From the annals of a civilization in decay...

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | May 04, 2017

Which of these news stories is more frightening:

  • A recorded episode of an “educational” television show by Bill Nye has been altered, removing a statement of scientific fact—that chromosomes determine gender—which has now become politically incorrect. Nye, who advertises himself as “the Science Guy,” is now willing to accept the argument that gender is a social construct. So he has changed his views about chromosomes: not on the basis of scientific evidence, but because of political developments. Dr. Lysenko, call your office.
  • Perhaps even more important, the archives of a television show have been edited to eliminate the evidence that Nye’s views have changed. How far away is the time when censors will go through libraries, blacking out passages of old texts? By the way, keep in mind that if you have purchased books in electronic format, Amazon can do this to your books right now.
  • A site designed for parents carries a thoroughly sympathetic feature on parents who, having conceived two children by in-vitro fertilization, have transformed the discarded embryos into costume jewelry. The article even describes the embryos as the couple’s “babies,” yet appears to see nothing immoral—nothing even distasteful—in using their tiny little corpses for decoration. This story, too, grows worse: there is an Australian company specializing in this ghoulish form of exploitation. You, too, can use your children as consumer goods, if you choose to deny them the right to life!

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Philopus - May. 10, 2017 4:30 PM ET USA

    “How far away is the time when censors will go through libraries, blacking out passages of old texts”? I would say it as close as 37 years ago. Back in the late 70’s I was in the book selling business more or less by accident. I worked in retail management for a large department store and was given the responsibility of the book department. In my new duties, I found myself touring one of our vendor’s facilities to see what went on behind the scenes. I was shocked and saddened to find that they were fully invested in screening children’s books, not to find inappropriate content but to screen for gender neutrality; they would not distribute any books that didn’t meet their PC standards. Sadly, the censors have been at work in our libraries for a long, long time.

  • Posted by: nix898049 - May. 06, 2017 11:18 AM ET USA

    I've been wondering why the fascination with atrocious skulls as decoration on EVERYTHING these days. That last item gives me the answer. We are being groomed.

  • Posted by: Erusmas - May. 06, 2017 11:15 AM ET USA

    During the 1980s, a Russian journalist published a newspaper column in the United States. He once quoted a saying quite familiar in his country, "In Russia, nobody can predict the past!"

  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - May. 06, 2017 2:21 AM ET USA

    While all three are frightening in their own very specific ways, the last is the most frightening of all. This is because once the view of human life becomes so warped, anything becomes possible for the immorality of those "anythings" will pale in comparison. And no one will see anything wrong with any of those "anythings" because their conscience is long gone the way of the Dodo. This maelstrom of madness threatens to engulf us all. (With a pope who receives the cross on a hammer & sickle.)

  • Posted by: shrink - May. 04, 2017 4:06 PM ET USA

    As the Roman world was decaying, the Catholic Church, in fits and starts was growing, resisting the moral and spiritual decline of the time. Our civilization is now in its death throws, and as Phil pointed out a few days ago, so is the Church in the West, if attendance at Mass is a valid indicator. We Catholics are much closer to the world than the Spirit; thus as the world goes, so goes the Church. BTW: did anyone hear Pope Francis speak the name of Jesus in front of the Moslems? Neither did I.