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Confronting the Bullies : The LGBTQ, RF, PM, DC, NM, PC, SJW Ideologies

February 27, 2019

The culture war drags on and Christians are in the crosshairs. Defending the faith and our right to present our case in the marketplace of ideas requires a sober analysis of our opponents’ strategies. In this battle we are confronting a coalition of activists, who insist that their ideologies cannot be challenged and anyone who objects to their demands is evil. They are not interested in debate or dialogue, but silencing dissent, which is understandable since most of their claims are provably false. They see no need to defend their beliefs, when they can achieve their objectives by screaming: “Racist, bigot, sexist, homophobe, transphobe, Nazi, fascists, patriarchal tyrant, toxic masculinity, etc.…” Facing intimidation and bulling, many people are afraid to speak. A faith undefended is a faith betrayed.

The current set of ideologies include: the LGBTQ+ activists; Radical Feminists; Post Modernists; Deconstructionists; NeoMarxists; Political Correct; Social Justice Warriors. What motivates the ideologues is not compassion, but resentment and a naked will to power. While the ideologues present themselves as virtuous, their ideologies promote sin, specifically violations of the Ten Commandments.

LGBTQ+ activists. While some may think that lust is the primary sin of the LGBTQ+, years of research in this area has convinced me that for the LGBTQ+ the primary temptation is envy, lust follows. The pathologically envious feel they have been unjustly The pathologically envious feel they have been unjustly deprived of something to which they have a right. This leads to coveting – the sin of being obsessed by a desire for something that belongs to someone else, something you have no right to. For example, the person who identify as Trans, envy the things which naturally belong to the other sex.

Radical Feminists. The sine qua non of Radical Feminism is abortion on demand. When I became involved in the battle over abortion, I thought all we had to do was convince the pro-‘choicers’ that it was a baby. What I discovered was that they knew it was a baby. At some level the women who have had abortions know that they have killed their baby. They may plead self-defense, but they know they have violated a prime commandment: thou shalt not kill. Today millions of women are living with the guilt of abortion. The guilty fear punishment. Unable to face the truth, they lash out in anger. This may explain why some Radical Feminists irrationally scream that pro-lifers want to kill them.

Post Modernists. Post Modernism is a philosophy which rejects reason, truth, and God. For the Post Modernists, there is no objective reality, no scientific or historical truth. Science, technology, reason, and logic are not vehicles of human progress, but instruments of oppressive power hierarchies. For the Post Modernists, there is no such thing as human nature. Human behavior and psychology are socially determined or constructed. Language does not refer to a reality outside itself; it’s just words.[1] Any rational argument is rejected out of hand, because for the Post-Modernist, logic is a patriarchal plot. In denying the existence of God, the Post Modernists violate the first commandment, making themselves gods, deciding for themselves what is good and what is evil.

Deconstructionists. If, according to the Post Modernists, there is no truth, then all that is left is power. According to the Deconstructionists, everything — all literature, all theories, all relationships –can and should be taken apart (deconstructed) so as to discover who gains power and who is oppressed. Once this has been figured out, the oppressed can demand that the power be taken away from the oppressors and given to the oppressed. The Deconstructionists do not honor their parents. They reject the wisdom of the past.

NeoMarxists. The Post Modernists Deconstructionists embrace Marxist political theory. Marx taught that all problems can be explained as a conflict between the oppressed and oppressors. The NeoMarxists no longer focus on the conflict between workers and owners. The new oppressed classes are women oppressed by men, LGBTQ+ oppressed by the straight, blacks by whites, etc… The oppressed have the right to take everything that belongs to the oppressor. Communism and Socialism are Marxist inspired political systems based on theft. Anyone who identifies as a “Neo-Nazi” is righty viewed as condoning the crimes of Hitler and the horror of the Holocaust. No school would hire a Neo-Nazi to teach or invite one to speak. However, as evil as the Nazis were, the followers of Marx are worse. In the Soviet Union, China, North Korea, Cambodia, and Cuba, Marxists have murdered ten times the number killed by Hitler, yet professors in prestigious universities proudly claim to be Marxist. NeoMarxists should treated the same way we treat Neo-Nazis,

Politically Correct. The Politically Correct have appointed themselves as speech monitors. They have decided that certain words hurt the feelings of the oppressed and therefore those who use these must be silenced. As soon as the PC police have enforced a change of language in one area, they will uncover new offenses and demand compliance for the newly designated politically correct language. Anyone who doesn’t give in to the demands of the PC is bullied into submission. The PC police insist that we lie. For example, they demand we pretend that a man who thinks he is a woman is actually a woman. They insist that everyone accept that two persons of the same sex can have a true marriage and those who disagree must nevertheless  participate in the celebration. They don’t try to change our minds, but force us to say what we know is not true—to lie. Truth can offend. Feelings can be hurt by truth. Nevertheless, it is wrong to lie. When we lie, we betray ourselves and we may even damage those to whom we lie by denying them a truth that might set them free.

Social Justice Warriors. The SJW are the enforcers of the ideologies. They do not want to debate the issues, but to silence the opposition. This includes shouting down speakers, forcing institutions to cancel speakers, threatening businesses with boycotts and when everything else fails rioting. One group is Antifa, which claims to be anti-Fascist, when in fact they use Fascist tactics. Another SJW group is the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC identifies and targets “hate’ groups. It started out opposing the KKK and white supremacy groups, but now targets any group that isn’t PC, in particular Christian groups. One of their main targets is “patriarchy,” which they define as anything run by men. In doing so they turn the name of God into a curse, since one of the names of God is father, in Latin Pater. God is the Father from whom every fatherhood in heaven and earth is named. Men are called to imitate God’s fatherhood, to love and protect women and children. It is true that there are men who abuse women and children and for this they are rightly condemned, but the SJW attack virtuous fatherhood and healthy masculine virtues, not just the abuses.

We should never under estimate the evil, dangerous, manipulative nature of the ideologies. Giving in to the demands of the ideologies just to be nice is a terrible strategy. It is never wise to give in to bullies. We must stand up to them whenever they raise their ugly heads. We should not turn our children over to an educational system controlled by these ideologues. Give them an inch and they will take a mile.

The tragedy of the ideologues is that never in the history of the world have people –including women and minorities – been freer, safer, healthier, or better off than Americans are today, but instead of being grateful, the ideologues waste their energy collecting offences, rewarding victimhood, nursing resentments, plotting revenge, bullying anyone who questions their claims. They demand that violators of their PC code confess, and then refuse to forgive them. They offer no hope of redemption.

Real freedom comes when we forgive and are forgiven.

[1] https://www.britannica.com/topic/postmodernism-philosophy

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SEXUAL ABUSE OF MINORS BY CATHOLIC CLERGY

September 15, 2018

Richard Fitzgibbons and Dale O’Leary

Abstract

The John Jay College of Criminal Justice studies on The Nature and Scope of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States 1950-2002, the Supplementary Data Analysis and Interim Report on the Causes and Context Study 2009, commissioned by the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops, concluded that the childhood and adolescent sexual abuse (CSA) committed by clergy was totally unrelated to homosexuality.

The article discusses why studies that support this view of the abuse of minors are not applicable to the problem of clerical sexual abuse of minors. The article also contains a discussion of the causes of same-sex attraction in men to minors and research that has found that men with SSA are more likely to have psychological and substance abuse problems and a more positive attitude to sexual relations between adult and adolescent males.

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SEX REASSIGNMENT SURGERY

September 14, 2018

The Psychopathology of “Sex Reassignment Surgery”:
Assessing its Medical, Psychological and Ethical Appropriatenes

The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Moral Issues in Major Surgery

Spring 2009

 Richard Fitzgibbons, Philip Sutton, and Dale O’Leary

Abstract

Is it ethical to perform a surgery whose purpose is to make a male look like a female or a female to appear male? Is it medically appropriate? Sexual Reassignment Surgery (SRS) violates basic medical and ethical principles and is therefore not ethically or medically appropriate. (1) SRS mutilates a healthy, non-diseased body. To perform surgery on healthy body involves unnecessary risks; therefore, SRS violates the principle “primum non nocere (first, do no harm).”[1] (2) Candidates for SRS may believe that they are trapped in the bodies of the wrong sex and therefore desire, or more accurately demand SRS; however, this belief is generated by a disordered perception of self. Such a fixed, irrational belief is appropriately described as a delusion. SRS, therefore, is a “category mistake”—it offers a surgical solution for psychological problems such as a failure to accept the goodness of one’s masculinity or femininity, lack of secure attachment relationships in childhood with same sex peers or a parent, self-rejection, untreated gender identity disorder, addiction to masturbation and fantasy, poor body image, excessive anger, severe psychopathology in a parent, etc. (3) SRS does not accomplish what it claims to accomplish. It does not change a person’s sex; therefore, it provides no true benefit. (4) SRS is a “permanent,” effectively unchangeable, and often unsatisfying surgical attempt to change what may be only a temporary (i.e., psychothepeutically changeable) psychological/psychiatric condition.

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UNDERSTANDING THE TRANSGENDER MOVEMENT

September 14, 2018

Understanding and Responding to

the Transgender Movement

 

By Dale O’Leary and Peter Sprigg

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY **

 

Introduction

In recent decades, there has been an assault on the sexes. That is, there has been an attack on the previously undisputed reality that human beings are created either male or female; that there are significant differences between the sexes; and that those differences result in at least some differences in the roles played by men and women in society.

 

The first wave of this attack came from the modern feminist movement and the second from the homosexual movement. The third wave of this assault on the sexes has been an attack on a basic reality—that all people have a biological sex, identifiable at birth and immutable through life, which makes them either male or female.

 

The third wave ideology is known as the “transgender” movement. This paper offers a description and critique of that movement and ideology. Part I addresses the psychological and medical issues involved; Part II will address the public policy issues.

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AIDS in AFRICA

September 13, 2018

 

This paper on AIDS in Africa is several years old. Since then HAART – Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy –has turned HIV from a death sentence to a chronic disease. At first, the cost of a year’s treatment of the HAART cocktail was too high ($15,000 per year) for the average infected person in Africa. Massive lobbying efforts have forced governments to override western patents and purchase or produce generic antiretroviral drugs at a more reasonable price.

Research has found that HAART taken consistently can render the HIV in a patient’s blood undetectable and prevent new infections in sexual partners. Rather than wait until the infected person shows symptoms, it is now recommended that the HAART treatment begin immediately upon diagnosis. There were concerns that Africans might not be able to follow the medication regime required to lower the burden of HIV in the blood. This concern has been shown to be false. Africans have better compliance rates than some western countries.

Since those infected are more likely to infect others relatively soon after they themselves have been infected, it is important to identify everyone who is infected as soon as possible. This can be accomplished through partner notification and contact tracing and mandatory testing of at-risk groups, such as persons with other STDs and prostitutes. These should be tested and immediately given HAART and their contacts traced and tested. It should be noted that in the U.S.A. men who have sex with men with a history of childhood sexual abuse are particularly high risk for contracting HIV and for failing to follow medication regime and progressing to AIDS. Aggressive programs to prevent the sexual abuse of boys and counseling for the abused could be prevent infections.

The funds currently used to fund failed condom programs could be redirected to fund HAART.

If, in combination with some of the risk avoidance strategies mentioned in the paper, the identification of the infected and the funding for universal HAART for all the infected is vigorously pursued, the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa could finally be over.

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THE SYNDEMIC OF STDS AMONG MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN

September 13, 2018

Part I

          It has been over 30 years since the first gay[1] men were diagnosed with what would later be called AIDS.  Since then over 300,000 men who have sex with men (MSM) have died of AIDS, and 6,000 are expected to die this year and every year for the foreseeable future. In 2008, 17,940 MSM were diagnosed with HIV infections, an increase of 17% from 2005. MSM accounted for 53% of all new infections. It is estimated that one half million MSM are currently infected with HIV. According to a report from the CDC, one in five sexually active gay and bisexuals is carrying the AIDS virus and nearly half of those infected don’t know it. MSM are 44 to 86 times more likely to be diagnosed HIV positive than men who don’t.[2]

The continuing spread of HIV among MSM is not a simple epidemic, but a syndemic.

A syndemic occurs when a number of different and interrelated health problems come together and interact. The various elements of the syndemic  have an additive effect, each one intensifying the others.  According to an article by Dr. Ron Stall and associates, an analysis of the data from a large number of studies reveals that:

 

…additive psychosocial health problems—otherwise known collectively as a syndemic—exist among urban MSM and that the interconnection of these problems functions to magnify the effects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in this population. A variation of this question has been empirically tested since the very earliest days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, in that substantial literature now exists on the relationship between substance use and HIV/AIDS,[3] depression and HIV/AIDS[4], childhood sexual abuse and HIV/AIDS[5], and violence and HIV/AIDS[6]. Our analysis extends this literature to show that the connection among these epidemic health problems and HIV/AIDS is far more complex than a 1-to-1 relationship; rather it is the additive interplay of these health problems that magnifies the vulnerability of a population to serious health conditions such as HIV/AIDS.[7]

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CHANGE OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION

August 13, 2018

REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE

 

Is it possible for therapy to produce a change in sexual orientation? Is such therapy ethical?

C.A. Tripp in a 1971 debate with Lawrence Hatterer insisted that “there is not a single recorded instance of a change in homosexual orientation which has been validated by outside judges or testing.” Tripp claimed to have treated him because they do not want to disappoint their previous therapist. The full text of the debate reveals Tripp was offered clinical evidence of change by Hatterer. Hatterer’s book published in 1970 contains extensive case material drawn from tape recorded sessions and follow-up information. Read more…