The bronze statue “Belle” was unveiled March 2007 in Amsterdam’s Red Light District and dedicated to prostitutes around the world.
There are six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination to him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and they that soweth discord among brethren.
– King Solomon, Proverbs
I remember a few months ago reading an intriguing article on Breitbart.com about Amsterdam’s red light district which recently unveiled a bronze statue. You may say, “Big deal, Ellis! Amsterdam is a very old European city and has perhaps hundreds if not thousands of statues all over the country.” I would then say you have deduced correctly dear reader, but this statute is very different from the ones erected to Holland’s best and brightest sons of a bygone era.
Who, you may ask, is the statute dedicated? Not Rembrandt, not William I of Orange, not Erasmus, not Grotius, not Spinoza, not Van Gogh, nay, this statute is to none other than the prostitute and to the ancient, glorious art of prostitution. And not just prostitution in Holland, but this statute memorializes prostitutes all over the world. Take that, Spinoza!
Yes, but there is more dear reader. This very worthy expenditure of public funds has the blessings of the city authorities. The idea of this project came from the “former” prostitute, Mariska Majoor, who is the creator of the illustrious Centre on Prostitution that she founded 10 years ago and is likewise prominently ensconced in the Dutch capitol of Amsterdam, that liberal Mecca of excess, vice and… “liberty.”
The statue strikes a self-assured pose, “her hands on her hips, looking sideways towards the sky and standing on a doorstep,” and we are told represents self-confident, poised womanhood. Just when you thought that society could sink no lower, somebody drives on the property, plunges into the abyss with a backhoe (excuse the pun) and starts digging away. But I digress.
Photo courtesy of flickr.com
There has been much inked spilled on the cultural phenomenon called, “political correctness” which can be defined as adhering to and complying with the conventional thinking of mainstream liberalism. By “liberalism” I basically mean a socio-political ideology that mandates a strict segregation between politics (law) and morality.
Notwithstanding, I have never liked the term “political correctness,” not because it is a useless and irrelevant term, but most of all because it is an inaccurate one. It is an inaccurate term because it trivializes and relegates profound moral issues affecting our culture to the banal purgatory of politic discourse.
Here, I have coined a more lucid expression that utilizes the same acronym PC, but my idiom stands for “perversity correctness.” Perversity correctness is a contemporary worldview in American and European politics and culture that expressly deconstructs and segregates religious judgments from public (or private) acts particularly in politics, but generally, throughout every aspect of culture and society including religion, education, economics, law, medicine, art, aesthetics, music, media, technology, etc.
What does this mean for American society and beyond? It means welcome to the “Alice in Wonderland” world of perversity liberalism where up is down, down is up, evil is good (there is no evil) and the only judgment one should render is against the hateful, Neanderthal conservative Republicans who want to judge us enlightened freethinkers who just want to have fun and live our lives in whatever manner we please.
King Solomon, about a 1,000 years before the birth of Christ, in the book of Proverbs wrote a series of profound moral aphorisms that have the troubling refrain – There are six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination to him: The text continues in a beautifully poetic cadence what those seven things are. Due to the brevity of this article I will only list three… An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief … and they that soweth discord among brethren.
I challenge any reader here to devise a more succinct and on point examination of contemporary society under the strictures of liberalism, which despite it’s glorious past going back to such luminaries as Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Voltaire, Rousseau, Adam Smith, Jefferson, John Stuart Mill, John Dewey, Woodrow Wilson, Louis Brandeis, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Benjamin Cardozo, FDR, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, has since the mid-1960s, descended into the intellectual nihilism of perversity correctness.
Enter radical liberal organizations like the ACLU, National Education Association, Planned Parenthood, National Organization of Women, The Trial Lawyers Association, North American Man/Boy Love Association, People for the Separation of Church and State, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Human Rights Campaign.
These and other extremist groups have wreaked havoc on the rule of law to “devise wicked imaginations” (legalizing infanticide, banning God, prayer and Bible study from the public schools, Miranda v. Arizona (1966) – allowing the criminal to go free because the police have erred, blurring gender roles with the feminization of society); “feet that be swift in running to mischief” (banning the 10 Commandments and corporal punishment from the public schools and replacing the void with guns, gangs, gotta-get-paid and ghetto-lifestyle), “and he that soweth discord among brethren” (removing ‘Christ’ from Christmas displays, same-sex marriage, allowing pedophiles to re-offend, teaching 5 year olds about sex, deifying dogs over humanity (The Michael Vick case), appointing liberal activist judges that scorn the people and the rule of law), just to cite a few examples.
One of the first things a despot does who covets power, who despises liberty, and exacts from the blood of the people a totalitarian state, is to reinvent history by removing monuments to old heroes and erecting monuments to new ones. That was what the Bolsheviks did in Communist Russia and Hitler did in Nazi Germany – Jews, Christians, were killed, imprisoned, “reeducated,” synagogues and churches burned to the ground.
In Amsterdam it is clear what direction they are going by their monument to prostitution; however, this is Amsterdam, a city like Sodom and Gomorrah which has long been on the road to perdition by sowing the wind and will in due time reap the whirlwind. I pray America will not follow her.