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Ginning up a persecution……Obama attacks the rights of the Church again July 22, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society.
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In an incredible move, but not a terribly surprising one considering his track record, Obama late yesterday signed an executive order banning “discrimination” in hiring the adherents of the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah from all recipients of federal contracts.  This includes many entities of the Church, which now face either seeing their federal contract pulled (which may not be a bad thing), or committing grave sin by employing people who openly reject the Doctrine of the Faith through their actions.

There are many aspects to all this.  First, the report, which curiously hasn’t been covered much on the more orthodox blogs, I guess because we just expect this now?

President Obama signed an executive order Monday barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity – ignoring the pleas of Christian and other faith leaders to include an exemption for religious organizations.

“Thanks to your passion and advocacy and the irrefutable rightness of your cause, our government – the government of the people, by the people and for the people – will become just a little bit fairer,” the president told a gathering in the White House.

The executive order would prevent Christian and other religious organizations with federal contracts from requiring workers to adhere to the tenets of their religious beliefs. Christianity Today reports the order could impact religious non-profits such as World Vision, World Relief and Catholic Charities.

“If religious organizations cannot require that their employees conduct themselves in ways consistent with the teachings of their faith – then, essentially, those organizations are unable to operate in accordance with their faith,” Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council, told me.

…..this administration believes gay rights trump everyone else’s rights – including religious rights.

Indeed.  But even more, this administration, and the far left from which it sprang, is so lost in atheistic materialism that they cannot even envision how religion could mean much of anything to anyone.  At most, it’s something some do on Sunday for largely [I used the wrong word before, I was trying to convey….] <selfish, preening, egotistical> reasons.  We see the endemic hostility of the modern American left to not just religion but even basic decency in this decision.

As I said, there are many aspects to this. It is stunning that Obama would make this move even after his administration just getting pummeled at the Supreme Court this year, with overreaching socialist law after egregious abuse overturned.  Obamacare was dealt a potentially shattering blow just today from a federal appeal’s court.  He just doesn’t seem to care.  He’s going to throw everything he can at the wall and see what sticks, because he is a red diaper doper baby and an openly avowed enemy of Christianity.

And this guy was elected, twice.

On another level, there is the increasing dependence among many organs of the Church on federal funding.  Catholic Charities, Catholic Relief Services, CCHD, the whole panoply of alphabet soup agencies – all receive the vast, vast majority of their funding from the federal government. That condition has been most deliberate and has led to all manner of problems.  For one, we have seen the many scandals in which CRS is supporting Planned Barrenhood in distributing contreceptives in third world nations, and even has struck some alliances with pro-abort groups.  It is a metaphysical certitude that there are at present numerous “LGBT” types at CRS, Catholic Charities, et. al., and that their presence is very open and some very high level people know this.

So all of this has some feeling of a bit of a charade.  The Church lost a great deal of its fundamental independence from the government when it decided, in this country at least, to rely on the state as the source of most of the funds for its “charity.”  Charity at the point of a government gun has never been a virtue, but decades ago, back when the USCCB was called the National Catholic WELFARE Conference (and deeply aligned with left wing policy prescriptions even then) and Pope Pius XI was deciding whether such a conference should be permitted to exist,  the bishops collectively made the decision that it was much easier and much more reliable to obtain funding for “charity” from the government than it was  from the pewsitters.  But it was during the 60s that most major national-level Catholic organizations, started up in the wake of Vatican II, were founded on the principle of being entirely dependent on government funding (Catholic Charities and CRS are both over 90% dependent on federal funding).  He who pays the piper calls the tune, and it was likely only ever a matter of time before something like this, and the HHS mandate, came down the pike.

It’s called unintended consequences.  But eminently foreseeable at least for the past two decades. As at least half the population and one major party became irreversibly wedded to the culture of death, the bishop’s stratagem of depending on state funding for many activities became increasingly high risk, and increasingly prone to moral nightmares like this. Which is all to say, if you dance with the devil in the pale moonlight, you may live to regret it:

And I didn’t even mention how aligning the Church with a government that rejects the entire concept of the Social Reign of Christ the King must be disordered!  But the bishops didn’t even buy into that in the 1930s, which is why Pius XI sat in judgment of the NCWC.

Unfortunately, after much pleading and promises to change, he decided to let it live.  And thus when America emerged as hegemon after WWII, and the influence of the US bishops was at its peak, that entire model of episcopal conferences was unleashed on the Church.

But that would be a whole ‘nuther 1000 word post, so I’ll demure for now.

Comments

1. Chad - July 22, 2014

Simple ways around that, though not open :

Don’t hire people based on their political beliefs. Political beliefs are not a protected class of citizens and you can honestly say that they don’t foster the right work environment you desire to build.

Thus you can refuse to hire not only sodomites but also their supporters, and theres already precedent cases of people being fired for such on our side of the issue

2. Kurt - July 22, 2014

And then there is this Communist Black activist leading the bishops conference:

3. Baseballmom - July 22, 2014

And after the Black commie you can watch the Native American Commie, Liz Warren! Unite Here holds the very special distinction of being the first Union to endorse baby killing sodomite loving Barry Obama…. Gregory must be oh so very proud!!!!!!

4. Kurt - July 23, 2014

Further. not to be negative, but our dear blogger here wimps outs with the limp wrist crowd. I’m sad to see him join with the milquetoast element of “oh please give Catholic non-profits an exemption on this.” For those of us not even a little bit in bed with the pansies, let me be clear — a very effective tool to combat sodomy is to allow those who through God’s grace have been successful in life make it clear that sodomistic immoral behavior has consequences including losing your job. How many souls might be saved in GM said if the boss finds out you’re queer, expect to lose your job on the line? Responsible leaders of industry should set standards.

Tantumblogo - July 23, 2014

I really have no idea what you’re talking about. I did not beg for an exemption. The whole point of the post is that the disastrous decision to rely on federal funding for so many Church agencies made this kind of thing inevitable. I also said such dependence was at least disordered – it may be worse than that.

So where did I beg for an exemption? I think you read some things wrong. I did say there are probably many employees at CRS and the rest who fall under this new order, but they experience not the slightest bother over their open commission of grave sin. That’s another huge matter, but rather beyond the scope of the post to explore.

Main point: national conferences are problematic, at best, and prone to seeking alliance with governments that will eventually make unacceptable demands on the Church. The present model needs to be blown up.


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