Father Booth’s Weekly Reflection

Clear and Logical Thinking

Clear and logical thinking is essential to maintain our nation, our culture, true justice, our faith, and the future. Unclear and illogical thinking leads people astray and is the source of iniquity, suffering, violence, and even death. The dogmas of our fallen culture, most of which are false (e.g., that men are women and women are men, a baby in the womb is not a baby, there are dozens of genders, all white people are racist, Christianity is a religion of hate, islam is a religion of peace, etc.) can’t stand by themselves against clear and logical thinking. The dogmas of the KKK could not stand by themselves against clear and logical thinking. The dogmas of the Nazis (e.g., the ‘master race’ is being held back by racial minorities) could not stand by themselves against clear and logical thinking. The dogmas of the Soviet Union (e.g., the government bureaucracy has all of the answers, that all are equal except those who are not, the progress of communism is hampered by politically incorrect thinking, etc.) could not stand by themselves against clear and logical thinking.

Thus, the KKK needed violence, secrecy, intimidation, and murder to defend their evil beliefs. Thus, the Nazis needed social Darwinism, neopaganism, the Gestapo, war of aggression, concentration camps, forced sterilization, enslavement, and gas chambers to defend their evil beliefs. Thus, the Soviets needed the KGB, gulags, pogroms, collectivization, genocide, manmade famines, and purges to defend their evil beliefs. Thus, we have the cancel culture of today where those who disagree are automatically opposed, even violently, for holding beliefs that are often the truth. For example, the proponents of critical race theory, which is virtually indistinguishable from the racial dogmas of the KKK, want desperately to cancel or ‘deny’ those who disagree: ‘Let’s deny this off-key band of people that are anti-education, anti-teacher, anti-equity, anti-history, anti-racial reckoning, anti-opportunities, anti-help people, anti-diversity, anti-platform, anti-science, anti-change agent, anti-social justice, anti-healthcare, anti-worker, anti-LGBTQ+, anti-children, anti-environment, anti-admissions policy change, anti-inclusion, anti-live-and-let live people – let them die!’ This quote from a member of the Virginia State PTA, Michelle Leete, stunningly shows how incapable CRT proponents are in defending their dogmas. They can’t handle differing opinions so they engage in smearing and slandering those who disagree so as to somehow suggest that they occupy the moral high ground. They say that they are inclusive live-and-let-live people, but then exclude those who disagree and wish death upon them. With rhetoric like this, it is a very short step to demand and seek the death of their opponents, murder in the name of justice, injustice in the name equality.

Clear and logical thinking ought to keep an honest and thoughtful person from proclaiming to be live-and-let-live in their outlook on life while being thoroughly racist and wishing death on others. It is hard to understand, but it is rooted in the same errors of the KKK, the Nazis, the Soviets, and increasingly, our current culture. When clear and logical thinking are replaced by ill-considered dogmas, evil often ensues. In trying to grasp how an advanced and highly educated culture could plunge into the evil depths of Nazism, Carl Trueman observes that ‘the story of Nazism demonstrates how the relentless logic of a false premise can transform decent human beings into monsters.’

When confronted with formerly decent people transforming or fully transformed into monsters, it is critical to think clearly and logically. The British deliberately targeted civilians in their bombing of Germany. We imprisoned citizens of Japanese heritage and also targeted civilians in our bombing of Japan, and not just at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Monsters readily beget monsters. Thus, when we are targeted, canceled, denied, or persecuted for holding to the truth, especially the Gospel, we need to think clearly and logically lest we cease to be decent men and women of faith and become monsters as well.

In denying clear and logical thinking one can crush a minority in the name of unity, usurp rights in the name of progress. Likewise, one can misuse authority and wield power unjustly for a seemingly just cause. Yet victims of injustice must never abandon clear and logical thinking, lest the victimized deny their own human dignity and betray the Gospel by becoming monsters as well.

—Fr Booth