Preachers are not politicians or economists, but we have to call people to consciousness," Elizondo said, just as Jesus "struck a nerve" when he chased the defilers
from the temple.
But pious notions that ominous forms of impurity arise from bleeding during menstruation and childbirth construe all women, at various points of their lives, as potential defilers
of spaces--much more so than men.
Self-righteousness, pride, anger, and lack of self-scrutiny undermine his case; nevertheless, he is attacking the defilers
of the world, the present-day religious hypocrites and thieves who make a travesty of religion.
Though often delegirimized by their more powerful opponents, and subsequently "hidden" from history, "country folk" were not ignorant defilers
of Nature who indiscriminately killed animals and cleared forests without a thought for the future.
White men maintained their status as chivalric protectors, in other words, by contrasting themselves to the dishonorable defilers
embodied in the figure of the black rapist.
This is very much a postcolonial book, one in which the Europeans not only invade a foreign land but are also barbarians with filthy habits, defilers
of holy places, liars, and killers of women and children and especially of Jews.