Sunday, April 24, 2016

Thomas P. Kratman Sets the Church Straight

A guest post by Thomas P. Kratman:

A letter to my church:

Dear Father Remi:

I've come close to walking out of mass before, when Deacon Mike was plugging for gun control. I didn't, then, but I resolved that I would walk out if the church again attempted to interfere, even if only by suggestion, with matters of internal politics of the United States or undermining of the Constitution of the United States or undermining of the security of the United States.

This morning, at the early mass, I did walk out after we were intoned to not be afraid of letting in "refugees." I'm not sure what universe the reader lives in. I am not sure what universe the writer of the request for prayers lives in. In the universe I live in, the real universe, those refugees are mostly - no, _overwhelmingly_ - military age males, from a hostile religion, heavily infiltrated by ISIS/DAESH, a slave trading, raping, fanatical, genocidal, and expanding group of that religion. No, the State Department and DHS cannot filter out the maniacs.

Yes, as a matter of fact I do have quite a bit of experience over there.

I will not welcome them. I will not encourage others to welcome them. And I will not support a church that says we should. They are the enemy. They are the enemy of both civilization and Christianity. They are not an enemy to be turned by turning the other cheek. (Indeed, given the sexual proclivities of the region, it is wise to keep all one's cheeks far, far from them.) And those who would let them in are working hand in hand with the enemies of civilization and the Church.

Whether I shall come back to Saint Mary's, find another Catholic Church less politically and suicidally liberal, or join a less effectively anti-Christian Protestant church I cannot say at this time. I am pretty sure that whichever way I decide, God will understand my preferring not to support the ruin of my country, my civilization, or my religion.

Sincerely,

Thomas P. Kratman
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From Ex-Army: Me, now, the last time I was in a church was when I got married, I think, several decades ago. I have no hostility to religion or organized religion, I'm just sort of indifferent to its manifestation in public. Just indifferent. I have no grudge against it. If anything, I'm rather biased in favor of Christianity because it's been instrumental in producing the Western Civilization that I value above all other cultures of mankind. And, though I'm not a believer, I usually prefer believers to non-believers. They tend to be better people. I'm a lifelong fan of C. S. Lewis, G. K. Chesterton, and other Christian-oriented writers of that sort. Morality-wise, I find Christianity as good a guide as any religion or philosophy, and superior to the vast majority.

That said, a damn fool is a damn fool, whether he's a Christian or not. Some of my fellow-thinkers among the realist right are hostile to Christianity precisely because of the sort of nonsense that Mr. Kratman describes above. I'm not, or I'm usually not, because the same kind of nonsense can be found outside of the churches and outside of Christianity, among just about every other religion or nonreligious belief system. Indeed, I first encountered it, back in the 60's, with the counterculture movement which was overwhelmingly anti-Christian.

Obviously, Christians don't have to be damn fools, because Tom Kratman clearly isn't. Ir also occurs to me that while Pope Francis is a damn fool in much the same way that the priest addressed is, Pat Buchanan, of the same church, definitely is not.

My attitude in these matters is simple. When someone is correct on the issues of gun control and inviting "Syrian" "refugees" to move in, I respect him for his conclusions whether he's a theist or an atheist or something in between. When he's wrong on those issues, I have zero respect for his opinions on the matters whether he's a peasant, Pope, or punk rocker.

A religious leader is, supposedly, an expert on matters of religion. That's where his authority lies. He has no more expertise in matters of statecraft than does a janitor or a courtesan. Bad advice from a preacher or priest deserves no more respect than bad advice from anyone else.
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Quibcag: Illustrated by Rosette Christopher of Chrono Crusade (Japaneseクロノ クルセイド HepburnKurono Kuruseido). Since I haven't actually seen the anime yet, I can't be sure, but she seems to be a sort of nun. If she is, she belongs to a church that is willing to defend itself.

Find out about Tom Kratman here:
http://www.tomkratman.com

6 comments:

  1. I'm in Powell (WY), but Wyoming Catholic College in Lander bans cell phones but encourages open carry
    http://wdtprs.com/blog/2013/09/where-you-cant-have-a-cellphone-but-you-can-have-a-gun/
    Dominus Vobiscum!
    And more recent pushback in TX (Why WY)
    http://wdtprs.com/blog/2016/01/ask-father-can-a-bishop-forbid-open-carry-of-guns-in-states-where-it-is-legal/
    http://wdtprs.com/blog/2013/12/gun-free-zones-funny/
    Fr. Z is in Wisconsin, but I hope he finds his way here.

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  2. Oh, and since 9-11, Wyoming has taken in a total of 5 refugees. There aren't many in MT or the Dakotas but they are trying to push them. Also in ID, but there is a lot of pushback there too. An attempt by they WY PBS to have a "discussion" on refugees ended up that we just aren't ready to have any more ;), In MT there is a big stink around Missoula or Helena - where they are trying to bring some in. I don't expect any more refugees to arrive anywhere near here any time soon.

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  3. Jesus clearly says we should be Armed, but he also to Love your Enemies. And Levitcus 10 says to treat any foreigner living among yo as one born one of you.

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    1. Jesus or not... That's BAD advice.

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  4. I count as valuable any opportunity I'm offered to read anything by Lt. Col. Kratman, and therefore please accept my thanks for so directing my attention today. His practical experience combined with his education, training, and facility in reasoned discourse make his assessments and recommendations in subject areas such as our interaction with dar al-Islam both well-informed and compelling.

    Any belief system that regards "unbelievers" as enemies to be put to the sword is incompatible with western civilization, and cannot be addressed except at gunpoint across a suitably cleared zone of fire.

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  5. There are way too many Christians who do everything they can to cast Christianity in the most negative light possible. Those who are in the business of importing ''refugees'' (and it most certainly is, and a rather lucrative one at that) and worse, those who open their homes and even wombs (you think I'm kidding don't you?) to bring in third-worlders.
    While I disagree with latter-day atheists and those who LARP and modern-day pagans, sadly, I can see their point. You can go to alt-right sites such as The Right Stuff or 8chan's /pol/ and you'll see the vitriol directed specifically at ''evangelical'' Christians. Only jews get more abuse.

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