Unexamined Premises

Time For a New Church Militant?

Saint Mike opens up a can of whupass on Satan; Satan whines

Saint Mike opens up a can of whuppass on Satan

We need more of this:

Cardinal Francis George, head of the Catholic archdiocese of Chicago, said the levers of power in government, education, entertainment, and media are enforcing a “public creed,” a “fake church” that requires all citizens to approve of gay marriage and related sexual anomalies or be punished by the State, just “as Christians and Jews are fined for their religion in countries governed by Sharia law.”

Cardinal George, who was president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in 2007-10, made his remarks in his Sept. 7 column for the archdiocesean newspaper… “What was once a request to live and let live has now become a demand for approval,” said Cardinal George, whose archdiocese includes about 2.2 million Catholics.

The Cardinal gets it exactly right: pleas for “tolerance” from the Left are almost always a foot in the door for their next non-negotiable pattern of demands. Because there is no negotiating with principles antithetical to your own; even a half-step in the other direction effectively negates whatever it is you stand for. Once a principle is on the table, it’s not longer a principle but merely a policy prescription — and you have already lost the argument. As “David Kahane” writes in Rules for Radical Conservatives:

After all, we seem like such nice people. We preach tolerance constantly (it’s our protective cloak, our defensive shield, our Tarnhelm against your righteous anger), we never resort to violence when a ruinous lawsuit will do, and we’re always ready with an explanation of why your behavior is wrong, immoral, selfish, aberrational, arrogant, or just plain nuts. We will “talking cure” you to death, set the rules for you, force you to stay inside your head while we romp around in the unoccupied sectors.

Stop and think. Don’t you now, on some level, believe that up is down? That black is white? That freedom is tyranny? That good is evil? Of course you do. Because that’s what we want you to think. That’s what we’ve been telling you for more than seventy-five years. There is no position or proposition too ludicrous for us argue, and so beaten down are you that you’re bound to at least consider what we have to say.

But, pace Herbert Marcuse (a Communist thinker much admired in my college days, and another fellow-traveler in the parade of German refugee Marxists from the Frankfurt School who stabbed his adopted country in the front after being given safe haven from the Nazis), who famously wrote that “tolerance is an end in itself,” tolerance is no such thing. It is merely the name we give to an impulse, not a pillar upon which to build the just society that liberal-Progressives claim to want. There is no tolerance in Progressivism other than “repressive tolerance,” and no tolerance in Islam at all. No wonder lefties love implementing “zero tolerance” policies in their schools; it helps prepare the young people for the cultural fascism called “political correctness” to come. 

Which is why it is good to see the passivity of the Church coming to an end in Cardinal George’s remarks. The Cardinal recognizes the inherent truth of atheistic Progressivism — what comes after religion will not be nothing, but rather will be the enshrinement of the State as the object of worship. Just ask this guy, one of Lucifer’s closest relatives:

By any means necessary

By any means necessary

What an irony it will be if gentle Pope Francis, who took the name of the embodiment of Christian charity but is faced with a world increasingly hostile to his faith, inherits the role of warrior Pope. At Mass when I was young, we used to pray for the conversion of Soviet Russia; now we should be praying for our own survival. And doing something about it.