• Pragerisms

    For a more comprehensive list of Pragerisms visit
    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower


There go the churches

The floodgates are opening, and congregations are leaving the United Methodist Church


Just days ago, 487 United Methodist churches were approved for disaffiliation from the denomination, bringing the total of ratified exits to 1,314. Hundreds more have already voted to exit and are awaiting final approval. Almost all of them are theologically conservative churches anticipating the denomination’s official and enthusiastic liberalization on LGBTQ issues when its governing General Conference meets in 2024.

By the end of next year (the deadline for exiting with church property) at least 3,000 and possibly 5,000 churches are expected to exit. United Methodism has 30,000 U.S. churches. Denominational agencies are preparing for a 38 percent drop in funding for 2025-2028, which implies an approximate expected membership loss of 2.3 million members from the nearly 6.3 million the denomination had in the United States in 2020. That is not a minor exodus.

Most exiting churches, perhaps 80-90 percent, are expected eventually to join the new Global Methodist Church. . . .


Unsurprisingly, the liberal denominations of the old Mainline Protestant world are the fastest to decline. The Episcopal Church just announced that in 2021 it lost 56,314 members while attendance dropped 36 percent from 2020. Sixty-two congregations were permanently closed. Average worship dropped from 55 to 21 persons. Ninety percent of Episcopal churches have fewer than 100 attendees on Sunday.

Many Methodist congregations seek to escape this grim fate. And who can blame them?

(Article above was sent by Mark Waldeland.)

“Don’t be fooled”….FASCISTS ARE ON THE MOVE!

December 1, 2022

Beware — Michelle Obama’s Book Launch of her 2024 Campaign

By Joel Gilbert at American Thinker:

Don’t be fooled. In the promotional interviews for her new book, The Light We Carry, Michelle Obama insists that the book is simply her personal “toolkit” about how she deals with the challenges of “uncertain times.” No, The Light We Carry is not a self-help book. It is Michelle’s crafty attempt to position herself to be the Democrat nominee for president in 2024. In fact, it is Michelle’s second autobiography, a follow up to her wildly successful 2018 memoir, Becoming. As it would have been awkward for Michelle to write a second self-promotional autobiography entitled “Becoming Part II,” the new book is released under the ruse of a self-help guide. 

So why would Michelle release a second autobiography disguised as a self-help book? Michelle told an audience at the Obama Foundation in 2018, “Barack and I don’t do things incidentally, there’s a strategy.” I am convinced The Light We Carry is part of Michelle’s strategy to become president in 2024. I chronicle Michelle’s real story in my book and film of the same name, Michelle Obama 2024: Her Real Life Story and Plan for Power.

The Light We Carry is an all-autobiographical 10-chapter book, recounting stories chronologically from Michelle’s childhood through the White House years. The main difference from Becoming is that now Michelle paints herself as even more of a victim throughout her life. Along the way, she suggests a few life lessons based on her experiences in life, real and imagined.

The goal of The Light We Carry is the same as Becoming: to strengthen her appeal to women and minorities, key Democrat party voting blocs. In the first five chapters of The Light We Carry, Michelle recounts her journey from Chicago to Princeton University. In Chapter 6, she writes about meeting Barack at her Chicago law firm, going to Hawaii the first time, and their marriage. Chapter 7 is “Meet my Mom” about how great it was having her Mom living in the White House with them. Chapter 8 is about Michelle’s group of friends while she was first lady. Chapter 9 is the White House years and her being a Black first lady, and a lot of talk about daughters Malia and Sasha. The final chapter culminates in a highly political offering called “Going High”, a discussion of Michelle’s political “motto” which is “when they go low, we go high.” Michelle unveiled this saying in a 2016 campaign speech after going low on Donald Trump with a vicious attack excoriating Trump for alleged behaviors she either exaggerated or pulled out of context.

The ability to have regular folks identify with a politician is the major ingredient for electoral success. Michelle Obama, despite her immense popularity, has little in common with average Americans, and almost nothing in common with minorities, despite her being one. In order to become a successful candidate for president in 2024, these are the obstacles she must overcome. Her books and book tours are designed to do just that. Michelle timed the release of The Light We Carry to just after the midterm elections. As with Becoming, the roll out includes another sold out promotional nationwide stadium tour. On each stop, Michelle is interviewed by a celebrity host and wows her adoring fans with stories of her life. To kick off the book tour, Michelle Obama appeared right after the midterm election on the ABC news show 20/20, where she was interviewed by Obama superfan Robin Roberts.

The one hour interview was nothing short of a 2024 presidential campaign advertisement, hitting all the necessary buttons — personal, pop culture, and political. The interview was conducted at the Obama’s huge empty home in Chicago, in which the Obamas haven’t lived since 2008. The Obamas now live in a ritzy Washington D.C. suburb when not at their $12 million home in Martha’s Vineyard, the ultimate status symbol of the liberal elite. The oceanfront mansion, as well as the one under construction in Hawaii are a thumb in the eye to the rising-sea-level activists.

In the beginning of the interview, Michelle justifies writing her new book by claiming that due to the uncertainty of Covid-19 and “the insurrection,” people turned to her for an answer to the question, “How do we get out of this mess?” Michelle then discusses her own personal struggle with her “fearful mind.” The example she recounts is her anxiety about helping Barack decide whether or not to run for president. Although she tries to portray herself as a mere humble bystander to her husband’s politics, Michelle was deeply involved in promoting his political career since the time she was the treasurer in his 1995 Illinois state senate campaign. Michelle also describes her more prosaic fears such as walking to her grade school and going to the Ivy Leagues. Michelle offers, “I want young kids to understand there is hope on the other side of fear.”

The second part of the interview deals with Barack and Joe Biden. Of Barack she says, “That’s my dude.” Michelle mentions that she and Barack celebrated their thirtieth wedding anniversary by re-creating their honeymoon. To identify with voters, she describes their day-to-day life as “pretty average” and that she and Barack are now “empty nesters”. As for her daughters, Michelle is “proud of them trying to be impactful in the world.” Michelle uses her daughters to remind the audience that her biracial husband is essentially Black. “Barack learned how to be a concerned Black father,” she insists. As for Biden, Michelle is as always the loyal Democrat foot soldier repeating approved talking points. She says without meaning it, “I think he’s doing a great job” and “He’s doing the best he can under the circumstances.” When asked if Biden should run again, Michelle parrots other Democrat politicians, “You know, I…I…I…we’ll have to see.” She then adds “It’s a personal decision he and his family have to make”.

As the interview progresses, Michelle tries to establish herself as just a regular person with regular girlfriends: “All my life I have relied on a solid group of women who keep me grounded who remind me who I am.” The problem is that for this segment, Michelle is joined by four of her “regular friends” — Black female celebrities, all of whom Michelle met while she was the First Lady. The women sing Michelle’s praises, emphasizing her commitments to health, friendship, and being kind. They lay the foundational assets of a future president: she doesn’t do anything halfway; she’s the most punctual person they have ever met; she has very high standards; and is extremely competitive. They also mention more everyday people stuff like exercising and overcoming menopause.

Then the interview is all political. Roberts asks, “are you concerned about political anger and violence?” She answers faithfully, “We have to stay high even when it’s hard.” Roberts then prompts Michelle with, “What is your message to people struggling?” to which the polished politician answers, “Keep the bigger picture in mind, keep pushing forward.” To appeal to older women voters, Michelle claims she learned to knit from watching YouTube videos and details it as therapeutic; she then shows off two sweaters in progress.

In wrapping up, Michelle aims for the younger minority voting demographic. Three teenage non-White female superfans of Michelle — two Black and one Hispanic — are invited to a surprise meeting with Michelle. They cry and tell Michelle how much she helped them through tough times due to their reading of Becoming. Michelle hugs them and tells them she is proud of them. One girl tells Michelle she was inspired by her story of being racially profiled by her high school counselor regarding her Princeton University application. (It was phony: the counselor who “profiled” her was a Black woman!)

Michelle has for years been faithfully following Barack Obama’s successful formula to launch her 2024 campaign for president. Much like Barack’s “Project Vote”, Michelle founded a voter registration organization called “When We All Vote.” Michelle was the keynote speaker at the 2020 convention for the Democrat nominee, Joe Biden, as was Barack for John Kerry in 2004. Finally and most importantly, Michelle mirrored Barack’s blueprint of basing his candidacy on his personal story, his best-selling book Dreams from My Father, with Becoming. The follow-up autobiography, The Light We Carry, and the accompanying tour are perfectly timed to softly launch Michelle’s “everyone keeps asking me” candidacy for president next year. No Democrat would dare defy her, and no Republican will know how to attack her, not even Donald Trump.

Hollywood film director Joel Gilbert is president of Highway 61 Entertainment. Among his many films are political documentaries including The Trayvon Hoax: Unmasking the Witness Fraud that Divided AmericaTrump: The Art of the InsultThere’s No Place Like UtopiaDreams from My Real FatherAtomic Jihad; and Farewell Israel: Bush, Iran and the Revolt of Islam and the new film and book MICHELLE OBAMA 2024: Her Real Life Story and Plan for Power.

“Until we do, those advocating for “gun control” can take a seat”.



Democrats think the perennial battle over gun control has now swung in their favor. They are vowing to enact new gun control measures, allegedly in response to recent high-profile mass shooting incidents. Of course, we already have hundreds of statutes and regulations on the books relating to firearms. When someone engages in a mass shooting (or any shooting) he violates multiple statutes of the most serious kind.

An obvious question is, if the hundreds of statutes and regulations already in place didn’t stop the latest outrage, why would adding one more make a difference? In reality, we have plenty of laws that make it illegal to shoot someone, or to acquire or use firearms in various ways. Unfortunately, enforcement of those laws is generally pathetic. Which is why we see the same criminals committing one crime after another.

My colleague David Zimmer is a veteran of more than 30 years in the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and now is a Policy Fellow at American Experiment. David makes the case that our crime problem is largely the fault of an irresponsible criminal justice system. David’s examples come from Minnesota, but the fecklessness he documents is no doubt common to many states, including all blue states. This is from his post, titled “Gun crime offenders and our court system’s anemic response.” David did a deep dive into court records to produce what follows:

We should be able to agree that gun crime offenders belong at the top of our public safety concerns. Unfortunately, our liberal state criminal justice system has failed to hold gun offenders accountable.

This lack of accountability is revealed in the gun-related cases of three young men over the past 1 ½ years — Muhnee Bailey aka “Money,” 21 yrs old, and twin brothers Quantez and Cortez Ward, both 19 years old.

The timeline of activity is convoluted, not because it is particularly complicated, but because the three are prolific in their gun crime activity. Sadly, despite several opportunities to do so, the state district courts failed to detain these men, or hold them accountable for their serious crimes. The courts have no excuse for not connecting these dots and protecting law-abiding citizens from dangerous offenders such as these.

Timeline of Offenses Known:

On January 17, 2022, the Minneapolis Police received information that Muhnee and the Ward brothers were in a vehicle and all three had firearms. The police located the vehicle in North Minneapolis and attempted to stop it. Muhnee was driving, but instead of stopping he fled the police and ended up ramming a squad car head on. Muhnee and Quantez fled on foot before being arrested, while Cortez was arrested in the vehicle. Cortez and Quantez were each found to be in possession of handguns with extended magazines and “switches” that made them fully automatic “machine guns.” Muhnee was found to be in possession of a handgun with an extended magazine.

All three were booked into the Hennepin County Jail, and the cases were submitted to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.

Muhnee was charged with Felony Fleeing Police in a Motor Vehicle and Gross Misdemeanor Carrying a Pistol without a Permit.

Quantez was charged with Felony Possession of a Machine Gun and Gross Misdemeanor Carrying a Pistol without a Permit, and Misdemeanor Fleeing Police on Foot.

Cortez was charged with Felony Possession of a Machine Gun and Gross Misdemeanor Carrying a Pistol without a Permit.

On 1/19/22, the Wards were each afforded $50,000 bail and each posted bond. Quantez’s bail was set at the same level as his brother despite being previously adjudicated guilty of felony possession of a firearm as a juvenile.

On 1/20/22, Muhnee was afforded $60,000 bail and posted bond, despite being on conditional release from Ramsey County for being the driver in a drive-by shooting in 2021, whereby 20 rounds were fired at a house with several children playing in the yard.

On 4/12/22, while released on bail from the two previously discussed cases, Muhnee shot a man in St. Paul, and fled the area. The police began an investigation.

On 5/2/22, Cortez was sentenced by Judge Lamas after pleading guilty to possessing the machine gun seized in January. His sentence was just 120 days on electronic home monitoring, and two years’ probation. If he successfully completed probation his conviction would have been converted to a misdemeanor.

On 5/6/22, just four days after being sentenced to home monitoring, Cortez was pulled over with Quantez by the Maple Grove Police. A loaded pistol was seized during the stop. Hennepin County issued a probation violation warrant and Cortez. He went before Judge Quam on 5/10/22 and was released with no bail and continued conditions of remaining law aiding, not possessing guns, etc. It doesn’t appear Quantez faced any repercussions at all for this gun seizure.

On 5/13/22, Quantez was sentenced by Judge Lamas after pleading guilty to possessing the machine gun. He received the same 120 electronic home monitoring and three years’ probation that Cortez did, despite being previously adjudicated guilty of felony possession of a firearm as a juvenile, and despite having just violated conditions of his release with the Maple Grove seizure of a firearm. His conviction would also revert to a misdemeanor if he successfully completed two years’ probation.

5/17/22, St. Paul Police executed a search warrant on Muhnee’s residence and vehicle. They seized two handguns (one fully automatic), a drum magazine, and ammunition. Muhnee was arrested and charged in Ramsey County Court with possession of a machine gun, and 2nd degree assault for shooting the man in April. Muhnee was afforded $100,000 bail. On 5/20/22 he posted $100,000 bond and was released from the Ramsey Co. Jail. There is no record that Hennepin Co. took any action against his conditional release from the January weapon and fleeing case.

On 7/19/22, police executed another search warrant on the residence of Cortez and Quantez. Multiple firearms and ammunition were seized. In an interview with police, Quantez admitted being a member of a North Minneapolis street gang and to having committed at least five drive-by shootings as a member of the gang.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office subsequently charged Cortez and Quantez with federal firearms violations.

On 8/19/22 Muhnee was sentenced in Hennepin County District Court after pleading guilty to the 1/17/22 flee police and possession of a firearm. Judge Lamas sentenced him to supervised release for three years.

In October 2022, Cortez pled guilty in federal court to illegally possessing ammunition as a felon in connection with the 5/6/22 Maple Grove arrest.

In November 2022, Quantez pled guilty in federal court to illegally possessing a firearm as a felon related to the July seizure of firearms from his residence.

Both brothers are awaiting sentencing before Judge Schiltz. According to the Department of Justice, the average sentence for a felon in possession of firearms is 64 months in prison.

On 10/3/22, Muhnee pled guilty to the 2021 drive by shooting in Ramsey County District Court. As part of the plea, the Ramsey County Attorney dropped the 2nd degree assault case from the April 2022 shooting.

On 11/16/22, Judge Sheu sentenced Muhnee in Ramsey County District Court for the 2021 drive by shooting and the 5/17/22 possession of a machine gun to 365 days in the workhouse, stayed for two years, and three years supervised release.

Anyone who has bought into the narrative that we over-incarcerate should re-read the above timeline. Multiple courts had several opportunities to incapacitate these men through incarceration. The state district courts in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties failed each and every time. It is yet to be seen if the federal court holds the Wards accountable with actual prison time.

Sadly, there are far too many similar stories in Minnesota. At a time of elevated violence in our state, it is inexcusable for our court system to be failing us time after time. The entire criminal justice system — police, prosecutors, courts, corrections, and the Sentencing Guidelines Commission — should be coordinating to ensure all tools are being used to hold gun offenders accountable, through prolonged incarceration.

Until we do, those advocating for “gun control” can take a seat.

“The 31,000 citizens were getting their mail just fine — except for ballots”.

November 30, 2022

Here’s How They Did it: Real-time Election Fraud

By Jay Valentine at American Thinker:

Database latency — a geeky term, but that’s how they did it!

A policeman pulls over a speeder.  The police computer reports that three hours ago a similar vehicle and person held up a liquor store — so the police are on alert. 

No database latency.

County election managers change the zip code of 31,000 voters on September 3. Ballots go out that week.  Those 31,000 are undeliverable.  Someone collects those valid ballots.  On September 15th, those addresses are quietly changed back. 

National Change of Address Database (NCOA) will not pick up those address changes.  They didn’t happen because there is no history.

The 31,000 citizens were getting their mail just fine — except for ballots.  Ballot addresses were driven by the county mail-in ballot database — the one that was changed, then changed back.

Many states send ballots to everyone; the recipient is none the wiser that they never received a mail-in ballot.  They may vote in person.  Oops!  “You already voted!”  Ever heard that?

Welcome to database latency. 

Our bad guy pals know they can change voter rolls, take an action, then change them back.  Who would know? 

A thousand voters are changed from inactive, voted, then changed back, and how would you ever know?  With lots of complex footwork, you could eventually tell from their voter history file — months after the election.

What are you going to do about it?  Reverse the election?

The new, and current “ballot gathering strategy” mandated by the almost universal mail-in ballots adds pretty cool database games — exploiting database latency.

Database latency, as you likely gathered, is when current reality lags the underlying record.  We all experience it in our electronics-driven society.

The ballot gathering scammers know about latency — it’s their ground game!

To Republicans, election engineering is civics.  To Democrats, it’s business — and they are great at it!

They know the Republicans have hundreds of diligent election sleuths working in basements and dining room tables checking voter rolls for the dead and the fakes.

They know those people rely on NCOA and Melissa and other highly latent services as their baseline.  If someone moved, it shows up in NCOA — two months later.

A real voter moved.  They want to keep getting their St. Jude’s donation cards.  They fill in their NCOA form to get mail forwarded to their new address.  Our fraud detectives find this person — and maybe someone voted for them. Cross out one phantom!

Our bad guys are happy to give up a few retail-level ballots to hide the wholesale-level ballot-gathering apparatus.  They count on it.

Here’s the fraud equation taking place across the country: 

  • Count the in-person votes on election day. 
  • Count the early, in-person votes. 
  • Shut down the system (Atlanta water leak, Maricopa County everything). 
  • Bring in undeliverable ballots gathered when you changed voters’ names, addresses, or zip codes, then changed them back.
  • Determine the votes you need to win.  Press the “WIN” button.
  • Wait for the Republicans to file a lawsuit months later.

Floating ballots are the lifeblood Democrats need to win — and win they do.

Ballot gatherers know Republicans use dumb technology — relational databases, SQL, NCOA, Melissa, all non-real time, highly latent systems. 

Bad guys are happy to watch Republicans waste time finding ones and twos, while the real action takes place by the thousands — invisible to these batch, latency-prone systems.

The RNC helps with its antiquated “big data” system equally oblivious to anything that happens within a month.

Want to run for office?  It’s uglier.

A latency-prone database, like the RNC’s, to pick one, tells you how your voter was prone to vote over the last 10 election cycles.  She “leans” Republican.

Unfortunately, it does not tell you that while she leaned Republican for years, she donated, this week, to Greenpeace, enraged at the Dollar Store being built across her street.  Real time means something:  what is going on here, now, today. 

Your Democrat opponent knows that — she is real time, you aren’t, you are RNC.

You, dear candidate, are using the RNC latency database to get out the vote for your opponent — because you are “latent.”

We explain this at www.Omega4America.com

Let’s take a short walk into the future of how we fight ballot gathering with technology — just a fun little peek.

We know an election commission is going to do anything possible to make the Democrat win.  Wisconsin Election Commission, Arizona’s Maricopa County, seven states in 2016, for instance.

Rather than wasting time on batch NCOA, we get a daily copy of the election roll. That’s expensive!  The list in Wisconsin is $12,000! But did you know your Democrat friends bought it 28 times before the 2016 election?

What is a governorship worth? How much does a contested Senate seat cost?  Maybe $50 million?  What is a presidential campaign worth?

Why would anyone spend $50 million on a Senate seat and let the other side own the election rolls?  That is a question Ronna McDaniel may be asked by Mike Lindell!

We take that election roll, with perhaps 15 million voters, Florida, for instance, or Texas — compare every voter against every other voter and address, down to the cell level, and see any differences — every day! 

What do we find?

In a real-life example, this month, we found a county that changed 31,500 zip codes, yet the voter remained at the same address.  Curious? 

That means the voter did not change their address, continued to receive all their mail, except one item — a ballot sent from a voter commission.

Our teams in Wisconsin and Florida are discovering this scam by the truckload — do not email me that it is not real!  And NCOA and Melissa?  They are totally blind to this — because the addresses are changed back!

The Fractal team spent the last 20 months, with guidance from Mike Lindell, encouragement from the great Sheriff David Clarke, and over a dozen election integrity teams advancing voter integrity analysis from the ancient, batch, latent to the modern, current real-time.

We learned the core strategy to fight ballot-gathering fraud in real time analysis of voter rolls and cast ballots.  It is also real-time analysis of ballot collection points — like large apartment complexes and dorms where ballots gather because there is not an apartment number.

The question now is whether Republicans want to start leading with technology or continue to spend millions on “big data” “data driven” batch buzzwords.

We are about to find out.

Jay Valentine can be reached at Jay@ContingencySales.com.  The Fractal micro site is http://www.Omega4America.com

“The neo-paganism that is replacing Christianity —”

he Balenciagas Of An Anti-Christian World ‘Condemn’ Child Abuse While Castrating, Traumatizing, And Exploiting Kids

BY: JOHN DANIEL DAVIDSON at the Federalist:

NOVEMBER 30, 2022

Balenciaga scandal photo of Supreme Court documents

In a rapidly de-Christianizing society like ours, we shouldn’t be shocked when luxury fashion brands both condemn and engage in child abuse.

Author John Daniel Davidson profile


It’s hard to think of an episode more tailored to confirm the wildest conspiracy theories of QAnon — that global elites are a bunch of Satan-worshipping pedophiles — than the ongoing Balenciaga scandal.

Here you have a luxury fashion brand literally caught in the act of grooming, with a recent ad campaign featuring small children in Balenciaga apparel holding teddy bears wearing sexual fetish and bondage gear, and another ad campaign that included images of court documents from a 2008 Supreme Court decision in United States v. Williams, which ruled on a law banning the pandering of child pornography.

Balenciaga has since pulled all the ads and issued a nonsense excuse about how it was a “wrong choice” to feature kids with BDSM teddy bears, that it was a “failure in assessing and validating images,” and that it was “never our intent” to include child abuse in the company’s “narrative.” The whole thing, the company says, was the result of “a series of grievous errors.”

As for the court documents about child pornography, Balenciaga is claiming ignorance, blaming a third-party contractor’s “reckless negligence” for using “unapproved documents” in the photo shoot, and has since filed a $25 million lawsuit against the set designer — even though Balenciaga also “takes responsibility” and admits it “could have done things differently.” 

(Another image in that campaign is of a woman posing in a Manhattan office with a stack of books behind her. One of those books is by Belgian painter Michael Borremans, whose work frequently features children and has included images of toddlers smeared in blood, eating severed limbs. So far, the brand has said nothing about the Borremans book.)

Balenciaga’s “apology” doesn’t hold up to the slightest bit of scrutiny. Dozens, perhaps hundreds, of people saw the photos of toddlers holding BDSM bears before the ad campaign launched. How did those images get approved? How many Balenciaga executives, and which ones exactly, signed off on them? How many staff members were on set when the images were shot? We won’t ever know because Balenciaga will likely never say, the admonitions of Balenciaga brand ambassador Kim Kardashian notwithstanding. The company only issued its fake apology after its creepy ads provoked outrage online. The idea that anyone there is sorry for any of this is laughable. 

But there is a deeper story here beyond the hypocrisy and depravity of a single luxury fashion brand, which is that companies like Balenciaga, along with nearly all corporate brands today, have no criteria for saying why such images are a “wrong choice,” or that publishing them is a “grievous error.” 

In its statement, Balenciaga says, “We strongly condemn child abuse.” But does it? The photo shoots themselves, in which young children were exposed to teddy bears in BDSM gear, were arguably abusive. How can a brand both condemn and engage in child abuse?

The answer is that the term “child abuse” has no meaning to the people who run Balenciaga, just as it has no meaning to the people who provide “gender-affirming care” at Boston Children’s Hospital, one of many hospitals where minors are routinely castrated, mutilated, and given powerful puberty-blocking drugs that cause irreversible damage. Same goes for those who put on all-ages drag shows targeting children, or push for pornographic material to be available in public school libraries. For these people, “child abuse” is a phrase without content, a holdover from a moral universe they believe they have transcended, or perhaps destroyed.

Indeed, only in a world of complete moral relativism is it possible simultaneously to condemn and engage in child abuse, and this is the world that our elites inhabit now. It’s how Balenciaga can employ someone like Russian stylist Lotta Volkova, an apparent Satanist whose now-private Instagram account features demonic and abusive images of children, along with the BDSM chic that landed Balenciaga in this scandal. 

Stomach-turning as all of this is, you should not be shocked by it. Western civilization is rapidly de-Christianizing, and as this process continues we should expect to see the collapse of morality and behavioral norms that relied upon a uniquely Christian understanding of mankind and the cosmos.

What that will mean, in practice, is increasingly frequent (and disturbing) manifestations of what is replacing Christianity as the dominant moral ethos of society, which is a kind of neo-paganism. I don’t mean a return of the old polytheism that Christianity destroyed, but a nihilism that takes the outward form of paganism — not a worship of many elemental gods but a worship of the self, and ultimately a worship of the appetite, of emotion and whim and will.

The neo-paganism that is replacing Christianity — and, among our elites, has already replaced it — is unable to recognize, much less condemn, something like child abuse. The moral framework for it is simply gone. That is why Balenciaga both perpetrated and condemned the child abuse in its ads. That is why our elites both embraced and denounced Jeffrey Epstein. These people have, as C.S. Lewis put it, stepped out into “the complete void,” where there is nothing to restrain the evil that lurks in the heart of man.

As the decline of Christianity proceeds apace, we should expect to see more of this. But we should not expect the fake apologies to continue much longer. It won’t be long now and we’ll be past all that. 

John Daniel Davidson is a senior editor at The Federalist. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Claremont Review of Books, The New York Post, and elsewhere. Follow him on Twitter, @johnddavidson.