Critical Thinking: Moral Relativism, Censorship in America, and What To Do About It

Critical Thinking:

Moral Relativism, Censorship in America, and What To Do About It

Confused? We don’t understand each other anymore. Here’s Why.

C.A. Davidson

We can see that the trouble started when people abandoned God and the moral code based on His absolute truths. Our children, robbed of the solid values rooted in the biblical worldview, are left to sift through the murky swamp of moral relativism. Time for some major course corrections. The good news is that you can start now to find peace for your family in this challenging world. It’s easier than it sounds. Here’s How.

CENSORSHIP IN AMERICA, THE LAND OF FREEDOM? Now you can be censored by political correctness, even thrown in jail in some cases, for a mere word, fact, or for writing a book or making a documentary with absolute truths. Especially if you have the politically incorrect biblical worldview. Hard to believe, but that’s reality. Moral relativism has caused the corruption of our language.

Why is this? How did we reach this point? Those of us who have seen history for ourselves or were taught the truth, know that whole nations can be deceived by a ruling power.

How did this corruption of our language start?

“Native American histories have shown that when a people forgets their Creator, their language becomes corrupted and cannot be understood.” ~C.A. Davidson, Escape to Faith and Freedom, 38

The good news is that the solution is found in the very history we are repeating. Take a look.

History Timeline: Rise of Censorship in America

 

Isaiah warned of our day

700 BC

  • Political Correctness. The prophet Isaiah warned there would be people who would make a man an offender for a word, and they would lay traps for those who testify against evil.[1]
  • Corruption of the language. People would call evil good, and good evil. [2]
  • Indoctrination in Schools. Therefore my people are gone into captivity because they have no knowledge.[3]

History Patterns

600 BC

  • A people rejects God. At the time of the Babylonian captivity, one son of king Zedekiah, named Mulek, escaped assassination and took a group of people to the Western Hemisphere. They took no record or history with them. The people forgot God and rejected Him.

Between 279 and 130 BC

  • Corruption of Language. A tribe of Native American Christians found the people of Mulek. Because the “Mulekites” had brought no records with them, they denied the being of their Creator, and the Christians could not understand their language.

Choices

1963 AD

  • America rejects God. US Supreme Court made a life-changing decision that led to the banning of the Bible and prayer from public schools.
  • Cultural Marxism invades schools, science, government, and media.

 

Consequences

Today

  • Absolute truths that stem from the biblical worldview are no longer accepted.
  • Moral absolutes are removed and banned, causing destruction of the nuclear family and of innocent lives.
  • Scientific Method is replaced by consensus opinion, resulting in a global climate hoax and justification for eugenics, infanticide, and euthanasia.
  • Laws based on the Ten Commandments are ignored, especially number 9, about bearing false witness, resulting in widespread character assassination and ruining of innocent people’s lives.
  • Constitutional laws, based on moral absolutes, are overturned by activist judges, resulting in the destruction of constitutional liberties.
  • True history, once taught in schools, is replaced by Progressive opinion, resulting in the majority of students preferring tyranny of socialistic government over the God-given rights and liberties guaranteed by the US Constitution.
  • Grammar and punctuation structure and rules are smeared beyond recognition, corrupting our language and rendering generations of students who can no longer write or speak intelligibly or understand quality literature.
  • Moral relativism has replaced moral absolutes in the schools, resulting in the teaching of actual falsehoods, such as 2 + 2 = 5. Meanings of words are totally skewed, rendering meaningless such words as integrity, honesty, good, evil, and a host of other words associated with the moral compass.

Absolute Truth vs. Moral Relativism

Absolute Truth. The truth in the Word of God is absolute. Right and wrong are absolute, eternal.

When some of us were growing up, if we asked our parents what a word meant, we had to “look it up” in a big, unabridged dictionary. Then, definitions were absolute, not fluid. The definitions of right and wrong remain unchanged yesterday, today, and forever.[4]

What Can We Do?

We can see that the trouble started when people abandoned God and the moral code based on His absolute truths. Our children, robbed of the solid values rooted in the biblical worldview, are left to sift through the murky swamp of moral relativism. Time for some major course corrections. The good news is that you can start now to find peace for your family in this challenging world. It’s easier than it sounds. Here are some simple steps to start.

 

Action Plan—START HERE

 

Additional Resources

 

About the Author

C.A. Davidson has seen the assault on Judeo-Christian culture during the Cold War. The Birthright Covenant trilogy was inspired by Davidson’s love of family, faith, and freedom. She wants to help parents restore the biblical values of Western Civilization.

Book 1: Escape to Faith and Freedom

More information about the author and her work is available at www.birthrightcovenantjourney.com.

[1] Isaiah 29:20-21

[2] Isaiah 5:20

[3] Isaiah 5:13

 

[4] Word definitions most compatible with the biblical worldview are found in Webster’s 1828  American Dictionary. This has been a reliable source for three decades and counting. When that’s not possible, a late 20th or early 21st century Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate printed dictionary is the next best thing. Online dictionaries are not reliable because they are radically fluid, being so heavily influenced by political correctness and today’s trends in moral relativism.

 

Political Cartoon: California Fires, Forest Management Choices and Consequences

Political Cartoon:

California Fires, Forest Management Choices and Consequences

Fuel for Thought

Governor Jerry Brown would like to shift blame from faulty looney left-wing forest management policies to blaming global warming. Political cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2018.

More A.F. Branco cartoons at Constitution.com here.

Freedom of Speech Facts: Even in National Anthem Protest in Football Game, First Amendment Rights have Choices and Consequences

For Constitution Day, Freedom of Speech Facts:

Even in a National Anthem Protest in a Football Game. . .

First Amendment Rights have Choices and Consequences

In a free and open society with the First Amendment guaranteeing political speech, there are consequences. ~Rush Limbaugh

 

Rush Limbaugh

What do you think the First Amendment’s free speech clause grants you? The right to say what you want politically? You’re right. It does. Now, the First Amendment says that government cannot stop you from saying what you want. It doesn’t say the San Francisco 49ers can’t. If you work someplace, your First Amendment rights do fall under the policies of your owner or of your boss or of your workplace.

This is not a fine point. But larger point is this: The media is trying to portray Kaepernick as a hero for courageously and with great guts criticizing his own country and criticizing the bias and the prejudice and the murderous police. It takes guts and courage.

1) You Have the Right To Say What You Want, But You Don’t Have The Right To Be Heard

Now, there’s every entitlement to do it. Kaepernick, anybody else has every right to say what they want to say about that. But, two things are incumbent here. No one has the right to be heard — and this I find… When I say this to people who think they understand the First Amendment, that shocks them.

‘Cause they’ve never thought of it that way. Yeah, you can say what you want, but nobody has to listen to you.

2) You Don’t Have the Right To Be Immune from the Consequences

The second thing is you have the right to say what you want, you have the right to believe what you want, but you do not have the right to not suffer any consequences from it. So if you are going to make a case as a player in the NFL that your country is rotten, that your country mistreats people of color — if you’re gonna say what Kaepernick said — then you’ve got to be willing to accept the consequences of what you said!

How many people do you think believe that Kaepernick should be applauded for courage and not have to suffer consequences for what he said? How does that work? Everybody… You know, there’s a price.

There are consequences.

There’s gonna a reaction. Not everybody’s gonna agree with everything that anybody else says. Kaepernick is not a victim. But they’re trying to portray him as a victim. “He went out and he said courageous things; he had the courage to criticize his own country,” and for that he should be made a hero? That’s not how it works.

You don’t get to go out and say provocative things and then be immune from criticism or consequences.

And so that factors into what you’re gonna do. If you’re gonna go out and you’re gonna say things that are gonna make it harder for the people who might hire you to do business, it makes perfect sense they wouldn’t hire you. Now you add to that that these people may believe you’re not any good anymore. But if Kaepernick isn’t being hired because of what he said, that’s perfectly normal.

Anybody who’s been in the free speech business understands this the first time they ever say something controversial. Why do you think most people shut up? Why do you think most people “don’t want to go there”? They don’t want the reaction. They don’t want the controversy. They don’t want the criticism. So they don’t say anything. They whimper around. They may react when somebody else does, but most people will stand or sit mute — and the reason is because they see what happens.

In a free and open society with the First Amendment guaranteeing political speech, there are consequences, and there are ramifications.

Now, some of the responses, some of the circumstances are not fair, admittedly. But in a free and open society with the First Amendment guaranteeing political speech, there are consequences, and there are ramifications. The point is, the First Amendment does not grant anybody immunity from the consequences of what they say or from the reactions from people to what they say — and Kaepernick is being held up as somebody who should be immune. “He should not be held accountable for what he said because we happen to agree with what he said,” the media says. That’s not how it works.

If you’re a football coach and you believe your team needs discipline and focus if they’re to have a chance, the last thing you want is a circus, for whatever reason. Talk to Tim Tebow! Tim is the exact opposite of Kaepernick. He loves America, is a born-again proselytizing Christian. Why do you think he’s not in the league? A lot of people think, “Because there’s anti-Christian bias, Mr. Limbaugh!” There may be, but there are also people that don’t want to deal with the circus — and, if they don’t, that’s a consequence. You know, it may seem unfair, because you make value judgments on what someone says.

For Both Tebow and Kaepernick there are Reactions, Consequences

Like you may value what Tebow is and what he says, and you might not think so much of Kaepernick and what he says or does. But in both instances, there are consequences for behavior and for reactions. You know, if you want to be on radio or TV? That’s what Kaepernick ought to do. I think what he ought to do, Kaepernick ought to get a show on YouTube and go to town. He can say anything he wants; Google would celebrate it. (Google owns YouTube.) But Jim Brown said it. Jim Brown said (summarized), “Make up your mind what you want to do: You want to play football or you want to be an activist?”

It’s that simple.

When you pick up a stick, you pick up the  other end. Choices have consequences. It’s as simple as that. ~C.D.

Teaching Children: Character, Decision and Results

Everyday Dinner Topics

Teaching Choices and Consequences, Decision and Results

keyoldAnd thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them [the words of God] when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. ~Deuteronomy 6:7

stickShow the children a stick that has the word choice written on one end and the word consequences written on the other end. Explain that a consequence is what naturally happens because of a choice we make; for example, if we choose to practice playing a musical instrument, we will get better at it, and if we choose to touch fire, we will be burned. Pick up the stick and show the children that every time you pick up the stick, you get both the choice and the consequence of that choice. Ask an older child to read 2 Nephi 2:27. Invite the other children to listen for what the consequences are for making the right choice (liberty and eternal life) and what the consequences are for making the wrong choice (captivity and misery). Draw a simple diagram on the board like the one shown here.

agency-diagram

Help the children understand that when we make good choices, it leads to freedom and happiness, and when we make wrong choices, it leads to captivity and unhappiness.

consequencesInvite two children to come to the front of the room, and let each child hold one end of the stick. Ask the child holding the “choice” end to give an example of a good choice (for example, speaking kindly to others). Ask the other child to share possible consequences of that choice (for example, making lasting friendships).

Gospel Teachings: Choices and Consequences

Gospel Teachings:

picture-quote-decisions-destinyChoices and Consequences

 Thomas S. Monson

keyMay we maintain the courage to defy the consensus. May we ever choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong.

 

I have been thinking recently about choices. It has been said that the door of history turns on small hinges, and so do people’s lives. The choices we make determine our destiny.

 

alice-wonderland

When we left our premortal existence and entered mortality, we brought with us the gift of agency. Our goal is to obtain celestial glory, and the choices we make will, in large part, determine whether or not we reach our goal.

Most of you are familiar with Alice in Lewis Carroll’s classic novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. You will remember that she comes to a crossroads with two paths before her, each stretching onward but in opposite directions. As she contemplates which way to turn, she is confronted by the Cheshire Cat, of whom Alice asks, “Which path shall I follow?”

 

alice-wonderland-cheshire-catThe cat answers, “That depends where you want to go. If you do not know where you want to go, it doesn’t matter which path you take.”1

Unlike Alice, we know where we want to go, and it does matter which way we go, for the path we follow in this life leads to our destination in the next life.

May we choose to build up within ourselves a great and powerful faith which will be our most effective defense against the designs of the adversary—a real faith, the kind of faith which will sustain us and will bolster our desire to choose the right. Without such faith, we go nowhere. With it, we can accomplish our goals.

fish-diamond_courage_inlAlthough it is imperative that we choose wisely, there are times when we will make foolish choices. The gift of repentance, provided by our Savior, enables us to correct our course settings, that we might return to the path which will lead us to that celestial glory we seek.

May we maintain the courage to defy the consensus. May we ever choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong.

CTRAs we contemplate the decisions we make in our lives each day—whether to make this choice or that choice—if we choose Christ, we will have made the correct choice.

That this may ever be so is my heartfelt and humble prayer in the name of Jesus Christ.