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Rendering Unto Caesar

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At the request of the White House, Georgetown University covered up all the symbols in Gaston Hall, before the Great Man spoke, including IHS, the millennia-old monogram for the name of Jesus Christ.

Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, had adopted the monogram in his seal and it became an emblem of the Jesuit order.

When it comes to rendering unto Caesar, Georgetown is not going to be outshone by Notre Dame, which stole a march by offering the nation's avatar of abortion a doctorate of laws degree, honoris causa.

Actually, it is regrettable the IHS in Gaston Hall was not covered up in shame the first week of Lent. For that week Georgetown's feminist and homosexual clubs, such as GU Pride, put on a Gomorrah festival about alternative lifestyles called "Sex Positive Week."

Monday, according to The Newman Club, featured a speaker for Black Rose, which "provides a forum for many different expressions of power in love and play. This can include dominance & submission, bondage and discipline, fetishism, cross-dressing, to name a few."

Ash Wednesday's talk was "Torn About Porn," advertised as a "discussion about arguably alternative forms of pornography that are not supposed to be exploitative, but rather radical and empowering."

Saturday's talk was by a pornographic film director and was titled "Relationships Beyond Monogamy."

At Loyola of Chicago that week, the Student Diversity and Cultural Affairs Office presented "Brother to Brother," a film the Newman Society reports, about "a homosexual African-American who is transported in time to cavort with the allegedly homosexual Langston Hughes."

The movie is said to be part of "a semester-long 'Color of Queer Film Series,' sponsored by the university."

At Catholic Seattle University, that first week of Lent was "Transgender Awareness Week," featuring a "session on allegedly transgender Bible heroes and heroines and 'Criss-Cross Day' where students are encouraged to 'come dressed for the day in your best gender-bending outfit."

This is surely anecdotal evidence to confirm Newsweek in the conclusion reached in its cover story of Holy Week, "The End of Christian America."

Indeed, not only are many once-Catholic colleges and universities now wandering in what Pope Benedict XVI calls a "desert of godlessness," Catholic belief and practice are not remotely what they were before Vatican II.

Where three-fourth of Catholics attended mass weekly in the 1950s, today it is one-fourth. A third of all Catholics raised in the Faith have fallen away.

One in ten American adults is a lapsed Catholic. Catholicism's quarter of the population is maintained only by mass immigration and, secondarily, by conversions.

Self-identified Christians in the United States have fallen from 86 percent of the population in 1990 to 76 percent today. Those who say they have no religion have doubled as a share of the nation from 8 to 16 percent. Where 69 percent of Americans said we are a Christian country in 1990, only 62 percent say that today.

America is being systematically de-Christianized and secularized.

For the social, moral and cultural revolution of the 1960s, rooted in non- and anti-Christian beliefs and values, has captured the culture, and converted many of the young. Among Americans 18 to 29, a fourth profess to be atheist, agnostic, or of no religious faith.

The figure is surely higher among the college young.

Second reason for the triumph of secularism is that it long ago captured the Supreme Court. Since the Everson decision of 1947, justices have expunged Christianity and all its books and symbols from the public square and public schools.

Voluntary prayer, the Ten Commandments, Bible reading, Christmas plays and carols, Nativity scenes, Easter vacation, before-game prayers, benedictions at graduations — all have been ordered terminated by unelected judges — against the will of the majority.

Abortion on demand, too, was imposed by judicial fiat.

Thus, as America ceases to be a Christian country, it is ceasing to be a democratic one.

Consider. In every referendum in 16 states, where homosexual marriage has been on the ballot, majorities ranging from 52 to 86 percent have voted to outlaw it as an absurdity and an abomination.

Yet, in Massachusetts, California and Iowa, unelected judges have imposed it, as they will in other states, regardless of what the people want or how the people vote. For secularism has become the established religion of the American state and judges are the high priests of the new order.

Yet, one wonders if they know what lies at the end of the road upon which they have set the nation.

For five decades, Americans resisted Godless Communism. If they come to realize they did so to save Godless Capitalism, or Godless Socialism, what happens to loyalty and love of country?

To love one's country, said Edmund Burke, one's country ought to be lovely. If this is not God's country anymore, whose country is it?

Patrick Buchanan is the author of the new book "Churchill, Hitler and 'The Unnecessary War." To find out more about Patrick Buchanan, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at www.creators.com.

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Sir;...Don't speak nonsense, Oh Great Buchanan...Our religion is Capital, and no indignity, injustice, or crime will be left undone if there is some profit left in it... Speaking as a Catholic and a poor one at that; why should anyone listen to us??? Those charged with caring for the sheep and spreading the good news of Christ have been always in the front line of infidelity...Where have they not supported the offenders against the injured??? Where have they not fed their wealth and power at the price of indigenous peoples???It is all well and good that my church calls a sin the dropping of ones britches for sex; but they will never admit their part in economic injustice, which always results in sexual injustice... If people today are trying, and I think trying desparately to find their own morality so they can have some morality that is worth sharing, then it is in part because of the failed morality of the Catholics and every other establishment religion.... They all bow before the great God of wealth...They are all enemies of individual freedom unless it is used in combination for the crimes of political power or capital...If nothing makes sense to you, try looking at it differently... Don't you want individual freedom??? Don't you not want people to build strong communities, even if they are counterculture??? You so called conservatives only want people to be individuals if it eases their exploitation...You do not mind the rich having their clubs, their associations, and their corporations; but you think a labor union is an affront to individualism...You just want all your sheep to go to slaughter one by one...The Catholic Church was the leader in the invention of the legal individual...All it ever did was deny to people their community rights and support...And as you may know, the church is a corporation, and as a corporation they can look after their rights... But for those who band together to have some individual freedom under the guise of sexual freedom; you howl...Now, I know you have a blind spot...You want freedom, but you do not want people to use it...You want the rich to band together to help themselves; but the poor who do the same thing are bad... I think you only want freedom for those who have no use for it.... I think you only want the rich to win, and only want the very same hypocritical morality already rejected by the young... They know where your false morality leads; to the poor house, and to a lonely meaningless existence... And that is great for the churches and corporation that prey upon such helpless sorts... Is this really what you want to stand for???Thanks...Sweeney
Comment: #1
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Fri Apr 17, 2009 5:19 AM
I don'know what to believe in unless it is that this higher being known to most people as God gave every human the ability to know the difference between what is right and what is wrong. Those who choose not to follow their concience will face an angry God when their life on earth is over.
Comment: #2
Posted by: gary
Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:35 AM
I don'know what to believe in unless it is that this higher being known to most people as God gave every human the ability to know the difference between what is right and what is wrong. Those who choose not to follow their concience will face an angry God when their life on earth is over.
Comment: #3
Posted by: gary
Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:35 AM
Re: gary;...What if God has better things to do than care??? What if anger is the furthest thing from the mind of God???What if it, what ever it is, is our problem and we have to fix it??? I may agree with you that people may know the difference between right and wrong, but some religion teach that appearances matter, that God rewards the rightious... What if that is not true; and God lets people reward themselves...I mean, it is all well and good to think God is going to judge us good and bad, and reward accordingly... We still have to take care of business, and if government, and churches, and even educational institutions are messing up life for millions because they judge the rich more worthy; should we just sit back and starve???I think it is pointless to get angry...I'll bet God feels the same way... Anger does not get us one step close to a world of justice, equality and democracy...We just have to leave the past behind and get on with our lives...Thanks...Sweeney
Comment: #4
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:35 PM
As a Muslim, I agree with you Mr. Buchanan. However, I would argue it in a slightly different way. Under the Constitution of this great country (which has allowed so many immigrants including my family and I to succeed) there is a separation of Church and state. In addition, as you touched on it, this is a DEMOCRACY, which is defined as ruling by the majority, with everyone having equal rights. We, more specifically those judges, have forgotten that the majority rule. The examples that you mentioned, more specifically legalization of gay partnership as marriage, represent the MINORITY. Simply put, the majority have voted not to 'officially label' those partnerships as marriage. The moral argument (which also has no legal base) against such outcome is not valid, in my opinion, or actually in the opinion of MOST VOTERS. The cost and benefit analysis demonstrates that gay marriage 'legalization' basically has no additional benefit to the homosexuals, while the cost to MOST others (which are heterosexuals) is great. And when this happens, the result is, as you mentioned, secularism. Let's put it this way ... gays demanding their partnerships to be labeled as marriage is like the Irish demanding to be recognized as people from England, or Palestinians demanding to be considered as Israelis. It is that ridiculous, but at the same time that personal. Mr. Buchanan, I, along with most of my fellow Iranians, have been taught to love and follow our culture, while at the same time respect the culture and beliefs of the majority. We proudly say that we are Muslims or Jews, but we also recognize that religion is something personal and must not be pushed on to others. Such loud barking by the minority about again an issue that has no legal or moral basis, will divide the majority and minority even more ... as you mentioned making this a secular country. Hopefully my gibberish ... no offense to any Greeks out there :) ... made some sense.
Comment: #5
Posted by: Ali Mogharabi
Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:21 PM
Re: James A, Sweeney

I agree with some of the things that you mentioned, but regarding Mr. Buchanan's article, he wasn't saying those people should have no rights or must not band together. He was saying that the rights they are seeking must not come at a cost to the rights of the majority. and the assumption is that those rights have no clear moral basis such as equality, etc. In his examples, he demonstrated that while those groups can believe in what they want, they shouldn't do it at institutions that historically, and currently, have opposite views ... especially at PRIVATE institutions such as Georgetown. Are those groups funding Georgetown? NO. But are they imposing their beliefs on Georgetown? Are they using facilities funded by the Christian majority to in a way impose their non-Christian views on others? yes. This argument is a 'capitalistic' one, but also a logical one. Religion is something personal. It provides a backbone for its followers. In a way, aethism is also a religion. Unfotunately, throughout history (and continuing today) religion has become a political tool. It has created many wars and bloodshed. BUT that's due to the human mis-use of religion, not the religion itself.
Comment: #6
Posted by: Ali Mogharabi
Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:37 PM
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