Christian and Muslim scholars are calling on the CEOs of Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, Choice and Starwood hotels, urging a ban on adult entertainment in rooms… as “…a commitment to human dignity and the common good.”
Surely there must be a way to properly respect people who are gay or lesbian without using civil law to undermine the nature of marriage. Surely we can find a way not to play off newly invented individual rights to “marriage” against constitutionally protected freedom of religious belief and religious practice. The State’s attempting to redefine marriage has become a defining moment not for marriage, which is what it is, but for our increasingly fragile “civil union” as citizens.
Morally good and constitutionally right as it is to argue for the protection of our religious liberty in light of the current threat of a mandate, we cannot hope to achieve victory if we continue to provide fertilizer in the enemy camp. Plainly stated, it is a contradiction that we fight for religious liberty in our healthcare system while at the same time the majority of Catholic physicians in our pews willingly sustain the culture of death by penning countless prescriptions for contraceptives and scheduling quick and easy sterilizations.
After Obama struck down a law that prohibited tax dollars from going overseas to clinics that promoted abortion, he is at it again. Earlier this year in the country of Bulgaria, the Administration spent tax dollars to sponsor the Gay Bulgarian Film Festival as well as an after show party. Furthermore, his administration under Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, are using resources to promote homosexuality.
While there may be some such Catholics who might change their minds regarding abortion, or contraception, or infallibility if only the doctrines were better explained to them, most Catholics who disagree with these, and other, doctrines understand well enough why the Church teaches what it teaches, but they still refuse to accept them. So if they understand on an intellectual level the general reasons for a doctrine, why do some Catholics accept doctrine and others reject it? The answer is that the fundamental obstacle lies not with the intellect, but with the will.
What happened to Karen Klein should be seen as an indicator of the emptiness of moral character that is spreading among children like a lethal virus. Far from just a bad moment in time, it reveals a real decay in personal fibre and humanity. The bad news is, these are kids. The blame for their moral malformation and subsequent terrible behavior can be laid squarely at our feet — the grown-ups. The good news is, these are kids. There is hope for them. The “mold” isn’t totally set yet and there is time to try to recast them. Only if we are honest enough to connect the dots and admit that the ugly picture is our own doing.
You may participate in your faith inside the church building, but once you leave that building, you must leave your allegiance to your faith behind. And not only must you leave that allegiance behind, you must be willing to publicly embrace ideologies and practices that are exactly the opposite of what your faith teaches, or be penalized.It’s only one word, so it is easy to miss the change; but the difference between worship and religion is enormous.
What is novel about the City of Man we have ushered in is its idiosyncratic nature. It is not really a republic, or a democracy, or even a republican democracy or a democratic republic. It is an idiocracy. To have a democracy, you must have a people, a demos. To have a republic, there must be a public thing, a res publica, a common good that is being protected or promoted.