Skip to comments.Slandering the President (Jesuit Priest upset at Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh)
Posted on 12/05/2009 10:51:09 AM PST by Coleus
Slandering the President
John F. Kavanaugh S.J. | NOVEMBER 23, 2009
On Oct. 29 Glenn Beck ended his program on Fox TV with the words of Thomas Jefferson: All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. Beck himself certainly has not been silent. In lectures, best-selling books, a radio program and his television show, he has warned America of the coming tyranny under a conspiratorial president. Armed with videos and quotations ranging from the mindless and amoral behavior of some members of Acorn to reckless statements made by associates and appointees of President Obama, Beck connects dots to draw a web of radicals who are out to destroy America as the founders intended it.
The exposing of unethical practices or foolish statements as well as reasoned critique of health, economic and international policies are essential to our civil discourse. I, for one, am troubled by the administrations policy in Afghanistan, its reliance on many of the financial wizards who led us into our present mess and its disorganized, sometimes tepid approach to health care reform.
But defamation by innuendo is something else. Glenn Beck and his radio twin, Rush Limbaugh, have since the presidents inauguration imputed tyrannical intentions to the man. Whether inflating episodes such as children singing a song about Mr. Obama, claiming that the president is a racist with a deep-seated hatred of white people and white culture or characterizing Obamas America as an offspring of Maoism or Nazism, Beck and Limbaugh are stoking a fire of fear and anger against the president of the United States. If you search the Internet for the phrase Obama is , the top six possibilities offered are, antichrist, idiot, racist, liar, Hitler, socialist. A search for Obama and destroying America yields 719,000 sites.
Obama the destroyer has been a recent theme of Limbaugh. On June 4, Newsmax.com (a news partner of The Washington Times) reported that Rush Limbaugh, on the previous nights news, told Sean Hannity that like Osama Bin Laden, the president is trying to destroy America. What Limbaugh really said was, If Al Qaeda wants to demolish the America we know and love, theyd better hurry because Obama is beating them to it. In an On the Record interview with Foxs Greta Van Susteren on July 23 and 24, Limbaugh claimed that the president, who is purposely destroying the economy, wants as little liberty and freedom as possible for the American people. He wants to determine who is born and when we die. Bent on remaking the country, the president is allegedly causing joblessness on purpose. After saying that the greatness of this countrys people is under assault, Limbaugh concludes that the president has contempt for the American people.
As if that were not enough, on Nov. 1 Fox News Sunday gave Limbaugh 30 minutes to lob unchallenged assertions that Mr. Obama is an immature narcissist, an extreme radical intent on destroying the economy. We have here the suggested embodiment of Glenn Becks tyrant, a president who wants to destroy America and its economy and to seize total control over our lives. These accusations should not be passed off as the musings of crackpots or satirical entertainers. No matter what the motives behind this demonizing, the act amounts to the highest of slanders. Limbaugh professes how much he loves this country, a Christian country, he insists. But does he realize that the Christian tradition holds calumny to be a serious sin?
Slander has emerged as a new genre for the Internet. Im sure I am not the only one receiving forward it on e-mails from people alarmed at the coming downfall of our country, often with allusions to Hitler as a precursor to our present president.
Whatever our political leanings or fears for the future may be, let us hope that there is not someone out there who, having been seduced by slanderous innuendo, really thinks Barack Obama is as bad as Bin Laden and as tyrannical as Hitler. It is painful to consider what could happen in the face of such imagined tyranny. And let us pray that such actions are not inspired by John Wilkes Booth or Timothy McVeigh, with their shared motto, sic semper tyrannis. If a terrible assault on the president should occur, will Christians who advanced the slander of him be contrite? And will those of us who were silent be shamed?
This clown should be fired by the Church. Neither have ever slandered Dear Reader. A Priest who willingly lies to push a political agenda is unfit for his office.
This feeling liberal is content to condemn the condemnation of his President. He is content in the continuation of murder of untold millions of tiny souls and the addition of older souls who’ve outlived their usefulness to the ideological ideal fantasy liberal society. He is content in the possible subjugation of millions of unwilling Americans. He can go to Hell straightaway for all I care. He is no man of God.
H00boy! Fr. John F. Kavanaugh, S.J. is a true believer.
Take a look around Johnboy. The idiots at the hem have no idea how to pilot a ship.
Captain Obama is having a party on the stern and has a few neophyte chicago goons at the wheel.
It’s from AMERICA magazine. That should be all you need to know.
You can tell how far this country has fallen into the sewer when a priest feels that it is his job to join the Marxist/Commie attack on conservative talk radio.
Whats just eating Kavenaghs lunch is the idea that Obama is doing this on PURPOSE.
I’m more than disappointed in this Priest.
Why are you surprised? He is a Jesuit. Throughout the history of this order, which for more than a few years was supressed by the Vatican, many of their priests have been out in left field and have been very anti-Vatican. No surprise here.
Thank God for Bishop Tobin.
I’m not surprised, just very disappointed.
fears for the future may be welllll ahhhh, YES, since Congress is in one the game or has decided to sit out their responsibilities as bystanders to an accident they have created; the citizenry will eliminate each Constitutional dichotomy.
Other than that, Fr. John F. Kavanaugh, S.J. is just another useful idiot and most likely a butt-boy for the left.
If Al Qaeda wants to demolish the America we know and love, theyd better hurry because Obama is beating them to it.
On this, the putz is correct.
He was quoting Rush, I believe.
Just another worthless Liberal Jesuit. The priest should be isolated from young boys.
“Have you ever met a Jesuit priest that was not part of the radical left?”
Yes. He is in the New York Province, and usually explains himself as “Yes, I’m the conservative Jesuit in New York.”
I have a funny story about him. When our son was invited for an admissions interview at an all-scholarship Jesuit high school in NYC, I asked him if he was ready to discuss a favorite book with the interviewer.
He said, “Yeah,Dad, it’s called ‘Marine Sniper’ it’s the story of GySgt Carlos Hathcock.”
I said, “Whoa! The Jesuits are a bunch of lefties - can’t you discuss some other book?” (He chose something else.)
Recounting this story to the Jesuit in question, he started laughing and said, “’Marine Sniper’? That’s one of my favorite books!” He then grabbed it off his bookshelf to show me.
However, I’m afraid he is the exception that proves the rule:
Q. Why are the Jesuits periodically suppressed by the Pope?
A. Because they need it.
There is an interesting dialogue starting there, many of you know one of the posters well!
why are you turning this into a Catholic-bashing thread.
There is a profoundly important reason why religion and secular government must be kept separate. This silly, naive view of reality is a great example.
Before continuing, let me state that most of my education was Jesuit induced, and I shall be grateful to my dying day for the gift of critical thinking, reasoning, and courage that I learned from so many teachers I shall always remember.
This "priest" is not one of them. Fortunately.
To return to the paragraph I quote above, my overall reaction is, "if the shoe fits --- wear it."
From the beginning, the meaningless word, "change." gave the banal nature of this man away. Cancer is change. The sort of change that we have seen so far is all destructive, thoughtless and oppresive, to all but the parasites of society. Certainly not the ones who matter, and upon whom the continued health of our society depends : Hard working, Middle Class Americans.
The continued devastation of our economy, both actively and passively, has caused damage that must persist for a generation if we're lucky, several generations if we're not.
This priest must have forgotten the meaning of Fascism, if he feels we have libeled Obama by painting him with that brush. Jesuits everywhere must be cringing. I can't think of a better example than the last ten months of the inept, inexperienced Obama administration.
Racism? respectfully, Fr. Kavanaugh, you are an idiot. This great "uniter" has shown every indicator of racism of the worst sort. The White House looks like a bling version of the acolytes of Idi Amin.
I'll make it easy for you.
Show me one instance of Obama defending a white person not in his administration, or its supporting goon squads --- ISEU, ACORN, etc.
If it walks like racism, talks like racism and quacks like racism...
By the way, I do not consider myself "white."
I have no idea what prompted you to write such a banal article.
30 years on and Kavanaugh hasn’t changed. Ignore him.
Yes I have.
I was educated by sevral dozen of them.
And I never felt the pressure of leftism or rightism. Of course, my recent (last 30 years or so) exposure to my alma materes have suggested a marked list to port.
Because it requires no thinking, and anyone can do it.
Cheap shots would be easy for me; but the worst experience I can recall is that one Jesuit was an alcoholic, 24/7; but in his defense, he was an excellent Geomery and Trig teacher, and that's what I remember.
Imagine that. A Jesuit priest with human failings.
I know tons of right-wing Jesuits. One of them married my brother and sister-in-law. And, if you think that I’m a conservative, you should my brother and sister-in-law. Anyway, we were at the rehersal dinner for my brother’s weddding—I know, I know, like we don’t know how to eat—and someone mentioned Bin Laden, and the radical priest said that he would have no problem killing Bin Laden himself. But, there are tons of conservative and liberal priests.
Where was this clown from January 2001 through January 2009? One can only imagine.
Fr. Robert Spitzer is one of the more orthodox priests I have seen on EWTN; he's conducted many series on ethics, suffering and proving the existence of God.
Back in 1981, Pope John Paul II, appointed a more orthodox priest to be the leader of the Jesuits.
And a few yrs. ago Pope Benedict xvi fired the editor of America Magazine for his liberal catholic views that went against church teachings.
It’s going to take a generation or two to clean things up; there are still many, many liberal priests around from the old school and this order as well as a few others, draw the liberals in.
I’m real glad I saw this.
Better late than never... i’ll take care of this one in person.
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