Monday, December 23, 2013
PLEASE OFFEND THOSE OF OTHER FAITHS
And here's another item:
The incident in question gives rise to a certain reality that Catholics must recognize: it is probably time now that we begin to offend those of other faiths. Not to offend them with brick-bats but to offend them with truth. I say it again: the more ridiculous these petty insults to Our Lord and Our Lady become the more we should begin offending those of other faiths.
One can be offensive in a constructive way, as in going on the offensive to inform our fellows that they are in serious error if they are not in the Church. Now to be sure there is an art and a science to this activity; we must have the science first, i.e., we need to know what we're talking about. We need to understand our history and the ups and downs that the Church has gone through. And we have to have the Art, i.e., we have to present this information in a clear, understandable, charitable manner. That is how to offend those not of the True Faith.
Yet something nags. I do wonder which "faith" finds Jesus and Mary so utterly offensive that it demands their complete obliteration from public discourse. Is it those of the atheist faith? The B'hai's? What "faith" is so adamant about crushing the very mention of the names Jesus and Mary? Even your average Muslim has a respect for Jesus, and an equal respect for Mary, so which religious group are we talking about?
It is critical to a true understanding of the nature of the times we we live in that whenever one of these petty-fogging officials starts a religious extermination program under the specious claim that they don't want to offend those of other faiths it is a sign that this other mysterious and unnamed faith has the public in a sort of stranglehold. Fear is a very powerful deterrent. The frightened will cower and do the unspoken bidding of their Masters.
So let them.
Christmas is coming anyway, and as Charles Lamb wrote to Bernard Barton:
"Old Christmas is a-coming to the confusion of Puritans, Muggletonians, Anabaptists, Quakers and that unwassailing Crew. He cometh not with his wonted gait; he is shrunk nine inches in his girth, but is yet a lusty fellow".