Our Changing Global Culture & Social Decay
Social Decay + Illegal Immigration + Poverty = Open War On The Streets Of America: "Moral standards have been falling for decades, we have allowed massive hordes of criminals, gang members and drug dealers to enter this country illegally, and thanks to our declining economy our inner cities are being absolutely ravaged by poverty. Was such a combination really going to produce peace and prosperity? Should we be so shocked that we now have open war on the streets of America?" See From Freedom to Servitude
Alien nation: The new census reveals a Britain that would be unrecognisable even to our grandparents: "For the past 60 years or so, we have lived in a nation that was more or less familiar to anyone who had grown up in the pre-war Britain of 1939.... People behaved, thought, worked, laughed and enjoyed themselves much as they had done for decades.... A short-distance time-traveler between 1912 and 2012 might be perplexed and astonished."
Debate over 'Father' and 'Son' terms in Arabic Bible translations: "Controversy is swirling around the Arabic and Turkish translations of the Bible. The word 'Father' is replaced with 'Allah' (meaning God in Arabic), while 'Son' becomes 'Messiah.' ...One example of this change in the text concerns Matthew 28:19, which instead of 'baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit' becomes 'Cleanse them by water in the name of Allah, his Messiah and his Holy Spirit.'...This translation is 'an all-American idea' with absolutely no respect for the 'sacredness' of Scripture, or even of the growing Turkish church," added Turkish church leader Rev. Fikret Böcek."
New Islamist Constitution Brings Back Slavery to Egypt: "Egyptian slavery is as old as the pyramids and though it was banned in the 1870s under British pressure, it has never entirely gone away.... 'The first independent Muslim ruler of Egypt relied on black slaves and at his death is said to have left 24,000 (white) Mamaluks and 45,000 Nubian military slaves. In north Africa the source of black slaves from Nubia and Sudan were too convenient to ignore.'" See Moral and Spiritual Corruption
We ain't got no self-control: "During the ordering process, their young son realized the restaurant was out of his favorite food. He proceeded to fling himself onto the floor in a temper tantrum. It was the classic routine – flailing arms and legs, wails of frustration.... Now this is not outside the realms of typical toddler behavior, except this boy wasn’t a toddler. He was 9 years old.... He was merely spoiled.... The parents ignored their son until the manager intervened – and then the parents got mad because, after all, it was the manager’s fault that the restaurant was out of their son’s favorite dish....
"Compare this to the 1-year-old son of some neighbors. I was visiting one day when the boy was in a particularly whiney mood. He wanted his mother to pick him up and cuddle him. She told him she would only pick him up if he stopped his whining. The boy walked away, still fussing. Three times he came back to his mother....The fourth time, he...stopped his whining, and lifted up his arms. Immediately the mother picked him up and snuggled. Which child do you suppose will grow up with some measure of self-control?...
"The government cultivates people without self-control..." See The Fall and Rise of Human Violence
The Moderate Paradox: "The moderate solution is deeply seductive for Republicans, who see their opposition sliding to the extreme left and believe that they can sweep up the middle by just moving a little to the left. All they have to do is moderate their position on X, Y or Z, and they will win over all the unaffiliated voters who are a natural fit for their common-sense policies....
"'Moderate' and 'Extremist' are words that are used with an absolute air, as if what they refer to is clear and fixed. Actually, the value of each is relative to the other.... The moderate positions of ten years ago are the conservative positions of today. Not in principle but in practice. When the culture is moving fast enough leftward, then anyone attempting to adopt a moderate position is already trying to conserve something, which makes him a reactionary in the eyes of the left....
"The Democratic Party moves six steps to the left making it extremist. And our moderate Republican decides that he has found his chance. If he just moves one step to the left, he will seize the moderate position and lay claim to the terra incognita of the middle ground. ... All that the moderate Republican has done is watered down his message and made himself slightly more palatable to the middle, but that will change next week....
"The right sacrifices long-term principles to short-term advantages, while the left sacrifices short-term advantages to long term-victories. The left will accept being embarrassed. It embraces the extremism tag. It doesn't care that liberalism has a negative perception or that people consider its views to be too radical. Those same views that people consider too radical will be mainstream in a decade or two....
"The same phenomenon has occurred with Islam. Every time Islamists pull in their direction, the dialogue space is expanded to define new versions of moderation and extremism. Many Muslim terrorist groups are now moderate, not because they are moderate in our terms, but because they are moderate in Islamist terms."
The collapse of America is speeding up as society rots from the inside out: "For a long time our debt-fueled prosperity has masked much of the social decay that has been festering underneath the surface, but now it is becoming increasingly apparent that the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted is beginning to disappear. " See Our Murdered Cities and the Freedom-Eaters
The Invincible Dogma: "A long-standing legal charade was played out again recently, when Federal Express paid $3 million to settle an employment discrimination case brought by the U.S. Department of Labor. Federal Express was accused of both racial discrimination and sex discrimination. FedEx denied it. Why then did they pay the $3 million? Because it can cost a lot more than $3 million to fight a discrimination case.
"Years ago, the Sears department store chain spent $20 million fighting a sex discrimination charge that took 15 years to make its way through the legal labyrinth. In the end, Sears won -- if spending $20 million.... In the Sears case, there was not even one woman who worked in any of the company's 900 stores who claimed to have been discriminated against. It was all a matter of statistics -- and of the arbitrary dogma that statistical disparities show discrimination....Those who lag behind... have every incentive to think of themselves as victims of those who are more successful."See The 'New European Soviet'
The Cross of Christ: Feared, banned, trivialized...yet Triumphant: "Neil Postman, the author of Amusing Ourselves to Death, understood these socialist strategies. He also saw the power of a cooperative media to dull old convictions and kindle new cravings. To illustrate today's manipulation...he drew an interesting contrast between two familiar totalitarian visions: Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and George Orwell's 1984: 'Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies....
In 1984... people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us.' The spiritual war against Christ and the cross is being waged on both fronts..." See Conforming to the culture, not to truth
Civilization in Reverse: "...history offers plenty of examples of life becoming far worse than it had been centuries earlier. The biographer Plutarch, writing 500 years after the glories of classical Greece, lamented that in his time weeds grew amid the empty colonnades of the once-impressive Greek city-states. In America, most would prefer to live in the Detroit of 1941 than the Detroit of 2011....
"...our own rendezvous with reality is rapidly approaching. The costs of servicing a growing national debt of more than $15 trillion are starting to squeeze out other budget expenditures. Americans are no longer affluent enough to borrow hundreds of billions of dollars to import oil, while we snub our noses at vast new oil and gas finds beneath our own soil and seas. ... Now, as in Greece, the veneer of civilization is proving pretty thin in California. ...When thieves rip copper wire out of street lights, the streets stay dark.... Hospital emergency rooms neither have room nor act as if there's much of an emergency. ....
"In 1960 there were far fewer government officials, far fewer prisons, far fewer laws and far fewer lawyers -- and yet the state was a far safer place than it is a half-century later."See chart on this page: Bowing to the Dragon?
Olive Garden: American Flag Display Would ‘Disrupt the Dining Experience’: 80-year-old Marti Warren thought she was doing a good thing a little over a month ago when she booked a local Olive Garden restaurant in Oxford, Alabama, to host a Kiwanis club awards banquet....[However, the] restaurant staff refused to allow her to bring an American flag....[Olive Garden's excuse:] '...we’re very sorry if this decision has caused them any concern. The Oxford Olive Garden does not have a private dining area. To be fair to everyone and avoid disrupting the dining experience for all other guests, they’re unable to accommodate flags or banners of any type in the dining room.' But Warren says... they told her she’d be in banquet room three." See Is this America?
Not Ready for ‘Till Death Do You Part’? Mexico Considering 2-Year Marriage ‘Contracts’: "Instead of signing on for a lifetime together, couples could decide the length of their commitment, with the minimum contract being two years. If the couple was still happy after their allotted time together, they could simply renew the license."
Smash "Twilight" sequel enters record books: "The 'Twilight' sequel scored the third-biggest opening weekend of all time at the North American box office on Sunday, as millions of young women swooned over the complex love triangle involving a high school girl, a vampire and a werewolf.... Exit-polling data in North America indicated that women accounted for 80 percent of the audience and half the audience was under 21. ... 'New Moon' revisits the dangerous romance between high school student Bella Swan... and vampire Edward Cullen.... Reviews were largely scathing.....
"...the stars have become sex symbols whose real-life romances with each other... have long been gossip-column fodder."Please discourage your children from seeing it! Read our review: Twilight Obsession
Diversity boss: 'White people' must 'step down': "With former Obama green jobs czar Van Jones gone, along with his views about whites directing poisons to minorities, focus is now shifting to race-based views of 'diversity czar' Mark Lloyd, who has suggested 'white people' step down from positions of power to allow 'more people of color, gays' and 'other people' to take those positions. Lloyd, the Federal Communications Commission chief diversity officer appointed to the newly created position by President Obama... has talked about issues such as a 100 percent tax on broadcast outlets to collect money to provide alternative viewpoints, mandatory diversity in station ownership....
Lloyd was vice president for strategic initiatives at the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. He was also a senior fellow at the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress and has worked as a reporter and producer at NBC and CNN. At a May 2005 Conference on Media Reform, Lloyd appeared as a speaker in a discussion on why media policy should be considered from a 'racial angle."
Survey: Less Than 1 Percent of Young Adults Hold Biblical Worldview: “There are a several troubling patterns to take notice. First, although most Americans consider themselves to be Christian and say they know the content of the Bible, less than one out of ten Americans demonstrate such knowledge through their action.”' See New Beliefs for a Global Village
In arguing for gay marriage, Newsweek should forget the Bible...: "The left can never quite decide if it hates religion and wants to destroy it, or has contempt for religion and wants to exploit it. The French Revolution murdered priests and closed churches, but set up a Goddess of Reason in a vain attempt to harness mankind’s spiritual longing to Jacobinism. The Bolsheviks destroyed the traditional Russian Orthodox Church and made atheism the state’s official creed, then set up a dummy Orthodox Church composed of its lackeys.
"Hitler tried to avoid the mistakes of his revolutionary predecessors.... While the Nazis wanted clergy who would preach the doctrines of National Socialism, they were initially satisfied with pastors and priests who steered clear of politics....
"The cover story by Lisa Miller, in the December 15 Newsweek – 'Our Mutual Joy' subtitled 'Opponents of gay marriage often cite Scripture. But ... sneers at and seeks to subvert Judeo-Christian tradition.'"See Why "Hate crime" laws would ban Biblical Christianity
The Adolf Hitler doll which comes with a change of clothes - and a spare head with a kind face: "The decision to market the figure comes at a time of growing extreme right political sentiment in Ukraine. There are also reports of increasing xenophobia and racism, and of some extremists supporting racism similar to that of Nazi Germany under Hitler. Critics believe a cult of Hitler could spring up among disaffected youths, too young to remember the ravages Nazism wreaked on the country. ... Although Ukranian laws prohibit any form of fascism or propaganda, the dolls are already on sale and will be mass marketed this summer. One saleswoman said: 'It is like Barbie. Kids can undress fuhrer, pin on medals...." See Loving evil
Bible tops America's 10 favorite books of all time: "For those belonging to the Echo Boomers group (ages 18-31), their second favorite is the Harry Potter series. Generation X (ages 32-43) is evenly divided between The Stand and Angels and Demons...." See The Power of Suggestion
Third-graders plot revenge: "'Our children are learning to kill and learning to like it; and then we have the audacity to say, 'Oh my goodness, what's wrong?'
"'A group of third grade boys and girls have been caught conspiring to do physical harm, if not kill, their teacher.... The plot was hatched in retaliation for the scolding of a student for standing on a chair.... The eight to ten year olds intended to do violence to their teacher, and even delegated individual responsibilities in a plan to knock her unconscious with a crystal paperweight, bind her with handcuffs and tape, and then stab her with a knife!" See Role-Playing Games & Popular Occultism
Exam cheating goes high tech, but its causes are nothing new: "Students today can use an array of high-tech gadgetry, challenging schools to keep pace. One click of the Internet opens a world of possibilities and temptations, devious and ingenious.... More recent innovations are button cameras, which have a wireless connection to a laptop computer that can then capture stolen test items, and pens capable of scanning a test and sending a video signal to a remote laptop to save the images."
Drunk, Violent, Promiscuous... Today's [British] Youth: "...Time Magazine [cover] depicts a young man in a 'hoodie' with mugshots of others across a Union Jack. Its headline reads: 'Unhappy, Unloved and Out of Control - An epidemic of violence, crime and drunkenness has made Britain scared of its young.' It also pours scorn upon the parenting abilities of the British..."
But European laws make it increasingly difficult for parents to discipline their children. It was bad back in the nineties; now it's far worse. See International Courts Mock Sovereignty
The death of shame: "Hillary 'misspoke' about her dodging of the sniper bullets. Where I come from we call that lying. But if anyone were to accuse her of 'lying' the outrage over such blatant 'judgmentalism' of her actions would raise a hue and cry that would turn her into a sympathetic figure. ...
"...we laugh it off as 'fatigue, or mixed-memory. (Let’s see, can you remember confusing the specifics of the last time you had to dodge bullets?) Such blatant dishonesty should doom her career....
"She’s running for leader of the free world.... But we’ll brush it off as 'Clintonesque.' We’ve come to expect it from our leaders. ... Britney, Paris, Lindsay, all have gotten rich off of despicable behavior. The glorification of sluts is featured even on mainstream news shows.....
"My Mom... could wield a mean yardstick. She wasn’t worried about her kids’ self-esteem. She was worried about our self-respect.... My wife came home from substitute teaching in our local elementary the other day... “The kids are out of control,” she lamented. “Discipline is non-existent.... The principals all look the other way.”See False shepherds
America appears to be in conflict: "Perhaps worse, however, is the home-grown hip-hop movement which is best known for its coarse musical productions, but at the core is encouraging political challenge against existing social institutions. The danger of hip-hop comes from the utter nihilism of its most popular artists who promote that '...ghetto life is so hopeless that an explosion of violence is both justified and imminent...'” See Conforming to the culture, not to truth
When it's no country for old men [by Mark Steyn]: "...M. Trudeau had missed the point: barn-burning wasn't wrong because it was illegal; it was illegal because it was wrong.... That's an important distinction.....Once it's no longer accepted that something is wrong all the laws in the world will avail you nought. The law functions as formal expression of a moral code, not as free-standing substitute for it.... And, if a citizen of an advanced Western social democracy no longer knows it's wrong, the laws are unlikely to prove much restraint.
"British society has come to depend on CCTVs — closed-circuit cameras in every public building, every shopping centre, every street, even (in some remote rural locales) on the trees.... Britain is said to be home to a third of all the world's CCTVs; in the course of an average day, the average Briton is estimated to be filmed approximately 300 times. ...
"....in the public conveyances of Toronto and London and Paris, young fit men sprawl across the seats while pregnant women and shopping-laden spinsters and nonagenarians with two bad legs straphang down the line.....
"'A society's first line of defence is not the law but customs, traditions and moral values,' wrote Walter Williams.... .They include important thou-shalt-nots such as shalt not murder, shalt not steal, shalt not lie and cheat, but they also include all those courtesies one might call ladylike and gentlemanly conduct. Policemen and laws can never replace these restraints on personal conduct."
Is this really Thanksgiving? "Take a look at the following video footage taken in Mesquite, Texas on the 23rd of November 2007. Oh, and be sure to turn up the speakers on your computer." See comment
Infants Watch TV Before They Walk and Talk: "Even before their first birthday, 13 percent are allowed to sit in front of the box. As they grow to the age of four the percentage rises to 96 percent... Eighty-five percent leave their youngster with the TV while they are doing housework chores." See Television and Mind Manipulation
Spread of AIDS in Africa outpaces treatment: "Even as billions of dollars are spent expanding access to antiretroviral drugs, the goal of controlling AIDS in Africa remains remote.... In places such as the United States and Europe, where prevention programs were already succeeding against much smaller epidemics, the arrival of antiretroviral drugs was a turning point in the battle against AIDS. But in sub-Saharan Africa, prevention programs have mostly failed to curb the behavior -- especially the habit of maintaining several sexual partners at a time -- that drives the epidemic, research indicates. So while antiretroviral drugs have prolonged and improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of Africans, millions more are being newly infected with a disease that is still incurable and, for most, terminal." See Warren's P.E.A.C.E. Plan & UN Goals - Part 3
One in five young people to rely on handouts [UK]: "A 'lost generation' of unemployed young people is costing the economy billions of pounds a year in benefits, youth crime and educational under-achievement.... Roughly one in five young people faces a lifetime on government handouts, under-achieving in education and runs the risk of falling into crime." See The fall and rise of human violence
Married with kids becomes exception: "...married couples with children now occupy fewer than one in every four households.... As marriage with children becomes an exception rather than the norm, social scientists say it is also becoming the self-selected province of the college-educated and the affluent. The working class and the poor, meanwhile, increasingly steer away from marriage, while living together and bearing children out of wedlock." See The Transformation of America
Religion's Generation Gap: "Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll used to be the Big Three of rebellion. Some families are adding religion to that list. An increasing number of teens and young adults who were raised in nonreligious or nominally religious families are getting swept up in religious fervor. This is creating a complicated and sometimes painful family dynamic....
"The parents of 16-year-old Kevin Ellstrand are self-described secular humanists who shun organized religion.... They get upset, however, when Kevin explains that he doesn't believe in evolution. 'To me, this is appalling,' says his mother... [who] was raised a Methodist.
"...a significant number of young U.S. Muslims are becoming substantially more devoted to Islam than their parents. In the Jewish community, a growing number of formerly secular young people are embracing an Orthodox lifestyle." (3-2-07)
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