Politics is downstream from culture. Those who would change culture by changing laws have it exactly backwards. How did we get to the point where nearly 50% of Americans are ambivalent about the issue of abortion? I quoted Bernard Nathanson in my last post. You can read more from his own site here.
I open with that again to make this point. Nathanson and his friends at NARAL told a big lie. It was so big, that almost nobody seriously challenged it until it was too late.
They understood that they couldn’t get laws passed legalizing abortion without changing the prevailing cultural attitudes, so what they did was to create a bogus culture! They convinced Americans in droves that other Americans were already in favor of “permissive abortion”, so like a gigantic herd of lemmings, we – most of us anyway – simply headed over the cliff. And why shouldn’t we? After all, we were no longer following a biblical definition of life and morality. Who was to say that the “new normal” hadn’t been right all along?
We in America in the early part of the 21st century have been victimized by scores of big lies – whoppers on a colossal scale in fact – in not only abortion, but in practically every other social ill we contend with today.
Here’s another observation:
… in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation.
The source? Adolph Hitler in Mein Kampf!
The thing that makes these big lies so insidious is that they become the basis on which we build societal edifices so grand that we cannot even think about tearing them down. We see the pain we would incur in correcting the lie to be greater than the pain we must continue to endure by believing it to be true. It never is.
Here are some candidates for some of the biggest lies being told today.
- The issue of permissive abortion is a liberal, enlightened, sophisticated one – This was one of the deceptive early strategies of Nathanson and his friends at NARAL. They lied to the media and thus to the American people. Click the link above to read more.
- Sexual orientation is not a choice – Sorry. Being born black, white, or otherwise – those are not optional. You have no say in the matter. In sexuality you do. It may be difficult to live with. It may not feel right, but it is something over which we human beings, all of us, can exercise some control.
- The U.S. Constitution calls for separation of church and state – Actually, the first amendment of the Bill of Rights says that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The intent was that government should not run religion any more than religion should run the government. Congress understood well that if absolute power were to rest with either entity, that the corruption would become absolute. It did not say, nor was it intended to say, that religion should not be free to exist, or that it should in any way be repressed.
- Darwinian evolution is established fact, and contradicts the Judeo-Christian account of creation – There are certain aspects of evolution that are beyond dispute, but a few critical aspects of the theory are far from proven: That we all evolved from a single ancestor, or that “natural selection” is the principle mechanism. As a Christian, I and many others still hold that God created all there is, and that He has been and is still involved in the ongoing process.
- Our school systems must be strictly secular – This is usually interpreted to mean that they must assume that nothing taught by religious texts needs to be evaluated in the light of the discoveries of mankind. This means, for example, that though the “big bang” can be taught as the most likely and widely accepted explanation for the origin of the universe, no theory can be offered as to what the cause of the bang was. That would be getting into religion. The truth is that by attempting to stay strictly secular, we are really being atheistic, and teaching kids to be atheistic as well. The tragedy is that in the name of impartiality, we have stifled curiosity and creativity. It’s a wonder we can think at all.
- Our news reporting is balanced and unbiased – This may be the biggest lie of all, because it keeps us blind to the existence of all of the other big lies. The truth is that the existence of unbiased reporting is a Utopian myth. Every human being alive has a worldview. We assume God or no god. We are liberal or conservative. Every reporter, every editor, every news organization has a set of filters through which they see the world. Even if they give you “just the facts” relating to a particular story, they first had to decide which stories to give you facts on. So those sensitive to gay issues may report on the failure of a gay couple to get a mortgage on their home, and consider the story of a married man soliciting a prostitute unworthy of coverage. We must all have our anti-bias radar operating at all times. See it for what it is. Read not just what is being reported, but what is not.
My point here is that we need to wake up. There are Big Lies being told by those in power, and we do nothing about them, because we do not even know we are being lied to! “Besides”, we say, “what can one person do?”
I don’t know about you, but I’m trying to do my part. What do you think? Don’t you want to ask some questions? Post a comment here, and I’ll join with you in trying to make some noise!