Divine Profiling and
The Myth of Equality Part Five
on the insidious and satanic
Selling of Sodomy
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Sin and our human nature are the great unequalizers to the Divine Profiler
"Since this society seems to protect innate characteristics over voluntary ones, liberal forces paint homosexuality as a genetic predisposition much like race in order to tear down profiling of homosexuals as evil as racial or genetic profiling. Since this society protects voluntary characteristics much less than supposed innate ones, it paints religious and moral beliefs as chosen positions in order to justify profiling of religious and values-based people as viable as labeling the lazy student or the calculating criminal. To that end, we hear of the "red" states who voted for Bush and how ignorant they all are and of the "blue" states who voted for Kerry and how enlightened they all are."
We have all heard ad nauseum the cries against criminal, racial, religious, moral, regional, age, and gender profiling. Simply stated, profiling is the practice of basing one's assumptions and reactions regarding an individual based on some predetermined characteristic of that person. If I suspect or expect wrong from someone based only on the fact that he or she is of a certain race, religion, belief, region, age, or sex, this is certainly a form of bias and prejudice, or so the argument goes. Certainly liberal, modernist, sodomite, feminist, and secular forces have used profiling as a weapon against those who would dare to question or protest the lifestyles and beliefs that they espouse. Speak out against racial hypocrisy, anti-religious actions, and immoral practices and you are a radical, intolerant, narrow-minded, dangerous, ignorant, religious terrorist. These cries, of course, are not foreign to hypocrisy, as the same people who accuse Catholics of labeling and judging others label and judge Catholics as ignorant, intolerant, and dangerous. While profiling is attacked as evil by the evil, equality is adored as a divine goal by the clueless. The truth is that God is all about profiling and inequality is all about sin
Human Profiling as Hypocrisy and Single Issue Aversion
A review of profiling literature reveals that profiling is a normal human exercise. We all develop expectations and assumptions based on the characteristics of people and situations. For example, if we see a student acting up in class and paying no attention to the teacher, we assume and expect that student to fail or do poorly on exams. One can argue that being lazy or non-attentive in class is a voluntary act which we frown upon and hence the negative profile of such students. It appears, however, that the more supposedly involuntary, inborn, or innate a characteristic is, however, the more unfair and unjust any subsequent profiling is judged. To assume that a student will fail because he is Hispanic, tall, African-American, or male would be frowned upon, for example. Not only should one's race, height or gender have nothing to do with academic prowess, but these characteristics are beyond the control of the person in question and therefore it seems patently unfair to label them based on such things.
Since this society seems to protect innate characteristics over voluntary ones, liberal forces paint homosexuality as a genetic predisposition much like race in order to tear down profiling of homosexuals as evil as racial or genetic profiling. Since this society protects voluntary characteristics much less than supposed innate ones, it paints religious and moral beliefs as chosen positions in order to justify profiling of religious and values-based people as viable as labeling the lazy student or the calculating criminal. To that end, we hear of the "red" states who voted for Bush and how ignorant they all are and of the "blue" states who voted for Kerry and how enlightened they all are.
The literature also shows that the perceived evil of profiling increases as the number of characteristics on which it is based decrease. For example, it is considered far more destructive to label or assume things about someone based merely on one trait than to do so based on ten traits. In fact, this society itself labels the profiler who draws his conclusions and expectations on only one or two traits as ignorant, intolerant, and dangerous while not even using the label of profiler against those who base their assumptions and conclusions on many factors. This pattern mirrors the ridicule of so-called "single issue voters" as compared to enlightened "multi-issue voters" as I wrote back in October last year in my column PIC makes SIV Fail-safe!. Despite this situation, however, human profiling shows the hypocrisy that one expects from human thinking. Liberals frown upon profiles of people just because they are homosexual or favor abortion but practice such profiles against people just because they are Pro-life, religious, or against sodomy, pornography, promiscuity, or any other chosen path.
We must also recall that relativism and proportionalism are moral errors because they assume that all moral decisions are equal and that that evil cannot be inherent or disparate between realities. In denying that some evils are inherent and that some moral elements are more transcendent than others, these errors pretend to wash away absolute truth and responsibility for actions. In this context, a profile based on one trait can be a moral profile if that trait is so transcendent and critical that it overwhelms other considerations. For example, if I discover that someone is a staunch defender of abortion, I can assume that they have no legitimate moral ground on which to defend their position since the murder of innocents is so transcendent that this trait obliterates any notion of moral legitimacy. On the other hand, it would be immoral to assume that someone who likes chocolate must therefore be an immoral person since the trait on which one is basing one's profile is trivial and superficial and therefore incapable of justifying such an assumption of immorality.
In summary, we see that human profiling is often hypocritical and plainly antagonistic against basing judgments upon single or few traits. We also see that profiling may be moral if it is based on a trait or traits which are morally transcendental such as respect for God, obedience to His Word, and the sanctity of life. Profiling is limited and defective because we are limited and defective. As one might expect, the only perfect profiling is Divine Profiling as exercised by God Almighty.
Human Profiling as Prejudgment
One of the main reasons that human profiling is considered evil is that it tends to prejudge people without a legitimate basis in reality. If I develop a set of assumptions about someone because of their race or national origin, for example, I often do so without evidence of their actual behavior or actions. Nobody calls an officer chasing someone he has just seen rob a store profiling because the officer's actions and assumptions are based upon an actual perceived act. However, if that same officer assumes that someone will rob a store later today just because they are Hispanic, for example, this would be immoral profiling. We thus see that the human error of prejudgment is another factor that makes human profiling often inherently immoral.
The Perfection of Divine Profiling
We can begin by recalling that God Almighty is all perfect, all just, and all knowing.
That being said, we can then observe that if God is all perfection, then He is incapable of being imperfect, unjust, or mistaken. If profiling is making conclusions about an individual based on given characteristics of that person, and if profiling becomes more moral as the traits on which it is based become more transcendental, then it stands to reason that God's conclusions of us based upon our human traits and our sins must be perfectly moral, just, and all knowing. God Almighty has certain expectations about us based on our humanity, and He likewise will judge us based upon the weight of our moral and immoral acts. Since God is all-knowing, He does not make assumptions and is better equipped to make single trait profiles than we are. Since God is all just, He bases His Divine Profiles are not prejudgments but are based upon the good and wrong that we have done. Divine Profiling, then, is perfect as God is perfect.
Equality as a Myth
Another prevalent moral error in our society is the argument that we have all been created by an all-good God and therefore we are all good. This error is usually accompanied by the myth that we are all equal in the eyes of God. The first error ignores human free will which is allowed by God to make our salvation meritorious and based on our active, proactive search for redemption and that is salvation. Even though we have been created by a God Who is all good, we have fallen in varying degrees from that goodness through our voluntary sin and therefore we each require varying degrees of forgiveness, redemption, and treatment.
Imagine a teacher who treats all of his students equally no matter their knowledge of their subject, giving out equal grades and identical evaluations. Obviously, such a teacher would be clueless, unfair, ineffective, criticized, and ultimately incompetent. Surely we cannot envision a God who would be guilty of this foolishness. While God Almighty certainly created us in His image and likeness and equally at first, we have each fallen from grace in varying degrees and require varying doses of redemption and differing treatments. To embrace total equality all of the time is to fly in the face of Divine justice, fairness, and competence. We see, therefore, that we are not unlike the planets around the sun (Son?). Each of us stands at unique distances from Him with varying degrees of separation from His warm embrace. It is our duty to remain as close to Him and close that gap as much as possible by following God's Will and Word. The notion that we are and remain equal in the eyes of God is a myth which denies both the value of a holy life and the harm of an immoral existence.
We have seen how our society obsesses with the evils of profiling and even allows immorality to grow in its defense. We have also seen how equality is held out like some eternal, inherent truth and goal for our beliefs and actions. Human profiling is limited by the inherent weakness of humans and should be carefully monitored. Divine Profiling, however, is perfect as God is perfect and exhibits the true justice and inherent goodness of God Who is all just and all good. Finally, equality is a human construct to the extent that it elevates equality as an inherent right devoid of justice and merit.
Taken in its human form, equality would obliterate Divine justice by making morality and holiness immaterial to ultimate salvation. In its Divine form, equality is based upon the fact that we have been created equal in the eyes of God and should strive to remain so. Since we are imperfect in varying degrees, our relative proximity to God varies as well, however, making true equality impossible at least on this earth. In view of the above observations, then, we must strive to remain as close to God as possible in order to overcome the human weakness that renders our human profiling and human equality limited. It is only when we grasp both the imperfection of our human profiling and our human notions of equality that we will truly be able to seek our salvation and help others do so as well.
TOMORROW: In honor of St. Thomas Aquinas: Humble Intellect
TUESDAY: Part Six Gender Neutrality: The Fingerprints of Satan
For Part One see I Told You So
For Part Two see Massachusetts Mania!
For Part Three see They Just Raised The Roof On Absurd Hypocrisy
For Part Four see Divine Profiling and The Myth of Equality
Editor's Note: Heaven is once again under attack by those who would seek to ignore and overthrow God's majesty and authority. Gabriel Garnica, educator and attorney, submits regular insights and commentaries to remind and help guide readers toward a deeper and more assertive faith. Touching on topics and issues ranging from personal faith, doctrine, education, scripture, the media, family life, morality, and values, Gabriel's notes are music to traditional ears but unpleasant tones to those who have bought into the misguided notions so prevalent and spreading in today's Catholic world.