Fatal Attraction: The Church and Multiculturalism

As any number of observers have pointed out, multiculturalism is the Trojan Horse by which militant Islam entered the West.  The spread of the more extreme manifestations of Islam only became possible when the West capitulated to the doctrine that assimilation to Western values was no longer desirable and criticism of Islamic practices no longer permissible.

A comprehensive new study in the UK shows one of the consequences of embracing the otherness of the “other” without qualification. Easy Meat:  Multiculturalism, Islam, and Child Sex Slavery reveals that for more than two decades Muslim gangs in England and Wales have been grooming and sexually exploiting British children on a large scale.  According to one estimate, at least 10,000 girls, most of them between the ages of 11 and 16, are kept as virtual sex slaves by the gangs at any one time.  The study is unusual for explicitly and emphatically blaming the doctrine of multiculturalism for enabling the growth and spread of the crime wave:

Because the predators were Muslims, the agencies responsible for child-protection have almost entirely failed in their job to protect vulnerable children.  From a fear of being called ‘racist’, police forces across the country have buried the evidence … Political correctness would be used to make sure that people did not speak about this phenomenon, enabling the perpetrators free rein to sexually abuse school girls for decades.

In view of the actual and potential destructive effects of non-assimilation, it’s more than a little disconcerting that the Catholic Church seems to have unofficially adopted much of the multicultural agenda—particularly in respect to immigration.  American and European bishops have, on the whole, taken a very welcoming stance toward immigration, and, in general, they have put the emphasis on the duty to welcome the stranger, rather than on any duty the stranger may have to assimilate. Moreover, two popes have singled out Muslims for particular attention.  In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis said that “Christians should embrace with affection and respect Muslim immigrants.” Francis also called on Muslim countries to respect and uphold the rights of Christians, hoping that his goodwill toward Muslims in Europe will be reciprocated by leaders of Islamic nations toward persecuted Christian minorities. Furthermore, Pope Benedict, who initially opposed Turkey’s inclusion in the European Union on the grounds that Turkish culture was incompatible with Europe’s Christian culture, eventually reversed his position and became a supporter of Turkey’s entry into the EU—perhaps to avoid reprisals against Turkish Christians. (Indeed, every time Benedict called on Muslims to respect reason or behave in a civilized manner toward their Christian neighbors, protests soon followed.)

But, as Geert Wilders, a member of the Dutch Parliament has pointed out, while Turkey can be a “good neighbor” to Europe, it would not be wise to make it “a member of the family.”

If the 72.5 million Turks join the EU, Turkey will be the second most populous EU state after Germany and will probably be the most populous by 2020.  Turkey will then have the most seats in the European Parliament and will profoundly influence the EU’s agenda from within, including through the new flood of Turkish immigration that EU membership will make possible. (Marked for Death, p. 173)

It would be nice to think that Turkish immigrants would assimilate, but there are a couple of reasons to think that they won’t—one being that they have not on the whole done so, and the other being that European and Turkish elites don’t believe in assimilation.  As Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Erdogan told a crowd of twenty thousand Turkish immigrants in Cologne in 2008, “assimilation is a crime against humanity.”

There are a number of good reasons why the Church ought to rethink the multicultural program.  The primary reason is that multiculturalism is a form of relativism. It’s based on the belief that all cultures and religions are of equal value and, for that matter, that all values are of equal value.  If that’s so, then societies shouldn’t endorse one set of values over another.  Most Catholic authorities can see the problem with this position in regard to sexual ethics in the West, but are often reluctant to criticize relativism when it comes clothed in a dashiki or a burqa.  While Church leaders have no difficulty in rejecting the notion that same-sex marriage is equal to heterosexual marriage, they are more hesitant about raising their voices against practices that fall under the multicultural shield of protection, such as the killing of apostates or the stoning of adulterers.

The relativistic nature of multiculturalism ought to give Catholics pause before they sign on to its agenda.  Another reason to be suspicious is that multiculturalism is rooted in Romantic notions about human nature, and Romanticism usually entails a rejection of the doctrine of original sin.  Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who was the first to fully develop the Romantic theory, held that we are born not in original sin but in original innocence. The bad that we see in people, said Rousseau, results not from a sinful nature but from the corrupting influence of civilization. We need only contemplate the innate wisdom and goodness of children to see the beauty of our nature before it becomes warped by social conventions. Consequently, Rousseau hypothesized that people who lived closer to the state of nature (i.e. “uncivilized” people) were more naturally virtuous and noble.  In the early twentieth century, the celebration of the noble savage was taken up in earnest by cultural anthropologists such as Franz Boaz and Margaret Mead.  Mead’s Coming of Age in Samoa popularized the idea of cultural relativism and is widely considered to be one of the major catalysts for the sexual revolution in the sixties.  In it, Mead painted what might be called a “blue lagoon” picture of primitive society—that is, a place where people live in harmony with one another and have guilt-free sex under the palm trees.

A major implication of the noble savage philosophy is that people in less advanced cultures are superior to people in Western cultures because they have been less subject to the corrupting forces of civilization.  Thus, in any conflict between cultures, cultural relativists tend to automatically side with Third World cultures.  For example, the pro-Palestinian, anti-Israeli stance of many Western elites has more to do with the Third World status of the Palestinians than with the actual merits of their case against Israel.  Likewise, the inability of Western elites to require or even request assimilation on the part of Third World immigrants stems from the guilty feeling that their culture, by merit of its more primitive nature, is superior to our own tradition.

The French call this attitude nostalgie de la boue or “yearning for the mud.”  Primitive societies may be a little muddier than Paris or London, but they are envied by some for being more natural and more fun.  Nostalgia for the mud is a yearning for the pure state of nature where one can supposedly follow one’s impulses without guilt and—theoretically, at least—without repercussions.  After all, in an unfallen world, what’s the harm in having a little fun?

In practice, however, the mixing of vastly different cultures without regard to any common, higher allegiance and without any acknowledgment of man’s sinful nature is a recipe for disaster.  For example, Marseille, which is touted as one of the most multicultural cities in Europe, is also ranked as the most dangerous city on the Continent.  Muslims, who make up 30 to 40 percent of the population, have divided the city into no-go zones that have fallen under the control of gangsters and drug dealers.  Last year, in an attempt to restore some order, the French government dispatched 250 riot police to reinforce the usual deployment of 3,000.  Yet, despite the high rate of violent crime, Marseille is variously described in media reports as “a vibrant Mediterranean melting pot,” “a stubbornly glorious melting pot of seediness and sun,” and “a rich, vibrant, colorful city which many hope can become an example of how multiculturalism can work.”  The journalists who write such nonsense can probably afford to stay in $300-a-night hotels a safe distance from the no-go-zones, so it’s unlikely that too much reality will enter into the no-go-zones of their own hermetically sealed minds.  People who live a little closer to the zones likely have a much better idea of “how multiculturalism can work” when it’s set up as an end in itself.

The Romantic dismissal of original sin is at the root of many contemporary problems.  The belief in natural goodness provided much of the justification for the sexual revolution.  The same belief now provides fuel for the equally pernicious multicultural revolution.  If you don’t believe in original sin, then it’s easier to believe that you can have mass immigration of people from disparate cultures into vastly different cultures and that, somehow, it will all work out for the best.  It’s understandable that secular utopians have fallen for this fantasy.  Why Catholics believe it will work is more of a mystery.

Editor’s note: The image above is a photo of the funeral mass of Bishop Luigi Padovese, Vicar Apostolic of Anatolia, Turkey, who was assassinated by his driver in 2010.

William Kilpatrick

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William Kilpatrick taught for many years at Boston College. He is the author of several books about cultural and religious issues, including Why Johnny Can’t Tell Right From Wrong; and Christianity, Islam and Atheism: The Struggle for the Soul of the West and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Jihad. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Catholic World Report, National Catholic Register, Aleteia, Saint Austin Review, Investor’s Business Daily, and First Things. His work is supported in part by the Shillman Foundation. For more on his work and writings, visit his website, turningpointproject.com

  • Paul

    As a child of Catholic parents who fled from Communism and settled in the UK, I can honestly say I have not “assimilated” to British culture. I have been brought up to believe in the Catholic culture first and foremost , and I can say with certainty that I am at odds most of the times with my fellow Brits. I have been called all kinds of names under the sun that one can think of each time I voice my catholic sentiments. My point is the UK, like most of other countries in the West, may preach multi-culturalism but only as long as it’s not Catholocism.
    Moreover, I would say Western culture, far from the yearning for the primitive or the mud as Boaz & Mead and Rousseau might have said, is distancing itself from its own colonial past & it is trying its hardest to embrace people from other cultures as an exercise of humanism. However, this is not some rose tinted sense of nostalgia but a deliberate political agenda that is laden with Socialist/Communist/Marxist doctrines. The irony of it all is that the end result is a society created that is devoided conscience and barbaric which is far from the utopia that its proponents originally dreamt of. Let’s face it, the West has largely dispensed with any idea of religion and relegated God to the realm of fanaticism, fundamentalism and extremism … for the worse I might add.

    • gsk

      @Paul: all very true. While Dr Kirkpatrick means the best in assimilation, it usually devolves into wearing immodest clothing and hanging out at the local mall, rather than studying the Constitution and considering the merits of Christianity. In fact, how many immigrant families have resorted to violence in order to avoid assimilation maintain their “honour?”

      When I spoke on this topic at Yale (that Catholic culture was the dignified path between Islamic and secular extremes) the Muslim women shouted me down, and demanded to know where my “ideal” was lived. Yes, we are always peripheral, and even hidden in many places, but no less true. Assimilation is needed, but only to a point.

    • Senhorbotero

      Brilliant assessment…right on

    • zcastaux

      You can see it, because you came from ‘outside’. Your powerful reflection is instructive for readers. Did you have any trouble with Novus Ordo parish bulletins which advised us that we needed to practise ‘universal solidarity with sinners’? I saw that in the 90’s, after seeing the formulaic ‘protest banners’ in the 70’s…. Protest on some issues may be needed, indeed, but it was very ‘formulaic’ stuff. And by the 90’s, many Catholic ‘ preached retreats’ were set up to ACTIVELY welcome anyone, into the retreat setting, most particularly those who had not been baptized. Difficult then, to reflect on our duties as baptized persons, isn’t it?

  • Steven Jonathan

    Well done Mr. Kilpatrick!

    Although, Holy Mother Church does not espouse multi-culturalism- for beyond all your good and true points about the bankruptcy of such an ideology, it is racist- certain men in
    the Church espouse it, and they are in error. Those so infected hurt the visible Church and drag many souls with them, but they do not truly represent Her.

    • Thomas

      When you get around to reading E.D. Hirsch, Jr., you will notice his frequency in pointing out how Romantic ideas crept into education and left us with progressive theories about teaching children. Of course, those same Romantic educational ideas have now produced a population too intellectually crippled to reverse its effects.

    • Thomas

      I don’t know if, in fact, the Church has ever not supported multi-culturalism, but its support of relaxed immigration policies, seemingly to give more economic help to poor Mexican immigrants, has not helped traditional Americans win or maintain political power here in the states. Just look at the 2012 Presidential election. Years of birth control practices in “white” families is beginning to haunt traditional America and may haunt the Catholic Church in years to come.

    • zcastaux

      I thought that the true Church was (is), if we are speaking truly, the most ‘multicultural’ union of persons which could ever be imagined. (and indeed, both the Christian and the Islamic faiths are unlimited in their welcome of ‘believers’ of all backgrounds). Reading where King Solomon blesses the Temple and calls upon God to answer the prayers of all nations who have heard of His Name; then all the writings of St Paul on “Jew and Greek, slave and free”, and of all the other followers and observers who heard the Disciples at Pentecost speaking in the dozens of tongues (NOT lalabala, ‘pentecostalism’, but real languages) of all the faithful Jews and visitors assembled there (Thracians, Phoenecians, etc); yes, it would be almost IMPOSSIBLE to find a more extraordinary, truly multi-cultural faith than the catholic ‘Catholic Church’. That means, the true Church, in our terms of course (not for everyone). It does NOT mean modern nation-states, whether formerly “Christian” or not, which have adopted strategic ‘population policies’ and immigration platforms whose real aims are unknown to most of us. I wonder HOW this odd ‘debate’ has developed, which seems to tells us that ‘first world Catholics’ need to force those you have called (quite hideously) ‘the ‘third world’, into being ‘assimilated’. . . . to WHAT? Since WHEN did the early Church require converts to ‘assimilate’ and grow curly blond locks, light skin and an aquiline nose? (and to speak. . . English?? or French? Or what? You do that, of course, to be a functional, participating CITIZEN, which would be a true Stoic doctrine, and not forcibly urged on, or by, a Christian believer. We cannot confuse this.) It was Vatican II, and via Paul VI’s direct requests in some cases, which obliged nations (Ecuador being a case in point) forcible to ABANDON their status as “Christian States’. This removed all relationships between nation-States and so-called ‘private morality’. However, the USA from its earliest, has been extremely proud of the ‘separation of Church and state’; is it THIS issue which we should examine? Great Saints did ‘as the Romans did’ in public manners ONLY so as not to offend others; this was in Christian charity and prudence; Are you really saying that the farce called ‘voting for a democracy’ nowadays, or the so-called ‘first world’ family ‘structures’ (no more parents; only ‘caregivers’ and so on); I mean, are you saying others should assimilate to THIS? The first writer quite clearly says that he could not, as a Catholic, do that in the ‘safety’ of the UK. And if immigrants don’t ‘adapt’, they are troglodytes, or ‘mud-lovers’? Please do not fool anyone that our current, world-altering, hidden-agenda immigration policies (undisclosed to the general public) which ‘water down’ all our senses of nationality and traditional values, worldwide, is a simple plot to make us ‘victims of Islam’. (Were the Goths and Visigoths Islamic? Hardly!) The problem is far wider, far deeper than that. The utter decadence of the West (Pope Leo X111, hearing the voice of the devil at the close of the 19th century, wrote the great Invocation to St Michael, cut out by the Vatican 11 Mass); in general this decadence has allowed criminal elements of all types to run wild. This includes white English men and Irishmen (and Germans and Russians; and Indian ‘bride-buyers’ in Nepal, and more) who carry on the ‘white slave trade’, i e prostitution, to an incredible degree. Girls of 11 years old were found locked up for ‘sale’ in London after smuggling (by white men) via Liverpool, some years ago (one of them escaped and found a social worker). It led to the breaking up of a solid racket. And what about the Balkans-war female slavery, 1990’s? Men of all backgrounds, including from the ‘peacekeeping forces’ were involved; very few were convicted. God ISN’T white; neither was Jesus. Crime isn’t ‘black’ or Islamic. Evil has many creeds; ‘good’ does NOT belong as a property to the so-called ‘developed world’. One is concerned about the Swedish issue, but (white) gang rape was so common in parts of Australia (documented), that police just gave up on the cases; the courts were worse. Any man who retaliated on account of a female relative would have been beaten to death: by white, locally born (non-immigrant, not ‘Asian’, not Islamic) males from his own district. And by the way, if Marseilles is dangerous, split like Los Angeles or Chicago, by rival gangs, then how about trying to live in contemporary Afghanistan under Western occupation and ‘control’? In a dirt-floor shack with your goat? No proper schools, hospitals, in the outlying regions, anywhere. Don’t try an illegal refugee boat to Northern Australia, however. A ‘first world’ country. You will LONG be detained in a segregated prison camp, very far from legal, psychological and linguistic help. And they won’t let you ‘assimilate’. (A number of Christian groups, including Catholics, have tried to give much help.)

  • Multiculturalism is like the modern liberal philosophy that spawned it in that it has to lie about itself in order to invoke its justifying principles. Namely, it affirms the superiority of liberal, multicultural cultures while denying that it is doing so. The whole mantra of multiculturalism is as you say, that no culture is more superior than another. But plainly that is nonsense because a culture that embraces multiculturalism must be superior to one that doesn’t because otherwise what’s the damn point? But guess which cultures embrace multiculturalism? That’s right, Western civ liberalism, ergo, the West is best.

    When your philosophy has a foundation in bullshit, you get no-go zones because everything reduces to argumentum ad baculum, which in this case means whoever isn’t afraid of direct confrontation wins.

  • poetcomic1

    When fathers acquiesce to having their daughters raped and pimped by invading aliens who despise them as ‘easy meat’ (I am thinking even more of Sweden). Game Over.

    • msmischief

      Most of their fathers probably packed their bags and left when the girl was a week old, if that. They are not preying on the girls of intact families, on the whole.

      • poetcomic1

        Violent stranger-rape is epidemic in Sweden and the perpetrators are almost entirely immigrant and Muslim. The victims are almost entirely native Swedes. The fathers of Sweden conspire with a politically correct establishment to hide the identity of the rapists of their own (often middle class and upper class) daughters. Never in history has a nation’s men so abjectly surrendered their manhood.

  • Phototoxin

    You read as a racist zionist. 🙁

  • Michael

    The article is a good one and we have to look no further than Canada to see how multiculturalism is a definite step down in the advancement of civilization. It is indeed a manifestation of relativism. But, having said that the author misses the mark by somehow trying this to a criticism of many of our Bishop’s stands AND TEACHINGS on the need for immigration reform. The inappropriate linkage feeds xenophobia and may be interesting in that it feeds those I. The pews who may be afflicted with a tinge of bigotry. So, my vote? NO to multiculturalism and YES to immigration reform. Also, yes to assimilation and the “Melting Pot Theory.” Keep the cultural traditions of our ancestors (We’re primarily Irish), but learn to live and blend into society. This is what we did when we arrived. In fact, we came here (our ancestors) because we liked what we saw, NOT because we saw an opportunity to change something into what we left behind. Well, I guess we could use the missionaries as the exception.

  • Michael

    The article is a good one and we have to look no further than Canada to see how multiculturalism is a definite step down in the advancement of civilization. It is indeed a manifestation of relativism. But, having said that, the author misses the mark by somehow tying this to a criticism of many of our Bishops’ stands AND TEACHINGS on the need for immigration reform. The inappropriate linkage feeds xenophobia and may be interesting in that it feeds those in the pews who may be afflicted with a tinge of bigotry. So, my vote? NO to multiculturalism and YES to immigration reform. Also, yes to assimilation and the “Melting Pot Theory.” Keep the cultural traditions of our ancestors (We’re primarily Irish), but learn to live and blend into society. This is what we did when we arrived. In fact, we came here (our ancestors) because we liked what we saw, NOT because we saw an opportunity to change something into what we left behind. Well, I guess we could use the missionaries as the exception, but I wouldn’t really equate evangelism with “infiltration.”

  • jcbathtub

    The shepherds need to go to confession and put their man pants on.

  • Art Deco

    According to one estimate, at least 10,000 girls, most of them between
    the ages of 11 and 16, are kept as virtual sex slaves by the gangs at
    any one time.

    I seem to recall about 30 years ago that John Walsh (“America’s Most Wanted”) contended in congressional testimony that up to 50,000 youngsters were kidnapped each year. The FBI had only 167 cases in its files of missing youths, of whom 105 were being displayed on milk cartons at that time. I think you have to regard claims which have the character string “up to” in them with a hunk of rock salt, especially if the character string “there has even been speculation” is nearby.

  • John Albertson

    Margaret Mead was duped by Franz Boas into developing her relativistic
    and romanticized “Coming of Age in Samoa.” Later on, Samoans would mock it
    themselves. After six years of field work, anthropologist Derek
    Freeman would call it the worst example of self-deception in the
    history of the behavioral sciences. Almost everything in the book
    written by Mead was wrong, and was believed by a soft
    Western culture as gullible as she was.

  • cestusdei

    If they were gangs of Catholics who did this what would the reaction be?

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  • publiusnj

    The word “nation” is from the same Latin verb meaning “born” as “native.” A nation used to mean people born of the same tribe. We supposedly have gotten beyond that and a nation now has nothing to do with being “native’ to a certain place (and tribe). Rather, the American nation is now defined as that agglomeration of people from wherever who find themselves within the legal boundaries of the US of A at any particular time. According to Joe Biden, even citizenship is a supefluous concept. Illegals are already Amerricans according to his latest dispensation.

    So long as the concept of “nation” is unrelated to a set of inheritied values, the centrifugal force of the American concept of “Equality” will lead to a more and more amoral republic. If inherited values are deemed no better than imported ones–i.e., heterosexual monogamy versus same sex marriage or Christ’s monogamy versus Islamic (or Mormon) polygamy–we will have no value other than tolerance. Tolerance in the hands of people who set up “no-go zones” may be quite short-lived, once they get control of the State, however.

  • Watosh

    Mr. Kilpatrick raises some valid points that deserve hearing. I would add in this regard that I, having been brought up many years ago, am having a difficult time assimilating to what for want of a better term some would call our current American culture. Today one cannot escape hearing the boom cars filling the air for hundreds of yards of their passing with loud booms reflecting a primitive beat. I am appalled whenever I witness a rock concert, like halftime during the Super Bowl, and I have to get away from this insane, uncontrolled exhibition of frenzied antics. When I grew up there were songs about romance, I recall Marty Robbins and the haunting ballad about a cowboys last days in El Paso, and then there was “High Noon.” I recall those days in which singers smiled with happiness while they sang. There was Lawrence Welk. I am not saying this represented high culture, but it was decent. I recall when men wore coats and ties (just look at the movies of the forties and even fifties), and the Yankees insisted that members of the Yankees make public appearances in coat and tie. I recall when to say some fellow was “clean shaven”was to infer that he could be trusted. Now the uniform for most men is blue jeans and a T-shirt, and most men go around sporting the “bum” look. If today I met most of our millionaire professional athletes walking down a dark alley, I would be very, very uneasy.The only people one saw with tattoos were ex-cons or carney roustabouts. Now little old ladies sport tattoos and men wear earrings. It used to be that one would greet someone with a respectful handshake, whereas now this has been displaced by slapping the hand of someone as a sign of some victory celebration. I remember when the media was not controlled by a few large corporations and there was some attempt to report what was really happening, and there were limitations on what could be advertised by the media. I feel like I am living in a different country. I can remember when Americans weren’t always boasting about being exceptional beings, superior to all other inhabitants in other countries. It isn’t that everything was better then, there were a lot of imperfections too then, but certainly there existed some standards. Someone commented in Crises regarding I believe the Common Core Curriculum, that now we are “sending our children out into this 24/7 Porn Palace Freak Show that once was a civilization.” Pretty fair description. So our current “culture” is not something that inspires awe, and maybe inviting some foreigners to assimilate into the worst habits they encounter here.

    • newguy40

      I know. I’m old too. 🙂 All we can do is cultivate the small patch that the Lord of the Harvest has given us to tend. And, rely on Him for the harvest. Pray, mortify and be the Gospel example to your family and neighbors. Who knows? You may be the Christ your neighbor so desperately needs to see today.

      “It is true that I am of an older fashion;much that I love has been destroyed or sent into exile.” G. K. Chesterton

      Ad jesu par mariam.

    • Beth

      I wish you were my neighbor! I want to send my kids over to sit on the porch and listen to the stories of how wonderful our land used to be. How families were proud of their faith, their church, their families and their country–and were willing to put their lives on the line to protect all of these life-giving entities. Can we ever get there again?

      While living in Germany several years ago, the teacher of our kindergartener at the time took a summer job in America(Texas) to be a nanny. Our house was her first stop on her return to her homeland. “Now I understand you!” she said. “For Americans, their country is their own. Their government is their own. Their president is their own. Here in Germany, we do not consider our country and government to be ‘ours’. This is why you are so passionate about everything.”

      That was very telling to me then and comes back to me again and again. As you have said, Watosh, the nation the way it is, is no longer mine, ours. This culture has robbed us of one of our great loves. The saddest part is that it was not taken from us, we have given it away!

      Lord have mercy!

  • Guest

    Margaret Mead needed a great, big, f***.

  • AugustineThomas

    Baby Murder Nation deserves to die.

    • Augustus

      There are only two options: a nation dies by not reproducing or it lives by reproducing. If you are truly pro-life, you will wish every nation to live by embracing the culture of life. The fact is that abortions have declined in the U.S. and legislation restricting abortion (like in Texas) has been approved by the Supreme Court. There is some reason for hope.

      • NDaniels

        There is always reason for Hope; if you are truly pro Life, you desire Salvation for the people of all Nations. In Time, from the moment of our conception until the moment of our death, our life is a continuum; in Christ, Hope Springs Eternal.

        “No one can come to My Father, except through Me.”
        The purpose of ecumenism is conversion.

      • AugustineThomas

        (Sorry for late reply.)

        This is like saying that I should have wished Nazi Germany well if they had slightly reduced mass murder of Jews.
        Our country has murdered over a hundred million babies. Is there any possible reason in your mind that a country could deserve to die?

  • KyriaGrace

    There is a website/blog concerned with refugee resettlement in the U.S., and it blames the Catholic bishops (and other people) for bringing in refugees for what it claims is big money. I really don’t know what to think. The blogger seems rather anti-Catholic, but I’ve wondered if there is some truth. Do you have any thoughts or information on this? http://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/tag/catholic-charities/

    • Tamsin

      I had the unpleasant experience of volunteering at a free Catholic Charities preschool run for the children at an apartment complex that was built by the city in partnership with CC. I don’t know more about the provenance of the sponsorship of the immigrant families who lived at the complex.
      The clientele were mostly Somali boys aged three to four; the lady who ran the preschool was a… Catholic multiculturist? to put it nicely. I think she had more faith in Rousseau than in Jesus Christ.
      The lasting and excruciating impression I have is that she was no match for the cultural confidence expressed by a group of three-year-old Somali boys.
      Because, of course, she was so pastoral she couldn’t kick any boy out.
      Because, of course, they were better off at preschool than at home.
      Likewise, no stories at Christmas story time other than Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman.
      There was one young man in particular, who was the “strong man” and ran the show at free play time. He and his band of cousins laid down the law for those who had no family ties, as well as for all of us women-folk. I have worked with kids for many, many years as a volunteer, but the sophisticated way in which these young men operated took me by surprise, precisely because they thought of themselves as… young men.
      And pity the one black American boy who was constantly and slyly provoked to anger.
      So, assimilation? To secular progressive humanism? Good luck with that. In this instance, CC was neither Catholic nor Charitable.

  • Micha Elyi

    Muslims, who make up 30 to 40 percent of (Marseille’s) population, have divided
    the city into no-go zones that have fallen under the control of
    gangsters and drug dealers.

    –William Kilpatrick

    I now have a strange new respect for the Spaniards who expelled the Moros after the Reconquista.

  • doomsdae

    One thing that Christians need to understand is that Islam is not a religion but a cult. It worships a god but, not the God of Christianity which is the Triune God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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