It is no secret that the Catholic Church has been an obstacle to the “progressive” agenda of the Left. Catholics continue to work for the preservation of life for the child in the womb. In the liberal mind this hinders a woman’s freedom. There is no mention of the freedom of the child also involved in this equation, but death for that individual is apparently okay.
Physician-assisted suicide has been staunchly opposed by the Catholic Church. In the liberal mindset it is simply “death with dignity.” Death for those individuals is apparently okay.
The HHS Mandate of the Affordable Care Act was a direct assault on Catholic and other religious institutions. It was another piece of the puzzle established to disrupt the effectiveness of Catholic organizations in their opposition to abortion, sterilization, and contraception. The court battles have been long and arduous. The government appears to be insistent upon taking away religious freedom in our country and simply replacing it with Freedom of Worship. Apparently, the death of religion is okay to the liberal way of thinking.
Have you noticed the heated rhetoric addressed toward the Church for the stance taken in opposition to “same-sex marriage?” Wow! In the process of labeling people of faith as intolerant, the Left has certainly demonstrated a great deal of intolerance toward the Christian people. Apparently, the defamation of character, the financial ruin caused to Christian business owners by threat of physical harm and other such violent actions are acceptable. The lives and livelihoods of these people who dare to stand in the way of progress are simply collateral damage. Apparently, their demise is acceptable.
The Left constantly reminds us that they are standing up for the common man and woman. The interpretation of such statements must be different for a liberal and conservative individual. Are the Christians who are being persecuted and murdered not worthy of an outcry from all of us—liberal or conservative? Unfortunately, the silence has been deafening from both sides of the political aisle. I believe many conservative and religious people have simply resigned themselves to the idea that there is nothing they can do. Defeatism such as this certainly accomplishes nothing. Complacency and apathy are attitudes we adopt ourselves; they are not thrust upon us by someone else.
On the other hand, why has the Left been silent when they are typically very vocal about everything? Could it be that the liberal segment of our population is okay with the steady decline of Christians in whatever manner that transpires? As the Christian population declines so does the opposition to the progressive agenda. Is that it? In my heart I keep hoping that my observations of these events will lead to a different conclusion. As things currently appear I am growing more concerned that my conclusions are accurate.
The U.S. Supreme Court is likely to take another chunk of our liberty as the Justices address the issue of “same-sex marriage.” While the Catholic Church remains opposed to these actions based upon moral and natural law arguments, there is also a ripple effect that will impact the religious freedom of people in a multitude of ways. It won’t just be the ministers and all those other entities typically connected to weddings that will be impacted. The end result will be much more dramatic.
A combination of factors are coming together to create a scenario in which there could be a complete dismantling of major portions of the Roman Catholic Church in America. Will the progressives celebrate that accomplishment? Do you think I am overstating of the gravity of the matter? Many religious institutions will be impacted by the various mandated regulations, laws, or court decisions currently under review by our government, and the Catholic Church is a key figure in these maneuverings of the Left.
How much of the healthcare in our country is provided by Catholic hospitals and medical centers? As the government continues to strive to force Catholic hospitals to go against their religious values and principles, what will be the end result? Do we cave and give in to the demands and violate our consciences in the process? If we refuse to comply, will the government shut the Catholic facilities down utilizing a variety of tactics? Either way, the Catholic Church and a vital ministry to the suffering will take a hit.
Catholic education will take a serious blow as a consequence of the legalization of “same-sex marriage.” Campus housing for married couples at Catholic colleges and universities will most likely have to be eliminated. If they keep married housing available on campus the college will be forced to offer it to same-sex couples. If they refuse to do so the lawsuits will be plentiful. In the end, the tax-exempt status will be lost for violating the rights of these students and other financial penalties will be sure to follow. Furthermore, this will ultimately result in the elimination of teaching the fullness of the faith on campus. This will especially be true in regard to the sexual and moral issues which conflict with the government standards. The inability to teach the faith will simply turn religious schools into secular schools. The Catholic Church with a beautiful and long history of educating the people of our country will take a destructive blow.
Obviously, when we place people into categories such as left and right or liberal and conservative, we run the risk of overgeneralizing things. In no way am I attempting to do that. I am simply making a few observations and asking some basic question about the liberal philosophy of looking at matters of life and death in three different circumstances. (1) As a person of faith, I believe the baby in the womb deserves life because God knew him/her before he/she was even formed in the womb. (2) A doctor who has taken an oath to do no harm should not assist a person in committing suicide. (3) The Christians being murdered by ISIS deserve some type of acknowledgement. Does anyone care?
The progressive agenda is okay with the 56 million deaths since 1973. It has certainly been a far cry from the liberal mantra regarding abortion that it be safe, legal, and RARE. Abortion has been, and continues to be, a scourge on our nation.
The promotion of physician-assisted suicide by the Left is just another incremental step toward the elimination of people based upon functional abilities. The elderly and infirm will soon be in danger of having others decide when it is time for them to leave this world. Euthanasia is becoming more and more of a perceived reality in the not too distant future.
The slaughter of Christians currently taking place demonstrates clearly that we as a nation are able to turn our heads and look away and do nothing. That is a scary thought when you really take the time to ponder what is happening. History reveals the dire consequences when such actions are left unchecked and even ignored.
Finally, the vicious attacks from the Left on Catholic institutions and other Christian organizations will serve as a deterrent to anyone daring to stand up against the progressive agenda. Who would want to go through what others have experienced simply because they chose to live out the principles of their faith? My dear people, there is going to be a definitive cost for being a Christian in the days ahead. Are we willing to stand up and pay the price?