THE SERVANT GENERAL
ASSAULTS ON FAITH, FAMILY AND LIFE
ASSAULT ON TRUTH
March 28, 2017
The assaults on faith, family and life are an assault on truth.
Truth for liberals today is how you see it or how you want
it. You define your own truth. What it turns out to be, as
in the case of genders, is of course not truth but absurdity,
stupidity, insanity, and just plain ridiculous. We need to
call it out for what it is. Reject these stupid cultural elites.
Reject political correctness. Let us get back to authentic
truth, especially that of Judeo-Christian faith and morality.
How TIME murdered truth, and framed Trump
March 27, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - Much of the mainstream media
and progressive blogosphere is now past the point of recognizing
irony. This week, for example, commentators are crowing with
glee at TIME Magazine’s upcoming cover, an all-black
background with three words in bold red: “Is Truth Dead?”
They are referring, everyone presumes, to Donald Trump’s
tendency to play fast and loose with the facts, and then simply
ignore follow-up questions that happen to prove he was mistaken.
But the question is a good one, and deserves a less obvious
What many people have already noticed is that this cover is
based on the infamoussome say iconicTIME cover from
April 8, 1966. That issue of TIME also featured a black background
with three bold red letters: “Is God Dead?”
Of course, once you have declared that God is dead, you have
already declared that truth is dead, as well. That obituary
just takes a bit longer to write as a prodigal society sputters
along on the very last fumes of its Judeo-Christian heritage.
Go onto any university campus
and debate an issue like abortion, and you will meet hundreds
of studentsmany of them in departments like philosophywho
say there is no such thing as truth. The vast majority of
millennials now believe that each person can define reality
for his or herself.
I had to chuckle painfully when I saw TIME’s dramatic
“truth” cover for this week, because the lack
of awareness was so overt it was almost appalling. Just the
previous week, TIME’s cover announced something
much different: “Beyond He or She: How a new generation
is redefining the meaning of gender.” In describing
her cover story, Katy Steinmetz noted that American culture
is currently undergoing a “sea change:”
a new survey from LGBTQ advocacy organization GLAAD, conducted
by Harris Poll, those open minds are reflected in the numbers:
20% of millennials say they are something other that strictly
straight and cisgender, compared to 7% of boomers. The people
in that group may be a little sexually curious about people
of their own gender or may reject the notion that they have
a gender in the first place.
"There have been the generations that have lived by
the rules and those generations that break the rules,"
says GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. Young people
today, she says, are "redefining everything."
TIME interviewed dozens of people around the U.S. about
their attitudes toward sexuality and gender, from San Francisco
to small-town Missouri. Many said they believe that both
sexuality and gender are less like a toggle between this-or-that
and more like a spectrum that allows for many even
endless permutations of identity. Some of those young
people identified as straight, others as gay, still others
as genderqueer, gender fluid, asexual, gender nonconforming
and queer. Several said they use the pronoun they rather
than he or she to refer to themselves.
This variety of identities
is something that people are seeing reflected in the culture
at large. Facebook, with its 1 billion users, has about
60 options for users' gender. Dating app Tinder has about
40. Influential celebrities, such as Miley
Cyrus (who spoke to TIME for this article), have come out
as everything from flexible in their gender to sexually
fluid to "mostly straight."
course truth is dead. Our culture killed it,
long before Donald Trump showed up. He is the symptom,
not the problem. TIME Magazine had quite a hand in this, as
their 2014 cover story “The Transgender Tipping Point”
was itself considered to be the tipping point by many trans
activiststhey had won the cover of TIME, after all. They
had broken into the mainstream. The media, in this case TIME
Magazine, is doing what it always does: It champions some
new and often bizarre progressive cause, and then reports
on that cause as it gains ground as a result of the attention
it received from the media.
We now reject every constraint
on our own so-called right to radical self-determination,
even if those constraints are biology and reality. That is
why a full-grown man can decide to leave his family and live
as a six-year-old girl, and the media coverage of this is
largely subdued and respectful. That is why there is a new
group of human beings who identify as non-human beingsrather,
they are “ Otherkin,” people who identify as certain
animals. This is treated with long-faced solemnity
by our cultural elites, because truth is dead and people can
be whatever they want, even if they are obviously not what
or who they say they are.
those who are baffled by each new absurdity, there is an extensive
arsenal of labels awaiting them. Homophobe. Transphobe…Otherkinphobe?
And so it goes.
As far as our culture is concerned, God is dead, and so is
truth. An institution no less respected than TIME Magazine
announced their respective departures from the culture. But
I can’t help but think of the origin of the phrase “God
is dead.” It came from the nihilist philosopher Friedrich
Nietszche, in his parable “The Madman,” where
he wondered with appropriate panic, where morality would come
from once God left.
“Have you not heard of that madman who lit a lantern
in the bright morning hours, ran to the market place,”
he asked plaintively, “and cried incessantly: ‘I
seek God! I seek God!’ As many of those who did
not believe in God were standing around just then, he provoked
much laughter. Has he got lost? asked one. Did he lose his
way like a child? asked another. Or is he hiding? Is he afraid
of us? Has he gone on a voyage? emigrated? Thus they
yelled and laughed.”
madman jumped into their midst and pierced them with his
eyes. “Whither is God?” he cried; “I will
tell you. We have killed him you and I. All of us
are his murderers. But how did we do this? How could we
drink up the sea? Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the
entire horizon? What were we doing when we unchained this
earth from its sun? Whither is it moving now? Whither are
we moving? Away from all suns? Are we not plunging continually?
Backward, sideward, forward, in all directions? Is there
still any up or down? Are we not straying, as through an
infinite nothing? Do we not feel the breath of empty space?
Has it not become colder? Is not night continually closing
in on us? Do we not need to light lanterns in the morning?
Do we hear nothing as yet of the noise of the gravediggers
who are burying God? Do we smell nothing as yet of the divine
decomposition? Gods, too, decompose. God is dead. God remains
dead. And we have killed him.
“How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of
all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that
the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives:
who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for
us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what
sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness
of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become
gods simply to appear worthy of it? There has never been
a greater deed; and whoever is born after us for the
sake of this deed he will belong to a higher history than
all history hitherto.”
Here the madman fell silent and looked again at his listeners;
and they, too, were silent and stared at him in astonishment.
At last he threw his lantern on the ground, and it broke
into pieces and went out. “I have come too early,”
he said then; “my time is not yet. This tremendous
event is still on its way, still wandering; it has not yet
reached the ears of men. Lightning and thunder require time;
the light of the stars requires time; deeds, though done,
still require time to be seen and heard. This deed is still
more distant from them than most distant stars and
yet they have done it themselves.”
Our culture is no longer self-aware
enough to recognize humans who claim they are not human as
fundamentally disturbed, and men who claim to be women and
women who claim to be men as suffering from some delusion
deserving of treatment rather than celebratory front page
stories in iconic news magazines. TIME Magazine
can mourn the loss of truth merely a week after they have
championed its departure, and almost nobody will notice.
This insanity will not end well. It is worth mentioning that
Nietzsche himself, one of the key philosophers who laid the
intellectual groundwork for Christianity’s ejection
for the public square, eventually went insane himself. Which,
when you think about it, is the most logical result of the
philosophy he put forward.