Friday, April 24, 2009

Fr. Mitch Pacwa: Words of Wisdom

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April 2009 - Words of Wisdom: Denials & Assertions


During President Obama's visit to Turkey he denied that the United States of America is a Christian or Jewish or Muslim country; it is a country of citizens. This is a rather odd proclamation in a secular Muslim country where conversions away from Islam are not illegal, but they can definitely be punished outside the rigors of national law. That is why the Catholic converts there have to keep a very low profile and the Church keeps quiet about the new Catholics there.

Another denial came from the White House after President Obama, the elected citizen leader of a nation of citizens, bowed to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia: they denied the obvious fact before the eyes of millions of viewers and told us that the citizen president did not bow to a Muslim king.

A third denial from the White House after President Obama had requested to address the economy at Georgetown University. The prominent displays of IHS - the first three letters of Jesus in Greek, which form the center of the seal of the Society of Jesus - were all covered up for his speech. While Georgetown officials say the White House requested this cover up, the White House denies that it made the request. However, hiding the Name of Jesus during a presidential speech would help promote Obama's agenda to deny that the nation is Christian.

I strongly disagree with the university's compliance with the request. If the White House wants an environment free of Jesus, there are plenty of government buildings available. Perhaps the administration would feel more comfortable in a mosque, unless they make the mistake of asking the mullah or sheikh to cover the words of the Quran which form the typical decoration of a mosque. I doubt that the Muslims would cave to such a rude request as asking the hosts - to whom you had requested the use of their facilities - to hide their identity.


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other government officials now assert that human made tragedies or problems will be the term of choice instead of calling the perpetrators of terror on innocent victims "terrorism." Such convoluted redefinitions usually have an ideological agenda hidden within them. We will watch and see how that agenda gets spun by the government as time passes.

A far more ominous redefinition comes from the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano. While the pro-life people of Arizona are rejoicing that she has departed their state to serve in the present administration, the rest of us have reason to be concerned. An April unclassified document which was not meant for public viewing has recommended U.S. Security forces to examine terror threats from right wing extremists. Napolitano has apologized for including armed forces veterans as terror threats, though her apology did mention the example of Timothy McVeigh, a veteran of the first Gulf War, as a dangerous terror threat that supported her original contention of fear (McVeigh was convicted of bombing a Federal office building in Oklahoma City, a skill he acquired in the military, according to Napolitano's apology). However, note that the staunchly pro-abortion Napolitano has included pro-life activists among the domestic terror threats, along with people who strongly favor states' rights over against the federal government.

Due to her assertions, I now sympathize with Al Qaeda - I, too, have become a terror threat because of my religious convictions. I want to flaunt my convictions all the more and let any federal official know that my desire to save the lives of unborn children, desperately sick and dying people, and the mentally or physically handicapped is a terror threat to Napolitano and her department.

However, the real terror threat comes at the end of life for those who promoted friendship with death as a solution to the world's problems. Such people will find the army of those innocents they have killed or helped kill standing before them. More terrifying still will be the Judge of our souls, who will take sides with the innocents who were killed to promote a political or economic or pseudo-religious agenda. His name may have been covered up at Georgetown, but it will be proclaimed with fierce boldness at the judgment. The best preparation for avoiding the terror of displeasing Him is to proclaim His holy Name more boldly in this life and live His Gospel with absolute conviction that reward comes from Jesus and His Saints and Angels, not from Obama and his cohorts.


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