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The Shackles of Liberalism

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In the story of the Prodigal Son, Jesus tells us that the younger son asked for his share of his inheritance treasure and went off to a distant land where he squandered his treasure in gambling and lose women. Soon enough he found himself bankrupt,and to make matters worse, a severe famine struck that land and he was forced to work for a Gentile who sent him out to feed the pigs. He wanted to eat what the pigs ate but no one gave him any. Coming to his senses he went back to his Father who ran towards him and welcomed him back with so much love and forgiveness.

This happens to be one of my favorite Bible stories, and everytime I read this I am reminded of the present dilemma that the Church now faces: liberalism. I am not referring to any political or sociological ideology here. What I am referring to is the slow but steady decline of morals and the belief that there is no good or evil. In our society, and unfortunately within the Church as well, there are those who think that morality is nothing but an impediment to their freedom, and they in turn choose to disregard morality and ‘free’ themselves of it. That’s why we have some people whom we colloquially call ‘liberated’. This implies that they choose to free themselves of the shackles of morality, free of the idea of what is right and wrong, and even call themselves ‘modern’ or ‘progressives’.

Does liberalism really make you free?

Let us speak of morality like we speak of rules. Traffic rules, for example. Sure, nobody likes being slowed down by the stop light. We want to get to our destination as soon as possible and as fast as possible. Without traffic rules, however, expect to be bogged down even more; the chaos will result in even more traffic jams and accidents.

School policies are there in order to assure that an environment of learning and education is present. If the students went in and out of the school as they wished, or disrupted other classes, there will be disorder, and not education in the school.

Morality comes from natural law – life’s rulebook, telling us what should and should not be done. This isn’t even a religious issue. Natural law is applicable to everyone regardless of religion. There are dire consequences if we fail to abide by these rules that nature herself have dictated.

Take for example, the case of homosexual relationships. The Catholic Church’s opposition to homosexuality stems from natural law; the Church believes that it is not natural for a man to have relations with another man, or a woman with another woman. Liberals, on the other hand are quick to dismiss this as religious nonsense, taking forgranted the fact that sex as God and nature intended it is both unitive and procreative, thus making homosexual unions wrong.

Even as liberals and homosexuals try to free themselves from their perceived shackles of morality, it is what they do that makes them exactly unfree. For example, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says:

“Gay and bisexual men — referred to in CDC surveillance systems as men who have sex with men (MSM)

 — of all races continue to be the risk group most severely affected by HIV. CDC’s most recent data show that between 2006 and 2009, the number of new infections that occur each year increased among young MSM — driven by an alarming 48 percent increase among young, black MSM 13 to 29 years old.”

http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/docs/fastfacts-msm-final508comp.pdf

There are those who seek freedom through sex, with multiple sexual partners. In the case above, it’s an example of how nature disagrees with these kinds of relationships. The result, aside from the empty relationships this behavior brings, is that they expose themselves to HIV and sexually transmitted diseases.

There are those who delay childbearing and use contraceptive pills in order to fool their body into thinking that they are already pregnant, thus inhibiting the ovulation of the woman. But look who is fooled: ovulation is a natural process of a woman’s body, very much like digestion or the circulation of the blood. Inhibit a natural process and there would be effects. The International Agency for Research on Cancer confirms this; they say that combined oral contraceptive pills will expose women to cancer.

http://monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Monographs/vol91/mono91-6A.pdf

A quick look at the CIA Factbook shows that all those liberal countries that have massively used contraceptives in order to avoid siring children are now suffering from having too few babies. Too few babies means that the generation of these kids are unable to replace, numbers wise, the present generation, and this means these have serious implications on the workforce and on the economy. The revered Singaporean leader, Lee Kuan Yew, has already gone on record to say that they need more babies in order to save Singapore.

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/singapore-%E2%80%98will-fold-up%E2%80%99-if-citizens-don%E2%80%99t-reproduce–lee-kuan-yew.html

The CIA Factbook shows that Singapore has a very low TFR or Total Fertility Rate, which is the number of children a woman is having. It is agreed that 2.1 is the TFR replacement level; below this number, the population is unable to replace itself, and are left with plenty of old people with very few young people. The TFR of Singapore: 0.78.

The rest of the developed world aren’t doing so great either.

South Korea = 1.23

Japan = 1.29

China =1.55

Germany=1.41

Italy=1.4

Spain=1.48

Netherlands=1.78

Although our population growth rate has gone down to 1.98%, our TFR is still at a healthy 3.15.

HIV, STDs, cancer, demographic winter. If people are truly liberated, why are they afflicted with these? If there is any lesson to be learned through the experiences of other countries, it is liberalism eventually leads to slavery. On the other hand, those who follow the rules – the ones that stick with morality and natural law – they need not be afraid of HIV or STDs. They are healthy and are free to live life to its fullest.

They are the ones who are truly free.

 

 

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3 Responses to “The Shackles of Liberalism”
  1. isidro c. valencia says:

    Can we publish this piece in our newspaper, The Philippine Catholic Veritas, with proper credit?
    Thank you.

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