The Civilization of the Lie and Its Rejection of Truth

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By James R. Bascom, January 1, 2018

Historical eras, like people, have their own defining traits. There is always a particular virtue or vice, hero or villain, war or revolution that indelibly marks a whole year, decade, or even century, making it easy to summarize these eras with a single phrase.

The Ancien Régime , the period of French history before the French Revolution, was one of them. While not perfect, many historians today admit to its cultural and social refinement and general well-being. If popular opinion is any guide, the three million tourists who flock to the Palace of Versailles every year – not to mention the many books, plays, and films that romanticize the period – reveal a widespread sympathy for a time that had, in the words of Talleyrand, much douceur de vivre or “sweetness of life.”

On the other hand, the name “Roaring Twenties” describes well the degenerate spirit of post-World War I Western society. Les années folles, or “the crazy years” as the French call them, saw unprecedented materialism, cultural change, and sexual immorality. Nineteen-twenty’s philosophy, art, music, literature and the newly invented medium of the motion picture were saturated with an enthusiasm for all things “modern” and a rejection of tradition.

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Every era, of course, is judged by future generations. What name will our great-great-great-grandchildren give to ours? Long after the NFL, Wall Street, Hollywood, and Silicon Valley have disappeared in the sands of time, these characteristics will remain, as it were, like the ruins of Pompeii, without us there to make excuses. What will our bones reveal about us?

What Is “The Civilization of the Lie?”

They won’t have many good things to say. Twenty-first century Western society has mostly apostatized from the Catholic Faith that built it. Pagan religions such as Wicca, Buddhism and even Satanism have become mainstream, filling the void.

Apostasy from the Faith goes hand in hand with rejection of Christian morals. Beginning with divorce and contraception, the sexual revolution steadily advanced until abortion, pornography, homosexuality, and now transgenderism – unthinkable a few decades ago – were imposed on conventional society.

Socialism, once considered beyond the pale in American politics, is making inroads. On the one-hundredth anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution research by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation showed that more millennials would prefer to live in a socialist country (44%) than a capitalist one (42%), and 7% even preferred a communist one.1 If not explicitly socialist, large numbers of millennials favor socialist policies such as gun control, the government takeover of health care, homosexual “marriage,” and confiscatory wealth redistribution.

A sizeable number of Americans support violence to achieve these ends. “Antifa,” the militant wing of the Left, has committed acts of domestic terrorism not seen since the seventies. A Brookings Institute survey reported that 1 in 5 college students support the use of violence to shut down controversial speakers.2 Political violence, an overwhelmingly liberal phenomenon, is now almost an everyday occurrence.

Communism, which could be called the major lie of our era, is finding increasing acceptance among some millennials as seen in this photo from the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., 2017.

Both the Left and the Right are more polarized than ever. This polarization is no longer exclusive to politics or the front-line trenches of the culture war. In our times, it is almost unavoidable for housewives to have political disputes with relatives at family gatherings, or for men to lose their jobs for revealing a conservative position at work. These disputes are so heated, the two sides so irreconcilable, that one often has the impression that socialist-minded liberals deny the very reality in front of them.

And perhaps that is the defining characteristic of our times. The unholy war waged by liberal jihadists against traditional America is not simply based on one or another errors, but the most radical error possible: the denial of self-evident truth. Moreover, liberals wage a relentless war against the institutions, monuments, and traditions of our Western Christian civilization that reflect it. Worst of all, they seek to replace it with a chaotic anti-civilization. They might call it the triumph of political correctness. We can call it the Civilization of the Lie.

Communism was one of the great examples of this false civilization. Anticommunist author Fred Schwarz wrote that “the maturity of a Communist can be judged by the extent to which he can divorce himself from the evidence of his senses and totally identify himself with the verdict of the Communist Party.”3 In the twentieth century, when Communist economic policies caused massive famines in the Soviet Union, China, and other Communist countries, blame was never placed on the bad policies themselves. Bad weather or “saboteurs” were the culprits. Communist revolutionaries preferred to send tens of millions to their deaths rather that recognize the undeniable reality in front of them. The Civilization of the Lie and its partisans not only survived the fall of the Berlin Wall, but live on stronger than ever. It can be seen in every divisive social and economic issue, and its militants and enablers can be heard every night on the evening news, in elected office, and in academia.

Lie Number One

Take abortion. Never before in history have we had so much scientific proof that unborn babies are in fact living, breathing human beings. Unborn babies have their own DNA at conception, have a heartbeat at 3 weeks, produce brainwaves at 6 weeks, and feel pain at 16 weeks.4 At 24 weeks’ gestation babies can hear, feel, taste, dream, react to stimuli, learn and remember, and can even recognize the unique pitch and tone of his or her mother’s voice.5 Thanks to modern technology, babies can survive outside the womb as early as 22 weeks.

Abortion proponents have only hardened their position in the face of such overwhelming evidence. Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards said that the question of when life begins “will be debated through the centuries,” but stated that “for me, life began when I delivered” her three children. In 2002, then-Illinois state senator Barack Obama voted against a law that extended protections for children who survived abortion and were born alive.6 Canadian bioethicist and philosopher Udo Schuklenk advocates “post-birth” abortion for newborns with a “poor quality of life.”7 University of Chicago professor Jerry Coyne stated that “it’s time to add to the discussion the euthanasia of newborns who have no ability or faculties to decide whether to end their lives. Although discussing the topic seems verboten now, I believe someday the practice will be widespread, and it will be for the better.”8

The monstrous sin of abortion is one of the biggest lies of our modern age. Children are human beings before and after they leave the womb.

Most cynical and disturbing of all is the increasing use of religion to deny the humanity of unborn children. U.S. House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, when asked by a reporter about the issue of late-term abortion in the wake of the Kermit Gosnell trial said, “As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this… This shouldn’t have anything to do with politics.”9 Joyce Arthur, Executive Director of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, wrote that “abortion is a blessing and a sacred moral value.”10 Northland, Michigan “Family Planning Centers” are now advertising their services with a video calling abortion “sacred work.”11 Florida abortionist Patricia Baird-Windle called abortion “a major blessing” and “a sacrament in the hands of women” who sometimes “have an abortion out of love for the baby.”12 And Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in her book What Happened, wrote that abortion is “sacrosanct” and non-negotiable for Democrats.

The Satanic Temple, known for its public satanic black masses, sued the state of Missouri for passing laws that restrict abortion. They claimed that abortion (as well as homosexual “marriage”) is a satanic “sacrament” and therefore worthy of religious protections. Zachary King, former satanic high wizard who converted to Catholicism, said that “abortion is a satanic sacrament so to speak. Just as Catholic men will join the priesthood because they are attracted to holiness and to working for God, an abortion facility attracts Satanists for the satanic priesthood.”13

In spite of the overwhelming scientific proof that babies are live human beings before they are born, abortionists prefer to stick to their lie for the sake of personal convenience. Women’s March in Washington, D.C., 2017.

Lie Number Two

Abortion is far from the only example oft he Civilization of the Lie. Blatant denial of truth is just as inherent in the homosexual revolution. In fact, acceptance of homosexual sin and homosexual “marriage” is only possible thanks to the most cynical denials of the reality of human nature itself.

For decades, the LGBT movement has pushed for the acceptance of homosexuality based on three main arguments: that homosexuals are “born that way,” that they have a “right” to practice homosexuality, and that no one can impose his or her morality on another.

Biology is clear that human beings are born with one of only two sexes: male or female. Every cell of the human body contains either male XY or female XX sex chromosomes. The primary purpose of human sexuality, and the primary purpose of human sexual anatomy, are both obvious by the natural results of sexual intercourse: the conception and birth of children. Homosexual acts, which are sterile by their nature, violate this purpose.

Homosexual propaganda has drilled the “gay gene” myth into public opinion, changing homosexuality from a free choice to an innate biological characteristic like hair and eye color. According to 2015 Pew Research Center poll, 41% of Americans believe this theory, up from 20% in 1985.14

Yet there has never been any study to prove the existence of such a gene. On the contrary, a 2016 study by Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer of Johns Hopkins University and Dr. Paul R. McHugh of Arizona State University and published in The New Atlantis concluded: “The idea that people are ‘born that way’ is not supported by scientific evidence.”15 Dr. McHugh said “There is no gay gene. And there are factors more influential than biology…If you are a man and you grow up in a rural environment, you are four times less likely to have homosexual relationships than if you grow up in a metropolitan area. That’s not left-handedness.”16

In spite of the overwhelming scientific proof that babies are live human beings before they are born, abortionists prefer to stick to their lie for the sake of personal convenience. Women’s March in Washington, D.C., 2017.

Lie Number Three

After imposing homosexual “marriage,” transgenderism is the logical next step. As the LGBT acronym affirms, both are part of the same organized movement and based in the same revolutionary ideology: gender theory.

First introduced by sexologist John Money in the 1950s and popularized by the feminist movement in the 1960s and 70s, “gender theory” claims that the traditional, external manifestations of maleness and femaleness, ways of dressing, speaking, acting, and thinking (i.e. one’s “gender”) are imposed social constructs, unconnected to biology (i.e. one’s sex).

Stephanie Brill, author of The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals, explains:

For many people, the terms “gender” and “sex” are interchangeable. This idea has become so common, particularly in western societies, that it is rarely questioned. Yet biological sex and gender are different; gender is not inherently connected to one’s physical anatomy. (emphasis mine)

According to gender theory, a person’s “gender identity” is entirely subjective, determined by his or her own feelings and emotions. If a man feels that he is a woman, that feeling automatically overrides any biological evidence to the contrary. A person can be biologically male, but his “gender identity” can be female, male, a combination of both, or neither one. All that matters is what one’s “internal sense” dictates.

As true children of the Civilization of the Lie, it is not surprising that gender theory shamelessly contradicts itself. Homosexuality, they claimed, was innate and immutable. Homosexuals cannot violate what is naturally pre-programmed into their DNA, even if they want to.

With transgenderism, this novel gene theory conveniently goes out the window. One determines his or her gender not by the very real sex chromosomes found in every cell of the human body, but by the whims and emotions of the individual. “Sexual orientation” is supposedly innate, but a person can “self-identify” as one of more than 70 described “genders” and change it as often as his emotions sway him.

In other words, not only is homosexuality itself a lie, but the very propaganda used to promote it was in contradiction with the underlying gender theory ideology. This propaganda was used only as a tool to deceive public opinion until society arrived at the next stage of the sexual revolution.

Lie Number Four

An even more egregious lie is the call for “tolerance.” Most people have the vague idea that “tolerance” is some kind of secular version of the Golden Rule, updated for the twenty-first century. In reality, it is a valuable psychological weapon in the culture war. “Tolerance” silences opponents of the sexual revolution who fear to be called “intolerant,” clearing the field in order to impose one of the most radical revolutions in history.


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