Some in the mainstream media are so angry about the existence of faithful Catholics that they can’t help themselves in becoming unhinged. I will reference the main points, but suffice to say that I could write a book on the subject. These latest quotes have caused me to scramble to get information to my editor so as to include at least some of this in my upcoming book; The Tide Continues To Turn Toward Catholicism, a follow up to my first book. For starters it seems some in mainstream media are so ignorant of religion that even though 90% of Americans belong to some form of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, which all believe that evil is manifested through a figure known as Satan, the media still finds it in their power to mock anyone who thinks evil exists. Some in the media seemed to take glee in pouncing on Catholic and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. He was called a kook, a nut, deranged, a mullah and an ayatollah, not by nameless posters on leftwing blogs but named writers in serious newspapers.
Leading the charge was that maven of militant secularism and angry people everywhere Maureen Dowd. Here are some of the spoiled nuggets from her dung heap. She calls Santorum a “mullah” who wants to take, “women back to the caves.” She goes on to deride anyone who actually believes in the teachings of the Catholicism that she once practiced.
Never one to miss a chance at apostasy and heresy; Chris Matthews entered the fray with both of his tingling legs. Matthews claimed the reason the Catholic Church is growing is because homophobic converts are coming into the Church. It would appear that Mr. Matthews is off his meds. Has anyone ever informed mister leg tingler that groups like Courage; the Apostolate run by those who are same sex attracted, is a rapidly growing organization with men and women from all walks of life? They feel the comfort and assurance of living in God’s chaste plan for their lives. The New York Times of all papers did a favorable story on Eve Tushnet, a popular Catholic writer who has ties to the group. She is a successful woman and an Ivy League grad. Are these militant secularists going to claim that she is homophobic?
David Gergen and Donna Brazile (who is Catholic) didn’t take any pot shots at Catholics per see but did point out that liberal feminist organizations didn’t seem smitten with any of the GOP candidates, because they kept talking about religious liberty instead of the rights of birth control? David Gergen even said it with a straight face, which should really frost Rush Limbaugh who has dubbed the Washington establishmentarian; David Rodham Gergen. As much as they refer to the New York Times, they somehow missed Ross Douthat’s op-ed piece on the growth of Natural Family Planning and the number of women who help teach this non birth control view of family planning across the country and world.
The coup de grace of hate came from David Waldman who writes for a number of publications. This little nugget would make the Know Nothing Party of the 1840s smile. I would rather not give him the pleasure of repeating such delusional hatred; if you want to read his screed click here. UPDATE In a Lisa Miller Washington Post article just out; Ms. Miller not only mocks Catholics but calls bishops “zealots” three times in her article.
If the Catholic Church is so irrelevant why would the likes of Dowd, Matthews and Waldman froth at the mouth at her beliefs? The simple answer is the Catholic Church is growing while their favorite liberal religious bodies are not only dying on the vine, but shriveling in a complete statistical freefall. Catholics and Evangelicals continue to increase in numbers which drive these mouthpieces of militant secularism nuts.
Don’t believe me? What are some of the fastest growing organizations in the Catholic Church? Catholic Women’s Conferences are growing by leaps and bounds. These women who reflect the true diversity of the Church faithfully adhere to the teachings of the Church, and are not shy to tell you so. Catholic colleges (especially newer ones) who rigorously adhere to the Teachings of the Catholic are also growing by leaps and bounds. Catholic young people who go to attend Mass regularly are more pro life than their grandparents. Notice anything about the two groups I have emphasized here; women and youth. The same youth who came by the hundreds of thousands to the Pro Life rally in Washington DC this past January and were by and large totally ignored by the mainstream media, as they are every January.
Though these militant secularists are hardly one to keep up with trends on the Catholic Church, they know enough to realize some of what I have mentioned and above, and it drives them crazy. If we were as irrelevant as their favorite liberal religious organizations, we wouldn’t hear a peep from them. Ever wonder why these militant secularists get all nervous when some respected orthodox minded religious figure is near them? Deep in their gut, the conscience that they tried to extinguish is still alive and kicking. They may act out in anger and insolence but they knew the truth and to quote the fictional Colonel Jessup; “They can’t handle the truth.”
Truth cannot be altered, tinkered with or simply dismissed from reality to accommodate the whims and urges of the modern world. In their heart of hearts these militant secularists know this to be true, but they refuse to abandon their insolence and rebellion. They may have given up on God, but God has not given up on them and that is what causes them to make these statements of lunacy. As much as they hate us, we need to pray for these folks, otherwise we would become as hate filled as them. There is a reason Jesus talked so much about the punishments inflicted on Sodom and Gomorrah, not to mention that Jesus talked far more about hell than heaven. He doesn’t want anyone to go there. However, he tells us that we can’t serve two masters and if we don’t acknowledge the His Teachings & that of the Church on earth, He won’t acknowledge us in heaven.
Sadly I have had a couple of conversations with apatheists. I confess I didn’t even know they existed until a few years ago. The first one I met was a young lady who said she had come to the conclusion that the New Testament was pretty much a miraculous divine piece of work, but that didn’t mean she agreed with it. She felt the whole thing didn’t measure up to her standards and thus she was superior. As depressing as that conversation was, the gentlemen I spoke with was even more disconcerting. He thought hell a more realistic goal and a place more suitable for his views. I tried to convince them both of the sheer lunacy of their ways. They wouldn’t listen and thought believers and God Himself deficient to their intellectual prowess. Sadly, they are not alone and I fear some of the aforementioned will somehow find this thought process attracting. It is not that they don’t believe God exists, they seem to truly believe they are God. (You might want to read my article entitled: If You Want The Left To Run Governments Look At What They Have Done To Liberal Churches, Left Them In Tatters.)
We can do our best to point out the error of their ways, but at the end of the day prayer may be more valuable. Jesus told his persecutors that, “They know not what they do.” I am not quite certain that in 2012 some of the militant secularists out there are that innocent. Whatever the case, we must pray. They hate and fear the turning tide, but it is our job to help them see the error of their ways, the truths of God, and most importantly His love.