Almost three years ago , I noted that the secular "scientific" experts claim to be merciful and helpful, but in reality they are incredibly cruel.
A recent column in First Things reminded me of this, and also how much the tide of bloody-minded scientism has advanced since then. While the nominal topic is about the tension between religion and viewing pornography, it's really the old claim that the sin isn't a problem, it's the guilt from thinking it is wrong.
They used to call these "hang-ups," and the goal of sensible people was to break them down, because things like adultery, promiscuity, and sexual deviancy were actually normal and healthy, it was only the God-bothering scolds who thought them bad.
Decades later, we have soaring youth suicide rates, a national mental health crisis, a collapsing marriage rate, falling birth rates and the "expert" solution is: more of the same.
The same logic pervades the transgender phenomenon, where women are told that if they dislike biological men walking into the female locker room and brandishing their organs, they should get counseling so that it no longer bothers them. Again, their privacy and feelings are simply wrong - some talk therapy about their hang-ups will fix things.
This warm, compassionate belief system wants to kill imperfect or unwanted children in the womb, things that the world should run on a 24-hour clock and work seven days a week. The old, infirm, disabled and depressed are literally better off dead. The value of each life can be calculated to the penny, and society as a whole we are told benefits by the loss of this dead weight.
It is a variety of Yard Sign Calvinism, with reason serving as its god - a god every bit as bloodthirsty as Moloch or Baal. Indeed, one can't but wonder if the animating power comes from those old, wily fallen angels.
Happily, the excesses of the pandemic (and the lies spread to justify them) are undermining this diabolical belief system. Science has nothing to say about morality, and we are seeing just how quickly it degenerates when the guard rails are taken down.