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How did cigarette smoking become a greater sin than sodomy? October 17, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, sadness, scandals, self-serving, sickness, Society, the enemy.
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Or, what happens when the culture detaches itself from reason and the Faith, and makes will to power and radical, feel-good definitions of liberty its basis.

Ed Driscoll notes below that the old sins have been virtually expunged from our society, but that in their place, new sins are being raised up to replace the old.  Today, there are tens of millions of people in the US and Europe who know, KNOW, that intoxicating marijuana use if far, far superior, morally, to smoking a cigarette. Sodomy is far, far more moral than “judgin.”  The collapse of Western Civilization, item # 998,245:

So now there is no such thing as a sexual sin, and we have replaced real sins with other infractions.   There is a rational basis for the opprobrium for smoking, [I disagree, there is no rational basis in the ludicrous bans on smoking that now require smokers to be 25 feet from a building entrance, ludicrously inflated claims regarding “second-hand smoke,” etc.  There is a rational basis in counseling people not to smoke, but not in the hysteria that surrounds the matter now]  but the depth of feeling surely indicates that there is a social craving for rules and bounds, so that we elevate minor infractions to the level formerly reserved for real serious sin. [Indeed.  And I fear very soon, publicly being and acting Christian will be an intolerable offense, because the only moral sins left in the universe are “intolerance” and “judging.”]

But of course there is no longer any such thing as sexual sin.   To the modern cultural mavens, the only sins remaining are hypocrisy and intolerance.   And transgressions against the planet, such as failing to recycle.

Or, as Driscoll notes Dennis Prager observed in 2003:

Decades of lecturing around America and of speaking with parents on my radio show have led me to an incredible conclusion: More American parents would be upset with their teenage children if they smoked a cigarette than if they cheated on a test. [And many would be more upset about smoking than their child fornicating, or certainly abusing themselves….]

How has this come about? This is, after all, an entirely new phenomenon. Almost no member of my generation (those who became teenagers in the 1960s), let alone a member of any previous generation, could ever have imagined that parents would be angrier with their teenage child for smoking than for cheating.

There has been a profound change in American values. In a nutshell, health has overtaken morality. Or, if you prefer, health has become our morality.

I think that’s true. And I think it’s true because people either have no faith, or have that really wishy-washy modern-type faith-i-ness that says all dogs go to Heaven.  So, if there either is no God, and we just die and that’s it, then it’s all about this life. Or, if everyone goes to Heaven, then it’s all about this life.  So, the main point of existence becomes living the funnest, best, most glamorous, thrill-filled, intoxicated, Botoxed, cult of youth life possible.  If you smoke, you have a strong chance of getting addicted, and it could ruin your health, which so many people say is the most important possible aspect of their lives. If you fornicate and are heterosexual, you might get an STD but most of those can be taken care of easily and there is always abortion to deal with any unintended “products of conception.”  Nice and easy. Much safer to fornicate than to smoke, then. I think in my personal experience growing up most of the parents of friends I knew would have made just exactly that calculus.  Especially the Catholic ones.

Note, not a single thought of morality enters in.  Those who either believe in no God, or believe in an entirely anthropocentric vision of a God that would never judge anyone enough as to send them to hell (ok, maybe a few, like Stalin, at most) probably accounts for at least 80% of the American population.  It could be much higher.  I don’t look for that to improve until we can start to get at least a large number of Catholics believing in hell again, and correcting the errors propagated by men like Fr. Robert Barron.  I pray Dr. Martin’s book on the subject is a good, serious start at correcting this error.

This denial of hell is one of the modernist’s greatest coups.  Psychologically, as an argument, it’s brilliant. It’s a great means to bring people over to their side. What is the famous saying……the greatest trick the devil ever pulled, was to convince people he doesn’t exist?  Indeed.

People love to hear there is no hell.  It plays to our pride and vanity.  Or if there is one, God certainly wouldn’t damn me.  Maybe my jackace neighbor, but not me, or anyone care about.  So drawn in, subtly, often unknowingly, formerly faithful Catholics gradually accepted more and more of the modernist ethos that flows from this anthropomorphism of God into a tame little creature of our own making that would never do anything so mean, so intolerant, as to judge and damn someone!

This is one of the key errors we have to fight.  And it’s a tough sell, convincing people that there IS a hell, that Dogma can never change and that what the Church once believed, it must always believe.

But it’s a fight we have to engage in.  Quoting Church Fathers, popes, Saints, great theologians, etc., is one means, but I think an even better method is trying to get people to at least consider assisting at the traditional Mass.  There, all the pieces fall into place and Grace really does our work for us.  Nevertheless, I will continue writing on this subject on my blog, hoping to reach more souls.

 

Comments

1. CA - October 17, 2013

How did cigarette smoking become a greater sin than sodomy? Or “How is cigarette smoking even a sin at all?”

DiscipleoftheDumbOx - October 17, 2013

This is about as queer as it gets. My company’s health insurance will penalize its enrolled members with a per pay period fine unless they sign a tobacco-free attestation, however, if you have a sodomite ‘dependent’, well that’s just a-ok despite the health risks inherent in that type of relationship. We live in a world worse than Carroll could have imagined.

tantamergo - October 17, 2013

True that. But I’m talking of how the culture treats these matters. Nowadays, cigarette smoking certainly IS viewed as a sin, whereas sodomy is not. Indeed, even many, perhaps most, heterosexual couples practice sodomy and its adjuncts regularly.

DiscipleoftheDumbOx - October 17, 2013

It is all tied together, my friend.

2. jmc78666 - October 17, 2013

I used to get the dirtiest looks from people at my old local (liberal) parish. After mass I’d have s smoke in the parking lot, ad to not smoke in the car with my wife. The “Eucharistic ministers” wearing their normal revealing skirts would ask me to cross the street or drive off “as to not give the children the wrong idea”. Sorry ladies, the fact that your children’s fathers are MIA or that their scantily clad moms hand out communion, only to go home to their live-in boyfriends is what “gives them the wrong idea”.  Me smoking is not a mortal sin. But disrespect for our Lord  and not believing in the real presence is. Sorry for the rant…

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Hannah - October 18, 2013

Oh, but jmc, those half-dressed women are in full communion!

Come on now.

LOL, meanwhile the real Catholics are ridiculed to no end. Just sayin’…

3. Lorra - October 17, 2013

By persistent and consistent brain washing over decades.

Good post, Tantam. You are right on.

4. Marguerite - October 18, 2013

What about gossiping put at the top of the list in a recent statement regarding abortion, contraception and divorce?

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