Now that the election is over and Christmas is rapidly approaching, we are seeing efforts made to fight those ignorant, intolerant Christians.
The Humanists are doing their part by putting ads on DC buses that suggest Christmas without Christ is rational. I can’t wait to hear my kids’ reactions to “Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness’ sake.”
But attacking Christmas makes sense. Over 90% of Americans claim to believe in a god. And a good chunk of them lean toward the God of the New Testament. But probably half of them don’t go to church, read the Bible, or have any idea about what it means to be Christian except that God loves you even if you aren’t perfect, and you can go to Heaven if you side with the Big Guy. If only the Humanists could get these Christian-in-name-only folks to admit that their winter holiday celebrations are mere sentimentality and an annual nod at a Supreme Being, then real head-way could be made to get rid of all public forms of prayer, cultural references to God (“Bless you” at every blasted sneeze), and other offenses.
Admittedly, the whole lack of eternal life puts a damper on that worldview, since most people think immortality of one kind or another, is appealing. But a huge bonus to taking a god out of the picture is, apparently, lowered stress. As the British Humanists advertised: “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”
I’m not so sure even the Brits would be willing to bet their immortal soul on a “probably.” That’s like playing Russian Roulette with a gun you just found. It’s “probably” unloaded isn’t going to convince most people to pull the trigger, and my guess is that many people (perhaps over 90%?) wouldn’t do it even if you said it’s “definitely” unloaded.
So, while the Humanists try to get the quasi-Christians to go whole hog and renounce God, the media, bored with the dearth of post-election news stories (especially since the Democrats won and they want to project hope in the coming changes) will turn to their perennial ultimate villain: the Catholic Church and other strict faiths.
The goal here is to marginalize anyone who is devout. Devotion is bad because it induces guilt in those who are not devout.
Recently, I casually mentioned something about the possibility of having more children (my uterus is still intact, and I’m not even 40 yet). “More? You want more?” was the reaction. And I found myself somewhat apologetically calming the listener with the assurance that it was merely a possibility and not an intent. To say, “My faith teaches…” is to claim piety, and nobody likes a Goody Two-shoes.
So the secular media, on behalf of all those who don’t want to look bad when compared to all those next-door neighbors who are trying to follow their religion all the time, is hell-bent (yes, a pun) on portraying people who go to church weekly as evil. The Catholic Church is the easiest target because it is so unwieldy and because they have held the same old “truths,” unchanging, for 2000 years.
First of all, they love to report that over 50% of Catholics voted for Obama. This means, they imply, that there are tons of Catholics ready to align themselves with Secular Truths. It also means, they hope, that there are many more who might be willing to ignore their bishops if only those bishops could be exposed for their sins.
What’s the biggest sin against Secular Truths? Intolerance. “In an impassioned discussion on Catholics in public life, several bishops said they would accept no compromise on abortion policy.” Only tyrannical institutions would be unwilling to soften their stance on such a commonplace procedure, right?
“And several prelates promised to call out Catholic policy makers on their failures to follow church teaching.” It’s downright mean-spirited to ex-communicate politicians just because they champion women’s rights over those of a clump of cells. Worse yet, to pressure politicians in such a way, threatening their immortal soul, is undemocratic and violates separation of church and state, doesn’t it? It would be one thing if they lobbied Congressmen, using money and gifts to garner support, but to call them sinners? Over the top. What’s next? The general congregation? Will they haul out scarlet letters and force people to wear them (never you mind that it wasn’t the Catholic Church who did that)?
In America, the Catholic Church has always been the dog that everyone can kick. We’ll tiptoe around the Muslims, and don’t dare say anything bad about the Jews. But if you want to vilify religion, go for the Catholics (evangelicals are second in line).
Watch for a rehashing of the priest sex scandal. Watch how the media covers the March for Life on January 22nd (two days after the Inauguration…do you think Obama will sign FOCA on the 22nd?). Watch for more news stories about how the church (wrongly) spends its money, who the bishops are attacking in the public eye, prominent mention of the Catholic identity of pro-abortion politicians or other public figures, and feature stories of the common person whose main thesis is “Why I left the Catholic Church.”
In other words, there’s probably no god. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.
Excellent, excellent, excellent post Michelle!!!!!
Whoever chooses the ads on the Metro bus system has got to be schizophrenic! The weeks leading up to the Papal visit buses were sporting the Papal Regalia along with my favorite quote from Spe Salve: “One who has hope, lives differently.”>>Immediately following this ad campaign they switched to a salacious campaign regarding STDs that I won’t detail here.>>Absolutely nuts!
Very well said, Michele. However, the reality of what you said depresses me. That is a common feeling the past few days since the reality of the elections have set in. God Bless America! Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!!
I think that the humanist spokesman inadvertently helped me put my finger on what bothers me most about the whole secularization and commercialization of Christmas. He said that atheists and agnostics “feel a little alone” during the holidays because of their “association with traditional religion”. Right?>>That seems to come down to “Since I choose not to have this, you should not have it either, lest I feel lonely and not validated in my choice.”>>I don’t enjoy knowing that someone else is lonely, and I’d sure like to help, but why should I forgo joy because someone else chooses not to have it? That’s like C.S. Lewis’ line in <>The Great Divorce<> about Hell being allowed to veto Heaven.
Even many evangelical Christians beat up on Catholics. I can remember sitting in church hearing about Catholics from people who had never learned <>anything<> about Catholics. It’s very frustrating. Catholics are the go-to beat up guys.
werent similar boards put on british buses already? i remember reading something similar but cant remember where.>great analysis.>r
Regina,>>That ad campaign is set for January in London.
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I can’t spell. >>The riots in LA over the California Prop 8 also brought out attacks on the mormons…even though, they weren’t the largest block of voters who pushed it over the top. They were…as Catholics are…an easy target. >>Augh, are there really signs like you described on the billboards? Wow, I’m not looking forward to that then. Bummer!>>I’m not shocked you would like more kids. I was calculating that it was nearing time for you to think about #7 because that seems to be your cycle, baby every two years :), so feel free to tell me about it. ((HUGS))
Nice post!>>I think that’s why large families are also often ostracized and marginalized (“family” passes at museums having limits; stranger’s comments, etc.). It is a public statement that “I believe my Faith and I live my Faith.”
I saved this article too…John Kelly right?>And I was going to post about it as well.>I will later but I will not be able to do your post justice.>This is fantastic.
I read about this ad in our local paper and I just couldn’t believe it.>>A wonderful, thoughtful, well-written post.