Tip of the Iceberg

When I wrote my last post, I did not know that Truth in Action Ministeries’ exploitation of the Titanic centennial was just, well, the tip of the iceberg.

All TIAM did was produce a hate-mongering film. But those stellar apostles of Biblical Patriarchy, Vision Forum, are putting on an entire, live weekend of activities relating the Titanic disaster to the challenges of building a society where men are “servant leaders,” women have full quivers, and children are plentiful and obedient. Best of all, it’s happening in Branson! At the Lawrence Welk Resort, no less!

Julie Ingersoll of Religion Dispatches has the full download:

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, biblical patriarchy advocates, homeschoolers, and other devotees of Doug Phillips’ Vision Forum will travel to the Lawrence Welk Resort in Branson, Missouri, “to remember the heroism of the past and to embrace a fundamental principle of Christian civilization—that women and children are to be honored and protected.”

“From the live music presented throughout the event, to our interactive events with re-enactors, to our vintage Edwardian Ladies Tea and more,” the promotional materials read, “you will have an opportunity to walk back in time and harvest pearls of inspiration from the providential history of a civilization that once rejected the notion of the ‘struggle for survival of the fittest’ in favor of the ‘strong sacrifice for the weak.'”

The four-day commemoration that begins tomorrow has Vision Forum written all over it. Like other VF events, there will be costumes (Phillips seems to just love to play dress-up), a souvenir program for autographs, a gala banquet, ballad singing, storytelling and, of course, chivalrous manly-men, biblically submissive women, and lots and lots of children.

The fun and education at the event just go on and on. It seems Phillips is especially determined to refute “Marxist class warfare” theories that survival on the Titanic depended in part on one’s ability to afford a better cabin. Not true, he says! It was all about the Christian chivalric code of “Women and Children First!”

It helps that Branson has its own Titanic replica.. Taking it all in, you might be forgiven for suspecting that America’s not quite the satanic playground it’s cracked up to be. But watch out for those Radical Homosexual and Marxist icebergs.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.