Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Opus 2022-178: What Is That in New Speak?

We keep allowing the left to define the conversation.  They take words and change the meaning.  It is a reflection of the concept of “New Speak”.  Part of this is to confuse any opposition.  Part is simply to lie while appearing to tell the truth.  A good example would be the choice of  “pro-choice” for people who believe it is acceptable to kill your baby before it is born.  It is New Speak because they are against choice in anything that goes against their agenda.

What caught my attention was a paragraph in Live Not by Lies, by Rod Dreher.  He was comparing attitudes and thinking in early 20th century Europe with today’s America.  In the process he wrote the following,

“Arendt’s judgment of the postwar elites who recklessly thumbed their noses at respectability could easily apply to those of our own day who shove aside liberal principles like fair play, race neutrality, free speech, and free association as obstacles to equality.” p. 33
He is referring to Hannah Arendt and a book she wrote in 1951 called The Origins of Totalitarianism.  What struck me was the definition of “liberal principles” that he is assuming.  I don’t know about you but these are values I associate with conservative thinking today.  The modern liberal is out to destroy all of these values.

I have heard before that the classic liberal of the past has a lot in common with the conservatives of today.  This would back up that declaration.  I wonder if we could begin to reclaim some of the words that have been stolen from us by the creeping scourge of the Proregressives*.  Every day it gets harder.  Now you can get in trouble for saying “he” or “him”.  Keep in mind that they are just beginning.

*(Liberals, educators, the media, socialists, communists, crony capitalists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, BLM, MSM, Deep State, etc.  Synonym for swamp dwellers)

Dreher, Rod.  Live Not by Lies.  New York:  Sentinel, 2020.

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