The true meaning of the word “tolerance”.

Yesterday, I discussed some terms that are manipulated to normalize homosexuality, and today I want to discuss a few more that are misused in the pernicious effort to use public schools — including elementary schools — to normalize homosexuality. The first term is “tolerance”:

  • Tolerance actually means to put up with or endure something one finds objectionable. Implicit in the idea of tolerance is disagreement and disapproval. One does not tolerate something with which one agrees or approves.
  • True tolerance would mean allowing or enduring the expression of ideas, even ideas which we find offensive or wrongheaded. (It does not, however, require the expression of ideas that are age inappropriate.)
  • When, however, the self-appointed cultural elites and public school administrators contend that society should be tolerant of homosexuality, they are really claiming that one ought to approve of it, affirm it, and celebrate it.
  • Under the guise of promoting tolerance, schools offer only resources and activities that espouse liberal beliefs while censoring all resources that espouse conservative beliefs, which is completely inconsistent with the idea of tolerance.
  • Resources that express disapproval of homosexual acts no more represent intolerance of homosexual persons than resources that express disapproval of promiscuity represent intolerance of those who are promiscuous.
  • A commitment to true tolerance requires that some put up with the expression of the belief that homosexual conduct is moral, and requires that others put up with the expression of the belief that homosexual conduct is immoral.
  • A skewed understanding of tolerance is, ironically, cultivating hatred. When children are taught the lie that those who believe homosexual acts are immoral also hate homosexuals, those children and teens start hating conservatives.

Read more at Matt C. Abbot’s site

Voris, Abbot (and now, Lawrence): Something about Glenn Beck’s Christianity doesn’t “add-up”.


In his column today, Matt C. Abbot included a transcript of Real Catholic TV’s latest video commentary about Glenn Beck’s recent “Restoring Honor” rally in Washington, DC.

In that commentary, Real Catholic TV’s Michael Voris, made a number of excellent observations.

Here’s one, for starters:

It’s worthy to note that many of the leading lights in this Religious Restoration project sweeping over the land, that will definitely cause a storm to break over Washington on Election Day, are themselves promoters of inauthentic Christianity.

In the past two weeks, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh and others have each come out in favor of homosexual marriage — slash — civil unions. While they are not on the front lines necessarily promoting it, they are not resisting it and are giving their considerable nodding consent to it.

That’s not authentic Christianity. Not even close. But this is the problem with multiculturalism: Everything needs to be compromised and there are simply some things that cannot be compromised, the truth of God for one.

All societies eventually face high noon over religious questions. For a while, a culture may be able to skirt these issues, but eventually, sooner or later, when the right set of circumstances are brought to bear on religious and moral issues, a civilization either rises to the occasion, or meets its Waterloo.

Read Matt C. Abbot’s column

Watch the Real Catholic TV video

Archbishop reiterates that parents are primary educators of children

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sep 1, 2010 / 12:04 pm (CNA).- This week the president of the Argentinean Bishops’ Committee on Catholic Education, Archbishop Hector Aguer, reminded parents that they cannot renounce their responsibility for both the moral and religious education of their children. It is in the home, he emphasized, where children must learn the faith.

“The role of the family must never be slighted, and this is something in today’s culture … that we must diligently look after, because without the role of the family, education is not complete,” the archbishop said.

He also recalled that parents cannot leave the education of their children completely in the hands of the schools, adding, “It is essential that parents are involved in educational process.”

For this reason, Archbishop Aguer warned against some government educational programs that do not respect the moral, religious and philosophical convictions of families.

10 Reasons to Reject Socialism


1. Socialism and communism are the same ideology

Communism is but an extreme form of socialism. From the ideological standpoint, there is no substantial difference between the two. In fact, the communist Soviet Union called itself the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (1922-1991) and communist China, Cuba and Vietnam define themselves as socialist nations.

2. Socialism violates personal freedom

Socialism seeks to eliminate “injustice” by transferring rights and responsibilities from individuals and families to the State. In the process, socialism actually creates injustice. It destroys true liberty: the freedom to decide all matters that lie within our own competence and to follow the course shown by our reason, within the laws of morality, including the dictates of justice and charity.

3. Socialism violates human nature

Socialism is anti-natural. It destroys personal initiative – a fruit of our intellect and free will – and replaces it with State control. It tends to totalitarianism, with its government and police repression, wherever it is implemented.

4. Socialism violates private property

Socialism calls for “redistributing the wealth” by taking from the “rich” to give to the poor. It imposes taxes that punish those who have been able to take greater advantage of their productive talents, capacity to work or thrift. It uses taxation to promote economic and social egalitarianism, a goal that will be fully achieved, according to The Communist Manifesto, with the “abolition of private property.”

5. Socialism opposes traditional marriage

Socialism sees no moral reason for people to restrict sex to marriage, that is, to an indissoluble union between a man and a woman. Furthermore, socialism undermines private property, which Friedrich Engels, founder of modern socialism and communism along with Karl Marx, saw as the foundation of traditional marriage.

6. Socialism opposes parental rights in education

Socialism has the State, and not parents, control the education of children. Almost from birth, children are to be handed over to public institutions, where they will be taught what the State wants, regardless of parental views. Evolution must be taught. School prayer must be forbidden.

7. Socialism promotes radical equality

A supposed absolute equality among men is the fundamental assumption of socialism. Therefore, it sees any inequality as unjust in itself. Private employers are quickly portrayed as “exploiters” whose profits really belong to their employees. As a consequence, they rule out the system of wage earning.

8. Socialism promotes atheism

Belief in God, who unlike us is infinite, omnipotent and omniscient, clashes head-on with the principle of absolute equality. Socialism therefore rejects the spiritual, claiming that only matter exists. God, the soul, and the next life are illusions according to socialism.

9. Socialism promotes relativism

For socialism there are no absolute truths or revealed morals that establish standards of conduct that apply to everyone, everywhere, and always. Everything evolves, including right and wrong, good and evil. There is no place for the Ten Commandments, neither in the private mind nor in the public square.

10. Socialism mocks religion

According to Karl Marx, religion is “the opium of the people.” Lenin, founder of the Soviet Union, agreed: “Religion is opium for the people. Religion is a sort of spiritual booze in which the slaves of capital drown their human image, their demand for a life more or less worthy of man.”

May God protect America from socialism.

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The state “religion” of the modern leftist is secularism.

Today’s leadership in America (the government, the media, and the academy) operates under its own fundamental assumptions about the human person and civil society: culture-of-death liberalism. Not everyone adheres to it in its fullest form, but most Americans (and quite a few self-styled conservatives) have come to embrace it in various degrees. According to modern liberalism, civil society must constitute itself etsi Deus non daretur. “We know, and it is our pride to know, that man is by his constitution a religious animal,” the great Edmund Burke once said, and so is the modern leftist. His state theocracy is secularism, the chief dogma in its hierarchy of truths being materialism, the doctrine that all reality is essentially material, that the state must be functionally atheistic, and that man’s highest end is physical satisfaction. These satisfactions have no essential moral content — all morality is either relative or conventional, since to assume the existence of a moral order that transcends subjective preferences might suggest that some persons’ desires are more valid than others. But that would be discriminatory, and discrimination is the only possible sin in the leftist paradigm.

Leftists also have only one sacrament: sex. The orgasm is the source and summit of all bodily pleasure, and to suggest that sexual activity between consenting persons might have a moral content is nothing short of bigotry.

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Liberalism: the Substitute for Thought and Religion.

Ignorance of religion and the classics…constituting bad education from the multi-versities which were founded to set it right…has built up in this country a vapid liberalism of relativistic precepts…a liberalism that has polluted the wellsprings of much of contemporary journalism. It is not only that many of the liberal journalists of today have abandoned religious verities for the shifting sands of uncertainty that run through their commentaries.

It is that the teachings of the elders of philosophy are not known as well.  Aristotle’s Politics begins with a division of what the great sage saw as varied governments.  Reviewing them we find it very refreshing in view of what we have in this country…or what we have allowed to transgress this country.
He says: There is a six-fold collection of governments. Now hold on to your seats. If one person rules for the common good, it is called kingly rule.

If one person rules for his own self-aggrandizement and cares not what happens to the country, it is called tyranny.
If few rule for the true common good, it is called an aristocracy.
If few rule for their own advantage it is called an oligarchy.

Listen now:
If many rule for the sake of the true common good, it is called a polity.
And if a majority rules for the sake of their own selfish aggrandizement, it is called a democracy.
Aristotle takes the view that a majority can be as foolish, insensitive or tyrannical as any tyrant or oligarch.  I think that is what we have here today.

Therefore he concludes  that unalloyed democracy is a perversion.
Read more at Tom Roeser’s blog

Revolt against God leads to strange and terrifying changes to society

It is becoming ever more evident that the greatest crisis in Western societies today is a crisis of religious and moral perceptions. In his highly acclaimed essay Revolt Against God: America’s Spiritual Despair, William Bennett argued that by most measures of civilised morality the United States had become an increasingly decadent society. He stated that the only way out of the moral and cultural quagmire was through a return to religion which would provide the basis for a rediscovery of virtue and moral vision. Bennett noted that social regression and exploding rates of crime in the United States were accompanied by “a disturbing reluctance in our time to talk seriously about matters spiritual and religious.” He added that perhaps all of this had something “to do with the modern sensibility’s profound discomfort with the language and the commandments of God.”

The moral failings of the West stem from a runaway pluralism which sees practically all beliefs and lifestyles as possessing equal moral value. Despite the many enigmas that punctuate its history, Western civilisation thrived on a consensus based on the Judeo-Christian vision whereby the vocation of the human person was seen as a call to freedom understood as the ability to carry out one’s duty towards God and neighbour.

The shape of the Western world today has been heavily influenced by certain intellectual currents which have sought to liberate human consciousness from all dependence upon God. In this setting, the human person is no longer recognised as a being made in the image and likeness of God, but is instead reduced to the status of an educated ape. In consequence of this reductionism, it is asserted that there is no created human nature that bespeaks an objective and universal moral law. As Solzhenitsyn pointed out in his famous Harvard address in 1978, it was this rebellion against God and the moral law that lay at the heart of the oppressive ideologies of recent centuries such as secular liberalism, communism and national socialism. Common to these ideologies is the belief that one can be good and virtuous without God.

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When Is Stupidity A Sin?

Carpenters, shoemakers, peasants, manual workers are guided by common sense. They have no pretension to have the key to wisdom. They do not raise questions the answer of which is above their capacities (Ps 130). The blue-collar worker is very unlikely to have any illusions about the quality of his work: If a carpenter makes a set of drawers that does not close, he knows he has done a bad job. If the food prepared by a cook is unpalatable, the culprit knows that he should go back to cooking school. If a tailor makes a suit that is much too tight for the person who has ordered it, he knows that he is a bad tailor. If a car does not work after a mechanic made repairs, the customer cannot be mistaken in telling him that he is a bad mechanic. Blunt, tangible results are more eloquent than words. The punishment is on the tailcoat of the fault.

Things are very different in the religious, spiritual, intellectual, and artistic spheres. These are domains in which we find both the greatest accomplishments and the greatest aberrations. Recall St. Augustine writing in his Confessions that when he joined the Manichean sect, he “swallowed” the greatest nonsense one can imagine. He writes: “I was led on to such follies as to believe that a fig tree wept when it was plucked . . . . If some ‘saint’ ate this fig — proving, forsooth, that it was picked not by his but by another’s sinful hand — then he would digest it in his stomach, and from it he would breathe forth angels!” (III, 10). Only a very humble man can share with us the stupidity he swallowed when young; most of us would choose not to mention it. Here was one of the greatest minds of all times, and nevertheless he too could fall into the hands of religious charlatans.
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U.S. Air Force creates Wiccan worship space

A stone circle atop a hill on the base in Colorado Springs will likely be dedicated in a ceremony March 10, according to the release, and be available to cadets and other service members who live in the area. The base already has worship spaces for Protestants, Catholics, Muslims and Buddhist, the release said.

The Air Force has been accused of allowing evangelical officers to openly proselytize and pressure cadets of other faiths. In 2005, the Air Force issued new guidelines pledging to “accommodate free exercise of religion and other personal beliefs.”

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Twenty minutes worth of video that just might change your life!

Michael Voris from RealCatholicTV.com in a 4-part (roughly 20 minutes) expose of the world-wide environmental (green) global warming/climate change/junk science movement and how it has been inspired and co-opted by socialists and communists, with the active assistance of many well known religions.

Watch the videos

Submitted by Doria2

How Religious Is Your State?

Which of the 50 states has the most religious population? Since there are many ways to define “religious,” there is no single
answer to this question. But to give a sense of how the states stack up, the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life
used polling data to rank them on four measures: the importance of religion in people’s lives, frequency of attendance at worship services, frequency of prayer and absolute certainty of belief in God. Mississippi stands out on all four, and several other Southern states also rank very high on the measures.

See how the states rank according to each of the four measures

The “new” America’s three cardinal sins: racism, sexism, homophobia

The catechism of our new civic religion Ultra-Toleration requires complete understanding of all opinions but traditional ones. It indemnifies in strongest terms against those who oppose abortion. They are bigoted Puritan prudes. Warren calls pro-lifers “diehards [who] appear to believe anything is fair game when it comes to preventing what they deem murder.” Repeat: “what they deem murder.” Uh-huh. The heresy of this new religion is this: rather than America suffering from intolerance, it suffers from excessive Toleration-refusal to distinguish between good and evil, virtue and sin (which it does not recognize); between patriotism and globalism which blames America.
Now assuredly there are sinful absolutes with this new civic religion.

Their cardinal sins are three-racism, sexism, homophobia.

Read about it at Tom Roeser’s site

U.N. Report Admits Environmentalism/Global Warming is a Religion

Now, does anyone really think
that the resemblance to a crucifix is just a coincidence?

Environmentalism should be regarded on the same level with religion “as the only compelling, value-based narrative available to humanity,” according to a paper written two years ago to influence the future strategy of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), the world’s would-be environmental watchdog.

The purpose of the paper, put together after an unpublicized day-long session in Switzerland by some of the world’s top environmental bureaucrats: to argue for a new and unprecedented effort to move environmental concerns to “the center of political and economic decision-making” around the world — and perhaps not coincidentally, expand the influence and reach of UNEP at the tables of world power, as a rule-maker and potential supervisor of the New Environmental Order.

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“The Origin of the Specious”

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(Posted 06/16/09 www.RemnantNewspaper.com) At a scientific convention in Chicago in 1980, over 150 of the world’s leading evolution experts faced the facts of the fossil record and virtually pronounced the death of Darwinism.

They admitted that after 120 years of digging, the fossil record showed that there are no fossil links between one species and another, i.e., there are no transitional fossils. Thus, it was acknowledged that there is indeed a genetic barrier between species which renders impossible the theory that mankind evolved from apes.

These findings should have buried evolutionism forever as a serious scientific concept. Yet, the opposite has happened. Staggering numbers worldwide have continued to embrace evolution’s false doctrines in preference to scriptural and other evidence relating to man’s true origin.

Writing in Nature, vol.123, evolutionist D.M.S Watson offers a typically atheistic, yet revealing, explanation for this phenomenon: The theory of evolution”, he says, “is universally accepted not because it can be proven true but because the alternative, special creation, is clearly incredible.”

There we have it! Evolutionism is not science versus religion but religion versus religion. It is the religion of those who oppose God, even if that opposition contradicts all that human reason and the laws of nature dictate.

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Submitted by Doria2

Is the religious experience like the suspension of disbelief at the movies?

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Q: Is the religious experience like the suspension of disbelief at the movies?

A: Not if you’re Catholic.

Catholics have the advantage of 2000 years worth of the finest and most scholarly systematic theology, philosophy, and history that the world has ever known, based on the eye witness testimony of Jesus, the founder of our Church, and the apostles, the men he hand-picked and trained to establish and run it.

We also have the world’s longest reigning, independent and continuous government, along with the universal participation and contributions, both intellectual and spiritual, of over a billion people, from every nation on earth.

A few mysteries still remain, but nothing the average intelligent person can’t easily resolve in their own mind, with a little help from their friends in Christ.

Hollywood is make-believe. Authentic Christianity is based on solid historical facts, and proven supernatural principles.

Be Proud of Being Catholic – An article written by a Jewish businessman

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Be Proud of Being Catholic (Excerpts of an article written by Sam Miller, prominent Cleveland Jewish businessman – (NOT a Catholic) Submitted by Dee L.

Why would newspapers carry on a vendetta on one of the most important institutions that we have today in the United States, namely the Catholic Church?

Do you know – the Catholic Church educates 2.6 million students everyday at the cost to your Church of 10 billion dollars, and a savings on the other hand to the American taxpayer of 18 billion dollars. Your graduates go on to graduate studies at the rate of 92%, all at a cost to you. To the rest of the Americans it’s free.

The Church has 230 colleges and universities in the U.S. with an enrollment of 700,000 students. The Catholic Church has a non-profit hospital system of 637 hospitals, which account for hospital treatment of 1 out of every 5 people – not just Catholics – in the United States today.

But the press is vindictive and trying to totally denigrate in every way the Catholic Church in this country. They have blamed the disease of pedophilia on the Catholic Church, which is as irresponsible as blaming adultery on the institution of marriage. Let me give you some figures that you as Catholics should know and remember. For example, 12% of the 300 Protestant clergy surveyed admitted to sexual intercourse with a parishioner; 38% acknowledged other inappropriate sexual contact in a study by the United Methodist Church, 41.8 % of clergywomen reported unwanted sexual behavior; 17% of laywomen have been sexually harassed. Meanwhile, 1.7% of the Catholic clergy has been found guilty of pedophilia. 10% of the Protestant ministers have been found guilty of pedophilia. This is not a Catholic Problem.

A study of American priests showed that most are happy in the priesthood and find it even better than they had expected, and that most, if given the choice, would choose to be priests again in face of all this obnoxious PR the church has been receiving.

The Catholic Church is bleeding from self-inflicted wounds. The agony that Catholics have felt and suffered is not necessarily the fault of the Church. You have been hurt by a small number of wayward priests that have probably been totally weeded out by now.

Walk with your shoulders high and you head higher. Be a proud member of the most important non governmental agency in the United States. Then remember what Jeremiah said: “Stand by the roads, and look and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is and walk in it, and find rest for your souls” Be proud to speak up for your faith with pride and reverence and learn what your Church does for all other religions. Be proud that you’re a Catholic.

Thanks to Doria2 for this article. 

Believe in God, but not religion?

Q: Believe in God, but not religion?
If someone believes that God does exists, but does not go to church, or believe in the bible, or in an after life in Heaven or Hell, are they called an Agnostic, because I know an Agnostic is someone who does not know if there is or is not a god.

A: An agnostic is typically someone who doesn’t really care whether God exists … or not … or that God is simply unknowable.

Someone who claims to believe in God, but not religion, obviously believes that faith in any deity will get the job done.

Authentic religion will prove … both logically and factually … that such a belief is simply not true.

The Catholic Church teaches that the primary purpose of our human existence is to come to know and love the one, true God.

Next, is the virtually simultaneous process of being ultimately perfected in God’s grace, so that we might one day, be fit to share with him all that he is and all that he has, for all eternity.

There is no religion on the planet that compares with the divinely revealed, complete, consistent, practical, and systematic theology of the Catholic Church.

And that’s no coincidence, since the Catholic Church was personally founded by Jesus Christ, who is God, and who proved it, by rising from the dead.