower levels of hell on earth.