During a homily this Monday, Pope Francis made comments that made some chuckle and others panic or raise their eyebrows. The latter of course would be alien conspiracists or ancient astronaut theorists. Pope Francis said:
“That was unthinkable. If – for example – tomorrow an expedition of Martians came, and some of them came to us, here… Martians, right? Green, with that long nose and big ears, just like children paint them… And one says, ‘But I want to be baptized!’ What would happen?”
IV. WHO CAN RECEIVE BAPTISM?
1246 “Every person not yet baptized and only such a person is able to be baptized.”46 (http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/p2s2c1a1.htm)
First homosexuality, atheism, then marijuana use, now satanism. It seems that ideologies that were deemed “bad” are now gaining steam in the public square as a “good.”
In Oklahoma, over $28,000 was raised on indiegogo to erect a statue of satan after Satanists were angered that a monument of the 10 Commandments was placed on state capitol grounds. They claim that they want to be represented as well. A similar thing was done with atheists who made their own statue of a bench claiming to be represented on government property as well. I guess atheism is now a religion? The whole thing is silly to say the least.
If that is not crazy enough for you, then there is more. Chaz Stevens of Florida who claims to be a satanist but sounds more like an atheist is requesting that satanist prayers be said prior to council meetings. This of course is a response to the ruling by the Supreme Court allowing prayer before government meetings. Chaz is no stranger to controversy regarding religion. He had erected a monument of beer cans at the capitol building out of protest against a Nativity scene.
Chaz has a police record for credit fraud, domestic violence, and has been ordered in the past to get a mental health evaluation. It appears that this man is not well in the head and perhaps this is just another way of his anti-social behavior attempting to present itself publicly via the mask of the first amendment.
Some people have cried foul against the Supreme Court for their decision. They have claimed that other religions should be allowed to pray before meetings, not just Christians. The Supreme Court already addressed this in their decision:
“Finally, so long as the town maintains a policy of nondiscrimination, the Constitution does not require it to search beyond its borders for non-Christian prayer givers in an effort to achieve religious balancing. Pp. 9–18” – http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/12-696_4f57.pdf
There is no need to have a line up of religious leaders looking to pray before a meeting in order to have each faith represented. This is just silly.
teach religion – wants to conduct a “black mass” in the name of “academic freedom” and “education.” They are inviting a satanic group to come and perform the ritual which is a mockery of the Catholic Mass and often desecrates the Holy Eucharist while performing lewd sexual acts.
The Catholic chaplain at the school along with many others are protesting this calling this an attack against Catholicism and humanity.
These stories all deal with the issue of “freedom.” From the statues to the “black mass,” these people feel that they need to make these provocative moves in order protest what they feel is a favoritism on the part of the government for Christianity. This is not the case at all. The United States does not endorse any religion. However, this nation was built upon Judeo-Christian values and ideas. There is no disputing this. While satanism may claim itself to be a religion, it is just a caricature movement just like atheism. It exists to take a contrarian stance to Christianity. There is nothing good or positive about satan. Why worship this creature who is limited and has already lost the war against good?
Erecting statues of this creature is just glorifying everything it stands for, namely evil, hatred and stupidity. Lucifer may have been the “angel of light,” but its light bulb was not on when it cried out “I will not serve.” It gave up glory, joy, happiness for what? Hell, torment and eternal frustration?
Moreover, Harvard must indeed be a haven for free thought and academic inquiry, but these have limits just like freedom of speech has limits where one cannot shout fire in a crowded movie theater. Academic inquiry and freedom exists to study and learn things, not promote ideas that are evil and full of hate. The satanist cult often sacrifice human beings and other non-human animals. How is this educational?
The Supreme Court of the United States of America has approved public prayer before city council and other political meetings. This is great news and a victory for the first amendment!
The majority of justices whom are Catholic voted to keep prayer in place after two women represented by the American United for Separation of Church and State organization sued claiming that they felt uncomfortable when prayers were said. My response to that is “too bad!”
Justice Anthony Kennedy said, “By inviting ministers to serve as chaplains for the month, towns are acknowledging the central place that religion and religious institutions hold in the lives of those present, if some citizens hear prayers that make them feel excluded and disrespected, they should ignore them. Adults often encounter speech they find disagreeable.” Well said your honor!
Our nation was founded by Christians who believed in the Judeo-Christian belief system. They prayed before meetings and constantly included God and prayer in the framework of American laws and customs. Atheists and secularists often claim that the Constitution promotes the idea of “separation of Church and State.” However, this is not true at all. The term “separation of Church and State” is not mention in the Constitution. It comes from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802. He wrote:
“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.” –http://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/9806/danpre.html
The first amendment of the United States of Americas mentions no such separation. It states:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” –http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html
This means that Congress cannot declare any particular religion the official religion of the United States of America, nor can it prevent the free exercise of any religion in America. This was written carefully due to the fact that America was a nation of diversity. Its early settlers came to the land to flee religious persecution in Europe. America was to be a safe haven for one to practice his/her religion. In light of this, it would be foolish for the American Fathers to adopt one religion for the nation when the nation was settled by people of various faiths seeking religious freedom.
It is interesting to note that Moses is depicted on the facade of the Supreme Court building.
Atheists as usual are dishonest in their attempt to distort the law of the land and force religion out of the public square. Prayer and religion are here to stay. Atheists or people of other faiths should not feel disrespected or left out. All prayers go to one God regardless of how man addresses Him.