Almost fifty years ago, counterculture guru Timothy Leary proclaimed the need for America’s hippie youth to “turn on, tune in, [and] drop out” of square mainstream society by using psychedelic drugs and creating their own spiritually aware communities. Leary further explained what he mean in his 1983 autobiography:
Note: This is an edited and expanded version of a comment I left on Ed Brayton’s Dispatches from the Culture Wars blog.
If you’ve read Rod Dreher for any length of time, you’ll know that he’s been harping on the idea of a “Benedict Option,” conservative Christians withdrawing from society and building their own communities where they can teach their children that homosexuality is a sin and Adam and Eve rode dinosaurs in the Garden of Eden. Damon Linker has written a long idea on the concept in “This Week”:
Despite the efforts of the Irish Catholic church, the Iona Institute, the US-based National Organization of Marriage, and other conservotrad and traditionalist groups, Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage by a popular vote. And what a vote it was, with 62 percent voting in favor and 38 percent voting no. This is a great victory, not just for the advancement of human rights, but for the Irish people, who after centuries of enduring some of the most dreadful clericalism imaginable, have finally stood up to the bishops.
I originally wasn’t going to write any more about the Duggars, but so much information has come out since yesterday, that I felt some more words needed to be said on this subject.
I was wondering what I could write about today, when this bombshell landed:
A common meme among conservotrads and traditionalists is that millenials who were raised in “traditional” parishes are keeping the proverbial faith, while young people who were raised in “Novus Ordo” parishes are leaving Catholicism for Protestantism, atheism, or who knows what else. A variation on this theme is that “traditional” liturgical churches are gaining more millenial converts, while liberal mainline churches wither and die. As a member of one of those “traditional” parishes for three years and a former convert, I feel uniquely qualified to comment on these propositions.