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Answering Catholic Chris Matthews’ Abortion “Penalty Trap”

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Many well meaning pro-life politicians and spokespeople seem flummoxed in TV appearances with the bombastic Chris Matthews whenever he asks them what kinds of penalties they recommend should be imposed on people who commit the crime of abortion if it is declared to be a crime of murder.

After all, as Matthews proclaims, if someone really believes that life begins at conception, then abortion is indeed murder, so there should be penalties imposed on the murderers, like jail time, etc.

In response, the kinds of well-intentioned but largely inadequate answers that fall into Matthews’ trap vary along the following lines:

■“There are 2 victims of abortion – the mother and the child, so there is no need to punish the mother any further.”

■“It’s not about punishment. It’s about getting people to stop aborting their children.”

■“Such things will be worked out in the future.”

■“Doctors who participate in an…

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How to Tell the Difference Between Radical Islamic Doctrine and Moderate Islamic Doctrine

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The terms “radical Islam” and “moderate Islam” have been bandied about in the Western world for many years, and the presumption in the use of these terms is that “radical Islam” teaches violence and terrorism and anti-Western values while “moderate Islam” teaches peace and harmony and pro-Western values. Below is a handy comparison chart so you can actually see some of the differences for yourself.

Radical Islam Teaches the Following

  1. Muhammad is the ideal human being. One way we know this is because he married Aisha when she was 6 years old, but he considerately waited until she was 9 before consummating his marriage to her.
  2. Muhammad is Allah’s prophet.
  3. Muhammad is superior to Jesus Christ who was only a prophet and not God.
  4. Jesus Christ was not crucified.
  5. Sharia Law should be the law of every land.
  6. Death is the punishment for apostasy from Islam.
  7. The Quran is the perfect word of Allah that was dictated word for word to Muhammad.
  8. All true Muslims follow the commands of the Quran.
  9. Muslim husbands are commanded to beat disobedient wives.
  10. Muslims are commanded to wage jihad against non-believers in Islam. This includes killing them, torturing them, and humiliating them…unless they convert to Islam.

But on the other hand….


Moderate Islam Teaches the Following

  1. Muhammad is the ideal human being. One way we know this is because he married Aisha when she was 6 years old, but he considerately waited until she was 9 before consummating his marriage to her.
  2. Muhammad is Allah’s prophet.
  3. Muhammad is superior to Jesus Christ who was only a prophet and not God.
  4. Jesus Christ was not crucified.
  5. Sharia Law should be the law of every land.
  6. Death is the punishment for apostasy from Islam.
  7. The Quran is the perfect word of Allah that was dictated word for word to Muhammad.
  8. All true Muslims follow the commands of the Quran.
  9. Muslim husbands are commanded to beat disobedient wives.
  10. Muslims are commanded to wage jihad against non-believers in Islam. This includes killing them, torturing them, and humiliating them…unless they convert to Islam.

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Now that you know some of the “differences,” it should be easy to understand what people mean when they refer to the teachings of “radical Muslims” and the teachings of “moderate Muslims.” It’s pretty obvious, isn’t it? No wonder people like former President Bush and President Obama declare that Islam is a “religion of peace.” They are basing this claim on the significant “differences” between the teachings of “radical Islam” and “moderate Islam.”

It should also be easy to now understand why we are not at war with Islam itself or “moderate Islam,” nor should we even criticize or question any of its doctrines. It’s only “radical Muslims” with their “different teachings” that we in the West can oppose. Otherwise, we are simply bigots engaging in Islamophobia. Clear?!

DB

*Next article under consideration: setting forth the differences between “radical Nazism” and “moderate Nazism” that were prevalent during the Nazi regime in Germany from 1933 to 1945. Thank God we only went to war with “radical Nazism” and not Nazism or “moderate Nazism” – the “ideology of peace.”

 

 

 

 

 

Attack on the Historical Catholic Church and Other Kinds of Ignorance in the Calls for a Reformation of Islam

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So-called moderate Muslims like Dr. Zuhdi Jasser have repeatedly claimed in radio and television interviews that all Islam needs in order to get away from its violent elements and also modernize itself to a more enlightened faith is to undergo its own “Reformation” like “Christianity” did in the 16th century.  Their basic argument can be broken down as follows:

  1. Christianity as manifested by the Catholic Church in the 16th century was infected with too much corruption, barbarism, and intolerance just like Islam has been since its beginning in the 7th century.
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  2. The Protestant Reformation began the process of changing Christianity for the better by rebelling against the Catholic Church, and ultimately this reformation helped to eliminate some of the more egregious forms of corruption, barbarity, and intolerance, and it also paved the way for a more “enlightened” form of Christianity in general.

So Muslims throughout the world just need to follow the way of the Protestants of the Reformation era, and Islam will also change for the better.  Easy-Peasy.

However, there are numerous flaws in this approach, and one of them that radio and tv hosts who profess a Catholic affiliation never take the time to correct (alas, they probably don’t know their own Church history well enough to do so if they were so inclined) is the bogus notion that the Protestant rebellion was a legitimate revolt against the One True Church established by our Lord Jesus Christ.  Of course, as the long life of the Catholic Church has repeatedly shown, it has and will continue to reform itself from within when necessary and as prompted by the Holy Spirit, and it did so in the 16th century due in no small part to its theologically brilliant rebuff of the Protestant revolution that did indeed raise some serious issues that needed to be addressed.  It should also be kept firmly in mind that no changes were made to the unchangeable Church doctrines because of the Church’s complete faithfulness to its founder Jesus Christ.  As such, the Catholic Church continues on to this day while Christianity itself unfortunately continues to splinter from time-to-time into a variety of clubs founded by merely human (as opposed to the God-man Jesus Christ) standard-bearers with a hodgepodge of greater or lesser connections to traditional Christianity.

Nevertheless, and despite the erroneous historical narrative made by Jasser and his fellow travelers to falsely equate the 16th century Catholic Church with perpetual Islam (the moral equivalence fallacy) in order to present the optimistic vision of a reformed Islam in the manner of a fantasy Christian reformation of the past, the very notion of a so-called reformed Islam is laughable on its face.  This is so because the Quran does not permit “reformed interpretations” of its passages that could help facilitate the reform of Islam… plus even so-called moderate Muslims insist on the remarkably obtuse and mass-delusional belief that Muhammad was God’s prophet and the ideal man that all Muslims must revere and emulate despite his objectively evil acts in direct violation of God’s laws.  When confronted by the true historical record regarding the well-documented and oftentimes self-promoted acts of Muhammad, Jasser and his fellow travelers either deny that the actions occurred as reported, or they maintain that such things were necessary because of the times and circumstances.  Isn’t it remarkable how this excusing of the inexcusable closely resembles the claims made by apologists of the former Soviet Union when they downplayed the obvious human rights abuses perpetrated by the Soviet leaders?  Since those “more enlightened” Soviets were in lofty pursuit of the “workers’ paradise,” the murders of millions of innocents were just a “regrettable necessity”…just like the murders perpetrated by Muhammad were a “regrettable necessity” in pursuit of the world Islamic caliphate of peace.

Also very telling and laughable in this regard is Dr. Jasser’s own website with the oxymoronic title of American Islamic Forum for Democracy.  In the section labeled Islamic Reform, the following statement is all that one has seen for at least the past few years: “Section still under construction.”  This will likely remain the only entry because such a reform is simply not possible, and so despite his overall good intentions in seeking to reform Islam, this lack of any specifics provided by Dr. Jasser suggests that he may very well know that there can be no reform of Islam, especially as he apparently envisions it.

In a somewhat ironic twist, then, what Jasser and his fellow “moderates” can do to get out from under the objectively oppressive yoke of Islam is not imitate the wrong-headed Protestant Rebellion against the Catholic Church that was not justified, but actually follow the Protestant lead in making a clean break from Islam that would be justified. They can even practice some of the more benign practices of Islam they believe are valuable if they like (of course the best choice would be to convert to the Catholic faith), but no illusions of this constituting a reformed Islam should be entertained in the process.  Unlike the Catholic Church of the 16th century that was capable of and did legitimately reform itself to clean up some abuses that should have prompted all Protestants of that time to return to the Church (but many had more selfish aims than just “reformation”), Islam does not and never will have the capacity to engage in self-reform, especially when its unchangeable foundation is based in large part on irrationally adhering to and perpetuating a galactically false myth that compels irrational behavior.

It is indeed a very, very strong myth, and even some presidents of the United States have ignorantly referred to and believe that Muhammad is a legitimate prophet despite the record.  Even more, millions of people who continue to wonder how a man like Hitler could have mass hypnotized a whole people into following him in pursuit of his Aryan “caliphate” don’t hesitate for an instant in ignorantly accepting the claim that Muhammad was a messenger of God despite his own Hitleresque track record.

Many gullible folk also foolishly believe that Islam is at bottom a “religion of peace” that can be reformed to make it even more enlightened, but perhaps some slack should be cut to some of our fellow Americans who are members of the world-wide duped class.  After all, they also believed that you could keep your doctor and your premiums would go down by supporting another delusion imposed on the people by another would-be world prophet.  This “prophet” also promotes the killing of innocent people, and his particular favorite is the killing of innocent people in the womb as yet another “regrettable necessity” in the pursuit of “enlightened peace.”

Saving and Promoting True Marriage…Once Again

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Many of us saw the handwriting on the wall for many years, but many others still pretended that the secular world could be fought on its terms. It is long past time to divorce the Church from the secular State.
DB

(Below is a slightly revised copy of an article I first published in May, 2012, and a few times over the past year or so. The inevitability of the secular trend set forth below should be more apparent than ever, so I am posting the article once again to provide some alternative considerations on how to counter secular advances with an ever greater emphasis on spiritual realities.)

It seems inevitable that so-called gay (Always keep in mind that the term GAY is also an acronym – G.A.Y. – promoted by homosexuals to stand for Good As You in the sense that homosexual morality is just as good as heterosexual morality.), or same-sex marriage will become legally recognized by more and more regions throughout the world as secular forces continue to promote and make gains in this area. While the entire concept of same-sex marriage is absurd and offensive on its face, and a desire to prevent greater recognition of the perversion from occurring is most admirable and rightly motivated, some good can still come out of a revised secular definition of marriage if it carries the day as seems likely.

For starters, the Catholic Church and other Christian Churches can emphasize and publicize that the lone word marriage will no longer be adequate from a church perspective, and so it will necessarily be referred to as Sacramental Marriage, along with the idea that Sacramental is to be emphasized and always included when speaking about marriage from X date forward. This will help to maintain the appropriate distinction between marriage proper as a sacred union of a man and a woman and any secular or perverse definition/understanding of marriage the secular world can come up with. For other marriages recognized by the Church as legitimate but not sacramental, these can be referred to as Recognized Natural Marriages (or some other appropriate term).

Let the homosexuals and their fellow travelers cry and whine about being treated “unfairly” once again by the renewed emphasis on Sacramental or Recognized Natural Marriage being essentially different than their twisted understanding of marriage. If they and their fellow travelers are hell-bent on changing terms to suit their perverse behavior, and too much of the world accepts such satanic lunacy, then people of faith and good will can certainly emphasize appropriate terms to reflect their faith, and also maintain important distinctions that honor the Lord, His Divine Law, and the Natural Law.

Next, the Catholic Church could use the new emphasis to re-educate the faithful on what marriage is truly all about, focusing on the procreative, unitive, and parenting aspects of marriage at all times. By doing this, it will expose the weakness and stupidity of the secular world’s recognition of “same-sex marriage.” As an added bonus, many people who continue to see marriage as nothing more than a simple partnership will be compelled to understand the distinction between any kind of secular marriage and Sacramental Marriage, and why Sacramental Marriages and Recognized Natural Marriages are holy institutions while the secular perversion is anything but.

Now, for anyone who thinks that churches adopting such a change in descriptive emphasis is a form of caving in to the secular and homosexual world, nothing could be further from the truth. Instead of arguing about the proper meaning of an appropriated term, people of faith go on the offensive for a change by emphasizing what true marriage is all about, and that can only be a Sacramental or Recognized Natural Marriage.

Is such a renewed emphasis on True Marriage likely to take place in the churches? Probably not, at least not in the foreseeable future, but even without church leadership implementing such an approach, people of faith can adopt and emphasize the more precise and powerful terminology in all conversations, writings, and so on to fight against the secular darkness that seeks to appropriate many terms in order to distort reality.

As the wise Monsignor William Smith once taught, “all social engineering is preceded by verbal engineering.” Alas, the term “marriage” appears to already be a casualty in our ongoing war against the principalities and powers of this world, but we can resurrect it and make it stronger than ever by adding the words Sacramental or Recognized Natural to it, and by so doing, we will engage in the kind of social engineering that is badly needed at this time.

DB

First Things On Board Second, but Now Seeing What’s Necessary to Confront the Secular World on True Marriage

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On 11/18/14, First Things editor R.R. Reno published “A Time to Rend,” which claims in its very first statement that “It’s time to make a clear distinction between the government-enforced legal regime of marriage and the biblical covenant of marriage.” This is indeed a wise admonition on the part of R.R. Reno et al. because such is necessary to properly deploy spiritual and intellectual forces for the upcoming battles against the secular hordes. Along similar lines to what is proposed in “A Time to Rend,” I wrote two articles in May 2012 (slightly revised and re-published over the past few years) that I am now combining into one article below as a “call to spiritual arms” that presents additional proposals to what is set forth in “A Time to Rend.”

The War is On!

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Saving and Promoting True Marriage

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How much do you know about Islam and Islamic history? Take this simple quiz to find out if you know a few basics.

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1. Islam primarily means:

A. Peace
B. Submission
C. Mercy
D. Tolerance

2. Muhammad first had sexual relations with his bride Aisha when she was:

A.18 years old
B.15 years old
C.12 years old
D. 9 years old

3. Under the principle of abrogation, which of the following is true?

A. When confronted with contradictory passages in the Koran, Muslims are free to interpret the Koran anyway they like.

B. When confronted with contradictory passages in the Koran, Muslims are directed to follow the earlier written and generally more peaceful passages of the Koran.

C. When confronted with contradictory passages in the Koran, Muslims are directed to follow the later written and generally more violent passages of the Koran.

D. When confronted with contradictory passages in the Koran, Muslims must seek interpretation assistance from Western politicians like Barack Obama and John Kerry.

4. Which religion is practiced by and motivates members of Isis?

A. Buddhism
B. Hinduism
C. Islam
D. Methodism

5. According to the Koran, which of the following is declared?

A. Jesus Christ was crucified by Jews
B. Jesus Christ was crucified by Romans
C. Jesus Christ was never crucified, but Allah deceived many into believing this
D. Only Muhammad was crucified and rose from the dead

6. According to Sharia (basically the Islamic legal code for living all aspects of life), which of the following is acceptable behavior?

A. Lying to and/or deceiving non-Muslims
B. Wife-beating
C. Raping female slaves
D. All of the above

7. Who ordered the torturing and beheading of prisoners, and also permitted sex slavery?

A. Buddha
B. Muhammed
C. Jesus
D. Gandhi

8. According to a 2009 Pew “Global Attitudes Survey,” which percentage of Pakistanis favor stoning adulterers to death?

A. 83%
B. 53%
C. 23%
D. 03%

9. Which religion is practiced by and motivates members of Boko Haram?

A. Lutheranism
B. Mormonism
C. Anglicanism
D. Islam

10. Under Sharia, any Muslim who chooses to leave the Islamic faith is:

A. Subject to the penalty of death
B. Given a monetary tribute
C. Considered a free human being exercising free choice
D. Still allowed to visit Mecca

Answers:

1. B
2. D
3. C
4. C
5. C
6. D
7. B
8. A
9. D
10. A

How did you do?  Here’s a way to interpret your score:

9-10 Correct: You possess good awareness of some basic tenets of Islam and Islamic history.

7-8 Correct: You possess decent awareness of some basic tenets of Islam and Islamic history.

5-6 Correct: You possess modest awareness of some basic tenets of Islam and Islamic history.

Less than 5 Correct: You either don’t care or rely way too much on mainstream media for news and a “correct” understanding of Islam and Islamic history.:-)

DB

First Things On Board Second, but Now Seeing What’s Necessary to Confront the Secular World on True Marriage

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On 11/18/14, First Things editor R.R. Reno published “A Time to Rend,” which claims in its very first statement that “It’s time to make a clear distinction between the government-enforced legal regime of marriage and the biblical covenant of marriage.” This is indeed a wise admonition on the part of R.R. Reno et al. because such is necessary to properly deploy spiritual and intellectual forces for the upcoming battles against the secular hordes. Along similar lines to what is proposed in “A Time to Rend,” I wrote two articles in May 2012 (slightly revised and re-published over the past few years) that I am now combining into one article below as a “call to spiritual arms” that presents additional proposals to what is set forth in “A Time to Rend.”

The War is On!

_______________________________________________

Saving and Promoting True Marriage

It seems inevitable that so-called gay (Always keep in mind that the term GAY is also an acronym – G.A.Y. – promoted by homosexuals to stand for Good As You in the sense that homosexual morality is just as good as heterosexual morality.), or same-sex marriage will become legally recognized by more and more regions throughout the world as secular forces continue to promote and make gains in this area. While the entire concept of same-sex marriage is absurd and offensive on its face, and a desire to prevent greater recognition of the perversion from occurring is most admirable and rightly motivated, some good can still come out of a revised secular definition of marriage if it carries the day as seems likely.

For starters, the Catholic Church and other Christian Churches can emphasize and publicize that the lone word marriage will no longer be adequate from a church perspective, and so it will necessarily be referred to as Sacramental Marriage, with the idea that Sacramental is to be emphasized and always included when speaking about marriage from X date forward. This will help to maintain the appropriate distinction between marriage proper as a sacred union of a man and a woman and any secular or perverse definition/understanding of marriage the secular world can come up with. For other marriages recognized by the Church as legitimate but not sacramental, these can be referred to as Recognized Natural Marriages (or some other appropriate term).

Let the homosexuals and their fellow travelers cry and whine about being treated “unfairly” once again by the renewed emphasis on Sacramental or Recognized Natural Marriage being essentially different than their twisted understanding of marriage. If they and their fellow travelers are hell-bent on changing terms to suit their perverse behavior, and too much of the world accepts such satanic lunacy, then people of faith and good will can certainly emphasize appropriate terms to reflect their faith, and maintain important distinctions that honor the Lord, His Divine Law, and the Natural Law.

Next, the Catholic Church could use the new emphasis to re-educate the faithful on what marriage is truly all about, focusing on the procreative, unitive, and parenting aspects of marriage at all times. By doing this, it will expose the weakness and stupidity of the secular world’s recognition of “same-sex marriage.” As an added bonus, many people who continue to see marriage as nothing more than a simple partnership will be compelled to understand the distinction between any kind of secular marriage and Sacramental Marriage, and why Sacramental Marriages and Recognized Natural Marriages are holy institutions while the secular perversion is anything but.

Now, for anyone who thinks that churches adopting such a change in descriptive emphasis is a form of caving in to the secular and homosexual world, nothing could be further from the truth. Instead of arguing about the proper meaning of an appropriated term, people of faith go on the offensive for a change by emphasizing what true marriage is all about, and that can only be a Sacramental or Recognized Natural Marriage.

Is such a renewed emphasis on True Marriage likely to take place in the churches? Probably not, at least not in the foreseeable future, but even without church leadership implementing such an approach, people of faith can adopt and emphasize the more precise and powerful terminology in all conversations, writings, and so on to fight against the secular darkness that seeks to appropriate many terms in order to distort reality.

As the wise Monsignor William Smith once taught, “all social engineering is preceded by verbal engineering.” Alas, the term “marriage” appears to already be a casualty in our ongoing war against the principalities and powers of this world, but we can resurrect it and make it stronger than ever by adding the words Sacramental or Recognized Natural to it, and by so doing, we will engage in the kind of social engineering that is badly needed at this time.

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More on Using Precise Terminology to Counter the Secular World

My recent Saving and Promoting True Marriage drew quite a few responses, most of which were quite favorable to the idea of using and emphasizing the more complete and more meaningful Sacramental Marriage to describe what true marriage is, especially in the public arena.

Nevertheless, some commentators do not accept my contention that the use of Sacramental Marriage is not caving into the secular world, and they express the view that we should continue to fight to use marriage as the shorthand for true or Sacramental Marriage.  This motivation is understandable, but the notion that using a more complete and accurate term is a concession to the secular world is simply wrong, and it reflects a misunderstanding of history and current reality regarding the better use of terminology. It also fails to appreciate the opportunity for renewed catechesis on the true meaning of marriage, which is, essentially, a Sacramental Marriage.

To be sure, it would be nice if everyone in the world understood and accepted the true meaning of marriage, but this is not the case, and, sadly, the trend is moving toward fewer and fewer people accepting the true and more traditional meaning of marriage.  As a result, the lone term marriage is also no longer being used as a shorthand for true marriage by much of the world.  This is the reality that we must confront and overcome; not simply whine about a misappropriated shorthand and all that goes with it.

So instead of crying about the darkness involved in the abuse of a particular term, we can shed greater light by using more precise terminology that cannot be so easily abused.  Moreover, whenever people of Christian faith have used the shorthand marriage in the traditional sense, it is understood that this pertains to Sacramental Marriage, so by using this more explicit term to defend and promote a proper understanding throughout the world as the world is today, we can counter the secular misunderstandings and enhance overall catechesis.  Not a bad result, that.

For some historical perspective in support of making changes in terminology to enhance clarity and understanding, consider how the term Christian referred to all members of the faith (with some exceptions) prior to the Reformation in the 16th Century.  Afterwards, to make a proper distinction, the more precise term Catholic or even Roman Catholic eventually became necessary to distinguish between members of the Catholic faith and other Christian denominations.  The shorthand Christian was no longer adequate because it no longer pertained to Catholics alone.

Now, did we lose some meaning or understaning by no longer being able to use the shorthand Christian to refer only to all members of the Catholic faith?  Could it not be argued that the appropriation of the term Christian by other denominations was unjustified?  Perhaps, but what is the reality today?  Does not the leadership of the Catholic church recognize and refer to some denominations as Christian even though they are not Catholic?  Also, the term used by leaders and general members alike when referring to our church is almost exclusively Catholic.  Indeed, this is more precise terminology that encompasses and goes beyond the shorthand Christian, and the greater precision also provides a greater understanding.

To reiterate, it is indeed unfortunate that the shorthand term marriage has been appropriated for improper use, but such is the reality.  However, this reality can also be an opportunity to better explain to the world what true marriage is by using more precise terminology that cannot be wrongly appropriated by secular forces.

DB

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