Why Ordinary Agreements with North Korea are Destined to be Futile

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Open Doors1 noted that “Christians [in North Korea] try to hide their faith as far as possible to avoid arrest and being sent to a labor camp.”2  Given such a threatening environment for people of faith, we can conclude that attempting to solve the recent arms development problem with Kim Jong Un by negotiating routine treaties is not a high percentage strategy.  Why?  As Bishop Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979) once said:

“Can we not see that if law is divorced from morality and religion, then treaties cease to be obligatory and begin to be mere arrangements, binding only so long as they are advantageous?  Rob international justice of its roots in morality and treaties are hypothetical, not categorical; convenient tools, not honorable obligations, while law becomes an attorney’s cloak woven from the flimsy fabric of legalistic phraseology artfully placed on the shoulders of arbitrary power.”3

Perhaps this is why Ronald Reagan used the Russian proverb “trust but verify”4 in his meetings with Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev on armaments in the 1980’s.It was essential in those discussions given the forty years of the Cold War.  It may be too optimistic with North Korea given their approach to life and religious rights.

 

1 – “Open Doors USA is a non-profit organization focused on serving persecuted Christians in more than 60 countries through:  Bible & Gospel Development, Women and Children Advancement, and Christian Community Restoration.”  https://www.opendoorsusa.org/about-us/

2 – “North Korea’s War On Christianity: The Globe’s Number One Religious Persecutor,” by Doug Bandow, https://www.forbes.com/sites/dougbandow/2016/10/31/north-koreas-war-on-christianity-the-globes-number-one-religious-persecutor/#25c3033556e3, 10/31/2016.

3 – “The Quotable Fulton Sheen,” edited by George J. Marlin, Richard P. Rabatin, and John L. Swan.  Doubleday, New York, 1989.  Quote was taken from “The Divine Verdict,” New York: P. J. Kennedy and Sons, 1943.

4 – “doveryay, no proveryay” according to Google translate https://www.google.com/search?q=russian+to+english+dictionary&oq=russian+to+english&aqs=chrome.3.69i57j0l5.11111j1j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

5 – Including: “doveryai, no proveryai,” as found in http://www.usmedicine.com/editor-in-chief/doveryai-no-proveryai-trust-but-verify/, by Chester “Tip” Buckenmaier, July 2014.  His article focused on the problems with and approaches to fix the problems with VA hospitals.

“I am Your Father” and Campbell’s Soup Buys into Lucifer’s Message

In what was probably an attempt to modernize its image, Campbell’s Soup decided to add “a wink and a smile” to its advertising messaging by including two increasingly famous “gay” men and their adopted son in their “Made for Real, Real life” campaign. [1] (For those who have not witnessed this, each “father” attempts to imitate the famous quote from the Star Wars promotion of Campbell’s.)

Before the Left and some badly formed Christians take to the streets in protest of this article, it needs to be clear that all have a right to dignified work in order to provide food, shelter, clothing, etc. for themselves so long as it’s done in an ethical manner. [2,3] The word “ethical” was chosen instead of “legal” because there are many fallible civil laws on the books. “Moral” was avoided as it is summarily dismissed by those who promote the pagan philosophies of our post-Christian United States.

Therefore, this is not a commentary on homosexual actors who have the inalienable right to work. Rather, this addresses Campbell’s disappointing decision to join the politically-correct parade attempting to normalize disordered behavior. [4] Whether it’s rejecting the Ten Commandments or dismissing Natural Law, the results have never been pretty historically:

“Once the modern mind denied that man was a creature made in the image and likeness of God, it naturally fell into the error of saying that man was made in the image and likeness of the beast… But, if man is not different from nature, then what value has man? If there is no specific difference between a man and a horse, then why not yoke man to the plow of Nazism or the tractor of Marxian Socialism, or make him an instrument of the State as the Fascist intelligentsia teach today.” [5]

Campbell’s Soup would do better stick to the art of preparing food and forget about its venture into social engineering.

1 – “Campbell’s Soup Star Wars Commercial,” by Jendaya Fleming, http://arhsnewspaper.com/949/ae/campbells-soup-star-wars-commercial/, 10/21/2015

2 – “For, every man has by nature the right to possess property as his own. This is one of the chief points of distinction between man and the animal creation…it must be within his right to possess things not merely for temporary and momentary use, as other living things do, but to have and to hold them in stable and permanent possession; he must have not only things that perish in the use, but those also which, though they have been reduced into use, continue for further use in after time. ” from paragraph 6 of the encyclical Rerum Novarum by Pope Leo XIII published 5/15/1891, http://w2.vatican.va/content/leo-xiii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_l-xiii_enc_15051891_rerum-novarum.html

3 – “From work comes a person’s dignity,” quote of Pope Francis, in “Pope Francis on the Dignity of Labor,” by John A. Coleman, http://americamagazine.org/content/all-things/pope-francis-dignity-labor, 11/20/2013

4 – “A popular God-is-dead book in the United States argues that homosexuality will become normal in a humanistic society where there is no restriction of morals which come from religion. St. Paul declared homosexuality and atheism were related to one another as effect to cause.” From The Quotable Fulton Sheen, edited by George J. Marlin, Richard P. Rabatin and John L. Swan, an Image book by Doubleday, New York City, 1989. Quote was cited from Footprints in a Darkened Forest, page 213, New York: Meredith Pres, 1967.

5 –Ibid. with the original quote from Philosophies at War, page 52, New York: Scribner’s, 1943.