by kehote on March 1, 2012
A friend of mine recently forwarded to me a political smear email that stated that every Catholic and non-Catholic alike should be gravely concerned about President Obama’s ‘Socialist’ agenda. It contained this hilarious message and link:
“The Catholic Church is a major roadblock in Obama’s quest to bring complete Socialism to the US of A. This video explains why Obama and his minions must “divide and conquer” the Catholic Church. If you are Catholic, you need to watch it. If not, you should see it anyway. Our churches need to stand united! This video is being sent out quickly with the hopes that it will get as far as it can before it is pulled by the “Powers that be.” Please watch this video as soon as you receive it, then forward it, please. It tells all. Turn on the speakers”
I can’t remember having sat through such a crazy pile of passive-aggressive, persecution-delusion-fantasy bullshit since the last time I heard Rick Santorum open his mouth, which was yesterday. I believe if the Catholics (and the Evangelicals) have anything to be worried about, it’s not President Obama, but the one thing that will bring about the demise of the Church:
That’s right. The free flow of information and rapid exchange of ideas shines a million watt spotlight into the darkest recesses of religious nutbaggery better than anything yet devised. It’s the 21st century equivalent of Martin Luther’s manifesto nailed to the church door in 1517.
Surely not, you scoff… what could possibly hurt the modern Church? She’s survived for millennia, and it won’t be one lonely American President that brings her down, that’s for sure. President Obama can’t even get favorable legislation passed in a Congress in which the Dems had a majority, much less kill the Catholic church (even if he wanted to), which is about as likely as him being the actual Anti-Christ. Remember, us Americans bomb the living shit out of countries we have an issue with, and the Vatican is her own country, as prescribed in the Vatican charter – recognized by all the world’s governments as a sovereign nation. Will President Obama bomb the Vatican? Get Fox News on the line, now that sounds like a leading story to whip up the base!
Nope, sorry… President Obama won’t be sending Predator drones to the Vatican this year. What IS happening though, is this new generation is starting to view organized religion and all its “mysteries” as so much hogwash and fairy tales, as it well should be.
Thank the Internet. I do.
Chris Hitchens said it better than I ever could have:
“Let me tell you something. For hundreds and thousands of years, this kind of discussion would have been impossible to have, or Sam (Harris) and I would have been having it at the risk of our lives. Religion now comes to us in this ‘smiley-face’ ingratiating way…. because it has had to give so much ground and because we know so much more. But you have no right to forget the way it behaved when it was strong and when it really did believe that it had God on its side!”
Oh, I remember. The Church chased, tortured and killed those that dared pose any thought contrary to her dogma. The Church was… harsh.
It’s really happening, though. People are waking up all over. If religious folks in the last 40 years had just kept ensconcing themselves in their churches and respected the separation of Church and State, we wouldn’t be having THIS conversation. But, no, they felt it was their ‘moral duty’ to try to infiltrate the halls of power and legislate their brand of morality, so now they’re under the microscope (which is oddly fitting, considering their anti-intellectual hatred of science and reason), and more and more people are starting to ask the questions the Church has vehemently discouraged since its inception. Questions like, “Why? What purpose does the Church serve, besides molesting young boys and trying to outlaw contraception?”, “Why should I trust the opinion of evangelical Christians that deny evolution?” and ”Why should I give respect and authority to any religion, as I now see them for the gaggle of pious acting scam artists that they are, wildly succeeding in bilking honest, hard working folks for millennia with their tales of eternal damnation for tithing poorly?”
These are the real adversaries of the Church. She should be quaking in her tall, goofy Pope hat because the math is dead simple.
It’s been reported that 62% of students entering college with a ‘faith commitment’, leave without a ‘faith commitment’. That’s ONE generation, and you know how fast things move these days already, right? Well, everyone has The Google and soon everyone will have an atheist friend coming out of the closet, and those atheist friends will start to talk at parties… quietly at first, and then with more and more conviction.
Disbelief will snowball, like the first kid in 2nd grade who tells another kid that Santa isn’t real. Soon the whole class is buzzing with this ‘blasphemy’ and the next thing you know, a few kids will start thinking critically about the whole “billions of gifts delivered in one night” thing and then WHAMMO! you’ve got a whole class of 3rd grade unbelievers.
It’s just that quick, and you know what? The Church knows this and since they had to stop using bone-crushing torture and slow death to cure these outbreaks, they don’t have a whole lot of viable options left to fill pews. Well, maybe free donuts and coffee.
That’s why religions make a huge point of indoctrinating their flock from birth that the worst imaginable offense to God is not to believe in Him. That to even view atheist literature even for a second is to invite destruction of your very soul. They advise that when one happens upon an atheist in the wild, one should simply turn tail and run as fast as the angels can carry them – the only people with faith strong enough to resist the vampire atheist are Vatican priests fluent in Latin and bullshit.
They don’t want the flock talking to us. They’re scared even the tiniest scratch of critical thought will develop into a full blown infection of reason.
They know that once a person starts to think critically about the whole “invisible sky father knows the position of every hair on everyone’s head all at once and chooses to help Tim Tebow rather than starving African babies” thing and then WHAMMO! you’ve got a whole generation of young, healthy, pissed off unbelievers that just wanna share the Good News about the New Atheism.
Now that’s a huge, looming problem for the Church, but they don’t really want to advertise that train of thought to the masses. Best deal with that internally, like they do for their umm… other PR problems.
It’s much easier to blame the skinny black guy. He’s a Socialist, you know.