A Reader Asks What I Think about the Chance of Liberal Persecution of the Church
I’ve been thinking about something recently, you already know that I agree with you, that regardless who the Dems run it will be better than the current crazy person in the Whitehouse, but I still have a lot of fears about the left in power, I do see you report on the left when they go off the reservation but I rarely hear you voice your own fears on what a Democrat controlled government would look like on things we care about, abortion, marriage, religious freedoms, this is not a whatabout question, because I agree that one is better than the other, but it does sometime seem in your writings that your not giving any real credence to the concerns that people have about Democrats, and agree, the religious freedom fears are mostly overdone, but I wouldn’t look down on someone for having those concerns,
Sorry for my incredible slowness in replying. I’ve been working on not one, not two, but three books (a wild occult thriller novel, a book on the Creed (easy peasy!) and a book on Catholic Social Teaching called THE CHURCH’S BEST KEPT-SECRET: A PRIMER ON CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING). The latter will be out from New City Press in September/Octoberish. Between that, pandemic, and economic catastrophe, I’ve been keeping busy. But I finally came up for air and have been plowing through my mail, where I found yours languishing, neglected and forlorn. 😊 Please forgive me.
In a word, no. I’m not worried about the Dems. Trump, the GOP Crime Syndicate, and the MAGA antichrist cult that backs them all constitute the gravest domestic threat the US has faced since the Civil War. From the criminal mishandling of the Pandemic (in which, out of sheer spite, this lying moron burned to ashes a response team and plan handed him by his predecessor), to the ruin of economic recovery (also handed him by his predecessor), to the dodging of richly deserved impeachment courtesy of the GOP Crime Syndicate, to countless harms inflicted on the environment, the least of these, public discourse, race relations, foreign relations and, most recently on our military by his treasonous betrayal of our troops to Russian bounties on their heads, the damage this criminal has done is incalculable, long-lasting, and catastrophic.
I honestly could not care less about the fears of religious persecution American Christians have been taught to fret over. That’s because I believe the revelation. Even if, which I don’t believe for a second, the Dems were just waiting to unleash a wave of persecution on the Church, Jesus tells us, ” do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” ( Mt 10:28).
In short, the real threat to the Church is, and always has been seduction, not persecution, because what destroy us in hell is our own sin, not oppression from without.
The MAGA Cult is itself the proof of this. In 2016, the Catholic arm of the MAGA Cult, led by such fearmongers as John Zmirak, stampeded conservative Catholics with the lie that Clinton was Diocletian and Trump was Constantine. This kind of fearmongering has characterized Right Wing Lie Machine propaganda for a couple of decades. And its fruit has been to turn conservative Christians, Protestant and Catholic, into a subculture where accusation is always a form of confession. They claimed that “liberals” were going to be the authors of a wave of religious persecution. They themselves now are the authors of that persecution for brown refugees on the border. They themselves are the authors of that persecution for brown Christians across America while they admire a thug who calls Nazis “very fine people” and peaceful Black protesters asking not to be killed by police “sons of bitches”. They lied ten years ago that “liberals” would subject us to “death panels.” Now they are the ones telling people dying of pandemic that some things matter more than life and the weak need to die for the economy. They lie that they and they alone represent the gospel while having morphed into a freak show so consumed with selfishness that they would rather consign their own children to death than have the consideration for others to wear a mask or observe common sense. They are eaten up with a butthurt sense of persecution so profound that it blinds them to the realization that they, not their Culture War enemies, are the biggest threats both to the common good and to the witness of the Church.
That, for me, is the incredible thing: the backbone of this cult of human sacrifice to Mammon self-identifies as “Christian” and “prolife” and is at open war with Holy Church and the Holy Father while it prostitutes itself to this Golden Ass. They, not the Dems, are the clear and present danger the Church faces in this hour. They, not some imaginary persecution from liberals are what I most fear. And my gravest fear is that the damage they have done has already wrecked the witness of the Church in this country for rest of my life at least.
For me, the great irony of this time is that I virtually never meet liberals who try to tell me to renounce my Faith (as the Cult constantly insists Libs do). It is Reactionary Catholics who do that, demanding that I spit on the “Novus Ordo/Vatican II Church” and reject the Holy Father as a fraud and a false pope. Liberals don’t demand that of me. What they do, in droves, is beg on their knees for Christians to act like Jesus. And what they typically receive for their troubles is contempt and spite from the Cult who sneer at kindness, human decency and charity as “Kumbayah Catholicism”. I have very little sense of threat from them. They want to see a Church that cares for the least of these, that respects human beings, that is generous and kind to the poor. That’s why they like Pope Francis. Do they often lack a supernatural faith in Jesus as the Son of God? Sure. Are they wrong about abortion? Typically. But how on earth should we expect them to see differently when the face we show them is so often that of the Trump Freak Show of stupidity, spite, and cruelty?
So no. I don’t fear liberal persecution. I fear the horrific antichrist false religion that has overcome conservative American Christianity and set its face against God. He will overcome it with the breath of his mouth in his own timing, for his glory and our good, as he turned the betrayal of Judas Iscariot to his glory and our good. But meantime, it is our task to try to save those we can from this diabolical cult.
Hope that helps!