Some day, Evangelicals will figure out that the Left and it’s media allies played on our theological differences to defeat Mitt Romney and re-elect Barack Obama – and now we watch the world burn. All while
Nero Obama fiddles golfs.
But hey, if your opponent has a weakness, you exploit it – right? Well that seems to be the case with a Salon piece that crossed my desk this morning – “How the Catholic Church masterminded the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby debacle.” The subtitle is fascinating -
While evangelical Christians ultimately brought down the contraception mandate, they had big help from Catholics
Does anybody recognize a pattern here? Do you remember when Prop 8 passed in California and it opponents rioted at Mormon sites in the state, engaging in property damage and intimidation? Do yo remember when they boycotted businesses where it was known that the owners backed the proposition?
What was a great example of religious cooperation in pursuit of shared political goals quickly became “a Mormon” thing and shamefully Evangelicals, who should have been helping Mormons protect their property, their reputation and their right to approach their houses of worship, seemed more than glad to let Mormons take the hit. The Left successfully played on our theological differences to make one of our best shared victories into a separating lever and Prop 8 stood for a very short time.
This nasty Salon piece by Patricia Miller seems to want to make the same maneuver between Evangelicals and Catholics over Hobby Lobby. Ostensibly a piece reporting on the role of the Catholic College of Bishops in the whole affair, its tone and language seek to demonize the Bishops and turn them into some sort of religious Bilderberger or Rothschild. The piece features a side-by-side photo of New York Archbishop Dolan and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as if they formed some sort of cabal. This piece has little relation to reporting and much to propaganda. But then it is Salon so I am not entirely surprised.
However, there are two take-aways that need careful reflection by those of religious bent.
The Left no longer opposes us, they hate us. It would be easy to weave all sorts of narratives about where such hatred could lead. But such narratives would all be based on the Left retaining the levels of power it has enjoyed for the last few years. Fortunately, that is already slipping from their grasp because they have overplayed their hand. Nonetheless, we should take great caution in how we proceed. Such hatred creates peril for its object, regardless of the political balance.
Secondly, we cannot let our fear of demonization cow us into separating ourselves from the religious herd. Not only because such separation means we will ultimately lose the battle on our issues – as was the case with Prop 8 – but because it means we will lose our some part of our souls as we let others sacrifice for our sake.
This is not a time for timidity.