Relativism Begins to Awaken a Sleeping Giant in the U.S.
Wednesday, August 1st has marked the beginning of a battle that will awaken a sleeping giant in the United States. For some of us business owners, being told “you didn’t build that” is far from the truth. What is Obama trying to say here? Does that mean you don’t own it or have control over it? On Wednesday, millions of Americans have lost their freedom to decide what type of insurance they want or risk fines and not have insurance. This mandate currently includes all businesses and a year from now religious institutions will be required to pay for services that violate their consciences. Churches, religious companies, charities, hospitals, and schools that oppose services such as abortion-causing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilization will be stripped of their religious freedom. The mandate provides exemptions that not even Jesus would qualify for, even if he operated an organization alone.
Responding to a controversial statement against gay-marriage by Dan Cathy, the president of Chick-fil-A, mayors of Boston, San Francisco, and Chicago have argued that Chick-fil-A has no place in their cities. These pushbacks against Cathy have caused a backlash that skyrocketed Chick-fil-A’s business on Wednesday. Hour-long waits and 37-car backups didn’t hinder people from beginning to awaken a sleeping giant. Customers either came to support free speech, traditional marriage, or were against economic bullying.
Another fight is also under way against recently passed bills to limit abortions past 20 weeks. After scientific evidence proved that unborn babies can feel pain past 20 weeks, recently passed bills protecting the unborn were signed in nine states. Although the bill passed in Arizona, the U.S appeals court has blocked the enforcement of the state ban protecting the unborn on Wednesday.
Relativism Begins to Awaken a Sleeping Giant of Truth
With so many issues agitating society, how do we know where to begin solving these problems? In one day, the following important issues concerned this nation: contraception, religious freedom, censored commerce, free speech, right to choose life or death, traditional marriage, gay-hating, and so forth. This nation is obviously confused. It’s confused because it doesn’t have belief in truth, absolute and objective truth, the sleeping giant that’s been hibernating in this nation for a long time. So what will awaken this sleeping giant? The realization of the presence of an ideology that has been thrust upon us over the past several decades, an ideology that claims that there is no real truth, only “personal truth”. This disease of the mind is known as Relativism.
“Your truth is not my truth, so my truth is not your truth.” This is Relativism at its core. Behind the relativist ideology is a presumption that there is no truth to find, therefore everyone’s beliefs are equal. Relativism implies that it is not necessary to learn from other groups since all groups are “right” as far as regards themselves. Furthermore, comparing values of different societies would be ridiculous since both societies have the right to decide their own “truth”. Criticizing Hitler for the Holocaust is absurd as well under this line of reasoning. Who are we to judge if we ascribe to Relativism? The implications of relativism ultimately prove to be irrational. Indeed the one objective truth of the relativists is that there is no objective truth. This very statement refutes itself.
Relativism will inevitably awaken a sleeping giant in the United States. It will cause cultures and societies that must live among each other to clash their “truths”. One group will believe they are right, and all others will be forced to accept their “truth”, since it will be considered just as valid as our truth. In the end, there can be no dialogue and no search for the true nature of reality in such a society. Ultimately, all will be forced to relinquish any notion of truth as such and abandon all belief in truth to make room for the new god of modern society, Relativism, with its only moral value being tolerance.
Objective Truth: Our Nation Depends on It
On the other hand, objective truth is the truth of reality itself. It cannot be contradicted. It cannot be contingent. It doesn’t depend on the influences of society. It transcends every society and pertains to all people. It is universal. Sound logic and reasoning, accurate history, true science, and natural law are all manifestations of objective truth. We are subject to these things just as we are subject to the law of gravity. We cannot break the law of gravity, but we can break ourselves against it. There will always be truth that we don’t fully understand, yet even this truth must be submitted to. Lack of understanding concerning the law of gravity will not prevent a person from being killed if they think that they can walk on air over a canyon. We must be humble to conform ourselves to truth, especially to truth we do not understand fully. Our survival as a nation depends on it.
Is Our Nation Ready to Awaken a Sleeping Giant?
If this country seeks truth, it will set aside emotion and partiality and begin to work together to find it. The recognition of objective truth will foster a society of dialogue, debate, and critical thinking. Its purpose will be to search for one goal- truth. This search will unite, not separate. This search for truth will be kept in mind when the judicial system sets down laws not based on opinions. This search for truth will be in mind when an idea or statute is placed on this nation. The search for truth will be in mind for our own journeys as we grow in wisdom, understanding, and knowledge of this world. May we all pray for this transformation ardently that it may happen before it is too late for our country.
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Recently Passed Bills Protecting the Unborn that Feel Pain
The House Judiciary Committee has approved the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which makes abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancies illegal, unless it prevents the mother’s death. The bill was introduced by an Arizona Republican, Trent Franks, and is supported by 215 House cosponsors. The committee voted 18-14 for the bill that protects unborn babies from abortions after pain can be felt.
Nine other states have signed similar recently passed bills into existence with Louisiana and Georgia being the most recent states. The others are Nebraska, Indiana, Kansas, Idaho, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Alabama. The District of Columbia has had unlimited abortions for any reason until a child’s birth.
New Research Revealing that Unborn Babies Can Feel Pain
Earlier this year a committee hearing revealed scientific research demonstrating that by 20 weeks and in some cases earlier, an unborn baby can experience agonizing pain in a “D&E” abortion, a procedure in which dismembers the unborn baby.
Dr. Steven Zielinski, one of the leading researchers from Oregon and an internal medicine physician, published reports in the 1980s about the concept of fetal pain. Zielinski and his team states, “Functioning neurological structures necessary for pain sensation are in place as early as 8 weeks, but certainly by 13 1/2 weeks of gestation. Sensory nerves, including nociceptors, reach the skin of the fetus before the 9th week of gestation. The first detectable brain activity occurs in the thalamus between the 8th and 10th weeks. The movement of electrical impulses through the neural fibers and spinal column takes place between 8 and 9 weeks gestation. By 13 1/2 weeks, the entire sensory nervous system functions as a whole in all parts of the body.”
Furthermore, Steven Calvin, M.D., chair of the Program in Human Rights Medicine at University of Minnesota adds “The neural pathways are present for pain to be experienced quite early by unborn babies.” In addition, pain felt by unborn babies is felt more acutely because of a lack of pain “dampeners” that do not develop fully until 40 weeks gestation. Such research has helped the cause in the recently passed bills against late-term abortions.
Support for Recently Passed Bills against Abortions
The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) this week released the results of the Polling Company Inc./WomenTrend. The poll asked the following questions to 1,010 adult participants.
Currently, within the District of Columbia, the nation’s capital, there is no abortion law at all. This means that abortion is legal there, for any reason, right up until the moment of birth. This summer, Congress is considering a bill that would not allow abortion in the District of Columbia after 22 weeks of pregnancy – which means after the beginning of the sixth month of pregnancy – unless the mother’s life is in danger. Would you be more likely or less likely to vote for a Member of Congress who favors this bill? And would you be (ROTATED) more or less likely to vote for a Member of Congress who votes in favor of this bill? (Probed: And would that be MUCH or SOMEWHAT MORE/LESS LIKELY?)
Unless an abortion is necessary to save a mother’s life, do you think abortion should be permitted after the point where substantial medical evidence says that the unborn child can feel pain?
According to the poll, 63 percent support a bill similar to the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and 58 percent are more likely to vote for a member of Congress who voted for such a bill.
Opposition to Recently Passed Bills against Abortion
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is similar to the first of its kind from Nebraska. The Nebraska bill forced LeRoy Carhart, who is a late-term abortion practitioner, to transfer his abortion clinics to Maryland. National Abortion Federation and NARAL are unwilling to support the mildest limits on abortion and are urging their supporters to contact Congress to oppose such recently passed bills against abortion.
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