Friday, June 27, 2003

SCOTUS Continues Murderous Assault on the Culture of Life.

Without regard to their precious doctrine of stare decisis, the Supreme Court continued this nation's slow descent to zero population growth and our civilisation's eventual extinction. By making no reference to their doctrine of stare decisis, the Supreme Court majority has confirmed the intellectual incoherence and moral bankruptcy of the doctrine that has kept Roe v. Wade on life support for 30 years. The Supreme Court declared that the state has no compelling interest in maintaining and preserving the procreation of our society's civilisation. SCOTUS has perverted the ordering of our inalienable rights. We are now told that Our Creator has endowed us with the Rights to the Pursuit of Happiness and Liberty. The Right to Life is applicable insofar as it is convenient and doesn't interfere with having a good time.

Thirty and a half years ago this week, the Court declared that a woman has the fundamental right to murder her own child in her womb. Now, the Court declares that it is a fundamental right of our society to divorce the sex instinct from the natural and right-ordered instinct to procreate.

By upholding our society's single-minded pursuit of pleasure, the Court has illustrated that the depth of the abyss that is the culture of death ends in the very bowels of Hell.

The cruelty of this judicial edict is realised when we reflect on the heroic sacrifice our citizens exhibited in confronting the genocidal whims of mass-murdering despots. By embracing our own impulses to self-destruction a century earlier, we could have avoided the tremendous economic and social costs of war and conflict.

This is indeed a very dark day for American jurisprudence.

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

AT&T Comcast's Anti-Catholic Business Model Refuses Recognition of 'Cable TV Pioneer' in Utah!

Comcast Corporation has an incredible opportunity to rectify a great injustice perpetrated against the vocational achievements of this nation's foremost Cable Television Pioneer. By ensuring a place in their nationwide channel lineup for her network, Comcast's recognition of Mother Angelica would do much to disprove the allegations that their pursuit of amassing enormous profits derived from immoral investments is the only concern for this so-called responsible corporate citizen of America. If this giant telecommunications provider of entertainment programming cares nothing for the deleterious effect their product has on an increasingly degenerate and decadent society, then the genocidal rage of the 20th century will find its ignominious conclusion in the 21st century's cultural suicide. The short-term gain of profits for entertainment and media conglomerates will be mitigated by the return to barbarism dictated by our precipitously declining civilisation.

Indeed, AT&T Comcast's hostility to religious values is further proof that they are a fervent advocate of this stifling culture of death and materialism that afflicts the very soul of our national being. With more than a dozen home shopping networks and a half dozen degenerate music video channels, these networks have contributed more to perpetuate the forces of perversion unleashed on our great culture than any other idea or artifact. But that's not all, Dear Reader. We also have the witness of the Oxygen Network with the demoniac Canadian who hosts The Joy of Celebrating Your Inner Deviancy, MTV's The Osbournes, E's The Anna Nicole Show and The Howard Stern Show, and the soft core porn on the premium movie channels that once were vehicles for the home viewing of recent Hollywood theatrical releases -- instead, they have become a showcase for a society that embraces sexual liberation and cultural genocide.

Here in Utah, many people want EWTN back in the Salt Lake Valley. There are two LDS stations, dozens of home shopping networks, two forums for liberal women, and a dozen programming options for evangelical Protestants. There are no longer any Catholic channels in the state where Catholics are the second largest denomination. Fair is fair! INSP and all of the religious channels switch to home shopping during some part of the day. EWTN has programming 24/7 and there is NO charge to the cable provider for this programming!

Is there NO limit to the banality, coarseness, and vulgarity of the endless barrage of music videos, materialism, and unbridled sensuality that your company inflicts on society?

The very rural community of St. George, Utah with Charter Communications has a far more cosmopolitan and varied cable lineup than the urban capital city, but St. George also has more competition in the cable market.

Maybe, Salt Lake City government's Cable TV Administrator needs to investigate the franchise for the monopolistic practises of AT&T/Comcast.

Recently, the AT&T chairman admitted that he wanted a friendlier political climate in Utah for his company. He concluded that currying the favour of the LDS Church was the quickest way to achieve this goal. These documents were released during the trial over the disputed ownership of The Salt Lake Tribune. AT&T's decision to remove EWTN from its Utah lineup came one year after it announced the sale of the Tribune to the MediaNews Group -- when the scrutiny over their controversial sale was reaching its peak. Viewed from this perspective, neutering the Salt Lake Tribune by selling it to an LDS-approved buyer and preventing the preeminent Catholic network of evangelism from having an audience via the cable giant's infrastructure are ideal ways to curry the favour of Utah's largest power broker.

One positive effect of the free market is that the anti-Catholic business model of AT&T Comcast has resulted in many of the 200,000 Catholics in Utah to subscribe to Dish Network to receive the Global Catholic Network. Even if cable television is so much more convenient than satellite television (as Comcast advertising alleges), Utah Catholics will not go back to it after the decision that replaced EWTN with INSP -- unless that December 2001 decision is immediately reversed. Nationwide, I understand that the 63 million Catholics who can't get EWTN on cable are turning to DISH Network where it is available. However, the Dish is not available for distribution everywhere because some apartment complexes have built-in monopolies for the cable company. Many consumers also balk at the up-front investment in equipment that satellite television often requires for service. (Though this is less of a concern with satellite companies that mirror the rental equipment option made popular with cable television.)

For Comcast to continue to deny programming access to its many victims of restraint-of-trade practises, the clear message is that this immensely arrogant corporation has an insatiable lust for power that blinds them to all issues antithetical to self-interest -- issues of fairness, decency, and morality.

Saturday, June 14, 2003

Bias in the Deseret News Newsroom

The past month has given us a fascinating lesson in journalistic ethics and a newspaper's editorial policies and guidelines. The two most notable examples are: Sandy man charged with child sex abuse and Priest charged with enticing minor. The policies with regard to a suspect's identity and vocational information are inconsistent, incoherent, and discernibly nonexistent.

At the outset, I want to make it abundantly clear that the purpose of this letter is not to condone, rationalise, or justify what is scandalous behaviour and, if true, may prove to be illegal. The faithful of the Church have a right to expect that their priests will evangelise, catechise, and exemplify the established norm of the Church's moral teaching especially regarding sexual ethics. At the same time, it must be noted that men ordained to priestly ministry are not granted magical or super powers to withstand the effects of our disordered human nature. (The office and function of the priest is mystical and supernatural in character -- not magical.) Priests, like any other penitent, receive through the sacraments the graces needed to avoid the occasion or near occasion of sin -- whatever the sin. Of course, those graces are predicated upon the penitent availing themselves of the celebration of those sacraments.

However, what does reporting of this variety offer the reader except to fuel the exaggerated, salacious, irresponsible, reckless, inaccurate, and wholly inappropriate view that has characterised the "mainstream" media's coverage of the sexuality abuse scandal in the Catholic Church during the last 18 months? Contrary to conventional wisdom, the laity and those who nurture an increasing disobedience to the Church's teaching are as much to blame as the Church's hierarchy for the sexuality abuse scandal that now wounds the Body of Christ and his bride. Interestingly enough, the many hours of media coverage have very "conveniently" failed to inform their audience of certain facts: That faithful and holy priests are nurtured at the well of faithful and holy homes; and that the abuse crisis is very much attributable to the injection of secular values into the Church along with the general loosening of society's sexual mores during the last century.
Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire sets stage for Minnesota GC 2003

It looks like the issue of authorising a rite of blessing for same-sex unions might be decided in a bigger way than could ever have been imagined this summer at the site of the convention that approved women's ordination.

Here is the appropriate section that all elected Bishop's must declare their support for:

Constitution, Article VIII Declaration:
No person shall be ordained and consecrated Bishop, or ordered Priest or Deacon to minister in this Church, unless at the time, in the presence of the ordaining Bishop or Bishops, the person shall subscribe and make the following declaration:
I do believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, and to contain all things necessary to salvation; and I do solemnly engage to conform to the Doctrine, Discipline, and Worship of the Episcopal Church.

The questions facing the Minnesota General Convention are: What do the Holy Scriptures mean for the Episcopal Church? What is the Doctrine, Discipline, and Worship of the Episcopal Church (and Anglican Communion) that one needs to be in conformity with to be in communion with their wider church?

Since "Bishop" John Spong and "Fr." Matthew Fox have resolved the questions for many theological doctrines (Original Sin, the Virgin Birth, the Resurrection, and the Trinity), it's not hard to imagine that this election was engineered as a Machiavellian plot by the "CTB" crowd to declare definitively the ECUSA's collective thought on Scripture, doctrine, discipline, and lifestyles that are morally compatible with Scripture.

Imagine the scenario: After what promises to be a heated debate, the Bishop's election is ratified at convention with the main argument (at this exercise of democratic church governance) appealing to the ideals of squalid democracy.

Liberté, fraternité, et égalité! VIVE LA FRANCE!
(As if we didn't have enough reasons to hate the French.)

What could possibly restrain an overwhelmingly affirmative vote on the rite of blessing if the election of an open and non-celibate homosexual bishop is upheld as valid?

My response to all the seismic events now taking place within the Anglican Communion: God Bless The Magisterium!