Over the past several years, American Catholics have been banging loudly the gongs of religious freedom. From the first Fornight for Freedom in 2011 to the USCCB’s most recent plea to congress to protect the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, religious liberty has been touted among the Catholic clergy as our most important, first freedom.
All the while, I’ve been scratching my head… wondering if I’m alone in worrying that this freedom could be afforded with dangerous consequence to groups that threaten the Truth of our faith.
And that’s when the Satanists go marching in… (Wait, is that how the song goes?)
The Dakhma of Angra Mainyu, a self-proclaimed religious and educational church, as most everyone knows by now, is hosting a Satanic Black Mass in Oklahoma City at the public Civic Center next month. And against the valiant effort of Catholics, many Protestants, and even some governmental authorities to cancel the event, the Black Mass is still scheduled to take place.
But this is what we’ve been asking for, right? For the government to leave us alone and let us practice our faith as our religion dictates. It makes perfect sense that a public municipality would not prevent its citizens from hosting what might be a tasteless but certainly not illegal event, especially for the sake of religious freedom.
Only until I read a recently published article from the National Catholic newspaper, The Remnant, did I realize I wasn’t a fool, or possibly a dissident, for questioning the call to defend our so-called religious liberty. In “Religious Liberty for All… Except Satanists?“, writer Louis Tofari hits the nail on the head: “…when taken to its full logical consequence, religious liberty is a pernicious error which has grievous consequences to individual souls as well as entire nations.”
The problem is that Christians are expecting protective legislation from a government that isn’t on our side. Hobby Lobby may have won the battle, but liberal democracy is set to win the war.
Too many people believe in a false history of God being at the foundation of our nation’s formation. In fact, it has always been quite the opposite. The United States was the first purposefully secular state in the history of the world. Our founders, “orthodox” as they may have been (although, notably, most were Free Masons), specifically omitted any mention of God from our Constitution. Among some of the clearest documentation which clarifies the secularity of our States is the Treaty of Tripoli, of 1797. It reads, “As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion – as it has in itself, no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of the Muslims, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.” (Emphasis added.) This treaty was unanimously ratified in the senate, 339 to 0, and signed by President John Adams with no dissent ever recorded.
As iterated in a great video on the Social Kingship of Christ, by Unam Sanctam Catholicam, “The conservative fable of the Christian founding of our nation is really a myth… Conservatives are always going back to the ‘intent of the founders’ – that’s not going to help us from a Catholic perspective.
“People choose who will be vested with authority, but they do not, in any sense, delegate it to the elected officials. The concept of the authority of the government coming from the consent of the governed is a lie and a heresy.” (Um, democracy anyone?)
As Catholics, we believe that the whole of mankind is subject to the power of Christ and that not just the individual, but the government, too, has “an obligation in justice to seek and render worship unto God”. This is not the American government, which has, since its beginning, denied Christ’s kingship.
Our government is doing what it was made to do by tolerating the celebration of this and any other Satanic Black Mass. By continuing to promote religious liberty, standing on a democratic soapbox, Catholics are inviting this sort of evil onto their doorstep and continuing to look like hypocritical fools to everyone on the left.
We must stop fighting for religious freedom and start fighting for a government which acknowledges its authority belongs to Christ.