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Educated beyond imbecility – Australian “philosophers” question value of family, state parents should feel guilty for spending time with kids May 6, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, error, family, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, shocking, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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There is no limit to the error and evil to which souls will descend when they reject God.  To explain the mind-numbing catalog of evils of the former Soviet system, the best Alexander Solzhenitsyn could do was to say: “people have forgotten about God.”  I can’t think of a much better one-phrase explanation for the accelerating descent into madness and barbarity that we see all around us.  This latest episode from some Australian philosophers is simply beyond description.  You have to read it to believe that people would actually think thoughts so inane.

Two Australian philosophers have posited that having an intact and healthy family life constitutes an “unfair advantage,” and that parents who spend time with children, for instance, by reading to them, should be wracked with guilt over their care, because there are other, slovenly parents who don’t do so, and isn’t it evil to create such a disparity?  This is cultural marxism to the Nth degree, courtesy of our insane academic class:

‘I got interested in this question because I was interested in equality of opportunity,’ he says.

‘I had done some work on social mobility and the evidence is overwhelmingly that the reason why children born to different families have very different chances in life is because of what happens in those families.’   [Well, duh!  We need a PhD to tell us that. Sure earning your salary there, bud]

Once he got thinking, Swift could see that the issue stretches well beyond the fact that some families can afford private schooling, nannies, tutors, and houses in good suburbs. Functional family interactions—from going to the cricket to reading bedtime stories—form a largely unseen but palpable fault line between families. The consequence is a gap in social mobility and equality that can last for generations……. [The poor you will always have with you.  But the left would destroy the family not to aid the poor as they purport, but to serve themselves. The family is the final block to ultimate leftist power.  See how the family was destroyed in the old USSR]

……One way philosophers might think about solving the social justice problem would be by simply abolishing the family. If the family is this source of unfairness in society then it looks plausible to think that if we abolished the family there would be a more level playing field.’   [But at what cost?  Just because Plato argued in favor of a limited application of this theory (he was refuted by the far more moral, and brilliant, Aristotle) doesn’t make it reasonable. I know a woman who adopted a child raised in a post-Soviet Russian orphanage. There were tens or hundreds of thousands of children abandoned by their mothers in the wake of the Soviet collapse. So many of those children received the level of care one would expect from a communist orphanage. Left alone in their cribs for week, with no love, no comforting caress, the vast majority of them developed life-long attachment disorders and profound psychological problems.  The boy I know, and so many like him, will never be remotely right. They will in fact be a future source of suffering for others, either through their cruelty and criminal activities or through their inability to truly love and care for someone else. And this is what this philosopher sees as “good,” a bunch of devastated, broken human zombies.]

…..‘What we realised we needed was a way of thinking about what it was we wanted to allow parents to do for their children, and what it was that we didn’t need to allow parents to do for their children, if allowing those activities would create unfairnesses for other people’s children’. [Remember how I said this was all about power and control.  Believe me now?  So they’ll decide what parents are allowed to do.  You think homeschooling is high on their list of allowables?]

The test they devised was based on what they term ‘familial relationship goods’; those unique and identifiable things that arise within the family unit and contribute to the flourishing of family members.  

For Swift, there’s one particular choice that fails the test.

Private schooling cannot be justified by appeal to these familial relationship goods,’ he says. ‘It’s just not the case that in order for a family to realise these intimate, loving, authoritative, affectionate, love-based relationships you need to be able to send your child to an elite private school.’…… [No, of course not. All children must attend the same government-run conformity centers public schools!  You can bet they have an even more negative view of homseschooling] 

……..So should parents snuggling up for one last story before lights out be even a little concerned about the advantage they might be conferring?

‘I don’t think parents reading their children bedtime stories should constantly have in their minds the way that they are unfairly disadvantaging other people’s children, but I think they should have that thought occasionally,’…… [And remember the mandatory self-flagellation for contributing to inequality!]

……Then, does the child have a right to be parented by her biological parents? Swift has a ready answer.

‘It’s true that in the societies in which we live, biological origins do tend to form an important part of people’s identities, but that is largely a social and cultural construction. So you could imagine societies in which the parent-child relationship could go really well even without there being this biological link.’ [Yes, having bored, disinterested, low-paid government employees raise children would surely be better.  Sure worked out well for my friend’s Russian adoptee!]

From this realisation arises another twist: two is not the only number.

‘Nothing in our theory assumes two parents: there might be two, there might be three, and there might be four,’ says Swift[And I think you can now see what this entire effort has been about all along – rationalizing perverse individuals adopting or making frankenstein babies and “diverse living arrangements.”  Sick.]

It’s here that the traditional notions of what constitutes the family come apart. [Only in the mind of a leftist academic.  For billions of people around the world, what constitutes family is crystal clear.]  A necessary product of the Swift and Brighouse analytical defence is the calling into question of some rigid definitions…….

We do want to defend the family against complete fragmentation and dissolution,’ he says. ‘If you start to think about a child having 10 parents, then that’s looking like a committee rearing a child; there aren’t any parents there at all.’

Oh bull!  That’s just another arbitrary distinction with no fundamental basis. If you are going to argue that groups of casually-related people (primarily through sex) can constitute a family, there is no upper limit to the number.  Saying “10 is too many” is a completely arbitrary distinction and doesn’t stand the slightest scrutiny.

None of the above does.  I am reminded of the fact that the satanic “ethicist” Peter Singer has advocated for child-murder on children up to five years old, simply because mom or dad feel like it.  Because a child’s life is worth nothing, but an ethicist’s is.  But why stop at 5?  Singer actually has a point, in that the distinction presently made between killing children in the womb or those outside it is as artificial as the limit on the number of parents above, once you destroy the concept of the family as mother, father, and children.  Singer based his entire argument on the fact that abortion is legal, so why not child murder?  Personally, I’d prefer we pare down the number of academics by a few hundred thousand.

And the critical part is that all of this insanely perverse, diabolically evil thinking stems from one central fact: rejection of God and a transcendent source of Truth.  When men try to be god and reject that truth, there is no limit to the insanity and depravity that will follow, as the above so aptly demonstrates (which, believe it or not, was part of a broader effort to somehow “justify” the existence of the family as such a horrid source of inequality.  And the (forgive me, Lord) idiotic reporter just sat there and lapped it up uncritically.  Gashats.

Shocking! Satanists sues in favor of abortion, progressives cheer May 5, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, the enemy, unadulterated evil.
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Satanists in Missouri have sued the state there demanding the mandatory waiting period be abrogated because it somehow violates their satanic beliefs.  OK……satanists are crazed and immoral, no shock there.  But some prominent radical pro-aborts like Amanda Marcotte (raised in a Catholic home in far West Texas) are just positively giddy over the effort, happy to once again see efforts of Christians who have used such law to defend unborn life get their comeuppance.  Or something.  Basically, anything that is anti-Christian in general and anti-Catholic in particular is good, even the infinite diabolical evil of satanism, while any morality the Church promotes is prima facie evil and bad.  We truly live in perverse times:

Over at Slate, Amanda Marcotte thinks it’s absolutely hilarious that Satanists are challenging abortion restrictions on religious liberty grounds, seeking to expand abortion access. She argues this somehow makes conservative use of religious liberty laws “a little more complicated.” Responding to a Satanic Temple demand that an abortion clinic grant a religious exemption from the state-mandated waiting period, she writes:

While the Satanists did misfire by taking aim at the clinic, as a public act of trolling, this stunt gets an A-plus. It exposes the double standards of those who claim to stand for “religious freedom,” and it highlights how waiting periods and other restrictions are actually an attempt to impose religious dogma about abortion on those who don’t agree with it. Being denied medical care is actual religious oppression. Letting someone access her own medical care is not.

OK, lets refute the stupid fallacies. Preventing innocent babies from being murdered is not an imposition of dogma, religious or otherwise, it is an act any moral soul of decency can and must support.  There are plenty of totally secular arguments against abortion.  But look at how quickly abandonment of belief in God – and thus a transcendent frame of reference for right and wrong, beyond Marcotte’s naked will to power – degenerates into not just permission, but demands for the gravest of evils.  Marcotte’s entire belief system is built around a frame of reference of Marxist will-to-power, meaning those with power (such as a fully grown woman) can do whatever they wish to those without. But wait, there’s a massive catch, and here’s where the real hypocrisy lies, not with religious believers, but with twisted sexular pagans of Marcotte’s ilk: while Marcotte is all for relatively powerful women using their power to kill defenseless babies, her cultural marxism demands that she see women as generally persecuted by men and demands government use its power to rectify her hysterical perception.  So, will to power is wonderful when it serves Marcotte’s interests, but is bad and evil when it doesn’t.  Gotcha.

That’s pretty much the leftist sexular pagan agenda in a nutshell.  Anything that stands in the way of my banal, pointless, materialist, libertine existence is evil and must be swept aside, but anything I favor is unassailable “truth.”  Again, that’s where a total detachment from a transcendent source of Truth inevitably leads.  And as we survey the vaunting immorality of the culture around us, it is increasingly apparent we have now sunk to levels unseen since the founding of Christendom about 1700 years ago.

Of course, it’s hardly surprising the radical pro-abort left would publicly embrace yet another satanic attack on Christian belief.  The entire pro-abort movement is satanic to the core, as many people who have left that industry sadly testify.  And since satanism is a manifestly false, evil parody of true religion, their “religious objections” don’t remotely count as such and can be dismissed from the start as the ravings of souls lost in ultimate evil.  So, no, they don’t “complicate” religious objections to abortion in the slightest.  That one could even imagine they do reveals a level of thinking so twisted I don’t think the term “reprobate sense” adequate to describe it. More like “satanic always self-pleasing blinded by evil hypocritical bathed in blood sense.”

And yet the hysterical Marcotte enjoys a wide following among feminists and other radical pro-aborts, and was viewed as sufficiently influential to be named, for a short while, John Edwards online media director for his failed 2008 campaign (am I the only one who was completely un-shocked at the subsequent video-sex scandal that finally rid us of his public presence a short while later?  That’s the kind of moral filth that constitutes the modern democrat party.  See Clinton, William Jefferson for more).  Demonrats cannot claim she represents some extreme wing of the demonrat party with her constant public spewing of bile at believing Christians.  She is the core of their constituency at present.

Speaking of persecution, has the idiotic satanic temple in Oklahoma City been at it again?  Someone defaced a statue of Mary outside a Norman parish and left a voodoo/satanic message behind.

vandals deface mary

Sadly, we’ll probably have to expect to see more of this.  Bishops, they are coming for your tax exempt status viz a viz fake sodo-marriage and the whole sexular pagan agenda.  Will you stand for the Doctrine of the Faith against this effort?  I pray that you do, but your performance to date leaves me with precious little confidence.

 

Big business advancing radical sodo-agenda in Texas May 5, 2015

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Thanks to reader MFG for the link to an absolutely atrocious Dallas Morning News article on a group of Texas business leader’s advocacy for ostensible “sodo-rights” and opposition to bills pending in the legislature that protect the family and attempt to further defend the institution of marriage.  The article is so horrid those bills get smeared with the label “anti-gay,” as if anything that does not cater to their agenda is “anti-sodomite.”  Well, given the depravity of this act, how offensive it is to God, how destructive it is of right moral conduct, and how it is advancing as little more than a vehicle to crush Christian dissent……..yeah, maybe we should be “anti-gay.”  And thanks for reminding me why I cancelled my subscription and will never, ever take it up again, DMN.  I look forward to seeing your collapse in the next 10 years or so, as your aging subscriber base dies off.

But back to the matter at hand.  There are many reasons for Catholics to have grave concerns over the current government-manipulated capitalist structure of our economy.  One really objection that often goes unnoticed, however, is the penchant for business to always go with what they perceive as the strong horse and the lowest risk activity.  Couple that with the tendency among far, far too many business leaders (especially managerial careerists within large corporations, who are often as amoral as they come) who believe morality can be completely detached from business, and you have a recipe for trouble.  For decades now, corporations large and small have been prime agents of the sexular pagan agenda.  Over twenty years ago at FMC I was informed by a diversity trainer that reverse discrimination against whites in general and white men in particular was not just OK, but just as could be, even though none of those in the room had ever discriminated against anyone else.  Cultural Marxism was the order of the day then and it remains so today.

However, the primary concern that Popes and faithful Catholics have had regarding capitalism as a system is its tendency to place money – profits – as the sole concern, the “god,” if you will, even at the expense of the good of the person and community.  That certainly seems the case below, where Texas business leaders representing over 200 high-profile corporations are now signalling they are not just fully on board with the sodomite agenda, but fight against efforts to stem the advance of this gross immorality (my comments):

Gay rights are expanding nationwide, and some Texas lawmakers are pushing back hard. They’re even proposing ways to resist a potential Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. [Good for them. God bless them.]

So who’s stepping up with a voice of reason and a moral compass? Big business. [See what I mean by an absolutely atrocious article? Even if I weren’t a devout Catholic, this article would be atrocious because it editorializes in a most sneering and dismissive way within a supposed “news” story.  In reality, the entire thing is an opinion piece. Not how the author has now flipped thousands of years of constant belief and practice in the Judeo-Christian tradition by now making us the amoral, unreasonable ones, instead of the radical sodomite lobby and their allies such as this perverse Mitchell Schnurman.  This is exactly how the Alinskyite sodo-lobby has operated for decades now, painting those who make a sin that cries out to Heaven for vengeance the defining aspect of their entire personality as the virtuous ones, and those who believe in Christ, His Church, Sacred Scripture, and the constant moral fabric of the West going back thousands of years the bad, unreasonable, bigoted ones.  This is literally satanic in its inversion of truth.]

Over 200 companies and organizations have signed a pledge in support of diversity and gay rights. They include American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Texas Instruments, Sabre, GameStop, Dell, the Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Super Bowl Committee. [Diabolical, all]

They’re trying to head off legislation that could make Texas a hostile place for the LGBT community and a target for boycotts.

The Texas Association of Business, usually a reliable ally of conservative lawmakers, is standing with Democrats, gay rights groups and the American Civil Liberties Union. The issue is that important for economic development, equal rights and protecting Texas’ brand as a business leader. [This is really the key. Businesses, and especially corporate ladder climbers, are NOT conservative.  Oh, sure, they want the lowest possible taxes and a lax regulatory environment – things which will enrich them directly – but almost all these folks attended the same uber-leftist college MBA programs and bought the sexular pagan agenda hook, line, and sinker. Corporate leadership – by and large, there are, thank God, notable exceptions – rank among the most consistently radical, willing backers of the sodomite lobby and the rest of the cultural Marxist agenda as one can find.  They put there money where their mouth is, and donate lavishly to NGOs and non-profits that advance the perverse program.  In short, they are not allies in this fight, as this article makes clear]

“Conventions, the Super Bowl, the Final Four — all those things would be at risk in Texas if this were to become part of our constitution,” Bill Hammond, CEO of the business group, said at an Austin news conference last month.  [If what were?  The definition of marriage as between one man and a woman – it already is in the constitution.  Maybe he’s referring to RFRA, which Texas already has – it would be very good to make that a constitutional amendment, not that the feds cannot overturn even that on the drop of a dime]

Think of Indiana and Arizona, where so-called religious freedom laws brought calls to yank sports events and cancel tours. While those states’ leaders tried to repair the damage afterward, it’s hard to unring the bell. [The author continually accepts the radical sodomite lobby’s claims as “fact” during the article, and attacks the credibility of those he perceives as being on the other side.  Thus, an incredibly mild bill that purported to give some very minor protections to Christian business owners so they could not be sued out of existence for refusing to participate in a fake same sex “marriage,” now becomes “so-called religious freedom laws.” This guy is a gem.]

The issue of gay rights wasn’t on the association’s agenda at the start of the legislative session, but then lawmakers introduced more than 20 anti-gay bills and amendments. In February, Hammond urged his board to oppose the efforts, saying that Texas would get a reputation for being judgmental and unwelcoming. [note the language]

“We believe it would be bad for Texas business,” he wrote……

…….Indiana’s experience validated warnings from the Texas business group and stopped momentum in Austin. Most of the session’s anti-gay bills appear unlikely to get through, but opponents are keeping up the public pressure. [Great. Lawmakers caved. I wonder if the TCC backed or opposed these bills?]

………Companies usually steer clear of political disputes and culture wars. But on gay rights, corporate America has often led the charge. For decades, some employers have been banning discrimination, extending benefits to same-sex partners and promoting LGBT causes…….. [Why, do you think, that is?  I think it’s somewhat true, actually.  I think part of the reason is that the professional managerial class, all trained in the same MBA schools in virtually lockstep groupthink, became more and more ascendant over the past 3 decades as this sodomite agenda really got going.  So we have a group of corporate leaders all more or less formed to embrace this lifestyle.  And then most other culturally divisive matters are, sadly, already considered “settled law.” Still…..why the huge push?  What is the gain?  These poor perverse souls make up less than 2% of the population – even if they are wealthy, they wont’ make that big a difference.  Many of these corporations backing this push don’t even sell directly to the public.  I think it’s all about these corporate managers signalling to themselves and each other that they are all of the same tribe, the right-thinking elite so far above the gross habits of the Christianist hoi-polloi.  The modern left is about nothing if not the establishment of a new aristocracy, an aristocracy with its own required religious beliefs.  Sodomy and abortion are two of the most key. Got a better explanation?]

Texas Instruments, which said it has a long history of supporting equal rights, signed the latest pledge because “diversity fuels innovation and makes our company stronger,” an official said. [This is stupid and means absolutely nothing.  Are you saying sodomites make better engineers or managers?  That’s pretty much what you are saying, if you took the time to think about this mindless pablum]

Alright, enough.  Look, we can’t possibly conduct our lives boycotting the hundreds or thousands of corporations that now promote the gravest of evils.  We could spend just about all our time simply tracking the list, and we’d be down to living a really spartan and difficult existence if we did.  And too few would join us to make a difference, anyway.

But you can boycott the newspaper that produces laughably biased bile such as this (with nary a single quote in opposition to the dominant meme promoted) ridiculous PR piece for this business group. This wasn’t journalism, it was a public relations hand-job given by a like-minded reporter to an effort he feverishly supports.  That’s pathetic, but The Dallas Morning News is awash with garbage like this masquerading as “news.”  So if any readers still subscribe, my recommendation is to drop the subscription, that’s a way to hurt an entity that really is struggling and could make a difference in how long it is able to continue serving as an agent of the persecution.

My $.02.  I made my decision long ago – and, it was due to this exact same subject of lobbying in favor of perversion.

PS – So, how would you assess the odds of Bishop Farrell, or any other Texas bishop, calling a press conference to express HIS support for these pending bills and HIS opposition to this sexular pagan corporate gambit?  1000:1?  1000000:1?

Terror comes to Texas……. May 4, 2015

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……..and fails miserably.  But one must wonder whether the attack carried out in Garland last night will not serve to dampen enthusiasm for such events aimed at slowing the steady adoption of shariah islam as the de fact religion of the West.  This is a most important point, because even in the media response to the attack, the conference, which awarded prize money for cartoons which were critical of islamist violence, has been widely reported as an “anti-islam” event.  But why is it “anti-islam,” when the same media sources certainly did NOT find such atrocities like the “piss Christ” to be anti-Christian, but simply expressions of free speech.  They can only view last night’s cartoons as “anti-islam” because, on one level or another, the media have accepted the muslim dogma that the “prophet” is never to be depicted visually in any way.  And that is how islam is becoming the de facto official religion of the West.

Long intro aside, most readers are probably aware at this point that two deranged islamists attempted to attack a free speech conference organized last night for the purpose of raising money to be used to promote “moderate” islam, if any can be found.  This conference was held in Garland, TX, just a few miles from my former home.  Two men, one from Arizona, had apparently planned this attack for at least some days.  They were fortunately set upon by the police presence called out for the controversial conference.  Both men were killed, but only after lightly injuring an unarmed security guard.  There was also strong suspicion that the attackers had brought explosive devices along with them, but even after detonating their car, I don’t believe any were found.

News coverage in the Dallas area has ranged from fair to heinous, with the Belo properties WFAA TV and Dallas Morning News leading the highly biased coverage.  There is tons of coverage here, from one of the participants.  For those few who are unaware of what transpired, here’s a decent rundown:

A free speech event organized by conservative writer Pamela Geller in Garland, Texas came under attack yesterday evening when two armed men opened fire on a security officer……Shortly after the attack began, the shooters ran into Texas law enforcement who provided a short, terminal lesson in what happens when you try something like this in the Lone Star State.

A search for explosives continued into the night Sunday after two men were shot and killed outside a provocative contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.

The event took place at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland.

The two suspects drove up and opened fire near the center hitting a Garland ISD officer. Garland Police shot and killed the two men.

There is one bit of good news coming out of the incident. The security officer who was attacked, Bruce Joiner, was treated at a local hospital for a gunshot wound to the leg and released. He is expected to make a full recovery. The shooters… not so much.

While it’s an initial report and will need further confirmation, ABC News is reporting that one of the shooters has been identified……His name is Elton Simpson………

…….A number of Twitter messages were discovered (in addition to the ones from Simpson) from Islamic – and possibly ISIS related – sources which hinted at the coming attack. The subject of the event was a contest for artists creating displays which depict the Prophet Muhammad, a topic which has drawn terrorist attacks in the past. We’re going to have to wait, possibly for quite a while, before any definite conclusions can be drawn as to whether the shooters cooked up this plot on their own or if there are co-conspirators out there waiting to be discovered.

I don’t think this is a case of sudden jihad syndrome. This attack was announced well in advance and planned for at least a few days.  At least one attacker traveled nearly 1000 miles to conduct the attack. Now they are finding out whether islam’s promises to its militant martyrs have any value, or not.  I am certain those are two cosmically disappointed and disillusioned souls at this point.  Pity.

I am very far from a free speech absolutist.  I am gravely offended by blasphemies directed at Jesus Christ and the Church He founded.  But as always with regard to the Church and other religions, and there is a huge amount of theology to support this claim – error has no rights, and the Church/religion of Jesus Christ really are radically different and deserving of not just special, but highly preferential treatment. Conversely, all other religions, according to very well developed Catholic belief, can be tolerated at best but certainly can never be put on an equivalent footing with the Church in terms of law or cultural preference.  So there is no hypocrisy in being quite happy to see islam receive the ridicule is richly deserves, while maintaining that such efforts directed at Our Blessed Lord would be gravely offensive and hypocritical.  And for any outsiders, no, the Church’s arguments are not founded on preference, they are founded on very strong arguments dating back to Aquinas and well before.

Not that I want to get into those now.  As someone with a bit of a memory, I am absolutely floored at the degree to which people just accept periodic muslim attacks on US soil as just sort of a ho-hum thing.  Can you imagine how people would have freaked out and reacted in, say, 1980 over something like this?  Back then terrorism was something that happened in other countries thousands of miles away.  Not anymore. And much of the media in its coverage has quite strongly implied the people at this event had it coming to them for daring to transgress against the “prophet!”

You can file this as exhibit number 87594 why the left will not fight islam but will gladly don the burqa and erect minarets when the time comes. No, not all, but most, and especially those who believe they hold any power or influence.

Roaming the cultural battlefield, shooting the survivors and wounded April 28, 2015

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That was, I believe, Ann Coulter’s quote on what our dread enemies on the left were doing now that they appear – appear – utterly ascendant in the culture wars at present.  This shooting the wounded is, of course, associated most with the advocates of the current most-radical wing of the sexular pagans, the sodomite lobby.  And two additional data points over the weekend revealed just the extent to which they would go to make sure their opponents are ground into powder, and that the Christian ethos and practice will not just be forced from the public square, but consigned to the ash-heap of history, if they have anything to say about it.

Thus, the incredible savagery and black-hearted hatred necessary not only to destroy the life of a little baker here or a florist there, but insuring that once they have been fined or lawfared out of existence, they not only will not, but cannot receive any aid from like-minded others. In pursuit of that objective, to make sure their enemies are completely, utterly destroyed, and left destitute in the streets (surely, a fitting end for one who simply believes what literally EVERYONE believed just a few short years ago, that marriage is between a man and a woman and no legislation or judge’s order can change that), the radical sodomite left has now coerced Gofundme to obliterate the pages that were raising funds for persecuted Christians, including Barronelle Stutzman and a family with five kids who face a $135,000 judgment from the state of Oregon over this matter!

A crowdfunding campaign that had raised more than $109,000 for the Christian-owned bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Oregon was removed Saturday after complaints from gay-rights advocates.

The website GoFundMe said in a statement Saturday that it took down the page because the campaign violated the policy against raising money “in defense of formal charges of heinous crimes, including violent, hateful, or sexual acts.”

“The campaign entitled ‘Sweet Cakes by Melissa‘ involves formal charges. As such, our team has determined that it was in violation of GoFundMe’s Terms & Conditions,” said GoFundMe in an email statement.

The state of Oregon proposed a $135,000 fine to be levied on the Christian-owned bakery, with the money to be paid to a lesbian couple to compensate for their pain and suffering when the cake-makers declined to bake pastry for their wedding.

So, there we have it: the Social Justice Warriors, not content to have driven this bakery out of business, are now trying to prevent people from giving the bakers money to pay their monumental fine. It is not enough for the SJWs that the Klein family business was destroyed. And it is not enough that the Kleins are now struggling to feed their five children, and facing a $135,000 fine that will probably drive them to bankruptcy.

So the connection should be obvious, but let me tie this all together for us.  When Frank Bruni in the New York Times (an active sodomite himself) says that Christians, forming the only real opposition to the sexular pagan agenda at present, must be forced to apostasize and come around to satan’s way of thinking, this is exactly the process by which he envisions this happening.  He sees the leftist-sodomite coalition using the force of government to destroy families and individuals who dare say “no, I won’t participate.”  Not, NO, what you are doing is evil and you must stop or face hell, but just, “no, I won’t participate.”

Why are these people so endlessly vindictive?  I think it should be obvious to all that they are not well.  Our culture is in the midst of handing, if not outright control, a majority controlling share, to some of the most perverse, sick individuals in its midst.  These people have an endless list of slights, gripes, and let downs they have obsessed over since childhood and they have craved revenge for each one of them on a scale and level healthy people cannot imagine.

Thus, the appetite for destruction Christians are faced with is endless. That’s why the metaphor of sodomites policing the battlefield, shooting the wounded is so apt.  Of course, it’s the same old foe that’s always wanted to destroy the Church, but this particular manifestation of persecution is going to be particularly severe because the lead actors are uniquely amoral.  They won’t stop unless they are stopped by an outside force.

Here I must remind that we are dealing with the tiniest of minorities – 1-2% of the population – and probably a good third or more of that number actually do just want to live their lives and not wage a culture war to the death.  Relatively faithful Christians of one stripe or other probably outnumber them 10-1.  But…….and it’s a huge one……….the tiny minority has converted the government to its side.  That’s an incalculable advantage.  It is an utter shame and catastrophe we faithful Christians have allowed that to occur, but it has.

Even still, if the several million observant Christians were to organize and motivate themselves – ourselves – even half as well as the sodomites have, this culture war could take on a very different tone.  If Christians stopped being such pliant sheep, as we have been for decades (and as this country has conditioned us very carefully to be), even at this point things could be turned around.  It would take enormous sacrifice and mean turning a lot of our comfortable lives at least somewhat upside down, but it could be done.  I can’t guarantee victory at this point, because things have gone so far, but I can guarantee a much better settlement, if you will, than the complete capitulation that now faces us.

So……other than reading blogs, spending wasted hours on Facebook, and endless whining, what are you doing to fight the onslaught of evil?  At this point, I don’t think saying “raising a holy family” is quite enough, though it is the bedrock.  I see a lot of people wailing and gnashing teeth, but very few actually doing something to oppose the sexular pagan cabal.  And that is exactly why the other side has won – because we have let them.

 

The US military – increasingly, a global force for evil April 21, 2015

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For the past 40 odd years, whenever a demonrat president was in office, the military has been used and badly abused as a petrie dish for every possible manner of sexular pagan social experiment imaginable.  Whether or not this experimentation – “don’t ask, don’t tell,” opening combat roles to women, extreme application of politically correct behavior and severe limits on even a semblance of freedom of speech, open persecution of Christians, open advocacy of the most radical sodomite demands, open mocking of sacred beliefs of most service members – has a deleterious effect on unit cohesion and combat effectiveness has never been a concern for the leftists occupying the levers of power in a demonrat administration. In fact, reducing or destroying military effectiveness is a feature, not a bug, in their minds.

But I never thought that US military personnel would be forcibly required to cross-dress in public at the risk of their military careers if they refused to do so.  Such has indeed been occurring throughout the nation’s ROTC units under US Army Cadet Command head Brigadier General Peggy Combs, the first woman to head the command.  As reported widely today, MALE Army ROTC cadets have been required to wear high heeled shoes in public, with their standard combat fatigues, to take part in radical feminist “take back the night” and other forced marches of a highly political nature.  I’m fairly certain these commands have been highly illegal, and even more, should result in Combs being instantly sacked, but almost certainly won’t:

In the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event, cadets were required to wear high heels and march to “raise awareness of sexual assault against women.”

“Its a Cadet Command wide thing, pretty much every battalion in Cadet Command has had to, or will have to do it. GEN Combs has picked it up as a CC initiative.”

“They were threatened with negative counselling statements and OERs if they didn’t participate. It was pretty much ‘do this or we’ll kill your career before it even starts.’

I am having a hard time not seeing this as some twisted woman’s revenge fantasy upon young men, forcing them to wear women’s clothing in public – in uniform – as a means of humiliating them to the utmost.  This is beyond wrong, it is wicked and cruel.

The pictures, as always, are worth more than any words I could write:

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This is the way of the US military today.  Devout Christian?  @#%& you, get out or get on board with our sickeningly amoral agenda.  Conservative? Too bad, march in a leftist march or your career is finished.  Male?  Tick off one perpetually aggrieved woman and your 20+ years of service are wiped out in a heartbeat.

Can an organization of such power, and lost in such total immorality, be, as the Navy likes to advertise, “a global force for good?”  Or has it become, on the contrary, more of a force for evil?

I know many good, traditional priests, especially those with prior military service, who counsel young Catholic men to stay as far away from the US military as they can, because it is becoming, or has already become, so amoral as to pose a great threat to the faith of even the most solid Catholic.  I hate to agree with that advice, but I must, even though it gives the radical progressives what they want: a completely secularized US military, detached from any transcendent morality and, worse, prepared to obey any order.  It is interesting to note how the de-Christianization program of the US military mirrors that of the German Heer and later Wehrmacht under the Nazi regime.

What a horror.  You voted for this, 52% of America.

Gomorrist schoolteacher chillingly reveals how she indoctrinates preschoolers April 20, 2015

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Via CMR, boy this made my blood run cold. You can see exactly how innocent little souls are propagandized by advocates for this perverted lifestyle embedded in the school systems and, in a very real sense, mind raped.  They have their innocence taken and will not get it back.  In a very real sense, these children are irreparably damaged as a result of this psychological manipulation, and will never be the same again.  How many parents explicitly signed onto this teacher’s agenda to remake their children in her perverse image?

A primary grade lesbian teacher from an Ontario public school revealed in a workshop at a homosexual activist conference for teachers earlier this month how she uses her classroom to convince children as young as four to accept homosexual relationships.

“And I started in Kindergarten. What a great place to start. It was where I was teaching. So, I was the most comfortable there,” Pam Strong said at the conference, attended by LifeSiteNews……… [Remember to pray for her conversion]

.…….Strong related that as she was reading “King and King” in the junior kindergarten class as a springboard to discuss her sexuality with the kids, she got to the part where the two princes become ‘married’ when one of the boys suddenly shouted out: “They can’t do that! They can’t get married. They’re two boys.” [So either someone formed this boy right, or he simply knew this innately, which many kids do.  Now his parents will either have to deprogram their poor child, something easier said than done, or they may never know why their child suddenly and disastrously changed.  Does the teacher cum perverse Svengali ever go back to see how her indoctrination affects her young charges?]

Recounted Strong: “And I said, ‘Oh, yeah, yeah, they can. It’s right here on page 12.

To which the boy replied, according to Strong: “Oh, yeah, I know Mrs. Strong, but that’s just a story. That’s not real life.”

“And I said: ‘It happens in real life too. I am married to a woman. I am gay. And I am in love with my wife.”

Strong said the young children “just all kind of went silent.”  [I bet they did.  Thus we see public edukayshion as vehicle of radical propaganda] She then told them: “That may seem different to you, how many of you have heard of that before?”

“Not one hand went up,” she related. “And so I said: ‘That may seem different to you, but we’re not that different. Would you like to know about what I do with my family?” [Not really.  But, look…..it’s plain these children were completely ignorant of something many parents would consider grossly inappropriate for this age group, and there is this vanguard of the revolution type inflicting confusion and how knows what kind of misery on these poor kids.  And the goal, whether admitted or not, is to make converts to the new sexular pagan religion.  See below]

“Yeah, tell us,” she recounted the children enthusiastically saying. 

“I said, you know, we take our kids to the park. I swing them on swings,” she related, telling conference attendees that she could share things she did with her own children that “mostly likely all of their families did with them.”…….

……Strong said that at that point, the boy who had used the word ‘gay’ looked and her and said: “Well, you’re a family.” [Only when presented in the most glowing light, and with a complete detachment from fundamental truths, like the fact that the couple in itself is inherently sterile and always will be, the fact that someone had to lose or give up a child in order for them to have theirs (perhaps there is a grieving natural parent somewhere, coolly left out of the picture), the fact that rates of sex abuse in these mixed families are vastly higher than in natural families, etc]

“And I said, yeah, we are,” she related. “And off I go to the next classroom.”

[In between quotes above or below, there was a hideous story about how she broke down one recalcitrant student and turned him into an apostle of perversion. But kids are nothing if not malleable, which is why getting their propaganda before children is one of the sodomites highest priorities]

Strong said that she went from “class to class to class and continued with these conversations, and they were very powerful.”….

…..Strong called it “key” to develop a “positive classroom culture” — and she mentioned it often takes months — before getting into what she called “difficult conversations” with students about convincing students of the normality of her sexual preference for women. [What she is actually doing is months of careful groundwork to make sure the young minds she has been given the awesome responsibility of forming are going to be receptive to her message of perversion.  Goodness, I have to ask what besides the propaganda of perversion this teacher has time to teach?!?]

She mentioned how she spends time “building a common vocabulary” in her classroom of words like “stereotype, prejudice, discrimination” so her students will be able to more readily conform to her pro-LGBTQ message.

“Sometimes with these big ideas there are also very big words that are very hard to understand. I find that whether it’s kindergarten, right up to grade six, visuals help a lot,” she said…….

[And now to the point of it all……..] 

……“I am here to tell you: All that time I said I wasn’t indoctrinating anyone with my beliefs about gay and lesbian and bi and trans and queer people? That was a lie,” wrote Canadian gay activist Sason Bear Bergman, a woman who identifies as a transgender man, in a March 2015 piece titled “I Have Come to Indoctrinate Your Children Into My LGBTQ Agenda (And I’m Not a Bit Sorry).” Bergman holds nothing back, stating she wants to make children “like us” even if that “goes against the way you have interpreted the teachings of your religion.” [Don’t you just love how they act like some of us just “made up” some interpretation of highly questionable quotes from Scripture of a sudden out of thin air, rather than representing complete and total continuity with what thousands of years of belief and practice have constantly maintained?  It is for arguments like this that the left has spent literally centuries assaulting the past, assailing tradition, besmirching honored memory,  and always pointing to a bright new future (which will be paved with blood and reek of death) – so that we would feel like we were on some strange island of belief, isolated and alone, while it is in reality the queers, as they call themselves, who are the distant outliers from moral human behavior, the literal deviants, if you will]

In 2011 U.S. gay activist Daniel Villarreal penned a column for Queerty.com stating that the time had come for the homosexual lobby to admit to “indoctrinating” schoolchildren to accept homosexuality.

We want educators to teach future generations of children to accept queer sexuality. In fact, our very future depends on it. Recruiting children? You bet we are,” he added…….

Homosexual activist Michael Swift wrote in 1987 in the Gay Community News that school children would become explicit targets for homosexual indoctrination. “We shall seduce them in your schools…They will be recast in our image. They will come to crave and adore us,” he wrote at the time. 

Almost incredible to believe, but mission accomplished.  My God, how far we have sunk.  When I was a kid, not that long ago, someone trying to indoctrinate school kids kindergartners! in this filth would have in all likelihood been brought up on charges.  No, we haven’t suddenly gained an extra special moral compass that now causes us to divine that sodomy and its ilk are just fine and dandy in spite of thousands of years of contrary evidence.  What we have done is experienced one of the greatest, swiftest moral collapses in history!, into the most total corruption of public morality imaginable, all the while being told by our “betters” that we are wrong to hold on to what literally everyone knew to be rock-solid incontrovertible TRUTH just a second ago, in comparison to the grand sweep of time.

Almost funnily, there have been voices warning us that what we see above now as reality was coming for us for many years, and many of us, myself included until a few years ago, laughed to scorn those who said that things like divorce on demand, fornication, self-abuse, pornography, and especially gradual acceptance of sodomy (by repealing laws against its practice, by affording special rights and protections, by allowing “gays” in the military, etc), would lead, inexorably, to exactly this point where now people turn their children over to be indoctrinated into this lifestyle built around sin that cries out to Heaven for vengeance.  Oh, that would never happen, they said!  Slippery slope arguments are false!  Well…….look where we are at now, when before very long even writing what I’m writing now will get me fired, or worse.  And don’t think they don’t want to force the Church to “marry” them……that’s the ultimate affirmation, the greatest forcegasm ever! (forcegasm – that thrill some people get by exercising power over others).  It is coming as surely as the dawn.

I’ve often wondered what it must have been like to be alive in central Europe in the mid 30s, watching the darkness descend, trying to resist, but knowing such efforts were doomed to failure.  I don’t have to wonder anymore.  We have brought this on ourselves.  God will not be mocked. And this nation, this society, this former Christian culture -and yes, this Church –  is going to pay a dear price, a price beyond contemplation, for what it is doing.  Romans 12:19.

A week in the “Religion of Peace” April 20, 2015

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Just a small sampling below of some of the more egregious evils committed by the trademarked Religion of Peace against Christians:

In Uganda, five Muslims gang-raped the daughter of a Christian minister who refused their demands that he close his church:

….“The five Muslims took hold of me, and they raped me there,” the church source quoted the daughter as saying. “I tried to scream, but they threatened to kill me. One of them said, ‘Your father should stop this prayer meeting of trying to change Muslims to become Christians and close the church building — we have warned him several times.’”

In Libya, ISIS has released a video of Ethiopian Christians being beheaded next to the ocean:

The video starts with what it called a history of Christian-Muslim relations, followed by scenes of militants destroying churches, graves and icons. A masked fighter brandishing a pistol delivers a long statement, saying Christians must convert to Islam or pay a special tax prescribed by the Quran…… [Islam requires much more than just that.  Christians are not allowed any even remotely public practice or demonstration of their faith.  Christians must put up with very aggressive, in your face muslim proselytizing but can not respond in any way.  Muslims are even allowed to tack on the door of churches statements against Christianity and its “falsity,” while extolling Christians to convert.  Christians are gravely limited in their economic, political, and social options.  Yes, implementation varies, but under strict sharia, Christians are only allowed a groveling, “at thy bidding” type of existence, and can be subject to attack with little or no recourse to the law at any time. So, it’s more than just a 2.5% tax on all income, it is a very repressive existence]

……… The video then switches between footage of the captives in the south being shot dead and the captives in the east being beheaded on a beach. [And our government is heavily responsible for Libya’s collapse into crazed islamist anarchy, ousting the admittedly despicable Qaddafi without having a clue what might emerge in his stead]

In Australia, five Muslim teenagers have been arrested for plotting a terrorist attack to take place on ANZAC Day.

And most chilling of all, muslims attacked and killed 12 Christians fleeing the insanity in Libya on a boat with 105 other souls.  The poor Christians were thrown in the sea and left to drown, all because they had the temerity to invoke the Sacred Name in prayer for their safe arrival:

Muslims who were among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy in a boat this week threw 12 fellow passengers overboard — killing them — because the 12 were Christians, Italian police said Thursday.

Italian authorities have arrested 15 people on suspicion of murdering the Christians at sea, police in Palermo, Sicily, said…. [It will be interesting to see what develops of these arrests.]

The original group of 105 people left Libya on Tuesday in a rubber boat. Sometime during the trip north across the Mediterranean Sea, the alleged assailants — Muslims from the Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal — threw the 12 overboard, police said……. [Mali, Ivory Coast, and Senegal are far from Libya and not enduring total civil chaos.  So I have to ask what percentage of this mass emigration is really poor afflicted souls fleeing Libya, and opportunists seeing the collapse of Libyan authority as their chance to emigrate to the European welfare state, where they can live in relative comfort and ease all the while trying to turn Europe into another part of the “ummah” of islam?]

…….The confrontation happened in the middle of the night, when the rubber boat, with 105 persons aboard, began to deflate. Two groups were formed. On one side the Muslim immigrants, making a majority on the boat which left April 12 from the Libyan coast; the other side, the Christians accused of praying to another god. “After making threats, a dozen Muslims moved to make good on their threats and began to throw some of us into the water,” said to the Italian police Yeboah, one of the survivors of this latest tragedy in the sea-route of immigration.

Other people on the voyage told police that they themselves were spared “because they strongly opposed the drowning attempt and formed a human chain,” Palermo police said.

So did the large number of muslims not involved in the murders do anything to stop their fellow death cultists co-religionists?

Yes, there have been a huge number of tragedies in this mass exodus of souls attempting to emigrate from Africa to Italy since the collapse of the Libyan regime of Qaddafi, and his subsequent murder.  Just recently 400 souls perished when their makeshift craft sank.  And there have been a number of other reports of robberies and murders occurring in other attempts to cross the Mediterranean, but not one that was so directly religiously inspired, nor one that was a case of mass murder.

On the broader point of muslim persecution (is there a word stronger than that?) of Christians, yes, certainly, there have been times and places when the roles have been reversed.  But over the past several decades, and the past 10-15 years in particular, we have seen a steady rise in what certainly appears to be a deliberate, systematic effort on the part of at least a very large subset of muslims to exterminate the few remaining Christians in their ancient ancestral home.  Not only that, but more and more evidence seems to indicate that islam is attempting to export this effort to Europe as their numbers steadily increase there (due to amoral leftist policies).

I know this is largely preaching to the converted, but my goodness how willfully blind does the left have to be (including our forlorn President) to continue to pretend that islam is not a radical threat to peace loving souls, either Christian or secular pagans?  All the above attacks occurred in the past few days, and that doesn’t include ongoing atrocities in places like Iraq, Pakistan, and Syria.  More Christians are being martyred right now than at any time in the history of the Church!  And yet still we hear “just a radical fringe,” “religion of peace,” “Crusades – don’t get on your high horse,” and all the rest of the apologias.  How long will we have to continue to ignore the massively mounting evidence around us?!?

I know……we’ve been over all this before. Most of the committed sexular pagans will happily submit to islam before they will convert to Christianity, because their religion is built on opposition to Jesus Christ and His Church before anything else.  And yet it is only a strong, vibrant Christianity that has ever been able to stand, anywhere, against the depredations of islam.  There is none so blind, as he who will not see.

There is a really good sermon that touches on this subject I just heard, but it’s not online, yet. I hope to post it as soon as it is (romans10seventeen.org seriously needs updating!  It’s been almost 4 months!)

Meet the real abortion extremists April 20, 2015

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In Colorado some time back, a woman was brutally attacked by another woman.  The assaulted woman was 27 weeks pregnant.  The obviously sick soul who attacked her cut her child out of her womb.  The child died.  But because Colorado has been taken over by West Coast leftists, it remains a state without a law declaring that an attack on a pregnant mom which results in the death of the child will be treated as murder.  Texas and many other states do have such laws.  As a result of this very widely publicized attack, a bill was proposed in the legislature to pass just such a law.  But the abortion extremists who make up a majority of the the legislature shot it down, because they could not countenance any bill that would legally establish the humanity and personage of a human still in utero.  Doing so would have been to gravely undermine the “logic” of their pro-abort position, and they can’t have that:

In Colorado this week, Republicans introduced a fetal homicide bill that would enable prosecutors to file murder charges when an unborn baby is killed against the mother’s wishes…….

….The bill, which Senate Democrats oppose, was drafted in reaction to a grisly case in Longmont, Colorado, where a seveneight-month pregnant Michelle Wilkins was attacked and left for dead after her baby was cut out of her womb by an attacker. The mother survived; her baby – who the family says was named “Aurora” – did not. The district attorney was unable to charge the perpetrator with murder because the coroner concluded the baby was not alive outside the womb, even though, without any violent interference, more than 90 percent of babies born after 27 weeks survive.

The truth is that pro-choice advocates don’t want district attorneys prosecuting people for killing fetuses because it sets up two dangerous debates.

First, the act of humanizing unborn babies that women want to keep means humanizing unborn babies others do not want to keep. Aurora got a name, but the other third-trimester babies disposed of aren’t as fortunate.

Secondly, any admission by liberals that life in the womb is human life worthy of protections sets up a host of uncomfortable philosophical questions and legal precedents.  For starters, how can the act of killing a fetus – granted, for different purposes and with very different levels of violence – end a human life in one instance and not the other?……..

………Contemporary Democrats are willing to kill a human trafficking billbecause it features decades-old language from the Hyde Amendment – which bans taxpayer-funded abortions other than cases of rape, incest, and life-threatening danger to the mother. [Which cases make up about 1% of all abortions performed]

The article goes on to mention that demonrat national committee spokesghoul Debbie Wasserman-Schultz exclaimed, when asked whether she was OK with killing a seven pound baby at full term, responded by stating that she supported baby murder up to delivery with no exceptions and no limit.  That is the abortion maximalist position that led to decades of partial-birth abortion in this country, where fully developed babies were 3/4 birthed and then killed by stabbing scissors at the base of their skull.  My calling democrats demonrats may seem childish, but it was years of covering evils like this that convinced me of its veracity.

But Wasserman-Schultz’ response proves a very important point.  It’s certainly not just in Colorado that such extremism exists.  It is the foundational principle of today’s leftist-dominated demonrat party: abortion on demand at taxpayer expense without exception or apology.  Basically, a baby murder free-for-all, with you and I paying for it, because if the sexular pagan left knows one thing, they know that abortion is that absolutely vital, non-negotiable backstop for their entire agenda.  The sexular pagan left is built on contraception making immoral, illicit relations possible and frequent.  But since contraception has an inevitable (and quite high) failure rate, there must be abortion to deal with the “accidents” that result.  Without abortion, the entire sexular pagan agenda to turn this country (and the whole world) into a dystopia blending equal parts Brave New World, 1984, and Idiocracy would be impossible.  That is why it is their number 1, non-negotiable, most sacred belief.

And they act like it.  Would that our Repubniks would act like defending life and overturning abortion was anything like a similar priority for them.

Or, I might add, for our collective bishops (a few notable exceptions aside).

100 “prominent” Crisco Catholics call of Pope Francis to remove Archbishop Cordileone April 16, 2015

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Back in the 60s, US troops returning from Vietnam called the SF Bay area “Crisco Bay.”  I’m sure if you use your imagination you can understand why.

That silliness aside, several dozen people I’ve never heard of, but who the left-wing SF area paper is calling “prominent,” took out an ad in the local paper calling for Archbishop Cordileone’s removal by Pope Francis, for having the temerity to try to reinstate just a tiny shade of doctrinal certainty into the disastrously heterodox Catholic schools there.  The vehicle for accomplishing this is the insertion of “morality clauses” into teacher’s contracts, requiring them to sign an oath assenting to the Doctrine of the Faith.  Hardly surprising for a Catholic school to require of ostensibly Catholic teachers, but, as we know all too well, things have gotten to the point in the Church today that a bishop daring to ask his teachers to assent to the Faith they purport to profess is now such an affront that he should be removed over it.  There are not words to describe the lunacy that has afflicted the Church in the past several decades:

In an unprecedented move, more than 100 prominent Roman Catholic donors and church members signed a full-page ad running Thursday in The Chronicle that calls on Pope Francis to replace San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for fostering “an atmosphere of division and intolerance.”

The plea follows months of dissent within the archdiocese over Cordileone’s emphasis on traditional, conservative church doctrine — including asking high school teachers and staffers at Catholic schools to sign a morality clause that characterizes sex outside of marriage and homosexual relations as “gravely evil.” [Ummm……because they are!  But not in Sodom on the Bay, apparently]

In their open letter to the pope, Cordileone’s critics say his morality-clause push is mean-spirited and “sets a pastoral tone that is closer to persecution than evangelization.” 

The ad drew swift condemnation from the archdiocese, which said those who signed it don’t speak for San Francisco’s Catholic community.

The list of signatories includes Brian Cahill, the retired executive director of Catholic Charities, former city commissioner and Boudin Bakery executiveLou Giraudo, retired Swinerton Builders Chairman David Grubb, businessman and former political consultant Clint Reilly and his wife,Janet, San Francisco attorney Michael Kelly, and Charles Geschke,chairman of Adobe Systems and former head of the University of San Francisco Board of Trustees. Also on the list is Tom Brady Sr., father of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady[These are the people who will jeer us all the way to the gallows, for being what they are not: faithful Catholics. A fair number of these folks are former deep Church insiders who have been given posh assignments within the Archdiocese for decades.  They are as upset to now be on the outside of the circle of power (see below) as they are about Cordileone’s orthodoxy.  In fact, there is a huge amount of inside baseball going on here, a power struggle between a newer generation of more orthodox priests and the rapidly aging (and dying) progressive old guard]

Among their complaints, they say Cordileone:

•Picked a pastor for Star of the Sea parish in the Richmond District “who marginalizes women’s participation in the church by banning girls from altar service” and who provided elementary-school children with a pamphlet about sexuality that asked whether they had masturbated, engaged in sodomy or undergone an abortion.[It’s a quite orthodox parish.  So we can see this is not just about this silly “morality clause” issue, but it’s about re-instilling a modicum of orthodoxy to the Diocese overall, which these progressives – whose (by and large) real religion is leftism, not Catholicism – cannot abide.]

•Disregards the advice of his own priests and retired priests in favor of “a tiny group of advisers recruited from outside (the) diocese and estranged from their own religious orders.” [As I said, this is the former insider elite being more than piqued at their exclusion from influence.  To which I say, viewing the Archdiocese of SF for the past 10 years – good riddance]

•Threatens the long-term health of the archdiocese by adopting a “single-issue agenda” against same-sex marriage. [Really…….that’s the best they’ve got.]

[I like the response by the Archdiocese……] A statement by the archdiocese provided to us Wednesday called the ad “a misrepresentation of Catholic teaching, a misrepresentation of the nature of the teacher contract, and a misrepresentation of the spirit of the archbishop. The greatest misrepresentation of all is that the signers presume to speak for ‘the Catholic Community of San Francisco.’

“They do not.” [Can you see the kind of Church these ranting progressives would like to have?  A Church that is pointless and almost useless when it comes to the one thing that matters – salvation.  They want just another NGO that confirms their sacred left-wing shibboleths and never, ever challenges them. A Church that will be as dead as the Episcopalians or the Unitarians in a few short years.  Really, for all the sodomite fury, I fear these rotten Catholics far more than I do the other.  We can also see just how much universal salvation has infected the Church – that is one of the key errors that underlie the broader Katholyc heresy]

Keep praying for Archbishop Cordileone.  He is revealing himself to be a rare prelate.  The vast majority would have caved at the first sign of criticism from the left.  Very few would continue to wage this kind of battle over months.  Good for him.  I am not saying he’s perfect, but he has shown he’s got some stones in this matter.  We need many, many more bishops like him – which those who took out this full-page temper tantrum know only too well.  Even if they can’t get rid of Cordileone, they will try to make such a ruckus there won’t be many more like him.

Am I the only one who sees the hand (or the prayers) of the Traditional Carmelites across the Bay in Oakland in much of this strength Cordileone is displaying?  He is quite close to that community.  Having a holy group of nuns at your back is a source of enormous spiritual power.  May they keep praying for him, as well.

h/t reader skeinster!

 

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