I Wish I had a Dime …

TorchMob

I wish I had a dime for every time someone has maliciously lied about me during my 18 years in office.

I could retire the national debt.

If I took every instance of people with an agenda in the culture wars who lied about things I’ve supposedly done or things I’ve supposedly said and wrote them each on a separate piece of paper and laid those papers end to end, I could make a trail of lies that would go from here to Kansas.

When I was pro choice, the pro life people lied about me.

When I was pro life, the pro abortion people like about me.

I’ve had people put stories on the internet about how they heard me say something or other at speeches I never gave in places I’ve never been. I’ve had people I’ve never met give long, detailed descriptions of things I never said in conversations I never had.

The people who seem to know the most about me, including my deepest motivations, desires, and beliefs, are almost always people who’ve never met me.

I’ve been the object of witch hunts. Not once. Not twice. But as a way of life.

Why?

Because I was pro choice.

Because I am pro life.

Because I believe the Bible.

Because I do what I think is right and let the blamed chips fall.

So.

Do I believe that what has happened to Sister Jane in North Carolina and what happened to the priest who refused communion to a woman in Washington state are part of a widespread and systemic pattern of hazing and witch hunting against traditional Christians who support traditional marriage?

You bet I do.

Do I think we need to stand behind our own people when they are attacked in this manner?

Absolutely.

I can tell  you from personal experience that the people who are the best at standing with their own are the pro abortion, pro gay marriage crowd.

Those of us who favor traditional marriage and are pro life, have a real tendency to either stand back and watch while our people get machine-gunned, or to join in with the attackers by (1) believing their lies, (2) passing on their lies, (3) dumping our people and running away from them when they get in trouble.

I said it last night, and I’m going to say it again. If the bishop and priest who cashiered Sister Jane had my back, I would stand against a wall.

  • lady2bug

    You are so right! Regardless, please keep doing what you are doing, in the end, great will be your reward. THAT will not happen HERE, so much as it WILL happen THERE! We keep our eyes on the prize! In the meantime, I’m rolling up my sleeves…..

    • hamiltonr

      Thank you.

  • James

    I understand your desire to protect Sr. Jane, but there were real problems in the presentation. No, I don’t know the specific problems with what happened in Charlotte, but even in the videos she has publicly posted online ( http://www.newmanconnection.com/institute/courses/rich-gift-of-love ) she goes well beyond Catholic teaching into matters of her own opinion that she does not have expertise to cover.

    If I were a parent and Sr. Jane had given the talk she presented online, (Masculinity & Femininity: Difference & Gift) I would have complained too, and for reasons that have nothing to do with homosexuality. (See Part V @ 12:30 for relationship advice I would be horrified if anyone gave my daughters, much less presented as Catholic teaching.)

    How, then, should a pastor or diocese respond to legitimate complaints? The Church is not a political party and what is appropriate “party loyalty” is not necessarily appropriate response from a Church. The Church has a duty to correct error from it’s own and a duty to set incorrect teaching straight.

    If Sr. Jane were presenting Catholic teaching, then yes, the pastor and the bishop should support her in full. But (judging from the material she has put online) she was presenting a mix of Catholic teaching and her own opinions in a presentation that was supposed to be about Catholic teaching.

    • hamiltonr

      How should they respond?

      I can tell you how they shouldn’t respond: By dumping the nun and running for cover like a bunch of cowards.

      If we are going to abandon everyone who doesn’t cross ever t and dot every i, then that is a merciless standard that no one can survive. I think it’s a ruse to allow those who want to the excuse for abandoning someone to the mob and tucking their tails and running away. It is cowardly, and it will make cowards of us all.

      We are in a war and we need leadership, not examples of cutting and running and leaving the little lady to take all the hits.

      Bishops who behave like this shame me.

      Acceding to mobs the way our bishops are doing — and not just in North Carolina, but all over the country — is, well, a little too apt for Lent, don’t you think?

      • James

        I assure you that Bishop Jugis is not one to be swayed by the mob, nor are the Nashville Dominicans. Both are quite faithful and quite orthodox and neither have been known to back down from unpopular Church positions.

        • hamiltonr

          I’ve had a moment James. I apologize for coming on so strong with you. Be assured my words were not aimed at you, but a response to what I see as not only an unjust situation, but a frightening weakness in our Church leadership.

          I tell you the truth when I say I am ashamed of actions such as dumping Sister Jane. It shames me as a Christian and a Catholic.

          That’s why I spoke with such force.

          Your comments are thoughtful and useful. We don’t have to agree.

          • oregon nurse

            Are you suggesting that Sr. Jane’s own religious order threw her under the bus too? It was one of her fellow sisters who signed that statement from the college as it’s president. Is it perhaps just possible that she has embarassed her supporters, called the credibility of her institution into question, and set back the very cause she was trying advance and that’s why she’s not getting support? In academia, which Sr. Jane is immersed in, staying within your area of expertise, getting your facts right, and presenting them in a wholly truthful way is paramount. Once you harm your credibility you’re toast and you harm your faculty colleagues as well. This is what upsets me so much about what she did.

            Do YOU think masturbation can ’cause’ homosexual behavior? Is this honestly a position we want to be supporting? Do you think telling boys in the 50s they’d get hairy palms if they masturbated ever created any trust in the adult who told them that? Or might it have just had the opposite effect? That’s what I worry she has done. Just given those who want to reject the teaching that homosexual behavior is wrong more ammunition to reject it as false and those who teach it as liars.

            The other big objection I have with this ‘what leads to homosexuality’ approach is that it Just. Doesn’t. Matter. where it comes from. The only thing that matters as far as Church teaching is what a person does with their ssa.

            • http://outsidetheautisticasylum.blogspot.com/ Theodore Seeber

              The sad part is, it’s the “I was born with it and you have to celebrate it or you will be annihilated” folks that we should be skeptical of.

              Despite years and years of research, they have yet to find the Gay Gene. Now they’ve invented a whole new science, epigenetics, with NO actual proof, completely unknown 20 years ago, to try to support their theory that they have no evidence of.

              But it’s got to the point that it truly doesn’t matter: Christ and the Church are wrong whatever we do, all hail the superior homosexual!

            • Faithr

              I think finding the cause for homosexuality does matter because as the catechism states it is a burden, it is cross to bear, especially if trying to live out one’s life in a Catholic way. But I think people have to be very cautious about saying they know what causes it. There is a lot of politically motivated junk science out there. I doubt objective research can be conducted right now anyway, given the high emotions and voltage the issues raises.

          • margaret1910

            Huzzah, Rebecca! It is shameful for her to be treated this way. In addition, the way the parents reportedly attacked Fr Kauth (who, btw, is one who acted honorably. He said any blame was his, Sister was not to blame), was despicable.

            I am ashamed as a Catholic to see such behavior. I pray that the Bishop will step up. (I doubt it, as it sees the representative from the diocese was just as lily-livered as the rest.) God bless Sister Jane and bring her comfort and peace.

          • James

            No offense taken. I understand where you’re coming from, and had much the same feelings when I first heard about this. You make very valid points about the weakness in Church leadership.

            But looking closer, this specific case is not a case of a weak bishop (Bishop Jugis is definitely NOT one of those bishops) or of an order willing to throw one of their own under the bus, but of a sister presenting dubious claims as Church teaching, appropriate diocesan authorities distancing themselves from said claims, and an order appropriately reining-in a theologian who has overstepped her bounds.

            I’m sure this could have been better handled so it didn’t look like the mob “won” or the Church “caved”, but overall, in this particular case, the system worked.

    • Mrshopey

      Could you explain what from Part V, starting at 12:30 is problematic? I am listening and I find nothing out of line.

      • James

        She tells a story from John (Mars & Venus) Gray that basically tells girls that they have to hide their intelligence for boys to like them. I’ve got a major problem with that.

        I don’t think St. Joan of Arc would have been too impressed with the story either.

        John Gray has made a lot of money by turning gender stereotypes into pop-psychology. He is quite controversial within the psychological community. Equating his views of gender with the psychological consensus or Church teaching shows either a lack of understanding of psychology, Church teaching, or both.

        • Mrshopey

          I am not familiar with his work, but the point she was trying to make was there are lines we can cross – telling the other how to act like a man/woman (coming from nagging) that is offensive.
          St. Joan of Arc lead them into battle but did not battle, with swords, herself. (Joan later stated that she preferred to carry her banner into battle
          instead of her sword so that she would not have to kill anyone.
          “I loved my banner forty times better than my sword. And when I went
          against my enemy, I carried my banner myself, lest I kill any. I have
          never killed anyone.”)
          For me to tell a guy how to act like a guy isn’t showing my intelligence. If I point out something in my husband that I need (kill a dragon) then that is different.
          Nagging, gossiping and criticizing are areas we have a tendency to fall in to – women.
          I think St. Joan of Arc would have let the knight use his sword because, after all, she knew how to use one and what it was for. I don’t see her being offended by it. Also, knowing St. Joan didn’t kill anyone in battle and preferred her banner means she had the ability to step back and let others do some things.

  • Slocum Moe

    Wherever you go. Right. Left. Center. Religious…..or not. A lot of the people you’re gonna run into are mean, ignorant and looking for people to pull scabs off of. Just the way it is.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    This is more in reply to the lies you mention about yourself. I don’t know what to say about Sr. Jane.

    Doesn’t it come with the territory of being in politics? I have this quote from Teddy Roosevelt framed:

    “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotion, spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have never tasted victory or defeat.”

    The lies are part of the sweat and blood and I would say mud that you get marred with in your effort to accomplish something.

    • hamiltonr

      I wasn’t complaining Manny. I was saying that I’ve been rather forcefully taught to ignore this garbage when it’s directed at someone else.

  • FW Ken

    I read last night that St. Jane has received a serious and anonymous death threat. That being the case, it’s entirely possible that the goal is to protect her, not “throw her under the bus.” This is her sisters involved, not some anonymous faceless church bureaucrat.

    The interesting part of all this is that she has spoken at the school twice, without hysteria ensuing. She apparently added material that offended some, but we don’t know what the material included. Whatever it was, it certainly wasn’t anything to justify the screaming, foul language, and a death threat. Those come from demonic powers.

    • hamiltonr

      I wish the bishop would speak out.


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