“Let Your Freak Flag Fly”: A Classroom Story

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Even the most steadfast egalitarian institution betrays itself in practice.  Can anyone deny the vicious and habituated struggle made by the public schools to achieve the social utopian schemes of a darkened age?  The grandfather of public education, John Dewey, had a great hand in effectively purging the Great Western Tradition, human nature and the human soul from the developing reductionist algorithms the schools formulate to craft the modern citizen.  They incessantly clamor that all can learn equally, that all deserve equal access, that all be treated the same, that all deserve equal material success, and the list of equality rights seems interminable.  Yet the hypocrites still have their Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) classes and the more bovine corralled into separate programs.  Consistently, criminal behavior is ignored while relatively benign behavior is punished.  The arbitrary nature of the inequality in public schools is disturbing for those with eyes to see.

For those with the ears to hear, the airwaves bring ominous echoes of reports from all corners of the western world.  Good hard working people are being fined for not baking cakes to celebrate same sex unions, for not photographing gay weddings and for preaching against the sins of homosexual activity.  A 14-year-old boy in Texas was suspended from school for stating that “homosexuality is wrong.”  A teacher in Indiana was suspended for making anti-gay remarks outside the classroom.  A teacher in Florida was suspended and could be fired for making remarks against “gay marriage” on his personal Facebook page.

These occurrences are beginning in build up like a ground swell and it is doubtless that soon we will be inundated by a tsunami of pro-gay rights activists who call “good evil and evil good.” They are already clamoring for the silence and approbation from those of us who rightly recognize that we are made in the image and likeness of God. Those of us who claim that all souls are due proper respect for their intrinsic dignity that comes from a rightly understood Christological anthropology are considered the enemy.  The homosexual agenda, a synonym for the Culture of Death, is reaching its ubiquitous tentacles into all spheres of life and intruding on the free speech of honest hard working Christians everywhere. It is beginning to encroach on our most basic freedoms and threatening our very livelihoods.

I teach 6th grade in a Hispanic migrant farm labor town with 4 schools.  In November our class walked to a neighbor school to watch a student production of a play called Shrek.  The GATE teacher at this school put on the play.

The public schools have been systematically eliminating real standards for decades.  The vertical order of things in the real world is artificially and forcefully turned to horizontal. Research shows that when one group excels, the rest of the student body may suffer attacks of envy and low self-esteem.  This response to excellence is not tolerated. Aside from the utter absence of artistic standard of the performance, the GATE teacher and his students correctly divined the theme of Shrek: “let your freak flag fly.”  In honor of their stout discovery, they distributed a flag for each student in attendance with the motto written on it “let your freak flag fly.”

There are things about which we as Christians must not be silent.  The deplorable lack of goodness, truth and beauty in our public classrooms ought to be one of them.  My students and I had a good long discussion following the dismal performance.  We deliberated the devastating consequences to the human person that arises if one adopts the motto “let your freak flag fly.”

Every morning I have a reading class in which 20 students from the GATE class at my school come to me for 45 minutes.  We had been illegally reading the Chronicles of Narnia and speaking of such prohibited topics as philosophy, logic and ethics.  I involved them too in a conversation about the message conveyed by the producers of Shrek.

It was an engaging conversation.  A little girl raised the topic of “gay marriage.” I gladly displayed both sides of the issue for and against looking at arguments from pathos, logos and ethos, all undergirded by our Catholic understanding of same sex attraction.  The pro-“gay marriage” stance looked good from a few pathological arguments, but fell dreadfully short on logos and ethos.

Three months later, after five weeks of winter break, three weeks spent in Italy, I returned to work to find that I was in the middle of a controversy.  The little girl who asked me about “gay marriage” organized a mini-revolt.  Kids were talking, parents got involved, phone calls were made and a remnant of revolutionaries resolved to come forward in the name of social justice and marriage equality.

The little girl wrote a two-page letter that read like a ‘dear diary’ affirmation of the homosexual agenda.  What she reported was largely true, only skewed as is common when a victim needs to be perceived.  Evidently she has a beloved gay Uncle Jessie.  He opened a bar and a nightclub.  He is so happy and so well liked that she and her family could not fathom why a teacher wouldn’t endorse the gay lifestyle.  I was surprised to read from an eleven year old “I think if somebody wants to be a lesbian, or a homosexual or bi-sexual that it is ok.  Everyone should just follow their heart.” Further she accused me of mentioning God in the classroom. She accused me of five or six other offenses my confessor would encourage.  I was perhaps most perplexed by a sneering parting accusation that ended the letter with “he even quotes C.S. Lewis.”

In this past year alone, three male teachers at my school have been accused of sexual misconduct, put on administrative leave for weeks while investigators followed dead end leads in semi-witch hunts. The results have been consistent, no evidence to support the alleged crimes.  The crisis in the area of sexual morality that Chesterton warned us about has certainly come to fruition.

Four weeks ago my boss came unexpectedly to my room, pulled me out of my class to take me to a disciplinary meeting.  On the way he gave me a full rundown of the accusations and possible outcomes.  I took that inopportune moment to give him a rosary I had brought for him from the Vatican.  He laughed nervously and a little ironically. Good angels must have intervened, because he fought tooth and nail and negotiated with the band of angry parents and managed to keep their complaints informal and thus I avoided administrative leave.

I did however get a disciplinary write up forbidding me to express my opinion in the classroom.  I wanted to ask him whose opinion that was but as Falstaff might have warned me “The better part of valour is discretion.”  It must occur to us all that there really isn’t such a thing as a teacher that doesn’t reference at least some kind of standard of truth; even if that standard is one’s own mind. This is the case for the modern relativists who must comprise nearly the entire body of public school teachers.

Luckily, the students that complained were not my own. As teachers, our moral duty is to lead our students to objective notions of goodness, truth and beauty.  I can serve God in this matter or my boss, but I can’t serve both.  The disciplinary action I suffered is less than a dead letter. I have since not held back a single opinion with my own class, but I will think twice before I speak freely to those particular GATE students.  It occurs to me that the better students in the public schools suffer the most soul damage.

The homosexual agenda is making great advances in our society. I think this is a cause for serious consideration.  The most basic freedoms and self-evident truths upon which this great country was founded are in grave peril.  The homosexual lobby would trade them all for sexual license and that is a tragedy for the entire world.   It is certainly right and true that teachers who commit acts of sexual misconduct ought to be removed and properly dealt with by the authorities.  But I am left wondering, how long will it be before I lose my job for the sexual misconduct of others?

By

Augustine R.C. Mazzeo is a 20 veteran teacher in the California public school system. He is married with 3 daughters. He is a catechist who speaks regularly to adults and teenagers about the Catholic Faith.

  • JOhn

    Augustine, you have my sincere respect and support. This is pure evil and it is coming to all of us, Catholics most of all. The only consolation is that the church thrives in times of persecution. This is probably just what we need, but the personal cost can be heavy. I’m sure there are many students and parents in your class who cherish and value you for your great teaching – far more than the small coterie of haters. God bless you and good luck.

    • sajetreh

      Nicely put John.

    • Augustine

      Dear John, the students and parents in my school district are beautiful and kind souls in general. Very few are malicious. In over 20 years I have never had a problem like this, though I don’t think this willbe the last of it. You should see what is coming down the pike. Thank you for your kind words- may Christ’s peace be with you!

  • Elizabeth

    God bless you Augustine – keep up the good fight!

  • FernieV

    Christians have been sent to the lions during the first three centuries of the Christian era for acknowledging Christ and his teachings. Now it is simply a reprimand or a suspension. Our soul is worth more than that!
    Thank you Augustine for your thoughts, which are the harbinger of the real battle ahead of us in the West.

    • Augustine

      Fernie,
      I very much appreciate your thoughts. I
      agree, I think the real suffering has not yet begun

  • fr. L

    It has never been popular to be a devout follower of Christ. Expect more persecution. It has been a badge of honor in all ages. Thank you for the courage and beg our Lord to remain stedfast. My prayers. Fr. L

  • AcceptingReality

    It’s a wonder why America’s best and brightest are opting for careers other than school teacher isn’t it? Here’s what I think. God fearing Christians should just co-opt their language. From now on let Jesus freaks fly “freak flags” freak flags of their own!

  • publiusnj

    There may be dark days ahead. However, the Catholic Church and its Christian morality will not disappear. On the other hand, the state, which practices amorality in the name of neutrality, may well disppear if it does not profoundly change. The collapse of the gay agenda will come fast or slowly. If we don’t speak up, the collapse will come slowly and perhaps not until after the state has disappeared.

  • http://twitter.com/ChristinaArche9 Christina Archer

    I am NOT a Catholic- I am an Eastern Orthodox christian. You have my sincere sympathy and respect, sir.

  • sajetreh

    I have been warning for years that same-sex marriage and the first amendment can not coexist. We are now seeing the fruits of that warning. Cardinal George’s words may be truly prophetic “I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his
    successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will
    pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild
    civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.”

    Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/tim-drake/the-myth-and-the-reality-of-ill-die-in-my-bed#ixzz2MgDffMZV

    We are privileged believers to live in such a time where good and evil are so obvious and the battle so clear. It will not be easy going but have faith brothers and sisters our Lord and Savior has paid the ransom and we have nothing to fear, but fear itself. May the power of the Holy Spirit strengthen us to speak the truth no matter what the consequences.

    Our prayers are with you Augustine.

  • TheodoreSeeber

    The time is coming when Catholics will be kicked out of government again, just as the KKK tried to do in the 1920s. The difference is that the moral relativists seem to have the false idol of secularism on their side.

  • John O’Neill

    Look at how dumb Americans actually are and this includes those millions with university degrees; they actually believe that a white kid is the son of Michael Jackson; they actually believe that Elton John and many other celebrated entertainment beings can beget children with their male partners; they actually believe that Joe Paterno is the culprit in a homosexual scandal involving a homosexual who ran a tax free charity which involved young boys. They actually believe that a hollywood producer who was convicted of raping a fourteen year old girl in his hot tub but and then escaped to France is a national treasure and should be adulated for his great work as a hollywood operative. They believe that fourteen year old girls should not be banned from all male high school football teams even though they neglect the fact that the NFL, NBA, and MLB vigorously exclude females from participating in this past time for millionaires. Finally they believe that if anyone says that homosexual marriage is an abomination and is forbidden by the Bible should be charged and convicted of a hate crime in the sense that anyone who condemns adultery and gluttony should be convicted for committing a hate crime against Ted Kennedy and his extended family. O tempora O mores.

  • WRBaker

    Having taught in Catholic schools for some time now, there are parts of the problem that many people do not know about in dealing with homosexuality in teaching our students.

    To begin with, sex (in the form of “Family Life,” for which the parents must sign a written release) is an uncomfortable subject for many students and even teachers will run away from discussing anything not part of the book. Homosexuality, as a subject, is worse and is barely mentioned in these texts.

    I’ve found that by middle school, much of the student views on subjects are starting to become solidified and it is difficult to guide their reasoning. In part, either they embrace their parents’ view of things or entirely reject them. (Parents, you know what I’m saying.)

    A case in point, an 8th grade girl once told me that she didn’t see anything wrong with same-sex marriage and that her parents agreed. I quickly discovered that neither she nor her parents had read what the Church teaches on this subject.

    As a class, then, I began with the pertinent passages in the Bible and the students were horrified at the story of the two angels who came to Sodom. We also dealt with CCC
    1867 and the Sins that Cry to Heaven for Vengeance (though I did not mention the Minister to Priests who said during an in-service that he had never heard of these sins). This also brought up the “priests scandal,” which was also addressed. Finally, the fact that homosexuals are not hated by the Church (a very common misperception) was addressed. These simple steps, taken at what appeared to be the right age group, seemed to have
    the desired effect and, if nothing else, presented the Church’s position and rationale.

    This is the problem. Parents don’t talk to their kids about sex and homosexuality is
    virtually never discussed. Students are exposed to television, peer pressure, indifference and appeals wrapped in “gay rights.” Morality and Church teachings rarely enter the equation and, if they do, they are belittled or vilified.

    • Bono95

      I know homosexuality and abortion are 2 of the 4 Sins That Cry to Heaven for Vengeance, but what are the other 2?

      • WRBaker

        They are: Willful murder; The sin of Sodom; Oppression of the poor; and Defrauding
        laborers of their wages.

        • Bono95

          OK, Thank You

          • Michael Paterson-Seymour

            Murder

            And the Lord said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground.” (Gn 4:10)

            Sodomy

            Then the Lord said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave, I will go down to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry which has come to me.” (Gn 18:20-21)

            Oppressing Widows & Orphans

            “You shall not afflict any widow or orphan. If you do afflict them, and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry.” (Ex 21-23)

            Defrauding Labourers of their Due

            “You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your brethren or one of the sojourners who are in your land within your towns; you shall give him his hire on the day he earns it, before the sun goes down (for he is poor, and sets his heart upon it); lest he cry against you to the Lord, and it be a sin in you.” (Dt 24:14-15)

  • cestusdei

    Great job. This is why they so oppose Catholic schools and home schooling. They so desperately want to indoctrinate, not educate, children into the culture of death. I can see the day when Christians will not be allowed to teach, just as in the days of pagan Rome. We will be persecuted and they may seize children from Christian homes arguing that disagreeing with homosexuality is “abuse.” How utterly ironic. Keep up the good work as best you can for as long as you can.

    For others, we need more real Christian and Catholic teachers. Also run for your school board. If the board is made up of Christians it is much harder for them to get their way. If you teach get into a position of power in the union and do the same.

  • lifeknight

    Nearly 22 years ago I began home schooling in response to the horrific “Catholic” sex education my daughter received in 4th grade at a local parish school. My deceased mother in law never missed an opportunity to ask when the children were going to go back to a “real” school. RIP grandma, but does anyone wonder why thousands of families are back at the kitchen table teaching and learning? The truth is that if YOU want to influence and educate your children in the Faith, you have no choice but to take on the task. (I still can’t grasp Algebra, but there are video programs for many subjects.)

    • musicacre

      I didn’t grasp algebra for the first 5 kids we homeschooled, (thanks be to God that they did) so I am learning it nicely with my 6th. And yes, we are using a video program this time, called A Teaching Texbook. I highly recommend it. Four already made it to university without my being great at that topic:) Our children managed not to be tainted with the politically correct stuff and even learn something as icing on the cake!

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  • Tony

    We are quite mad. We are so mad, even our fits of madness contradict one another. We don’t even have any method to the madness — unless the key to it all is the unnatural.

    I cannot believe that there is a single normal father of a son who does not wish that his boy will grow up to be normal and healthy, attracted to women and attractive to them in turn. That is perfectly natural, and nobody has a right to get in the boy’s way, or to lay a snare in his path.
    This isn’t to wish any harm to homosexual men. It’s rather to wish for health and sanity for boys growing up now. I don’t wish that John will become an alcoholic, or an inveterate gambler, or a nymphomaniac, or a man prone to severe depression. That doesn’t mean that I “hate” gamblers and alcoholics and such; I don’t hate them at all. But John, the real John “isn’t” an alcoholic, even if alcoholism deforms his personality, as all sins do. If I say, “I want to cure John of his alcoholism,” that’s because I want the true John to shine forth.
    An idea — when are we going to have a parade for decent and healthy young Catholic or Christian men and women, who do the right things, and are growing up attracted to one another, so that they can marry and have children after the normal manner of nature? How come those people are never celebrated? It’s only the bizarre that’s celebrated, like those whorish sisters with the Armenian surname, and louts like Charlie Sheen, and poor pathetic men strolling nude down Main Street in Toronto, desperate to have people look at them.

    • Augustine

      Dear Tony,

      Your point makes so much sense, clear, sane, lucid, and real
      but the frustration is how do we make it clear that homosexual activity is
      disordered, not terribly unlike heterosexual promiscuity? How do we make it clear that these acts are
      purposeful choices, not like the accidentals of birth? Even if we just made the
      point to so many Catholics that do not make this distinction, it would be a
      great feat. I am going to tuck your
      comments away and if I can somehow learn to make it clear that homosexual acts
      are in the category of addictions and not of genetic accidentals, maybe I will
      have a sound defense.

      Imagine celebrating the building block of civilization, the
      domestic church, it sounds glorious.

      • Phil

        The main problem is that Catholic arguments against homosexuality are refutations to claims that nobody actually makes.
        Very few people really support gay rights out of relativism or because it’s not a choice, although those arguments are made in certain contexts.
        The core argument in support of gay rights is that homosexual relationships and activities don’t preclude ethical imorality or psychological instability, and therefore, homosexuality is morally neutral. The Catholic Church has nothing to counter that claim, and when Catholics try to anyways they just seem ignorant.

        • anon

          Don’t preclude ethical immorality? That is relativism right there. Of course it is immoral. That is a matter of commonsense and reason.

          As for the psychology well if we correctly define health then any reasonable person can see deviant acts are psychologically bad.

          • Phil

            Homosexuality does not preclude other kinds of immorality, such as arrogance, selfishness, violence, theft, laziness, hatred, etc. Anybody with any exposure to gays know that. Neither does it preclude mental illness, as the scores of mentally stable gays demonstrate.

            The only secular argument against homosexuality is that it’s different from the norm and doesn’t have a natural function. Beyond these points, there’s no way at all to qualify it’s wrongness. If someone doesn’t think that homosexuality’s lack of “naturalness” or “normativity” is meaningful there’s no way to argue against them.

            This is not a relativist claim. A relativist claim would be that, say, the oppression of women in Saudi Arabia is moral because its a cultural value of that country. Yet that claim is contrary to the “relativist” reasoning I’ve used to argue in favour of homosexuality; female oppression is demonstrably harmful to women and a symptom of cruelty.

            • TheodoreSeeber

              I think you meant “produce”, but you yourself seem to be an example of homosexuality producing mental instability. Homosexuality is demonstrably harmful to *homosexuals* and it is a symptom of cruelty to suggest otherwise.

        • TheodoreSeeber

          I will believe that claim the day that two men in a gay marriage have children without technological or outside of the marriage support. The only type of sex that can be supported by evolution is procreative sex. ALL other types are the very definition of “ethical immorality”, and anybody who says different flunked basic ATHEISTIC biology.

        • Augustine

          Phil, Are you making the absurd claim that if “nobody makes a claim” then an explanation is not necessary? So why do people really support gay rights?
          Of course it is out or relativism because there is no solid moral and ethical defense. It is so terribly far from morally neutral, I can’t imagine how anyone could claim otherwise. Those in support of it would call it a moral good, the same way an addict would defend his right to his drugs, not in the way the civil rights movements of the 60’s were defended.

          Considering the ‘ideas’ expressed in your post, referring to Catholic explanations as “ignorant” seems quite a bit worse than the pot calling the kettle black, because in this case the kettle is not black.

    • Susan

      I think there is already a parade like that. It’s held every January in Washington DC.

    • Bono95

      Spot on observations and great insights and explanations.

  • Augustine

    Thank you all for the kind words of support, it does my soul
    good to hear the echoes of the law written on our hearts. I am even more grateful for the prayers. May Christ’s peace be on all men of good
    will!

  • musicacre

    I believe the homosexual hurt-feelings lobby that threatens to shut down any free speech in the world is just a tool of those that are working to fritter down our rights in democracies, without having to actually get rid of our elected governments. It IS up to citizens to demand the constitution still protect individual rights to freedom. If it weren’t this group, it would be something else, designed to muffle free speech. The gay movement is being used as a tool, which they happen to enjoy for the moment, but in the end when all the rights have eroded they will wake up and realize their rights are gone too. They’ve been suckered into helping get rid of democracy….a democracy which allows freedom to worship and freedom to believe what one chooses to believe .

    • Bono95

      I believe the term employed for such totalitarian tools is “useful idiots”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jambe-dArgent/100003865893919 Jambe d’Argent

    Homosexual propaganda aimed at the Catholics very often appeals to the completely misconstrued concept of “love” and many are fooled by it. In our sentimental times such abuse is not surprising. A good start to counter this manipulation would be to use more often the term “charity” in the Scriptural context. A small thing, sure, but with important implications.

  • Mack Hall

    Yes, yes, but none of you voted in your last school board election, and only half of you voted last November.

    • musicacre

      It’s true voter apathy is almost universal in well-to–countries. My son had a social studies project to look at the numbers for our last election (Canada) and I was surprised to learn that our Conservative government got in under 6,000,000 votes in total! The opposition got over 4,000,000. We have a population of over 30,000,000 so someone wasn’t voting.

  • http://wasteyourtime.mtgames.org/ Scaevola

    The problem, in your terminology: it’s so much easier to follow pathos than to struggle to understand the logos or ethos. Too many people don’t want to think any more. Or if they do, then it’s in service to the lower parts.

  • rrkf15c

    Thank you for reaffirming my decision to send my four young children to Catholic School.

    • Augustine

      That alone makes this essay worth it. I send my three to Catholic schools. I would much rather have them around bad Catholics than good secular humanists.

  • ace

    Hmm… Is “bovine” now the politically correct term for a student who receives special education services? Is it a “relatively benign” term when only the “freaking” GATE students and the teachers/staff understand the term (at least until it gets into popular student usage replacing “SPED head”)? Oh, never mind…
    What I really want to know is would a teacher be disciplined if they stood in front of Planned Parenthood with a sign which read “Abortion and Oral Contraceptives Increase a Woman’s Risk of Cancer”?
    Or, if you asked a GATE student selling Girl Scout cookies why the Girl Scouts supports killing babies in the womb?

    • Augustine

      Ace, no bovine is just an adjective I used to describe how the other students are treated.

  • 1rosemarie2

    Homosexuality, Abortion, Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide have one common goal : furthering efficient depopulation of planet earth ….

  • A M

    And here we have it. At the end of the day, good and evil CANNOT coexist. It is literally not possible. It is, as it were, like a pair of scales. To whatever degree we, or society, becomes more evil, we will automatically become less good, and the other way around.

    For some time now (I’m tempted to say since around the 1960′s) a lot of otherwise good people have espoused the “can’t we just all get along” way of looking at things. They have missed the obvious and fatal flaw with that philosophy. To whatever extent a man is evil, unjust, sinful, etc., no… the good, just, holy man cannot “just get along” with that other man’s sins, for the simple reason that there is a hell, and the good man does not want himself or his neighbor in it. He can love the sinner, but if he loves the sinner, he will not want that sinner’s soul in hell. Whether the sinner loves him back or not, for loving his soul more than he loves it himself, is entirely irrelevant.

    The problem is, the devil knows there’s a war on, whether the well-meaning Catholics and others know it or not. He, at least, is not going to give an inch. Those who love sin, will steadfastly push for ever more and more freedom to do ever more evil, and ever less freedom and more censure for those that don’t like whatever evil they would like to be free to do. If the well-meaning nice guys of the world are content to hide the law of Our Lord under their hats, and allow the society in which they live to do to their Catholic Faith and to their minds, hearts and souls, what Pilate commanded to be done to Our Lord, the well-meaning nice guys will, inevitably, wake up one day in a society that is the closest thing to hell this side of it. And his neighbor might one day wake up in the real hell as a consequence.

  • A M

    And here we have it. At the end of
    the day, good and evil CANNOT coexist. It is literally not possible. It
    is, as it were, like a pair of scales. To whatever degree we, or
    society, becomes more evil, we will automatically become less good, and
    the other way around.

    For some time now (I’m tempted to say since around the 1960′s) a lot
    of otherwise good people have espoused the “can’t we just all get along”
    way of looking at things. They have missed the obvious and fatal flaw
    with that philosophy. To whatever extent a man is evil, unjust, sinful,
    etc., no… the good, just, holy man cannot “just get along” with that
    other man’s sins, for the simple reason that there is a hell, and the
    good man does not want himself or his neighbor in it. He can love the
    sinner, but if he loves the sinner, he will not want that sinner’s soul
    in hell. Whether the sinner loves him back or not, for loving his soul
    more than he loves it himself, is entirely irrelevant.

    The problem is, the devil knows there’s a war on, whether the
    well-meaning Catholics and others know it or not. He, at least, is not
    going to give an inch. Those who love sin, will steadfastly push for
    ever more and more freedom to do ever more evil, and ever less freedom
    and more censure for those that don’t like whatever evil they would like
    to be free to do. If the well-meaning nice guys of the world are
    content to hide the law of Our Lord under their hats, and allow the
    society in which they live to do to their Catholic Faith and to their
    minds, hearts and souls, what Pilate commanded to be done to Our Lord,
    the well-meaning nice guys will, inevitably, wake up one day in a
    society that is the closest thing to hell this side of it. And his
    neighbor might one day wake up in the real hell as a consequence.

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