Why the sudden push-back against Catholics (and other Christians)?

Full disclosure for those who don’t already know: I’m not a Roman Catholic.

What I find really odd, as a non-Catholic, is the sudden public attacks on Catholics by people like Senators Mazie Hirono and Kamala Harris, most recently by their criticism of the Knights Of Columbus. Why are they making such a big deal about this?

What they did was to harangue a judicial nominee, Brian Buescher, about his affiliation with the knights, a fraternal Catholic charity. Both of the women accused the Knights of sexism and trashed the organization for adhering to Catholic doctrine on the issues of gay marriage and abortion.

When Ben Sasse followed up with a resolution stating that it is unlawful to bar a nominee from office because of his membership in the Knights of Columbus (passed by the Senate), Hirono responded:

Sasse’s office correctly responded that Hirono’s statements were “laughably stupid.”

“@BenSasse has gone after the alt-right. [Hirono] is recklessly using the label “alt-right” to smear 2 million Catholics who volunteer in their communities,” Sasse’s communications director said on Twitter. “It’s laughably stupid, but it’s also insulting to the folks who face hate from the actual alt-right and neo-nazis.”

Then there is the attack on Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence. She is a committed Christian, and has returned to work at a Christian school where she worked when her husband was a member of Congress.

Indy Star:

After a backlash surrounding his wife’s hiring at a Christian school that excludes LGBT students and employees, Mike Pence went on Christian TV on Thursday night to decry the criticism, saying “this criticism of Christian education in America should stop.”

“To see major news organizations attacking Christian education is deeply offensive to us,” Pence said in the interview with Lauren Ashburn of EWTN, a cable TV network presenting Catholic-themed programming.

Pence’s interview followed coverage of second lady Karen Pence’s decision to go back to work as a teacher at Immanuel Christian School in Northern Virginia, which bans gay employees, students and the children of gay parents.

She had previously taught at the elementary school for 12 years, while Pence was an Indiana congressman.

It may surprise some, but a stand against homosexuality, bi-sexuality, gay marriage and sexual immorality, is biblically supported, and not just a doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. Here is the church’s statement of faith, and the parental agreement that must be signed in order for a student to be accepted:

http://www.icsva.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/10.29.18EssentialsoftheFaith_ParentAgreement_AdmissionsPolicy.pdf

It includes this statement:

I understand the biblical role of Immanuel Christian School is to partner with families to encourage students to be imitators of Christ. This necessarily involves the school’s understanding and belief regarding biblical morality and standards of conduct. I understand that the school reserves the right, within its sole discretion, to refuse admission to an applicant or to discontinue enrollment of a student if the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home, the activities of a parent or guardian, or the activities of the student are counter to, or are in opposition to, the biblical lifestyle the school teaches. This includes, but is not limited to contumacious behavior, divisive conduct, and participating in, supporting, or condoning sexual immorality, homosexual activity or bi-sexual activity, promoting such practices, or being unable to support the moral principles of the school. (Lev. 20:13 and Romans 1:27.) I acknowledge the importance of a family culture based on biblical principles and embrace biblical family values such as a healthy marriage between one man and one woman.

My role as spiritual mentor to my children will be taken seriously.

There are some who have gone so far as to say that Mrs. Pence’s employment is a violation of the separation between church and state, although I can’t see how this could possibly be, since she is not even a government employee. Apparently Catholics (or Christians of any type) are not allowed to have religious beliefs.

To me, their call for “inclusiveness” is an approval of any and all activities that Christians consider sins, but then sin is apparently old-fashioned in today’s society.

Of course, the same beliefs are held by Moslems, but it’s okay for their religion.

Why the attacks? I think political operatives like Harris and Hirono know (or think) that they will soon be interrogating another nominee to the Supreme Court to replace RBG, and they believe that nominee will be a devout Catholic. Who, you say? Why, I think (along with lots of others) that will be Amy Coney Barrett, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

As stated by the NYT last June,

Judge Barrett became something of a hero to religious conservatives last year when Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, questioned what influence the jurist’s Roman Catholic faith would have on her rulings from the bench. She was questioned in particular about a 1998 article in which she argued that Catholic judges should sometimes recuse themselves from sentencing in death penalty cases. At her confirmation hearing, she backed away from that position. A former law clerk to Justice Scalia, she served for 15 years as a law professor at the University of Notre Dame.

Judge Barrett is the least experienced, and potentially most controversial of judges on President Trump’s short list. She would almost certainly be targeted for questioning about her beliefs concerning abortion, and how they would influence her decision regarding any challenges to Roe v. Wade that might come before the court. Because she would be replacing a female Justice, I think her nomination is better than an even bet.

 

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19 Responses to Why the sudden push-back against Catholics (and other Christians)?

  1. czarowniczy says:

    The Catholic church is the big kid on the block. If the progs can take it down, or at least get it up against the ropes, they’re hoping that will be a sign of their power and other religions will fall into line.

    The Jews and Baptists are segmented and, as the Pew polls have shown, the Jews are more of a social club than a religion in the US and other Christian sects are a rainbow of opinions on God and ‘Christian’ doctrine.

    The Catholic church is reeling from the child abuse scandal and numbers are shrinking, the archdiocese is closing churches from lack of congregation. Now is the time for the Left and prog engineers to switch that faith and belief in a god to faith and belief in a central leadership, much as the early Marxists tried to do. Morals will not be an absolute, morality will be decided by politicians skilled at sniffing the air. Remove any alternative system of morals and belief and that human herd instinct has to be fed somehow and Washington is more than willing to give us junk food.

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    • stella says:

      I agree with all that you say here, but I don’t think people like Hirono or Harris care much about any of it. They just want to use religion as a cudgel.

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    • MTeresa says:

      Bottom line, these young men were participating in a pro-life event. Having young men take that position is ultimately very threatening to these women and doesn’t bode well for their future in politics. I’m RC and know that because of that, I am hated. I fear for all young people who attend Catholic schools. We are going into very dark days that we all will be tested.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        The Catholic church is the initial attack, asd I said it’s the big kid on the block and is vulnerable.
        These guys know that if they take on the smaller guys their tactics will be known and defenses nounted, by taking on the largest group it’s win or lose. If they win the smaller ones will fall one by one and if they lose they can retreat to work on their technique.
        This isn’t new, it’s been going on for over a century in Europe and they’re getting better – I’m waiting for the various US political jurisdictions to start destroying churches infrastructure by taxing them at the commercial rate.

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  2. MaryfromMarin says:

    I agree that it is in large part a dress rehearsal/setting the stage for the interrogation of Amy Coney Barrett.

    In the bigger picture, it is unleashed hatred of the Christian faith. We knew this was coming–Jesus said it would happen:

    “They will deliver you up to tribulation, and put you to death; and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away, and betray one another, and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because wickedness is multiplied, most men’s love will grow cold. But he who endures to the end will be saved.”

    –Matthew 24 9-13–

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  3. I’ll add the boys from Covington Catholic High School to this mix. They were persecuted and defamed by MSM and so called entertainment celebrities mainly for being young white males. An indigenous elder got in their faces beating a drum and four black guys from some religious sect shouted racial slurs at them. But the Covington Catholics were seen as the bad guys because of two seconds of video. When the full video came out the Covington boys were vindicated in their appropriate reaction to these events. Meanwhile the indigenous elder turned up on CNN lying through his teeth about the sequence of events. Ya gotta love Twitter and MSM.

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  4. Lucille says:

    Likely neither Hirono nor Harris are regular church attendees nor do they read the Bible. They are pushing the envelope, seeing how far they can go before they get push-back. They are not interested in truth but only in furthering their leftist agenda and making names for themselves (at the moment, the latter is the most important for them both).

    Neither woman would be mistaken for someone who cares about freedom of religion. One of the left’s goals is to destroy the Constitution, bit by bit. These lefties already ignore the language of the First and Second Amendments. If those God-given rights were removed tomorrow, they would have a huge party and be joined by their pals in Hollywood, the California and Hawaiian Legislatures, the Democrat party and communists everywhere.

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  5. michellc says:

    Christians and Churches have got to start standing up to these people. It won’t be long and Christians in this country will be on trial for being Christian.

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  6. czarowniczy says:

    I wonder if Feinstein saw any irony in a Jewish Senator attacking a Christian judge? And ‘The Dogma Lives Loudly Within You’? Hey Diane, Yoda called and wants his catch phrasing back!

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  7. Tafur says:

    Christianity is one of the pillars of Western Civilization, Capitalism, Middle Class, and a Democratic means of government. The Founders wisely chose a Constitutional Republic and a Nation of Laws for America.

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  8. Tafur says:

    This is not a sudden push back against Christianity. In the 1880s, Nietzsche proclaimed, God Is Dead”. Things were relatively quiet, until the 1940s. The Supreme Court wrongly created the fiction of ” a wall of Separation between Church and State. Justice Hugo Black, KKK member*, wrote the Court’s ruling. This Ruling was based on a private letter written by Thomas Jefferson to a Baptist minister and it that was not enough, the intent of the letter was taken out of context. To determine the intent of the Founders when they wrote the Constitution, research the minutes from the Convention, the notes the delegates took during the Convention, read the Federalist Papers, even the Anit-Federalist Papers. The latter will tell you the fears of some of the people.

    Things were relatively quiet until the early 1960s when the battles over school prayer commenced.
    The Left followed the Law of Gradualism or proceed so slowly people do not know what is happening and then they do realize it, it is too late to stop it.
    The Left wants us to believe the Founders were Atheists and Hitler was a Christian.

    * I mentioned the KKK because the Left holds them up as good Christians.

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