“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet.”

–From Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

Satan….. Beelzebub….. Lucifer….. the Devil….. Old Scratch…… Whatever.

As a Latter-Day-Saint, I have many friends and acquaintances that are able to see evil influences all over society, but then fail to see evil influences in the actions of our own government.

We see evil influences in entertainment.

Some popular music has become much more vulgar, sensual, and degrading than in years past. Some people say that people complained about Elvis saying that he was too provocative for his time and was even filmed from the waist up during his performance on Ed Sullivan because of his hip movement. Just because something has been bemoaned for a long time does not mean that it is not a problem. There has been a long pattern of downward moving values in American Culture. This is easy to see.

Movies have become more vulgar, violent, sexual, profane, and shocking over the years. There once was a Production Code based on what was morally acceptable that film makers followed until 1967 when a rating system was put into place. It had G, PG, and R ratings. The PG-13 rating was added in 1984 because of some movies that were very violent but did not get an R rating. To finish sewing up the movie industry, NC-17 was added in 1990 to encompass the former X rating.

What is acceptable today in a PG-13 movie is far worse than what was acceptable in a PG-13 movie in 1984. For example, movies like Footloose, Gremlins, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom put pressure on having some kind of in-between rating besides just PG and R. (Footloose actually first had an R rating until that was appealed. The editorial changes to the movie are contained in the link and contains an “F-word”, the movie also removed some nudity to get the PG rating.) The movie Doc Hollywood was rated PG-13 and had full frontal female nudity (no link, the ones I tried to find are even more inappropriate than the prior link). Since that time, the movie Titanic with Kate Winslet’s performance as a nude model has now more or less set in stone that showing bare breasts is OK for PG-13 movies. I rarely see PG-13 movies any more for many reasons, and this is just one of them.

I recommend Screenit.com if you want to know what is in a movie that gives it its’ rating if you want to avoid the problem movies. Again, it is easy to see an Evil Influence in media.

While this entry is not intended to be comprehensive, we can also see Evil Influences in fashion with immodest dress, sexually suggestive thong underwear for 10-yr. old girls, and many other issues. There have been evil inroads with television, advertising, magazines, and other things.

There are Evil Influences in the education establishment. Science teachers are only allowed to teach evolution in Middle and High-School or face termination from their jobs. The topic of evolution can be argued another day if you want to. At the collegiate level, young students are taught that there is no right or wrong, and that diversity/tolerance is the highest virtue. Sex education in public school is still controlled by the States, but the NEA actively promotes acceptance of homosexual and other inappropriate lifestyles under the umbrella of “education”. Public school has become a tool to indoctrinate students in attitudes that are “Politically Correct” with regard to science (“there is no God”), abortion (“it’s a woman’s right to choose”), the environment (“the government/EPA/Kyoto Treaty/UN must save us from ourselves”), sexuality (“do whatever, just do it with a condom, here, take a handful”), follow a bell schedule, do what you are told, and obey authority. Zero tolerance polices are also zero thought policies. (Education rant over, for now.)

Evil influences are in crime, organized and otherwise.

But evil influences in government? Are you sure? Scriptures in the Doctrine and Covenants say that this nation was founded by good men and that the Constitution was inspired of God! Section 134 even has a statement about governments in general.

This is all true, but the present U.S. Government involvement in regulating this country hardly bears a resemblance to the Constitution. The Constitution was a document for The People to establish a government for some very specific purposes. It was a grant of power from the people to the government, not a document to “reign in the government”. The government was only to do a few very specific things and that was it.

Some Examples of Government overreaching: 1- The Federal Government is not empowered to fund or regulate education, 2- the Departments of Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, Labor, Housing and Urban Development, Energy, and Transportation should not exist, 3- it is not empowered to legislate on abortion issues, 4- the EPA, Federal Welfare, Foreign Aid, Farm Subsidies, Pell Grants, Head Start, the National Endowment for the Arts, PBS, and many other things should not be coming from the Federal Government, 5- CONGRESS is supposed to declare war, not the President, the U.N., or NATO. 6- CONGRESS is supposed to coin money and regulate the value thereof NOT THE FEDERAL RESERVE. There are many other things I could say, but I won’t get into it for now.

Every one of these new government programs or regulations takes away more of our freedom. Our freedom is eroded because as a nation we are in debt up to our eyeballs and some day we will have to pay it off. Our freedom is eroded because the cost of starting up a new business to compete with existing business or industry is too expensive because of all of the compliance costs.

The War in Heaven was about freedom vs. bondage or agency vs. compulsion. God’s plan vs. Satan’s plan.

Satan is still trying to implement his plan on an individual and on a collective basis.

The addictive effects of drug use, pornography, gambling, and other activities have been documented. When you engage in these things, Satan is implementing his plan to have you in bondage. For people who have been endowed in the LDS Temple, it should be clear that Satan is working to oppress people on a very large scale. Gentle, passive oppression is still oppression. While we may not feel oppressed because we voluntarily pay our taxes and follow regulations to avoid getting in trouble, we are still being oppressed. Just try not complying. People go to jail for tax evasion, people are evict
from property they have owned for years and years for failure to pay taxes, and the government can even take your home if they think that a different owner will provide more revenue to the government than your house will.

I see an Evil Influence in our government. Do you?

Comments are welcome.