The controversial Mosque

And so it begins: the building of a mosque by a Muslim cleric who by all accounts thus far has proven himself to be very radical in his Islamic faith, on a site where radical Muslims committed the greatest atrocity our soil has ever seen in many years: the wanton destruction f at least 3,000 innocent lives.  What in the world are these idiots thinking?!?!?!?!

People like me are called bigots and throwing the First Amendment out the window with regard to this controversy.  Am I?  By all accounts, the cleric has declared his radical intentions by being unwilling to call a spade a spade and declare Hamas the terrorist organization it has shown itself to be.  He also states that America must become more in compliance with Shariah Law.

Shariah Law is perhaps one of the worst system of laws ever conceived, very anti-thetical to our Constitution and Declaration of Independence and the freedoms granted by the First Amendment.  Under this system of laws if the clerics even SUSPECT a woman of adultery, that woman is stoned to death along with her unborn child if she’s carrying one (and they say they are against abortion, riiiiiiight).  Under this system of laws a person incurs the penalty of death for rejecting Islam.  And this is the system of laws that this cleric would like to see America adopt?!?!?!

Samuel Adams once said: “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.” (from http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quotes_by/samuel+adams)

Well I will adapt this quote to say that if your religious beliefs are offensive to the American culture of liberty and justice for all, as radical Islam is, then go home from us in peace.  We ask not your counsels or your arms.  Crouch down and lick the hands of your master (in radical Islam’s case, Shariah Law).  May the chains of your servitude set lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.  So if standing against those who seek nothing but the complete and total submission of our nation to the radical Islamist Shariah Law makes me a bigot, then I am proud to be called one.

The True Value and Worth of Women in Mary

Today, where we as Catholics celebrate the Assumption, Fr. Mark Noonan gave what is likely one of the most powerful sermons regarding the true dignity and worth of women using Mary, Blessed Virgin and Mother, as an example.

In Catholic tradition we believe that Mary’s heart was completely and purely dedicated to Our Lord and thus in return God preserved her free of the stain of original sin in order to sanctify her as Queen of the Prophets.  Thus did Our Lord through elevate women to a status never before seen: from something to be possessed to something worth waiting for.

In this sermon he said that a guy who loves a woman should not say “I love you.”  Any idiot can say that.  A true man is one who says instead of “I love you” to a woman says “you are worth waiting for” and backs it up with his actions.  St. Paul enjoins wives to be submissive to their husbands as Mary was submissive to Our Lord.  In turn he also enjoins husbands to love their wives as Christ loves His Church.  In this we have the true model of family, where the man of the house derives his authority from Christ and the woman of the house lives like Mary in many ways and submits herself to her husband’s authority unless his authority starts to become distinct un-Christ-like.  It is then the woman’s moral duty to stand up and display her equal dignity and worth in Mary.  It is then woman’s moral duty to correct her husband should he cease using Christ as the model of his authority.

The main message of Fr Mark Noonan and this blog is this:  that women have a dignity and worth that like every other human being far surpasses the imperfect and sinful things of this world.  Also, the true way to attract men is through woman’s quiet dignity and worth, not by having the woman behave in provocative ways.  Oftentimes, when women dress provocatively the type of men they tend to attract have intentions that are less than honorable.  When women begin to view themselves as having a dignity and worth that surpasses the world and all its carnal and base desires, and men begin to respect that dignity and worth of women, only then can true sexual freedom for both men and women exist.