There have been many studies that point out the detrimental effect the television is having on society. Violence on TV has had a direct effect on violence in society, while sex on television has sexualised people including young people and children. However, media studies professionals do not like the word ‘effect’ in relation to the media; they prefer to say that ‘people take media themes and make them their own.’ The word ‘ownership’ is the buzz word nowadays; for people to claim ownership of a media theme and to ‘run with it’ appears to make everything fine!
One of our themes for CUT’s campaign over the next year will be to make people aware of the damage being done by the TV to the environment, both spiritual and physical. The TV and the computer screen are all pervasive in modern life. You need them to do many things; to get better deals on goods and services and to buy on line is more often than not cheaper. Therefore damaging the High Street environment, but when they have destroyed the shopping centres what will happen to on-line prices? And what about those who do not have a computer, - mostly low income and in particular older people. The philosopher Habermas has coined the term ‘re-feudalisation of the people’, and states that modern society has caused this. The television and the computer have caused a feudalisation of society. Those who are on TV and the owners of services are the masters of today. The politically correct left-liberal elite brought up on a diet of Telly Tubbies and East Enders are today’s opinion formers. They have the power to control what people think and what they do. The television itself is a destroyer of natural resources. Not only does it drain the earth’s resources to keep it going; ten percent of the household electricity bill is spent when the TV and its ancillaries are on stand-by, let alone being used. It encourages an unnecessary materialism that does not help the economy in the long run, fuelling an external debt that runs to 9 trillion dollars1 in the UK alone. In fact countries that have the greatest addiction to the TV also have a large external debt, - the USA with 16 trillion, Germany and France with four trillion. The only way to feed this debt is ever greater growth. Growth is important; however, growth at all costs fuels materialism and environmental damage.
Reference - 1, United States Central Intelligence Agency, 29th of June 2011
In last winter’s newsletter we asked ‘Is there a Child Abuse Cover-up at the BBC?’ Now we know there was.
In our Winter 2011/12 newsletter we asked the question ‘Is there a Child Abuse Cover-up at the BBC?’. We did not have at this point any inside information or names etc. We asked this question because of the numbers of child abuse cases reported in modern secular society - running at 60 per day1 in Britain - and the number of celebrities and performers who had either been convicted and who had regularly visited the BBC. We also pointed out that there is a tendency on the part of the BBC to protect the homosexual community; studies have found a higher than usual incidence of child sex abuse among homosexuals. The Family Research Council found that by looking at the reports produced by studies in the Journal of Child Psychiatry2 and the Medical Aspect of Human Sexuality3 and many other academic studies they came to the conclusion that ‘Male homosexuals commit a disproportionate number of child sex abuse cases’.
1, NSPCC figures for 2010/11. 2, Watkins and Bentovim, p. 315. Journal of child Psychiatry 33 (1992) 3, Robert L. Johnson, "Long-term Effects of Sexual Abuse in Boys," Medical Aspects of Human Sexuality (September 1988):
The television as the big polluter and deceiver.
The Devil was also known as Lucifer the angel of light before his fall and it remains one of his names along with Satan and Beelzebub etc. It has always been one of the tricks of the Devil to cloak his evil doings in perceived benefits to society. Light is often referred to as a metaphor for clarity, e.g. to shine a light on things and to make something visible or the Enlightenment as a philosophical movement was expounded as clearing away the supposed superstition of Christendom and advancing knowledge through reason and science. However, are these really little more than the machinations of Lucifer? Science of course is not bad in itself for it is ultimately the study of God’s creation. But science without faith has lead to many materialistic uses of the earth’s resources that many believe is having a devastating effect on the environment. The TV is a scientific invention and with its use of light follows Lucifer’s tradition of using light, not to shed a light on the Gospel, but to portray and project evil to the world and to deny the Gospel. The TV is therefore the big deceiver and an environmental polluter both of the physical and spiritual world.
How the television damages the environment
The television shows us innovative ways of using the earth’s resources to entertain ourselves. However, it is clear we cannot go on using the earth’s resources the way the television shows us. For example there are many programmes that show events like Moto-cross and how four wheeled drive vehicles take on the wildest country. Intrepid young bikers race one another and battle the terrain in all weathers for the glory of winning these cross country events. They are inspired by television coverage that may even cover their event one day. So they had better practice as much as possible and it is also good fun. But public forests and common land and the hills are no longer alive with the sound of natural music; it’s the screeching of motorbike engines and four wheeled drives practicing for these events. Much of it is illegal and almost impossible to police. But the young bikers have seen it on the telly so they think it can’t really do any harm? But what is the effect on the landscape and the peace of the countryside by the proliferation of these events? What is the effect on God’s creatures that have their habitats scarred by these actions? We know for a fact that wild life is under pressure; for example, the British bird population has dropped by a third in the last few years.
Garden makeover programmes show us how to keep our gardens as clinically tidy as possible. And advertisers sell us all sorts of machines to make this task easy. However, if you have a garden, leave a few nettles and a wild life area; they provide food for birds, caterpillars and hedgehogs – do not strim. If your church has a lot of land around it be aware of wild life; do not make it too tidy. If you see a hedgehog out in the day it means it cannot sleep due to parasites caused by a diet of too many slugs which disturb its sleep, it will die if you do not take it to a wildlife sanctuary. Again if it had a better natural environment with rotting wood etc where beetles thrive it would have a more varied and healthier diet. Try not to use slug pellets. Our butterfly population is almost extinct due to several poor summers on the trot and wildlife sanctuaries have been inundated with starving bats.
The BBC and other broadcasters spend too much time making programmes that inspire people to destroy the natural environment and just like the great deceiver will apportion blame elsewhere. They make and take credit for some natural history programmes but this is just window dressing. The Catholic Church is a favourite scapegoat for the broadcaster and yet Catholics because of our support and belief in natural law are the greatest environmentalists of all. It is the Church’s greatest secret but we must live our faith by being true right down to looking after the environment – natural law rules ok!
How the Television has destroyed the spiritual and moral environment
Have you ever wondered why so many perversions are readily accepted by society and even Catholics when they have always been expressly forbidden by the Church? Is it because the TV led by the BBC has normalised them? Here we go through a list of major sins that have been de-scandalised but for which Catholic teachings have not changed.
The Sexualisation of society
The TV with its story lines of casual sex and sex outside of marriage as the norm together with occasional nudity on the mainstream media has led to the sexualisation of society.
Sexualisation of society has led to other modern problems. The killing of unborn children is now the norm with 25% of women in their 20s having had an abortion. The figure steadily rises through the female population’s life and the figures for multiple abortions are now running at record highs. We should not just blame the women involved for men are shirking their responsibilities and even forcing women to have abortions. As early as the mid sixties the BBC was making programmes that supported the legalisation of abortion.
In an inverted sense of righteousness the broadcasters have plugged contraception as if it is the saviour of mankind. And yet today it is secularists who are endangering the world by their over usage of the earth’s natural resources. Contraception has led to a materialistic mentality that has helped destroy both the natural and spiritual environment.
Another of the great causes supported by the BBC and other broadcasters has been the normalisation of homosexuality. This has been done in a number of ways including portrayal of ‘Gays’ as victims, and at the same time homosexual and lesbian kissing on primetime TV.
AIDS and other STDs
Another of the great lies of the media is the promotion of condoms to stop AIDS and other STDs. Surveys have shown that Catholic countries that support Catholic teaching on contraception and especially condoms have a far lower rate of AIDS and other STDs. Yet against all the evidence the media in particularly the BBC will state otherwise and even blame the Catholic Church for causing the AIDS crisis.
The gagging of the Catholic Church
By using the victims of child abuse in the Catholic Church the BBC has tried to gag the Church on speaking out on moral issues and they know this. However the fact that there have been as many cases in the Anglican church has been ignored by the documentary makers. There have of course been even more cases in modern secular society.
The TV and Children
The TV and the Culture of Death
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