-—Everyone isnt proclaiming to be the Universal Church either...-—
Universal, not impeccable. And Jesus foretold the coming of wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Priests abuse children at a lower rate than ministers, and at a much lower rate than teachers.
2. Stop whining about double-standards like a bunch of radical feminists.
When the New York Times ran a full page ad viciously attacking the Church in a manner that any rational person would label an incitement to hatred and perhaps even violence, there were many conservative commentators who could only focus on one thing: getting in a similar shot at Islam. It became the obsession of the week for some people, with one public figure, Pamela Geller, even drafting an anti-Islam ad for the Times.
Bill Donohue complained in a similar manner when the television show South Park mocked the Church. All he could focus on was taunting the creators of the show to take a shot at Islam (which they actually would have done, had Comedy Central not censored their work out of fear). And so Ive seen, over and over again, the first response to any attack on Christianity being why arent you attacking Islam too?
This is irrational behavior. Setting aside how I might feel about Islam as a religion, I must ask: what did Americas Muslims do to deserve this kind of treatment? Why wasnt there a voice that said that it is wrong to incite hatred against anyone? Seeing Islam and Muslims themselves mocked and humiliated the way the Church has been isnt something that is going to make me feel better. I dont think it is going to make anyone feel better.
It has nothing to do with fear of terrorism either, but rather with the axiom we all learned in kindergarten (which is itself derived from Christianity): two wrongs dont make a right. Not only that, but how absurd is it to as I have sometimes seen both demand an apology for remarks made against ones own religion and insist that fairness requires that another religion be ridiculed?
Theres just a whiny quality to these demands as well. The obsession with the double-standard really infected our culture through feminism. Books and books have been written that solely concern themselves with the double-standards that society holds for men and women. Do double-standards exist? Yes. Can they sometimes be unfair? Yes. Can they be eliminated? No! Sometimes life is unfair.
Moreover, if you are a Christian, you ought to expect it to be unfair. It is time to get used to the fact that we live in a pagan society, not a Christian one. We see certain evidences of a past in which Christianity was the dominant cultural paradigm, and it may tempt us into thinking that we have more political and social weight than we really have.
This is the reality: If the world hate you, know ye, that it hath hated me before you If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you Jn. 15:18, 20
Compared to what Catholics have suffered in different times and places around the world, we have it pretty easy. This is not to say that we shouldnt be concerned, even outraged, when Christ is disrespected in public. But the two major response types Ive covered here range from immature to immoral. How about instead of boycotting Jon Stewart, or demanding he apologize, or insisting that he take some shots at Islam, we pray for his conversion to the Catholic faith? Not only is that what God wants of us, not only is it what is objectively best for Jon Stewart, it will bring upon us the kind of hatred that makes us more worthy of Christ, the hatred of the world for His sake. What would 1 million prayers for the conversion of Jon Stewart result in? Id like to find out.