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"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …
Apparently in the original text there's a heretofore undiscovered asterisk or two.
Because homosexuality is our de facto national religion now.
And if its proponents have their way, the free exercise of religions which object to homosexuality will indeed be prohibited. (Except for Islam; the homofascists don't dare take on The Religion Of Peace™.)
There are two news items today which exhibit my thesis.
In Virginia, a federal judge has invalidated a state constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex "marriage."
Because obviously (a) the Fourteenth Amendment was intended for such a purpose, and (b) never mind the will of voters expressed in a referendum.
The ruling cites memorable Supreme Court travesties — Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Lawrence v. Texas and Windsor v. U.S. — like so many mileposts on the Highway to Hell, and who can argue with such sophistry when it's dressed up in costumes of legal precedent, bejeweled with a lot of emotional chatter about "loving, intimate and lasting relationships" and "sacred, personal choices"?
The sinful is now sacred? How's that for peeing on us Christians' cornflakes?
Try your schtick in a mosque and get back to me. That is, if your head is still attached to your body.
Meanwhile in Kansas, their state legislature moved to protect religious liberty.
A House bill directed at same-sex couples in Kansas who are denied services tied to weddings and civil unions passed Wednesday with Republicans arguing the measure reinforced religious freedom and Democrats labeling it a discriminatory assault on lesbians and gays.
Why is it that homosexual demands for special attention are never characterized as a discriminatory assault on religious liberty?
The GOP-led House voted 72-49 to approve House Bill 2453 with little commentary following lengthy debate Tuesday. The bill sent to the Senate was designed to shield people, groups and businesses that cite religious reasons for refusing to serve homosexuals engaging in activities viewed as religiously offensive.
Note that it doesn't say you can't do it. It just says we don't have to help you.
The bill allows government employees of the state, courts, schools and law enforcement agencies to treat as invalid the civil unions or marriages of two men or two women.
Go ahead, pretend to be "married." We're still not going to applaud.
Legislators supportive of the legislation were motivated by an assumption the federal courts eventually would declare unconstitutional a 2005 amendment to the Kansas Constitution banning gay marriage.
Wouldn't it be great if all these judges who are mesmerized by emanations of penumbras would actually read the Tenth Amendment?
Gov. Sam Brownback said when asked about the bill that he had dedicated himself to fighting for basic human rights, including religious liberty, in many countries and for many different faiths.
"Americans have constitutional rights, among them the right to exercise their religious beliefs and the right for every human life to be treated with respect and dignity," the Republican governor said.
The homosexuals demand respect from us. But they refuse to respect our beliefs in return. Their disdain for religion pours forth — we are "anti-gay" purveyors of "vicious discrimination" out to turn back the clock on civil rights.
Such hysteria is underwhelming. The oft-cited example of homofascism at its worst is the Colorado baker who politely refuse to participate in the charade of a same-sex "marriage." Adhering to his conscience was quickly redefined as "hate." As if a random sole proprietor has the power to prevent two homosexuals from fully enjoying their chosen lifestyle.
This notion that a business has to cater to every customer's whim is preposterous. Several years ago my daughter wanted a Club Penguin birthday cake. We went to arguably the best bakery in town. "Sorry," he said, "I can't make that."
You'll be shocked to learn we didn't sue him.
And I'll bet you can't guess that we found a different bakery willing to create the cake she wanted.
Kansas isn't saying you can't have your cake. Kansas is saying that you might need to find a bakery that wants to make it for you. Then, everybody's happy. The religious baker's conscience is clear. The guy who made your cake has a few extra bucks in his pocket. And contrary to hyperbole, you have your cake.
So chill out. You live your lives. We'll live ours. If perchance our paths
cross, let's smile, nod, and move on. That's my definition of "tolerance."
Hopefully it's yours too.
Msgr. Desmond noted that unpleasant statistic during yesterday's homily. He was speaking, of course, about the Obama Administration's single-minded war on the Catholic Church, and their recent attacks on the Little Sisters of the Poor.
Surely the government can't wipe out the Church, he asked rhetorically, before citing the French Revolution as an example of how yes, yes it can.
And my mind whirled, because this president is certainly as sinister as Robespierre and the Jacobins. Perhaps moreso.
They had the guillotine, Obama has the IRS. It's only a matter of time before he uses the taxman to force us into performing gay "marriages." How could a man who demands that nuns pay for birth control resist the urge to bend Catholic priests to his will?
And so, thinking about Msgr. Desmond's homily, this description of the French Revolution sounds like it could have come right out of a DNC press release:
The new rational state, whose primary ideological plank was that the sovereignty of "the people" is unlimited, attempted to eliminate French traditions, norms, and religious beliefs.
The revolutionary governing bodies were particularly determined to destroy every vestige of the Roman Catholic Church because France was hailed by Rome as the Church's "eldest daughter" and the monarch had dedicated "our person, our state, our crown and our subjects" to the Blessed Virgin.
The Constituent Assembly began the campaign against the Church by stating in the Declaration of the Rights of Man, "no body or individual may exercise any authority which does not proceed directly from the nation." In other words the Church could no longer have any say in public matters. The secular state would now have the final word over every aspect of human and social life.
Cradle to grave statism, Obama-style!
The government will redefine family, and malevolently put the Catholic Church out of the adoption business because it won't go along.
The government will dictate the terms of your health care, and more importantly suppress any attempt by the Church to influence your choices. They'll even trot out misguided catholics to reassure you that open schism with Rome is The American Way.
Who will be the first Catholic priest Obama locks up?
Don't say it's an unthinkable prospect. The Reign of Terror was unthinkable
too. Until it wasn't.
Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court (temporarily, at least) sided with the Little Sisters of the Poor and against the Obama Administration.
Despite the best efforts of the Obama Administration, the Supreme Court of the United States decided on Friday afternoon to temporarily block enforcement of the Affordable Care Act on behalf of the Little Sisters of the Poor. The new ruling allows the religious order to avoid the crushing penalties of failing to adhere to the mandate while their legal challenge proceeds by informing the HHS in writing that they are a non-profit group "that hold themselves out as religious and have religious objections to providing coverage for contraceptive services."
The ruling comes after lawyers for the nuns pointed out that in order to claim their exemption, the administration is requiring the nuns to sign a "permission slip" that would allow their insurance company to offer coverage of contraception, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization over the nuns' objections.
The Sisters argue that participating in the process in any way would make them party to mortal sin. Even the fact that the government would pay the insurer for the coverage, and so costs would not fall on the Sisters, fails to address this concern, they say.
An earlier ruling by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor allowing the Little Sisters protection from enforcement of the mandate was challenged by the Obama Administration.
Forcing nuns to purchase birth control and abortion services is evil.
Reiterating that demand in legal challenges is malevolent and cruel.
But it's typical of the Obama Administration's war on religion, and on Catholics specifically. They need to crush our faith, and replace it with their secularized worldview, because we stand in silent rejoinder of their sinfulness.
Contrary to feminut hysteria, we have no intention of forcing anyone to abide by our rules. Birth control is widely available, and inexpensively priced. It's none of our business if a woman chooses to purchase it with her own money. We will, of course, pray that she does not. But alas, she is free to ignore our prayers.
All we ask is that we remain free to exercise our religion and live our
faith without endangering our immortal souls. I don't think that's an
unreasonable request. And I'm heartened to hear that the Supreme Court
is inclined to agree with us.
God save us from the "hegemonic uniformity" of the "one line of thought", "fruit of the spirit of the world that negotiates everything", even the faith. This was Pope Francis' prayer during mass this morning at Casa Santa Marta, commenting on a passage from the Book of Maccabees, in which the leaders of the people do not want Israel to be isolated from other nations, and so abandon their traditions to negotiate with the king.
They go to "negotiate" and are excited about it. It is as if they said "we are progressives; let's follow progress like everyone else does." As reported by Vatican Radio, the Pope noted that this is the "spirit of adolescent progressivism" according to which "any move forward and any choice is better than remaining within the routine of fidelity." These people, therefore, negotiate "loyalty to God who is always faithful" with the king. "This is called apostasy", "adultery." They are, in fact, negotiating their values, "negotiating the very essence of being faithful to the Lord."
"And this is a contradiction: we do not negotiate values, but faithfulness. And this is the fruit of the devil, the prince of this world, who leads us forward with the spirit of worldliness. And then there are the direct consequences. They accepted the habits of the pagan, then a further step: the king wrote to his whole kingdom that all should be one people, and everyone would abandon their customs. A globalizing conformity of all nations is not beautiful, rather, each with own customs but united, but it is the hegemonic uniformity of globalization, the single line of thought. And this single line of thought is the result of worldliness."
Progressivism replaces God with The State, and Jesus with the state's sovereign. But the state is a false god, because in order to give to one, the state must take from another. Yet God gives freely to all.
American (small-c) catholics who are in bed with the state will not like hearing
these truths. But His Holiness speaks truth nonetheless.
Unanimously, the Bishops emphatically decree: We Will Not Comply.
The nation's Catholic bishops have a message for President Barack Obama: They would rather pay fines, no matter how much they would be, before they comply with the HHS mandate that compels groups to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops today issued a "Special Message" at the conclusion of their fall General Assembly, November 13, in Baltimore. They unanimously passed the special message, which can only be issued as such meetings and strongly condemned the HHS mandate.
They said that, with its "coercive mandate," the Obama administration "is refusing to uphold its obligation to respect the rights of religious believers."
"Beginning in March 2012, in United for Religious Freedom, we identified three basic problems with the HHS mandate: it establishes a false architecture of religious liberty that excludes our ministries and so reduces freedom of religion to freedom of worship; it compels our ministries to participate in providing employees with abortifacient drugs and devices, sterilization, and contraception, which violates our deeply-held beliefs; and it compels our faithful people in business to act against our teachings, failing to provide them any exemption at all," they said.
Unlike the Nuns On The Bus and their cafeteria-catholicism this Special
Message carries with it the full weight of the Magisterium of the Roman
Catholic Church. So, as a lawyer friend always writes at the end of her
correspondence to a client, please be guided accordingly.
I guess it should come as no surprise that the most activist state supreme court in the nation would unamimously rule to discriminate against 6,000 years of Judeo-Christian tradition. And so the sodomites can "marry."
The New Jersey Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, refused to delay the start of gay marriages, as Gov. Chris Christie had requested. Marriages are expected to begin as soon as 12:01 a.m. Monday. From a legal standpoint, Christie's basis for opposing same-sex marriage was flat-out rejected in the decision.
Of course, religious people must now hide our beliefs. We are left to cower in fear of the Hate Crime Patrol, while licentiousness is the law of the land. All thanks to 7 black-robed poobahs who took it upon themselves to create "rights" out of whole cloth.
And yet there is one Judge above them. On the day that sinners stand before Him to account for their lives, may He have mercy on their souls.
Because an eternity in the fires of Hell is a very long time indeed.
It's about time someone stood up to the anti-religion homofascists. Here's the tale of two very special knuckleheads who picked on the wrong art gallery.
A Mennonite couple in Iowa who declined to host a same-sex wedding at their business has filed a counter-lawsuit against the state's Civil Rights Commission, fearing that the agency will make them pay financial damages and host the events.
In August, Dick and Betty Odgaard, who operate The Gortz Haus Gallery in Grimes, declined a request from Lee Stafford and his partner, Jared, to host a same-sex wedding.
"They did so because their religion forbids them from personally planning, facilitating or hosting wedding ceremonies not between one man and one woman," the counter-lawsuit says.
Stafford filed a complaint with Iowa's Civil Rights Commission accusing the Odgaards of violating state law.
"[They] discriminated against us based on our sexual orientation. Iowa code says if you have a public accommodation, you can't discriminate based on sexual orientation," Stafford told KCCI.
The Odgaards responded on Oct. 7 by filing the counter-lawsuit through the nonprofit Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty.
Religious liberty is under attack by the forces of homosexuality. Thank God for The Beckett Fund! Rock on, Mr. and Mrs. Odgaard!
"The Iowa Civil Rights Commission is now seeking to force the Odgaards to plan, facilitate and host same-sex wedding ceremonies at the Gallery," the counter-lawsuit says. "Publicly associating with a wedding ceremony that violates their beliefs would send a message to others who share their beliefs, including some of their employees, that those beliefs are untrue or unworthy of devotion, and thereby cause those others to sin."
That is, of course, precisely the message the homosexuals want to send: Sin trumps religion. The First Amendment guarantee of religious freedom is subserviant to the purveyors of deviancy; they won't rest until Jesus gets it up the ass from Zorro The Gay Blade.
I stand with Dick and Betty Odgaard, athwart history, yelling "Stop."
Mr. Stafford and his "partner" have since found an alternative location to host their non-traditional nuptials. No harm, no foul, right?
Er, no. They aren't looking for equality, they're out to impose their disjointed version of "morality" on every art gallery in America. Open your doors to the public and you're required to admit sin along with the paying customers.
Civil rights? Sorry, people of faith can't have civil rights.
Not now. But maybe, if the Odgaards prevail, we can breathe a little easier.
Obama the tin pot dictator continues his war on the Catholic Church, this time by padlocking church doors and threatening the pastor with arrest if he says Mass.
Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit exposes this president's thuggery:
In the wake of the government shutdown, despite provisions in the Pay Our Military Act, Catholics at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia are being denied religious services. The Catholic priest who serves this community has been prohibited from even volunteering to celebrate Holy Mass without pay, and was told that if he violated that order, he could be subject to arrest. Protestant services continue to take place. Only Catholic services have been shutdown.
Is this still America? Father Ray Leonard, the base chaplain, isn't sure.
"In China, I was disallowed from performing public religious services due to the lack of religious freedom in China. I never imagined that when I returned home to the United States, that I would be forbidden from practicing my religious beliefs as I am called to do, and would be forbidden from helping and serving my faith community."
Believe it Father.
Barack Obama is America's Henry VIII, determined to subjugate Holy Mother Church beneath his despotic thumb.
Obamacare's assault on Catholic doctrine was only the beginning. Then came the designation of Christian ministries as "domestic hate groups," because they refuse to kneel before the proponents of same-sex "marriage."
So today, under the pretext of a government shutdown, he decided to teach some bothersome priests a lesson, by denying their ability to say Mass for the brave men and women who serve our nation. You can almost hear him snicker, "Where is your God now?" as he annoints himself Supreme Pontiff of his government-approved catholic (yes, small-c) church.
Our forefathers came to these shores in search of religious liberty.
Under this president, the only place we'll find it is in the history books.
Sigh. Even my wife fell for the media hype. "The Pope said homosexuality is OK!"
Uh, no, he didn't.
Take it away Father Z:
As you read the interview, and media coverage of the interview, you will find — and this is consistent with Pope Francis' style of talking off-the-cuff — some truly quotable quotes, leap-out quotes that sit up and beg to be taken out of context.
Context? When has our media ever provided context? It's headlines they want! Sensationalism!
For context you have to Read The Whole Thing. That's hard work. You have to understand Church doctrine. Only then will what His Holiness really meant become clear.
It's a lot to read. And I urge you to read it. Carefully.
Then you'll understand.
To recap: People who focus just on the comments that Francis made about compassion for homosexuals and "social wounds" or about not talking about abortion all the time or that the Church has no right to "interfere" with people (as if to say that Francis thinks homosexuality is okay or that the Church should be silent in the public square or that we mustn't talk about abortion) without also underscoring that Francis was talking about things which need healing and that they are matters for confession (read: sins) have distorted his meaning.
As it happens Sophie's religion homework this week focuses on the doctrine of Redemption. And last Sunday's Gospel spoke of the Prodigal Son, but more importantly the notion that God is our ever-loving Father. And like the father in the parable, God rejoices when we turn away from sin.
In the same way, I tell you, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one
sinner repenting than over ninety-nine upright people who have no need of
— Luke 15:7
That's what Pope Francis is trying to tell us. Don't focus solely on the sin. Focus on the Redemption of the sinner. Focus on healing the wounds of sin.
And, Go To Confession!
When you open a business in New Mexico you have to leave your religion at home.
Justice Richard Bosson wrote:
At its heart, this case teaches that at some point in our lives all of us must compromise, if only a little, to accommodate the contrasting values of others. A multicultural, pluralistic society, one of our nation's strengths, demands no less. The Huguenins are free to … pray to the God of their choice … But there is a price, one that we all have to pay somewhere in our civic life.
Bosson goes on to say having to violate your religious beliefs when they conflict with social issues like gay marriage "is the price of citizenship."
Ah yes, gay "marriage." That Which Must Not Be Opposed. It's in the public square, on display, and we must cheer. Religion? Hide it behind closed doors!
For Christians there is a price to be paid. For homosexuals? Not so much.
Here's the backstory. Elane and Jonathan Hugenin are devout Christians, who politely informed 2 lesbians seeking affirmation of their "commitment ceremony" that they'd be happier hiring another photographer to chronicle their Very Special Day. New Mexico has neither gay "marriage" nor civil unions so this ceremony was purely for these two ladies own edification.
Because, why not?
Anyway, instead of taking their business where it'd be welcomed, the angry lesbians sued. Gee, can you say "setup?" Of course you can.
And an outfit unironically named The New Mexico Human Rights Commission sided with the homosexual imposers of tolerance. We have to tolerate them, but they never have to tolerate us! Christians don't have "human rights."
Yesterday the New Mexico Supreme Court threw the Christians to the lions, affirming that they have a "duty" to violate their religious beliefs as "the price of citizenship."
Yeah, citizenship in Soviet Russia. But not the America our Founding Fathers created. In a nation founded on religious freedom we are no longer free to practice our religion, to be unhindered in our exercise of morality.
So I have to ask. Would forcing a kosher butcher to sell bacon also be "the price of citizenship?" Or, is his religion better than mine?
Only, I suspect, if homosexuals decide bacon is integral to their public displays of deviancy. Otherwise our Moral Superiors won't see the need to dictate our behavior. Yet.
Do you see what this is really about? If not, let me tell you that this is really about, "We, who are Your Moral Superiors, have authority to dictate your behavior, your words and, indeed, your thoughts."The language of "rights" is not about freedom, but rather power. I tried to warn people about this in November 2008, but nobody listened, because Important Smart People (e.g., Nicolle Wallace) were telling Republicans to forget about that "social issues" stuff.
Things that almost no one predicted in 2003, when Justice Kennedy created the "emerging awareness" doctrine out of thin air to justify overturning the 1986 Bowers v. Hardwick decision, are now happening routinely.
Ayup. Next on their hit parade — forcing churches to sanction same-sex unions. The homosexuals won't be happy until religion is destroyed, because it stands between their desires and what's left of their consciences. Religion reminds the sinner of his failings, which hurts his precious feelings. And if progressive politics has taught us nothing else since the 1960s, feelings are the sine qua non of an allegedly oppressed minority's Absolute Moral Authority.
Remember when morality came from God? Yeah, me neither.
The market for beat-up Fiats just got a whole lot brighter.
Inspection — The Pope declared war on the Vatican's luxury cars. First, he attacked wastefulness, underscoring that "it bothers me when I see a priest or a sister with a brand new car." Then, a few days later, he put into practice what he had stated during a meeting with seminarians: on Wednesday he made an inspection of the Vatican parking lot. It isn't the first time — already in the past days Pope Francis, on his way to lunch with a cardinal friend, visited the place where some cardinals usually park their cars.
Father Z, who provided the above translation, asks the Holy Father to please see the forest for the trees.
This whole topic is a phenomenal waste of time. I post on it because, mark my words, people who can barely scrape three brain cells together, are going to latch onto the vague moralism of "think of the poor" when looking at the local priest's car. There are some people who think that if the priest isn't licking up water from puddles on the sidewalk and rubbing gravel through his hair, he is a bad priest who doesn't care enough about las ovejas pobres.
Indeed. The very idea of Clunkers for Clerics seems absurd to me too. A priest needs reliable transportation. He should be tending to his flock, not constantly prowling around for low-budget car repairs. A fellow who could get called out at any hour of the day or night needs to know his car will start, and that it'll get him wherever he's going and safely back home again.
An automotive hairshirt does not meet that requirement.
If not that, I'd say "take the bus," but Papa Bergoglio just might believe I
was being serious.
Well that didn't take long. Polygamy activists are ecstatic over our Supreme Court's legalization of same-sex "marriage." And they're ready to make their case because, face it, if you're going to redefine marriage anyway, what's so damn special about the number two?
Wanna guess who'll be leading the charge? Not the Mormons; they swore off the sister wives thing when Utah became a state. Nope, it'll be those fun-loving guys at the Council on American Islamic Relations who'll push polygamy into the mainstream.
Because Sharia Rocks!
Why confine yourself to beating the shit out of one wife when Allah says you can have four of 'em, all ready at a moment's notice to be subjugated under your firm hand? And while you're at it, let's eliminate all those pesky age-of-consent laws too! Mohammed banged a six-year old; it's unfair that you can't, right?
Redefining marriage is just so darn liberating. Really. In fact maybe
it's time I stopped being a h8er and simply embraced love in all its myriad
Pillow-love, for instance. Oh Justice Kennedy, won't you show me the way?
I'm so disgusted at today's SCOTUS rulings I can't even speak.
Fortunately Pat Archbold says it better than I could anyway, so I'll just quote him.
Marriage, as the union of a man and woman for the purposes of raising children and for mutual support as recognized in culture and law, has ceased to exist. The only reason that marriage needs be recognized by law is that previous generations understood its value and wished to confer certain legal and societal privileges to it so as to encourage it. They rightly understood that marriage is the cornerstone of a society.
Advocates have used those legal and societal privileges to beat, twist, and deform the very meaning and purpose of marriage. We now view the purpose of marriage solely as the conferring of these legal and societal privileges, and thus they can be granted to anyone and anything.
While many states have sought to forestall the redefinition of marriage in their states by statute or constitution, today's ruling basically invalidates their efforts and has opened the floodgate to approval of same sex marriage across the nation with no reasonable recourse. Marriage as we knew it is dead.
With the universal legal recognition of same-sex marriage a fait accompli, the next fight will be on the Church doorstep. The next battle will be to force Churches, most particularly the Catholic Church, to recognize and conduct same-sex marriage. The refusal to do so will result in a series of escalating legal and financial ramifications.
Eventually, becuase of its refusal to recognize immoral unions as marriage, the state will refuse to recognize Church marriages. As a result, more and more people will bypass Church marriage altogether, further marginalizing faith in this country. This effort is and has always been a war against religion and in particular a war against the Catholic Church. Right now, it is a war we are losing and after today, perhaps it is fair to say that we lost.
Holy Mother Church will prevail, eventually. But here in these United States I'm afraid it will soon be a hate crime to profess and teach the Catholic faith.
The Methodists in Ocean Grove, NJ can't catch a break.
If that makes no sense to you, join the club.
Back in 2009 two troublemaker lesbians wanted to use the boardwalk for a same-sex "wedding" ceremony. The Methodist Church, which owns just about everything in Ocean Grove, said "no." The rabble-rousers sued, the Obama Administration and pretty much every gay rights organization this side of Uranus piled on. And sadly the Methodists lost, because the judge said their boardwalk was a "public accomodation."
Four years later Hurricane Sandy smashed that boardwalk, and every other boardwalk up and down the Jersey shore, to smithereens.
The good news is FEMA is rebuilding all those other boardwalks.
The bad news is, FEMA has decided the Ocean Grove boardwalk is a church after all. So no rebuilding money!
Federal officials have once again denied funding to rebuild Ocean Grove's boardwalk, according to its owner, a private non-profit organization.
The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association said its appeal to receive aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency was rejected Friday.
"We are deeply disappointed in FEMA's rejection of our appeal," said Dale C. Whilden, president of the association, in a statement.
FEMA's decision is based on regulations that bar non-profits from receiving federal dollars to rebuild recreational facilities, according to the association.
C'mon guys, look on the bright side. Now's your chance to be free of judicial interference. Rebuild that boardwalk with your own money. I'll kick in a few bucks, I'm sure a lot of other folks will too. Re-consecrate it as the church it was intended to be.
Then, the next time the homosexuals come looking to raise a ruckus you can
tell 'em to go pound sand up their ass.
At churches throughout Caldwell today parishoners were asked to pray for new and stricter gun control laws. I did not join in. Not because I am pro-violence; but because I am a realist.
Here's their spiel:
Enhanced regulation of guns by state or federal law will promote the saving of lives and the promoting of loving relationship within a healthy community.
Enhanced regulation of guns by law places the highest priority upon preventing the loss of life.
Enhanced regulation of guns by law accepts the fact that media saturated gun violence diminishes the dignity of the human person.
Enhanced regulation of guns by law acknowledges a dire need within a society prone to suicide by guns and accidental death by guns.
Enhanced regulation of guns by law is mandated for a society in love with its children and their healthy, safe upbringing.
Except… Cities and states with the most onerous gun control regulations also have the highest rates of gun violence. Surely my brothers and sisters in our religious community could look this up. Chicago. Detroit. Camden. Newark. It's virtually impossible for a citizen in one of those cities to lawfully purchase a gun. Yet a day when 4 people are brutally gunned down in the streets? Those cities call that "Tuesday."
Alas, the perpetrators of gun violence do not lawfully acquire their firearms. So why is it that when a criminal commits a violent act the first reaction of supposedly reasonable people is to restrict my rights?
Furthermore, in states where the Second Amendment is respected, gun violence is significantly lower. As Robert Heinlein said, an armed society is a polite society. Think about it. If gun shows really are magnets for psychopaths and serial killers, how does anyone get out of one alive?
Today's anti-Second-Amendment proclamation is signed by 18 good and decent men and women of God. And to a one I believe they are sincere. But I have to ask, where were they when Kermit Gosnell was murdering babies by the truckload? Where is their statement condemning the practioners of abortion? Compared to the 55 million slaughtered in the charnel houses of Planned Parenthood, the victims of gun violence are a drop in the bucket.
Save the children? Stop abortion. Yet the proponents of gun control wouldn't dream of restricting the invented "right" to abortion. It's only my enumerated right to keep and bear arms which attracts their opprobrium.
Or, as I saw once on Facebook, if guns kill people and cause crime, mine must be defective.
For that matter, when it comes to "a society prone to suicide" you folks might want to regulate trains. Because it seems like every week I read about some tortured soul who walks in front of one.
My point is this. Violence happens. It's not dependent on access to guns. In fact there are numerous situations where gun owners have prevented violence. Yes, really. The gun itself is not evil. It's just an object. Evil takes many forms. As a priest once told me, brother Devil is always there, ready to pounce on our weakness.
Consider — the Boston bombers were not legally authorized to purchase firearms. The existing laws worked. Yet somehow they acquired guns, and bombs. Which of these proposed new gun control measures would have stopped them? And will our churches now call for regulation of pressure cookers too? How about backpacks?
It takes more than slogans to stop evil.
Remember, the Disciples carried swords. It is not a sin to defend your family or your friends. There is such a thing as Just War. And unilateral disarmament is a sure-fire route to extinction.
Hey you. Yes you, with the red equal sign as your Facebook avatar. Thanks for wearing The Mark Of The Beast:
I just want you to know that if this is your sign then you are actively supporting my persecution, torture, imprisonment, etc. Perhaps you know that already, and perhaps that warms your heart, but I wanted to make sure we're all on the same page here.
The French didn't wake up one morning and say "Hey, let's kill tens of thousands of Catholics" …it happened over time. It was a process.
Would you require a kosher caterer to violate his religion by demanding he serve ham at your wedding? Of course not. So why is it OK to bring the force of law to bear against a Christian caterer (or photographer or innkeeper) who stands up for her religious beliefs?
And the answer is? Because shut-up.
The Titans of Tolerance don't tolerate no Christians.
Yeah, I know, you'll just say I'm a homophobe. Or worse. My rights don't matter. My religion isn't important. Equality is the new watchword. God? He's behind the times. Old-fashioned. Un-hip. Like me.
Yesterday I posted, on my own FB timeline, an excerpt from Canon 915.
As a public service to all the liberal catholics in my news feed today, allow me to reacquaint you with Canon 915: "Those who have been ... obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion."
The result was, interesting. I especially liked "Let the person among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone...." which conveniently ignored the equally important admonition to "...go forth and sin no more."
My Catholic friends don't want to talk about sin. Well, not unless they can work themselves up into a spittle-flecked tizzy over "pedophile priests." Then suddenly they're experts on what's a sin.
As St. Thomas Aquinas said, "the first reaction to truth is anger." Well I'm here to tell you that the same-sex "marriage" people are very angry. They're not content with "live and let live." It's more like "my way or the highway." The in-your-face attitude seems like a sign of desperation though. "Look at me! Celebrate me! Cater to me!" Everything is "Me! Me! Me!" What happened to obedience to God? Doesn't it seem like our troubles started when the liberals took God out of the classroom and replaced Him with Bacchanalia 101?
There are dark days ahead for God's Holy Church in America. Barack Obama will go down in Catholic history as a tyrant for sure. Of course the Church will survive. But many of her faithful will be persecuted, vilified, condemned, and yes tortured and imprisoned. You only have to look north at Canada to see what's in store for us.
The left now has the cudgel with which they will try to smash religion. Our
religious freedom is incompatible with their distorted view of civil rights.
Their hostility to religion puts paid the notion that everyone has
the right to be treated with respect. In the land of same-sex "marriage,"
Christians will be exiled. Which of course is the point.
Not that I'm advocating that, because I don't want to die.
Hmm. Maybe that's Ryan Rotela's fundamental problem. He complained, when he should have taken more, uh, direct, action.
Because complaining doesn't get their attention. Not in a good way, that is.
Now, beheadings are a different story.
"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to
Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness, unless you're trying to ram homosexuality down the throats of Christian teachers.
A homosexual couple has sued a Christian preschool in New Mexico after the school had accepted the three-year-old boy the two men are raising as their son, only to reject the child later. In their complaint the two men, Joseph Romero and John Keelin, allege that officials at Hope Christian School in Albuquerque first accepted their three-year-old son, then sent them a denial letter when the school realized the boy's parents were homosexual.
In the lawsuit, the two men claim that they "were even told that a new student packet has been prepared for him and that the school was expecting to get acceptance letters out the following week." But shortly after that notification , the two "received a denial letter on April 16, 2010," the complaint continues. "Upon further inquiry, the school sent a letter dated June 13, 2012 to plaintiffs' attorney. The letter indicated that the school denied admission to plaintiffs' son because plaintiffs were a same gender couple and that, as a result, their home was inconsistent with the school's beliefs."
The letter from the school informed the homosexual men that "same gender couples are inconsistent with scriptural lifestyle and biblical teachings," citing Romans 1:26-27 and 1 Corinthians 6:9. The letter pointed out that their home life "doesn't reflect the school's belief of what a Biblical family lifestyle is." The letter also explained that because the two parties were not in agreement on the issue of homosexuality, the educational relationship would be next to impossible, and cited the scripture Amos 3:3, "How can two walk together unless they be agreed?"
On its website, Hope Christian School explains that admission "is open to students of any race, color, or ethnic origin who are looking for a Christian environment with an emphasis on teaching Biblical principles and truths along with strong academics."
They're out to destroy Christianity. Because it threatens their carnal desires. And so they find a school, use a three-year-old child as a pawn, and concoct an elaborate ruse in order to muster their forces of tolerance in opposition to discrimination. Nevermind that the lessons taught by Hope Christian School contradict their very existence. Oh no, that's the next fight. After they force their way into the school it'll be only minutes before the teachings presented in the classroom come under fire too.
Thou Shalt Worship At The Altar Of Eros, and bow down before the power of the state — God be forsaken! — lest a pair of deviants be required to adapt their chosen lifestyle to 6,000 years of Judeo-Christian orthodoxy. Better to destroy the churches! Homosexuality is the future! It's fun for the whole family!
One cannot square this circle. You can't practice both homosexuality and Christianity. They are incompatible. And thus it is the homosexual's demand that Christianity must change. Their warped sense of "equality" requires it. Otherwise they might feel bad, and we all know how important it is to respect the feelings of every aggrieved minority.
That slippery slope? It's more like an avalanche. Up next, Adam and Steve sue
Saint Patrick's for the "right" to sashay down the aisle. And a shit-for-brains
liberal judge will say "do it", or else. Because we must tolerate them, but
they'll never tolerate us.
Our Founding Fathers established the Constitution to protect religious freedom. Today's liberals have flipped that notion on its ear, using government to destroy every last vestige of religious freedom left in America.
Yes, I'm talking about Obamacare and the unconscionable abortion, sterilization, and contraceptive mandate. We are not free to choose our health care. We are not free to exercise our religion as we see fit. The unholy alliance of big government and radical feminism have left us with Hobson's choice.
Burn in Hell, or die.
A federal judge ruled against Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby and Mardel on Monday in the companies' bid to block enforcement of contraceptive health-insurance provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
In his ruling on a preliminary injunction, U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton said the retailers were "secular, for-profit corporations" and did not have free-exercise rights under the First Amendment.
There it is in black and white. In 0bama's America you cannot freely exercise your religion. There is a price to be paid, a poll tax for the privilege of living in this once great nation. Buy health insurance and guarantee the destruction of your immortal soul by committing a grievous sin, or forego coverage altogether, and then still pay into this abominable system via John Roberts' Tax That Dare Not Speak Its Name.
Where is government to protect the rights of a small minority? Busy making sure Christmas goes down the memory hole, that's where.
A federal judge Monday denied a bid by churches to force Santa Monica to reopen spaces in a city park to private displays, including life-sized Christmas Nativity scenes.
The city shut down the six-decade tradition last year after a bitter dispute between religious groups and atheists, who overwhelmed the city's auction process for display sites, winning most of the 21 slots.
They worship Mother Gaia, not the Son of Man.
And they force us to bow to their holy sacrament of abortion whilst defiling every tenet of our faith.
Because we aren't the right kind of small minority. Our beliefs aren't hip, they're not in tune with all the cool kidz. We don't fit in, and we haven't yet moved on to the blow-shit-up-so-they'll-respect-us stage.
But if this isn't the culmination of a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object — to reduce us under absolute Despotism, then I don't know what is.
I want my country back. Give me Liberty, or give me Death!
Last week Newark Archbishop John J. Myers issued a pastoral letter to provide us with spiritual guidance on the tendentious issue of same-sex marriage. Sadly too many in the media are framing his letter as "anti-gay", "hateful", or gasp! "electioneering".
Which of course misses his point entirely.
The purpose of his letter is not to decree how we should vote.
The purpose of his letter is to inform the faithful on the consequences of deliberately acting in opposition to Church teaching. Because when you sin, and make no mistake, supporting same-sex marriage (or abortion or contraception) is a sin, you endanger your immortal soul and close the door to eternal life in the Kingdom of God.
And when you sin you cannot receive Holy Communion until you have faithfully and prayerfully completed the sacrament of Confession. Which as any second grader knows requires that you promise to not sin again.
People don't like to talk about sin. They'd rather offer up platitudes about "fairness" or divert our attention (look, clerical sexual abuse!). But God isn't interested in excuses. And the Church's first mission is to save our souls. You heard me. Salvation is Job One. Not soup kitchens. Not "outreach". Not health care or poverty or world peace.
Yes those issues are important. But they're part of the secular world, and not unique to the primary mission of Holy Mother Church. Anyone can give alms. Anyone can tend to the sick and the lonely and the dying. Only the Church can ensure our salvation and entrance to Heaven.
Of course we've got to want salvation. That's where adherence to Church teaching comes in. Adherence to all Church teaching. Not just the easy lessons. Not just the parts we're comfortable with. When it comes to spirituality there is only one Magisterium, headed by His Holiness Benedict XVI, and communicated to the Faithful via our bishops and priests.
Hence the pastoral letter.
At yesterday's 9 AM mass Monsignor Desmond described the canonical meaning of the word prophet. A prophet does not foretell the future. A prophet interprets the present. A prophet speaks the Truth. Alas many times the Truth makes people uncomfortable. Hence prophets weren't the most popular guys in the bible.
Archbishop Myers is a prophet. He speaks the Truth.
People who equivocate for a living don't like Truth. They like gray. Lots and lots of gray. Gray means you can slide by. Gray means you can ignore that queasy feeling, and stay inside the nice little bubble you've made for yourself. The one where you rationalize your sin. It's no big deal, right? Because you're a good person, and good people can take communion. You've always done it and nothing bad has happened. Why mess with what works for you?
That kind of thinking leads to another word Monsignor Desmond defined for us. Scandal. Scandal in its biblical form isn't what shocks us; scandal is an impediment, an obstacle to our salvation. Scandal is when we turn away from the Church and set ourselves above God and His annointed Disciples.
Scandal makes us no better than Henry VIII. He didn't like Church teaching so he made his own church. When we turn away from the Church, when we decide our limited and secular worldview trumps the teachings of the Magisterium, then we too create a different church. A church which is catholic in name, but not in deed. A church where Holy Communion is mere bread and wine, not the Pascal Sacrifice and Eucharistic Feast handed down to us by Jesus Christ. A church which mocks the very foundations of that which we swear we worship. A church which cannot grant us salvation.
The path to eternal life is not meant to be easy. But we have been given the keys to the Kingdom of God! They are ours, if only we want them.
Archbishop Myers shows us the way. Follow him.