Folly

What a fine sonnet from Lin-Manuel Miranda last night, accepting his award, affirming and re-affirming life and love.

When senseless acts of tragedy remind us
That nothing here is promised, not one day.
This show is proof that history remembers
We lived through times when hate and fear seemed stronger;
We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside.

But the murderous hate that masquerades as divine love, and its “libertarian” enablers, must be swept aside. “I left you but one precept, of loving one another,” says Erasmus’s Christ to his monastic “brainsick fools” who know only rite and ritual, who “blacken the darkness and promote the delusion.” Some protestant pastors, too, took to social media yesterday to proclaim that Orlando somehow vindicates vicious intolerance. Of all the forms of folly that foster hatred, formal religion too frequently tops the list.

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