A message of reason 2

By Tom Quiner


The use of the verb “hate” by supporters of various liberal causes is intended as an act of censorship. It immediately shuts down what could’ve been be a fruitful conversation between honorable people.

Thanks to the great Protestant pastor, Rick Warren, for spreading a message of reason in an age of unreason.

Christian martyrdom has come to America 6

By Tom Quiner

Fr. Denis Wilde and five others were arrested for praying in front of the White House.

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He knelt in prayer in front of the White House.

The priest was upset about the Obama Mandate that forces his fellow Catholics to act immorally in the eyes of the Church.

He wanted to do something, but what? Pray. That is what he would do. He would kneel in prayer in front of the White House and pray for the President of the United States.

He was joined by five others.

They knelt quietly, peacefully and prayed for the man that has single-handedly violated their, no, all of our, freedom of religion. That’s what makes Christianity special. The president should not be the target of the hatred and animal rage that characterized the Occupy Wall Street movement. He should be the target of loving prayers.

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There would be no drug use.

There would be no profanity.

There would be no public nudity nor sex. They would not use public property as their own public toilet.

No. They would pray with the dignity taught to them by their Lord, Jesus Christ.

And they were arrested.

And they were fined.

It is legal to hold a protest in front of the White House as long as you don’t kneel and pray.

It is interesting to ponder the hordes of the Occupy Wall Street crowd, a crowd revered by the president, Nancy Pelosi, and so many in their party, that were not arrested for their public defecations, their public nudity, their public drug use, their public violence and destruction.

But public prayer in the name of religious freedom in front of Barack Obama’s house earns you an arrest record and a $100 fine.

Fr. Denis Wilde, the Associate Director of Priests for Life said of his arrest yesterday:

“Occupy Wall Street protesters have been occupying federal property for months, but when we kneel in prayer, the police are called in and we are arrested. We knew that was the risk when we gathered today, and we will do it again regardless of the risk. What people of faith – of every faith – need to do now is stand with us.”

Fr. Frank Pavone is the head of Priests for Life. He gave America a call to action:

“The men arrested today, including our Associate Director, reveal the fact that the response to the unjust Obama mandate cannot be limited to the Courts, the Congress, and the press. It must bring us to the streets of America.”

Father Pavone calls for peaceful civil disobedience:

“Over the years, the other side in this battle has tried to make the public afraid of us by painting us as arrogant, hateful, and violent. In reality, the other side should be afraid precisely because we are humble, peaceful, and prayerful, because therein lies the force that uproots injustice from society.”

The anti Obama Mandate movement is not just a Catholic thing. It is galvanizing support from the faithful everywhere, including best selling author (The Purpose-Drive Life), pastor Rick Warren, who said he would…

“go to jail rather than cave in to a government mandate that violates what God commands us to do.”

That is what the president is doing in the eyes of the faithful, mandating that we violate what God commands us to do.

The 20th century saw more Christians martyred for their faith than all of the previous centuries combined. Christian martyrdom has come to America under this administration.

It is taking a different form than the violent martyrdoms of the past. Rather, we are witnessing economic martyrdom. Christian employers who disagree with the Obama Mandate can either be fined, forced into bankruptcy, or jailed.

Christians in the workplace who disagree with the Secular Humanism religion being established by the State are required to except the gay lifestyle as healthy and the equivalent of heterosexual marriage. If they don’t, they can either shut up … or be fired.

Barack Obama has ushered in the era of Christian martyrdom in America.

It’s all about me 7

By Tom Quiner

Rick Warren

“It’s not about you.”

That is the first sentence in Rick Warren’s best-selling book, “The Purpose-Drive Life.”  Mr. Warren’s premise, that our lives belong to God, that true happiness only comes when we do what God placed us on earth to do, is counter-cultural.

American culture disagrees with Mr. Warren.

Our culture suggest that we need a lot of money to be happy.

Our culture suggests that we need pretty hair, big breasts, and stick figures to be happy. That we need bulging biceps and flat tummies.

And our culture suggests that children are expendable if they get in the way of our happiness.

This last aspect of American culture has a partisan twist to it. One party supports the idea that an inconvenient baby in the womb is expendable. However, both parties have embraced the notion that marriages should be easily terminated through “no-fault” divorce laws. No-fault divorce has wreaked havoc on the growing army of children being raised in broken homes.

The premise of no-fault divorce laws suggests that the emotional needs of the couple supercedes the emotional needs of the children.

The logical extension of abortion and no-fault divorce is gay marriage, which is again a partisan issue. The underlying principal of gay marriage is that one’s personal desires and behavior supercede the greater good of society and children. And yet it is children who need the benefits of traditional marriage more than anyone.

Tom Chapman is the Executive Director of the Iowa Catholic Conference. He stated it well in his piece in this morning’s Des Moines Register:

“The Des Moines Register’s Oct. 18 editorial opposing a marriage amendment and a constitutional convention – “Wrong Reason for Constitutional Convention” – called “same-sex marriage” a civil right. While it sounds fair, if one follows that reasoning to its logical conclusion, any association of any number of adults could be classified as marriage. And when everything becomes “marriage” those who need its benefits most – children – will continue to be marginalized by a debate that focuses primarily on the emotional desires of adults.”

It’s time to get serious and ask ourselves a tough question: who is it really about?