The Gospel Truth

Playboy for the Masses | November 17, 2009

In response to my last posting, my friend Emmett raises a good question about the Catholic faith.  How can a religion about forgiveness and reconciliation tick off so many people?   What is so offensive about a Savior and a humble family from 2000 years ago?

Perhaps it is the fact that Catholics are supposed to kneel before the Blessed Sacrament and secular society encourages its disciples to kneel before other men or ideas that promote the control of other people.  Sure the Church stresses conformity to its “way of thinking,” but it is voluntary.  Sure they used to use Heaven or Hell arguments to goad us into compliance with the right way of behavior but again free will was what set us off from lower forms of animals.

To the secular state we are no better than numbers and statistics—round people that bureaucrats want to force into square animal holes.  Just wait until they are running the entire health care system in this country. We might as well stop giving our children names and just call them by their SS numbers when they are born—Heck they even give you two middle numbers to go with your three digit praenomen and your three digit cognomen.  It will be easy and we will not have to worry about being overtly creative.

On a similar note, I was reading the obits in the Post-Dispatch this morning—I always check them to make sure I haven’t died in my sleep—I was drawn to a citing for an attractive woman who died this past Sunday.  It mentioned that she was the “companion” of some man, which I believe is Newspeak for she was “living in sin.”  Well that’s not what struck me.  It was more the “other” meaning” meaning of the word “companion.”

Perhaps some of you are unaware that the wonderful PETA people, you know the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals?  They are the ones who encourage beautiful and handsome celebrities to shed their “second skin,” and pose for propaganda posters.  They have become Playboy for the Masses.   They are trying to change the language so that we throw the word “pet” on the ash heap of history.  They find that “pet” is demeaning to animals and animals have rights…at least according to one of our current president’s new czars—Cass Sunstein.

But the scary truth about animals having rights—how can they have rights when they have no free will—maybe that’s why they get ticked off at Catholics—-is that it does not raise the value of animals but only lowers our value as humans.

Think about it—if the government can equate animals with people they can have their collective way with us a lot more easily.  It was  the Catholic Church in those bad, old Medieval days of the so-called “Dark Ages,” that elevated the status human beings, especially women, by emphasizing in its teachings with its formidable theological and philosophical support system that men and women were made in the image and likeness of God.  That provided us with a 1st class upgrade.   This is the main underpinning that propels the Church’s “Right to Life” movement.  We are not animals.  We are not companions but humans with the spark of divine life in us—all of us.

But what is the tenor of society today?  They tell us Darwin killed the need of a Heavenly creator.  Now they are trying to destroy the soul and the thought of life after death.   St. Louisans might remember the ad campaign that the zoo ran a few years ago about the fact that chimps and humans had 98% of the same DNA.

I don’t know about you but that whole idea bothered me until I asked the author of “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Evolution,” on Phyllis Schlafly’s radio program.  He asured me that there was a big difference in that 2%. I told him I was relieved and could now stop having my back shaved every two days.

I once flew with J. Fred Muggs—remember him when Dave Garoway was the host of the NBC Today Show?  OK I do because I am OLD!  Ok, I said it.  Well old Fred gets on the plane wearing a cool yellow plaid jacket.  He sat in 1st class of course.  Well when my family boarded the plane—about 30 years ago—old Fred is stripped naked and standing tall in a…CAGE!

I submit to you that this is the end result when people are reduced to the level of animals…and believe me it is a lot easier to kill an animal than it is a human being.   In the Civil War Era, black slaves were defined as “chattel,” which mean “property.”  The Jews in Nazi Germany were officially listed as “Untermenschen.”  You do not need to know German to realize that meant something less than human.  Unborn children are usually referred to as “fetuses,” which creates a sense of ambiguity as to their “humanness.”

Last weekend I was fortunate to have interviewed Bill Donohue the president of the American Life League.  Bill has been fighting a long battle against ideas, such as the one I have described today. You might check out his book, “Secular Sabotage: How Liberals are Destroying Religion and Culture in America.” I admire his courage and his indefatigable enthusiasm for engaging our ideological adversaries on the intellectual filed of combat.  And that’s what it is—combat—there is a culture war going on for the very soul of America.  The battle lines are being joined.  Now is the time to gird our loins with the Gospel truth and take the fight to the enemy who are not bound by rules of logic, honesty and truthfulness.

Please tell your friends and even your enemies about my blog, so that we can stir of the pot of apathy among those who profess to believe in God, truth, motherhood etc.

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After graduating from Holy Cross, Bill Borst earned an MA in Asian History from St. John's University and a Ph.D in American History from St. Louis University. (1972) A former New Yorker, he taught for many years in the St. Louis area, while also hosting a weekly radio show on WGNU from 1984-2006. He currently is a regular substitute for conservative Phyllis Schlafly on KSIV radio. (1320) He is the author of two books on social history, "Liberalism: Fatal Consequences," and "The Scorpion and the Frog: A Natural Conspiracy." He just retired as the Features editor of the Mindszenty Foundation Monthly Report. In his 11 years from 2003-2013 he wrote nearly 130 essays on Catholic culture and world affairs. Many in St. Louis also know him as the "Baseball Professor," because of a course that he offered at Maryville College from 1973-74. It was arguably the first fully-accredited baseball history course in the Midwest.The author of several short books on the old St. Louis Browns, he started the St. Louis Browns Historical Society in 1984. In 2009 his first two plays were produced on the local stage. "The Last Memory of an Ol' Brownie Fan," ran six performances at the Sound Stage in Crestwood and "A Perfect Choice" ran for two performances at the Rigali Center Theater in Shrewsberry. His third play, "A Moment of Grace," ran six performances at DeSmet High School in January of 2011with First Run Theater in January of 2011. He is currently working on a 4th play, "A Family Way," which is a comedy about a happy dysfunctional family. He can reached at bbprof@sbcglobal.net

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