Friday, May 11, 2012
THE MEDIA, THE POLITICS AND THE ACADEMICS
President Obama,the consummate politician had a fundraiser in California on Thursday night. He must have been hailed as the hero who confirmed for the Hollywood elites who were there to donate mega bucks to his campaign what Hollywood has been trying to do since the 1960's--further the sexual revolution.
What do we watch on television and so many parents allow their children to see without comment, supervision or critique? What message did "Will and Grace" send to America? What message did "Friends" send to America? Casual sex without consequences is the message with whomever and wherever. These shows were explicit in their themes while others more innocuous. "Ellen" furthered the cause and now America has been cooked in the crock pot of cesspool delights and theology and doctrine by Oprah.
The Hollywood elites who have brought into your homes adult entertainment on demand and the most vile of it honored President Obama and he gladly took their cash. Comcast which owns NBC provides to you whatever you want and at mega bucks to quench your voyeuristic yearnings in the most perverse ways. They laugh all the way to the bank.
Academics who think all this Hollywood stuff is cool and cutting edge for the future culture of America, corrupt our college age kids with mind expanding free thinking ways and these kids become ambivalent about personal morality and judging anyone's moral behavior. Of course they don't have much time for that given all the electronic devises that keep them self-occupied, a new form of fiddling while Rome burns. Their ambivalence toward all of this and all things sacred is rather telling.
But not all academics support the redefining of religion, sexuality and America. Not all academics see the Catholic Church as the Great Whore of Babylon the one organization standing in the way of Hollywood's transformation of America and politician's transformation of the world in ways that are post-Christian and post-religion.
Dr. Peter Kreeft who teaches at the ultra-liberal Jesuit Catholic university, Boston College writes that the Catholic Church is the best friend to homosexuals. You can read is thoughts by pressing the following sentence.
Dr. Peter Kreeft: As a philosopher the thing that strikes me most is the brilliant strategy of the gay marriage movement. Like Orwell in 1984 it sees that the main battlefield is language. If they can redefine a key term like "marriage" they win.
Control language and you control thought; control thought and you control action; control action and you control the world.
In the actual interview he says the following about young people who disagree with the Church (read the longer interview by pressing the sentence below):
Many B.C. students consider themselves to be Catholics, but state that they have trouble reconciling the Church's teachings with their own "personal beliefs." What would you say to such a student?
Many of the Church's teachings don't require faith, only reason and honesty. For instance, the value of reason and honesty itself. I'd start by appealing to that. Use your reason. Think. And be fanatically honest with yourself. Don't play games with yourself. Lying to others is bad enough, but lying to yourself is like putting out your own eyes. So if your "personal beliefs" are just your feelings, ask yourself why Hitler wasn't as good as you are, because he lived according to his "personal beliefs" and feelings too. If, on the other hand, your "personal beliefs" are the result of your honest and rational search for truth, and you honestly believe you have good objective reasons for disbelieving some of the essential teachings of the Church, then you must follow your conscience and become a Protestant or a Muslim or a Buddhist or an agnostic or something else. If your personal beliefs contradict the Church's definition of the Catholic faith, then you are not a Catholic, any more than I am a Buddhist if I believe in egotism and war, or a Marxist if I believe in the stock market. That's not a personal insult, just a rational label. Honesty demands "truth in labeling."
And I wouldn't say that "The Cardinal Newman Society" is anti-academic, but is calling Catholic Academics to accountability which is a form of judgment which so many academics hate hurled at them all the while hurling judgments at the Church: