Where to start on the subject of sex and politics?
“Monkey Business” and former Colorado Sen. Gary Hart?
The blue dress and Bill Clinton?
Weiner, Spitzer or Filner?
So many cases, but they mostly were men misbehaving.
On Friday, Patrick Henry College’s annual Faith and Reason Lecture will feature Stephen Baskerville, professor of government at PHC, who will talk about the sexual revolution’s impact on modern politics.
According to the college, Baskerville said in a lecture titled “Politicizing Potiphar’s Wife: Today’s New Ideology” that ideology “is a defining feature of modernity.”
“Despite the demise of totalitarian regimes in Europe, and proclamations of the ‘end of ideology’ by some scholars, radical political ideologies continue and take new form,” he said. ”
“Today’s most threatening ideology is that involving issues of the family, children, and sexuality.”
Baskerville said flashpoints like abortion and same-sex marriage “are only the most salient manifestations of a new sexual radicalism.”
“Though it begins with sexual immorality, it is now much more, and politically it involves the loss of freedom through repressive government measures,” he said. “Many of the most destructive features are not on the radar screen of the media, academics, or even conservative Christians, but authoritarian measures are already being taken against the unborn, heterosexuals, religious believers, and men.”
The professor said “sexual militants” are “on a direct collision course with the Christian faith.”
“Radical Islamism exists in a complex relationship with both sexual radicalism and Christianity,” he said. “These trends also vindicate Christian morality and Christian faith.”
He said Christians “should not despair but see this as a validation of their faith, and understanding this trend properly can show concrete steps to withstand this threat.”
Baskerville, who has taught at Howard University and Palacky University and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Russian National University for the Humanities, has published “Not Peace but a Sword: The Political Theology of the English Revolution” and “Taken Into Custody: The War Against Fathers, Marriage, and the Family.”
In an recent lecture on the subject, Baskerville explained that there is increasing pressure on Patrick Henry College and other Christian institutions “to make accommodation with the highly sexualized political agenda that is now dominating not only the culture but also the politics and public policy of this country.”
He warns that the “sexual agenda is the use of sex – and also its products, children – as instruments and weapons to acquire political power.”
“Now, since the days of Potiphar’s wife this has always been a feature of politics. But what we are seeing today is an ideology of sexual radicalism,” he said.
The tenets, he said, include unlimited sexual freedom, abortion on demand, same-sex marriage, government healthcare, open-ended sex education, the emasculation of the military and curtailment of religious freedom.
He explained the Obamacare agenda “has given us a glimpse of [coming events] by focusing attention on the implications for religious freedom because of its coercive measures against the consciences of Christians.”
He noted one issue in which “draconian punishments” have been handed out – “the system of unilateral and involuntary divorce, government’s purpose-built mechanism for dismembering families, seizing control over the private lives of innocent people and their children, summarily confiscating property,and criminalizing the embodiments of the hated ‘patriarchy’: fathers.”
He said it lets “legally unimpeachable citizens” who are “completely innocent of any legal infraction and sitting in their own homes minding their own business” to be:
- summarily evicted from their homes;
- separated from their children;
- expropriated of everything they possess; and
- incarcerated without charge and without trial.
“Parents sucked into the divorce machinery against their will and through literally ‘no-fault’ of their own, constitute the canary in the mineshaft,” he said.
“Their criminalization by the sexual militants who run the divorce industry is the model for what will be inflicted on the rest of us when the sexual militants achieve their control over other bureaucratic gendarmeries. For the divorce machinery is the model for a whole series of new ‘gender’ crimes – many of which no one has ever heard of before and no one really understands,” he said.
Baskerville said the “confrontation between unlimited sexual power and Christian faith is literally biblical in proportions.”
“The radicals understand that Christian faith is the greatest impediment to, and check upon, both their unlimited sexual freedom and the governmental political power they are using it to acquire,” he said.
A year ago, the Faith and Reason Lecture featured Anthony Esolen, who teachers Renaissance English Literature and the Development of Western Civilization at Providence College.
In 2011, the speaker was Steven Hake, who chair’s PHC’s Department of Classical Liberal Arts.
Baskerville told WND the sexual radicalism agenda follows very much in the mold of communism and fascism