Liberal totalitarianism vs. America 3

By Tom Quiner

America’s political Left is working hard to impose their perverse political philosophy on America: Liberal Totalitarianism.

It is characterized by increasing government control of all aspects of our life except one.

They call for massive new government regulations in running our businesses, in the way our economy is structured, in the way healthcare is structured, in every aspect, but one.

They want the state to move into our churches and tell us what we may and may not believe and who we must hire. They are adamant that the conscience of the faithful is irrelevant and must bow to the besotted wisdom of the elite.

They want control of everything except one area, and that of course is when it comes to the right of a human life to be born. They revile the rights of the preborn. They use their considerable clout to block even the most modest regulations on the billion dollar abortion industry.

They have set their crosshairs on the faithful with the Obama Mandate. By presidential fiat, Barack Obama will force religious organizations to violate their conscience by forcing them to provide services to their employees they find immoral, including abortifacients.

Some characterize this as simply a “Catholic thing.” It’s not. The president targets ALL people of faith including Jews, Protestants, and Muslims.

Is there anyway out of this for the faithful? Yes. Catholic hospitals must fire all non-Catholic employees and probably face anti-discrimination lawsuits. They must expel all non-Catholic patients and refuse admission of all non-Catholics in the future and again face anti-discrimination lawsuits.

Even worse, the Obama Mandate will prevent Catholics from carrying out Christ’s call to serve the needy, whether they are Gentile or Jew, white or black.

It’s not just Catholics who will feel the wrath of liberal totalitarianism. It is any faith-based organization that serves anyone outside of their faith.

One of the most thoughtful commentators on the subject is Fr. Robert Barron out of Chicago. I’ve posted his eloquent video above which any person of conscience will respect, whether they agree with him or not.

Is atheism the new opiate of the masses? 3

By Tom Quiner

A stranger washed my feet last night.

This unusual experience took place at the Holy Thursday service at my church last night. Just as Jesus washed the feet of His disciples, we washed each others’ feet in remembrance of the relevance of His actions today.

In a short while, I’ll be back at church for the celebration of the Lord’s passion, better know as Good Friday. And then comes the most glorious event in the history of heaven and earth: Easter.

History turned on these three days, regardless of what one thinks of them.

American atheists evangelize with billboards

As I write these words, the American Atheists are holding a convention here in Des Moines, Iowa. I received a letter in the mail from them inviting me to attend, the price of attendance being $159 for non-members. They also ask for donations to purchase billboard space to evangelize their brand of faithless religion. The message displayed on their billboards read: “You KNOW there is NO GOD! We know you’re right!”

Such a leap of faith.

I can understand the agnostic who isn’t certain God exists. And I can understand those who make a leap of faith in their belief in God.

But in light of evidence in nature, in light of evidence in the cosmos, in light of the historical record, in light of revelation to man down through the ages, in light of philosophical logic, it takes a far bigger leap of faith to state with certainty that “we KNOW God doesn’t exist.” So, in a way, it really isn’t a faithless religion.

Fr. Robert Barron discusses the intellectual vacuity of the modern atheist movement in the video commentary above. Karl Marx famously said that religion is the “opiate of the masses.” Fr. Barron says he got it backwards, that atheism is the opiate of the masses, that it attempts, much like a drug, to mask our deepest longing.  And what is that longing?

It is our longing for God, our desire for something beyond the abilities of this world to satisfy.

Fr. Barron puts it this way. Our hunger for food isn’t a sign that food is a projection. Our hunger proves the reality of food, just as our hunger for God proves His reality.

Like man down through the ages, these atheists desire to practice their religion together and win converts.

Many people didn’t believe in Jesus two-thousand years ago, either. Tonight, we celebrate His unjust execution. Why use the word “celebrate?” Because it was necessary to reveal God’s glory.

I encourage each of us to stop and think seriously about these events, known as the Easter Triduum in the Catholic Church. We give up everything that our heart truly longs for if we discount the Easter miracle.

Be wary of the new atheism.  As Fr. Barron says, stop taking that drug and wake up.