False Idols

We have a charitable Christmas activity at church where we buy presents for children of incarcerated St Louisans. St Louis is the crime capital of the hemisphere, and there’s no shortage of children whose parents are in jail.

We receive little tickets with the name, age, and sex of the children, as well as what gifts they prefer. These are important things to know because they impact what gift is appropriate. However, this year, for the first time, we are also told each child’s race. Not only is this ridiculous, it’s also disturbing. People’s brains have been so conquered by the race mania that they don’t notice it any more. It’s like a sneeze.

Mind you, it doesn’t occur to anybody to mention the kids’ religion on the little tickets. And that’s as it should be. Children should get presents irrespective of whether they are Orthodox Christians, Catholics, Muslims, or agnostics. We don’t exclude based on religion. But why do we racialize Christmas gift giving? Why do we worship at the altar of wokeism’s false gods?

Most importantly, where can one find respite from this nastiness? Where can one go to avoid participating in this cult of animosity, suspicion, and dislike?

30 thoughts on “False Idols

      1. Yeah, already doing that. And frankly, I think the masterpieces are safer in the hands of private collectors at this point. Maybe they can come out again in another couple of centuries if the culture at large decides there’s something better to strive for than mere vandalism.

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  1. I don’t know. I would be more inclined to buy a black doll for a little black girl and a white doll for a little white girl. Little girls like having dolls that look like them and their families. I do agree that race is overblown and it’s not always necessary. But, I do think that when it comes to dolls, it’s helpful information.


    1. “Little girls like having dolls that look like them and their families.”

      Yeah, valid point! Parents aren’t racially or ethnically colorblind — and shouldn’t be — when they buy gifts/clothing, etc. for their children.


    2. Really? Why though?
      My kids are half Caucasian half Hispanic but it never mattered to me whether they’re gifted white dolls, black or brown. As a matter of fact they have always had a mix. They’re dark haired but have blond dolls too. My son has had dolls that are boys and dolls that are girls. So has my daughter. Why should race matter when buying and gifting dolls?

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      1. If we give them dolls that have their skin color, then why not their hair color or eye color? Why not straight, curly or wavy hair like theirs? But nobody puts these features in the little cards.

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        1. “then why not their hair color or eye color? ”

          Well, because most kids don’t notice tiny details like that in other people/dolls.

          I’m sure Klara knows which children in her kindergarten class are white. Ask her how many have blue eyes or brown eyes.


          1. “I’m sure Klara knows which children in her kindergarten class are white.”

            What’s your point here? Little children have an innate sense of “race’?

            Oh, wait – “Parents aren’t racially or ethnically colorblind— and shouldn’t be…”

            I’m guessing that we can both agree that parents who think like this are highly likely to pass on their views concerning “race” to their children at an early age.

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            1. “What’s your point here? Little children have an innate sense of ‘race’?”

              You’re reading too much into my comment. I’m simply stating that children notice obvious macro details about other people (like the skin color over virtually all of their body), and don’t notice tiny little details like the color of their pupils.

              Adults attach significance to the skin color, small children don’t.


          2. “I’m sure Klara knows which children in her kindergarten class are white. Ask her how many have blue eyes or brown eyes.”

            How are you sure about this? My eldest is 9 and my kids still have no idea. It’s not something we discuss at home, beyond “I’m really sorry, but if you play outside this time of day you’ll get burned. Your friend so-and-so can still be out there because he has more melanin than you. Sorry, kid.” Unless they’re taught at home or at school to notice it, it’s not important to them.

            They did ask why that was at some point (because they are jealous), and I explained that skin color is mostly inherited from your parents, and that means they’re basically screwed because both my husband and I are the can’t-tan-at-all genre of chalky white– they’re never getting any darker. But they are not convinced, because as they point out, their (black, by American definitions) playmates’ mother is the same color as us, whereas my father (their grandfather) is darker-skinned than either of their playmates (at least the parts they can see: his legs are ghostly white though). They are skeptical of the heredity argument, when they think of it at all. Which is rare.

            I remember being that age– 5-7, and being similarly oblivious to things that seem important to adults. I had a good friend whose close-in-age brother played with us. We built all kinds of forts and dressed up and climbed trees together. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I realized the boy had a severe speech impediment, and drooled constantly. It seriously didn’t register at all when we were kids and I still don’t remember him that way, but if you look at pictures of us from that time, sure enough his shirt is always soaked down the front. It didn’t register because it wasn’t important to us. We could understand him just fine, and drool is an adult concern.

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            1. Exactly. Kids are attuned to the parents’ inner discomfort. If parents have no weird feelings toward race or disability, the kids won’t either. Klara and her best friend love playing that they are sisters and I’m their mom. Adults surely do wonder when they see a white and a black girls who are the same size run to me screaming ‘mommy!’ on the playground. But kids never question it.

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          3. If parents are normal about race, children are, too. I’ve been hearing a lot about Klara’s friends Gracie and Helen from her new school. I wouldn’t have known that one is white and one is black if I hadn’t changed to drive up to the school when they were playing together. But she’s growing up in a multiracial environment and is often the only white kid in a group. I explained racial differences to her back when she was two, and she’s gotten over that discomfort since then. Unfortunately, many Americans spend their lives unable to get over it because they are sued to fidgeting internally about it.


      2. “Why should race matter when buying and gifting dolls?”

        Because, according to some, “it’s helpful information”

        “Helpful” for what, pray tell??? Seriously.

        I drew the line at our girls popping the heads off their Barbies – whatever their “colour.” Gross. Absolutely could not handle it.

        And, funny thing was, they most enthusiastically trashed the “ethnic” Barbie that looked the most like them. Strong words were spoken, our adult girls still laugh about it today.


            1. It’s tricky. The older ones had a different kind of head joint, and it was quite easy to pop their heads off and on. The newer ones are more difficult, and once you get their heads off, it can be tricky to get them back on again. Especially Ken. At least in the 80s, once Ken’s head came off, he was done for. It couldn’t be put back on except with super glue, and then his head couldn’t turn. Poor fellow looked like he was stuck in a neck brace.

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  2. I have been thinking about this for a while, especially watching the chaos unfold in the Catholic Church. Various Christian Churches provide a vast world-wide network of services to people, especially education, healthcare, disaster relief and help for the poor. Dismantling such structures is, I think, necessary for the ideas you have been describing on this blog to be able to get hold worldwide. You cannot have several large worldwide organizations (there are over 1.3 billion Catholics worldwide, for example) stepping in and providing services that the government wants abolished. Perhaps it is necessary to look at what is happening in and with our churches through the same lens you have applied to our governments.

    Having grown up religious in a totalitarian system, experiencing underground Church and her support against a totalitarian regime, I cannot adequately express how shocking I find the behavior of the Catholic Church hierarchy today. At the same time, for a believer there is nowhere else to go. So I say with the Apostle Peter “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.”


  3. “it’s also disturbing…”

    I think it’s also, at a minimum, heterodox.

    “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

    “And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.”

    If it were me, I would raise my concerns with my priest. If I was unsatisfied with his answer, I would write my Bishop. If unsatisfied with his answer, I would write the Metropolitan.

    Not cool at all.

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    1. These programs are not typically organized by the church– churches just participate in them. Usually it’s an organization like Angel Tree or Samaritan’s Purse, not under the authority of the Orthodox church.

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        1. For real. I wonder if OCPM is big enough yet to launch its own presents-for-prisoners’-kids ministry… I know my mom’s (protestant) church dropped Angel Tree a couple years back in favor of the Samaritan’s Purse version, because AT had gotten too weirdly political. Maybe the parish could likewise investigate alternatives?

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  4. “So Ryosuke, what did you get for Christmas?”

    “Apparently they think that as a Zen Buddhist I’m happier with nothing.”


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  5. When I was growing up, I was very fortunate to have escaped the tentacles of religion. My aged maternal grandfather was a sincere Presbyterian Dr. of Divinity who in his time had been president of a prestigious Southern religious college, but by the time I was a young child, his mind was already lost to advanced dementia. His wife, my maternal grandmother, was too horrified by his mental stage to take refuge in the religious beliefs that he had expressed all his adult life. Their two children, my mother and a feckless uncle, paid lip service at best to their father’s precious views about the love of God and the divinity of Jesus Christ. (Being Presbyterian Protestants, there were no troublesome Saints to complicate the picture.) My father who married my mother was a very lukewarm Southern Baptist, and our family’s “religion” was limited to mouthing meaningless mealtime prayers, and attending weekly Sunday morning boring sermons where we tossed quarters into the collection plate, thereby completing our weekly duty to the Lord’s human sponsors.

    I became an agnostic in my early teens mainly because of the church’s obviously idiotic opposition (particularly in my home state of Tennessee) to the theory of evolution, and by twenty-one I was a full-blown atheist, because it was obvious by then that the universe was run entirely by natural law, and that any belief in a sentient deity that cared about the human race was infantile superstitious wishful thinking.

    I don’t miss those religious restrictions at all.I am bound to be a good person by very specific penal laws, by what I learned from being a medical doctor with a strict oath, by spending 21 years as an officer in the United States Air Force, and by my very rational commonsense.

    Obviously there’s no future life for me (or anybody else). When I die, my sentient soul will dissolve into the absolute nothing that it formed from many decades ago, and I will be as eternally death and non-existent as if I had never lived at all.

    SO WHAT?? I accept that my earthly life — like the lives of all creatures on earth, human and otherwise, is merely a transient trip from nowhere to nowhere, because this brief spangle of existence has been worth it to me, every step of the way.


    1. So yes, it’s entirely “rational commonsense” to reject a religion that teaches the fundamental equality and dignity of all humans and commands all of us to love our neighbour as ourselves — because some of its adherents insist on reading Genesis literally rather than metaphorically.

      Chacun à son goût.

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  6. Many years ago, a friend and her husband were shopping for a gift for a child whose name they’d drawn in one of those Angel-Tree-type things. All they knew about the child was her name, age, and sex, and the fact that she wanted a Barbie doll for Christmas. The girl had a very ghetto-sounding name, but being sensitive, enlightened white folks, my friends were reluctant to assume her skin color based on her name. So they were at Toys-R-Us, looking at Barbie dolls and debating what color to buy, when a black lady who worked for the store asked if she could help them. They explained their conundrum as tactfully as they could, and she asked to see the slip of paper with the girl’s name on it. The lady took one look at it and said decisively, “They black.”

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    1. That’s exactly the kind of thing in talking about. People are so uncomfortable about race that they poison everybody’s existence unnecessarily. We are all hostages to these neurotics because they have positioned themselves as moral authority on everything. The reality, though, is that they are sad, pathetic neurotics.


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