Israel Wants to make Catholic Schools State Schools

Israel Wants to make Catholic Schools State Schools October 27, 2014

This is an interesting collision of two profoundly sacred cows in American conservative thought (which deeply colors American conservative *Catholic* thought).

On the one hand, the State getting its mitts on Catholic schools is regarded with horror by American conservatives (for good reason).

On the other hand, the Immaculate Conception of the State of Israel and its preservation from all sin both original and actual is also a deeply sacred belief among American conservatives. Suggest the teensy-weeniest fault with anything Israel might do or say (even something like criticizing a blasphemous Israeli tourism ad) and you are immediately suspected of wanting to push Israel into the sea.

So it will be curious to see how this particular conflict is resolved.

Me: I think Catholic schools should remain independent of the state. On the other hand, it may be that as the Holy Land is totally denuded of a Christian population, there simply is not going to be a private economic base sufficient to support a Catholic education system independent of state support.

Once again demonstrating that the one absolutely consistent effect of our foreign policy has been the destruction of the Church. I used to think that was an accidental bug. Now I think it is a deliberate feature.

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  • The Eh’theist

    Not sure if I’m reading it correctly, but does the mention of subsidies and grants in the article mean that state funding is involved? If so, it would be interesting to know how independent the schools are, in comparison with Catholic schools here in some Canadian provinces that have some degree of independent governance but requirements to meet some universal standards as part of public funding.

    It also wasn’t clear how a school strike impacted anyone but the Catholic students. Not sure it would be an effective tactic in the long run.

  • I don’t think this development represents the collision of any cows, sacred or otherwise. I’m an American, conservative Catholic and I don’t believe in the “immaculate conception” of any nation on earth. I do support Israel in general as the best country in its geographic area in it that provides the most freedom and security for its people in the middle east.

    This is, incidentally, the same attitude which I have toward Canada. I hope my statement clears things up about the viewpoint of Catholic conservatives in America.

    • I resemble this remark, but would emphasize that “the best country in its geographic area in it that provides the most freedom and security for its people in the middle east.” is a pretty low bar indeed.

  • jaybird1951

    Actually, Israel is perhaps the one country in the Middle East where the Christian population is growing. I am of course, not including the influx of Christian refugees from Iraq and Syria into neighboring countries as increases in the Christian population. I do wish Mark would get over this cliche-ridden prose of his and stop using such nonsense terms as an “Immaculately conceived” Israeli state. t is a strawman argument.

  • The cure seems to be pretty simple in concept, if not execution. Israel needs more catholics or richer catholics or both. Are there economic barriers to Catholics that need to go?

  • Larry L. Wilcox

    I find it very amusing that conservatives will abandon all of their principles when it comes to the State of Israel.
    Ya wanna have some fun? Next time you hear a sincerely pro-Life conservative Catholic criticize a politician, nod your head and say: “So and so is as pro-abortion as Bibi Netanyahu” and watch the grimaces and fidgeting.

    • Yes, conservatives surely *abandon all their principles* when they support Israel. Really? Imagine Norway went on the offensive and began lobbing rockets into Sweden. Imagine they did that all the time. Then imagine that conservatives supported Sweden’s right to retaliate. Would it be abandoning all conservative principles to defend Sweden because Sweden is basically a socialist country? No; justice and self-defense are conservative principles.