I wish to comment on the column “When intolerance crosses the line” by Peter Jackson (Feb. 26).
Jackson writes that when he was younger, he grappled mightily with the dichotomy between freedom and democracy, between freedom and tolerance.
Jackson tells us that he was mixed up in the past, but I say he is more mixed up today because he has scuttled the truth. He has divorced freedom from the truth and it is the truth that makes us free.
What is the truth, asked Pope John Paul II in the encyclical, “The Splendour of Truth.” It is the eternal law of God. The eternal law of God is nothing more than God’s plan and purpose for the universe. God is the architect of the universe. His plan is the truth and if we want to be free, we follow that plan. Two men or two women marrying one another is not based on truth and will not lead to freedom, but to enslavement.
The institution of marriage involving a man and a woman for the sake of love and procreation is the action of the creator God. The redefining of marriage by the secular state is an act of man devoid of legitimate authority.
Every human being has the Natural Law given to him or her by God. In other words, the Eternal Law of God — the Ten Commandments — is a list of do’s and don’ts; God alone has the truth. The Catholic Church teaches that the Eternal Law of God is the objective norm for all morality — not mankind, not society, not a court.
Jackson is proposing a new totalitarianism which will force people to be tolerant. In this new age, biblical sins become rights and the secular state lambastes churches prohibiting sodomy and so-called gay marriages. Hate-crime legislation becomes the instrument to force one to accept liberal teachings. We live in an age of totalitarianism where people are forced to be tolerant no matter how serious the evil. Father Thomas Euteneuer says, “Never in all history have we seen evil promoted so effectively.”
In a candid interview, notorious feminist Camille Paglia has the courage to speak honestly about this sick age. She says, “What we are seeing is how a civilization commits suicide.” She speaks out strongly in defence of masculine virtues and says, “Ignoring the biological differences between man and woman risks undermining Western civilization.” She reacts strongly to the notion that gay people are born gay — referring to such thinking as a piece of false information put out as a hoax.
Paglia sees the tacit elevation of “female values” such as sensitivity, socialization and co-operation as the main aim of teachers; rather than fostering creative energy and teaching hard geographical and historical facts. She contends that school systems are creating a toxic environment for boys. Paglia’s friend, Christine Hoff Sommers, has written about the war against boys for more than a decade.
We, in the Western World, no longer use words like good and evil. We have become a law onto ourselves — we have our values, you have yours, end of story. Peter Jackson, being tolerant gives the individual the right to do, to say or think, whatever you please. However, true freedom is the right to do what you ought.