It is in the interest of tyrants to reduce the people to ignorance and vice. For they cannot live in any country where virtue and knowledge prevail. The religion and public liberty of a people are intimately connected; their interests are interwoven, they cannot subsist separately; and therefore they rise and fall together. For this reason, it is always observable, that those who are combin’d to destroy the people’s liberties, practice every art to poison their morals.
Sad, but true:
Canada: Yazidi refugee sees her ISIS slave master on Ontario bus, is told “Don’t tell anyone”
Doctrine and Covenants, Book of Abraham 1:23, states:
The land of Egypt being first discovered by a woman, who was the daughter of Ham, and the daughter of Egyptus, which in the Chaldean signifies Egypt, which signifies that which is forbidden;
There are a number of issues here…
In light of the recent calls for knives to be filed down to eliminate their sharpness and reduce crime, one person speaking of guns gets what the real problem is, and it is not knives (or guns or anything else):
This tells me that it isn’t really a problem with guns. It’s a problem with people.
I have posted this quote before:
“In any society, only two forces hold the sinful nature in check: the restraint of conscience or the restraint of the sword. The less that citizens have of the former, the more the state must employ the latter.”
~ Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey, How Now Shall We Live? (Tyndale, 1999), p. 191
We live in a world where people are losing moral restraint because they have been taught that there are no objective morals and that everyone should do what is right in his own eyes (Yes, I’m using “his” in the 1980’s and before sense of including all humans. Gasp!). What else can that philosophy lead to but an increase in crime?
This is consistent with firsthand accounts from the 1800s which I have read:
Human nature being what it is, there were clearly some cruel abuses in Canada’s residential schools over the period of more than one hundred years. They were not run by angels. But there were just as obviously many wonderful stories of otherwise neglected children who thrived at these schools. At any rate, I have long been suspicious of much of the public account.
This began when my friend Rod Clifton, who taught for a year at a residential school in the far north of Canada, reported personally to me: “The children were often brought to our school straight out of the forest, dirty and hungry, their parents begging us to take them in. Sometimes they wandered in from the forest by themselves.”
Vox Day makes an astute point on the definition of morality as “fundamental principles of conduct” not founded on “legalities, enactment, or custom:”
Now, if [they] are not mere legalities, enactment, or custom, then they must be objective, for the obvious reason that if the standard for right conduct is subjective, then no such standard exists, not being a fundamental principle.
Source and read more: http://voxday.blogspot.ca/2017/11/morality-is-objective.html
Note: I am well aware that this author is alt-right and that many people have issues with his politics. Whatever ones views on politics are, though, the point about morality still stands.
“Europe has not yet learned how to be multicultural. And I think we are going to be part of the throes of that transformation, which must take place. Europe is not going to be the monolithic societies [sic] that they once were in the last century. Jews are going to be at the center of that. It’s a huge transformation for Europe to make. They are now going into a multicultural mode, and Jews will be resented because of our leading role. But without that leading role, and without that transformation, Europe will not survive.”
~Barbara Lerner Spectre, IBA-News, 2010, EU Times (23 December 2010). “Swedish organization: Europe should become Multicultural if it wants to survive