Lies Told by a Tyrant

Lies Told by a Tyrant February 14, 2012

in the service of his war on the Church.

Some people seem to think that Catholic Charities and Sr. Keehan constitute the magisterium and that if they rush to kowtow before our God King, that means its all settled.

It’s not. Not one thing has changed. Obama still means to crush Catholic conscience and inflict large punishments against the Church for obeying God rather than his Royal Divinity. Support him and you are supporting a naked assault on the Church.

RESIST THE TYRANT!

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  • Wryman

    Good news!

    “Reuters) – Catholic bishops, energized by a battle over contraception funding, are planning an aggressive campaign to rally Americans against a long list of government measures which they say intrude on religious liberty.

    “The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops plans to work with other religious groups, including evangelical Christians, on an election-year public relations campaign that may include TV and radio ads, social media marketing and a push for pastors and priests to raise the subject from the pulpit.

    (snip)

    “Along with the Southern Baptist Convention, the National Association of Evangelicals stands ready to contribute money and manpower to the bishops’ campaign, said Galen Carey, an association vice president.

    “The group is also considering the unprecedented step of asking pastors of every evangelical denomination across the country to read their congregations an open letter protesting the contraception mandate as an assault on religious liberty.”

    Say wha?
    But get this:

    “Liberal groups are already launching counter-attacks.

    “This week, NARAL Pro-Choice America, which works to keep abortion legal and expand contraceptive access, spent $250,000 to air radio ads in four swing states that will be crucial to the presidential election — Colorado, Florida, Virginia and Wisconsin.
    (snip)
    “More than 30 organizations supporting Obama teamed up to create the Coalition to Protect Women’s Health Care, which has started an online petition and plans further action.”

    So the CHA and the others now have to decide: You gonna be with the bishops or you gonna be with the “coalition.”

    It is going to get interesting.

    • I wish I could be hopeful that the CHA would chose a coalition of the bishops and of other Christians over a coalition including NARAL and Planned Parenthood, but I admit to not being too sanguine about it. Still–prayer, and maybe a letter to my bishop whom I just discovered is the CHA’s episcopal adviser…

      • Sorry; that should be “episcopal liaison to the CHA,” not adviser–the secular news article I read had that wrong. Still, I know my bishop to be strongly opposed to the HHS mandate, and I can only suppose that the CHA has not been listening to the bishops on this.

  • Micaela Swift

    amen…..Resist the Tyrant!!

  • Roberto

    I hope it doeas not become just a sterile shouting match. Let’s not forget prayer

  • Better resist now than later. I hope the bishops will silence Sr. Keehan. There will be a firestorm but it will only be worse if we don’t resist now.

    http://bullpasturechronicles.blogspot.com/2012/02/hell-to-pay.html

  • John Borkowski

    And please vote for Ron Paul so we can have four more years of tyranny…

  • Hezekiah Garrett

    I’d hammer Paul too, considering the trash y’all scraped up to run against the Won.

  • Alfredo Escalona

    Ladies and gentlemen, we are being played like a cheap fiddle. The Democrats know where the Republican fault lines are:

    1) Those who back a Dept of Offense versus a Dept of Defense
    2) Those who are social (moral) issue Republicans versus fiscally responsible Republicans
    3) Those who favor a Darwinian, red-in-tooth-and-claw law of the jungle Capitalism, versus those who see that a strong middle class (and this means domestic production of goods and services, even if cheaper alternatives are available from abroad) is the upper classes’ only defense against “the mob”.

    Like two armies approaching battle, they understand that choosing where you are going to stand (seizing the high ground early) is everything. And they know that they can’t win on economics.

    Pundits have been asking how Obama could be so stupid as to pick a fight with
    the Catholic Church just before an election. It’s NOT who he’s picking a fight with…it’s over WHAT. Knowing that the Catholic Church opposes ALL contraception except NFP, they baited us with this insurance mandate, knowing that, like lions before red meat, we could easily be goaded into making unpopular pronouncements about contraception, whether abortifacient or not.

    Using the media to whittle down less polarizing candidates, leaving behind only Romney (economic candidate) and Santorum (social issue candidate) and the already socially-damaged Gingrich completes the plan.

    The fault lines were there. All that was needed was to tap the glass pane lightly (with this mandate issue) and the pane will predictably crack along the fault lines, guaranteeing a lack of enthusiasm regardless of who gets the nomination.

    And that means we are toast. We’ve been played. They hold the high ground now. “The Republicans want to take away your diaphragm!” will be the Battle Cry of the Democrats. And even though the Pew poll indicates 60% of Catholics side with the Church now (when they think it’s primarily about being forced to pay for sterilization and abortifacients), what will that number drop to after several months of that Battle Cry being pumped out through the mainstream media 24/7?

    And what am I as a voter supposed to do, maintain my purity and vote for someone who has absolutely NO chance of winning, regardless of what that may mean for the society my kids and grandkids will have to grow up in? Or vote for whoever looks like he can best beat Obama (and stand accused of consequentialism i.e. supporting a lesser evil to avoid a greater one), or just roll over and play dead and wait for the Government to come by and pump two slugs into me and my childrens skulls “just to make sure”?

    Does anyone here have a truly cogent answer to this quandary? Or is a concientious Catholic doomed to paralysis and political irrelevancy? And can a case be made for that stance to be a sin of omission? And would therefore that open one up to another charge of consequentialism, i.e. remaining inactive and pure (lesser sin of omission) versus voting for an imperfect candidate that would stop a worse one? I don’t know about you folks… but I need help on this one. Badly.

    • pol

      MORE bad news, the Presidents approval in now 50%. Likewise, this whole brewhaha has NOT really moved any numbers according to Gallup and Pew polls released today. This stirred up the respective bases, BUT didn’t move the centerist voters in the middle at all.
      I would also add that calling the President “The Tyrant” is counterproductive. Don’t believe me? Then believe Scott Rasmussen the Republican pollster. Republicans are seen these days as being negative and against everything and he’s telling candadidates etc to stop doing this because it’s hurting the party and it is. Look at the image of the Republicans and Democrats now. People don’t like the Democrats, but THEY REALLY DON’T LIKE REPUBLICANS.
      Anecdotally, I can tell you that a number of people I know who read this blog and several other Catholic blogs on Patheos shoook their heads in disgust or laughingly called them whack jobs especially when The President gets compared to Hitler and the Third Reich. AND African-Americans were extemely angry at the bishops who they consider pedophiles. These views may very well be wrong, BUT just remember this-PERCEPTION BECOMES REALITY. All of this is discrediting you and your views.

      • Marion (Mael Muire)

        Oh, please.

        On the Lefty sites like Huffington, etc., they write the most filthy, vile, X-rated invective against conservatives, against Republicans, against Christians. And no one seems to mind one bit.

        And when a Christian or a conservative posts something on these sites, even in the most respectful measured tone, it is often deleted right away.

        Complain to the right people.

      • kenneth

        It destroys their credibility in one other respect that no one seems to appreciate right now. You guys are becoming the Boy Who Cried Wolf.

        Every time Obama so much as twitches an eyebrow in a way the Christian Right doesn’t like the looks of, we’re told in absolutely hysterical tones that this is “tyranny.” This is it! This is the big one! The Kristallnacht for all Christians and all decent right thinking people everywhere. If we don’t defeat him on this AND force him to stand barefoot in the snow at Canossa begging the Pope’s forgiveness, we will all be in the gulag the week after next Tuesday.

        Yelling only has the power to raise people’s attention when you reserve it for situations that warrant it. When yelling is your normal tone of voice, it loses its power of inflection. When your baseline default is set to “angry”, you become just another nut with a sandwich board and a bullhorn saying “the end is nigh.”

        If someday, the gods forbid, we get a regime that REALLY starts hauling you off to the gulag, no one’s going to notice your yelling anymore. The popular culture will take the position “what are those loons yelling about today.” Nobody will even notice you missing until you’re settled in at Guantanamo or whatever off-world labor colony they may have by then.

        • Elaine S.

          “You guys are becoming the Boy Who Cried Wolf.”

          If you’re talking about the committed conservative evangelicals and Catholics who have been raising the alarm about Obama and his policies since before he was elected, maybe so. I didn’t always believe things were as bad as they said, either.

          But when 90+ percent of U.S. bishops — even confirmed liberals like Cardinal Mahony — along with numerous more liberal lay people AND Protestants, Jews, and other believers start raising the same alarm, then it’s NOT just “crying wolf” anymore.

          To use an analogy that persons who live in Tornado Alley may appreciate, it’s one thing to hear those run of the mill tornado warnings for Doppler-radar indicated rotation two counties away. More often than not, nothing comes of that kind of warning. But, it’s another thing entirely to see a live tower-cam or chopper shot of a huge wedge-shaped funnel approaching your town and hear your local weather person literally plead with his/her viewers to take shelter immediately.

          That latter example is where we are now with regard to threats to free exercise of religion — the sirens are sounding, numerous “spotters” from all positions (left and right) can see the storm approaching, and now the only question is whether we can avert it before it devastates Catholic and other religious institutions.

          • kenneth

            It’s more akin to the breathless newscasters who proclaim every approaching system as “The Storm of the Century.”
            According to the bishops and the religious right, everything Obama has ever done in office (and before), is the funnel cloud poised to devastate all religious life in America. The day he set foot at Notre Dame was the funnel cloud. Getting rid of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” in the military was the funnel cloud. So was his refusal to defend DOMA. Inviting a gay couple to the White House Easter Egg hunt was the End of Days, we were told.
            We were told from day one that Obama was both a Socialist and a foreign-born secret Muslim who intended to surrender American and all of Christendom to Al Queda the day after he arranged his sock drawer at the White House. Apparently Bin Laden didn’t get that memo.
            These folks went on a frantic gun and ammo buying spree for a full year after his election, because they were convinced he was going to confiscate all private weapons, so as to facilitate the roundup of all decent Christian Americans.
            These are the folks who account for the vast majority of the din on the mandate issue. Yes, there are others, but it’s mostly them and a handful of liberals who were already disaffected with Obama for lots of reasons. There’s plenty of good room for disagreement on the mandate, but the “end of the world as we know it” has become a tired act by a one-trick pony.

            • S. Murphy

              The Bishops and the religious right are maybe on the same page about this one thing.
              Thie Bishops haven’t been the ones passing email garbage about Obama being a crypto-muslim. Didn’t see Archbishop Listecki swing by Farm and Fleet for some 9-mil, either. The crazy-by-association argument is more than a little unfair.

            • Marion (Mael Muire)

              I stand with the Church and the bishops on all of these issues, and against Mr. Obama’s position on life issues, and I neither own nor have ever purchased or used a firearm or ammunition of any kind.

              I have dozens of friends who stand with the bishops, also, who, if given a firearm, would find a use for it as a doorstop or a bookend, or else would throw it away.

              I do know salt-of-the-earth folks who own weapons they use for the sport of hunting – bows and arrows as well as rifles. They are evangelical Protestants, and good folks. I suspect their views on life issues are more or less similar to my own with perhaps some variation on this point or that. On weekends they go into the mountains and bag a deer or two. Once they fill their own freezer with the meat, they give away the rest to family, friends, and soup kitchens in our nearby city.

              So what should we say about the: “Be afraid, be very afraid.” ?

              Yah, right. Don’t be such an absolute ninny.

            • pol

              Kenneth,
              You are spot on. The sad thing is that most of the commenter on this and other blogs don’t get it and never will. Mostly, because they live in the 21st centruy version of the Catholic Ghetto that I lived in in the 1950’s. AND TRUST ME, it wassn’t pleasant. In part of of this is due to the fact that the country is changing demograpically and culturally and THIS scares the bejeebers out of them. THe country is becoming racially mixed and secular. Suddenly, EVERYTHING THEY KNOW IS WRONG!

              • Andy, Bad Person

                Your kneejerk cry of racism shows how small minded you really are.

      • Joseph

        Nah… He’s a tyrant. “Stop calling him a tyrant because people who like him won’t like you”. Thanks for the warning.

    • Marion (Mael Muire)

      Or is a concientious Catholic doomed to paralysis and political irrelevancy?

      Look at Saint Joseph in first century Palestine. Caesar ordered a census; Joseph took Mary, and they went. Herod decided to order all male infants slaughtered; Joseph was warned in a dream; Joseph took Mary and the Child, and they went.

      How “politically relevant” was the Holy Family during their days in Bethlehem, in Egypt, in Nazareth?

      But that Family changed the world.

      If we keep our eyes on Him, the way the Holy Family did, then so can we change the world.

  • Rich

    I’m glad to hear, via catholicculture.org, that Catholic Charites has revised it’s statement.
    Old statement (no longer accessible): “This compromise enables Catholic Charities USA to not only continue to provide access to quality healthcare to its 70,000 employees and families across the country of many different faiths and backgrounds, but also guarantees the continued delivery of vital services to the more than 10 million people living in need across the country.”
    New statement: “We are hopeful that this is a step in the right direction and are committed to continuing our work to ensure that our religious institutions will continue to be granted the freedom to remain faithful to our beliefs, while also being committed to providing access to quality healthcare for our 70,000 employees and their families across the country.”

    It is quite distressing to hear that they were supporting the “compromise”. The Catholic Charities in my diocese is run by a very good man and seems upstanding in every way.

  • The bottom line is this: “Accordingly, the amendment to the interim final rule with comment period amending 45 CFR 147.130(a)(1)(iv) which was published in the Federal Register at 76 FR 46621-46626 on August 3, 2011, is adopted as a final rule without change.”

    Yikes. Even the “compromise” was unacceptable to those who love religious liberty, but the administration couldn’t be bothered to even stick to that compromise. Lies and the lying liars who tell them.

    I’m starting to think that the Obama administration doesn’t see the government’s job as protecting the God-given rights of its citizens. I think they see rights as existing solely at the discretion of the benevolent dictatorship, and that you should be thankful for every right that they allow you to have.

    What other explanation for constant law and regulation that restricts liberty so tightly, only to be followed by very small “accommodations” and “compromises?” Be thankful for every right Obama has given you, and forget about that whole “endowed by unalienable rights by your Creator.” Remember who the god-king is here, and he is a jealous one.

  • Katherine, you should know that the “98% of Catholic women use contraception” meme is bogus. Here’s an analysis of the study that phrase is based on: http://www.whatswrongwiththeworld.net/2012/02/how_to_lie_with_statistics_exa_1.html

    That said, I agree that there is a general casual acceptance of the use of birth control in our culture at large, by Catholics and non-Catholics alike. My thought is that we should start talking with our own friends and family, our own circle of influence, no matter how small, about this – change one heart at a time, as they say.

  • Observer

    @M.Shea

    The most distressing side of all this is that it could have all been avoided. When his plans were supported by – who? – if you recall – the political mumbo jumbo’s, who believed afterall his healthplan was an affirmation of life for helping the poor. Now, these mumbo’s are so scandalized that he wants to take away conscience protection. Serve’s them right (and I don’t mean it in a mean sense either.) They play with fire and get hurt. After compromising the Church’s stance on real justice for life, these guys now want their conscience protected (they will now have to go through the dark night of the soul.)

    Somehwere, and somehow, along the lines, these guys need to figure out that O doesn’t compromise. And to tell you the truth, its’ a good thing the bad guy doesn’t compromise. At least he’s telling you something of the facts. He’s not going to back down (I’d rather praise the enemy of doing so well at what he does than those who compromise and want to the toe line – and strattle the fence.)

    I’d rather have the problems full face and in sight rather than hidden and obscured. Religous liberty isn’t really seen to mean much until it’s stolen or attacked. Think about it, a man doesn’t really appreciate the value of something until it is stolen or being taken away. Because, even a thief knows the value and worth of the thing he is stealing. And so, with O, we really see why our country is so great and important because the Constitution is being taken away by the thief.

    More so, at least somewhere and somehow someone, particularly him, he has drawn a line where the so-called religious who supported him have not even a line to be drawn because they gave up the drawing instrument and the line which is clearly described in the Catechism (and cleary presented in Humanae Vitae.)

    Sadly, the consequence is an attack on conscience because our religous freedom has been given up and the defense of life had been withdrawn. God does not let us get away that easy because He loves us.