Pro-Sin America Combats Global anti-Sin Movement

Daily we read about new examples of the United States government officials promoting sinful behaviors, both domestically and globally. People are beginning to awaken to this disturbing trend and serious global push back is occurring by US citizens, Christians, Jews, Muslims, states and foreign nations.

In the United States it appears that sinful behaviors are not only promoted, they are enshrined in law, upheld by courts and well funded by government agencies and private institutions.

For example,  wrote, “The Associated Press reported on February 26 that the United States, ‘troubled’ by an anti-homosexuality movement in Uganda and across much of the world, is launching a new effort to combat what Secretary of State John Kerry described as a ‘threat to human rights’. Comparing a Ugandan anti-homosexuality law to oppressive government crackdowns on German Jews in the 1930s, Kerry said that according to the AP report, he was going to direct American ambassadors to look at ‘how we deal with this human rights challenge on a global basis.’ He said 80 nations worldwide have anti-homosexuality laws on some levels, and he called the one in Uganda — which does not apply capital punishment — ‘atrocious’ and ‘flat out morally wrong.’”

“Now, in the definition of the US government, anti-homosexuality movements (groups opposing gay ‘marriage’ and other homosexual perversions) are a ‘threat,’ because US officials see the homosexual behavior as a noble ‘human right.’ Do “human rights” rape and kill? They did so in Uganda. According to Scott Lively, in the past the African nation had a law that required all men and boys in Uganda to submit to the homosexual seduction of its ruler, King Mwanga. By official count 22 young men were executed under this law. When Ugandans began to convert to Christianity in the 1800s, a group of Catholics led by Charles Lwanga refused to allow themselves to be sodomized by the King. Enraged, King Mwanga had them torturously bound, marched 37 miles and then roasted alive in a fire pit. The date of their execution was June 3rd, 1886, and is today a national holiday commemorating Uganda’s rejection of homosexuality and commitment to Christian values,” writes Severo.

When did a sexual behavior become part of and influence US foreign policy? When did homosexuality become a “human right”?

Let’s look at current examples of pro-sin policies. As a benchmark I use the Ten Commandments as written in the Torah the book of Exodus. Exodus 20:

[1] And God spake all these words, saying, [2] I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. [3] Thou shalt have no other gods before me

There are many false gods promoted by government, including the false god of government itself. Governments always error on the side of more control over the individual. That is why the Founding Fathers wrote the US Constitution establishing a Republic. They knew what history teaches: as government grows liberty subsides. The First Amendment put freedom of religion first. For without freedom to worship God, there is no freedom of speech, assembly, the press or right to petition elected officials. That is the First Principle.

[4] Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: [5] Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; [6] And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Today there are many “graven images” in the news, on television and the internet. From sports figures to movie stars, athletes, singers, dancers, and of course politicians. These graven images are false ones and lead those who report on them into a system where criticism is forbidden. We are in a world of “selfies” where even a president feels compelled to take a photograph at the funeral of Nelson Mandela, who himself became a graven image.  With the growth of social media sites like Facebook we have a growing number of people taking selfies and sharing them. Are we in a new golden age of the selfie? Are we our own graven images?

[7] Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

The entire rap music craze is famous for taking the Lord’s name in vain. The criticism it there but muted because those in rap music are black. Yet most blacks embrace God and are Baptists by their very nature. We see profanity used in movies, in television shows and book, particularly young adult novels. This profanity includes pornographic materials being used in our public schools. The justification is that we should not protect the innocence of our youth, rather we should encourage them to face the realities of the world. But whose realities are they? Perhaps it is better to change these realities and teach our youth the values and morals needed to be good citizens and moral individuals.

[8] Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. [9] Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: [10] But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: [11] For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

How many businesses today, or families for that matter, remember the Sabbath day?  A few major corporations like Chik-Fil-A and Hobby Lobby observe the Sabbath and allow families a day of rest and reflection. Many small businesses do the same. The US government observes the Sabbath with only essential services open. There was a time in America when all businesses were closed by government decree known as “Blue Laws” to observe the Sabbath. Gradually, these laws were changed or have been abolished altogether. Business trumps the Sabbath day across America and the world.

[12] Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

In the United States, government at every level is working to redefine motherhood and fatherhood. Public schools are teaching that mom and mom or dad and dad are perfectly natural and must be embraced by our  children as the “new normal.” Those who speak out against this new normal are demonized and labeled racist or homophobic. Marriage is under attack and its redefinition is touted as a civil right. Those who say that sexual behavior does not rise to the level of being called a civil right are classified as “hate groups” by well funded organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center. The new normal has destroyed entire cultures like in Massachusetts, the first state to recognize homosexual marriage. Even while government health agencies point out the risks of sex between men, the juggernaut moves on. Christians are under assault, even by the IRS, for holding on to their beliefs that sodomy is wrong culturally, a threat to the family and to the health and well-being of the individual. The US Department of Justice has not and will not support the Defense of Marriage Act, even though it is required to do so.

[13] Thou shalt not murder.

The first policy that comes up when discussing the VIth Commandment is Roe v. Wade, which was decided in 1973. The legalization of abortion remains a contentious issue that has split the nation and the world. US federal government policy does not allow directly funding abortions. However, the current administration supports abortion and the activities of Planned Parenthood. We have written about Margaret Sanger and the Eugenics movement, which has transformed itself into the the science of genetics. There are growing concerns that, like Eugenics, genetics is about “racial purity.” Black babies are being aborted at an alarming rate in Georgia, where over 56% of aborted babies are black. Genetics has two branches – negative genetics and positive genetics. It is important to understand how both are creating a “racially hygienic” society in America today.

The second aspect is about self-defense, known as stand your ground laws. The George Zimmerman case in Florida led to a national discussion on the right to self-defense. It must be noted that the Bible allows for killing in self-defense. It does not allow for murder and specifically forbids it.

[14] Thou shalt not commit adultery.

Adultery has become the subject of movies, TV shows and books. The swapping of wives is the basis of the ABC series “Celebrity Wife Swap“, “Wife Swap U.S.” on Lifetime and “Wife Swap UK.” Various notable figures in politics, professional sports, the media, actors, actresses and even leaders of Churches have violated the VIIth Commandment.

[15] Thou shalt not steal.

Stealing is illegal, unless the government does it via the Sixteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. The income tax system in the US has become a tool used by special interests and politicians to reward supporters and destroy opponents. Revelations about the IRS targeting TEA Party groups, Christian and Jewish organizations is both troubling and endemic to a system where thievery is lauded as public policy. Even in films it is the thief who is portrayed as a hero in movies like “Identity Thief“, where a man’s identity is stolen by a Florida woman.

[16] Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

Bearing false witness is lying. The Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution allows for a person to not testify if that testimony would incriminate. A the 9th Circuit court case US v. Alvarez a federal judge ruled that lying is permissible so long at the liar does not benefit from the lie. According to Dalhia Lithwick of Slate, “In 2007, Xavier Alvarez of Pomona, California, was elected to the board of the Three Valleys Water District. At a board meeting, Alvarez introduced himself by saying: “I’m a retired Marine of 25 years. I retired in the year 2001. Back in 1987, I was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. I got wounded many times by the same guy. I’m still around.” Alvarez did not just lie about being a war hero; he lied about many things. His catalog of untruths include playing hockey for the Detroit Red Wings, marrying a Mexican starlet, and rescuing an American ambassador during the Iranian hostage crisis. Xavier Alvarez isn’t just a compulsive liar.” The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that, “The Stolen Valor Act, which makes it a crime to lie about having received military honors or decorations, violates the First Amendment right to freedom of speech.” Lying is free speech?

[17] Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

Income inequality has become a cause being used not only by politicians but also the Holy Pontiff Pope Francis.

Recently Pope Francis restated his wish for world leaders to redistribute the world’s wealth to the  poor. According to Time, “Pope Francis reaffirmed his plea on Friday for world leaders to redistribute wealth from the rich to the poor during an address before top U.N. officials and called for a global initiative to reduce the income gap. Pope Francis on Friday renewed his call on global leaders to redistribute wealth from the rich to the poor. Francis made his plea during an address to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other U.N. leaders gathered in Rome for an audience with the pope, CBS News reports.”  Perhaps Pope Francis can take a lesson from Pope Leo XIII on socialism? Income equality is the all about coveting, until there is no income, due to government controls, left to covet.

QUOD APOSTOLICI MUNERIS (On Socialism) issued by Pope Leo XIII on 28 December 1878 states:

But Catholic wisdom, sustained by the precepts of natural and divine law, provides with especial care for public and private tranquility in its doctrines and teachings regarding the duty of government and the distribution of the goods which are necessary for life and use. For, while the socialists would destroy the “right” of property, alleging it to be a human invention altogether opposed to the inborn equality of man, and, claiming a community of goods, argue that poverty should not be peaceably endured, and that the property and privileges of the rich may be rightly invaded, the Church, with much greater wisdom and good sense, recognizes the inequality among men, who are born with different powers of body and mind, inequality in actual possession, also, and holds that the right of property and of ownership, which springs from nature itself, must not be touched and stands inviolate.

When public policy must be held up to the highest moral standards. The founding fathers understood this that is why they wrote the Constitution and included within it certain unalienable rights granted to each citizen by God, not government. The only control needed is that of God’s will and grace.

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