“It should bother us as a society that we have use for aborted human organs, but not the baby that provides them.” —Former Obama White House staffer Michael Wear
The recent election for governor in Virginia offered one of the most stark contrasts between candidates I’ve ever seen. Virginians could vote for a virtuous, decent man or a vicious, unprincipled wretch. Virginia chose the wretch.
Ken Cuccinelli is well known as a devout Catholic husband and father to seven children. He is soft-spoken, measured and kind. He’s a life-long son of Virginia, successful business man and has held elective office including Virginia Attorney General. Cuccinelli offered a return to founding principles, smaller government, lower taxes, respect for religious liberty, respect for human life and dignity, a plan to break the bondage of the welfare state, respect for the traditional family and parents’ authority over the raising and education of their children, and respect for personal property and gun rights.
Terry McAuliffe, on the other hand, is a prolific Democratic fund-raiser who has never held elective office, a Clinton confidant and notorious partner of several failed and fraudulent investment schemes. He is a recent Northeastern transplant to Virginia. McAuliffe promised abortion on demand… even up to the moment of birth, the destruction of the coal industry in a state where thousands of citizens have no alternative to earn a wage, higher taxes and huge expansions in state spending and regulation including Obamacare. He promised attacks on Constitutional freedoms… especially religious liberty, gun rights, and property rights, an escalation of the failed statist ideologies that have created a huge, despairing economic slave class in America through welfare entitlements, and he proudly promised to to champion the LGBT agenda and legalize “gay marriage.”
Forget talk of politics, ground games, fundraising, polls and the media, Virginia’s choice was simple enough…a clear choice between good and evil. These men were not hiding who they were or what they stood for. For anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear, the smoke of Satan was clearly evident surrounding the McAuliffe campaign.
In the same way an Obama sticker in my Church parking lot is irrational, this election defies reason. According to exit polls, 30 percent of Virginians who called themselves pro-life voted for Terry McAuliffe. I don’t know if McAuliffe voters were inspired by a perverted desire for evil, ignorance or just a hatred of good, but I suspect like another mob 2000 years ago who chose a clearly evil man just to spite God, enough Virginia voters chose Barabas… and their intension was to mock Truth.
This attack on an Orthodox Coptic Church in Egypt was made possible, in part, by the policies of the United States, more specifically our current President and his foreign policy goals. Obama’s failure to recognize evil, or willingness to side with evil, has unleashed violent attacks on the Church in many parts of the world today. It is no surprise that Christianity is being attacked by the same administration here at home. The Catholic Church is now facing a crisis of identity, being forced to stand firm in the face of persecution and prosecution, or deny Truth and make a deal with the devil regarding Obamacare. There are more than a few great Saints who proved themselves in martyrdom when faced with very similar choices.
Nobody here is losing their head…yet. Although, are we that far from the kind of anti-Christian or anti-clerical policies faced by so many throughout history? I don’t think so. It only requires a few evil men to convinced many otherwise decent men to say and do nothing.
This image should stand as a stark reminder that evil exists in our world, Satan is real, and this is how bad it can get, even here if we continue to seek compromise with evil.
12For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. (Ephesians 6:12). This dramatic situation of “the whole world [which] is in the power of the evil one” makes man’s life a battle:
The whole of man’s history has been the story of dour combat with the powers of evil, stretching, so our Lord tells us, from the very dawn of history until the last day. Finding himself in the midst of the battlefield man has to struggle to do what is right, and it is at great cost to himself, and aided by God’s grace, that he succeeds in achieving his own inner integrity. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 409)