Church Militant

Rightwing Catholic media dominates the religious broadcasting channels in the US. EWTN is a disciplined orthodox hegemon that suffers no left-leaning voices. It is the media of Groupthink. Their own Pope is a bit more Christlike than the preferred Church Militant tolerates, Francis is not willing to weaponize the faith, to reinvigorate a neverending Crusade on Islam.
If you are not with them, you are against them. In the parlance of white supremacists, you are the antifa — a word used without attribution — an amorphous bevy of leftists who give aid and comfort to Satan. Their demons are BLM, looters, Socialists, Anti-Life participants in the culture of death, ddictators of relativism, Fidel Cuomo or Che de Blasio.
At their political left…

The lifeblood of EWTN orthodoxy thrives upon the deathblood of those who stand in the way of exceptional manifest destiny. Communism is a US hobgoblin. It exists as THE existential threat in the minds of a body politic that fancies itself nonpartisan while promoting jealous right wing political stances.

Presumably, 1960s radical youth gnawed away at Mother Church, but they are now aging Boomers who are responsible for decimating the numbers of faithful and patriotic congregants who are — by dint of birth and privilege — white and right. Why are there so few black congregants (3%) among Roman Catholic churches? Why are so few blacks white supremacists?

Antifa is a label branded onto those who lean left of alt-right. The word antifa is always used without attribution, a hobgoblin that, though a straw-man construct, gets accepted as an unquestioned evil lurking in the midst of an otherwise polite God-fearing society — an existential threat to law and order.

There is a profound difference between the maintenance of law and order and justice under the rule of law. Defending a constitution becomes a sign of weakness, defending those citizens most marginalized in a society is an existential threat to law and order, separation of church and state and recognition of a “natural law” that must expeditiously drive jurisprudence. Religious liberty: code words for a systemic white-supremacist presumption that equates Constitutional law with a God-ordained a-priori natural law.

Fascism infects society in the way of a virus: it jumps from one host to another and jumps back again, gathering strength as it infects new hosts, honing new weapons to inculcate more warm bodies. It communicates via propaganda. The word propaganda originated with the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, an instrument for inculcation of “pagans” who require conversion. It is a mission statement.

A failed putsch against Congressional “antifa” occurred on January 6, 2021 at the Capitol Building, but fascists never fade away — they learn from their missteps and draw up tighter strategies to battle another day. America First is a durable institution. It was a guiding light to the Third Reich, a viral leap. The recent putsch brought some daylight to distinct characters who demonstrate how the virus of fascism jumps to and fro among hosts.

Genuine journalism demands that you fashion an ability for listening to abhorrent voices that disturb the spirit, but integrity can not be obtained by isolating yourself from opposing views. I have been listening to their programming for decades, I know where they stand and what they seek. The time has come for me to share the disturbing voices I find there. Please stay tuned for more.

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Xenophobia and the Church Militant

Al Kresta

The über orthodox Al Kresta owns the drive-time slot on Ave Maria Communications (he is also their CEO). His scholarly tones suggest intellectual curiosity, unfortunately that curiosity seems to cast suspicion on  “the stranger” or “the other.”
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 I’m in the Kresta in the Afternoon audience, but not singing with the choir. Al gives me an opportunity to refresh my understanding of logical fallacies, and to remind me that half-truths lead to full-blown lies. I call a partial truth a bold challenges, a euphemism I once overheard in a marketing campaign. how much misinformation can be included in an ad for the king’s latest attire before the clever ruse is noticed.
Open minds threaten xenophobia and racism.
A couple years ago Kresta announced an upcoming panel to definitively answer the question “Is Islam a Religion of Peace?”  He decided to bring people with different ideas to the table to balance the views expressed. As a seeker of truth Kresta would weigh opposing views to see if that mighty question might find a true and everlasting answer.
Big but: Kresta stacked the panel.

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The American Muslim published an article on the debate. An excerpt:
 
“He will certainly be in over his head, and this “featured debate” will simply be used as an opportunity to humiliate the American Muslim community. Shadid Lewis may mean well, but participating in this very public event without the tools to deal with someone like Robert Spencer is at the very least unwise. And, the fact that Spencer, Kresta, Ave Maria, et al are framing this as a debate between scholars, when that is clearly not the case makes it clear that they have an agenda.”
From my article “The Jailer Mentality and Alternate Histories” published here.
“…those who brood much on the remote past or future, or stare long at the night sky, are less likely than others to be ardent or orthodox partisans.”
Arsalan Iftikhar approaches Islamophobia from a different perspective.

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