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Rev. Rutler on Humpty Dumpty's Wedding (and the Meaning of Words)

 

Rev. George Rutler who is a pastor in New York City reflects on the meaning of words and inquires into who has a right to define their meaning:

"...But Alice’s author made Humpty Dumpty immortal in Through the Looking Glass. Humpty Dumpty boasted: “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”   “The question is, said Alice, whether you can make words mean so many different things.” “The question is, said Humpty Dumpty, which is to be master—that’s all.”

That is the question, and one on which the future of our civilization must hang its hat.  When the State tries to establish an imperium over nature itself, it vandalizes all sane instinct and abdicates its duty to promote the tranquility of order by tranquilizing it.  The carnage both physical and moral issuing from  the disastrous legalization of the destruction of unborn children proves that.  Now its dismal postlude sounds in shrill attempts to “redefine” marriage.” So far, eleven countries have done it, along with nine of our own states and our nation’s capital.  In Paris, close to a million public demonstrators have opposed the attempt of France’s Socialist president to play Master of the Universe, or at least Master of its Universal Laws.  It should be obvious to all except the dense and the willfully ignorant, that the next step will be to attack the Church through civil penalties for refusing to accept the authority of the State to invert the natural order of which the State is only a steward." (Crisis Magazine)