The New Intolerance

warningI very much want you to read the linked article, it puts thing in perspective exactly as they are, and I think it does a good job of tracing the course as well. It is written from a Catholic/Christian perspective but in reality, this is a problem for all who care about the poor, the downtrodden, and yes, the children as well. In many ways we have sold our heritage for much less than a bowl of pottage, we have old it to get laid, nothing more, no commitment, to anything or anyone..

yes, it is a bit longer than the average article but, it needs to be. Read it, think about it, and then start thinking about how we restore the values of western civilization. Because if we don’t–we are quite simply doomed.

The New Intolerance

by Mary Eberstadt

In November, Cardinal Walter Kasper gave a speech at the Catholic University of America in which he said, “Mercy has become the theme of [Pope Francis’s] pontificate. . . . With this theme, Pope Francis has addressed countless individuals, both within and without the Church. . . . He has moved them intensely, and pierced their hearts.” The cardinal added, “Who among us does not depend on mercy? On the mercy of God, and of merciful fellow man?”

Those questions move all people of good will, and they also go straight to the core of this essay. Pope Francis and Cardinal Kasper teach that mercy means meeting people where they live. We should take their counsel to heart and apply it to ourselves at the present time, looking at where many Christians in America and Europe and other places live today because they are Christians. We are not speaking here of the believers across the planet who suffer grievous harm for the sake of faith. We’re talking instead about something else: the slow-motion marginalizing and penalizing of believers on the very doorsteps of the churches of North America, Europe, and elsewhere, in societies that are the very historical strongholds of political and religious liberty.

Men and women of faith in these societies are well-off, compared to many others. At the same time, though, their world is unmistakably darker and more punitive than it used to be. Let us show empathy and solidarity with all people who need it. Repeating the cardinal’s watchword, mercy, we hope that moral and political and intellectual leaders of all persuasions hear it too.

For there is no mercy in putting butchers and bakers and candlestick makers in the legal dock for refusing to renounce their religious beliefs—but that’s what the new intolerance does. There is no mercy in stalking and threatening Christian pastors for being Christian pastors, or in casting out social scientists who turn up unwanted facts, or in telling a flight attendant she can’t wear a crucifix, or in persecuting organizations that do charitable work—but the new intolerance does these things, too. There’s no mercy in yelling slurs at anyone who points out that the sexual revolution has been flooding the public square with problems for a long time now and that, in fact, some people out there are drowning—but slurs are the new intolerance’s stock in trade. Above all, there is no mercy in slandering people by saying that religious believers “hate” certain people when in fact they do not; or that they are “phobes” of one stripe or another when in fact they are not. This, too, happens all over public space these days, with practically no pushback from anyone. This, too, is the new intolerance at work.

All these are facts of life for Christians and other believers in the West today. This is where a lot of real people now live, and where they need to be met.

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11 Responses to The New Intolerance

  1. Very interesting! Myself as one born and raised Irish Roman Catholic, I can quite remember the Catholic Moral Theology of the 1950’s and early 60’s, and then came Vatican II. And Catholic Moral Theology became supposedly modern? Well, I will not go off into that trap, for the real need in Theology is always the Doctrine/Teaching of God! Reading the article this is again supposedly assumed, but sadly this is the great loss today in the Church and Churches of modernity and now postmodernity (and in both Catholicism and Protestantism) i.e. the doctrine of the greatness of God, and the biblical-theological reality therein! Note Texts like Paul’s 1 Tim. 1: 15-17 ; with Texts also in 2 Tim. 1: 8-14… HIS, Christ’s “appearing” is like an “Epiphany”, i.e. “Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” (Verse 10). And yet how many Christian’s today live in the light of this presence and reality? Sadly Christianity today has but become another philosophy in the world! Do we Christians believe and live in the heavenly “citizenship”…”from which we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Phil. 3: 20) ??? Fundamentalism? No not hardly, but the life of “Biblical Christianity”! Which is always fundamentally and theological assumed in the fellowship (“Koinonia” Gk.) and life of the Church and Body-Life of the true Saints of God In Christ! (Acts 2: 42)


    • *theologically assumed


    • Btw, the simplicity of Matthew 18: 20 comes tome mind here!

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      • the unit says:

        Dang off thread a bit maybe, but for Fr. Robert’s comment.
        And O said..”.For where two or three( Jarrett, Axelrod and Emanuel) gather in my name, there am I with them.” And also Biden said…”I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”
        The linked article is great. I think I’ll not practice self censorship. “Nobody’s free speech is safe when little Robespierres write the rules. That includes people who now think they are safe because they have preemptively accommodated prevailing dogma and silenced themselves. ”
        Speak up!

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        • NEO says:

          That is the line when i decided it was coming here, Unit. It’s so well said and so true. 🙂

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        • My point on all of these so-called statements, will always be Christ and the Gospel. This was where Luther always came from also! St. Paul asked us to “guard” like treasure, that “good deposit” that dwells in us by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Tim. 1:14) And as I understand it, this is the Gospel itself, in the Person of Christ! The PERSON of Christ makes the value of His death and resurrection, HE is the Risen & Ascended Christ-Messiah! The true Christian simply lives from another world!

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        • the unit says:

          I meant no ridicule. You are always speaking up. Mercy me, as was said by my elders in my youth. God bless you for courage in this day.

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        • No problem Unit, I always seek to speak from my understanding of the Gospel itself, which is surely Jesus Christ Himself! It comes with the essence of being a pastor-teacher. Of course there is no infallibility of any of us who are called here, but the Gospel is always the “kerygma” – message and proclamation of Christ Himself, His Person & Work! Btw, the Death & Resurrection, with the Ascension of “Christ Jesus” is always a single divine event! Paul can speak of this as the “new creation” which has taken place when a man/person is ‘In Christ’ (2 Cor. 5. 16). Sadly, many theologians/theolog’s make this into a hard to understand intellectual aspect, rather than the place of God’s divine event, which is always simply but profoundly ‘In Christ” Himself! And this is surely the Pauline biblical theology itself!

          Btw, the true Gospel and Good News will always be the “ridicule” of this world, and this world-age! (See, 1 Cor. 1: 18-31 with chapter 2)

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        • the unit says:

          Yeah…something about the foolishness we speak. Let Harf and Josh Earnest spin it huh? 🙂

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