Diana Ronald-Szabo's Letters to the Editor

The Catholic News, Thursday, Jan. 13, 1966

Censorship -- or Citizenship?

What are the qualifications of a good citizen? Just what is expected of a citizen, in order that he may contribute to the welfare of his country?

Part of the answers to these questions can be found in the following words, which are familiar to each and every American citizen:

"We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

This is part of the solid foundation upon which this nation was founded and which a good citizen is expected to maintain.

And yet, in attempting to exercise this citizenship in an effort to make this a perfect union or a great society, the decent citizen is being hampered by a cult which is out to destroy this very foundation. It is a satan-inspired cult which, under the banner of "liberty" or "freedom," is attempting to strip man from the very inhibitions and responsibilities which go into the making of a man, thus reducing him to the status of an animal.

Man, according to the cult's philosophy, should be free of any responsibility and should cater to whatever impulses and desires he has, in the erroneous belief that this is "freedom" and "liberty." But, in reality, this is not "freedom," this is sheer slavery, because when man gives in to every impulse and desire, he eventually loses control over himself and becomes the slave to his passions and impulses, rather than their master. When man becomes a slave unto himself, he is so busy feeding his passions that he loses the proper perspective of the things around him. He becomes the pawn of those who would use him to gain their own evil ends. And the saddest part of it is that this cult, by playing up to the lower instincts in man, is succeeding in victimizing the more vulnerable members of our society. It is a cult which is imbued with a zeal, a cunning, a daring and a persuasivenes which is difficult to match.

The cult is quick to cry "censorship" each time our decent citizens make a move to stop the avalanche of filth which history has proved is capable of destroying a whole empire. This word "censorship" is a most potent weapon of the cult.

Is it "censorship" to persuade the judges in our courts to establish justice by condemning the purveyors of filth? Is it "censorship" to insure domestic tranquility by instituting action to make our citizens safe from the assaults of those whose emotions and imaginations are being triggered by the filth which they see, read and hear?

Is it "censorship" to provide for the common defense by recruiting our decent Americans in an effort to wipe out the vile pornographers who are betraying our country to the forces of vice and corruption? Is it "censorship" to want to promote the general welfare by fighting to make this a morally clean and healthy country for ourselves and for our posterity?

Is it "censorship" to want to secure our blessings of liberty from the slavery to the depravity which is crippling the minds of the weak, who in turn are crippling the bodies of decent, innocent and helpless citizens?

Is it censorship, or is it citizenship?

Diana Ronald-Szabo, Westchester County Chairman, Women for

Decency, Catholic Daughters of America, Pound Ridge, N.Y.


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