Herodias ought to be regarded as the patroness of the modern era. If you recall the Biblical accounts, She was married to her half-uncle Herod II, divorced him and married his half-brother Herod Antipas. [Forget the Borgias and Julian Roman emperors. For treachery, incest and ugly family power politics at its worst the Judean ruling family in the late first century BC was spectacularly devoid of any redeeming human qualities.]
The scandal of her divorce and incestuous remarriage was a topic of public discussion in whatever was the equivalent of tabloid content at that time. Worse, John the Baptist made her a regular topic in his sermons. She deeply resented being judged; after all, she just a girl forced by a king into a bad marriage, who escaped into a second bad marital situation. What woman in that situation wouldn’t resent criticism and judgment and instead direct her barely teenaged daughter dance seductively for her pervert step-father in order to finagle an order of execution against a popular preacher who’s telling people her mom was a slut? Just another victim fighting back against the patriarchy.
Herodias speaks to the modern era not just for her marital adventures in the sexual cesspool of the Herod extended family but for her insistence that no one is allowed to allude to traditional values in standing in judgment of her.
In the spirit of Herodias, as long as some Christian baker conspicuously fails to endorse sodomy, as long as any business does not cheer daily during Gay Pride Week, as long as any politician or state government fails to support transgender bathroom legislation or as long as there is anyone who does not publicly applaud infanticide as an offering to personal autonomy, there must be executions. No employment, no use of social media, no contact with intuitional of higher learning and furthermore, those heads must be presented on a platter.
It has been a long time since we moved from an ethos of letting others do their own thing to mandatory approval of such choices. The Vox-ish idea that I am not free to be me so long as anyone is allowed to question my choices is a power play that Herodias would wholeheartedly endorse.Published in