Silenced: Chapter 21: Promiscuous Rascal
The aftermath of the call, on Jae’s end, is pretty unremarkable. Ranold is a bit bitter that he couldn’t listen in, but why should he care? Were those “incidentals and courtesies” really so revealing of Paul’s traitorism?
The only weird part is that Jae refers to Paul as a former “promiscuous rascal.” Which seems an awfully cutesy way to refer to the behavior that broke her heart and nearly broke their marriage (and probably should have).
Over in France, Paul attends the meeting of the underground Christians, pretty much for the sole purpose of scolding their leader, ChappellShow. Because nothing works better in a resistance group than an arrogant foreign stranger showing up to shame your leader.
Paul began quietly, earnestly, planning to warm to his topic as he took cues from the body language of his audience.
I wonder if their body language would be to slap him, since they’ve been loyal to ChappellShow for years and have known Paul for maybe two hours.
“Chappell,” he began, “what’s happened to you?”
“You’re folding your tents, man.”
“Chapp, are you done? Are you finished? Should the torch be passed to Lothair or one of these other younger, braver, brasher people? Because your intensity is just a memory now. If I were part of the leadership team here—and worse, if I were part of the rank and file—your example would inspire me to do what? Oh, I don’t know. Quit?”
It is hilarious that Paul refers to these strangers, some of whom have been Christians for longer than he has been alive, as the “rank and file.” How respectful. No doubt this will win them all to his way of thinking.
He’s so winsome!
Actually, what wins over the French Christians is, once again, Paul talking about his own life. Specifically, his time in L.A., and how God showed his loving mercy by slaughtering millions.
“[The L.A. Christians] prayed that God would smite their enemies. And then they told their enemies they had prayed that and warned them that if they didn’t stop killing believers, God would act. And He did.”
Which would have been great if the only people smited were the army and law enforcement. But, as we’ve discussed, those were the people who were most able to get out of L.A. The true smited, the children and elderly and hospital patients and the poor, had little to nothing to do with killing believers.
And hey guess what??? Paul wants to go on that ride again!
“Chapp, if you could ask God to do in Europe something like he did in Los Angeles, what would it be?”
With Paul’s insistence that “God woos his own in love, but He judges his enemies in wrath and anger,” Chapp admits that though he is “in the flesh,” he wants “a plague on the house of our oppressor.”
And, as we shall soon see, God interprets the word “house” very liberally.
Meanwhile, back in D.C., Ranold reveals to Jae that the NPO is setting up a little sting for Paul, to make sure he’s “behaving.” And by “behaving,” Ranold mostly means “not sleeping around.” Jae is pissed, and I’m rather amused that we are meant to feel sorry for poor ole Paul, being entrapped like this, as he envisions a judgment for Atheistopia straight out of the book of Exodus.
Remember, it’s Ranold who’s the bad guy.
I have to remind myself of this all the time.