At a time when our country is focused on health care, the U.S. Congress has taken the first step toward enforcing a dangerous control of thought and speech. The new hate crimes bill (H.R.2647) has passed both the House and Senate and now awaits the president's signature. This legislation offers to protect those who face violence or discrimination due to their gender or homosexual inclination. These violent and unjust practices are already illegal and this new law may usher in a persecution of the Church. This may seem like an extreme comment given the nature of the government’s intention, but anyone aware of the consequences to the faithful in countries where this enforcement is already practiced has reason to fear this reality.
We are in the midst of a large social engineering project that is working to destroy and remake our conceptions of the person. The popular culture is unanimous in its support for same-sex unions and a philosophy based on a reduced conception of the person is gaining support. As Catholics, we have to admit that the civilization is moving against us. The political elite seeking to create a culture open to homosexual unions is doing something that is “outside of the whole moral history of humanity. It is not a question of discrimination, but rather a question of what is a human person insofar as man and woman. We are facing a dissolution of the image of the human being, with consequences which can be extremely grave" (Cardinal Ratzinger, Rome, May 14th, 2004; ZENIT). This cultural reform steps outside all human history and will leave destruction in its wake as the family, person, and the entire human community is changed in a dramatic way. The ultimate goal is to destroy humanity and re-engineer the person without a reference to God. This requires thought control and a grave limitation on free speech. We are literally facing a situation the Italian communist Gramsci described when he defined the concept of cultural hegemony. Social engineers are creating a culture where all opposition voices are extinguished and a new philosophy and controlled consensus emerge.
In The End of the Modern World, Guardini observed:
“The modern state shares the characteristics just described. It too is losing its organic structure, becoming more and more a complex of all-controlling functions. In it the human being steps back, the apparatus forward. Constantly improved techniques of stock-taking, man-power survey, and bureaucratic management—to put it brutally, increasingly effective social engineering—tend to treat people much as the machine treats the raw materials fed into it. From the standpoint of the bureaucracy in charge, any resistance on the part of those mistreated is equivalent to revolt, which must be crushed with ever more refined techniques and greater stringency." [162-3]
The danger to the Church is that we now find ourselves on the side of those who oppose the cultural elite and the bureaucrats. If Guardini is right, this means that there will be a movement against us. We must prepare for this.
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