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The USA is no place for believing Christians anymore April 2, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic.
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I have been observing the hysteria regarding Indiana’s recently enacted Religious Freedom Restoration Act – an act which mirrors that approved at the federal level over 20 years ago and which exist in 19 other states (including, thankfully, Texas) – with growing dismay.  Indiana, you probably now know, is going to cave to the inconceivably hostile reaction of the cultural/political left and the corporate entities they dominate.

There are so many factors that are just amazing regarding the practically pants-wetting reaction of the left to the really very mild protections such acts, including the Indiana one, provide to religious groups. I cannot begin to describe the vitriol I have seen in comments on even conservative-leaning news sites.  The most vehement anti-Christian statements I have ever seen are being made in response to this mediocre law, which the media, of course, has painted as ushering in a practical theocracy, which is utterly ludicrous.  But never before have I seen comment after comment, dozens if not hundreds of them, coming from leftists calling for Christians to be slaughtered en masse, or culled into prison camps, or denied jobs and income.  These are no idle threats.  A poor Christian pizza shop owner has had their life ruined by the leftist mob with their shop closed, numerous death threats, and the family basically in hiding.

I’ve been saying for quite some time that a wicked persecution was brewing.  Anyone with eyes to see could discern this.  Many good priests and even a few bishops have warned us to gird our loins in preparation for some really dark times to come.  Well, it seems these dark times are here, as noted by Catholic blog Sardonic Ex Curia below:

The Indiana RFRA is welcome. But it is weak, and will fall in front of the storm. As predicted by a friend in a recent Facebook post, at some point in the near future, within 1 – 5 years by my own reckoning, the RFRA laws, federal and state, will be overthrown in a Supreme Court decision. This will surprise only those who have lived with their heads under rocks, for it will be the logical outcome of the Court’s long jurisprudence of sexual individualism.

We are at war. It is a war we did not wish, but it is thrust upon us. And the sooner we realize it, the sooner we can raise the barricades. We must take every opportunity in law to argue against the eventuality. But we should not expect the law to do much for us any longer

Quite the contrary, we should expect the full force of the law to come upon us for having the temerity to apostasize from sexular paganism.  Rod Dreher quotes Alistair McIntyre, from over 30  years ago, noting een then that all the cultural markers indicated that Christians would hae to go underground again, to save what they could of the dying society around them:

It is always dangerous to draw too precise parallels between one historical period and another; and among the most misleading of such parallels are those which have been drawn between our own age in Europe and North America and the epoch in which the Roman Empire declined into the Dark Ages. None the less certain parallels there are. A crucial turning point in that earlier history occurred when men and women of good will turned aside from the task of shoring up the Roman imperium and ceased to identify the continuation of civility and moral community with the maintenance of that imperium. What they set themselves to achieve instead—often not recognising fully what they were doing—was the construction of new forms of community within which the moral life could be sustained so that both morality and civility might survive the coming ages of barbarism and darkness. If my account of our moral condition is correct [one characterized by moral incoherence and unsettlable moral disputes in the modern world], we ought to conclude that for some time now we too have reached that turning point. What matters at this stage is the construction of local forms of community within which civility and the intellectual and moral life can be sustained through the new dark ages which are already upon us. And if the tradition of the virtues was able to survive the horrors of the last dark ages, we are not entirely without grounds for hope. This time however the barbarians are not waiting beyond the frontiers; they have already been governing us for quite some time. And it is our lack of consciousness of this that constitutes part of our predicament. We are waiting not for a Godot, but for another—doubtless very different—St. Benedict

Dreher finishes his post with this question:

 But here’s the thing: if we live in an America that not only permits same-sex marriage and a broad array of gay rights, but also turns any religious dissenters into modern-day Bull Connors, criminalizes our religious practices, anathematizes us in common discourse, and drives us out of the public square — then it will be an open question as to whether this is still an America worth our allegiance.

Oh, I think that question has been answered.  And as others have noted the Repubnik party is worse than useless at this point, it is a positive contributor to the ongoing collapse.

So what steps can and should we take to preserve as much of the Church and culture as possible?