Unholy Nation

Judge me, O God, and distinguish my cause from the nation that is not holy: deliver me from the unjust and deceitful man.

Category: On Arts

Visible Satan Invisible Satan

Jo Piazza over at Fox News has written a report that suggests that pop stars are using satanic imagery to gain media attention.

Piazza uses recent the recent controversy of Nicki Minaj’s Grammy awards flop and Minaj’s apparent alter ego.

The pop star continues to feed into the buzz machine and has even gone so far as to explain that she believes a demon named Roman lives inside her.

“His name is Roman. Basically, the religious figure is there because he was called by Roman’s mom to rehabilitate him. That’s pretty much it,” she said post-Grammys.  “I had this vision for Roman. I had this vision for him to be sort of exorcised. People around him tell him he’s not good enough ‘cause he’s not normal, and he’s not blending in with the average Joe. People around him are afraid because they’ve never seen anything like him. Not only is he amazing, sure of himself and confident, but he’s never going to be exorcised. Even when they throw the holy water on him, he rises above.”

And while her statements may be dark, bizarre and have religious groups up in arms, they have translated to massive sales for Minaj. Her album “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” debuted at Number one last week with an impressive 250,000 album sales.

This leads me to the question as to whether or not this is satanic or just a good ol’ case of self-absorption.

The article mentions how artists like Minaj and Lady Gag-Gag are coat-tailing on the successes of bands like KISS and others.

Maybe so.

Yet, I think the quartet of dudes in face-paint pales in comparison to some of the crap in the current cesspool of anti-culture.

I don’t quite get the idea of playing exorcism or playing possessed as entertainment.  However, to a culture that is so mired in figurative fecal matter this stuff is apparently attractive. What’s a little more smeared on when you’re wearing so much of it already?

Now I’m not calling to burn anybody at the stake because it’s hard for me to really believe that these performers really know what they are doing (in terms of soul cost). At the same time, this re-affirms why Catholics need a stronger voice in the arts culture.  The love affair with the sewage-run-off called Popular Culture is a telling sign of a culture that rejects objective truth and order.

We’re living in the secular society that believes in relativism and chaos. It is no surprise that the “art” that is popular reflects that mindset. What is important to ask is when do these acts cease to be acts?

It’s quite possible that they have already become something more than attention and money grabbing vehicles as the article suggests. Furthermore, this continues to cast light on the problem of hip-hop culture writ large. It’s not liberating anyone.

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into Hell, Satan and all the other evil spirits, who wander throughout the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

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What We Read; What We Do

While scanning the internet news for blog-fodder, I came across a story on Yahoo News, which linked to their “Love and Sex” section.  The article is about a new book trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey, which according to the article:

Unabashedly not YA, these books are part of a genre called BDSM (or “bondage, discipline, sadism, masochism”) fiction.

I’ll spare you the plot details here; you can look at the article through the link above.

The scariest part of the article was a quotation by a mother:

“I couldn’t put it down,” says NYC mom Michele Yogel, 33, “I’d be sitting on the couch at 7 a.m. with my two kids while they’re watching cartoons and drinking milk and I’d be reading it on the Kindle app on my phone.”

This is scary too:

“Kids have never seen their mothers reading so much,” says 42-year-old Allysa Goldman.

Poor women, poor kids, poor world.

This is also troubling:

Goldman, Yogel, and other bibliophiles agree that its adding spark back to “everyone’s marriage.”

Because we all know marriage is just about the sex.

Again, the comments on internet articles can be informative.

For example:

After 12 years of marriage the only BDSM activity in my home occurs when my wife smacks me with the pillow when I’m snoring too loud.

And

In my house BDSM means bed, dishes sweeping and mopping.

And

what the hell did i just read?

At least some people can have a sense of humor in the face of this junk.

Although one new porn novel might not be a sign of a trend, it’s interesting that the media puts such material in a good light. “It will save your marriage.”

Unholy Nation’s League of Social Scientists unanimously agree that if you need a pornographic novel to save your marriage, there is something else wrong.  Also, they agree that if you have time to talk to your kids instead of reading a pornographic novel, you should do that.

Meanwhile, you better not be caught reading Dante’s Divine Comedy anytime soon, because it’s offensive.

People think Rick Santorum is a loony-case, but maybe his implied message that we are the nation of contraceptives and porn is right.

Another thing.

You don’t hear much in the mainsleaze media about how the pornography industry exploits and objectifies women.

Why is that?

Is it because pornography is in line with that body autonomy argument?

Project Excrement

This morning when I saw the news article about the teen killed at a Project X inspired party, I thought about graduate school.

Graduate school students studying English literature often have conversations about very trite topics.

One of which I remember is “does life reflect art, or does art reflect life.”

We must remember that Project X is a fiction.

Or is it?

A society that thrives on crap visual art, crap literature, crap TV, crap film, and crap music will have those tastes manifest in public behavior. You know, what you do and what you say. (Not to mention how you vote or how you allocate resources.)

Crap art, crap literature, crap TV, crap film, and crap music are all technical terms, mind you.

Mimetic desire?

Teens being teens?

They’ll grow out of it?

When is our enlightened and progressive culture going to grow out of it?