While it may seem like I'm beating a dead horse with continued discussion about the 1940s song "Baby It's Cold Outside", I think this controversy has laid bare some problems in the thinking (or maybe more accurately non-thinking) in which some good people - even Catholics - are engaging.
Let me link to previous posts: here and here. Now here's an article in which the author appears to take pride in his mindlessness. Notice this sentence: "In fact, I never really cared for the song, Baby it’s Cold Outside, but now I do, and I’ll request it wherever I am and play it as often and as loudly as I can."
He is defending the song, not on its own merits, but simply because some leftists oppose it. In other words, he is taking his cues from them as opposed to his own independent ideas about the song. He goes so far as to call it "the greatest Christmas song" when the the word "Christmas" is mentioned not once in it, let alone any mention of the birth of Jesus Christ. Is this the sort of brainlessness that Catholics should adopt?
Many leftists describe us conservatives as knuckle-dragging neanderthals who only know how to react and who have no cogent reasons or basis for their actions. Sadly, the conduct of many conservatives in this matter serves only to justify such stereotypes.
More importantly, many Catholics are embracing this song simply because some leftists oppose it. This is actually a rather serious problem, since the lyrics of "Baby It's Cold Outside" depict the back-and-forth between a man and a woman who are not married to each other. These lyrics depict the man trying to seduce her into the mortal sin of fornication, with the woman wavering in her own convictions. Some leftists complain of the implications of date rape in the song. Regrettably, the line "say what's in this drink" shows their complaint to have some basis. At the very least, the man and woman are teetering close to the mortal sin of fornication.
Appallingly enough, some Catholics are in denial of what the lyrics are saying. They want to approve of the song simply out of a knee-jerk reaction to the leftists' claim of date-rape, so they are willing to deny the other sinful implications of the song. If these are the mental contortions in which they'll engage with this song, will there be other scenarios in which they will jettison their sense of Catholic morality?
When I'm up before the early bird....
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