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Turning Virtues Into Vices: The New Inquisitors

Jul 18, 2011

Such is the nature of the radical secularists that they are managing to turn previous virtues into today’s vices. And in the process they have unleashed a new Inquisition. In a perfect illustration of the prophet Isaiah’s warning, the new social engineers are turning our world upside down.

This is what Yahweh said through Isaiah two and a half millennia ago: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (5:20 ). This describes to a T what we are experiencing in the West today.

I was going to say “post-Christian West”, but a more accurate term would be “anti-Christian West”. All over the Western world there is a war going on against the very values and ideals which made the West great in the first place. Examples of this are easy to come by.

Consider how a group of ornery atheists in the US is suing Texas governor Rick Perry for daring to do an incredibly outrageous thing: hold a prayer meeting. Yikes, you would have thought the governor just called for the legalisation of child sex. Actually these angry atheists would clearly have preferred him to do something like that.

This is what Perry stated, “Given the trials that beset our nation and world, from the global economic downturn to natural disasters, the lingering danger of terrorism and continued debasement of our culture, I believe it is time to convene the leaders from each of our United States in a day of prayer and fasting, like that described in the book of Joel. I urge all Americans of faith to pray on that day for the healing of our country, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of enduring values as our guiding force.”

One of the more bizarre things about this is that the misotheist group behind this claims to have 700 members in Texas. Given that truth tends to mean so little to such folks, it is probably more likely that they have 70 members. But even if we accept their numbers, just what does this figure represent?

There are nearly 26 million people in Texas. So this group comprises just 0.0027 per cent of the state’s entire population. Yet this minuscule rabble wants to hold the entire state hostage to its anti-Christian bigotry. Given that the majority of Texans are Christians, this is even more bizarre.

And also bizarre is how they are claiming that such a prayer meeting is unconstitutional. The American Founding Fathers had no problem whatsoever with this kind of activity. Indeed, such times of prayer and fasting were held on a regular basis.

Consider what John Adams, Second President of the United States, said in a 1798 National Declaration: “As the safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend on the protection and blessing of Almighty God; and the national acknowledgment of this truth is not only an indispensable duty which the people owe to Him, but a duty whose natural influence is favorable to the promotion of that morality and piety, without which social happiness cannot exist, nor the blessings of a free government be enjoyed;… I have therefore thought it fit to recommend, that Wednesday, the 9th day of May next be observed throughout the United States, as a day of Solemn Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer; That the citizens of these states, abstaining on that day from their customary worldly occupations, offer their devout addresses to the Father of Mercies, agreeably to those forms or methods which they have severally adopted as the most suitable and becoming.”

Or consider this 1812 National Declaration proclaimed by James Madison, Fourth President of the United States: “Whereas the Congress of the United States, by a joint resolution of the two Houses, have signified a request, that a day may be recommended, to be observed by the People of the United States, with religious solemnity, as a day of public Humiliation, and Prayer; and whereas such a recommendation will enable the several religious denominations and societies so disposed, to offer, at one and the same time, their common vows and adorations to Almighty God…”

As one commentator notes, “James Madison, the author of the First Amendment (and the ‘separation of church and state’ establishment clause that secularists like to cite as reason to boot God from government), called for FOUR national days of prayer. And one would think the author of the First Amendment knew what he meant!”

Quite so. But these radical secularists want to turn America inside out. What has made America great (its religious people, humbling themselves under their Creator, seeking his blessing) is now seen as a curse by these anti-Christian bigots.

Another example of seeking to turn the world inside out has to do with the various attempts at stamping out any and all forms of censorship. I refer here to several recent US documentaries aired on our ABC 2 over the last few months. We of course expect our secular left ABC to run with such programs.

These shows had to do with how laws against obscenity and so on were gradually done away with in the US. Laws banning filthy talk and behaviour, obscene language, and pornographic images have all been whittled away by the secular left over the past four or five decades.

Of course these documentaries made the pro-porn crowd out to be the heroes, while those who sought to maintain standards of decency were vilified, mocked and made to look like the source of pure evil in society. All the radicals, civil libertarians, anarchists, rebels, and sleaze merchants were given a free run, whether Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Hugh Hefner, or Larry Flynt.

Anyone opposed to their agenda was treated like a nutter and a hangover from the Middle Ages. Of course plenty of gratuitous nudity, profanity and perversion was featured in these shows as well. The programs sought to argue that the end of all censorship was a sign of liberation and freedom.

But the very opposite has been the case, with millions of people becoming sex addicts, marriages busting up, STD rates skyrocketing, and society fragmenting. The sexual revolution has been an unmitigated disaster, as I and others have documented before.

Yet the ABC runs with programs like these on a regular basis, betraying yet again their leftist and secularist biases. And of course now things are coming full circle. With hate crime laws, equal opportunity laws, vilification laws, and discrimination laws, we are returning to a new age of censorship, repression and intolerance.

I have documented countless examples of how freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of conscience are all under threat. Indeed, it is exactly because of today’s secular left that a whole new Inquisition has been set up, where the censorship of any contrary views (be it on same-sex marriage or climate change) is ruthlessly enforced.

There is a new witch hunt under way today, and it is being conducted by those who cry the most about tolerance, acceptance, and the like. The secular left and all its cronies in the MSM have unleashed a new Reign of Terror on all those who dare to disagree with their radical agendas.

So those shouting the loudest for an end to censorship and for a new freedom have in fact become those who are most active in censorship today and the restriction of freedom (for those who take a different view than them). The liberators have become the new totalitarians. Our anarchist leftists have become the new authoritarian oppressors.

And we all suffer as a result.

www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/07/13/religious-freedom-group-sues-gov-perry-over-planned-all-day-prayer-event/#ixzz1S6vjRWnq
www.manhattandeclaration.org/the-movement/blog/11-07-14/Texas_Governor_Doing_What_the_Founding_Fathers_Did-_and_Getting_Sued_For_It.aspx

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9 Responses to Turning Virtues Into Vices: The New Inquisitors

  • The ABC are such deceived conservatives of a wicked, senile and demographically doomed 1960’s regime. Homosexual ‘marriage’ would be a final nail in the coffin of marriage renewal and so rather than face their guilty conscience and repent, they’ll promote it and try and recruit still more to their foul mockery of a moral community.

    And their whole regime stands on hundreds of millions of baby corpses violently killed by abortionists.

    Martin Snigg

  • G’day Bill,

    Goodonya again.

    The behaviour of the liberal left in the US is exactly why we don’t want a Bill of Rights. While the framers of the US constitution were not all Christians, many saw no inconsistency with the constitution and public professions of faith such as your quote of John Adams. It seems patently obvious that they did not intend the constitution to be interpreted as the liberal left do in the US today, and used by them to promote an anti-Christian agenda, trying to remove any expression of the Christian faith from the public arena.

    Andrew Campbell

  • Even so, come Lord Jesus!
    Jeannie Crooks

  • Jeannie, I understand what you say, but I would rather see the church strong again.

    It’s a bit like God’s rebuke to Jonah about Nineveh – so many people in the city who don’t know their left from their right hands (might have some relevance to the discussion, too).

    God is patient wanting people to repent. That means fewer people to be lost in the Judgement.

    John Angelico

  • Secularists are every bit the hypocrite. The founders understood that in order to have liberty there had to be order, and also they understood that without morality there is no true liberty. Secularists/materialists are always judging morality, but they don’t want anyone judging theirs.
    Scot Moore

  • The atheists and secularist would accuse us of imposing morality on them and of being judgemental, as though they stood in a position of neutrality and non judgementalism but this is blatantly untrue and they must not be allowed to get away with it. They do impose their morality on us and it is, as Isaiah says, morality turned upside down. Deception, dishonesty, delusion, duplicity, defiance, disrespect, disdain, distraction, deviants, diversion, diversity, disruption, dysfunction, depravity and degeneracy are virtues to be proudly paraded.

    David Skinner, UK

  • Let us not forget that this is not only happening in the US, it is also happening in Australia today.
    Australia is fast becoming a socialist country and with that comes the total rejection of God and Christianity.
    One only has to look at the laws passed under the previous Labor Government to see the reality of what is happening in Victoria.
    Madge Fahy

  • We preach morality for the good of the human race. They teach immorality for its down fall. The devil’s pastime is to condemn each one of us before God as we fail. If the time were not short even the very elect would fail. There could come a time when those very elect are so few in number and their faith so riven that they finally give up, worn down by the perpetual lusts and deviations of the great whoredoms in our midst. They more than anyone need our support for by their faith we too are saved.
    Jesus said come out of them my people but we become trapped by the debts and the lust for earthly things and the weakening of our very faith often by cynicism and ridicule even from our own families.
    As our journey nears its end we begin to realise that it is our soul that counts and much as we love our wives, husbands, sons and daughters we can only tell them to hold fast to what is good. We cannot bend our belief in God and Jesus his son just to appease their views. For if we hold fast to all that our God stands for then truly there can be no better parent. Anything else would be found wanting.
    When each soul leaves this place it is the culmination of our own personal journey not that of a friend or loved one who we have tried not to upset or appease just to retain their love.
    If we have chosen that earthly way above Gods ways will it be his hand that stretches out to receive this lonely soul or another.
    Dennis Newland

  • It just shows that we’re not to simply be sitting around talking to one another as believers about the moral depravity that is going on in society. It is our duty as disciples of Christ to go forth and preach the Gospel as loud and as proud as possible. We are to convince the gainsayers, not look at them with distaste. We are to love the unlovely and those that would make themselves our enemies. Loving them means telling them the truth, whether they want to hear it or not.

    Get out on the streets and preach it. Don’t wait for God’s calling. If you’re a Christian, then you’re called.

    Mario Del Giudice

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