Over on the Book of Face, somebody responded to what I wrote to “Doug” about his terrible argument for pitting the unborn against all the people his Trump worshipping “prolife” cult wants to rob, harm, and kill (see yesterday’s post):
I just love how you always think you know better than the magisterium of the Church.
But it’s not. They are very clear about the non-negotiables about voting and what the prolife movement entails. You dilute. They don’t. Oh, and we actually believe we have a bad pope. That much is very clear.
In other words. you are the Magisterium. And you are ignorant, because the rubbish about the non-negotiables comes from a Catholic Answers pamphlet, not from the Magisterium. Read and learn.
You make me laugh. It’s no wonder people don’t take you seriously.
Insults are not argument. All you really mean is that your ignorant cult relies on groupthink because you reject the magisterium in favor of Trumpism. The theological term for your position is “Protestantism”. I have facts, reason, argument, and the teaching of the Magisterium on my side. You have, “None of my circle of Mean Girls likes you” on yours.
I mention all this because an awful lot of very serious and committed Catholics often feel beaten down, rejected and ostracized by this extremely common Mean Girl method of argument. It is painful to be told that “Everybody thinks you are [dirt/stupid/uncool/somebody nobody wants to be around]”. But when you combine that with “a babykilling monster/a heretic/demonic” etc. it takes a thick hide that many people lack to face such bullying bullshit down. Particularly when many people’s grasp of what the Magisterium says is pretty shaky. Most people are decent and good and trying to do right. They are easy prey to the thought, “What if it’s true?” when perceived peers tell them they are Rejects (a question that never enters the heads of the MAGA Cult).
On Monday, i want to talk about how decent people can learn to deal with the Mean Girl Magisterium more effectively. The idea will be to look at the roots of the problem, strategize some ways to not only fend off the nasty and cheap psyops of the MGM, but also how to reply to their lies (beginning with the recognition that it is prudent, not uncharitable, to assume (unless evidence is given) that when a MAGA cultist speaks, they are lying or, at best, that they are deluded and repeating a lie. And it is always wise to remember that for the MAGA cult, language is virtually always a tactical weapon for gaining raw, nihilist power, not a vehicle of truth.
So: back Monday!