There is nothing wrong with human rights, except that it misses out God. It was during a God-fearing era when John Paul II was pope and Ronald Reagan was president, when American society combined spirituality with morality and brought communism to its knees. Today, we should heed President Reagan’s warning: “When we will forget that we are a nation subordinated to God, we will simply become a subordinated nation.”
By Nicholas Dima | September 29, 2015
President Obama orders White House draped in rainbow colors to hail U.S. Supreme Court decision to federalize same-sex marriage, while diminishing a state’s right to have the people decide. Image: CNN/June 30, 2015
Washington is promoting a number of policies that are rejected by a good part of the world. This poses a risk in the global psychological warfare for the hearts and minds of the people and risks isolating America.
From a cultural point of view societies are seen as pyramids. At the very base of the pyramid are the social relations among people and the relation between societies and the environment. This level of daily Behavior represents what we do for a living and how we do it. It is mostly a visible and measurable world easy to understand. It is at this level where societies negotiate, agree, disagree and compromise on various local or international issues. At the top of the cultural pyramid is our World View, meaning, what we think the purpose of life is. This is an invisible realm where concepts and consciousness reside and which answers to the question, what is true or what we believe truth is. And at this level negotiations are very difficult and compromise is virtually impossible.
The gap between what we do for a living and our world view is bridged by Beliefs and Values. Beliefs are important because people do believe in God and have faith. While beliefs are stable, our values tame our behavior and put us in harmony with our world view. In an increasingly globalized world, challenging beliefs and values can undermine everything and can push the world toward chaos. Unfortunately, America is increasingly challenging traditional views.
In God We Trust may now read in God We Trusted. It is obvious that the society of today is no longer a God-fearing and Christian values oriented society. Many people have lost their faith, some churches are now empty, and values have been turned upside down. Some fifty years ago America was a stable democracy, feared God and opposed God-less Communism. Now, the classic beliefs have not been abandoned, but traditional values have been emptied of most content. Officially, America no longer professes Christianity. President Obama has discontinued the Christian Prayer Week that used to gather Christians from all over the world. And, Obama is just one symptom that confronts the society. A recent poll shows that only about 10 percent of the people trust Congress. What kind of representative government is this if Americans do not trust the very people they elect? The truth is that something is wrong, and people are restless and looking for answers. Here are some controversial issues Washington is condoning that confuse the world and feed our enemies.
America is divided on the issues of immigration, multiculturalism and minority rights. Responsible people would like to control immigration and maintain a balanced society. Liberals favor freer immigration and embrace multiculturalism and minority points of view. Yet, multiculturalism is diluting national feelings without fostering democracy or cementing a new sense of nationhood. Another touchy issue is promoting minority rights. Imposing LGBT precepts transformed as rights, for example, is now the new normal for most of the media and for authorities. Thirty to forty years ago one would find a Bible by the bedside of every hotel-motel room. Now, some schools distribute condoms and ‘morning after’ pills to students. What moral message is America transmitting to the world? Most countries reject this trend. According to reliable statistics between 95 and 99 percent of the people in Africa reject these social policies. Yet, African governments are chastised regularly by U.S. officials for violating human rights.
The concept of human rights is a welcome code of conduct. Respecting human rights is strongly demanded by the State Department. Human rights, however, is a horizontal code that governs relations among people. It cannot replace religion, which is a vertical code connecting us to a spiritual realm. There is nothing wrong with human rights, except that it misses out God. It was during a God-fearing era when John Paul II was pope and Ronald Reagan was president, when American society combined spirituality with morality and brought communism to its knees. Today, we should heed President Reagan’s warning: “When we will forget that we are a nation subordinated to God, we will simply become a subordinated nation.”
These days the world is again divided and Russia is engaged in subtle but discernible psychological warfare against America. And Russia is now using both spiritual and moral values arguments. Moscow is attempting to gain the support of the political right by appealing to spiritual values and of the political left by defending the downtrodden.
While Russia is openly anti-gay, for example, and rejects the new mores imposed by America and the West, Eastern Europe is vulnerable to Russia’s schemes. The truth is that freedom in Eastern Europe came with a host of socio-economic woes. There is de-industrialization on a huge scale and rising poverty and unemployment. And there are social ills, prostitution and promiscuity unknown before. People are already questioning the intent and purpose of Western values. While many people are looking for a moral shore to drop anchor, America is promoting same-sex marriage as human rights. This flawed approach has already alienated many friends and has fed into existing anti-American attitudes.
In addition, Moscow is working hard to split the Western alliance. If Russia should ever win the current psychological warfare, it is only because of the weaknesses of America and the wickedness of the West. Where is that exceptional moral America that stood up to God-less Communism and won the Cold War?
Nicholas Dima, Ph.D, is a former professor and author of numerous books and articles including the autobiographical memoir, Journey to Freedom, a description of the effects of communist dictatorship on a nation, a family and an individual. He currently lectures and is a contributor to SFPPR News & Analysis.