Originally posted by whaaa
Most religions are control mechanisms of the faithful. Anything that might disturb that control is attacked, labeled, distorted or discounted as
herasy. Control and manipulation of the faithful must be maintained at all cost or all you will have left is a social club.
The idea of being one of the "chosen" is very appealing to to the tribal instincts of mankind. That is why cults are so popular and easy start with
even a moderately charismatic leader.
Christians however don't have the hypocracy market cornered.
Thanks for the last comment....
Catholics have a long history of persecution in the United States. We were despised by the Protestants, discriminated against, our very religion was
practically criminalized. Prestigious newspapers such as the New York Times commonly attacked Roman Catholics as shifty, uneducated, masses of
mindless zombies who have come here to destroy the nation. That Catholics had one loyalty - the Pope. Catholics would - if allowed to gain a foothold
in the US - would subvert the nation to a client state of the Holy See.
Old news? Hardly. John Kennedy repeatedly and publically proclaimed to the media that he would not be bound by his religious beliefs if he were
elected President. Ever hear of a Protestant backed into such a corner?
Secular Humanists just LOVE to trot out how narrow-minded and prejudiced Catholics are - how many soup kitchens and homeless shelters do you people
run? Dan Brown's book was an intentional assault on Catholicism. Period. If I were to write a novel about some Homosexual Vegan plot to undermine the
moral underpinnings of the American family, would that have made the best seller list? I doubt it. As it is, I am sure that my last sentence will
launch a torrent of invective about my 'closeminded' and nasty attitude. Before you even go there, I've done volunteer work with terminal Aids
patients - straight, gay - doesn't matter to me. If you are suffering, I don't ask for a Catholic ID card.
In a media-rich, secular consumer-driven society such as ours, Catholics are going to be the natural butt of jokes and ridicule. I'm sorry that I
have a moral code that I hold more dearly than what I may WANT to do sometimes. I'm sorry that I hold beliefs based on faith. I'm sorry that I cling
to a tradition that's rooted in 2,000 years of history. Gee, I'm sorry that I believe that it's more important to give than to get. Sorry that my
credo isn't 'what's in it for me?' or 'Anything goes.' Sorry that I believe that abortion is murder and that life is so precious it should never
be wasted. Sorry that I believe that our bodies are gifts that should be treated with reverence and respect. Hopefully, the sarcasm is clear.
Secular humanists have the right to be cruel, judgemental, nasty, libelous, and vindictive. Catholics speak out and WE'RE the boogyman? Once again,
in this idiot-box, if-its-on-TV-it-must-be-true society, books like the Davinci Code and the movie ARE dangerous to us. It was only 200 years ago when
a Catholic was FORBIDDEN by state constitution to own property in Connecticut. You bet we aren't happy.
Personally, I've read the book. It was pedestrian save for the offensive controversial treatment of my faith and the callous disregard Brown
displayed. He's claimed that he has taken legitimate 'histories' and put them into the public forum. I would LOVE to have him debate with me for an
hour or so in a public forum. To quote the kids I teach, he is 'just a hater'. I have to admit I was thrilled to hear the critics at Cannes were
less then impressed with the movie. Maybe it will flop and Brown will be consigned to the 99 cent rack where his novels belong.