The Holy Season of Lent: Time for Bashing Catholics in Madison Wisconsin
The Wisconsin State Journal Defiles Itself Again
It is common knowledge among people of faith that “enlightened” irreligious progressives who do not engage in customary Lenten spiritual sacrifice/self-improvement, frequently spend Lent attacking Christians and attacking the Catholic Church in the media and elsewhere.
Why? Anybody’s guess. Too much free time? Subconscious guilt? Satan preying on undisciplined minds and spirits? Conscious exercise of Alinsky Tactics by progressives who want to damage the reputation of the Church?|
After all, the Catholic Church is the largest, most organized and most effective opponent of the radical agenda in the world today, and Madison, home of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and the place where embryonic stem cell research was developed and patented, is not a welcoming place for Catholics or for their philosophy.
Predictable Lenten Attacks
Madison in recent weeks, led by the Wisconsin State Journal (WiSJ), which seems bent on self-destruction, like it’s partner publication the Cap Times, which is no longer available in print.
The Wisconsin State Journal just published an interview with Madison’s Bishop Morlino about Pope Francis’ teachings. Although not biased in itself, the interview spawned vicious online discussion attacks on the Bishop, with “enlightened,” highly educated and “tolerant” Madisonians dredging up old false myths and accusations against the Catholic Church, denigrating Madison’s Bishop, and even ridiculing Catholic liturgical vestments.
Unbiased, or Set Up to Spike?
This Wisconsin State Journal’s “unbiased” interview actually only looked unbiased to those uninitiated to Madison and it’s WiSJ. The interview article was actually a set up, like a volleyball play set up by one player for another to spike the ball. Once the interview was placed by reporter A (Doug Erickson, who incidentally tried just last month to associate the Bishop of Madison falsely with child abuse allegations elsewhere in the US), attackers followed. The attackers included a second WiSJ reporter B (Chris Rickert), who ridiculed the Bishop’s interview and questioned his motivations in a second article, in which Rickert presumed to know the mind of God. The Editor John Smalley participated by publishing three letters from angry readers ( 1, 2, 3 ) who attacked the Bishop and the Diocese. And finally, attackers included the “regulars;” anonymous Madisonians who attack the Catholic Church, the Diocese, and the Bishop routinely in the discussion forums after each WiSJ article published about Catholics. These “regulars” include Madison’s biggest bullies hiding their true identities behind screen names, lacking the courage to spread their hateful slander undisguised.
Obama Sets Up and Spikes
This set-up-and-spike tactic is not uncommon among progressives; it was the very tactic used by President Obama to attack the Catholic Church in the early planning stages of ObamaCare. President Obama invited Cardinal Dolan, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to the White House, assured him that ObamaCare will respect the religious rights of Catholic institutions, invited Cardinal Dolan to relay the message to the other bishops to put the Catholic Church at ease, unprepared for what was coming next. The axe fell a few months later, when President Obama issued the Contraception Mandate, to which many other groups were exempt, but to which the Catholic Church received no exemption, thus requiring Catholic institutions to violate their religious beliefs or be punished financially and cripplingly by law.
At present, President Obama is fighting 91 Religious Liberty lawsuits, and the Vatican’s Chief Justice, Cardinal Burke, has declared that Obama’s policies are “Progressively More Hostile Toward Christian Civilization.”
So these set-up-and-spike tactics are not new to progressive politics. Not too surprising, for a group that advocates free birth control and promiscuity, followed by abortion which perpetrates eugenics, lack of fiscal accountability either in government or in citizenry, and numerous other unethical policies which violate the Ten Commandments and the Constitution of the United States. The WiSJ simply appeared to be mimicking President Obama in it’s use of tactics against the Catholic Church.
Second Round of Attack – Who Ridicules Victims of Arson?
Stations of the Cross?
The above series of attacks stemming from the interview with Bishop Morlino about the Pope was then followed by reporter B’s (Chris Rickert’s) publishing a very disrespectful piece about the Diocese of Madison’s burnt down Cathedral site in Madison, which now houses a temporary outdoor Stations of the Cross until the economy permits the rebuilding of a Cathedral
downtown. In this second round of attacks, Rickert failed to even mention that the plot of land had housed a Cathedral burned down by arson, he showed no sympathy for his fellow Christians (he actually claimed to be a Christian in the piece!) for the tragic loss of their Cathedral, and made wise-cracks about the tax-ability of the land, suggested its use for public bathrooms, lamented that the land was not used for soup kitchens, Girl Scout and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and suggested it would be more useful for tossing a football or for “smooching under the stars.”
If Rickert is truly a Christian, he could look into some Lenten spiritual self-improvement rather than ridiculing the Stations of the Cross during Lent.
Professional Journalism, or Professional Suicide?
The level of misinformation and disrespect delivered by Rickert’s piece was pretty remarkable for someone who claims to be a journalist and claims to have a “laser-like perspective.” More remarkable is the fact that his editor, John Smalley, allowed it to be published. Finally, most remarkable of all, is the fact that the second largest newspaper in Wisconsin publishes such literary offal. Offal which insults the 25% Catholic population of Madison, of Wisconsin and of the United States. All the while claiming to be a mecca of tolerance, intellectualism and enlightenment.
The Wisconsin State Journal is likely to go the way of other progressive organizations that have imploded from their own boomeranging tactics. That would include the Capital Times of Madison which abandoned print editions in 2008, and the plunging ratings of MSNBC, CNN, and even of President Obama himself, whose lies and misrepresentations are coming home to roost, both at home and abroad.
More Disgruntled Progressives During Lent
Wisconsin State Journal is not alone in their nefarious activities this Lent. Apparently, the Freedom From Religion Foundation of Madison also got a bee in it’s bonnet over religion recently. They were incensed to hear that (Christian) Governer Scott Walker tweeted a scripture reference recently (Philipians 4:13), and demanded removal of the tweet. The scripture verse reads “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Why would the Freedom From Religion Foundation be in such a quandary over the tweeting of a scripture reference? Because the scripture reference summarizes the Power of Religion and alerts people to the fundamental reason why Freedom From Religion wants eradication of religion from public life—the fact religion advocates an inviolable moral code, which places limits on the actions in which all, including the powerful, can engage. The Freedom of Religion Foundation is terrified of nice men who are powerful; for politicians, these men are dangerous. Such men include Pope Francis and Scott Walker. In actual fact, the Freedom From Religion Foundation represents only 1 out of thousand atheists, and only one out of 10,000 Americans, so they do not represent a serious threat to the rest of 80% Christian America, unless we allow ourselves to be bullied into submission by a pathetic and angry minority. Most atheists (999 out of 1,000) are quite happy to coexist with Christians without demanding to control their tweets.
Have a Good Productive Lent, Everyone
So, as the disgruntled media and progressives continue their customary attacks on Christians in Madison this Lent, let’s remember that Religion is Power, and including God in the plan helps us to win the war. Our opponents can attack and sputter as much as they want during Lent, but as Governor Walker reminds us, in Christ, we can do all things. Lent is our training camp, the Way of the Cross is our salvation, and the Resurrection and Easter are not just symbolic; they are very, very real.
No wonder the Enemy is sputtering at the approach of Lent and Easter each year!
Have a good and spiritually productive Lent, everyone!
Praise be to God!
Want to Complain?
- John Smalley, editor of the Wisconsin State Journal, (608) 252-6104, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Doug Erickson, faith and values reporter of the Wisconsin State Journal, (608) 252-6149, email@example.com
- Chris Rickert, metro columnist of the Wisconsin State Journal (608) 252-6198, firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the cool global map at Rosary for the Bishop, a website organized in 2005 to help support Bishop Morlino against the attacks he was suffering in Madison, and which now coordinates 1580 members from 258 dioceses and from 996 parishes, who have prayed 278,300 rosaries for 456 bishops globally since then.
Join the effort by signing up to pray as little as one rosary per month for the bishop of your choice. Note: Pope Francis is also a bishop, and you can sign up to pray for him.
Against odds like this, Chris Rickert, Doug Erickson and the Wisconsin State Journal have little chance.
See what happened the last time we took to global prayer: Making Sense of Syria.