January 24, 2000
volume 11, no. 16

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    Pat Ludwa, a committed lay Catholic from Cleveland, has been asked to contribute, on a regular basis, a lay person's point of view on the Church today. We have been impressed with his insight and the clear logic he brings to the table from his "view from the pew." In all humility, by his own admission, he feels he has very little to offer, but we're sure you'll agree with us that his viewpoint is exactly what millions of the silent majority of Catholics believe and have been trying to say as well. Pat puts it in words that help all of us better understand and convey to others what the Church teaches and we must believe.

    Today Pat, in commiserating the 27th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade during Respect Life Week acknowledges the growing presence of the culture of death which is being foisted on us from all angles from abortion, to contraception to a brainwashing of ideas that make homosexuality normal and acceptable. The Holy Father calls it "the corruption of ideas" and that is what is happening today as Pat documents. How many realized the fate of the Jews back in 1932? How many realized the millions of lives that would be slaughtered in the worst holocaust in history that began in 1973? Pat reexamines history and warns us it is happening all over again and that both the government and liberal factions, such as the gay rights movement and others, are trying mind control in their effort to corrupt ideas and turn black into white. Gay rights has nothing to do with race or religion, but a way of life that is unnatural and against God's laws. To overlook that and accept such a lifestyle as legitimate is mocking God. Our country has mocked God long enough through abortion and other means of preventing life. Enough is enough! That is the gist of Pat's column today as he takes off the gloves in a hard-hitting commentary, "The culture of death comes in many shades, sizes and disguises."

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The culture of death comes in many shades, sizes and disguises

        In television ads in various parts of America we see this ad made and paid for by the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL). It opens with tranquil scenes of Americana, various women at various ages smiling. They say that they have to fight for freedom, their freedom to choose. That's what America is all about. Implication? Those who oppose abortion are un-American, and despotic. They, the NARAL, is working to preserve your rights. But are they?

        In 1932, the German people thought they were regaining their self esteem, their rightful place on the world stage. No one thought that the rise of Adolf Hitler would result in the systematic elimination of Jews, Catholics, Gypsies, and anyone else he deemed unworthy. They were a democracy with a leader concerned for Germany. Even the movement of Jews to camps was seen as a way to rehabilitate them back to society. The sign over Auswitz read, "Albiet Macht Frei" (Work makes you free). Work and show yourself a productive citizen and you'll be freed was the presumption made. Little did they know that their only freedom would come only from death, or liberation some 15 years later. And with it the total destruction of Germany and it's eastern part living under Communist oppression for nearly 50 more years.

        With the advent of the pill we heard that it would eliminate abortions, that couples would then be able to determine the best time to conceive. Nothing was said about the pill being given to teens to prevent pregnancy. Nothing was said about abortion clinics having to be created to take care of the failed artificial birth control measures. But instead of getting what we were promised, we got abortion elevated to a civil right, and on demand. (Notice that nothing is said about the right of the child?) That choice without responsibility was as American as apple pie.

        We were told that no fault divorces would be better for the children. That it was abusive for men to 'claim' a woman in marriage, and that self empowerment, self-affirmation, was of greater value. So why are we surprised that marriages fail?

      "At the root of these negative phenomena there frequently lies a corruption of the idea and the experience of freedom, conceived not as a capacity for realizing the truth of God's plan for marriage and the family, but as an autonomous power of self-affirmation, often against others, for one's own selfish well-being." (The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World; Pope John Paul II; FAMILIARIS CONSORTIO; The Situation of the Family in the World Today)

        Consider the schemers who forge the pro-abortion campaigns: "This is why evil must be attractively packaged for general public consumption. If the bare truth behind abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, and pornography were common knowledge, nobody in their right mind would accept them as societal goods. However, people accept these evils if they are 'dressed up' in the pretty and colorful clothes of "tolerance," "nonjudgmentalism," "freedom," and "diversity" (PRO-ABORTION SLOGANS AND HOW TO HANDLE THEM; American Life League, Chap 16).

        Each of these examples are given to show how we, and others, have been fed a bill of goods. That what sounded good on the surface, was in reality the beginning of destruction. In fact, in many ways, what passes for liberalism today, in fact has more in common with fascism.

        A lot has been read about hate crimes. No one denies that acts of violence against anyone simply because they're different is wrong. We have laws against murder, rape, assault, battery, libel, slander, etc. Burning a swastika on a Jew's front lawn, or a cross on a black's is not just a hate crime, it's vandalism. That it threatens them with harm shows intent.

        That Matthew Shepperd (the gay youth killed in Wyoming) was murdered is against the law. His orientation may have been the motive, but the crime was murder. Just as murder was the crime in the death of the soldier at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky.

        But many seem inclined to first try these cases as hate crimes instead of the crimes that actually occurred. If a person is threatened with a knife, whether they're gay or not, the crime is assault. If a black child is murdered for crossing a white neighborhood in Chicago, the crime is murder, not hate.

        Hate is sin in God's eyes, but not a civil crime...yet!


      "Now the works of the flesh are plain: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God" (Galatians 5: 19-21).

        To create hate crime legislation is to legislate ideas. Odd isn't it? We hear that we can't legislate morality, but we can legislate ideas, feelings, and beliefs. John Rocker made an idiot of himself with comments that were taken as hatred toward gays, blacks, and foreigners. Worse than his comments was the insistence on his getting 'psychological' counseling to begin 'thinking correctly'. As I recall, that was the excuse given by the KGB (Soviet Internal Security and Intelligence) for sending Soviet dissidents to KGB psychiatric hospitals. They needed help to begin 'thinking correctly'.

        Such things happened before. Adolf Hitler made sure even Christians in Germany were 'right thinking' Christians. "The state ought to cultivate strong bodies and emotional attitudes, not logic, for "feeling decides more accurately than reason." This theory Hitler used to justify his 'leader-principle,' a rationalization of his own brilliant, but eventually tragically fallible, intuition. For the Nordic, morals differ: what advances the group is moral; what profits the Nazis must be right. Physics, science, religion, even mathematics, must be tinged with Nazi views,... The religious counterpart of Nazism, the 'German Christians,' with varying degrees of enthusiasm called for a 'positive, virile, Aryan Christianity.' Their candidate for Reichs-bischof, Chaplain Ludwig Mueller, received Hitler's endorsement as against the German Evangelical Federation. In July, 1933, this Federation was legally replaced by a 'German Evangelical Church,' a centralized body to be 'coordinated' by Mueller. But a 'New Reformation movement' of twenty-five hundred Lutheran ministers objected to the anti-Semitism of the new church, and were upheld in their stand by Protestant ecumenical groups. Later 'German Christian' demands for rewriting the Bible and removal of the cross provoked a 'Pastors' Evangelical League' led by Martin Niemoller. Its leaders were arrested or exiled and all Protestant opposition forced underground by 1938. Finally the Reichsbischof was supplanted by a lay minister of religion, Hans Kerrl, who demanded a 'Nordic Christianity' while Rosenberg campaigned for a 'National Reich Church' with a thirty-point program involving pure paganism or pantheism." (Catholic Church History by Msgr. Eberhardt, Materialist Agnosticism (1870- ); XII Totalitarian Shadow (1917- ); 106. German Nazism)

        Or as Hitler said, "Religions are all alike, no matter what they call themselves. They have no future-certainly none for the Germans. Fascism, if it likes, may come to terms with the Church. So shall I, why not? That will not prevent me from tearing up Christianity root and branch and annihilating it in Germany" (Ibid). That which Hitler could not overcome, he destroyed, all in the name of saving Germany and making right thinking citizens.

        Does this sound vaguely familiar? "At first every effort was made to discredit the clergy by cartoons, loud-speaking trucks, "exposes," and trials of clerics for alleged moral lapses... propaganda represented the Church as unpatriotic, hoarding wealth; its clerics as idle and avaricious... ...Religious instruction by the clergy was confined to the church premises or the home, while anti-Christian teaching was imparted in the public schools." This was Germany in 1935.

        It's happening today in Red China with the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Church which is not in union with Rome. And it's happening here in America with another venue - one that's just as alarming. Consider this: A militant homosexual describes in detail the actual stated objectives of the homosexual movement. Believe it or not, these are some of the objectives;

    • the closing of all churches that oppose them;
    • the total destruction of the family;
    • exile and actual murder of those who oppose them in any way;
    • the official condemnation of normal love between men and women, and
    • the raising of private armies of thugs to enforce their agenda.
    If anyone opposes this hateful agenda, the homosexuals just snivel that their civil rights are being violated, and demand that the "homophobic bigots" responsible for their "oppression" be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and forcibly indoctrinated in "sensitivity sessions"( Essay by Michael Swift in the . Reprinted in the February 15-21, 1987 ).

        I doubt all of these 'objectives' are shared by all homosexuals, but neither was anti-Semitism shared by all Germans. In fact, most homosexuals probably aren't even aware of them. But by supporting gay organizations like Act Up and Queer Nation (who 'outed' various people as homosexuals [whether they actually were or not]) or even remaining silent, they inadvertently promote it.

        Persecution of the Jews in Germany began when a Jew committed a 'hate crime' by killing a minor German official in Paris. What followed was the "Night of Broken Glass" when party thugs broke Jewish store fronts and arrested Jews for the 'safety of the German people'. Germans were told that the Jews hated them, and worked to undermine their freedoms and way of life. Any German who expressed a view to the contrary was arrested and helped to 'think correctly.'

        After Matthew Shepperd was killed the nation seemed to go into a frenzy about 'hate crimes' against gays. But no one heard of two gay men in Arkansas who murdered a heterosexual in retribution. Wasn't that also a hate crime?

        The new watchword for this new indoctrination is 'sensitivity'. "Above all else, we recommend study of the Massachusetts model. Massachusetts is the most advanced state when it comes to educational equity for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered) people, and that despite its being largely Catholic and having a Republican governor!" (Public Education Regarding Sexual Orientation Nationally-PERSON Project-Organizing Manual, p. 13). "...the Massachusetts State Board of Education has required that 36 institutions accredited to certify teachers 'demonstrate to the State Department of Education that their graduates are sensitive to sexual orientation issues.' "What this means," according to the PERSON Manual, "is that, as of October 1, 1994, each of the 36 higher education institutions in Massachusetts that train individuals for certification as teachers, administrators, school guidance counselors, and/or school psychologists must demonstrate to the State Department of Education that its graduates are sensitive to sexual orientation issues for students or face the loss of its certification process. Thus, Massachusetts has become the first state to institutionalize sexual orientation sensitivity training into school personnel educational programs."

        And "sensitivity" does not include any belief that homosexual activity is morally wrong, or for that matter even physically dangerous, although the majority of Americans believe the former and many scientific studies indicate the latter. "Sensitivity means that sexual orientation is a minority status like race and gender and that schools which train teachers must demonstrate their sensitivity to it in regard to things like suicide prevention, namecalling and so on," said Karen Harbeck, of the National Institute for Lesbian, Gay and Transgender Concerns in Education, Incorporated. "Sensitivity means schools have to offer programs in being sensitive to gay and lesbian concerns." (THE GAY AGENDA IN SCHOOLS, PART II: REDEFINING 'SENSITIVITY' AND TOLERANCE' by David Morrison; from the December 1995 issue of "HLI Reports)

        It isn't enough that the Church and Catholic organizations don't think they are evil or wish them ill, to even say that their lifestyle is wrong is a hate crime, not 'correct thinking'. To demonstrate and work against abortion is no longer a right (it seems) but a threat against America and our civil rights. And speaking of civil rights, when Vermont and other cities and/or states gives homosexuals the right to marry (which is essentially what they'll have to do if they want to give them the same 'benefits' that a married couple receives), then the next step is to charge the Church with a hate crime for denying their 'civil rights' to marry in the Church.

        When Act Up and Queer Nation thugs desecrated Catholic cemeteries in Colorado, no one called it a hate crime. When Act Up desecrated consecrated hosts in St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, no one called it a hate crime. Nothing was said about being 'sensitive' to the feelings of Catholics or Christians. And if they did, they were labeled homophobic and questioning their own sexual orientation.

        When doctors and nurses were forced out of their positions in hospitals because they refused to take part in abortions, no one spoke up to defend their civil rights. "Catholic Action in all its forms was curtailed by threats, decrees, or violence administered by party thugs. Catholic workers were forced into state unions; Catholic youths into the Hitler-Jugend; Catholic welfare organizations restricted or abolished. Catholic schools were at first annoyed, and then, by April 1, 1940, wholly converted to state or party uses...Catholic libraries were gradually 'expurgated,' and the Catholic press, especially after its bold publication of Mit Brennender Sorge in 1937, confiscated or muzzled.." (Catholic Church History by Msgr. Eberhardt, Materialist Agnosticism (1870- ); XII Totalitarian Shadow (1917- ); 106. German Nazism)

        How long before Americans see these, all in the name of 'sensitivity' and 'correct thinking'? How long before the Church is charged with a hate crime for teaching what the Catechism of the Catholic Church proclaims:

      "They (homosexual acts) close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine and affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved" (CCC # 2357).
    ..even though the Catechism also teaches:
      "They (homosexuals themselves) must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided" (CCC # 2358).

        How long before Americans see Catholics and others being forced to undergo 'psychiatric therapy' and 'sensitivity training' because they hold to the teachings of the Church? "Albiet Macht Frei."

        Over fifty years ago, under the guise of an enlightened, democratic state, safeguarding their ideals, "the Cross of Christ was faced with the horrible caricature: the "twisted cross" of the Nazi Swastika" in Germany. Today, we appear to be heading down the same America.

        We're told we can't legislate morals, but now we can legislate ideas? Beliefs? Am I to be told to attend sensitivity training because I noted a scary reoccurrence of history? We have to be sensitive to the wants, desires and feelings of minorities (which I agree with to a point), but doesn't the same sensitivity need to be reciprocal?

        One can portray Christians as rats (as Hitler did the Jews and was seen in a political cartoon not long ago), they can mock Christian beliefs (Christ in a bottle of urine or dung thrown on Mary), but this isn't intolerance?

        There may be some out there who might accuse me of stirring up the caldron for addressing this issue, or for supposedly being insensitive to gays, abortionists and their rights, for calling someone on the carpet because of my own Catholic beliefs. If so, I am guilty. But think about it. If someone gauges it by those standards, then was Christ Himself guilty for a so-called hate crime for calling the Pharisees "whited sepulchres" or "brood of vipers"? Of course not! Therefore, I rest my case. Sometimes the truth hurts when it hits home. Remember Jesus also said,

      "...and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8: 32).

        I want to point out that many follow these not because they've really thought of it, but because their slogans sound good. Who wants to be seen as un-American for opposing choice? Who wants to be thought of as intolerant for not agreeing with special rights for homosexuals? But have they really thought about who is really intolerant, really un-American? Have they really thought about what the outcome of these agenda's are?

        The early Christians were persecuted in pagan Rome because they refused to sacrifice to the Roman gods. This, the Romans felt, was intolerance and insensitivity. Now it seems we too are to be sacrificed on today's altar's for the sake of tolerance and sensitivity.

        Because of our Catholic beliefs will we be forced to wear some patch so we can be identified as someone who doesn't 'think correctly?' Welcome to "1984" and "A Brave New World" all rolled into one." It's all being done so subliminally and insidiously right before our eyes. Can't we see it? Are we that blind to the erosion?

        The Nazi's never openly declared what they intended to do to the Jews, or those who opposed them. That came later, when the climate was right. Does the climate seem to be changing today with these so-called hate crime laws? I'm reminded what Dr. Rice of Notre Dame's Law Dept said, "Laws today are being enacted which don't protect, but empower."

        That the liberals might accuse me of a hate crime merely for stating a thought is an indication of where we could be heading. But the reality is that it isn't we who are advocating hate. Those who do not agree that an unborn child is not human have been labeled, derided, slandered, etc. We've been called anti-woman even though there is no evidence that we are. Those who disagree that homosexuality is a viable and acceptable lifestyle are labeled as homophobic, latent homosexuals hiding their orientation, etc. In short, it is we who have been painted in the colors of hate by those who supposedly advocate tolerance, understanding, and sensitivity. If they truly followed what they said they do, they'd say that what we believed was fine for us. Instead, they are working hard to make sure that you will lose the right to disagree with them.

        The culture of death comes in many shades, sizes and disguises. And I for one don't like to see history repeat itself in that manner. There is an answer to all of this, however, and the sooner we start, the better:

      Pray! Pray the rosary! Pray for them and us!

    Pax Christi, Pat


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