A Mad and Holy Week

This is Holy Week and it has been a crazy one. Holy Week is the week Christians commemorate the end of Jesus's life. It's a pious celebration of God's failure, persecution and judicial murder. The week closes with Good Friday, the day when God was tortured to death, and then Holy Saturday, the day when he was among the damned of Hell. Good times.

The news seemed to catch the tenor of the church calendar. In Brussels, medieval lunatics murdered civilians so accustomed to their own modern, peaceable civilization, they were blind to the fact that it had been invaded. In Cuba, the so-called leader of the free world sat at a baseball game, grinning like an idiot and teaching a savage dictator the wave while shrugging off the cancer whose name he cannot even bring himself to utter, and the spread of which he facilitated by his own feckless policies. Here at home, Democrats and their allies in the news media denounced Republicans for discussing the killers' motive, namely their God.

But then God was in the news a lot, wasn't he? In the Supreme Court, the Little Sisters of the Poor were reduced to begging the secular powers not to force them to violate their religious opposition to contraception  — and getting a pretty lukewarm hearing. In Georgia, legislators moved to protect pastors from being forced to perform gay marriages — and were slammed with the full force of secular virtue as the NFL and Hollywood threatened boycotts if the governor signed the bill.

Come to think of it, a belief in coercion was something the Islamic terrorists overseas and the anti-Christian secularists in the U.S. had in common. Both Islamists and secularists seem to think that those who disagree with them must be forced to conform to their moral philosophy. It's not enough that we believe in Allah, so must you. It's not enough that we believe in contraception, you must pay for it. It's not enough that gays are free to marry, you must perform the ceremony.