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His conclusion: today, truth is an endangered species.

The Flip Side of Rousseau

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To the West’s civilized tradition, Reilly opposes Jean-Jacques Rousseau, whom many would recognize as the godfather of the French Revolution and its totalitarian successors.

But Reilly plumbs the lesser-known Rousseau, especially his anthropology that denies the intellect’s ability to know the truth at all. Instead, the intellects must serve the will’s perverted desire to satisfy the endless demands of warring passions and appetites.

In other words, Rousseau’s vision of man invites social chaos, and then tyranny.

Reilly dwells on psychology long enough to put on display the moral relativism involved, and its impact on the individual –including, of course, the sodomite.

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The second half of the book then describes its impact on the institutions –science, the family, the schools, the Boy Scouts, the military, the courts, and even foreign policy.

Of course, that will not be enough. As with all irrational indulgences, it never ends. The originally private perversion becomes a social crusade by necessity.

“The homosexual cause moved naturally from a plea for tolerance to cultural conquest because the rationalization upon which it is based requires the assent of the community to the normative nature of the act of sodomy,” Reilly writes.

“In other words, we all must say that the bad is good in order for the rationalization to be secure in itself.”

“Everything is in flux,” said Heraclitus, some 2500 years ago; “but seek the logos.”

Heraclitus did not know the name of the logos: that is revealed only in the Gospel of John: “In the beginning was the Word (logos), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)

Well, Rousseau would have none of that; and neither do our postmodern Sodomy Crusaders. Today’s advocates of “gay rights” reject philosophy and all its works, and embrace instead revolution: with Prometheus, they “hate all the gods.” (Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound, 975)

Of course, nowadays, that includes Christ, the logos Himself.

Aeschylus’ Hermes responds to Prometheus: “Your words declare you stricken with no slight madness.” And, happily, Reilly finds an echo of Aeschylus in Irenaeus 700 years later: “Thinking against nature, you will become foolish. And if you insist, you will fall into insanity.” (Against Heresies, 180 A.D.)

Speaking of insanity, consider the shrinks: one of Reilly’s choicest discoveries concerns the views of the “scientific community” regarding sodomy. “This is science as ideology,” he writes, citing a marvelous line from the New England Journal of Medicine of July 2003, regarding embryonic stem cell research: “The Promethean prospect of eternal regeneration awaits us.”

Insanity lives.

Painstaking Research and Surprising Finds

Reilly offers a revealing but somewhat macabre account of how psychiatry “changed its mind” about sodomy.

“Until 1973,” he writes, “homosexuality was defined as a mental illness in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (APA).”

But in the early 1970s, homosexual agitators began crashing medical meetings to demand that psychiatrists “remove the ‘sickness label'” that gay rights groups considered an “albatross.”

If that failed, the group threatened “to discredit psychiatry.”

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