Wednesday, June 22, 2022

The secret of why evangelicals love Herschel Walker (and Donald Trump)

For decades, conservative White evangelicals have championed a rugged, even ruthless "warrior" masculinity. Believing that "gender difference" was the foundation of a God-given social order, evangelicals taught that women and men were opposites. God filled men with testosterone so that they could fulfill their God-ordained role as leaders, as protectors and providers. Testosterone made them aggressive, and it gave them a God-given sex drive. Men needed to channel their aggression, and their sex drives, in ways that strengthened both family and nation.
Generations of evangelicals consumed millions of books and listened to countless sermons expounding these "truths." Within this framework, there was ready forgiveness for male sexual misconduct. It was up to women to avoid tempting men who were not their husbands and meet the sexual needs of men who were. When men went astray, there was always a woman to blame. For men, misdeeds could be written off as too much of a good thing or perhaps a necessary evil, as evidence of red-blooded masculinity that needed only to be channeled in redemptive directions.
Within evangelical communities, we see these values expressed in the way organizations too often turn a blind eye to abuse, blame victims, and defend abusers in the interest of propping up a larger cause -- a man's ministry, an institution's mission, or the broader "witness of the church."


  1. More liberal trash. They create a boogey man and then trash him.

  2. Is Herschel an exclusively Jewish name?

  3. So the facts regarding his behavior iare trash because Trump supports him?

  4. redirection is a typical conservative defense

  5. Are you asserting that Walker is Jewish?!

  6. Nope

    I'm asking why he has a Yiddish name.

    Although, there was a racing horse called Frankel.

  7. seems like there are also non Jewish Herschels

    Let's see if they also have Tzvi Hirsch amongst them!

  8. I support running away. Disconnecting from an anti-G-d society. Seceding in Place, as I call it. I go nowhere. I just withdraw into myself. Stopping interaction with evil people.

  9. Ok. I don't identify as conservative. I just give my analysis, for whatever it is worth.

  10. Torah thought on this week’s parsha Korach “Truly, לכן it is against הנעדים the Lord that you and all your company have banded together. For who is Aaron ואהרן מה הוא that you should rail against him כי תלינו עליו? Moses sent for וישלח Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab; but they said: We will not come! לא נעלה! Is it not enough that you brought us from a land flowing with milk and honey, to have us die להמיתנו in the wilderness, that you would also lord it over us כי תשתרר עלינו גם השתרר? Even if you had brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey and given us possession of fields and vineyards, should you gouge out those men’s eyes of these men? We will not come לא נעלה! Moses was much aggrieved ויחר משה מאד and he said to the Lord: Pay no attention to their oblation מנחתם. I have not taken the ass of any one of them, nor have I wronged ולא הרעתי any one of them.” (Numbers 16:11-15)

    My theory I heard. Twice: We will not come! לא נעלה! We will not come! לא נעלה! The first because Moses was head of the court of law. A court of law can subpoena and order people to appear. The January 6 Liz Cheny hearings have legal power to order documents and people for them to review and interview. What to do for people that defy the subpoena ? Moses at first did nothing.

    The second We will not come! לא נעלה! Moses here is in the role of king. The rule is that a king is forbidden to allow disrespect to the king. Moses was much aggrieved ויחר משה מאד.

    במדבר פרשת קרח פרק טז פסוק טו
    וַיִּחַר לְמֹשֶׁה מְאֹד וַיֹּאמֶר אֶל יְקֹוָק אַל תֵּפֶן אֶל מִנְחָתָם לֹא חֲמוֹר אֶחָד מֵהֶם נָשָׂאתִי וְלֹא הֲרֵעֹתִי אֶת אַחַד מֵהֶם:

    רש"י במדבר פרשת קרח פרק טז פסוק טו
    ויחר למשה מאד - נצטער עד למאוד:
    אל תפן אל מנחתם - לפי פשוטו הקטרת שהם מקריבים לפניך מחר אל תפן אליהם. והמדרש אומר יודע אני שיש להם חלק בתמידיז צבור, אף חלקם לא יקובל לפניך לרצון, תניחנו האש ולא תאכלנו:
    לא חמור אחד מהם נשאתי - לא חמורו של אחד מהם נטלתי. אפילו כשהלכתי ממדין למצרים והרכבתי את אשתי ואת בני על החמור, והיה לי ליטול אותו החמור משלהם, לא נטלתי אלא משלי. ותרגום אנקלוס, שחרית, לשון ארמי, כך נקראת אנגריא של מלך שחוור:


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