Anyone who is paying attention knows that there is something deeply wrong with American society today. That much is obvious. Increasingly obvious, albeit less well known, is the fact that the fixes that all too many people are applying to heal their broken lives are not helping a thing; in fact, they’re only making things worse. In many cases, they’re the source of the problem. But when will we turn away from these spurious therapies and embrace some genuine solutions?
Take, for instance, a Monday news item from WCBI, a TV station in Columbus, Miss. The headline was straightforward enough: “Arkansas woman arrested, accused of making bomb threats in Oxford.” We’re told that “Oxford Police said an Arkansas woman is facing charges for making bomb threats in Rebel territory. 29-year-old Lily Mestemacher is accused of false reporting of placing explosives. Police said they got information that she was mentioning bomb threats in Oxford on social media several times.”
All right. That’s bad enough in itself, but the story also carries a photo of Lily Mestemacher. The attentive reader will notice quickly that there is something off about Ms. Mestemacher: she is actually Mr. Mestemacher. In what is clearly a mug shot, a scruffy fellow with messy bleached hair and about a week’s growth of beard grins weirdly, his abundant chest hair visible over his orange prison v-neck.
So who’s crazier: “Lily” Mestemacher, or the “journalists” who believe that they have a duty to indulge his fantasies by referring to him, without any caveat or explanation at all, as an “Arkansas woman”? Could Mr. Lily have been helped along the path that ultimately led him to issue bomb threats by all the people around him who anxiously encouraged and abetted his delusions, rather than trying to bring him back to a healthy understanding of reality? Would a healthier society have taken this man’s conviction that he is a woman as a sign of mental instability that could manifest itself in other ways as well?
And speaking of mental instability, there’s the case of Taylor Schabusiness, who by all accounts is a genuine woman in Wisconsin. On Tuesday, the winsome Ms. Schabusiness made headlines for attacking her own lawyer during a courtroom hearing. She was in court in the first place because, according to the New York Post, she is “accused of decapitating her lover during a wild, meth-fueled escapade last year.”
Wait, it gets worse. Ms. Schabusiness reportedly hooked up with one Shad Thyrion, and “allegedly decapitated Thyrion during sex, continued to perform sexual acts on his lifeless body, and mutilated his corpse with a serrated bread knife. She then stuffed his severed head and penis in a bucket and other body parts in a crock pot, leaving them for his mother to find.” She told police to “have fun trying to find all of the organs.”
Meth is, as they say, clearly one helluva drug, but Taylor Schabusiness’ troubles are longer standing than just one night with meth and a serrated bread knife. According to the defense attorney she attacked Tuesday, Schabusiness “was previously diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has received mental health treatment since she was a seventh-grader.”
Taylor Schabusiness is reportedly 25 now. That means she has been receiving mental health treatment for around 12 years, nearly half of her life. Twelve years of treatment, and she decapitates a man and says of her deed, “Ya, I liked it.” Will anyone dare to point out that all that mental health treatment clearly didn’t work? It was likely based on affirming this young lady’s self-esteem and making her love herself; maybe the old discarded Judeo-Christian ideas of challenging people not to be so self-obsessed and focused on their own pleasure might have been more effective.
While she hooked up with the unfortunate Shad Thyrion, Taylor Schabusiness was, we’re told, married to another man. (What do you call a man married to a woman like this? “Stew.”) Did anyone ever tell her that she would find greater personal fulfillment within her marriage than she would in meth-fueled sex romps with random strangers and serrated bread knives? Almost certainly not. That would have been passé, not to mention cisnormative or whatever.
Lily Mestemacher and Taylor Schabusiness are two recent indications of the massive failure of our secular and self-centered culture. They are fresh indications that the ways in which all too many people are told that they can find happiness and peace actually lead them to just the opposite. But these two won’t, unfortunately, by any means be the last examples of this.
THX 1138 says
The Lutherans were staunch supporters of Hitler. The Catholic Church pedophilia scandal. The one-thousand years of the Christian Dark Ages. The Spanish Inquisition. The Roman Inquisition. The burning of heretics at the stake. The Christian pogroms against the Jews. The 300 years of religious war between Catholic and Protestant and Protestant and Protestant of the Reformation and Counter Reformation.
How about Islam, how about Muslims? They believe in a God, they believe in self-sacrifice-altruism (selflessness) for that God, peaceful culture of sanity?
A religious God-centered culture is the antidote for secular unreason?
Violence and brutality stem from unreason, from irrationality, from abandoning your mind, your mind is your SELF. It doesn’t matter if a culture abandons reason for secular unreason or for supernatural, mystical, religious unreason, the result is the same.
David Ray says
At least that retard *Biden reads from varying Q-cards.
You seem to have only one.
Mark Sochor says
It obvious the results aren’t the same. You for example. Religion and the belief in a power greater than ourselves didn’t create the fanatical chaos you endlessly describe..
Man does it to himself through megalomania and hubris every time.. When man believes himself God, all hell breaks loose.
I’m starting to think you suffer from extreme Narcissistic Personality Disorder. “People with the disorder can have an exaggerated sense of self-importance. Have a sense of entitlement and require constant, excessive admiration. Expect to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it.” The Mayo Clinic
Once again the article has nothing to do with Lutherans, religion, Objectivism and most of all you and your crackpot theories about European history. Can we call you Herr ReichsFuhrer?
Of course we know there would never be an Objectivist criminal, would there?
At least we finally have your mug shot.
ArizonaJewish Cowboy says
Can we call you Biden?
Because you sound just as mentally challenged and stupid as he is.
Hello THX. In fact Christianity has a built in safeguard, in that followers of Jesus Christ are to be “no part” of the world, to take no part in its divisive politics and its cruel wars. They have no power in the world. We can only beg you to listen to us. We cannot force you, or bribe you.
“They refused to take any active part in the civil administration or the military defence of the empire. . . . it was impossible that the Christians, without renouncing a more sacred duty, could assume the character of soldiers, of magistrates, or of princes.”—History of Christianity (New York, 1891), Edward Gibbon, pp. 162, 163.
But, as Jesus himself warned, it is a narrow road and few are the ones who find it. Won’t most people learn the truth about our loving Creator, the God of Abraham, in the resurrection, when he wakes them from the dreamless sleep of death?
And an urgent Kingdom preaching work is being done worldwide now, as the moment prophesied in Daniel 2:44 is fast approaching. Please think seriously about it when we call at your door, Please hear what we have to tell you. Don’t forget that Daniel not only told the Jewish people the exact year the Messiah would arrive, but warned what would happen afterwards. As it did.
By the way, re the bearded lady in the article above, wouldn’t the little lad who pointed out that the Emperor has no clothes be in serious trouble today?
THX 1138 says
Dear Sue, thank you for your politeness and seriousness, there are different ways to interpret any religion, there are different ways to interpret Christianity. Some interpretations are closer to being rational and therefore more peaceful than others.
But the fact is that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are always weaponized for the brutality of theocracy.
What happens when one Christian sect claims that Jesus, God, and the Holy Ghost are one and the same entity but another sect declares that “No, God created Jesus and the Holy Ghost, and they are three separate entities”? For you today, in our secular times, this sounds like a minor and unimportant quibble, but when Christians really took their religion really seriously this was an issue that led to war and massacres. Look up the Arian Heresy, Donatist Heresy, Manichean Heresy. Look up the Massacre At Beziers in 1209.
A Protestant Christian is essentially a heretic, an apostate, from true Christianity as established by the Catholic Church. To call a Protestant today a heretic or apostate sounds not only archaic but ridiculous, doesn’t it? Those terms don’t sound archaic or laughable at all in Islam do they. Why is that? Because today’s Christianity has been profoundly influenced, leashed, diluted, and in a way changed by rational secularism, where Islam has not.
Please, you should try to go to the source of what real Christianity is (the bible), and not the traditions of men. As a hater of Christianity, you have an inability to judge without bias what a corruption of Christianity might be,.or what an authentic expression of it is. Nor can you discern the difference between biblical Christianity and other religions or philosophies. You cannot see the weakness of your own prefered Philosophy, based as it is on atheistic materialism and the new morality of Ayn Rand.
It is a known fact that atheists and evolutionists attack Christianity constantly, but avoid the fact that the 20th century was dominated by two totalitarian systems that held the theory of evolution as there foundation. Both Marxism and Naxism held the atheistic materialism of evolutionary theory as there foundation. This caused the bloodiest century in history so far. There is even an element of the “survival of the fittest” mentality in the philosophy of Ms. Rand as well.
Robert O'Donnell says
We also possess the confirmed prophetic Word to which you do well to pay attention, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts; Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture originated as anyone’s own private interpretation; Because prophecy was not brought at any time by human will, but the holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:19-21
Hmmm…, Whom should I believe, The Apostle Peter or THX1138? Such a conundrum!
David Ray says
As the DNC will have the names of these freaks (that typically make up their base), I’m certain the names will appear on mail-in ballots in every swing state.
Incarceration will not keep these loyal democrats from exercising their right to vote!
Mark Dunn says
Anton Lavey was asked to sum up his religion in a few words. What he said was brilliant “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law,” seems a lot of people have gotten the message.
Hello THX, and thank you too for such a thoughtful reply. There is a lot I would like to say, but we are only allowed so much space to reply. You make this very important point: “When Christians took their religion really seriously this was an issue that led to war and massacres.”
Yet what did Jesus himself say would be the mark of his true followers? At John 13:35, he clearly tells us that they can be identified by the love they have for each other.
“By this all will know that you are my disciples—if you have love among yourselves.”
And already the Kingdom of God, the heavenly government for whose coming Jesus taught us to pray, is teaching millions of us – from every tribe and nation and tongue – to live in peace as the brothers and sisters we truly are.
In such a divided, hate-filled world, isn’t that a miracle?
I don’t know if you are aware, but that great scientist Sir Isaac Newton referred to Christendom as “the Trinitarian apostasy” and saw that it functioned as a barrier to the truth. And isn’t the Trinity the central doctrine of Christendom in all its warring branches and sects? But is it a Christian teaching? And does that matter?
Is it a teaching that united people in love?
Anyway, I referenced Sir isaac in this blogpost, if you would like to read it: https://sueknight2000.blogspot.com/2021/02/o-snowdrop.html
I can see it coming now: Ms Schabusiness identifies as a “praying mantis” thus was obligated to decapitate her male participant after sex, and eat his body parts.
ArizonaJewish Cowboy says
Somebody needs to chop off Ms. Schabusiness head and feed to her friends in Gaza. Or better yet feed it to that horse named Ocasio and/or that hog known as Tlaib.
But do save the “brain” matter for Omar and Schiff.
First not everybody who calls themselves a Christian is
2 be very careful when you judge someone’s spirituality
As you judge you will be judged
3 before someone tells what Christianity is they need to learn what it is
Some of the comments show a lack of understanding
Finally Islam is not in the same
Thought process as Jew and christian