The Lawless One: Psychopath Par Excellence

Roy Hazelwood was one of the original profilers when the Behavioral Science Unit was first developed at Quantico. He served with the FBI for twenty-two years, taught courses at the Academy, the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, the U. S. Military Police CID, the Southern Police Institute and is also a board certified forensic examiner and a commentator for The Forensic Echo.  Hazelwood is now Affiliate Professor of Administrative Justice at George Mason University and has appeared as an expert on criminal investigations on numerous radio and television shows.

In his book, "Dark Dreams" Hazelwood discusses an infinite number of deviant sexual behaviors, different combinations of sexual behaviors and dark fantasies that can be merged into a single crime. In the chapter titled, "The Infinity of Darkness" he examines the role that fantasy plays in sexual crimes and how offenders act out those fantasies using wives, girlfriends, and other human prey as well as inanimate objects. Other chapters deal with bringing the fantasy to reality in various criminal activities such as sexual sadism, serial murder, serial rape and, of course, profiling of possible prey.

One of his favorite chapters is titled "Am I God?"  It deals with the role of narcissism in sexual crimes and with one particular criminal who wrote a lengthy manuscript in which he described four murders in detail, and because of his power over life and death, questioned whether or not he was God. (Roy Hazelwood: Profiler of Sexual Crimes trutv.com)

Hazelwood observes that most successful sexual sadists are narcissists who believe they are superior to society in general and law enforcement in particular. They come to believe they can't get caught, so they engage in greater and greater risk taking. This serves two purposes: to prove they are superior and to maintain the "high" they get from committing crimes.

As a Christian, Hazelwoods' profound insight into the mind of sexual sadists is grounded in St. Augustine's view of man as the three-part spiritual image-bearer of the Holy Triune God as well as his teaching on sin, which Augustine says is not caused by the flesh (bodily/soulish senses) but by the spirit (intellect, will). Thus all sin is of a spiritual nature said Augustine.

Hazelwood studied St. Augustine's writings where he spoke of the five steps that men and women take to act in a sinful way. Sin originates in the intellect (spirit), and then moves to the senses for approval. The consequences are considered, the will makes a decision to act, and the mind rationalizes the behavior. Hazelwood realized that if he replaced the word 'sin' with the word 'crime' he could apply it to his work and lectures:

"The sexual criminal fantasizes about a criminal act, and if the idea is pleasing to his senses, touch, sight, etc. he considers the consequences of what might happen and then decides to act. Finally, he rationalizes his behavior for having committed the crime...I wouldn't have done it if..."

Hazelwood adds that:

"....sexual fantasy is nothing more than the mental imagery of a desired event. You conjure up in your mind something you want to do. Fortunately for society, most of us do not act on those fantasies. Yet some do, with horrendous results."

Sexual sadism is a spiritual problem, therefore Hazelwood discounts current criminal reform treatment programs.  These programs are grounded in the erroneous Darwinian idea that man is an evolved ape together with Freuds' fatalistic explanation that anger, perversion, rage, jealousy, hatred, envy, and other destructive impulses are caused by chemical changes in the brain, genetic neurological predispositions and social factors in upbringing.    

The truth about sexual sadism is that it is freely chosen "immediate gratification" said Hazelwood, adding that he once asked a serial rapist,

"If the death penalty was the punishment for your crime, would you still have committed the offense?' He told me that he would have."

Sexual sadism, said Hazelwood, is a rationalized willful choice that,

 "...goes back to the idea that there are no absolutes, the infinity of darkness." 

Sexual sadism belongs to the category known today as psychopathy. Psychopaths are sometimes described as conscienceless, meaning their conscience is so filthy and polluted it is in effect dead. As conscience is a component of spirit,  talk-therapy, medications and other reform methods are unable to cleanse and reawaken conscience.

Psychopaths are manipulative, meaning that because they hold other people in contempt, they freely use them for purposes of self-gratification. Other common characteristics include: narcissism, moral relativism (no absolutes), sense of entitlement, parasitism, bullying, casual cruelty, pleasure at inflicting pain, insensitivity, dishonesty, pathological lying, aggression, impulsiveness, and irresponsibility .

The Scientific American reports with alarm that psychpaths are,

"....overrepresented in prisons (and) research also suggests that a sizable number of psychopaths may be walking among us in everyday life. Some investigators have even speculated that "successful psychopath” (meaning) those who attain prominent positions in society may be overrepresented in certain occupations, such as politics, business and entertainment." (What "Psychopath" Means)

And let us not overlook the authors of the article, 'After-birth abortion: Why should the baby live?" Dr. Alberto Giubilini and Dr Francesca Minerva, who with a total lack of conscience, empathy, and remorse, cold-bloodedly advised that:

"Parents should be allowed to have newborn babies killed as it is no different from abortion (because they) are not 'actual persons' and do not have a 'moral right to life..." ("Killing of newborn babies is acceptable, say doctors," independent.ie)

 If instead of "psychopath" the phrase "lawless natural man" is used, then we have a description of the evil-state of spiritually dead men in the last days:
 
"For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy." 2 Tim. 3:2, KJB

Lawless natural men have,

"... have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumbling block of their iniquity before their face…. (Ezekiel 14:3)  
 
Lawless natural man will be irresistibly drawn to and captivated by the Lawless One, Satan's earthly representative.  The Lawless One is the psychopath par excellence described by Paul as the 'man of iniquity, son of perdition.' He is the son of the Evil One because he has espoused the spirit of the devil. The great philosophical and theological scholar Vladimir Soloviev describes him as,
 
"...a remarkable man---many called him superhuman...He believed in God (as did Marx, Nietzsche and Teilhard de Chardin), but at the bottom of his heart (he) preferred himself to Him. (Yahwah) knew that he would bow down before the powers of evil, as soon as it had corrupted him...by caressing his boundless pride." At the beginning, the Antichrist "had no hostility toward Jesus...but (like Mahomet) he saw in Him merely the greatest of his own predecessors." Since I have superceded Him, "I am the perfect and final savior. The first Christ was my forerunner...(therefore, why should I) have to bow before Him like the most stupid of Christians...I, the bright genius, the superman! No, never!"  (Wrath of God, Livio Fanzaga, pp. 36-37, 40, emphasis added)
 
His unbounded pride, defiance, arrogant conceit, contempt and moral relativism are characteristic of his perversity and the reason for his unbelief in the Holy Triune God. He in fact believes that he is God incarnate among men. He is a man of modern evolutionary scientism--- the powerful instruments of his will by which he worships himself, makes himself equal to God and holds the power of life and death in his hands.  He is a powerful seducer, so powerful in fact that even believers will be deceived if possible.
 
The Lawless One suffers the same envy of God that transformed Lucifer into a demon, the Evil One, the father of all psychopaths. The sin of Lucifer (and of Hegel, Karl Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler) was that he could not abide the idea of God's existence since he wished to become God. The Lawless One's sin ( Nietzsches) consists in being unable to tolerate the idea that Jesus Christ, a greater man than himself exists.

Spiritual sin, beginning with pride, jealousy and covetousness quickly inflating to envy, are the common bonds linking Satan, with increasing numbers of his earthly representatives, from the Lawless One to all who have been infected with the same venom of the serpent.
 
@Linda Kimball
            

The Question of Evil: Libertarian, Darwinian and Biblical Perspectives

In an opinion piece entitled, "Are We Rome Yet?" Libertarian John Stossel writes that a group of libertarians gathered in Las Vegas recently for an event called "FreedomFest" during which they debated whether America will soon fall as Rome did.  (Stossel,  July 31, 2013, Townhall.com)

Matt Kibbe for example---president of the tea party group FreedomWorks---commented on the ominous parallels between modern America and Rome:

"The parallels are quite ominous -- the debt, the expansionist foreign policy, the arrogance of executive power taking over our country... But I do think we have a chance to stop it."

Libertarians are motivated by the question of evil: why does it exist and what can be done about it. 

 They believe that through movements like the tea party, libertarian philosophy and events like FreedomFest that hopefully alert people to the danger in imperial Washington and try to fight it that they can wake up the public.   This is our only  hope, said Stossel.

Despite that some Christians embrace Libertarianism, at bottom it is a form of materialist atheism that with Freud believes the supernatural Triune God is an illusion since all that exists is matter in motion, so by extension, man is not fallen, is capable of perfecting himself and evil arises from unjust social institutions, moral laws, sexual ethics, and all other restraints on autonomous man's freedoms.  

Ayn Rand is one of Libertarianism's most influential thinkers and is therefore representative of the Libertarian worldview.   Rand was an egocentric atheist whose philosophy called Objectivism combined elements from Aristotelian rationalism (knowledge begins in the senses), Nietzschean 'superman' atheism, Adam Smith's capitalism, Sigmund Freud's materialist-based illusionism (God is an illusion caused by movement of chemicals in the brain) and hedonistic egoism.  

Rand declared that life spontaneously generated and/or created itself from eternally existing matter in much the same way as the Egyptian Sun-God Ra created himself from eternally existing primordial waters (matter).  For Rand then, the god she has raised up over the earth,

"...this god whom men have sought since men came into being, this god who will grant them joy, and peace and pride (is in) one word: I."  (For the New Intellectual, p. 65)

Rand populated her novels with morally and intellectually perfected heroic men and women (supermen) who by their own great intelligence, courage and independence changed the face of the earth.   Following this line of egoistic reasoning, heroic Libertarians such as Stossel and Kibbe believe that if they deliver the "right" knowledge to sleeping Americans they will "wake up" to their dangers and fight back.  

This line of reasoning makes sense only if self-created man is basically good (not fallen) and his capacity for self-redemption comes from right knowledge and unfettered liberty to do whatever he wants so long as it doesn't harm anyone.   By extension of this way of reasoning, right and wrong are determined by a majority of people.  This is moral relativism, a type of nihilism wherein the eternally unchanging Triune God does not exist and life has no higher, fixed meaning or purpose with neither hope of an afterlife nor any accountability to his Maker for his actions here in this world, therefore,  since men no longer have reason and purpose for being good, they are free to be bad.  

This is where Libertarianism falls apart.  Where there is no fixed meaning, purpose, ultimate accountability and no restraining influence of Biblical morality, Libertarianism quickly devolves into the evils of Anarchy, which then quickly leads to yet more evil, the necessity for Caesar-- totalitarianism.

Over on the conservative Free Republic website a fan of Thomas Malthus and Darwin offered his self-described "humble opinion" and implied prescription to the concerns raised by Libertarians.   He begins by saying that though we like to believe otherwise, our evolved species isn't that long "out of the trees" and the same laws of nature that affect all of God’s creatures apply equally to us, meaning that when species, especially the genetically inferior, are allowed to reproduce without limitations there will be dire  consequences.

With respect to the genetically inferior---the weak, lazy and stupid according to the Darwinian---when they are allowed to reproduce unimpeded they soon outnumber the genetically superior---the strong, productive, and intelligent---and when the genetically inferior dominate the gene pool, the entire population becomes "weak/ lazy/stupid, and then the population collapses."

According to the Darwinian, in the past when these collapses occurred they were referred to as a “Malthusian Collapse.” Though Malthus, a Nineteenth Century Economist, never really pinned down the exact reason for these collapses, it is now thought that they occur whenever the genetically inferior greatly outnumber the genetically superior and being too lazy to perform the work necessary to provide for themselves, what's left of the genetically superior refuse to continue to do it for them.

Here we have another egocentric atheist philosophy that combines elements from Aristotelian rationalism (knowledge begins in the senses), Malthusian population control schemes, Nietzschean 'superman' atheism, both Darwin's materialist evolutionary conception and a spiritual 'pantheist' conception. 

Darwin was a physical materialist, which means that all that exists is physical matter and evolutionary energies (elemental spirits) acting on matter, thus the supernatural Triune God, heaven, hell, demons, angels, soul/spirit do not and cannot exist.

But the mention of a God bespeaks a nonphysical or spiritual evolutionary conception such as Teilhard de Chardin’s quasi-Hindu pantheist idea which has a god-force emerging from spontaneously generated matter, making all matter spiritual and divine rather than merely physical, while evolutionary energies become living, conscious self-directed forces like the Force of Star Wars.

The Darwinist turns out to be an evolutionary theist whose god is a Gnostic Manichean demiurge, a pathetically limited, demonic deity that is the deterministic cause of all evil---death, suffering, and of course of unfit, weak, stupid life forms.

But in the Darwinists Gnostic tale of good versus evil all is not lost as the divine living Force otherwise known as “laws of nature” selected (predestined) a few highly evolved human beings and setting them apart from the rest of the genetically lazy, stupid herd (forces of corruption/evil) endowed the small, select brotherhood of heroes with the super genes of strength, courage, intelligence and great wisdom.

It is up to the band of heroes to defeat evil and its' genetic spawn by way of abortion (of the unfit, unwanted), euthanasia (of worthless human vegetables), eugenics (careful breeding of the genetically superior), and the Final Solution: famine and genocide---mass murder of the genetically unfit.

The Gnostic Manichean Marxist Communists put this plan in motion and liquidated 60,000,000+ unfit human weeds, dinosaurs, and other useless eaters while Hitler's Socialists accounted for about 30,000,000 more.

While the Libertarian and Darwinian answer to evil boils down to, "the devil made me do it," God's Word charges out of the gate with the vastly uncomfortable, entirely offensive words,

"There is not a righteous man, not even one..." Romans 3:10

Romans 3:10 is eloquently expressed by Alexander Solzhenitsyn in his response to the Gnostic Manichean view of good and evil held by Marxist Communists:

"The line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being." (The Deadliest Monster, J.F. Baldwin, p. 58)

The brilliant psychotherapist Victor Frankl, who survived Auschwitz and all the horrors of Nazi death camps saw human nature at its best and worst.  In a paraphrase of  Romans 3:10 he said,

"After all, man is that being who has invented the gas chambers of Auschwitz; however, he is also that being who has entered those gas chambers upright, with the Lord's Prayer or the Shema Yisrael on his lips." (ibid)

The checks and balances within the power structure of our government's judicial, legislative, and administrative branches is due to Madison's conviction that all men are by nature children of wrath (Eph. 2:3) bent inward on themselves and if given half the chance, will further their own interests at the expense of others.   While Libertarians, Darwinists and other atheists call this a backwards, superstitious, and pessimistic view of man, Madison thought it was a very realistic view of the human condition.  

Commenting on man's fallen condition, his kindly Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde sides, Blaise Pascal said,

"What sort of freak then is man!  How novel, how monstrous, how chaotic, how paradoxical, how prodigious!  Judge of all things, feeble earthworm, repository of truth, sink of doubt and error, glory and refuse of the universe!.....Certainly nothing jolts us more rudely than this doctrine (inherent sinfulness), and yet, but for this mystery, we remain incomprehensible to ourselves." (ibid, pp. 58-59)

 Men can be both bestial and heroic.  Even little children recognize this, according to psychologist Bruno Bettelheim:

"There is a widespread refusal to let children know that the source of much that goes wrong in life is due to our very own natures---the propensity of all men for acting aggressively, asocially, selfishly, out of anger and anxiety.  Instead, we want our children to believe that, inherently, all men age good.  But children know that they are not always good, and often, even when they are (bad), they would prefer not to be.   This contradicts what they are told by their parents and therefore makes the child a monster in his own eyes." (ibid, p. 59)

Libertarianism, Darwinism, and all other atheist philosophies are forms of nihilism unable to account either for life or the being of man, and because they are morally relative, they are unable to address the issue of evil without making everything much worse.

We will remain incomprehensible to ourselves and unable to understand why things are going so very wrong here in America unless we turn back to our Divine Creator, the ultimate Source of Life, Truth, Moral Law and man's being.   We must return with the understanding and acceptance of our fallen nature because as Pascal said, unless we know ourselves,

"...to be full of pride, ambition, concupiscence, weakness, wretchedness and unrighteousness, we are truly blind." (ibid, p. 60)

@Linda Kimball

 

When Evil is Good and Good is Evil: The Worldview of the Marquis de Sade

In striking down Section 3 of DOMA, Justice Kennedy accuses men and women who support traditional marriage of harboring an "animus" or hatred of  homosexuals---sexually confused males and females who perceive themselves as two-in-ones, that is, androgynes.  

 Scalia's dissent suggests that the majority's arrogance betrays its own "animus," toward men and women of faith in the living Creator:  

"In the majority's judgment, any resistance to its holding is beyond the pale of reasoned disagreement. To question its high-handed invalidation of a presumptively valid statute is to act (the majority is sure) with the purpose to 'disparage,' 'injure,' 'degrade,' 'demean,' and 'humiliate' our fellow human beings, our fellow citizens, who are homosexual....All that, simply for supporting an Act that did no more than codify an aspect of marriage that had been unquestioned in our society for most of its existence -- indeed, had been unquestioned in virtually all societies for virtually all of human history. It is one thing for a society to elect change; it is another for a court of law to impose change by adjudging those who oppose it hostes humani generis, enemies of the human race."

This issue is about far more than just marriage rights.  It is really about the disintegration of man’s inner person (his soul) and the demolition of the worth and dignity befitting the spiritual image bearer of the Triune God.  This insidious process  began during the Enlightenment when Deists and fellow thinkers elevated 'reason,' or the corrupted intellect of man over the Trinity and Scripture and inferences from Scripture:

"Rationalists of various kinds in the 3rd and 4th centuries tried to minimize the mystery of the Trinity by reducing the persons to appearances or by making God’s essence plural. The church rightly rejected these attempts as heresies."  (God’s Eternally And Only Begotten Son And His Adopted Sons, R. Scott Clark, The Heidelblog,  August 28, 2014)

When Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species was published on November 24, 1859, all 1,250 copies sold out on the day of publication. God-hating Westerners and Americans alike had long been waiting for a theory with so-called 'scientific' prestige to render the Bible and the God of Revelation obsolete, thus they immediately jumped on the bandwagon of Darwinism. George Bernard Shaw described the relief of men at being rid of the Triune God and declared the world jumped at Darwin.  (Is Evolution Proved?, Dewar and Shelton, p. 4, cited by R.J. Rushdoony, The Necessity for Creationism)

With great haste, many compromising churchmen immediately scrambled aboard the Darwinian bandwagon followed by a long line of theological pied pipers right into our own time. For such people the appeal to compromise is irresistible.  Why not be fashionably "scientific," or "scientifically" respectable rather than faithful?  If the Genesis account of creation is such an embarrassment, why not accommodate the Bible to evolution? Why defend unscientific creation ex nihilo and risk being considered ignorant and backward by the world's 'inner circle' despite St. James warning,

"For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all" (James 2:10).

Similarly, anyone who denies the authority of Scripture at one point has denied it at all points.  Rushdoony comments:

" If we assert that we can set aside the six-day creation doctrine, we have asserted our supremacy over Scripture. Our mind and our convenience now have a higher authority than the Bible, so that we have denied its authority totally and asserted our authority instead. If we claim the right at any point to set aside Scripture, we have established ourselves as the higher authority at every point. Clearly, therefore, the question of authority is at stake in Genesis 7: God or man? Whose word is authoritative and final?"

Working in unison, God-haters and compromising theologians have replaced the personal Creator with evolutionary scientism, thus man is no longer a living soul created in the spiritual image of God, nor male or female, but rather a sexless aggregate of matter in motion while the powers and abilities of his mind (spirit) are nothing more than energies acting on grey matter, that is, chemical interactions and the firing of synapses. In short, man is nothing but an evolved animal or bio-machine, a conscious product of energy acting on matter, a process called evolution.

The disintegration of man’s dignity as a rational creature of God is not the result of true science, as  evolution worshippers claim, but rather the product of a depraved conscience that justifies the depersonalization and abuse of others as the exercise of freedom. It is hostility and outright hatred of God and His image-bearers disguised behind linguistic sophistry.

With the Triune God who spoke creation into existence ex nihilo in six days out of the picture, then so too are the fall, sin, heaven, hell, angels, demons, immutable truth, universal moral absolutes, the two created sexes (male and female) and the entire structure of morally grounded presuppositions, norms, standards, principles, law, sexual ethics, social institutions and society built thereon.    In the resulting void, everything---no matter how depraved-- is now possible.

Long before Nietzsche announced that with the death of the Christian God an inversion of the West's biblically-based moral foundations would be the result, the thoroughly evil Marquis de Sade, a murderer whose name is synonymous with sadism, had already arrived at that conclusion.   Thus he brazenly defended his bestiality, sodomy, sadism, and murder as moral, and redefined both God and Biblical morality as truly evil

Building off of this foundation, he denied any need for limitations on the appetites of animalistic men. Whatever they saw and desired was absolutely permissible. Consistent with his logic was the repudiation of the idea of crime, which de Sade regarded as an imposition on animalistic man’s freedom.   According to de Sade, the criminal---the murderer, rapist, sodomite, pedophile, thief--- is the truly free man.

In short, within the evolving universe of matter and energy, all appetites, no matter how sick and twisted, are normative and ideal, but when the Bible declares these to be fallen and depraved, it is abnormal and evil.  Hence sodomy, rape, sexual abuse of children, tearing unborn babies apart in the womb, euthanasia and genocide are normal, good, and entirely permissible, while dissent against any or all of these evils is itself evil.

De Sade was a thoroughly reprobate man who refused to consider his perverse ideas and evil actions as in any way wrong. He was an intellectually and morally insane sophist who whipped up moral outrage against God and His Law and relished his self-appointed role as His accuser.

According to de Sade's twisted reasoning, all things unnatural, filthy, and vile are entirely justified by evolutionary naturalism, which has freed man from the God of Revelation and His Law.

The real horror of this worldview is its positive declaration of a “new” satanically inverted-morality which we commonly think of as political correctness with its two overriding absolutes: “tolerance” and “inclusion.” Thus today the brazenly perverse claim of  “politically correct”  moral imbeciles to the high ground where they point accusing fingers at Biblical ethics and the faithful Christians and Jews who hold fast to them.

De Sade was the forerunner of all contemporary shock troopers of evil who today demand total freedom for everything except Christian theism and faithful Judaism, a policy now well-entrenched in the American psyche, and as a consequence, in the White House, Congress, Supreme Court, schools, universities, unions, lower courts, city halls, statehouses, Hollywood, the music industry, and even seminaries and pulpits.

In the burned out areas known today as the post-Christian West and America, self-worshipping conscious products of evolution identifying themselves as everything from witches to goddesses, shamans, “gays,” abortionists, earth worshippers, communists, trans-humanists, and international occult "elites" hold the pseudo- moral 'high' ground from whence they demonize decent, law-abiding  men and women as anti-science creationists, haters, heterosexists, homophobes, racists, fascists, and bigots.

Predictably, the day will arrive--- and perhaps more quickly than we realize---when being a faithful Christian or faithful Jew  is to be a criminal.   This will become our 'new' norm because contemporary products of evolution are just now arriving at the more consistent worldview of de Sade and proactively imprinting it upon our culture, with special emphasis upon our children. De Sade’s evil worldview is coming to fullness within Western and American culture. It is a part of our educational system, our laws, politics, courts, the arts, and entertainment.

We cannot stop the evolutionary worldview merely by opposing it. The worldview that justifies evil and demands the right to debase, pollute, depersonalize, kill and enslave must be opposed by its sole antithesis, the God of Revelation, the Creator who called everything into existence ex nihilo and sustains it by the power of His living word.

The modern faith in man-as-god and the supremacy of his base urges must be countered with God Almighty as the Sovereign dispenser of law and grace. The evolutionary worldview is consistently meaningless and suicidal and casts its followers into the void. The gospel of Jesus Christ however, opens up a supernatural worldview that offers ultimate meaning, hope, and purpose.

Fundamentally, there are only two choices before all men: hope or despair, the Kingdom of God or the kingdom of bestial man, eternal life in Paradise or an eternity in outer darkness.

@Linda Kimball

When Lying is Accepted it becomes Required and Society Turns Upside Down

In "Do Blacks and the Left Really Believe This?" Dennis Prager begins by observing that every time you think that the left and its political party have hit moral bottom, they will eventually prove you wrong.

The most recent example occurred last week in Louisiana when the head of the Louisiana Democratic Party, State Senator Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, stood before her colleagues in the state Senate and announced the reason people oppose Obamacare is because they are racists.  It is President Obama's skin color:

"It isn't about the administration, and it should not be about the administration of the state nor federal level when it comes to Obamacare," she said. "But in fact it is. And why is that? I have talked to so many members in the House and Senate and you know what it comes down to? Are you ready for this? It is not about how many federal dollars we can receive. You ready? You want to know what it's about? It's about race. Now nobody wants to talk about that. It's about the race of this African-American president. ... It comes down to the race of the president of the U.S. which causes people to disconnect and step away from the substance of the bill." (Prager, Townhall.com, June 4, 2013)

Prager wonders why the head of a state Democratic Party -- and a state senator -- would say something that is equally vile and moronic?

There are two possible explanations, and one is worse than the other:

"One is that Peterson doesn't believe what she said; that she said it solely in order to intimidate opponents of Obamacare. When a prominent black accuses anyone -- even if it is most white people in America -- of racism, it usually ends all debate."  (ibid)

But if not that then she really believes what she said:

"And if she really believes that the more than one hundred million Americans who oppose Obamacare -- a CNN poll last week found that 54 percent of Americans oppose Obamacare -- do so because Obama is black, America is in trouble. America is in real trouble if Peterson represents a large majority of black Americans. And we have every reason to believe that she does. She represents a 48-percent black district. And virtually every black leader routinely charges whites with racism." (ibid)

Now either the great majority of American whites are profoundly racist (or homophobic and anti-Muslim) and oppose Obamacare solely because the president is black,  or the great majority of blacks wrongly perceive reality when it comes to their perceptions of whites. In either case said Prager, blacks and whites are living in parallel universes.

One of them is both factually and morally very wrong said Prager and added that the idea that whites only oppose Obamacare because the president is black is one of those terrible lies that shape a society for ill.   Furthermore, it is the non-black left that routinely accuse whites of racism.   In fact, it is mainly white-skinned Leftists such as Paul Krugman of the New York Times, Chris Matthews of MSNBC, former president Jimmy Carter, Frank Rich of New York Magazine, and so many other Leftists who perpetuate the lie of racism (and homophobia, sexism, etc).  And their charge is not only malicious, notes Prager, but is just one more example of the societal destruction wrought by the left.

 Americans are thoroughly entangled and increasingly isolated within a massive and still growing web of delusion, false perceptions, propaganda and lies mainly perpetrated by God-hating Leftists who want there to be no Triune God Who created everything seen and unseen ex nihilo as Thomas Nagel, professor of philosophy and law at New York University admits in his book, "The Last Word." 

According to Nagel, rage against God has produced poor science (and other pathologies) among unbelieving scientists:

"My guess is that this cosmic authority problem is not a rare condition and that it is responsible for much of the scientism and reductionism of our time.  One of the tendencies it supports is the ludicrous overuse of evolutionary biology to explain everything about life, including everything about the human mind." (The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith, Peter Hitchens, pp. 149-150)

 Thus evolutionary thinking and Darwin's theory in particular---which proposes that everything emerged (evolved)  out of self-generated matter----is the central and radical lie ".. in the whole web of falsehood that now governs our lives..."  said C.S. Lewis.  (Letter to Bernard Acworth, Spt. 13, 1951)

"I suppose the reason we leaped at the origin of species was because the idea of God interfered with our sexual mores," confessed Sir Julian Huxley, former president of UNESCO and grandson of Darwin's colleague Thomas Huxley. (Henry M. Morris, The Troubled Waters of Evolution, Creation-Life Publishers, 1974, p. 58)

In his masterpiece, "Ideas Have Consequences," early intellectual conservative Richard Weaver traced the first threads of today's matrix of lies to the late 14th century when Western man made an "evil decision" to abandon his belief in transcendent, unchanging "universals" and thus the position that "there is a source of truth higher than, and independent of man..." The consequences of this revolution were catastrophic:

"The denial of everything transcending experience means inevitably...the denial of truth. With the denial of objective truth there is no escape from the relativism of 'man is the measure of all things." (The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America, George H. Nash, pp. 30-33)

As lies, corruption, false perceptions and self-delusion rapidly spread and deepened, the web expanded and the downward spiral continued:

The living, supernatural God was conceptually murdered, heaven shut-down and nature (matter) and the physical world of the senses elevated to the supreme reality. The doctrine of original sin was abandoned and replaced by the 'goodness of man' and the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo dehistoricized and replaced with evolutionary cosmogonies claiming spontaneous generation and vast ages of time.  As supernatural Christianity declined, rationalism and then Protestant Liberalism (pantheism) arose and reductionist evolutionary science became the most prestigious way to study man. With knowledge limited to the sensory realm, Jesus Christ the Word Incarnate was reduced to an immanent mystical evolutionary force or Christ consciousness within nature while man's spiritual attributes — soul/spirit (mind, conscience and will) — were soon lost in an endless cycle of reductionism and determinism. Man, created in the spiritual likeness of his supernatural Creator would be lost. In his place would stand the soulless hominid, an accidental emergent product of spontaneously-generated mystical matter and evolutionary forces:

"Marxist philosophical materialism remains beyond all doubt that at some time or other in the remote past, life must have arisen from non-living matter." (Outline of Dialectical Materialism, 1948, p. 494)

Spontaneously generated dead matter not only thinks but is divine:

"...matter itself continually attains to higher perfection under its own power, thanks to indwelling dialectic...the dialectical materialists attribution of 'dialectic' to matter confers on it, not mental attributes only, but even divine ones." (Dialectical Materialism, Gustav A. Wetter, 1977, p. 58)

In "Socialism and Religious Beliefs," Enrico Ferri (1856-1926), a prominent socialist of his day and editor of Avanti, a socialist daily, confesses that Darwinism is fundamental to socialism and further reveals that forces or energies of nature substitute for miracles and divinity:

"....modern positive science...has substituted the conception of natural causality for the conception of miracles and divinity....I add that not only is Darwinism not contrary to socialism, but that it forms one of its fundamental scientific premises. As Virchow justly remarked, socialism is nothing else than the logical and vital outcome partly of Darwinism and partly of Spencerian evolution." (marxists.org)

 Darwinism has destroyed the foundations of supernatural Christian theism, immutable truth, moral law, man's soul/spirit, the two created sexes, and sexual ethics:

"Darwinism came at the desired time; Darwin's theory that man is the descendant of a lower animal destroyed the entire foundation of Christian dogma."   (Anton Pannekoek, "Marxism and Darwinism," translated by Nathan Weiser. Transcribed for the Internet by Jon Muller, Chicago, Charles H. Kerr & Company Co-operative Copyright, 1912 by Charles H. Kerr & Company)

For many long years, thoughtful, concerned people have been pointing out the connections between Darwin's evolutionary theory and the spreading epidemic of hard-edged egoism, pathological lying, narcissism, moral insanity, hatred, despair, paranoia, disordered thinking, dark fantasies, psychosis and other spiritual pathologies together with the murder of 150,000,000 men, women, and children by God-hating Communists and Fascists, the breakup of the family, the abortion of 60,000,000+ unborn here in America, the perversion of children, rampant hedonism and sodomy, and the relentlessly rising tide of psychiatric drug and porn use, crime, decadence, homicide and suicide in the 'evolutionized' West.

But for the most part, their concerns have been ignored, derided, scoffed at and mercilessly ridiculed by the ignorant, gullible, scientism idolaters,  and fools who hate truth.  This is also the case within the whole body of the church wherein evolutionary scientism is supplanting the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo.  So completely has the evolutionary transformation been that it has successfully inverted the order of creation and reversed the direction of Biblical theism.  With creation ex nihilo virtually replaced by evolution, it is now believed that men have not fallen from perfection but instead are gradually evolving upward from their ape beginnings toward greater and greater spiritual perfection.   

As a result, moral duty has turned upside down because "lying is accepted instead of condemned," said J. Budziszewski, a professor of government and philosophy at the University of Texas. (What We Can't Not Know, Budziszewski, p. 197)

The moment lying is accepted it has to be required because it is the means to an end, the way to win, to have what we want, to preserve our inflated conception of 'self,' to dominate and control others, and to shift personal guilt away from 'self' and onto 'other'.   Thus refusal to lie for the cause---whatever that may be---- makes you guilty of betrayal, of being a spoil-sport, of being unscientific, backward, insane, and hateful.

For our generation of liars there is no heaven above nor hell below.  There is only sovereign 'self' who knows only personal selfishness, ambition, physical lust and hate.  Being immeasurably proud (narcissistic), 'self' detests moral absolutes, authority, obedience, accountability, direction, rules, restraints, and truth since narcissistic 'self'  already knows everything worth knowing.

A nation of liars.  This is where we are and what we are becoming.  The problem is not just in Obama, Leftists, 'gay' radicals, and abortionists but in our churches and in ourselves. If only there were evil liars somewhere,

"... insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”   Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The source and taproot of all lying in whatever form is pride (preference for 'self' over God and others).  Pride is the beginning of all sin and the,

"...beginning of the pride of man is to fall away from God." ("On Nature and Grace", St. Augustine, from Ancient Christian Devotional, Thomas Oden, p. 73)

As confession is good for the soul, Budziszewski wonders if we might finally repent of our lies.  Will we at last,

"...yield ourselves to Truth, to be scraped, scoured and made honest until we can give back His light?"

If not, then the Christian Church and our nation, individually and corporately, will continue to reap the consequences of the lies we have been sowing.

@Linda Kimball

Idolatry and Human Sacrifice

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness" Romans 1:18

God has revealed Himself and His truth with clarity.  Even apart from the explicit revelations of the Bible beginning with the Genesis account of creation, God has made sufficiently clear some of the principle elements of spiritual truth to all people through creation and conscience (Romans 1:19-20, 2:14-16) so as to leave the entire human race without excuse.(Roman's 1:20) But from the beginning, many have refused to profit by the light they have, and love the darkness rather than the light. All who do not live up to the spiritual truth they possess, who choose to do worse than they know, hold the truth in unrighteousness. They resist and obstruct the truth, rather than let it have free scope.

In the beginning wickedness did not exist said Church Father Athanasius.  It was men who later on began to contrive it and to elaborate it to their own hurt and the hurt of others.

The truth as to evil said Athanasius,

"....is that it originates, and resides, in the perverted choice of the darkened soul" which, "materialized by forgetting God" and engrossed in lower things, "makes them into gods," and thereby "descends into a hopeless depth of delusion and superstition," whereby "they ceased to think that anything existed beyond what is seen, or that anything was good save things temporal and bodily; so turning away and forgetting that she was in the image of the good God, she no longer... sees God the Word after whose likeness she is made; but having departed from herself, imagines and feigns what is not (and then) advancing further in evil, they came to celebrate as gods the elements and the principles of which bodies are composed...." (Against the Heathen, New Advent)

With their understanding sundered from God they fell lower in their ideas and imaginations and "gave the honor due to God first to the heaven and the sun and moon and the stars, thinking them to be not only gods, but also the causes of the other gods lower than themselves."  Advancing still further in evil, "they came to celebrate as gods the elements and the principles of which bodies are composed..."  And then, creeping in the slime like land-snails, the most impious of mankind, "set up as gods men, and the forms of men, some still living, others even after their death (and they even) transferred the divine and supernatural name of God at last even to stones and stocks, and creeping things both of land and water, and irrational wild beasts, awarding to them every divine honor..." 

But going even further in their audacity these foolish men mixed "up the rational with the irrational, and combining things unlike in nature, they worship the result as gods, such as the dog-headed and snake-headed and ass-headed gods among the Egyptians, and the ram-headed Ammon among the Libyans." 

Still others, straining impiety to the utmost, "have deified the motive of the invention of these things and of their own wickedness, namely, pleasure and lust, and worship them, such as their Eros, and the Aphrodite at Paphos. While some of them, as if vying with them in depravation, have ventured to erect into gods their rulers or even their sons, either out of honor for their princes, or from fear of their tyranny, such as the Cretan Zeus.. and the Arcadian Hermes; and among the Indians Dionysus, among the Egyptians Isis and Osiris and Horus, and in our own time Antinous, favourite of Hadrian, Emperor of the Romans whom, although men know he was a mere man (and) full of licentiousness, yet they worship for fear of him that enjoined it. For Hadrian... ordered (Antinous) to be worshipped; being indeed himself in love with the youth even after his death, but for all that offering... a proof (of the) idolatry... of the lust of them that imagined it." 

 "According as the wisdom of God testifies beforehand when it says, 'The devising of idols was the beginning of fornication. Wisdom 14:12 .” (Against the Heathen, Athanasius, New Advent)

The Decalogue shows that the beginning of idolatry (preference for self over God) is pride, since a proud man makes an idol out of himself, thereby assuming he possesses honor and rights.  This is why idolatry leads to contempt for truth, law, wisdom, norms, authority, rules and other people in combination with any or all of the following existing within a climate of treachery, deceit and violence: lying, gluttony, greed, cheating, promiscuity, sodomy, pederasty, pedophilia, adultery, theft, and the dehumanization of other people resulting in slavery, population control schemes, abortion, brutality and murder.  

The Carthaginians for instance, worshipped Saturn, the Roman name for Cronus, the lord of the titans in Greek mythology.  The Carthaginians, Greeks and Romans had given the honor due God to Saturn, the second largest planet to which they attributed their own self-serving motives. The Syro-Palestinian archeologists Lawrence Stager and Samuel Wolff suggest that:

"Among the social elite of Punic Carthage the institution of child sacrifice may have assisted in the consolidation and maintenance of family wealth. One hardly needed several children parceling up the patrimony into smaller and smaller pieces . . . for the artisans and commoners of Carthage, ritual infanticide could provide a hedge against poverty. For all these participants in this aspect of the cult, then, child sacrifice provided special favors from the gods."  (Stager, L.E. and Wolff, S.R., op. cit., pp. 50,51 from Abortion and the Ancient Practice of Child Sacrifice, Andrew White, MD, 1/5/2012, Associates for Biblical Research)

Dr. White reports that in 1921 the largest cemetery of sacrificed infants in the ancient Near East was discovered at Carthage.  Hundreds of burial urns filled with the cremated bones of infants, mostly newborns but even some children up to age six years old, as well as animals, have been uncovered at Carthage.  All of the sacrificial victims had been burned to death on the altars of idolatrous men and women.

The actual rite of child sacrifice at Carthage has been graphically described by Diodorus Siculus:

"There was in their city a bronze image of Cronus extending its hands, palms up and sloping toward the ground, so that each of the children when placed thereon rolled down and fell into a sort of gaping pit filled with fire." (ibid, Dr. White)

Plutarch, a first and second century A.D. Greek author, adds to the description that:

"...the whole area before the statue was filled with a loud noise of flutes and drums so that the cries of wailing should not reach the ears of the people." (ibid)

The earliest reference to child sacrifice in the Bible is found in Leviticus where the practice is forbidden by Moses in connection with Molech, "the detestable god of the Ammonites" (I Kings 11:7):

"Do not give any of your children to be passed through (the fire) to Molech for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the Lord." (Lev. 18:21; 20:1-5)

Dr. White reveals that the Hebrew word Molech is the same Semitic root as the Punic word mulk which was found inscribed on several burial monuments at Carthage giving linguistic evidence for the continuity between the practice of child sacrifice in Canaan and at Carthage:

"But whereas at Carthage the word refers to the sacrificial offerings including human sacrifice, in Leviticus it refers to the god who demands child sacrifice. The "passing through" refers to sacrificing by burning in a fire. For this "passing through to Molech" (same Hebrew words in Leviticus and Jeremiah) took place later in Israel's history in the region of the high places of Ba'al in the Valley of Ben Hinnom in Jeremiah 32:35."

This murderous scene was described by the Lord through the mouth of Jeremiah in earlier chapters:

"For they have forsaken me and made this a place of foreign gods; they have burned sacrifices in it to gods that neither they nor their fathers nor the kings of Judah ever knew and they have filled this place with the blood of the innocent. They have built me the high places of Ba'al to burn their sons in the fire as offerings to Ba'al -something I did not command or mention, nor did it enter my mind. So beware, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when people will no longer call this place Topheth  or the Valley of ben Hinnom, but the Valley of slaughter. (Jeremiah 19:4-6; 7:31-32)" (ibid, Dr. White)

 Moshe Weinfeld, an Old Testament scholar, connects cultic prostitution with child sacrifice in Isaiah and Ezekiel saying,

"The children born of cultic prostitution associated with Molech were presumably delivered to the idolatrous priests, even as the offspring of a regular marriage may have been handed over to Molech." (Dr. White)

Many of the children offered to Molech were conceived illegitimately either by way of adulterous affairs or prostitution, so it seems probable that sacrificing babies to Molech was a convenient way to dispose of the consequences.
 
By New Testament times idolatry took on a broader meaning.  Commenting on the New Testament authors' understanding of idolatry, Herbert Schlossberg notes that,

 "a man can place anyone or anything at the top of his pyramid of values, and that is ultimately what he serves. The ultimacy of that service profoundly affects the way he lives." (Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 6)

And so Church Father Tertullian sees no difference between the idolatrous Carthaginian practice of child sacrifice and the equally idolatrous Roman practice of infanticide:

"...there is no difference as to baby killing whether you do it as a sacred rite or just because you choose to do it."

 No matter how it is rationalized it is still murder, and for followers of Christ,

"murder is once for all forbidden; so even the child in the womb, while yet the mother's blood is still being drawn on to form the human being, it is not lawful to destroy. To forbid birth is only quicker murder. It makes no difference whether one take away the life once born or destroy it as it comes to birth. He is a man, who is to be a man, the fruit is always present in the seed." (Tertullian, Apologeticus IX.- 6, 8)

In Pauline theology idolatry is recognized as any worshipping or serving the creature (i.e., 'self,' nature, cosmos, elements, matter, chemicals, genetic material, or mystical concepts such as natural selection, and evolution) rather than the Creator as this is equivalent to exchanging the truth of God for a lie (Rom. 1:23,25):

"Placing anything above the Creator and His truth is idolatry, for in this idolatry the creature's erroneous value judgments are substituted for the Creator's correct ones. Sadly, people know the truth but suppress it , Rom. 1:18." (Dr. White)

In 1977 British journalist William Rees-Mogg saw that the West had lost its faith, and like a fish out of water or a drowning man was,

"...desperately thrashing around for lack of oxygen.  Since the time of Christ there has been no period in which there has been the same feeling of...spiritual impoverishment."  (from Idols for Destruction, Schlossberg,p. 2)

Thirty-six years later, but for a remnant, Christendom is dead and America's idolatrous, nihilistic post-Christian culture and narcissistic postmodern church are quickly following suit.   While there are as yet many churches, pastors, evangelists, distinguished Christian laypeople and missionaries here in America and around the world proclaiming Christ crucified for the sins of all men and fulfilling their vocations with humility and integrity, the culturally-relevant church of "what's happening now," the contemporary Church consisting of trendy, disaffected Roman and Eastern Orthodox Catholics and 'new' Protestant evangelicals practices a spirituality that is Christian in name only, a spirituality that is trivial, irreverent, self-affirming, fun-loving, irrelevant, and permissive to the point of practicing abortion:

"..the practice of abortion by Christians is spiritual prostitution to an idol, defiles God's sanctuary and profanes His holy name. God alone is the Author of life and it is not the creature's prerogative to question the Creator's wisdom in bringing to life a fellow human being at conception. Whenever men disregard their Creator's wise judgment by destroying His innocent creation, they are serving another god. They are, in fact, spiritually prostituting themselves to the idolatrous self whom they believe is wiser in its value judgments." (Andrew White)       

Consequently, our land is being filled with the blood of the innocent, spilled not on the altars of Cronos, Molech and Saturn but in charnel houses run by executioners like Kermit Gosnell.

We are an idolatrous people who hold the truth in unrighteousness, and unless we repent and are cleansed by his merciful forgiveness, the Lord will set His face against this nation. This is what the Lord says:

"Look I am preparing a disaster for you and devising a plan against you. So turn from your evil ways, each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions." (Jeremiah 18:11)

@Linda Kimball