Responding to a viciously anti-Catholic ad in the New York Times, a message that began: “It’s time to quit the Roman Catholic Church…” Fr. Anthony Tocco of St. Hugo Catholic Church sent a message to his parishioners in Bloomfield Hills this week urging them to act and to speak up.
‘The attacks against the Church, the attacks against our moral values and beliefs are more vicious than they have ever been!’ he said, citing text from the full-page ad from the Freedom from Religion Foundation.
The ad, an insult, really, to the intelligence of any educated person, is an open letter addressed to liberal and nominal Catholics, accusing the Church of actually promoting “acute misery, poverty, needless suffering, unwanted pregnancies, overpopulation, social evils and deaths.” Wow! Let’s stop here for a second. Overpopulation? Still believing that one? OK, Before we take this apart, let’s not miss the slur on stupid Catholics especially women who, while working in soup kitchens, food pantries, hospitals, shelters and classrooms thought they were helping alleviate misery, had the wool pulled so far over their eyes! Thanks atheists, for setting us straight!
In case we weren’t convinced enough, the letter continues: “The bishops are launching a ruthless political Inquisition” against women. Right. OK, that must be because the bishops won’t accept the government mandate to pay for birth control, abortion drugs and sterilization in their own institutions in compromise of their religious beliefs. But see here, they are saying that the bishops’ refusal is way more aggressive than that. It is becoming an ‘Inquisition against women’. Hmmm. (And the atheists say we are the ones using antiquated language.) But see what an exalted position is given to birth control. It is not only going to take away all our social ills, it is, dare I say it, a panacea of the masses! It will rid us of suffering and death! That means it has, forgive me, savior status! If you are not for free beer, I mean birth control, you are against it! So actually, the government is right to punish, fine, imprison, anyone not willing to provide birth control, sterlization or abortion to their employees. But that is OK because it is not an organized religion forcing its agenda on us.
You know, if I were a little more paranoid, it sort of looks like phase II of government takeover of the church. Bear with me – now that the birth control carrot has been waved under our noses, the atheists for Obama are moving to corral the stray women into their pen. Those who will not go are prodded with these enticing words from the ad “if you don’t you are like the battered woman who, after being beaten down every Sunday, feels she has no place else to go.” Well, isn’t that sweet.
If we can get past the obvious meanness of the ploy, this could sort of explain how President Obama has been behaving so obtusely even going through the pretense of compromise with the Church’s position. He was buying time for his plan to work!
As interesting as this is getting, not only is it obnoxious and hateful toward the Church, it is really quite the insult to women. But that is the atheist downfall. They think they are sooo smart. Those of us who believe in fairies and the ‘man in the sky’ are stupid sheep to them. OK, that is what we call ourselves but as always, we are using metaphor and if the atheist understood that, Jesus could get through to them with parables. But I digress.
The atheist invitation is not even an offer to take us somewhere. What vision or creed do they offer instead? They are so cavalierly asking us to abandon not only our church but also our heaven. In one lousy full page ad in the New York Times. Please!
Women are actually pretty good at seeing through lies, especially when somebody wants something from them. We get hints about it as we are being raised. Thanks Mom! Even the French feather duster in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast says to the candlestick, “No, no! I’ve been burned by you before!’ Yeah. We all have. Cads are only out for one thing. In this case, they don’t care about your soul either – only now it is your vote they are after!
Over the past four years, in my vain arguments with atheists, I have garnered some frightening quotes. No, I don’t mean the insults even though I have been called many things, including an Ayatollah (still my favorite) and a religious fascist, for sharing my faith. What is frightening is not only the atheist resistance to conversion – the stubborn blindness of those who will not see and the stone deafness of those who will not hear, but their insistence that every expression of religion in this country is an act of oppression toward them and because of this feeling of hatred, religious expression must be silenced. That even teaching children is an offense because it is actually preventing them from freely deciding what they will believe. Holy tooth fairy Batman!
These are just a few of the things that atheists have expressed in writing to me:
* “Christianity IS on the decline which may be sad for it’s followers but not for those who prefer to embrace reason and critical thinking over bronze age mythology.”
* “Atheism and skepticism is growing at an unprecedented rate among today’s youth. For many, god theories are no longer reasonable answers to important questions.”
* “Christianity and Catholicism have no monopoly on truth and morality ….”
* “As Christians in a Christian dominated society you’ve pretty much had it your own way for a long time. Those days are coming to an end and the parochial mentalities who still think it’s their prerogative to “pass their faith along” are in for a rude awakening.”
So, Catholics, I think we can all agree with Fr. Tocco, that this is a very good time to speak out. And as far as those accusations, ‘acute misery, poverty, needless suffering, unwanted pregnancies, social evils and deaths, (overpopulation is not a problem but under-population is) the Church teaches that it is through sin that evil entered the world not through a lack of government supplied birth control. Wouldn’t that just be too easy?