Sunday, 13 January 2019

Christians persecuted in the West

We may be coming to a time when it is considered normal for Catholic priests to approve of abortion, remarriage of divorcees and same sex marriage. Instead climate change and immigration may become the centre of Catholic teaching.

We are still a long way from that at the moment, but meanwhile Catholicism and traditional Christianity in general is more and more considered by liberals and centrists as extremist, extreme right.

You might think the Knights of Columbus, an American Catholic lay organisation, are as uncontroversial as the Rotarians, the Mothers' Union or the Boy Scouts, but the Knights are Catholic and so highly controversial in modern American politics. The Democrats are traditionally the Catholic party, but not any more.

Kamala Harris who is expected to announce her candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination and is widely fancied to win it, asked a series of written questions to Brian Buescher, President Trump’s nominee for district court judge in Nebraska. The third question reads as follows:
Since 1993, you have been a member of the Knights of Columbus, an all-male society comprised primarily of Catholic men. In 2016, Carl Anderson, leader of the Knights of Columbus, described abortion as “a legal regime that has resulted in more than 40 million deaths.” Mr. Anderson went on to say that “abortion is the killing of the innocent on a massive scale.” Were you aware that the Knights of Columbus opposed a woman’s right to choose when you joined the organisation?
She went on: 
“Were you aware that the Knights of Columbus opposed marriage equality when you joined the organisation?”
“Have you ever, in any way, assisted with or contributed to advocacy against women’s reproductive rights?”
Russell Vought, President Trump’s nominee for Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, had stated in a blog that,
 “Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned.”
Bernie Sanders who sat on the Senate committee vetting his appointment and who is a secular Jew, said to him:
“In my view, the statement made by Mr. Vought is indefensible, it is hateful, it is Islamophobic, and it is an insult to over a billion Muslims throughout the world.”
 Mr Vought replied,
 “Senator, I am a Christian.”
Senator Sanders concluded his remarks with, 
“I would simply say, Mr. Chairman, that this nominee is really not someone who is what this country is supposed to be about.”
Do you find that jaunty but headmasterly phrase, which Mr. Obama used often, irritating?

The last leader of the Liberal Democrats in Britain, successor to the Liberal Party which was always the keeper of the Nonconformist conscience from the days of Bright and Cobden, was an evangelical Protestant. He decided to lie when asked and pretend that he did not think homosexual acts were sins. Everyone knew he was lying but it was understood that holding to traditional Christian doctrine made a politician ineligible for high office.

I think creationist views or disapproval of abortion or sodomy are acceptable in Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist politicians. I am not sure about Jews. 

Muslims, of course, are permitted to approve of polygamy, but I am not sure what the rules are for other people doing so.

I could find hundreds of stories of people fired or punished for making orthodox statements of Christian doctrine, but it becomes too repetitive. I shall let you research them yourselves if you are interested. You probably remember a few anyway.

All historical conflict is ultimately theological, as Cardinal Manning told Hilaire Belloc. 

1 comment:

  1. Ms Harris trying to get at the gentleman's views with an eye to how he might rule in court is hardly persecution.