Defenders of the FaithI took no small amount of heat from certain quarters last weekend when, in the course of a post in this space about apocalyptic and end-of-days theology and a Biblical passage from I Thessalonians, I referred to Barack Obama's election as being "the greatest singular evil that has ever befallen this country." The whole of the post was not even about Obama, but that didn't stop the vultures from circling the wagons.
As it turns out, I may not be alone in that opinion:
The decline in respect for human life has had “catastrophic effects” on the unity and integrity of the United States, which are evidenced by the presidential election, says a Vatican official.
Baltimore-native Cardinal James Stafford, major penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary, affirmed this in a lecture last Thursday at the Catholic University of America.
“Because man is a sacred element of secular life,” the cardinal said, “[…] a person’s life cannot ultimately be controlled by government.”
"On Nov. 4, 2008, America suffered a cultural earthquake,” continued the cardinal. He pointed out that president-elect Barack Obama campaigned on an “extremist anti-life platform,” and described his agenda as “aggressive, disruptive and apocalyptic.”
Now Catholics will experience the Agony of the Garden through the next few years of Obama’s presidency, the cardinal said, and will have to endure the “hot, angry tears of betrayal.” He invited people to live this time “with Jesus, sick because of love.”
Since it has been determined by certain of the anointed of the press that my words on Sunday last constituted "crap like this," and that it is "sad" that such writing has to come out of the East Tennessee blogosphere, and since we know that both the press and liberals have no double standards, can we expect to see denunciation of the See of Peter as racist for consenting to the denunciation of Barack Obama in terms that made those that I used last weekend look like a taping of Charlie Rose? Calling me racist is one thing, but Princes of the Church?
They would be wrong, of course, but might as well make it universal. After all, everyone who denounces Obama in the course of his term of office will be deemed a racist. Welcome to 1984, 24 years late.
I await the burning of the Holy Father in effigy by the disciples of the Lord Barack.