Monday, April 8, 2013

Appeal To Authority...

Boy Howdy, look who got themselves back in the good graces of the mainstream media...

Catholic bishops: It’s pro-life to ban assault weapons
The injustice of taking innocent life lies at the heart of the church’s pro-life position. There is no question about the innocence of pre-born children. And Americans are becoming more and more uneasy as we learn of people on death row eventually found innocent of the crimes for which they were convicted. And surely, after the gunning down of primary grade children in Newtown, Connecticut, it is clear assault weapons stand out dramatically as a threat to innocent life.  
The U.S. bishops now call on people to support federal legislation to require background checks for all gun purchases, to limit civilian access to high-capacity weapons and ammunition magazines and to make gun trafficking a federal crime. The bishops also want a ban on assault weapons.
You know, it wasn't all that long ago that the Catholic Church was being used as a kickball by the mainstream media over pervasive and long-standing sexual abuse scandals. A fair number of Catholic priests were molesting young men and women, mostly altar servers, and when confronted with evidence of the abuse, the abusers were simply shuttled from parish to parish, with the new parish not being informed of the abuser's past, nor law enforcement ever being involved.

But now the Catholic Church is being held up as a moral authority in the WAPO because they're speaking out for gun control?

The media was gleeful - joyful, even - over the abuse scandal. It had everything they could possibly want - people in positions of power abusing the weak, people in higher positions of power covering up that abuse, a source of moral authority forever tainted by their craven actions in the face of the scandals. There was pretty much everything you'd need to bring down the only competitor to big Nanny government in one tidy little package, and the Catholic Church seemed hell-bent on wrapping that package up in a nice red bow and mailing it, postage paid, to the media itself.

And once again, liberals prove Ann Coulter right that history began this morning.

With one proclamation - the Catholic Church supports an assault weapons ban - they have been welcomed back into the fold (of the American left). All past sins are washed away - until it becomes convenient to bring it back up, mind you. The Catholic Church acts very much the battered wife to the abusive husband of the mainstream media. [SMACK] Birth control. It's okay, he didn't mean it, you can eat meat on Friday. [SMACK] Abortion. It's my fault for provoking him. We oppose the death penalty.  [SMACK] Pedophile priests! I still love him, we oppose assault weapons.

Don't expect that snake to behave any differently, Rome.

It is especially unfortunate that the Church is blaming the tool, not the sinner here. They're calling for support for a ban on inanimate objects, as though the tool here is what is at fault rather than in the heart of the sinner. Swords into plowshares, I suppose; although it certainly seems as though they missed the part about selling one's cloak if one had no sword. It is disappointing to see a return to the time of totems and diadems, where inanimate objects are viewed as though they contained the evil force themselves. Not very progressive-thinking.

I'll continue to support my own church, but I won't taint the Church with any of my evil "assault weapon" owning money...

That is all.


Wally said...

I have just witnessed a representative of the Catholic church read a letter from the bishop - in front of the Criminal Justice and Pubic Safety Committe here in Maine. The letter was read in favor of a 10-round magazine limit.

For shame.

Irony? Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day.

-Wally (not a Jew, yet proud JPFO member)

Ancient Woodsman said...

The same church that started the first Crusade? The same church that invented the Inquisition? The same church that supported - in deed - the Holocaust? The same church that supported Diem's hammering of Buddhists and other religions? The same church that denied & tried to hide a culture of child sexual abuse?

Of course the church supports restricting arms to the masses.

Daniel in Brookline said...

I do hope they realize, just as John McCain did, just as Cindy Sheehan did, that their current good press will evaporate into nothing, the moment they're no longer needed.

I'd have a lot more respect for them if they stood on principle, defending what they feel is right. (Perhaps they are, but the timing is awfully suspicious.)

By way of comparison -- a synagogue I used to go to, when I lived in Israel, routinely had a volunteer from the congregation patrolling outside during services. With an M-16. With 30-round magazines. With full-auto capability. (It was generally understood that, if the terrorists came calling, they would not be carrying .22s with Brady-approved magazines.)

Being religious, and respecting life, does not have to mean giving up your right to defend yourself.

Jason in MN said...

Thankfully for those of us that still practice our Catholic faith, this isn't a doctrinal issue that that we as rank and file Catholics are required to agree with. It's simply the opinion of (some) bishops. The priest at my parish is one of the more prominent pro-life leaders in our area, and is very much a supporter of the 2nd Amendment. In fact, he asks those parishioners with a permit to carry a handgun to do so at Mass. His latest aquisition was a Springfield XD, and I know he has dreams of someday owning an AR-15.