This week we will continue to review the 45 goals established by Communism to gain control of the world. In some cases Satan is playing an active part and in other cases the people by failing to recognize the threat and an unwillingness to give up the ‘good life’ are playing and active role. I believe that the church has an obligation to wake up the people…politics or not.
#18 Gain control of all student newspapers. A vast majority of American student newspapers began reflecting the same anti-establishment, anti-authority perspectives, a trend which started in the 1960’s. Student newspapers stopped being useful sources of information and were reduced to glorified opinion pieces that ranted against the cause du jour, or were even further reduced to being only a forum for venting and to satisfy one’s vanity to be seen in print. Not all campuses went that way, but the national trend has been moving strongly in that direction.
#19 Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack. This is an attempt to amplify popular anger toward US institutions that are targeted for elimination by the Communists. By April of 1960 campus rioters organized and protested whatever imposition they felt worthy of frontal attack. In 1967, students set fire to 100 cities in a single summer. The ‘Occupy’ movement, beginning at Wall Street in 2011, was an attempt at a resurgence of those ‘power to the people’ days, to protest so-called social and economic inequality. The only solution according to Communist doctrine: government must take from the ‘haves’ and give to the ‘have-nots’ to force things to be equal…the very definition of socialism.
#20 Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, and policy-making positions. Media bias is hotly debated, especially by the biased press. American history teachers had stopped teaching about the presence of Americans in both parties who wanted the fundamental values and freedoms of America preserved. [Patricia Cohen, “Leftist Scholars Look Right At Last, and Find a History”, The New York Times, April 18, 1998]. Meanwhile, media assaults against traditional American values continued. Conservatives called it ‘liberal bias’. Liberals called it ‘the free press’. It has recently earned the title ‘fake news’. The Quarterly Journal of Economics published a study showing an enormous shift to the left across all medial fronts was taking place. [Tim Groseclose and Jeffrey Milyo, “A Measure of Media Bias”, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. CXX, Issue 4, November 2005]. With a constant diet of misinformation, an ill-informed citizenry is more easily swayed into supporting socialism.
#21 Gain control of key positions in radio, TV and pictures. For decades, a cry for tolerance in the name of free speech was pushed through Hollywood, and today a new intolerance has risen. Anyone expressing an opposing view to Hollywood’s ‘anything goes’ rebellion is ostracized. In Hollywood, all are equal…but some are more equal than others. We see this play out in today’s ‘cancel culture’.
#22 Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.” We have already seen how the Communists have used racism to remove statues from parks and government buildings. These statues were fine works of craftsmanship and had been in place for many years. They represented artistic culture and not racism. Modern abstract paintings and sculptures, especially in Federal buildings, fit the above description. In the name of ‘artistic license’ and free expression, images that are offensive to any number of audiences are displayed as if they are sophisticated works of art. Another degradation of artistic expression is in music. It took but a single generation to shift production of popular entertainment…content that appealed to most audiences, to the soft-porn raunchiness of Madonna, Lady Gaga (and I use the term ‘lady’ loosely), Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and others. The presentation of ‘anything goes’ with as much edginess as the law will allow has today become the hallmark of many modern entertainers’ portfolios. What does the public think of this ‘slouch toward Gomorrah?’ They’re spending millions to enjoy it. Youth are seeing these people as gods to emulate. Going backward into brutality is made easier when a culture stops promoting it finest values.
#23 Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive meaningless art.” Separating Americans from their highest ideals through meaningless or vulgar art is a turn back toward the swamp from which humans spent 6,000 years trying to escape. This goal has been achieved across many layers of today’s society. It was achieved by government rules and sponsorship, as well as private funding that recently culminated, for example, with the portrayal of Jesus on the cross that stands in a bottle of urine. They call it ‘sophisticated’. They call it ‘art’. It’s one of the 45 Communists goals that won’t by itself bring about the downfall and erasure of Western culture, but it’s another component of an overall assault, another nail pounded into the cross whereon Christian values are being killed.
#24 Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press. This goal was largely achieved when several parties sought Supreme Court clarification about obscenity, erotica, free speech, and censorship, and the Court was unable to clearly resolve the matter. A revealing look into the soul of America was exposed when the Court could no longer explain why obscenity was harmful. In 1969, the Court determined an adult could have obscene material as a right of privacy, but there were limits put in place. In 1999 the Court upheld the States’ right to outlaw possession and distribution of child pornography. [Roth v. United States (1957), Stanley v. Georgia (1969), Osborne v. Ohio (1990), Reno v. ACLU (1997), Ashcroft v. ACLU (2002)].
#25 Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio and TV. In 1959, the average American would not have believed what has happened to American morals and standards as a result of today’s cultural breakdown. The internet is used as a major tool in this breakdown. It has been reported that the internet played a role in 56% of all divorces in America. Another report says 70% of youth ages 15-17 accidentally stumbled across pornography online. Many of these youth find themselves caught up in ‘sting operations’, put on a registry, and their lives ruined along with the disruption it brings their families. Such internet activities tend to lead to moral depravity on the part of men and women. [Pornography Statistics, 2013 Edition, Covenant Eyes, Ososso, Michigan]. A study by ExtremeTech estimates that at least 30% of all internet traffic now goes to pornographic websites. The Education Database Online claims 43% of internet users go to adult websites. [Sebastian Anthony, Just How Big Are Porn Sites? ExtremeTech.com, April 4, 2012]. The world’s largest porn site receives more than four billion hits a month. Other research estimates that 89% of all pornography is produced in the United States. The average high school boy spends an average of two hours a week on an adult porn site…what a Communist opportunity to destroy the upcoming generation. Young men 18-24 years of age visit an adult website at least once a month.
#26 Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, and healthy.” These 45 goals were put in print in 1961. By 1973, homosexuality was declassified as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association. The American Psychological Association Council of Representatives adopted the same policy in 1975; the World Health Organization followed suit in 1990. [Ronald Bayer, Homosexuality and American Psychiatry: The Politics of Diagnosis, Princeton University Press, 1987]. There is a higher rate of psychiatric illnesses among gays and lesbians than heterosexuals, and, a 1977 study of life span showed gay and bisexual men lost up to 20 years of life expectancy. [John R. Diggs, Jr. M.D.. “The Health Risks of Gay Sex”, The Catholic Medical Association, 2002]. The recent push for gay marriage rights, as guaranteed by the Supreme Court in 2015, is the latest in an effort to break apart the natural family and institutionalize homosexuality. Public commentary supporting gay rights is supported for its ‘inclusiveness’ and ‘diversity’. Public commentary supporting the natural family and denouncing homosexuality is now attacked as ‘hate speech’. Such ‘hate speech’ nowadays has costs people their jobs or led to legal entanglements. Pro-family and anti-gay expressions are quickly becoming today’s new standard of the profane and the obscene.
When was the last time you heard such subjects addressed from the pulpit of your church? These are goals established to destroy this nation and along with it, Christianity. I would think such a subject would be worthy of a message from the pulpit…if the pastor has the courage to attempt without fear of offending. Next week we will look at the direct attacks being made by Communism on the Church and the Constitution. They both are major enemies of Communism and must be eliminated for a Communist victory. Are you ready to be a ‘foot soldier’ or just an observer?
“Anything can happen in our lives…heartache, tragedy, joy, glory. But whatever happens, let us pray that it will deepen our faith, increase our love, open our blinded eyes to truth and reality, and result in spiritual maturity.” Hope in a Chaotic World” Ray Stedman