On Saturday, March 24, the Feast of soon to be St. Oscar Romero, a colossal number of (((Soros)))-paid “crisis actors” swamped 836 cities to destroy our Republic and render us naked and exposed to FutureHitler–in the delusional minds of the Gun Cult and its Christianist court prophets.
For everybody else, it was a volcanic eruption punctuated by Emma Gonzalez’ historic speech, which will be remembered for decades. A defining turning point like the “I Have a Dream” speech. A shattering collective moment for millions of Americans–and an amazing and beautiful one.
The Gun Cult is now reduced to insults and mockery of trauma victims, or petty handwringing because one of them said a swear about vile people who have done nothing lie, insult, and smear them for a month since they watched their friend’s brains, bones and guts splattered across lockers–as in countless other mass shootings. The NRA, with typical disgusting cynicism, could only conceive of their actions in the most vile terms, telling them, “No one would know your names” if their classmates were still alive. This utterly typical response from the Gun Cult, which projects on to the survivors of trauma some sort of plot to gain fame or power only reveals, of course, that to the impure all things are impure, and to the cynical Cult dirtbag who lusts for power, all are cynical dirtbags.
And, of course the Gun Cult has done nothing but lie:
Watch the utterly genuine tears of anguish in the video again. And contemplate the terrible words of C.S. Lewis to the filthy liars who smear those kids:
Suppose one reads a story of filthy atrocities in the paper. Then suppose that something turns up suggesting that the story might not be quite true, or not quite so bad as it was made out. Is one’s first feeling, ‘Thank God, even they aren’t quite so bad as that,’ or is it a feeling of disappointment, and even a determination to cling to the first story for the sheer pleasure of thinking your enemies are as bad as possible? If it is the second then it is, I am afraid, the first step in a process which, if followed to the end, will make us into devils. You see, one is beginning to wish that black was a little blacker. If we give that wish its head, later on we shall wish to see grey as black, and then to see white itself as black. Finally we shall insist on seeing everything — God and our friends and ourselves included — as bad, and not be able to stop doing it: we shall be fixed for ever in a universe of pure hatred.
The Gun Cult spent a lot of time on conspiracy theories this weekend, shrieking that the Parkland kids were “coached”, just like that means something. Here’s reality: Only an idiot thinks that when smart, extremely motivated teens make common cause with adults who, you know, share their goals and don’t smear them as liars, crisis actors, and evil enemies, that constitutes a “conspiracy”. The Right Wing Lie Machine and the Gun Cult are babbling any stupid thing that comes into their empty, lying heads because they are desperate and frightened that they will lose. Santorum, for instance, idiotically declared that students should be learning CPR instead of protesting gun slaughter, which enraged medical professionals who pointed out that this is a fantastic way to kill gunshot victims.
The reason why this has nothing to do with Evil Jew Soros money or Hollywood elites is that every victim of gun violence has a circle of friends and loved ones. After forty years of maiming and slaughter, forced down their throats by the Gun Cult and their wholly-owned subsidiarity the GOP, that has become a huge crowd of suffering people, and we are finally hearing their volcanic scream of “ENOUGH, GOD DAMN IT, ENOUGH!” (And before you get the vapors, remember that God does indeed damn the taking of innocent human life, which the Gun Cult labors to maintain at a rate of 35,000 each year.)
Meanwhile, the Christianist court prophets to the Cult conducted the following dialectic to suggest for the umpteenth time that the lives of the unborn are the opposite of the lives of gun violence victims:
Christianists on the participation of kids in the March for Life: “We are instilling values in our children.”
Christianists on the participation of kids in the March for Our Lives: They are poisoning the minds of their children.
And that is the defining tragedy of the Christianist “prolife” court prophet to the Gun Cult. This could have been a moment when those who profess to be prolife recognized that this *is* a prolife issue and joined the marchers. Indeed, those who believe and profess the actual Christian consistent ethic of life did exactly this and cheered for the spectacular success of the March.
But Christianists chose to mock, insult, lie about, and reject the marchers for no good reason at all. They communicated with brutal clarity that, in their minds, the life of the unborn is the opposite of the life of the gun violence victim and that to support the one is to reject the other and vice versa. It is a completely insane dichotomy, but one the Christianist insists on because, in reality, the “prolife” Christianist cares more about protecting the Gun Cult and its wholly-owned subsidiary the GOP than it cares about human life.
If the Old Prolife Movement has any brains at all it will *finally* figure out that the life of the unborn is not the opposite of the life of the gun violence victim and start treating this like the prolife issue it has always been.
Or it can simply continue committing suicide by using the unborn as human shields to protect the Gun Cult and convincing a whole, extremely motivated generation that “prolife” means “GOP shill who does not care if we live or die.” There is, I repeat, absolutely no need for prolife people to do this and genuine prolife Christians refuse to do so. But “prolife” Christianists, with one voice, have chosen to make implacable enemies of a generation.
They have wrecked the witness of the Prolife Movement and it will take years for serious Whole Life Christians to undo the damage they have done.
Happily, Pope Francis has made clear that there is no conflict between opposing abortion and opposing gun violence. The man who told Congress:
Here we have to ask ourselves: Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood. In the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade.”
…said, the day after the March:
“The temptation to silence young people has always existed,” the pope said during a Palm Sunday service in St. Peter’s Square, according to Reuters.
He said there are many ways to silence young people and “make them invisible.”
“Many ways to anesthetize them, to make them keep quiet, ask nothing, question nothing. There are many ways to sedate them, to keep them from getting involved, to make their dreams flat and dreary, petty and plaintive,” he said, the news service reported.
“Dear young people, you have it in you to shout,” he continued.
“It is up to you not to keep quiet. Even if others keep quiet, if we older people and leaders, some corrupt, keep quiet, if the whole world keeps quiet and loses its joy, I ask you: Will you cry out?”
The American bishops got behind the Marchers too. Only the Greatest Catholics of All Time, as is their custom, managed to add this to the incredibly long list of things about which they have been so wrong about so much so many times for so long.
Meanwhile I say we make St. Oscar Romero, shot to death March 24, 1980, the Patron of Gun Violence Victims and ask him to obtain for us the destruction of the Gun Cult and the repeal of the Second Amendment so we can finally start instituting sane laws. (No, repealing the 2A is not “outlawing guns”. There is no right to keep and bear cars in the Constitution, but lots of people still have them. Repealing the 2A would make it possible to make gun ownership as difficult and expensive as car ownership, including requiring expensive registration and insurance. You’ll live, Gun Cult.)
If you have the faith of a mustard you can say to this mountain “Be cast into the sea” and it shall be done for you. On this, his feast day, I ask for that of God through our Lord Jesus Christ. St. Oscar Romero, ora pro nobis!