Catholic Groups Continue their Assault on Freedom
I read an article yesterday that I found quite frustrating. It would have been laughable if so many credulous Christians will pounce all over it–believing every word. The article was titled “Italian religious liberty expert worries US on path to anti-Christian violence” and it appeared at the Catholic News Agency, you can read it from the link. There are several troubling aspects in this article. Let’s hash them out one by one.
The article focuses on the beliefs of Professor Massimo Introvigne, he is the head of an Italian religious liberty watchdog group. Introvigne believes that the current wave of legislation in the U.S. is discriminating against religion. It is important to note that this assertion is the cornerstone of his entire view. It is wrong. The current wave of legislation in the U.S. that affects Christianity is not discriminatory at all. It is legislation designed to provide basic human rights and services to those in need. That includes people who cannot afford contraception, victims of the sex trade needing full medical care, orphans needing homes, etc. All of it—each piece of legislation is designed to provide a human right or service to someone in need. Do these services find themselves at odds with the teachings of some Christian religions? Yes. There is no question on that. However, our country is not ruled by Christianity. The very simple fact of the matter is this: The Christian faiths who are opposing the legislation in question are wrong. Just like they were wrong about the earth being created in 6 days, the earth being flat, the earth being the center of the universe, the idea of witches exist and must be tortured, and the list goes on and on… Once again we have Christian faiths standing in the way of human progress. Designing laws and policies that help to ease the suffering and/or to further empower certain groups of people is the right thing to do.
Second, no limits are being placed on any religion. This is an important distinction to draw. If Christian institutions are upset that these laws violate their “conscience”, dogma, or doctrine, they are free to adapt. The only limits being placed on religion are coming from within—not from the government. The government of the U.S. is not in the business of letting any religion dictate national policy. Nor should it be. Human rights are universal and cannot be subjected to the dogma/doctrine of any one religion. Contraception is a basic human right—it helps prevent the spread of disease, empowers women, and eases poverty—among other things. If a religion has a problem with contraception it is a dilemma they must deal with. A secular government passing a law that will promote those things is in no way discriminating against Christianity.
Before we even get to the second sentence of the article the “expert” Introvigne is discredited. The rest of his argument cannot possibly hold up. So much for being an “expert” on religious liberty, he does not even know what it means.
Introvigne fears that discrimination against Christianity could lead to violence and hate crimes. From a sociological perspective (he is a sociologist) this is probably true. There are numerous examples throughout history where discrimination has led to violence. Be that as it may, it is completely inapplicable to the situation in the U.S. for two reasons. First, as pointed out above, there is no discrimination. Second, does Introvigne not realize that overwhelming majority of Americans are Christian? Who is going to be enacting the violence? The atheist, Jewish, or Muslim minorities? Introvigne is tilting at windmills. Why? Because he is Catholic and is trying to drum up fear in the same manner that the loathsome and despicable Cardinals Dolan and Lori attempt to do daily. As an academic with a PhD he should be embarrassed to have uttered such nonsense. I have a greater chance of winning the lottery before finishing this post than there is of anti-Christian violence breaking out in the U.S—and I don’t buy lottery tickets!
To be fair to Introvigne, he is clear when he states that he does not intend to compare the situation in the U.S. to real anti-Christian violence that is happening in places around the world. However, he sees the current wave of legislation as the first step towards that end. What rubbish.
Americans need to wake up and start seeing through the fog and haze of deceit that is being spread daily and intentionally by Christian leaders in this country. The Catholic Church is leading this charge. Make no mistake, they are fighting for survival. They are fighting to stay relevant in this century. They are failing and they know it. They cannot simply change their dogma or doctrine—to do so would discredit too much of the foundations of their faith. The only option open to them is to fight. Take a look at the history of the Church when it needs to fight—lies and deceit are least offensive tactics you will find. Rome is no stranger to playing politics and attempting to mislead people. Do not be taken in. It is Rome that is attempting to limit the freedom of Americans to further their own ends. The Catholic Church has no business dictating to you or your friends and family what type of medical care is available. If they are unwilling to do the job properly, perhaps it is time for them to get out of the medical industry.
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