The Catholic Bishops relearn the lesson of Pastor Niemöller and the totalitarian mindset. Will the UCC?
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In fact, during the So We Might See episode, as was noted here, a shot was fired at the home of Lou Dobbs while this “Drop Dobbs” business was going on. I raised the question then as to whether the UCC had now made itself subject to its own hate speech standards. If they were opposing Lou Dobbs, and a shot was fired — were they not responsible? It was, in its own fashion, a stark example of just the kind of dangerous game is being played when one signs a church on not to the word of God but the principles of Saul Alinsky. The UCC then, like the Catholic bishops now, was perilously close to being hoist on its own petard.
What we appear to have here is this:
When the idea was to use the government to intimidate Rush Limbaugh and Lou Dobbs and others, the Catholic Church didn’t quite get the game. And hence refused a stalwart, take no prisoners defense of either and the principle of free speech and free press these attacks by So We Might See represented.
Now, the target is the Catholic Church itself, and suddenly, the bishops get the game. They may be beginning to understand what happens when a church dallies to intimately in the corridors of government power. If it finds itself drawn into the Media Matters end of this scandal, there will be a big problem for the bishops as well as the UCC.
Perhaps the best wisdom on this subject comes from America’s first Catholic president, John F. Kennedy. It was JFK who, in his inaugural address, wisely observed of developing nations who cozied up to the Soviet Union and Communism:
We shall not always expect to find them supporting our view. But we shall always hope to find them strongly supporting their own freedom — and to remember that, in the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.
The Catholic bishops, good souls that they are, foolishly sought to ride the back of the tiger.
Now, they are perilously close to ending up inside.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?