operation rescue: why it's important
Imagine a new religion, whose devotees call themselves Sciuridans. The most distinctive characteristic of Sciuridans is their belief that the creatures the rest of us call "squirrels" are, in reality, abandoned human children. Sciuridans are convinced that there is a witch who casts a spell on abandoned children that turns them into squirrels for a period of nine months, after which the spell loses its potency and the squirrels turn back into human children (who have no awareness of the experience).
Not surprisingly, Sciuridans are resolutely opposed to squirrel hunting, since they believe it is a human life, not a rodent's, that is at stake. They are energetic campaigners for a change in hunting laws.
Yet the laws aren't changed, and every season untold thousands of squirrels are killed by hunters.
Now here's my question. Most of us would find the Sciuridans' religious beliefs preposterous -- but even so, wouldn't we expect them, in virtue of their own principles, to go beyond merely legal and educational maneuvering and to take active measures against squirrel hunting -- e.g., shooing away the quarry, sabotaging the firearms, perhaps in extreme cases even tackling the hunters at the point of firing? If fact, if the Sciuridans took no interdictive action and simply deplored the activities of the regrettably deluded hunters, wouldn't we be inclined to doubt that they really believed squirrels were human beings in the ordinary sense of the term?
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($161,839 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!
Posted by: benedictusoblatus -
Jul. 05, 2005 5:35 PM ET USA
And so the abolitionists reasoned in the 1800's. Eventually civil war was the result. That's not going to happen in America in the 21st century. The political/cultural fruit of abortion and the culture of death will be widespread hopelessness, the loss of supernatural charity, political and social anarchy, the rise of totalitarianism, persecution of the good, and the arrival of a savior - "another" perfect man who will save the day ... the Antichrist. Consecrate Russia today.