Oh this is just too funny. The New York Times on December 30, ran a story on Trump’s advisor Stephen K. Bannon, in which they attack him for being, gasp, a conservative Catholic:
A week after Stephen K. Bannon helped engineer the populist revolt that led to Donald J. Trump’s election, Buzzfeed unearthed a recording of him speaking to a Vatican conference of conservative Catholics in 2014.
In his presentation, Mr. Bannon, then the head of the hard-right website Breitbart News and now Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, called on the “church militant” to fight a global war against a “new barbarity” of “Islamic fascism” and international financial elites, with 2,500 years of Western civilization at risk.
While most listeners probably overlooked the term “church militant,” knowledgeable Catholics would have recognized it as a concept deeply embedded in the church’s teaching. Moreover, they would have noticed that Mr. Bannon had taken the term out of context, invoking it in a call for cultural and military conflict rather than for spiritual warfare, particularly within one’s soul, its longstanding connotation.
As the Trump administration prepares to take office, the use of Church Militant theology has gone well beyond its religious meaning and has taken on a political resonance. To fully grasp what “church militant” means in this highly politicized atmosphere, it helps to examine the broader movement and the role of a traditionalist Catholic website called — to no surprise — ChurchMilitant.com.
Go here to read the rest. The writer, Samuel G. Freedman, is obviously deeply ignorant of Catholicism as he attempts to put a “sinister” spin on the term “Church Militant” with the assistance of snippets of quotations from Catholic academics. It is like watching someone blind from birth attempting to describe the color green. I would like to think that Stephen K. Bannon is a fervent Catholic, but somehow I doubt that this thrice divorced gentleman fits into that category. He of course is a conservative, however we already new that. So what is the purpose of this amusingly ignorant hit piece? Simple. The readership of the New York Times, along with the powers that be behind that rag, are almost entirely deeply anti-Catholic. This gives them new scope with which to hate the incoming Trump administration. It also allows them to attempt to portray the pro-Israel incoming Trump administration as anti-Semitic, because of course conservative Catholics hate Jews in the Catholic bashing worldview of the New York Times. Religious bigotry is merely one arrow in the quiver of the opponents of the next administration, but rest assured that it will be used when necessary, and it will frequently found to be necessary.