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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

A Bit of Perspective

Some words from Mark Shea's blog: Catholic and Enjoying It!

For three decades, Hell's Ministry for the Promotion of the Culture of Death has been issuing confident press releases that the prolife forces are in abeyance and We've Moved On, only to find that, in the last election, abortion was still a huge issue and Hillary Clinton was compelled to blink and start making pro-life bleats. Worse than that, the principal arm of Hell's work in attacking human life--the Judiciary of the United States--has been able to do that while keeping fairly low profile as far as the average American was concerned. This story widely exposed our Robed Masters more than ever as the ruthless enemies of democracy and common sense that they are. It began to occur to more ordinary people than ever that it is not necessary to simply let the Judiciary go on doing whatever insane thing it wanted. The thought, "Resist!" began to occur to a significant number of people. And not just the thought, the act.

That makes Hell nervous.

But most of all, and by far most frightening to Hell, was the broadening dawn of realization that what faces us is fundamentally a spiritual war, not a political or cultural one. Terri Schiavo has inspired prayer like nothing since 9/11. Indeed, I would argue that this is our *domestic* 9/11.

For we have been on a collision course with our cultural schizophrenia for sometime. On the one hand, we are the Liberator of the World, bringing our Higher Values to peoples living in darkness. On the other hand, we are murdering Terri Schiavo, arresting a kid for trying to give her a glass of water, and arresting a mother for trying to keep her 14 year old from having an abortion. When this momentary distraction with domestic politics ceases, it will be fascinating to see if the "America: The Light and Glory" types can suddenly revert back from the Assyrian spectacle and, with a straight face, declare once again that it our Manifest Destiny to enlighten mankind and remake it in the image and likeness of our culture.


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