THE LIGHTED CANDLE SOCIETY NEWSLETTER
MONDAY 05 JUNE 2017
REPORT FROM BUDAPEST
During the week of May 22 – 27 I was in Budapest, Hungary, attending The XI World Congress Of Families. I had been invited to speak at the Congress in my capacity as the Chairman of the Lighted Candle Society. I was specifically asked to address the issue of how pornography destroys the family.
Enclosed with this Newsletter is a copy of the text of my talk.
The government of Hungary is unique in the fact that the government, through the leadership of the Prime Minister and the Parliament, is a very committed advocate for the creation of and sustaining of strong families.
We were informed that there were participants at the Congress from more than sixty countries. During the four days of the Congress I heard numerous presentations from non-governmental organizations (NGO) regarding the attack that is being made upon the family by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) secret combination.
The delegation from Canada were universally applauded as they presented their program for countering the LGBT invasion of their schools.
The last four newsletters from the Lighted Candle Society have dealt with the litigation filed in the Utah Courts by a local group affiliated with the LBGT entities by the name of “Equality Utah.” As I have reported previously, the intent and purpose of the lawsuit by the plaintiffs was to force the inclusion in the curriculum of the Utah public schools of materials advocating the LBGT agenda.
The attorneys for the Utah plaintiffs are from powerful law firms in Washington, D.C., New York, and San Francisco. The legal theories that were used in the plaintiff’s complaint build upon the recent decisions of the United States Supreme Court which imposed upon all of the states of the United States the recognition of same-sex Marriages.
The Utah defendants (State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the elected boards of three school districts in Utah) were advised by the State Attorney General that in his opinion the plaintiffs would win in the trial courts. Acting on that advice the Utah legislature adopted an amendment to the state education code that was intended to provide the relief that the LGBT lawsuit was seeking.
When the legislature enacted that bill the LGBT plaintiffs filed a petition with the Court to “stay” the proceedings on the lawsuit pending a proposed “settlement conference” between the parties, i.e., the defendants noted above and the LGBT “Equality Utah” plaintiffs.
That “settlement conference” is now scheduled for Thursday, 08 June, in the federal courthouse in Salt Lake City. The conference is not open to the public. The results of that “settlement conference” will have a huge impact upon the culture of the public schools in Utah for years to come.
A WORLD-WIDE CONSPIRACY
In my discussions with delegates to the Congress in Budapest I recited to them the above facts. To my amazement they confirmed that they were in the midst of dealing with the exact same legal strategies in their own countries. Many of their governments have already agreed to all of the demands of the LGBT. They also noted that the attorneys for the plaintiffs were from very powerful law firms in London, Paris, Frankfurt, and Madrid. These lawsuits have been filed everywhere in Europe and Africa, and from Canada to South America.
Our current situation sounds very similar to the words of Paul the Apostle as recorded in the Book of Ephesians when he wrote:
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
One Australian delegate at the Congress noted:
We are branded as “haters” for defending a child’s birthright to her own biological mother and father. We are insulted as “homophobes” for defending our children from the genderless “Safe Schools” program.
Dr. David van Gend, M.D.
The good news is that we are not alone.
Hungary is the most “family friendly” country in Europe. This has happened because the political party now in power based their appeal to the electorate with a commitment to strengthen the families of Hungary.
There was a unity of purpose among the delegates to the Congress. My own remarks were greeted with applause when I stated:
We must never give up. We are succeeding as long as we do not give up.
The delegates from Sub-Saharan Africa proudly proclaimed:
Family reflects the image of God. Godly character and values are passed from generation to generation through family relationships – mother, father, children.
The enclosed transcript of the talk that I delivered in Budapest focuses on the tragic consequences of pornography when a member of the family, particularly a parent, becomes enmeshed in the allure of obscene materials. But the talk also addresses the threat to the rising generation of the world-wide combination of individuals, governments, and non-profit foundations dedicated to the ultimate triumph of the LGBT culture. This war is not just being fought in the schools of America but throughout the world.
For twenty years the Lighted Candle Society has sounded the voice of alarm. We have published books, paid for scientific research, written newsletters, established and maintained a web-site, and organized and hosted meetings open to the public in order to awaken others to the inevitable consequences, even the ultimate demise of our most cherished possessions, if we do not awaken to the threat of those who “…love and make a lie.”
In order to make better use of the resources that have been so generously provided to us we have decided that we will no longer print and publish in hard copy our newsletters. Rather, we will focus on our web-site as the place to present our messages and to urge action and commitment among those who know and understand our message. We hope that our future electronic publications will merit being forwarded to others by all who receive them. In addition to myself these electronic messages will be co-authored by our Vice-President, Tim Bothell.
The contact information at the top of our letterhead will remain the same. Messages addressed to our postal address and our e-mail address will always be answered. Please make it a weekly if not daily habit to check our website:
JOHN L. HARMER, CHAIRMAN (Budapest Transcript Below)
THE POWER OF FAMILY AND HOPE TO OVERCOME DESPAIR
XI WORLD CONGRESS OF THE FAMILY
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY 25 – 28 MAY 2017
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:
MY NAME IS JOHN HARMER. I WAS INVITED TO SPEAK TODAY IN MY CAPACITY AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE LIGHTED CANDLE SOCIETY, A NON-PROFIT CORPORATION FORMED IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, WASHINGTON, D.C. MY CO-CHAIRMAN IS THE HONORABLE EDWIN MEESE, III, A FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES UNDER PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN.
I AM ALSO HERE IN MY CAPACITY AS A HUSBAND AND AS A FATHER. MY WIFE AND I ARE THE PARENTS OF TEN CHILDREN. AS ANOTHER CHILD CAME INTO OUR FAMILY WE WOULD RECEIVE HATE FILLED LETTERS FROM MEMBERS OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD. WE WOULD RESPOND BY POINTING OUT THAT WE HAVE FIVE SONS AND FIVE DAUGHTERS. IN OUR HOME THAT WAS PLANNED PARENTHOOD.
FROM THEIR INFANCY UNTIL ADULTHOOD MY WIFE TAUGHT OUR CHILDREN TO LOVE BOOKS, MUSIC, AND LEARNING. AMONG OUR TEN CHILDREN THERE ARE TWENTY-FOUR UNIVERSITY DEGREES. INCLUDED IN THAT ARE FOUR JURIS DOCTORATES, ONE MBA, ONE NURSE PRACTIONER, ONE MASTER OF FLUTE PERFORMANCE, ONE MASTER OF VOCAL PERFORMANCE WHO NOW PERFORMS AT THE MAJOR OPERA HOUSES OF THE UNITED STATES, ONE GRADUATE OF THE UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY, WHO IS NOW A CONSULTANT AT THE INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF WAR IN WASHINGTON, D.C., AND ONE CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT WHO IS NOW THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER FOR A REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT FIRM.
I MIGHT ADD THAT WE ARE ALSO THE GRANDPARENTS OF THIRTY FIVE GRANDCHILREN (SOON TO BE THIRTY-SIX).
IN 2015 MY WIFE AND I CELEBRATED OUR FIFTY-FIFTH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY. JUST SHORTLY THEREAFTER WE WERE INFORMED THAT SHE HAD A VERY AGGRESSIVE FORM OF CANCER. SHE PASSED AWAY JUST THREE WEEKS AFTER THAT FIRST DIAGNOSIS.
IN HER PASSING HER BEQUEST TO OUR CHILDREN WAS A LEGACY OF FAITH AND HOPE. FAITH AND HOPE ARE THE KEY WORDS THAT YOU WILL HEAR FROM ME TODAY.
IN MY CAREER AS AN ATTORNEY, AN ELECTED PUBLIC OFFICIAL, AND AS A CITIZEN ACTIVIST I HAVE ALSO SPENT OVER FIFTY YEARS IN VARIOUS CAPACITIES AS AN OPPONENT OF PORNOGRAPHY. IT IS WITH PARTICULAR EMPHASIS UPON THE POWER OF PORNOGRAPHY TO DESTROY A MARRIAGE AND A FAMILY THAT I HAVE BEEN INVITED TO SPEAK TO YOU TODAY.
IN MY FIFTY-FIVE YEAR CAREER AS AN ATTORNEY I HAVE TRAVELED OVER TWO MILLION MILES BY AIR AND HAVE NEGOTIATED CONTRACT S ON FIVE CONTINENTS. I HAVE LEARNED THAT PEOPLE AND FAMILIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD ARE VERY SIMILAR. PARENTS HAVE THE SAME DESIRES FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES IRRESPECT OF WHETHER THE SHELTER IN THEY LIVE IS A MARBLE MANSION OR AN OPEN SIDED HUT WITH A THATCHED ROOF.
NOT ONLY ARE PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD BASICALLY THE SAME BUT FAMILIES MADE UP OF THOSE PEOPLE ARE BASICALLY THE SAME.
THE FAMILY IS THE SOURCE OF HOPE AS WELL AS FOOD, SHELTER, AND A SENSE OF BELONGING. THE FAMILY IS THE ESSENTIAL SOURCE OF HOPE. WHEN ALL ELSE THAT SURROUNDS US IS GONE, THE FAMILY WILL REMAIN AS THE ENDOURING SOURCE OF HOPE.
WHEN I FIRST READ THEANTI-FAMILY RHETORIC OF THE LEADERS OF THE LESBIAN/GAY/BISEXUAL/TRANSGENDER (LGBT) CABAL I WAS STUNNED AT THEIR VEHEMENT ANTIPATHY REGARDING THE FAMILY. WHEN THEIR MOST REVERED INTELLECTUAL LEADERS ADMITTED THAT THEY COULD NEVER ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS AS LONG AS THE FAMILY REMAINED THE BASIC UNIT OF SOCIETY I FELT SOME HOPE THAT THEIR TRUE INTENT IN PURSUING THE ELIMINATION OF GENDER REALITIES WOULD AWAKEN OTHERS TO THE DANGER THAT THE LGBTQ REPRESENTS. THAT DANGER IS ESPECIALLY CRITICAL TO RELIGION AND FREEDOM.
THROUGH THE MANY YEARS SINCE IF FIRST LEARNED OF THEIR CONTEMPT FOR THE FAMILY I HAVE BEEN SICKENED AT HEART AT HOW THEY HAVE USED EVERY STRATEGY IN THE MEDIA AND THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO MAKE A MOCKERY OF THE FAMILY.
AS AN AMERICAN FATHER AND GRANDFATHER MY MESSAGE TO YOU TODAY IS NOT A PLEASANT ONE. THERE IS A DISEASE WHICH IS BECOMING RAMPANT IN THE UNITED STATES. THAT DISEASE IS DESTROYING THE AMERICAN DREAM.
THAT DISEASE IS THE LOSS OF HOPE.
THE GERM THAT HAS CAUSED THAT DISEASE IN THE UNITED STATES IS THE ATTACK UPON THE FAMILY. THAT ATTACK HAS BEEN ORCHESTATED BY THREE ANTI-FAMILY ANTI-RELIGION PHILOSOPHIES. THEY ARE: SECULARISM, HEDONISM, AND HUMANSIM.
SECULARISM IS THE REJECTION OR EXCLUSION OF RELIGION AND RELIGIOUS BELIEFS AND PRACTICES.
HEDONISM IS THE DOCTRINE THAT PLEASURE OR SELF GRATIFICATION IS THE SOLE OR CHIEF PURPOSE IN LIFE.
HULMANISM IS AN EMPHASIS ON SECULAR VALUES…A WAY OF LIFE THAT IS CENTERED ON SATISFYING HUMAN PASSIONS OR APPTITES. THE PHILOSOPHY OF HUMANISM ASSERTS THE ACHIEVEMENT OF SELF-REALIZATION EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH REASON ALONE. HUMANISM REJECTS RELIGION.
ANY STUDY OF THE RISE OF THE UNITED STATES AS A DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC CONFIRMS THAT IT WAS BECAUSE OF THE ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AMONG THE AMERICAN COLONISTS, FROM 1620 TO 1770, THAT MADE POSSIBLE THE FOUNDATION OF POLITICAL FREEDOM TH AT WAS INCLUDED IN THE AMERICAN CONSTIUTION.
TODAY TWO ANTI-FAMILY ANTI-RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE BECOME THE PRINCIPLE DISTRIBUTORS INTO THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF THE PORNOGRAPHY OF SECULARISM, HEDONISM, AND HUMANISM. THESE TWO ORGANIZATIONS ARE SEICUS (Sex Education and Information Council of The United States) AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD.
THROUGH YEARS OF EFFORT BY INDIVIDUALS WHOSE VALUES ARE HEDONISTIC, HUMANISTIC, AND SECULARISTIC THESE TWO ORGANIZATIONS HAVE CORRUPTED THE CURRICULUM OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF AMERICA WITH THE DECEITFUL AND DESTRUCTIVE CURSE OF SEXUAL PERMISSIVENESS AND SEXUAL PERVERSIONS SUCH AS SAME SEX MARRIAGE.
THE CURRENT STRATEGY OF SEICUS AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS TO ELIMINATE THE EXPLICIT AND IMPLICIT TEACHING OF MASCULINE AND FEMININE GENDER IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THE ULTIMATE RESULT OF THAT STRTEGY IS TO ELIMINATE THE NATURAL FAMILY AS GOD INTENDED IT TO BE.
RECENTLY I RECEIVED A COPY OF THE MARCH 2017 ISSUE OF THE MONTHLY MAGAZINE PUBLISHED BY THE UNION OF PUPLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, WITH THE TITLE, The California Educator.
THIS MAGAZINE WAS SENT TO OVER TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND TEACHERS IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF CALIFORNIA. THE LEAD ARTICLE IN THIS ISSUE IS ENTITLED, Embracing The Gender Spectrum.
FOR EIGHT PAGES THE ARTICLE PRESENTS THE PROPAGANDA OF THE LGBT CABAL OF GENDER NEUTRALITY. THE MESSAGE OF THE ARTICLE TO THE PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS OF THE CHILDREN OF THIRTY-FIVE MILLION PEOPLE IN CALIFORNIA IS THE NECESSITY TO ELIMINATE THE SPECIFIC AND IMPLICIT ASSERTION OF GENDER IDENTITY IN THE LIVES OF CALIFORNIA’S SCHOOL CHILDREN.
AN EXAMPLE OF THE CONTENT OF THE MAGAZINE IS THE ADMONITION THAT A TEACHER SHOULD NOT USE THE FEMININE PRONOUNS She, her, hers, herself, OR THE MASCULINE PRONOUNS he, him, his, himself. RATHER, THE TEACHER SHOULD ALWAYS USE “GENDER NEUTRAL” PRONOUNS SUCH AS they, them, their, themself (sic) AND USE THE NEW LANAGUAGE OF THE GENEDER NEUTRAL PROPAGANDA “ze, hir, hirs, hirself.”
QUOTING FROM THE ARTICLE, “STUDENTS IN CALIFORNIA HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO WEAR CLOTHING, USE RESTROOMS AND LOCKER ROOMS, AND PARTICIPATE ON SPORTSTEAMS MATCHING THEIR (SELF) GENDER IDENTITY SINCE THE ENACTMENT (BY THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE) OF THE SCHOOL SUCCESS AND OPPORTUNITY ACT – THE SO-CALLED RESTROOM LAW – IN 2014. (emphasis added.)
AND WHO ARE THE EDUCATION EXPERTS THAT THE EDUCATORS OF CALIFORNIA’S CHILDREN TURNED TO FOR ADVICEON HOW TO TEACH THESE ANTI-FAMILY PRINCIPLES? THE TEACHERS TURNED TO A BOOK PUBLISHED BY THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR LESBIAN RIGHTS, THE ACLU, THE NEA, AND THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN ENTITLED, Schools In Transition, A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools.
THE VALUES OFTHESE ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDE THREE ESSENTIAL CONCEPTS : ONE, THE DENIAL OF GOD; TWO, THE DENIAL OF THE INDIVIDUAL’S ACCOUNTABILITY FOR MORAL CONDUCT; AND THREE, THE DENIAL OF THE MORAL ABSOLUTES OF GOOD AND EVIL.
YET, WE KNOW THAT WITHOUT GOD, WITHOUT MORALITY, AND WITHOUT OBEDIENCE TO THE SUPREMACY OF LAW, NO CIVILIZATION CAN LONG ENDURE.
FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCE I CAN CONFIRM THAT ONE OF THE RESULTS OF THE PROMULGATION OF THESE EVIL VALUES IN TERMS OF HUMAN BEHANVIOR HAS BEEN THE INCREDIBLE INCREASE OF THE CONSUMPTION OF PORNOGRAPHY.
PORNOGRAPHY IS THE GRAPHIC PORTRAYAL OF SEXUAL PERVERSION. PORNOGRAPHY IS A MIND-ALTERING DRUG THAT DESTROYS THE INDIVIDUAL’S ABILITY TO DISCIPLINE HUMAN PASSIONS.
THE LIGHTED CANDLE SOCIETY’S RESEARCH DEMONSTRATES HOW THE CONSUMPTION OF PORNOGRAPHY ACTUALLY ALTERS THE STRUCTURE AND THE FUNCTION OF THE HUMAN BRAIN.
PORNOGRAPHY CREATES AN ADDICTION THAT IS STRONGERTHAN THE CHEMICAL ADDICTION OF HEROIN.
WE HAVE SEEN PRONOGRAPHY MIGRATE FROM PRIMARILY BEING PRODUCED AND DISTRIBUTED BYCRIMINAL SYNDICATES TO WHERE IT IS NOW AVAILABLE IN THE WORKPLACE, THE SCHOOL AND WORST OF ALL, IN THE HOME.
HAND HELD DEVICES NOW MAKE ACCESS TO AND THE CREATION OF PORNOGRAPHY AS SIMPLE AS PRESSING A BUTTON.
IN THE UNITED STATES WE NOW HAVE CHILDREN COMMITTING TWO CRIMES BECAUSE OF THESE HAND HELD DEVICES. THEY PRODUCE THEIR OWN PORNOGRAPHY BY MAKING PHOTOGRAPHS OF THEIR PRIVATE BODY PARTS AND THOSE OF FRIENDS. UNDER AMERICAN LAW THIS IS A SERIOUS CRIME. THEY COMMIT A SECOND CRIME WHEN THEY USE THEIR HAND HELD DEVICE TO TRANSMIT THOSE PHOTOGRAPHS TO OTHER CHILDREN.
THE RESULT OF THIS ACTIVITY IS CHILD PORNOGRAPHY BEING PRODUCED AND DISTRIBUTED BY CHILDREN.
AND WHO DO WE HAVE TO THANK FOR THIS AVALNCHE OF VULGARITY AND WITH IT THE EMASCULATION OF GOD GIVEN GENDER IDENTITY? THE LGBT CABAL, PLANNED PARENTHOOD, THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR LESBIAN RIGHTS, THE ACLU, AND THE AMERICAN ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY.
AS PORNOGRAPHY DESTROYS THE INDIVIDUAL IT SOON DESTROYS THE FAMILY.
PORNOGRAPHY DESTROYS THE ABILITY TO FUNCTION IN A PROFESSION OR EMPLOYMENT. IT DESTROYS THE ABILITYTO FUNCTION IN THE HOME AND THE FAMILY. ULTIMATELY IT DESTROYS T SELF DIGNITY AND SELF RESPECT. PORNOGRAPHY LEAVES ITS VICTIMS WITH A LIFE OF ASHES AND DESPAIR.
PORNOGRAPHY IS A THIEF AND A LIER. PORNOGRAPHY ROBS INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES OF THEIR MOST PRECIOUS POSSESSIONS – LOVE, LOYALTY, AND HOPE.
PORNOGRAPHY DESTROYS LOVE IN EXCHANGE FOR LUST.
PORNOGRAPHY DESTROYS LOYALTY BY CREATING AN ADDICTION THAT WILL OVERPOWER ALL OTHER COMMITMENTS, OR COVENANTS.
PORNOGRAPHY DESTROYS HOPE IN THAT THE INEVITABLE RESULT OF ADDICTION TO PORNOGRAPHY IS A LIFE OF DESPAIR.
PORNOGRAPHY SUBSTITUTES A LIE FOR TRUTH. PORNOGRAPHY STEALS THE WILL AND THE WAY TO MAKE ONE’S LIFE MEANINGFUL AND PURPOSEFUL. PORNOGRAPHY STEALS TIME AND THE DISCIPLINE THAT IS ESSENTIAL TO PROVIDE AN INDIVIDUAL AND A FAMILY WITH THE NECESSITIES OF LIFE.
THERE IS NO ESCAPING THE FACT THAT AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT OF THE LGBT CABAL IS THAT SEX SHOULD BE THE PRIMARY SOURCE OF HAPPINESS AND FULFILLMENT IN LIFE. THEY HAVE SPENT HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN PROMOTING THIS ANTI-FAMILY ANTI-RELIGION PHILOSOPHY.
OUR RESEARCH AT THE LIGHTED CANDLE SOCIETY SHOWS THE SICKENING RESULTS OF THIS “SEX EDUCATION:”
THE CONSUMPTION OF PORNOGRAPHY AMONG YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS HAS NOW BECOME ENDEMIC
TEEN-AGE SUICIDE HAS INCREASED INCREMENTALLY WITH THE PRESENCE OF THEIR MATERIALS.
TEENAGE PREGNANCY HAS INCREASED INCREMENTALLY WITH THE PRESENCE OF THEIR MATERIALS.
TEENAGE VENERAL DISEASE HAS INCREASED WITH THE PRESENCE OF THEIR MATERIALS.
LEGAL ACCEPTANCE OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE AND OR LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER CO-HABITATION HAS BECOME MANDATED BY LAWS AND BY JUDICIAL DECISIONS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE POSSIBLE BY ABSURD MIS- INTERPRETATIONS OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION.
FATHERHOOD AND THE ROLE OF THE FATHER IN THE FAMILY HAVE BEEN SYSTEMICALLY DENIGRATED AND VILIFIED IN THE ENTERAINMENT MEDIA AND BY THE WORK OF SEICUS AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD.
AND EVER AND ALWAYS IN THEIR PROPAGANDIZING IS THE MESSAGE THAT RELIGION AND MORAL VALUES AS TAUGHT IN THE HOME AMONG THE FAMILY ARE ACTUALLY HINDERING THE HAPPINESS AND SUCCESS OF THE FAMILY MEMBERS.
AS THEY CAMAFLOUGE THE PROMULAGATION OF SEXUAL PERMISSIVENESS AS THE SOURCE OF HAPPINESS AND THE REALIZATION OF A “FULFILLING LIFE” THOSE WHO BELIEVE AND PRACTICE THESE IMMORAL CORRUPTIONS FIND THAT JUST THE REVERSE OF WHAT WAS PROMISED THEM TAKES PLACE.
INSTEAD OF HAPPINESS AND FULFILLMENT THERE IS DISPAIR. AS THE SECOND AND THIRD GENERATIONS OF THOSE INCULCATED WITH THESE ANTI-FAMILY ANTI-RELIGION PHILISOPHIES HAVE REACHED ADULTHOOD AN EPIDEMIC SICKNESS OF DOUBT HAS ENVELOPED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
A COUNTRY THAT HAD NO EQUAL IN THE WORLD FOR PROSPERITY, FOR HAPPINESS, FOR INDIVIDUAL OPPORTUNITY AND PRODUCTIVITY, FOR FOOD, FOR INNOVATIVE MEDICINES AND DEVICES TO ENHANCE COMFORT AND THE HEALING OF DISEASES NOW FINDS A MAJORITY OF ITS ADULT CITIZENS FILLED WITH DOUBT ABOUT THEIR FUTURE.
HOW DID IT ALL COME ABOUT? HOW DID THIS DESTRUCTION OF HOPE AND OPTISMISM AND FAITH TAKE PLACE?
IT HAS TAKEN PLACE WITH THE ATTACK UPON THE FAMILY THAT WAS ORCHESTRATED BY SEICUS, PLANNED PARENTHOOD, AND THE AMERICAN ENTERAINMNT MEDIA.
LET ME SHARE WITH YOU A TRUE STORY FROM WORLD WAR II THAT WILL ILLUSTRATE MY MESSAGE.
I BECAME A CLOSE FRIEND OF A MAN FROM RURAL UTAH BY THE NAME OF WALTER STEWART. ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS I HOSTED MEETINGS WHERE WALTER WOULD SHARE HIS STORY.
DURING WORLD WAR II WALTER BECAME A PILOT OF THE B-24 BOMBER. AFTER HIS TRAINING WALTER WAS SENT TO GREAT BRITAIN WHERE HE FLEW MISSIONS OVER EUROPE.
THEN HE AND HIS SQUADRON WERE TRANSFERRED TO NORTH AFRICA. THEY BEGAN TRAINING FOR A MISSION TO BOMB THE OIL REFINEREIS IN PLOESTI, RUMANIA. CAMPED ON THE SHORES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DESERT THERE WAS NOTHING FOR THESE AIRMEN TO DO AT NIGHT BUT GATHER IN THEIR TENTS.
WALTER WAS A DEVOUT CHRISTIAN. HE BEGAN HOLDING DISCUSSIONS IN HIS TENT ABOUT RELIGIOUS PRINCIPLES. GRADUALLY THE ATTENDANCE AT THESE DISCUSSIONS GREW LARGER AND LARGER AND THEY KEPT MOVING THE DISCUSSIONS TO A MORE SPACIOUS MEETING PLACE. FINALLY THEY HAD TO HOLD THEIR MEETINGS IN A HUGE TENT HANGER.
THE NIGHT BEFORE THEY WERE TO TAKE OFF ON THEIR MISSION TO PLOESTI, A MISSION LONGER AND MORE DANGEROUS THAN ANY THAT HAD EVER BEFORE BEEN ATTEMTPTED BY EITHER SIDE IN THE WAR, THE ATTENDANCE AT THE DISCUSSION WAS THE LARGEST EVER.
WALTER HAD PREPARED SOME REMAKRS ABOUT A RELIGIOUS TOPIC WHEN ONE OF THE PILOTS INTERRUPTED HIM AND SAID, “WALTER, WHAT WE WANT TO HEAR TONIGHT IS WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THOSE OF US WHO DO NOT RETURN TOMORROW. WILL OUR DEATHS BE THE END OF IT ALL?”
ALTHOUGH HE WAS NOT A TRAINED THEOLOGIAN, WALTER HAD BEEN RAISED IN A FAMILY WHERE HE HAD BEEN TAUGHT FROM THE CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES. AS A TEEN-AGER HE HAD ATTENDED CLASSES ABOUT THE TEACHINGS OF THE BIBLE. ONE OF THOSE LESSONS CENTERED ON THE BOOK OF JOB IN THE OLD TESTAMENT. FROM THE BOOK OF JOB HE WAS TAUGHT THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION “WHEN A MAN DIES WILL HE LIVE AGAIN?”
BY CITING CHAPTER AND VERSE FROM THE CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES AND WITH HIS OWN PERSONAL TESTIMONY HE ASSURED HIS FELLOW AIRMEN THAT THOSE WHO DID NOT RETURN THE NEXT DAY WOULD NOT DISAPPEAR FROM EXISTENCE. HE ASSURMED THEM THAT AT DEATH THEYWOULD IMMEDIAELY FIND THEMSELVES REUNITED WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO HAD ALSO EXPERIENCED THE END OF MORTAL LIFE.
WALTER’S TESTIMONY FROM THE BOOK OF JOB AND FROM THE TEACHINGS OF HIS PARENTS GAVE HOPE TO THOSE AIRMEN. UNTIL WALTER HAD SPOKEN THE ATMOSPHERE IN THAT MEETING HAD BEEN ONE OF DOUBT AND DESPAIR. NOW THE ATMOSPHERE BECAME ONE OF HOPE AND CONFIDENCE THAT NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENED THE NEXT DAY, DEATH WOULD NOT BE THE END OF IT ALL.
WALTER THAN TESTIFIED OF HOW HIS PARENTS HAD INSTILLED HOPE AND FAITH INTO HIS LIFE. AS A TWENTY-TWO YEAR OLD BOMBER PILOT HE WAS ABLE TO TAKE OFF ON EACH MISSION STRENGTHENED WITH FAITH AND HOPE.
THAT FAITH AND HOPE CAME FROM BEING PART OF A FAMILY THAT BY PRECEPT AND EXAMPLE EXUDED FAITH AND HOPE THROUGHOUT THEIR LIVES. WALTER ASSURED HIS FELLOW AIRMEN THAT AT THE END OFTHEIR MORTAL LIVES THEY WOULD TRANSITION TO AN EXISTENCE FILLED WITH THE SAME SOCIALITY THAT THEY HAD KNOW IN MORTALTY BUT SURROUNDED WITH GLORY AND JOY.
IT WAS FROM HIS FAMILY THAT WALTER HAD GAINED THAT POWER OF HOPE.
WHEN WALTER HAD FINISHED HIS TESTIMONY THE FEELINGS OF ANXIETY AND DESPAIR THAT HAD FILLED THE HANGER WERE CHANGED TO FEELINGS OF HOPE, OF CONFIDENCE, OF GRATITUDE FOR WALTER’S FAITH.
AS HE RECITED HIS TESTIMONY WALTER QUIETLY ADDED, “THE PILOT WHO HAD ASKED THAT QUESTION WAS ONE OF THOSE WHO DID NOT RETURN THE NEXT DAY.”
ONE FINAL EXAMPLE. I HAVE KNOWN A REMARKABLE UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR WHO HAD RECEIVED A LETTER FROM A FORMER STUDENT IN WHICH THE STUDENT PLEADED WITH HIS MENTOR FOR HELP. THE STUDENT HAD ENCOUNTERED A “CRISIS OF FAITH” THAT WAS TAKING AWAY HIS HOPE FOR HIMSELF AND HIS FAMILY.
I WAS GIVEN A COPY OF THE TEACHER’S UNPUBLISHED LETTER IN RESPONSE TO THE PLEA OF HIS FORMER STUDENT.
THE WISE PROFESSOR WROTE A SHORT BUT CLEAR ANSWER AS FOLLOWS:
“LIKE MANY OF YOU I HAVE BEEN THROUGH DARK PERIODS OF DOUBT AND SKEPTICISM, OF NEGATIVE REACTIONS AND DISBELIEF. THESE EXPERIENCES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN CHARCTERIZED BY DOUBT, REFRIGERATION OF SPIRIT, PETTINESS, CYNICISM, AND GENERAL MISERY.
IN THESE EXPERIENCES THE IRON ROD TO WHICH I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO CLING HAS BEEN MY FAMILY AND MY RELIGION. IN RESPONSE TO DOUBT THEY HAVE RESPONDED TO MY NEED FOR STRENGTH WITH POSITIVE FAITH, HOPE, AND CHARITY. AS THE ASHES OF DOUBT WERE SWEPT WAY MY LIFE BECAME BLESSED WITH ZEST AND VALUE AND THE JOY THAT ONLY A LOYAL FAMILY IN A HOME FILLED WITH LOVE COULD MAKE POSSIBLE.
AT TIMES I HAVE HAD TO TAKE MYSELF IN HAND AND COMMAND MY KNEES TO BEND, MY HEAD TO BOW, AND MY SPIRIT TO BECOME CONTRITE. BUT OF THIS I BEAR WITNESS, THAT I HAVE BEHELD MORE DISTANT VISTAS WHEN UPON MY KNEES THAN WHEN STANDING UPRIGHT.”
(Unpublished letter of Hugh B Brown)
SO WHAT MUST WE DO?
WE NEED TO RESTORE THE FAMILY AS THE ESSENTIAL FOUNDATION FOR HUMAN HAPPINESS IN OUR CULTURES.
- WE NEED TO HELP FATHERS AND MOTHERS FULFILL THEIR DIVINE ROLES AS THE STEWARDS OF THOSE SPIRITS WHOM GOD HAS SENT TO THEIR MARRIAGE.
- WE NEED TO MAKE HOPE REPLACE DOUBT. WE MUST NEVER FORGET THE POWEROF HOPE IN SUSTAINING OUR CHILDREN TO MEET THE CHALLENGES OF MORTAL LIFE.
- WE MUST ALWAYS BE ON GUARD AGAINST THE INSIDIOUS EFFORTS TO INTRODUCE INTO THE LIVES OF OUR YOUTH THE LIES THAT ARE EVER PRESENT IN THE PROGRAMS OF SEICUS AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD. THESE ORGANIZATIONS ARE THOSE WHO “…LOVE AND MAKE A LIE.”
- THE LIE THAT SEICUS AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD PRESENT IN THEIR “SEX EDUCATION CLASSES” IS THAT SEX HAS NO MORAL LIMITATIONS AND THAT THE FAMILY IS ACTUALLY AN ENEMY TO PERSONAL JOY. WE MUST COUNTER THOSE LIES WITH THE CONFIRMED FINDINGS OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH THAT HAS PROVEN THAT A FAMILY IS THE MOST RELIABLE AND EFFECTIVE SOURCE OF HOPE, HAPPINESS, AND FULIFLLMENT IN AN INDIVIDUAL’S LIFE.
- FINALLY, WE MUST NEVER GIVE UP. WE ARE SUCCEEDING AS LONG AS WE DO NOT GIVE UP.
- WE MUST TEACH OUR CHILDREN HOW RELIGIOUS VALUES ARE THE SOURCE OF TRUE FREEDOM.
HOW WILL WE DO THAT?
IN MY HOME I AM SURROUNDED BY PHOTOGRAPHS OF MY BELOVED COMPANION OF FIFTY-FIVE YEARS AND OF OUR POSTERITY. THERE IS A CERTAIN KNOWLEDGE IN MY HEART THAT THE DIVINE QUALITY OF LOVE DOES NOT EVAPORATE WHEN THE MORTAL BODY FINALLY GIVES UP THE SPIRIT THAT GAVE IT LIFE.
I AM SUSTAINED BY THE RELIGIOUS FAITH THAT CAME ABOUT THROUGH THE INSTRUMENTALITY OF A FARM BOY BY THE NAME OF JOSEPH SMITH, JR. HE ONCE SAID: “A PERSON FILLED WITH THE LOVE OF GOD IS NOT CONTENT WITH BLESSING HIS OR HER FAMILY ALONE, BUT RANGES THROUGH THE WHOLE WORLD ANXIOUS TO BLESS THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE.”
YOU KNOW PEOPLE LIKE THAT, PEOPLE LIKE MOTHER TERRESA AND THOUSANDS OF OTHERS. MY BELOVED CAROLYN WAS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE.
IT IS IN A FAMILY THAT A MOTHER AND A FATHER ARE ABLE TO CREATE SUCH A CHARACTER.
WE MUST NEVER FORGET THE POWER OF RELIGION IN PROTECTING INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES AGAINST THE EVILS OF PORNOGRAPHY.
WE MUST TEACH OUR CHILDREN THAT IT IS MORE BLESSED TO GIVE SERVICE TO OTHERS THAN TO RECEIVE THE DOLE OF GOVERNMENT LARGESSE.
MORE THAN TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO A WISE KING BY THE NAME OF BENJAMIN TAUGHT HIS PEOPLE THAT “ …. WHEN YE ARE IN THE SERVICE OF YOUR FELLOW BEINGS YE ARE ONLY IN THE SERVICE OF YOUR GOD.”
LIVING IN A HOME AND A COMMUNITY WHERE SERVICE TO OTHERS IS AN UNDERSTOOD PATTERN OF LIFE CREATES AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE AND HOPE.
I SUBSCRIBE TO THE TESTIMONY OF PAUL THE APOSTLE WHO TAUGHT, “AND BE YE KIND ONE TO ANOTHER, TENDERHEARTED, FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER, EVEN AS GOD FOR CHRIST’S SAKE HATH FORGIVEN YOU.”
IT IS ONLY THROUGH TEACHING AND LIVING SUCH PRINCIPLES AS KING BENJAMIN AND PAUL TAUGHT THAT THERE CAN BE A REASONABLE HOPE FOR WORLD PEACE.
AND THE ONLY WAY THAT THOSE PRINCIPLE AS CAN OR WILL BE IMPLEMENTED WORLD –WIDE IS THROUGH THE INSTRUMENTALITY OF FAMILIES.
THAT IS WHY THIS CONGRESS IS SO VITAL. WE MUST COMMUNICATE TO ALL NATIONS THAT THE ONLY RATIONAL HOPE FOR A WORLD FILLED WITH PEACE AND HARMONY IS THROUGH THE FAMILY.