Liberals define so called “hate speech” as “speech that incites violence.” This is the whole centerpiece of their master plan for social engineering and totalitarianism: outlaw free speech by labeling certain speech as unacceptable because it “incites violence.”
Of course, that is part and parcel with their fundamental assumption that people are good and get manipulated into doing bad. Scott Roeder is not responsible for his actions, they say. “The Devil made him do it”: in this case, “The Religious Right” (to Liberals, it’s not Lucifer, Mephistopheles, Beelzebub, Lilith, Moloch, Ba’al and other demons, but Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly and The Religious Right. You can substitute “Bill Donohue”, “Deal Hudson”, “Jerry Falwell” or “James Dobson” for any of the above names).
They tell us not to blame the Qu’ran when Muslim extremists go out and obey the Qu’ran’s command (not to mention the example set by Mohammed himself) to kill infidels. They tell us that “jihad” is only metaphor for the interior struggle.
Ironically, there is no real command in the New Testament to kill infidels, but any Christian understands that “spiritual warfare” means “fight sin”, it means to pursue one’s own virtue, like a soldier pursuing strength and combat skill. It means to pray and fast to fight off the demons that impede those, like George Tiller and Osama bin Ladin, whom we pray will convert to Christianity and repent of their deeds.
In his Pentecost homily, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI took the way the Holy Spirit expresses Himself as wind, and used air pollution as a metaphor for the things that keep us from God.
“And just as there exists atmospheric pollution, which poisons the environment and living beings, so there exists a pollution of the heart and of the spirit, which mortifies and poisons spiritual existence,” he said.
Pope Benedict said it is right that protecting the environment has become a priority today, but it is equally important that people begin combating “the many products polluting the mind and heart” today, including “images that make a spectacle of pleasure, violence and contempt for men and women.”
Does anyone except the loons at The Huffington Post believe that, by this statement, our Holy Father is calling on Catholics to “literally” fight this pollution by bombing “gentleman’s clubs” and assassinating Ron Howard?
Now, the problem with liberals is that they always want to make into a metaphor that which is not.
A “culture war” is not a metaphor. It is a type of war. A “culture war” may be accompanied by a physical war between two groups of people, but a “culture war” does not have to be, and really should not be, a physical fight. It is a battle of ideas. All war is a reflection or type of the greater conflict that rages unseen around us. We use physical war as a metaphor for the war between the angels.
But angels do not have bodies, and they are not mortal. They do not fight with swords or guns or bombs. They fight with ideas.
The war in heaven is a gigantic philosophical debate. It is the mother of all blogs.
In many ways, what we have today with the Internet perhaps brings us closer to realizing what things are like for the angels, communicating at the level of pure thought, not having bodies and body language and such to interfere. Angels even seem to have something like to emotion.
And when we speak of “culture wars,” that’s what we mean: a gigantic exchange of diametrically opposed ideas, ideas that are battling for control of our society. Now, certain government structuers that culture wars have to also be physical wars. But in a society with freedom of speech and honest elections (can we have an honest election now that the Democrats have installed this unaccountable electronic voting?), culture wars can truly be intellectual.
Meanwhile, spiritual warfare means trying to engage, as humans, in the battle of the angels that happens around us.
There comes a time in the most heated combox discussion when one of three things happens: 1) very rarely, one person relents usually going off in a huff like Thrasymachus in The Republic, 2) both people grow weary of the debate, or 3) a moderator terminates the discussion.
But at some point there reaches a point where dialogue is impossible. This is what the term “irreconcilable differences” means. It’s why pro-lifers see an inherent self-contradiction in Barack Obama’s Notre Dame speech, when he acknowledged irreconcilable differences yet called for dialogue. And that point, the debate can only be continued at the level of rage.
That is where the Demons are at. They are filled with absolute rage and contempt for God and us. They may seem charming when they seduce us to sin, but it doesn’t take long for that true fury to come out (C. S. Lewis is excellent at illustrating this in characters like Jadis the White Witch, or Dr. Westin/The Un-Man in Perelandra). Spiritual Warfare means battling the demons at the level of their rage.
Again, it means praying and doing spiritual works intensely for the conversion of another person, particularly for the removal of obstacles that those enraged demons are putting in the other perosn’s way. Of course, it is going to elicit great anger from the demons, and it elicits anger from the persons who are totally under demonic control (as many of the posters at DailyKos and Huffington Post surely are).
But true spiritual warfare, and true cultural warfare *must* be spiritual and intellectual, first and foremost. If the goal is to defeat the devil, then the last thing to do is to adopt his tactics.
Because that’s what he wants. He wants us to take ourselves down to his level. Again, it’s like Batman confronting Darkseid with a gun: it doesn’t work. When you meet the Devil at his level, all you’ve done is given him the victory, since his goal is to bring down your soul.
That “once in a lifetime exception” when you think it might be justified to do evil that good may come of it, or even compromise your higher personal standards by opting for a justifiable act when you would have always chosen heroic virtue, could very well be “once in a lifetime” if that moment of compromise also happens to be your moment of death.
So “spiritual warfare” and “cultural warfare” are not metaphors, but they do not mean warfare with guns: they mean warfare with prayers and ideas. To bring guns into such a conflict is only to defeat the efficacy of the prayers and ideology.
And this is precisely shown in how Scott Roeder’s act has provided the abortion lobby with a prime example of their claim that we are not “pro-life” but merely “anti-abortion.” It has provided them with an excuse to challenge our ideas at the core.
They’re criticizing Bill O’Reilly for calling George Tiller “Tiller the Killer,” for saying that Tiller had blood on his hands . Tiller was a killer. Tiller did have blood on his hands.
They’re saying that we’re wrong to say abortion is murder, or that it’s slaughter, or that it’s “baby killing.” But that’s what abortion is. Those are not just metaphors. Those are not just emotive statements designed to rally a crowd. It’s not just rhetoric. It’s our fundamental position.
Were abolitionists engaging in “hate speech” and volatile rhetoric when they decried slavery as involving the subjugation of human beings?