#134: Big Tech Is Big Brother—Matthew Peterson

#134: Big Tech Is Big Brother—Matthew Peterson

 

Stories of conservative thought being silenced and censored online is now a problem so obvious that liberals like Canadian feminist (I know, almost a tautology) Meghan Murphy are taking note. Murphy was was banned for life from Twitter for using the birth name of a transgender person. The horror!

Matthew Peterson, vice president of education at the Claremont Institute, has had enough. He’s on a mission to gather together anyone—conservative or otherwise—motivated enough to fight back against the narrow-minded, one-sided agendae of Big Tech. How is it just that Google, Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms routinely soft-ban or outright remove influencers with unapproved opinions? 

Today’s heretics in the Church of SJWs may not be burned at the stake. They’re just booted out of polite cyber society. Then again, given the track record of violence by groups like Antifa, give them a chance…

 

In this episode you will learn

  • Why the answer to leftwing censorship of conservative thought and argument is not to “go create another Google.”
  • How the internet is both a blessing and a curse to Christians trying to influence culture
  • Why standing and fighting Big Tech is the duty of every citizen who wants to preserve the kind of public debate and discourse without which America cannot survive
  • That the rampant deleting of conservative thought leaders (under flimsy pretexts) is a function of clearing the decks for the 2020 election
  • Why one’s definition of “freedom” (which precedes freedom of the press) conditions the entire debate about Big Tech meddlers

 

Resources mentioned in this episode

 

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Food for Thought:

Why is America without a robust public marketplace of ideas no longer America?

 

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Defending Celibacy-again!

Defending Celibacy-again!

The (let’s face it) kooky “working document” for the upcoming Pan Amazonian Synod in October has a lot of people scratching their heads if not outright worried about what’s in store.

I give the biblical and traditional evidence for celibacy and offer some thoughts to those who are vexed by the prospect of liberal bishops trying to drop the beautiful and badly needed lifestyle — starting with remote rainforest, and ending in your hometown.

Stuff mentioned:

Summary of Working Document on Synod: HERE

Bible verses:

Jer. 16:1-2

Ex. 9:15

Deut. 5:28

Mt 19

Mt 22

1 Cor. 7:32

1 Cor. 7:38

1 Tim. 3

1 Tim. 4:1-3

 

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#133: The Miracle of Fulton Sheen—Bonnie Engstrom

#133: The Miracle of Fulton Sheen—Bonnie Engstrom

Okay, this is a personal biggie. To get to talk to the mother of the baby boy, James Fulton Engstrom, who was stillborn on September 16, 2010, after a healthy pregnancy. The baby stayed dead for 61 minutes.

Let that sink in.

James’s parents, Bonnie and Travis, began praying—hoping very much against hope—for the intercession of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, who was born and raised near their hometown, to “do something!”

After 61 minutes, something totally unexpected and yet longed for happened. The baby’s heart quickened into a healthy rhythm, and a lovely pink flush replaced the ashen gray of his corpse. TOTALLY impossible, according to every medical expert who has examined the case, and yet it happened. But they weren’t out of the woods. Sweet Baby James, by all evidence, would never recover from the catastrophic loss of oxygen. Doctors predicted the worst.

The Engstroms leveraged social media and doubled down on the heavenly “ask.” People in many countries came to the assistance with prayers. And none of the medical disasters came to pass. James was, and is, normal.

This is an incredible story, and is set to be the bona fide miracle that will make “Uncle Fultie” become Blessed Fulton J. Sheen, one step away from canonization. Ah, cool!

 

In this episode you will learn

  • Important biographical background on Venerable Sheen, his episcopacy, his media career, and his enduring impact.
  • A moment-by-moment account of a parent’s worst nightmare—loss of a child—that was turned into a stunning experience of joy and wonder.
  • Why the Church needs the example of a heroic bishop today.
  • Why Catholics needs to reset their idea of God from a remote bank manager to a loving Father who has the power to heal.
  • Reasons why faith is truly “the evidence of things unseen and the substance of things hoped for.”

 

Resources mentioned in this episode

 

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Food for Thought:

If he were alive today, would Bishop Sheen have a Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feed?

 

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New Vatican Document Stands Up To Gender Ideology

New Vatican Document Stands Up to Gender Ideology

I wasn’t expecting this. A remarkable new document “MALE AND FEMALE HE CREATED THEM: TOWARDS A PATH OF DIALOGUE ON THE QUESTION OF GENDER THEORY IN EDUCATION” was published this week by the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education.

It called gender theory, among other un-PC things, a “cultural and ideological revolution.” Booya!

Some highlights:

  • It frames the decline of the definition of the human person and of the family against the new sexual theories—”queer” and feminist—of the 20th century:
  • It gives a summary of the erroneous political debate from these ideologies:
  • Sex is a matter of biology
  • The union of soul and body as constitutive of the human person.
  • Link to the document
  • Prefect for the Congregation for Catholic Education: Giuseppe Cardinal Versaldi

 

In other words, it drills into the title, Male and Female He Made Them (Genesis 5:2) in ways that are offensive to worldly ears and a noxious odor in the nostrils of Jesuits everywhere.

 

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#132: The Appeal of Cardinal Pell—Peter Westmore

#132: The Appeal of Cardinal Pell—Peter Westmore

 

The title has a double meaning: his legal appeal on charges of sexual abuse that happened June 4-5, 2019, and his personal appeal as a man and as a Christian. I could have called it Everything You Know About the Pell Trial Is Wrong.

My guest this week explains why. Peter Westmore is the former President of the National Civic Council, and a writer for News Weekly. Westmore attended both trials of Cardinal Pell (and the appeal last week) and heard all the evidence provided to the court—twice. In June 2015, a complainant accused George Cardinal Pell of sexual assault (forced oral sex and genital fondling) involving two choir boys in the sacristy, just moments after Sunday Mass at the Melbourne Cathedral. In broad daylight. With Pell in full liturgical vestments. With the door open. In a church swarming with people leaving the building or strolling the nearby hallways.

None of the 25 witnesses at each trial (the first one of which ended in a hung jury) could attest to the truth of the claimant’s charges, which themselves changed over time. The other alleged victim ended up overdosing on heroin, and, according to his own mother’s testimony, denied ever been sexually abused. The entire case against Cardinal Pell rests on one man’s say-so, featuring multiple layers of improbability if not complete impossibility.

An interesting, and telling, fact: Pope Francis has not suspended Pell’s priestly faculties despite the guilty verdict, while Ted McCarrick (never tried in court) was laicized and exiled to Kansas.

 

In this episode you will learn

  • Why even Pell’s ideological foes feel this the guilty verdict is absurd.
  • How the anti-Catholic media in Australia, a police force intent on trawling for evidence long before any accusers came forward, a puerile anti-Pell song by Tim Minchin, and multiple apologies in parliament and by the Royal Commission in the lead-up to the trial created the perfect storm for a guilty verdict—almost no matter what.
  • The reasons why the theologically orthodox and blunt-spoken Cardinal became a lightning rod and an ideal scapegoat for the sins of actual priest predators.
  • In what sense Catholicism itself was put on trial and found guilty.
  • The Christian manner in which Cardinal Pell conducted himself during the trials, from the close perspective of a daily attendee.

 

Resources mentioned in this episode

  • Peter Westmore’s website
  • Westmore’s free ebook on the facts of the two trials (a GREAT resource)
  • Video footage of Pell being interrogated for the first time about the outlandish charges: Watch here.
  • George Pell: Defender of the Faith Down Under biography by Tess Livingstone
  • To write to George Cardinal Pell:
        Melbourne Assessment Prison
        317-353 Spencer St.
        West Melbourne VIC 3003, Australia

*Remember that everything you write will be read by other people at the prison.

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Food for Thought:

How much has the #MeToo movement colored the mindset of discussing (with any sense of balance) charges that may well be false?

 

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Why I Broke Up with Netflix

Why I Broke Up With Netflix

This is my “Dear John” break-up video to Netflix—the three main reasons why I dumped my subscription after exactly seven years. After too much looking the other way, ignoring my gut instinct, and excusing bad content, it’s time to leave.

Netflix has taken a sharp left turn recently. So I quit. 

And it feels AMAZING.  

The only question that remains is why I put up with increasingly aggressive ads glorifying SJW propaganda for so long. In this video, I lay out the reasons and give you my top recommendation for movies and TV show watching.

It will surprise you.

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#131: Disrupting the Abortion Narrative—Lila Rose

#131: Disrupting the Abortion Narrative—Lila Rose

 

Lila Rose fought abortion before fighting abortion was cool. At the tender age of 15, she began the Live Action apostolate from her parents’ living room. She knew it was killing babies and wounding their mothers and fathers, and that “thoughts and prayers” alone is not a strategy.

By 18, the then Evangelical Christian Lila began doing undercover-with-hidden-cam work investigating Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. What she saw and heard—and recorded for the world to see—shocked her. And so LiveAction.org was born and quickly grew.

Ten years out, and Live Action is a top leader and influencer in the area of authentic (and brave) pro-life education. As Lila points out, it’s not just about “learning facts.” It’s about how to put those facts—to quote St. Mother Teresa—into a  living action. Hence, Live Action. Listen to Lila unfold the story of how the non-profit, non-partisan apostolate became a powerhouse model for other pro-lifers wondering what to do about the problem.

 

In this episode you will learn

  • Exactly why you do not need to appeal to the Bible or any source of divine revelation to argue that abortion is wrong
  • How to answer the “hard cases” (which represent less than 1% of the reason for abortion)
  • How the internet has changed everything regarding the ability of pro-lifers to influence the world
  • Why Planned Parenthood is looking more and more desperate for validation and credibility
  • The steps Lila (and most of her family) took to become Catholic
  • The right attitude of perseverance to stay in the game, despite neverending challenges

 

Resources mentioned in this episode

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Food for Thought:

What logical flaw do you see in the Clintonesque slogan, “Abortion should be safe, legal, and rare?”

 

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Why Euthanasia is Wrong

Why Euthanasia is Wrong?

In this video I expose the verbal games played by those who believe the intentional killing of innocent suffering people so as to further a broad anti-life agenda. But up against eternity, and in light of the cross freely embraced by Christ Himself

ALL life is worth living.

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Can You Be Good Without God?

Can You Be Good Without God?

I dissect the absurdity of atheists and agnostics appealing to the concepts of good and evil regarding human behavior.

What do atheists mean when they say, “I can be good without God?” Theists—especially Catholics—need to commit to thinking as much as to praying. The natural moral law is inherent in man. It’s what we “can’t not know.” As this commentary points out, there is remarkable unanimity among the many cultures throughout history, despite some surface level differences.

And why do secular folk keep using religious language like, The evil of sexism or racism?

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Where is the Church in the Bible?

Where is the Church in the Bible?

Resources mentioned:

NB: erratum: It should be Numbers 16:17, not Joshua 16:17. I misspoke.

Luke 10:1
Luke 10:16
Jeremiah 3:15
Matthew 16:18-19.
John 20:21-23
Acts 20:28
2 Pet. 3:16
2 Thess 2:15
2 Tim 2:2
1 Cor 11:2
1 Thess 2:13
Hebrews 5:12
Acts 8:31

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What is up with Pope Francis?

What is up with Pope Francis?

This week has been a banner week for papal confusion and the shading of reality. A new website compiled by Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo, a former aide to the laicized homosexual molester Ted McCarrick, the former cardinal archbishop of Washington, DC, documents years of correspondence, most of which is quiet at odds with what McCarrick and now (in theory) retired Donald Cardinal Wuerl have said about McCarrick’s eclipsed activities by order of then Pope Benedict XVI.

The link: The Figueiredo Report

It all coheres with what Carlo Maria Viganò claimed in his letters.

Pope Francis also told Mexican TV journalist Valentina Alazraki that he didn’t remember—a LOT of things—especially things related to the pervert ex-prelate McCarrick. Quotes:

“I knew nothing, obviously, of McCarrick. Nothing, nothing. I said several times that I didn’t know, that I had no idea. You know that I didn’t know anything about McCarrick; otherwise, I would not have stayed quiet.”

There’s only one problem. He never denied a thing about McCarrick in public. Not once.

In the same TV interview, the Pope responded to the heresy accusations in last month’s Open Letter by telling her that he reacted “with a sense of humour, my daughter.”

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MAGA Hats and Anti Catholicism

MAGA Hats and Anti Catholicism

In this video I bring new perspectives to the quickly-annoying saga of the non-event involving the Catholic teens from Covington Catholic High in KY, and a professional protester named Nathan Phillips, aka Nathaniel Richard Stanard.

The unedited footage from the Black Israelites/Hebrews camera: Click here.

Proof Phillips lied about his military record: Click here.

He also led a gang of Native protesters to disrupt Mass at the National Shrine on January 19: Click here.

 

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