Christian America’s ‘High Noon’ Moment
American films of the 1940s and 1950s provide every allegory one needs. Take the 1952 classic High Noon, starring a particularly rugged Gary Cooper and beautiful co-stars Grace Kelly and Katy Jurado. Cooper plays Will Kane, an honorable marshal on the nineteenth-century frontier, who wants to retire with his Quaker bride, Amy, and turn in his badge. Upon learning that his beloved town Hadleyville is about to be attacked by outlaw Frank Miller and his posse, Kane decides he cannot accept a coward’s departure. Even though it will risk his chances of a normal life with a wife and kids, Kane goes back to face the thugs, who he knows will strike at the arrival of the noon train.
In High Noon‘s climactic ending, director Stanley Kramer visualizes a timeless dilemma facing men of principle. What does one do when one faces a powerful, wicked enemy, and one’s own “allies” refuse to help? This is the sad fate of Will Kane. His ex-lover Helen Ramirez and new bride Amy both want to flee town rather than be embroiled in a dangerous shoot-out. Whether they pay lip service to unity or flaunt their pusillanimity, the townspeople, bosses, and direct reports all forsake Will and leave him to face the town’s nemeses alone.
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In a surprise twist, the Quaker Amy decides at the last minute that she can’t leave her groom during his last stand against vice. In usual Grace Kelly style, she rushes off the train and glides through the abandoned streets of Hadleyville, eventually finding a pistol and saving the man she loves by firing a round through a window to take out a lurking gunman ready to shoot Will.
Christians in America are a few minutes away from high noon. In our various ghost towns and rickety Main Street hideouts, we find ourselves increasingly stuck doing crowd control, surrounded by angry mobs pushing hedonism, abortion, sodomy, race war, Darwinism, and other heresies on us. This enormous gang of religion-haters is led by the ruling cadre of secularism, the well funded and shamelessly Machiavellian LGBT movement.
Everyone who was supposed to fight alongside us has conveniently vanished. The classical liberals who once had some influence in the Democratic Party have retired or died off, leaving behind a heartless progressive wing uninterested in religious freedom, academic freedom, free speech, and the preservation of traditional cultures, be they Western or third-world. By now it seems that half the Republican Party, from Ken Mehlman to Milo Yiannopoulos, has come out as flamingly homosexual – what a bonfire in honor of log cabins! – while the other half has to kowtow to the wealthy gays on their staff, with the result that the GOP now stands for a Grand Orgy of Pandering. Don’t expect a mad rush to pass the First Amendment Defense Act or a constitutional amendment protecting marriage.
They’ll talk a good game about family values, of course, especially when they are asking for money or begging voters to plug their noses and return them to office. Some may even deign to quote Tony Perkins once in a while. But whether it’s Jan Brewer or Mike Pence or Chris Christie or countless others, they will end up somewhere shaded and safe, counting all the benefits they got by making sure the LGBT gang got what they wanted and churches got screwed. They will veto religious liberty bills, ban therapy for youths with unwanted same-sex attraction, and okay the Obama administration’s overreach on transgender bathrooms. And when they do it, they’ll proudly claim they’re true Christians conforming to Jesus Christ’s generous and forgiving attitude, while those insisting on such measures are meanies.
In other words, they’ll take the last train out of town before high noon so Frank Miller and his gay bullies can steamroll the Christians with impunity.
And what of interfaith alliances? Jewish people face their own internecine battle between a highly fertile Orthodox population averse to politics and their Reform and “Conservative” counterparts who embrace politics largely to show gay people how open-minded and not-like-closed-minded-Christians they are. Given the centuries of anti-Semitism and atrocities in Europe seventy-five years ago, we may give Judaism a pass for not exactly rushing to stand shoulder to shoulder with Christians against their present adversaries. Buddhists, animists, and Hindus would find it hard to see theological commonality with Christianity. As for Islam, there’s a town called Orlando that serves to remind us that Muslims have no problem violently persecuting gays while also encouraging gays to persecute Christians.
Remember Floyd Corkins?
Christians are like the rabbits in Watership Down, the species “with a thousand enemies,” slowly realizing that polemicists like Zack Ford and Sally Kohn aren’t harmlessly insane people who might become cute, furry creatures if only shown some love and pity. No, these LGBT commentators are bloodhounds who would like nothing better than to see Christians driven out of public life and herded into windowless basements with duct tape over their mouths.
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