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There is a new form of holocaust that has been taking place in the past few decades. Unlike the horrible Holocaust of World War II, this holocaust is a moral one.


The Augusta Chronicle’s Feb. 24 editorial “What the courts see” – detailing judges Danny Craig’s and David Roper’s descriptions of an amoral culture as seen through the eyes of the judicial system – is a snapshot of this moral holocaust. This holocaust we are beginning to wake up to is the actual decimation of the image of God in humanity – at least in Western culture.

This holocaust has been systematic, beginning with almost universal acceptance of contraception. Regardless whether one agrees or disagrees with contraception, we all can agree that it has created a sexual nirvana for men – we now have the “hook-up” culture. This was followed by no-fault divorce, trivializing the covenant of love that God intended to be a reflection of his covenant of love for humanity.

Then came Roe v. Wade – a direct attack on humanity itself. Pornography follows unchallenged as this multibillion-dollar industry exploits men, women and children and totally dehumanizes them.

And now we come to gay rights/gay marriage. Pope Emeritus Benedict has recently stated, “The manipulation of nature … now becomes man’s fundamental choice where he himself is concerned … who chooses for himself what his nature is to be. … But if there is no pre-ordained duality of man and women in creation, then neither is the family any longer a reality established by creation. Likewise, the child has lost the place he had occupied hitherto and the dignity pertaining to him.”

Just days before he resigned, Benedict proclaimed to his audience, “The time of testing is here. We must not use God for our own ends. … The Temptor is devious: he does not push us toward evil directly, but toward a false good, making us believe that the real things that matter are power and whatever satisfies our primary needs.”

Many Christians already have capitulated. The Catholic Church will become much smaller and the persecution much fiercer. Again, as Benedict said, “The real crisis has scarcely begun. We will have to count on terrific upheavals.”

My prayer is that Christians and men of goodwill everywhere will lay aside our differences and unite to resist the moral holocaust we are experiencing – and that Benedict’s replacement, Pope Francis, will be the Spirit-anointed leader of our times to help heal our spiritually and morally sick culture.

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Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 04/09/13 - 01:54 am
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"Contraception" means exactly that, the prevention of
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conception. You want fewer abortions? Universal contraception is the way to go.

specsta
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specsta 04/09/13 - 02:40 am
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Cultural Reality

Yes, there is a moral holocaust. But the real one isn't based on matters which the Bible DOES NOT SPEAK ABOUT, such as contraception, abortion, gay marriage, porn, "hook-up" cultures, etc.

The real moral erosion is a culture where the poor are hated, the rich are exalted, "corporations are people too", where there is always money to fund wars and prisons but no money for health care or education.

The real moral atrocity is a culture where homeless people are treated like trash, where millions of children go to bed hungry, where citizens are locked up for decades for non-violent offenses, where guns and violence is not only accepted but embraced, where billionaire bankers destroy countless lives and retire with million-dollar bonuses, where a government funds new bombs to rip apart human flesh, where senior citizens live in squalor even after paying a lifetime into Social Security.

Don't tell me about "moral issues", if the best you can come up with are judgments against someone's lifestyle or contraceptive choices. Don't tell me about your "righteous concerns" about abortion or porn, when you couldn't care less that your fellow citizens are in need of clothing, housing, food and medical care. Don't tell me about your fears for the direction the country is headed, when you sit idly by and heartily approve billion dollar welfare for oil companies, yet shake your judgmental finger at a single mother or father who must use a SNAP card.

Hypocrisy is the definition of a conservative who only seeks to tell others how to live their lives according to a twisted, conservative "moral" logic - all the while letting folks die and suffer from lack of basic needs.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 04/09/13 - 05:16 am
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You'd almost think Dan was a

You'd almost think Dan was a member of some local cult-like group that would be happy to transform America into a theocracy. We don't have a group like that in Augusta do we?

Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 04/09/13 - 05:59 am
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Absolutes should be proclaimed

The letter writer has identified many of the problems destroying our culture. Unfortunately, he has done so without referring to God's law and to sin (the many violations of that law). It's weak to bring up morals in a culture where nearly everybody does whatever seems right in his or her eyes--where opinions of right and wrong, morality and immorality, vary not only from community to community, but also from household to household and even from one person to another. So it's not surprising to see Specsta's rebuttal, contending that the letter writer doesn't understand the real, important moral issues of our day.

The letter writer prays that the new pope will be "the Spirit-anointed leader of our times to help heal our spiritually and morally sick culture." Let's remember that the Holy Spirit was poured out on Pentecost, a day coinciding with the giving of God's laws on Mt. Sinai. The Spirit writes God's laws on people's hearts. A Spirit-anointed, Spirit-filled revival will not occur without reference to God's laws.

Let's remember that the Lord Jesus, anticipating his return to heaven and the Spirit's outpouring at Pentecost, said the Spirit was going to convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment. Sin, righteousness, and judgment are meaningless without reference to God's laws, which are absolute. In contrast, morality and immorality, as well as moral wellness versus moral sickness, are human standards--relative, debatable, and often temporary.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 04/09/13 - 07:09 am
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To our out of town visitors
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To our out of town visitors this week: Yes, it's for real.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/09/13 - 07:53 am
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Money

Specsta posted:

The real moral erosion is a culture . . . where there is . . . no money for health care or education.

Well, we're spending about a quarter of our economy on health care and education, so I guess there's no moral erosion here.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/09/13 - 08:49 am
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If corporations are NOT
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If corporations are NOT people, then neither are unions.

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 04/09/13 - 09:18 am
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Yep Techfan

You Yankees have invaded us! Welcome Master's fans - hang out with us Southerners - you'll have a lot more fun!!!!!

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 04/09/13 - 09:54 am
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Yep

You have now entered the deep south - we are a bunch of God fearing folks that love to have a good time - enjoy your stay!

impossible
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impossible 04/09/13 - 10:10 am
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Fundamental_Arminian04/09/13 - 05:59 am
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"Absolutes should be proclaimed." Fundamentally, Jesus' word is God's word. You might want to ponder the fundamentals of Church history, beginning with all that Jesus said. If you are a bible believing Christian, then believe, heed and follow all that he said. That's what a sincere, true "fundamentalist" would do.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 04/09/13 - 10:44 am
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So much ignorance

How could any one of us who believe in absolutes, ie, objective reality, not simply pass over the comments above that clearly are underpinned by having personal preference as the absolute guide for one's morality?

Those comments are the sad evidence of the delusion that pervades and is destroying, not our animal nature, but our humanity. Yet all the while they aggressively try to persuade the gullible, the naive, the weak-minded and the narcissistic that their sole and pure intent is to take care of the poor and of course, the children whom they don't decide to kill off before they take their first breath.

They are exactly what Dan Almeter describes.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 04/09/13 - 11:02 am
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Specsta....."all the while

Specsta....."all the while letting folks die and suffer from lack of basic needs."

Show them to me. You've got the ultra left wing liberal chant down pat but SHOW THEM TO ME. I have not seen anyone pass out from hunger or being denied basic needs for 50 years. Everyone in this country too lazy to work gets food, housing, and some form of free medical care at the taxpayer's expense and they have been getting that for a long time. Our poorest live better than people who actually work for a living in many countries. And all of those "wealthy" people you rant about PAY THE TAXES that provide the MUCH MORE THAN BASICS that we gift free gratis to those who refuse to work and contribute.

If what you were saying was anywhere NEAR true we should be finding dead bodies on street every day.....who died of natural causes....not the ones we find dead because they were pumped up on drugs and alcohol bought with taxpayer dollars or stolen money.

Most of our poor people are poor because they have made the decision to NOT participate in a competitive free society. Instead, they have chosen to remain wards of the state and enjoy the free ride. If you think I have any sympathy for them you are sadly mistaken. If we didn't have to support so many freeloaders we could actually take really good care of our disabled and elderly. But the freeloaders are sucking up the resources to take care of the disabled and elderly and they deserve all of the loathing we can muster.

We should not hate the wealthy people who pay most of the taxes....it's the healthy, able bodied people who choose the welfare slave lifestyle who should garner most of our contempt.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 04/09/13 - 11:21 am
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palmetto 1008 redux

Open Letter to Masters Visitors:

Although you would not know it from this AC forum, there are a few of us in Augusta who are not rabid, far-right, cultural Neanderthals. Embarrassing? Sure, but you'll leave town Sunday....

burninater
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burninater 04/09/13 - 12:05 pm
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Most of us get the irony

Dichotomy said: "Specsta....."all the while letting folks die and suffer from lack of basic needs."

Show them to me. You've got the ultra left wing liberal chant down pat but SHOW THEM TO ME."
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They're not there due to the exact programs that are bemoaned and denigrated, day in, day out, by many of the same folks that preach "morality". It is the desire to cut life-sustaining programs that implies a willingness to let "... folks die and suffer from lack of basic needs."

Is it irony or obliviousness that the success of safety net programs is held up by the far Right as proof of why they aren't needed?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/09/13 - 12:17 pm
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Pretty sure Dichotomy never
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Pretty sure Dichotomy never said that the safety net is proof that it is not needed. He was saying that it is proof that Specta was spewing line after line of things that simply are not true.

OJP
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OJP 04/09/13 - 12:21 pm
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The judges' perspectives do not create a good snapshot.

The judicial system as a whole generally deals with people who find themselves in some kind of legal trouble.

It's just as biased as asking a priest about humanity - he sees humans at their best; judges see humans at their worst.

ultrarnr
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ultrarnr 04/09/13 - 12:22 pm
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Fear
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Ever noticed how a good numbers of the letters and posts here are based on fear. Must be a lousy way to live.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/09/13 - 12:22 pm
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And for the record. People
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And for the record. People who are unwilling to work SHOULD die in the streets.

burninater
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burninater 04/09/13 - 12:23 pm
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If corporations are NOT

If corporations are NOT people, then neither are unions.
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No doubt. The entire idea is eminently stupid. There's no other printable word for it. The Citizens United decision was perhaps the most intellectually and Constitutionally dishonest judgment of our time.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/09/13 - 12:28 pm
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Burninater...I'm glad to see
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Burninater...I'm glad to see you are not as hypocritical as most are on the topic of unions. They remind me of those who defend affirmative action as long as the group they favor is the minority, but now that in the CSRA, whites are the minority, suddenly it's not minorities that should be protected.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/09/13 - 12:32 pm
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OJP...I was just paraphrasing
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OJP...I was just paraphrasing Thessalonians 3:10. What's wrong with having no sympathy for people who are not willing to do anything to provide for their own selves. If they NEED help, so be it....if they are UNWILLING to work, then they deserve what happens to them.

burninater
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burninater 04/09/13 - 12:35 pm
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Pretty sure Dichotomy never

Pretty sure Dichotomy never said that the safety net is proof that it is not needed. He was saying that it is proof that Specta was spewing line after line of things that simply are not true.
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Pretty sure I never said Dichotomy said that. I was pointing out that safety net programs are the REASON he doesn't see dead people in the streets, and that those programs are attacked, day in and day out, by people that claim to be "moral" -- which was one of Specta's points.

Heck, I've even seen self-identified Christians proclaim that they think some people SHOULD die in the streets, as sickening as that may seem.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/09/13 - 12:37 pm
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Who are the self proclaimed
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Who are the self proclaimed Christians you speak of? If you mean me...please link to where I made such a proclamation.

burninater
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burninater 04/09/13 - 12:40 pm
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Burninater...I'm glad to see

Burninater...I'm glad to see you are not as hypocritical as most are on the topic of unions.
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Perhaps I move in the wrong circles, but your post was the first time I EVER heard the idea of preserving union personhood. I'm not sure if the word "most" really applies here, but I could be mistaken.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/09/13 - 12:43 pm
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I've argued it many, many
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I've argued it many, many times with many, many liberals. I'm glad you are not one of them.

How about "many" instead of "most?"

burninater
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burninater 04/09/13 - 01:15 pm
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Who are the self proclaimed

Who are the self proclaimed Christians you speak of? If you mean me...please link to where I made such a proclamation.
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My apologies if I you are not Christian. I'd taken responses such as this one to mean that you were:

"I hope you do not call yourself a Christian..."

hmmm..so a Christian can't want someone to be severely punished for killing? I didn't realize it was "self righteous" to desire to punish someone for killing children. Interesting take.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/letters/2013-01-31/abortions-deadli...

I can see now that this could have simply been a rhetorical device.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/09/13 - 01:25 pm
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Just trying to keep people
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Just trying to keep people from making assumptions. It leads many to make bad arguments. :-) I actually assumed that you WOULD have supported union personhood rights.....I never posted that assumption because I wasn't sure if it was true....turns out I assumed wrong.

burninater
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burninater 04/09/13 - 01:32 pm
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Corporate/union personhood is

Corporate/union personhood is essentially a campaign finance issue, and I think ALL contributions should be severely limited -- even an individual's ability to contribute, regardless of personal resources.

It's only a tiny step towards decreasing corruption and disproportional representation, but it's a start.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/09/13 - 01:39 pm
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It amazes me that the
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It amazes me that the candidate that wins is so frequently the one who is able to spend the most money campaigning ........isn't that the person you DON'T want running the government? Oh the irony.

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Hooray for RFK 04/09/13 - 02:33 pm
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Romney spent WAY MORE then
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Romney spent WAY MORE then Obama did last year...Romney lost. Nice try Angela....

I see the Fox brainwashing team has done wonders on you. And before you ask no I do not watch CNN or MSNBC either. Politically I'm independent. I'm not PC enough for the dems. I'm a lesbian so that knocks me out of the GOP. I think Atlas Shrugged is novel and not a way to run a country so that knocks me out of the libertarian party.

If I had to identify myself by party I'd say Green. I voted Stein last year.

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