“The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for comfort.
You were made for greatness.”
Pope Benedict XVI
“The devil fears hearts on fire with love of God.”
St. Catherine of Siena
(the beach before the storm / Julie Cook / 2020)
I must confess that I never quite got the whole obsession with RBG,
aka Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
There are books out with quotes and snippets of her wisdom.
There are bobblehead dolls.
There are T’ shirts…
She had quite the massive cultural cult following.
And I never got it.
Heck, I still don’t get it.
I feel very badly for her family that she has passed away.
Just as I am always sad whenever I hear that a soul has lost their earthly battle…
however, I am absolutely bumfuzzled by the near mystic-like response her death is having
on so many in our society.
And it is not simply her death that is reverberating throughout this nation of ours
but it is the void now left in her professional life that is the beginning of
a massive storm.
Justice Ginsburg was a very vocal proponent of women’s rights–
particularly that of abortion.
Not that I think that is so much of a right as it is a fault.
So there is a storm now brewing over her replacement.
The word is that President Trump has narrowed his list down to two women…
both of whom are Catholic.
And so it seems everyone is now up in arms…
In a recent article on The Federalist, John Daniel Davidson, pens a piece about
the Democrats embracing an anti-Catholic bigotry regarding any SCOTUS nomination
Davidson notes that “President Trump is expected to pick a Supreme Court nominee
to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
as early as the end of this week.
Two of the people on Trump’s short list of possible nominees are Catholic women:
Amy Coney Barrett, a federal appellate court judge in Chicago,
and Barbara Lagoa, a federal appellate court judge in Atlanta.
The media has wasted no time casting aspersions on Barrett for her Catholic faith.
On Monday, the Washington Post ran a kind of explainer on Barrett,
which included an out-of-context quote from a talk she apparently gave years ago,
that a “legal career is but a means to an end… and that end is building the Kingdom of God.”
The statement itself, even without context,
is an altogether ordinary expression of sincere religious belief that any devout person,
whether Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, or Muslim, would readily affirm.
Yet the Post’s Ron Charles highlighted it in a tweet Monday,
as if to warn us that Barrett might try to usher in a Catholic theocracy
if she gets onto the Supreme Court.
Also Monday, Newsweek published a somewhat hysterical piece about how Barrett
is affiliated with a Christian religious group, People of Praise, that served as the inspiration
for “The Handmaid’s Tale”—as if Barrett, a woman on the president’s short list for the Supreme Court,
somehow exemplifies the oppression of women by a religious patriarchy.
(Update: Newsweek posted a correction to this piece Tuesday, saying Margaret Atwood
never mentioned People of Praise as an inspiration for “The Handmaid’s Tale,”
which calls into question the entire point of the article.
The social media headline, however, remains unchanged.)
Elected Democrats have been even more frank about their antipathy towards Catholics,
even to the point of appearing to support an anti-Catholic religious test for nominees
to the federal bench. It was during Barrett’s 2017 confirmation to the federal
appellate court that Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein admitted openly that the judge’s
Catholic faith was a problem for her, infamously telling Barrett,
“the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern.”
“During those same confirmation hearings, Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin grilled Barrett
on her faith, suggesting there’s something nefarious about being an “orthodox Catholic”
and asking her, “Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?”
She replied, “I am a Catholic, Senator Durbin.”
It’s hard to imagine the religious beliefs of any Democratic nominee to the federal
judiciary being questioned with this much open disdain,
and with the strong implication that these kind of Catholics—the kind
that take the teachings of the church seriously on issues like abortion and gay marriage—
aren’t fit for positions of public trust.
Some Democrats don’t even bother to imply this,
they just come out and say it.
No one stands out more in this regard than Democrats’
own vice presidential candidate, Sen. Kamala Harris.
It was Harris who last year accused federal judicial nominee Brian Buescher of having
“extreme positions” simply because he’s a member of the Knights of Columbus,
a Catholic benevolent society that also adheres to church teaching on things
like abortion and gay marriage.
(Full disclosure, I’m a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Lucky for me, I’ll never have to go through a Senate confirmation.)
“Were you aware that the Knights of Columbus opposed a woman’s right to
choose when you joined the organization?” asked Harris, implying that the Knights
are just a bit too Catholic for someone like Buescher to be trusted as a federal judge.
Harris was joined in this calumny by Sen. Mazie Hirono,
who asked Buescher if he would end his membership in the organization
“to avoid any appearance of bias.”
The exchange prompted Sen. Ben Sasse to introduce a resolution declaring it
unconstitutional to reject nominees because of their membership in the Knights of Columbus,
which was approved by unanimous consent.
The article continues with a bit of history as to how America has always had a mistrust
But what I found so ironic in all of this disdain for a possible Catholic SCOTUS nominee
is that both Madame Speaker, Mrs. Pelosi and presidential candidate Joe Biden are
And yet both are very vocal about their stance on women’s rights and pro-abortion.
Being pro-abortion is a glaring contrast to the Catholic faith…not to
mention to the Christian faith.
Obviously, their faith is not their focus in life.
And so that is the single area of contention…it is the key issue that seems
to be at the heart of the deeply drawn line in the sand.
The intentional killing of babies–those in utero and those who are actually live births.
Our Democratic leaders seem hell-bent on finding a replacement for RBG who will
maintain the frantic race to abortions.
I’ve written so much about this issue that my heart grows heavy with each passing day.
I was moved by Oneta’s comment yesterday to what I posted on Monday:
“Leviticus 20 says the man looking on and doing nothing is open to the same punishment
as the man who sacrifices the child. Chilling thoughts if we do not cry out
for forgiveness AND do something to make it stop.”
I later read a post by our friend Sue over on awriterscorner.blog
regarding a new book by Jonathan Cahn.
Cahn wrote The Harbinger and has penned a part two–The Harbinger II, The Return.
Sue also commented like Oneta to my post:
“I just finished reading Jonathon Cahn’s HARBINGER 2 and it blew my mind!
The murder of our babies in the womb is exactly why we are under God’s judgment
and the silence from Christians is reprehensible.
This prophecy confirms all that Rabi Cahn said also.”
Later in the day, I read an article concerning the actress Patrica Heaton and her
foreboding warning to fellow Christians.
She was warning against an ensuing onslaught against Christianity…Christians,
be they Catholic or Protestant, whether they like it or not, will find themselves caught
up in the middle of the filling of RGB’s post on the Supreme Court.
Christianity is about to be drug through the mud and the Progressive Left
will be very happy to bury us all right there in that mud.
And so I say to you, I say it to us all—to any of us who call themselves Chrisitan…
be we Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant or non-Denominational….
A line is now drawn.
And God has spoken.
What side of that line will you stand?
And when God asks of your stance, what will you be able to say to Him.
The Lord said to Moses,
“Say to the Israelites: ‘Any Israelite or any foreigner residing in Israel who sacrifices
any of his children to Molek is to be put to death.
The members of the community are to stone him.
I myself will set my face against him and will cut him off from his people;
for by sacrificing his children to Molek, he has defiled my sanctuary
and profaned my holy name.
If the members of the community close their eyes when that man sacrifices one
of his children to Molek and if they fail to put him to death,
I myself will set my face against him and his family and will cut them off from their
people together with all who follow him in prostituting themselves to Molek
It is painfully obvious some people don’t understand the seriousness of thumbing in the face of God All Mighty.
No they don’t!!—-and forgive my typos, I’ve gone in this morning and corrected them- sometimes I get so riled up with my subject matter that I tend to type fast and loose 😂
Buckle up for the “we don’t care if you’re religious or not, but just don’t actually believe any of it or live by it” crowd to come out of the woodwork. The truth is we ALL have beliefs that form us, they know that darn well. They want their set of beliefs to be driving this bus and they simply can’t bear the thought of losing their “right” to kill the unborn. It’s truly an idol straight from the pit of hell.
Ugh.. beside all that.. happy Wednesday friend! Keep fighting the good fight! 😂
Yeah boy buckle up!!!!
It isn’t going to be pretty and Christians need to plant their feet because if they remain complacent, complicit or simply silent while taking the stance of an Ostrich, they will be washed away in the coming tsunami — happy Wednesday to you as well my comrade in arms 🥰
I am teaching Sunday school again. Our topic this past Sunday was Hosea 4-7 and the end on Hosea 5 states that “in their misery” they will seek God. If we become persecuted mud-dwellers, there may just be another Holy Spirit “awakening.” Otherwise, our nation is either “of the devil” or we just are not in enough misery. Too many people ignore the OT, because they are happy in reliving it.
Mud dwellers— what an apt description!!!
Of course that makes me think of tarbaby and that would open an entire new can of worms— but I will stay with mud dwellers and bottom dwellers who need to hunger for the Light!!!!
Amen! The Bible talks of hungering and thirsting, but does that metaphor fit when we seek Light? I may need to think on the topic, then again, I loved mixed metaphors, the more confusing the better.
You and Oneta have referenced the same words from Leviticus today.
I merely played off of her wisdom 😇
Good post, Julie! I came around the corner in my dinky town the other day and stumbled upon a RBG memorial, candles, flowers, and tons of pictures, Also the slogan, “make her death a revolution.” It actually just chilled me to the bone and I had to get out of there. This is an altar. people! This is not okay. It’s really hard to describe what came over me, but the energy was just dark and scary, so I fled the scene.
Kind of interesting and a bit funny, but reading “The Handmaid’s Tale” is what got me off the fence politically. I thought it described a leftist utopian socialist paradise with terrifying accuracy! The family has been destroyed, the patriarchy has been smashed, welcome to our new institutionalized utopian “matriarchy.” Yikes! Margaret Atwood revealed some genuine truths in that tale that she may not even recognize herself, but a bit of her subconscious wisdom came through loud and clear for me. I recognize her story in the world around me as I walk around with my muzzle on. This is not a right wing vision of the future, this is what truly lurks in the heart of the left.
Speaking of the dystopian matriarchy, many of the sob sisters currently lamenting the loss of women’s rights, next week will proceed to bite, devour, and shred the next woman President Trump appoints to the SC. She’ll get the same treatment that the First Lady has or worse. Self awareness is so not their strong suit.
It is really something when we find real evil while out and about— I experienced something similar the other day but it was an individual— one of the painters we had hired— I could tell he was most likely a druggie but one day I walked past him and a dark shadow covered his face and quickly it was gone— it was unnerving to say the least.
I have not read nor watched and if The Handmaids Take as that kind of stuff makes me nuts— our society is so brainwashed and yet hungers so desperately for spirituality— unfortunately it seeks empty earthly dark spirituality
That should read ‘I have not watched or read any of The Handmaid’s Tale’
Stupid thumbs 🤣
I have noticed that Pelosi and Biden do show any “dogma dwelling loudly in them?” They play the role of non-believers very well. Yuck! How long do you think it will take them to bow down to the anti-christ. You are dead on right about abortion being the crus of “all things women” and the issue that WILL bring God’s wrath and America’s demise if we do not turn our direction.
Thank you, dear Julie, for the mention. You are a bold one and make it quite clear that you have a “dogma (of faith) living loudly in you.
You’re not alone on not getting the RBG obsession, I never understood it either. But it does fit right in with people creating idols to fill a void or create a false savior. There is an evil in our country today that’s growing unchecked, partly because the normal institutions and leaders who would battle against it have and are failing us miserably. I guess it’s always been there beneath the surface and pops up at times when we turn away from God which is definitely one of those times! The sheer ignorance that’s out there and blatant hypocrisy is shocking to me, but it really shouldn’t be.
Buckle up hun, it’s gonna get uglier than ugly, especially since the Brianna Taylor verdict was announced today.
“But what I found so ironic in all of this disdain for a possible Catholic SCOTUS nominee
is that both Madame Speaker, Mrs. Pelosi and presidential candidate Joe Biden are
EXACTLY!!! But you do quite well in explaining why…..”Obviously, their faith is not their focus in life.”
As a devout (not perfect) practicing Catholic there is such a heavy heart for those who willingly choose to not follow the doctrine of our faith. I am not saying everyone MUST believe as we do…but please do not SAY you are Catholic, but then DON’T adhere to the tenants of our faith. I would never claim to be Jewish, or Muslim, or Protestant…because I could not adhere to the standards necessary for membership.
Just be honest.
It would make the arguments they are having that much more productive if they would. The disdain for those who place their faith primary in their life would make sense and the necessary conversations could take place. But then what would the Father of Lies have on his side if everyone were just honest with one another???
I think, as believers, our faith has got to transcend into our everyday lives…it just has to. We can’t turn it off for this or that because it is woven into the fabric of our very being…so to not let someone have a job or position because they exhibit a moral compass is ridiculous…
But it is all about the battle of life and death with R v W—-and the devil is fighting as hard as he can for death!!!