Violence, Lies, Deceit, and Catholicism

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.

Thanks for Reading.  I look forward to your comments.

—-RB

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7 thoughts on “Violence, Lies, Deceit, and Catholicism

  1. Loren Miller from Bedford, OH, United States

    What you are describing is the reaction of a group of people who have been sitting in a position of authority and advantage, suddenly discovering that said advantage is about to be stripped of them because they assumed their authority fraudulently, without foundation. In short, they have been FOUND OUT. At some level or other, they KNEW what they were hawking was snake oil, and they relied on the ignorance or laziness of their clientele to maintain their position.

    Thinking about this, I can't help but wonder why the RC church insisted for so long on Latin as the language of their masses. Was it to obscure the true content of the bible they read from, to keep the real words and meaning a mystery to their parishioners? I remember vividly Stephen Fry in the Intelligence-Squared debates, mentioning those who were executed for no worse crime than having a bible in English in their possession! How often have we heard that the fastest way to atheism is to read the bible in English? I also note with grim regard the recent publishing of the Texas GOP platform, which decries the teaching of critical thought. Again, the leaders of these organizations want their sheep STUPID, uninformed, the better to lead them by the nose wherever they care to.

    And so they're SCARED, and they damned well should be. They are losing power, and they have seen in the past what has happened to deposed dictators and autocrats who have abused their position for their own gain. True to their own behavior and mindset, they expect those who are displacing them to be as violent and unprincipled as they have been in the past. I would like to think that we could treat them better than they have treated us, though exceptions to that rule would not surprise me. Still, I would hope that governance based in reason and rationality could behave better than that of superstition has in the overall. I think that it will.

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    1. Cephus from Redlands, CA, United States

      That's exactly the case. They're used to having power, whether they deserved it or not. Now that they're faced with losing the power they never should have had in the first place, they're fighting for the comfortable position they're accustomed to, not the place in the sewer they actually deserve.

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    2. reasonbeing from Rochester, MN, United States Post author

      Well said Loren, as usual. I agree with you, they are scared of the future…and they should be. I am scared that so many credulous folks will believe the lies they are peddling daily regarding religious liberty and freedom. So many people blindly listen to what comes from the pulpit.

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  2. vjack from Hattiesburg, MS, United States

    If any religious group in the U.S. has to be worried about facing violence because of their thoughts on religion, I tend to think it is atheists rather than Catholics. Then again, I recognize that feeling persecuted seems to be an essential aspect of what it means to be a Christian.

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    1. Loren Miller from Bedford, OH, United States

      The thing is, they EXPECT to be persecuted. It's part of the job description. You know:

      "Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."
      – Matthew 5:10-12

      I have actually run onto believers who, when I cut their arguments to ribbons, tell me they're GLAD that I'm "persecuting" them! It's almost (or maybe NOT "almost") as though they are JONESING for a persecution fix! This is the mindset we're dealing with: people who submit to their god ("THY will be done") as surely as muslims are slaves to theirs.

      What I am disconcerted with is what may happen when their power and influence is almost lost and what they might do to get it back … and those are NOT happy thoughts.

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