Please read this. That is my reality. I am very broken and a failure in the eyes of the world, but the one true reality sustains me.
I noticed tonight that Republicans at the convention hailed Mitt Romney for saying that in America “we celebrate success.” I don’t mean to put a damper on things, and I know what is meant by that phrase and I am okay with it, but in the Body of Christ we define success as sainthood, and it does not come from making money. It comes from thirsting for the Lord and being filled with His love.
Democrats are wrong to resent wealth. Republicans are wrong to glorify it. Hopefully, some day, all will know the Lord in his fullness.
Do you know where your rights come from? They come from God, of course. If a majority of people believe that you (or the particular group of people you belong to) have no dignity, they are wrong. Your dignity is an objective truth. It exists in you no matter what the majority of people may believe, and it is yours no matter what you do, how you think, or how wealthy or poor you are. It was that belief that prompted the Founding Fathers of America to pen the Declaration of Independence. It was the very reasoning that they gave for breaking away from the rule of a king.
If you believe the majority decides who has rights and who does not have rights, then I would recommend you read the story of Alicia Appleman-Jurman who survived quite alone in a country filled with people who sought to kill her.
God has created all people in His image. In this, all human beings have dignity that is higher than that of other created things. That truth is one that Republicans have held dear since the founding of the Republican Party, when Christians broke away from other parties to unite together to end slavery in America. Republicans believed then, contrary to the opinions of others, that blacks are persons and that personhood trumps property rights. Slaveholders felt their slaves were not persons but were property. Government, for a long time, agreed with them, and preserved slavery as an institution. The injustice of this is evident in the reality that it is God who gives us our rights, not government. If government is the proper arbiter of rights, then it means there was no injustice in the institution of slavery which was preserved by government. Because we believe in God, and that our rights come from Him, we know that government which preserved slavery was wrong to do so.
Just as many rejected God’s will about human dignity at the founding of our country, and on through the Civil War years and beyond, people today continue to reject God’s will about human dignity. Always, someone is oppressed in some way, because always “the people” are generally not saints. We have turned away from God so much in America that we are now destroying our own children in the womb.
So many have turned away from God that more and more people are engaged in the grand delusion of redefining what a “right” is. Whereas in days of old those who rejected God’s will tried to claim that blacks were not “persons,” and later the claim has been that the unborn child is not a “person,” today those who reject God go even further in claiming that no one has any rights from God. Rather, “rights” are determined by “the people” through government. They have replaced God with themselves and with government. We see this sort of thinking on both the Right and the Left in American politics.
It does seem that America has lost her way in that most people do seem to believe that “the people” decide what a “right” is and that those “rights” are to be enforced through the civil law. In America, if you can convince enough people that a man should be allowed to marry another man, and have that “union” upheld by our civil law, it can happen. In fact, it has happened in some places already. The reality that cannot be escaped, however, is that our inalienable rights (from God) exist objectively no matter what “the people” say.
An example of that objective reality is my freedom of religion, which is the right to say no to allowing a same-sex marriage from occurring in a Catholic parish hall. I would have to say ‘no’ to that because in my religion (Catholicism), that would be a sin. It’s called “material cooperation in evil.” Objectively, you have no right to force me to do something that my religion says is a sin. If you do attempt to force me, my choice is to sin or to close down the parish hall. Sinning is not an option for me. My only option would be to close down the parish hall. In this, you deny my freedom to have a parish hall by demanding that I do something with it that I cannot do as a matter of conscience. Certainly, Catholics would never demand that you have Holy Mass in your club building because we believe in freedom of conscience.
Unfortunately, if you don’t define “right” the way the Founders of our country did, you are not going to understand freedom of conscience. If you believe that nothing is objectively true, and if you believe a “right” is defined by having majority opinion on your side then my reasoning for disagreement with you will not matter to you at all. You will see no need to respect my right to have a differing opinion if the only thing that matters is that the majority shares your opinion.
Herein lies our conundrum, in this country, between the “democrats” (who believe “the people” decide what rights are) and the “republicans” (who believe that God has already decided what our rights are.)
Another inescapable reality is this. As the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass said, “One and God make a majority,” and as the first Republican President Abraham Lincoln said,”Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”
Our rights do come from God, and no matter how many people you may convince to the contrary, it shall ever be so. The abolitionists believed that, and I do, too. So, Mr. Toure’ is not only wrong to imply that government gives rights to minorities, he’s 180 degrees wrong. In fact, the opposite is true. It is belief in God-given rights that protects minorities from being crushed. When “the people” decide alone, without guidance from the Almighty about what a “right” actually is, that is when the majority rules and the minorities are crushed.
UPDATE: This seems like a good time for the Republican fight song.
Hooray!!! It’s my good friend Addia Wuchner, Ky State Representative, 66th District, with my good friend Rick Santorum at the GOP Convention! Yay!!! Thanks, Addia, for sending this!! This makes my little Passionist heart go thumpety thumpety thump.
Log Cabin Republicans, a “gay rights” group that works within the Republican Party to push the “gay rights” agenda, are not happy with the Republican Party platform’s defense of traditional marriage.
“The platform is ugly and harmful.”
It is “ugly and harmful” to claim that marriage between one man and one woman is better? Given that traditional marriage is based on God’s design, the claim, then, is that God’s design is “ugly and harmful.”
If God’s design is “ugly and harmful” then what argument is left for God-given rights? The answer is that there is no argument for God-given rights if we accept Log Cabin Republicans’ claim that His design is “ugly and harmful.”
This is not something we can “respectfully disagree” on. Our country was founded on the idea that our rights come from God, not from kings or dictators or parliaments or anyone else. Rights come from God. No one else. And so, if we accept the notion that God’s design is “ugly and harmful” then we simultaneously reject the idea that God’s design in other areas is important.
Having said that, I find it “ugly and harmful” for someone to suggest that God’s design is ugly and harmful. If you believe His design is ugly and harmful, that is your right to believe it, but to push this idea in the law of our land by redefining marriage through civil law is a threat to all rights, because it is a claim that government, not God, defines what our rights are.
Believe what you want to believe. Have a relationship with whomever you want to have a relationship with, but don’t force your belief that God’s design is “ugly and harmful” in our civil law. It threatens all of our God-given rights.
More bad news for Democrats.
They may want to rethink the abortion-palooza they’ve planned for the DNC.
In 2008 Barack Obama carried 54% of the Catholic vote. Today only 27% of Catholics support Obama. There are over 77 million Catholics in the United States.
There is no way any candidate for president could win with only 27% of the Catholic vote. It’s just statistically impossible, unless (and it’s a big “unless”) Catholics decide in large numbers to write in a name or to stay home because Mitt Romney is now a pro-abortion candidate.
Hoft reports that Democrats said no to Cardinal Dolan’s request to offer prayer at their convention, but if that is the case, then it has changed. He will deliver the benediction at both conventions.
I still think it is a huge mistake for Cardinal Dolan to do that, and I do mean “huge.” The local bishops should be there instead. I have several reasons for believing that, but it’s not like anyone listens to me on this point, so, never mind.
Rick Santorum made an interesting remark in response to a question from Newsmax (watch video) about supporting Todd Akin.
“He’s the nominee. He earned the nomination of the party. He overcame obstacles to win that nomination and he deserves an opportunity to see whether he can overcome this and be the strongest candidate for us to be able to win.”
Imagine that. Supporting the nominee. What a concept. What do you think, Reince? Should Republicans rally behind their respective nominees for victory over the Democrats in November? Or not? Should we fight like cats and dogs? Or should we have leaders who rise above all of that and join together to end evil? I think the latter.
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