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Monday, December 12, 2016

As the Modern Left Demonstrates, Evil Craves the Darkness

One of my favorite scenes in Tolkien’s The Hobbit is the riddle-battle between Bilbo and the creature Gollum that took place in the dark, deep caverns beneath the Misty Mountains. (I can remember when I first read Tolkien’s classic and came upon the riddles. I tried not to read ahead to see if I could solve them myself.) Bilbo, having accidentally fallen into the mysterious place, wanted the way out (which Gollum knew), and Gollum wanted to make a meal of the plump Hobbit. Thus a riddle challenge was issued and accepted.

Toward the end, a frustrated Gollum presented Bilbo with,

It cannot be seen, cannot be felt,
Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt.
It lies behind stars and under hills,
And empty holes it fills.
It comes first and follows after,
Ends life, kills laughter.

Carrying on the theme of the last sentence, from a more spiritual perspective, an additional clue might read:

It keeps secrets, and hides sin,
Guarding the evil that lurks within.

The answer: darkness.

The Gospel of John informs us that, “The Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness more than light, because their deeds were evil.” In other words, we’ve all done shameful (sinful) things we want to hide from others—maybe everyone, and maybe for all time—and we seek comfort in the darkness. And as Scripture implies, mankind’s desire for darkness is as old as sin itself. The modern political and moral climate in the U.S. provides a great lesson here.

As the left seeks to stifle debate (“the debate is over!”), distort facts and information, suppress facts and information that contradict liberal dogma, seek “safe spaces” from events or speech with which they disagree, and so on, America is seemingly headed for a new “Dark Age.” Whether colleges and universities, the media, the Democrat Party, the homosexual agenda, the abortion industry, the global warming industry—virtually every bastion of liberal thought is steeped in darkness. A couple of recent events shed some light into the dark efforts of the left.

As I alluded to a couple of weeks ago, Elton John and his homosexual partner—what some now refer to as John’s “husband”—David Furnish have gone to great lengths to guard the image of their perverse relationship—what some call a “marriage.” As was noted in my previous piece (and by many others over the last several months), in an effort to hide their non-monogamous sexual activity, John and Furnish have made extensive use of the British legal system. In a sad attempt to keep as many in the dark as possible concerning their stereotypical homosexual lifestyle, Sir Elton and Furnish have also resorted to using Web Sheriff ® to threaten individuals worldwide (and of course, not subject to the British courts) who have shed light on their sham of a “marriage.”

About a week after my November 27 piece that made mention of John and Furnish’s “open marriage,” yours truly received such a threat via an email from Web Sheriff. Web Sheriff is an anti-piracy company that is most noted for its monitoring of websites that allow for the illegal download of copyrighted material (especially music and film). However, for the right amount of money, it seems one can hire Web Sheriff to try to intimidate online sources from presenting (truthful) information that Web Sheriff clients might find uncomfortable.

The email I received is exactly like the one mentioned here from May of this year. Other websites and news organizations have received similar (empty) legal threats from Web Sheriff. As one of the other websites here artfully put it, Web Sheriff is “full of sh*t.” There is nothing here for me to be concerned with legally because no copyright has been infringed upon (as the email threat implies), and most importantly: I do not live in England, nor do I operate anywhere that is subject to British law. Again, this is nothing more than an attempt to keep in the dark the truth about marriage and homosexuality.

As eager as many are to hide the truth on homosexuality, there is an equal effort to obscure and distort the facts when it comes to life in the womb. The French provide the latest sensational example here. George Will recently gave the sad account of the widespread efforts in France to suppress the facts when it comes to human beings born with Down syndrome. (There were other earlier reports on this as well.) .

In early November France’s Conseil d’√Čtat (State Council—France’s Supreme Court) upheld the ban on an award-winning video entitled “Dear Future Mom” that features happy children and young adults with Down syndrome. The French Broadcasting Council first banned the video when it was offered as a commercial. As Will notes, the French court called the video “inappropriate” for French television, and said that the video’s depiction of happy Down syndrome children is “likely to disturb the conscience of women who had lawfully made different personal life choices.” In other words, the French courts think it best that the conscience of French women who’ve killed their unborn Down syndrome children (which, according to some reports, happens in about 96% of cases)—not to mention those whose minds might be changed on the matter—remain in the dark.

Even the Huffington Post ran a piece that was critical of the French ban. Curious about the response to a pro-life piece on the Huffington Post, I scanned the comments at the end. One in particular is revealing of the liberal mindset when it comes to abortion. A female pro-abortionist declared,
This article isn't balanced…Articles written this way can be dangerous as they trigger strong negative emotions and hate for people with differing views…From what I can see, reading french articles, the Counsel has said that in terms of public interest it’s more important to “protect the right to have an abortion” over “knowing children with Down's can be happy.”
This attitude and the behavior of the French are very typical when it comes to killing children in the womb, because, of course, for the mind corrupted by liberalism, the “right” to kill children in the womb must be protected at almost any cost (because of the “right” to have sex without any consequences). Abortion apologists generally despise any effort to shine light on life in the womb, and they will go to great lengths to allow the grisly practice of abortion to continue. However, as I noted last year, as science and technology advance, the deception about this “choice” is getting much more difficult for liberals. Isn’t it interesting how real science always tends to verify what sound morality always revealed?

As Catholic scholar George Weigel implies, what we are dealing with here is a godless philosophy, devoted to a coercive state (which is why we see liberals go berserk when they lose elections), that ignores the very fabric of reality. And when you are trying to ignore or distort reality, darkness is a comfortable place.

Copyright 2016, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor is the author of the brand new book The Miracle and Magnificence of America

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