Sunday, September 23, 2012

Will Christians Also Riot and Kill Because of 'Art' Display?

This is where the rubber meets the road isn't it? Would not this be a defining moment for Obama to quell all the doubts Americans have about him being a Christian? Would not this also be a chance for Obama to actually display his honesty when he says we should all respect the religious convictions of people, whether or not we personally agree with their beliefs, and hold everyone to this standard including himself, or will his hypocrisy show itself?

The anti Muslim film, "Innocence of Muslims", was the catalyst, according to the Obama administration, that led to rioting and the death of an American ambassador by Muslims. The administration went out of their way to apologize to the Islamic world for the the way an American exercising his free speech, produced a film that in their words was disgusting, insulting, and disrespectful of the people of Islam. As a matter of fact, the producer of the film was brought in for questioning by the sheriff's department concerning his film. Whether he had the right under free speech to produce this film is not in question, but whether or not his exercising his right in this manner was the correct thing to do, and that leaves a lot to be desired.

Now, an old wound has resurfaced in the art world. In 1987, artist Andre Serrano, produced an artwork called "Piss Christ" which resulted in strong condemnation from Christians all over the world. Now, this so-called artwork is back in the news as it will be displayed at the privately owned Edward Tyler Nahem Gallery in Manhattan on Thursday.

Is Obama going to apologize to Christians in advance of the exhibition as he did for the Muslims before "Innocence of Muslims" was shown? Will he condemn this display that most Christians find blasphemous and insulting as well as disrespectful to their faith? Will this administration allow Serrano to be picked up for questioning also? Surely Obama will practice what he preaches about respecting other peoples faiths and speak out against this artwork, since after all, he himself is a Christian as he says.

More importantly, we should ask ourselves how many riots and deaths of innocent victims the public display of this artwork will cause in the Christian world? Is this administration not worried of the chaos that will ensue as Christians all over the world march to the streets in protests as thousands chant, "Death to Serrano!!" ? I'm sure many more Christians will be able to procure RPG's and automatic weapons than did the Muslims since many Christians live in a more free society than most Muslims in the middle eastern part of the world, and such weapons are more easily had in the west. Will the re-exhibiting of the "Piss Christ" be the powder keg that will ignite the Christian world into a conflagration of disastrous proportions?

No, it will not. As a matter of fact, I predict that other than a few strong, vocal protests from various Christian groups and threats to bring this case to court(again), very little will be seen or heard from the Christian world. As shown by pro-life Christians at abortion clinics, this "artwork" will be protested against mostly by prayer and the quiet suffering of the faithful at this abomination. Though there may be a few individuals who call themselves Christians inciting violence, the majority of Christians know that violence is not our way to resolve this issue. Prayer is. The tens of thousands of Muslim protesters that marched to the streets in violent protest will not be replicated by the Christian world over this exhibition.

Obama will not apologize. He will not speak out for Christians and ask the world to respect our faith and dignity. It will not even be a blip on his radar though he calls himself a Christian. The respect that this administration and the mainstream media shows to the Islamic faith is fueled by a combination of cowardice and political expediency. In this world where political correctness reigns, all is equal unless it is Christianity: Cowardice for fear of what Islamic extremists will do (death and destruction) and the scoring of political points with his leftist base while dissing Christians. This last was demonstrated by the HHS mandate.

True faithful Christians will do what they do best and that is to pray for Serrano and those of his ilk and to forgive him of this blasphemy. That is the way of Christ. This way also leads to suffering for our faith, which again, we will show the world how we do this with the dignity of a true Christian.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

How Much More Convincing Do Catholic Democrats Need?

This past week, the nation witnessed something that no longer leaves any doubt as to what liberal Democrats believe, or better yet, do not believe.  Before the Democratic convention and with the President's approval, the name of God was removed from the Democratic platform. However, there was such a backlash by some Democrats who obviously still believed in God and felt squeamish to say the least, at the removal of God from the platform, and from some Republicans who mocked the new wording promising to use it against Obama's campaign, that in front of the whole nation, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa who was chairman of the convention, called for a 2/3 vote to determine whether or not God and Jerusalem were to be included back into the Democrat platform, per order of Obama.

It was obvious that the Mayor expected a Yea vote to dominate when he called for the vote, but to his chagrin it sounded like a 50/50 vote between yea's and nay's and unable to say the yea's had won, he proceeded to ask for another vote...and then another vote. It was crystal clear that the nay votes had won yet he decided for the yea's and put God and Jerusalem back into the platform. The boo's and hisses that came from the liberal delegates present was sickening. The boo's came from those delegates that did not want God mentioned in the platform and for the wrangling they saw from Villaraigosa trying to justify his decision.  For a party that claims that voter fraud is not widespread enough to condone voter Photo ID, the delegates saw their own party chairman commit voter fraud by declaring the yea votes had won when clearly the nays had overwhelmed the vote.

Though they voted God back into their platform, it was obviously a sham and a visibly embarrassing vote that sought to appease those who had protested the word change. The whole nation has now seen this debacle. There are however, a few questions all faithful Catholics who happen to be Democrats and expect to support the party in November, need to ask themselves. Why did the platform committee vote to exclude God in the first place with this Christian President's approval? What purpose did it serve? What does it say about what the Democrats have become? At least they were honest about what we have known for a long time and admitted it on national tv.

Over the years, many faithful Catholics have closed their eyes, held their noses and have voted and supported a party that endorses death to the unborn, Catholic tax payer funding of abortions and contraception and supports same gender 'marriages' that faithful Catholics know cannot ever be morally legitimate. I know that many Catholics are Democrats due to their cultural history and traditions and because their parents and grandparents were Democrats, but what we have today is not the Democrats that Grandma and Grandpa supported. Today's Democrat party is not even a ghost of what the party was thirty or forty years ago.

Today's Democrat party has a strong anti-christian bent that is becoming more and more blatant and pandering to the more extreme element of the left. Its endorsement of secularism is so evident that we saw the results of that in their vote to remove God from their platform. To those of us that are Catholic Democrats, the choice could not be more clear cut. How can any of us support a party of death, bigotry, anti-religion and has a total lack of respect for the weakest among us, the unborn? And now it has a become a party that has banished God from their platform. Not all faithful Catholics who vote Democrat endorse the radical elements of the party, but the truth is, we are known by the company we keep. If you are a Democrat, you own the platform. Like our Profession of Faith we recite every Sunday determines who we are as Catholics, the Democrat party's platform determines their own ideological beliefs and now, it no longer includes God. It may be on paper, but certainly not in their hearts.

Is this what some of us are going to support and vote for in November?  How can we have any more doubts about the extreme liberal left that runs the Democrat party and that some of us support? Make no mistake; God may be back in the Democratic platform, but as Clint Eastwood would say, the chair where God should sit is now empty.  If Catholic Democrats have any sense left of who they are and what they believe, then the choice to do what is right is perfectly clear.