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By: Paul Murano – September, 2012

Once again America has been subject to the game of psychological and emotional manipulation called politics. It is offensive to anyone devoted to the truth. In the two national conventions this past month we’ve learned that Mitt Romney and Barack Obama help their wives with the dishes, love their children, and can cry at puppies being exploited – all in an attempt to get the woman’s vote. We heard a number of speakers rip off a line or two in Spanish – for the Hispanic vote, the cameras continuously pan to black and Asian faces to prove the candidates care about minorities, and the constant claim of having trust in “the American people” – a senseless platitude to everyone adding insult to our intelligence.

There is one word, however, that the Democrats chose as their slogan this election season to replace Change, which needs to be challenged: “Forward”. Just like we were never told what change would bring us, the new one-word slogan demands an answer to: Forward to where? In what direction? I propose the cultural left is indeed moving forward, but straightforward into the woods of Genesis 3:8, where they “hid from God among the trees of the garden”– deeper into the darkness that is inevitable for those who believe progress means being liberated from God. This is man’s attempt at freedom de-linked from truth, a false liberty resulting always resulting in death. Our culture of death was upheld and promoted at the 2012 Democratic convention with the typical euphemisms. Let’s look through the rhetoric of six points and translate the substance of what was really being communicated:

  1. After chipping away in the past few election cycles at ant references to God in their platform, Democrats left out all references this time. Political pressure forced an awkward floor vote that sounded like a rejection of the motion to insert God and Israel into the platform, but was forced, prompting a loud chorus of boos from the delegates.Translation: God gets in the way of our “progress”, but for political purposes we progressives will bow to the pressure…for now.
  2. The Democrats say they trust women to make their own healthcare decisions.Translation: Women have the right to kill their children from conception to birth, and even after birth if the child survives abortion, as has occurred with Gianna Jessen, Sarah Smith, and many other abortion survivors who grew up to tell about it. Obama not only supports legalized prenatal homicide but voted against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act.
  3. No one should be discriminated against based on “who they love”.Translation: The disordered attraction and desire for sexual acts with persons of the same sex should not only be encouraged by referring to homosexual behavior as an alternative lifestyle, but this crime against nature should also be publicly and legally honored with the term “marriage”.
  4. Sandra Fluke, given the honor of speaking in prime time at the Democratic National Convention, is a heroine, becoming the symbol of a strong woman who chooses to be sexually active outside of marriage and then demands taxpayers pay for her birth control.Translation: Religious institutions must be forced by government to uphold their employees’ chosen lifestyle of fornication and promiscuity by paying for birth control to impede pregnancy – clearly a violation of conscience for Catholics, an attack on the dignity of women, and an erosion of the sacredness of marriage and family. To top it off a popular radio talk host is demonized for describing this lifestyle common today in similar terms as it has been recognized throughout most of history, as playing the harlot.
  5. For his comments about rape and pregnancy, Senate candidate Todd Akin is called a fool and a dangerous white man symbolizing the war on women.Translation: The cultural left with its partners in the media drummed up a scandal out of a clumsy sentence. The stress of rape does not make the “female body..shut that whole thing down”. However such stress can inhibit ovulation lessening the possibility of pregnancy.The truth is that although abortion from rape accounts for less than 1% of the 1.2 million abortions per year, an innocent child should not have his or her arms and legs ripped off before being sucked into the abortion suction machine at the beginning of their lives – whether they or not they have been conceived in rape. Abortion for the woman is like being raped twice, a false fix, gravely harming her and diverting the penalty from the criminal father to the innocent child. Promoting this second rape is a common but inexcusable instance of misguided compassion. Google the name Rebecca Kiessling to hear another very important perspective on this.
  6. Ironically, Cardinal Dolan was allowed to give the closing prayer at the Democratic convention, reciting a number of petitions that included indirect condemnations of what the Democrats just spent three days promoting. As the delegates stood uncomfortably silent the Cardinal prayed for respect for children not yet born in the womb, respect for religious liberty and conscience, and respect for traditional marriage and the family.Translation: The Democratic party needs Dolan to appear as if they respect Catholics while trampling on their religious liberty, and to appear to be spiritual while rejecting the basic tenets of decency shared by all religions on human life and the family.

All of this is not an endorsement of Republicans. It’s only an honest look at the partially hidden agenda of the cultural left displayed proudly at the Democratic National Convention, which sees truth as hate, regress as progress, and backward into the shadow of death by hiding from God as “Forward”. Take courage and begin to disallow the euphemisms of the cultural left that have dominated society for the past four decades from keeping you from the light of life.

 

Paul Murano

Paul Murano

Paul Murano teaches philosophy at North Shore Community College and theology at the College of Saint Mary Magdalen. He is host of Beneath the Surface television show at Burlington Cable Access TV and is co-host of the Paying Attention! radio program. Paul is also chairman of Heartbeat Pregnancy Help center in Burlington and is a singer/songwriter/musician.

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44 Responses to Forward?

  1. Ian Reply

    September 12, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    I am a little puzzled that someone with such an obviously closed mind can even attempt to teach philosophy. What kind of brain gymnastics do you have to do to accomplish this feat? One thing I will compliment you on is that you go all out. No pussyfooting to be seen here, and damn the eggshells, the sound of you slamming your foot down on them must be cathartic. Abortion suction machine indeed. You mentioned Catholics as well, but I would just like to point out that by the numbers, Catholics get abortions at very close to the same rate as Protestants. 22 out of 1000 catholic pregnancies ends in abortion. I will concede that overall they have less abortions simply because their overall numbers are fewer, it still stands. And fr fun, I will cite my source, something you failed to do in any of the things you have written here.

    http://www.factcheck.org/2007/12/abortions-comparing-catholic-and-protestant-women/

  2. Erin Reply

    September 12, 2012 at 5:31 AM

    Ew to this entire woman and LGBTQ hating column and especially ew to your bizarre eighties soft-focus lens picture. You look really pensive and intelligent, you gross little moron.

  3. J. Lhie Reply

    September 12, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    The hell’s wrong with you?

  4. rizzo Reply

    September 12, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Are you sure you’re not a Fundamentalist Religious Studies teacher? Because that’s what your article makes me think.

  5. Paul Murano

    Paul Reply

    September 13, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    Has anyone noticed that no one here has made any argument refuting any points I wrote? Have you also noticed that when there is no argument to be made about the message the emotionally immature attempt to attack the messenger?

    More specifically:
    - Erin that silly pic was chosen by Tom, the VP editor. I cringe too looking at it.
    - Ian, whoever said Catholics don’t get abortions? They lie, cheat, swear, and gossip too. That doesn’t make them right. Also, it would be irresponsible for anyone to “pussyfoot” around with rhetoric (as my column suggests) when there is an ongoing crisis that culminates in 4200 innocent human beings being killed and incinerated at the beginning of their lives each and every day in this country. Fluffy indirect language is partially to blame for the widespread ignorance and apathy that has led to this.
    - No, Rizzo, in fact it is my life’s aim to refute fundamentalism, like the kind shown on this blog. Religious fundamentalism isn’t the only kind that is common. Secular fundamentalism is just as bad. Just look at the knee-jerk irrational responses and immature name-calling here.
    -

  6. Erin Reply

    September 13, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    There is literally nothing constructive to say to you, though? You stand for everything I find distressing and horrific in this world and you’re proud of it, what is there to say? You’re wrong, and cruel, and subhuman and I can’t wait until you and people who also hold you terrible opinions no longer hold sway in politics.

    • Truthseeker 2013 Reply

      July 13, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      Erin- Do you even notice how poorly educated you sound! By the way anyone who even thinks to bash Paul Murano or any one with sound reason deserves to be called immature. Why don’t you try washing the wax out of your ears and pealing the scales from your eyes and wake up!!!

      • Tom Duggan

        Tom Reply

        July 13, 2013 at 6:50 PM

        Poor erin, a hater, closed minded left wing fascist whoo attacks and hates those who disagree…

  7. Paul Murano

    Paul Reply

    September 13, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Erin, I say this with all sincerity: Since it appears you are unable to explain how your emotional reactions correspond to the truth, let me help you out. Since biological science clearly indicates human beings begin at conception, explain why it is sometimes morally okay to kill them. Or perhaps you would rather defend how homosexual acts do not violate natural law, or how it is right that the government force the Church to provide contraception, which is something it finds gravely immoral and could never condone. Let’s be devoted to nothing but truth, and allow reason to lead us there.

    • Ben Reply

      September 14, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      Paul,

      Homosexuality is very common among other species.

      On what do you base this idea of ‘natural law’?

      Also, how is a blastocyst equivalent to a human life? Are 32 cells the same as a fully grown fetus? If so, why isn’t masturbation considered murder?

      Thanks,
      Ben

    • Truthseeker 2013 Reply

      July 13, 2013 at 8:02 PM

      Paul,

      In the light of truth-seeking, I wish to ask why do you think there is much disagreement concerning when conception begins amongst individuals when biological science has proven that life begins at conception? Could it be that some people are aware of this but just will not admit due to a wish to remain “stuck in their ways”? They wish not to conform to sound reason.

      Truthseeker 2013

      • Paul Murano

        Paul Murano Reply

        July 13, 2013 at 11:38 PM

        Dear Truthseeker 2013,

        Good question. There are probably several answers. Some that quickly come to mind are these:

        a) We live in a time that suffers from a crisis in thought. Busy with technology and other matters, people no longer think. They instead rely on the “conventional wisdom” that conditions them through the agenda-driven media.

        b) People choose to ignore biological science because the facts gets in the way of of their self-centered (rather than God-centered) ideology.

        c) There is a fear of the truth because it would hit women very hard who have had their pre-born children killed, many of whom may have been sincerely ignorant of what they did when they did it..

        d) There is a fear of the truth because humanizing preborn children could slowly put a damper of the availability of women for fornication. Abortion is the perfect back-up excuse for women to be used by men and for the immoral fornication age of the past 40 years to continue.

        I’m sure there are many more….

        Peace.

        (PS — Do I happen to know you, TS 2013?)

        • Truthseeker 2013 Reply

          July 14, 2013 at 7:46 AM

          Paul- Thanks for your answer.

          Truthseeker 2013

          P.S.: Yes, you do know me! I am going into my sophomore year at The College of Saint Mary Magdalen. (That is all I will say, for I wish for my name to remain unrevealed.)

          • Paul Murano

            Paul Murano

            July 14, 2013 at 2:41 PM

            I’ve got you narrowed down to two.

          • Truthseeker 2013

            July 15, 2013 at 4:07 PM

            Alright, I will tell you! Its me, Ashley!!!

            God Bless

  8. Tom Duggan

    Tom Duggan Reply

    September 14, 2012 at 6:07 AM

    haters and those who are ignorant will always attack those who try to speak truth.

  9. Paul Murano

    Paul Reply

    September 14, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Ben, thank you for your honest questions and desire to seek the truth together. You make four points; I’ll respond one at a time:

    1) I don’t believe homosexual acts are common in the animal world. When observing other species’ we need to drop our own biases. For example, it is like a hypothetical Martian couple hovering above the earth, seeing two 10 year old boys play-wrestling in their front yard and proclaiming, “Look, homosexual behavior.” It is difficult to judge other species this way. There have been no studies, that I know of, that have observed actual homosexual acts, such as penetration and ejaculation in places other than the female reproductive tract. If that is in fact documented then the argument must take another turn, as in asking whether animal behavior is necessarily a good measurement for how humans ought to act.

    2) Natural law is based on goods that correspond to human nature as being that which fulfills it natural inclinations to its proper end. Doing so leads to fulfillment (or happiness). Behaviors that coincide with human nature are called natural and good, and those that don’t are unnatural and degrading. Modern man tends to think his own emotions and desires are real indicators of what is right and good, not considering that feelings and desires can easily be disordered, leading to behaviors that stagnate and frustrate the human spirit.

    3) A blastocyst is not equivelant to a human life, it IS a human life. It is a human life at the beginning of his or her lifecycle. We were all blastocysts just as we will all be senior citizens, God willing. There is no arbitrary point that one could reasonably point to that would indicate: “At point A this living growing human being is not a human being but at point B it is.” It comes into existence and begins that life and growth at conception. To say otherwise would be a faith claim that would contradict biological science.

    4) Masturbation is not murder because a sperm cell (or an egg cell) is not a new, unique human organism with its own human DNA and genetic makeup, which would grow into an adult (just like a child and an adolescent would) if they are not killed beforehand. A human embryo, or a human being in their embryonic stage of growth, is all of that – an individual human being with its own DNA and genetic makeup different than his or her mother and father. To degrade a human being based on size, age, maturity, appearance, functionality — all are grave forms of discrimination.

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  11. Tom Duggan

    Tom Duggan Reply

    October 25, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    homosexual behavior may be common among other species but homosexual culture is not. You don’t see many bands of roaming hippos wearing pink tu tus and decorating their dens with posters of Harvy Firestein

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