old things and new

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 29, 2005

Released during last summer's presidential campaign, the cartoon Hydra above is compounded of Justices Antonin Scalia, William Rehnquist, and an eerily Polynesian version of Clarence Thomas. Appearances to the contrary, it did not issue from the Ku Klux Klan, or the Aryan Nation, or the Alabama Volksbund for Racial Purity. Planned Parenthood produced this as part of its "Choice Chick" video. It's OK for the Left to make foes into monsters, you see.

I was pleased, by contrast, to get an e-mail alert from Rev. Donald Wildmon's American Family Association with this title: "Urge President Bush To Appoint Another Scalia or Thomas." The message reads:

Very soon, President Bush will appoint another justice to the Supreme Court. This will be the most important nomination to the court in decades, perhaps ever. President Bush pledged in his campaign to appoint another justice in the mold of Scalia or Thomas. Urge him to keep that promise.

Viewed against the sectarian religious and racial suspicion in place forty years ago in the U.S., this is a remarkable accomplishment. Wildmon is a Methodist minister based in Tupelo, Mississippi. In 1965, the notion of a Mississippi protestant's endorsing two Catholics -- moreover, one unmistakably Italian and one unmistakably black -- is all but unthinkable. In fact, Scalia and Thomas would be regarded as caricatures of the Romish threats to the American Way of Life.

They still are. But notice what's happened. It's the evangelical Protestants whose minds and hearts have opened, who have conscientiously re-examined their sectarian antipathies in the light of Christian moral teaching and who have made room for former adversaries -- and not only made room for them, but urged that they serve as models for the Supreme Court justices they want. By contrast, it's the radical Left that uses the Church of Rome as a bogey, employing all the sinister trappings of papal tiaras and cassocked monsignori and whispered plans for subversion.

If one of the Great Haters of the 1960s -- a Robert Shelton or a George Lincoln Rockwell -- were to come back to life, where would he recognize a kindred spirit: in the promptings of the white Methodist minister from Mississippi, or in the comic book grotesqueries of Planned Parenthood?

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 30, 2005 8:58 AM ET USA

    Some of my best friends in the pro-life movement are evangelical Protestants. Though not Catholic, they are bound to us in Christian baptism (cf Eph 4:1-6) and therefore are our brothers and sisters in Christ. These Protestants are not anti-Catholic and consider us, albeit incorrectly, another "denomination." Of course we're the Church, not a denomination, but it is terrific to see my Protestant friends in the trenches with us in support of traditional values and opposing murderous abortion.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Sep. 30, 2005 1:05 AM ET USA

    Thanks, Diogenes. It is heartening to see that some evangelical Protestants are realizing the need to have authoritative moral Teachings, & they are seeing that only the Catholic Church remains with that authority. May those fellow Christians take the next step in their conversion & seek the fullness of the Faith by formally joining the Catholic Church. Meanwhile, the radical vitriolic spewing by the beast known as Planned Parenthood rarely if ever gets reported by the mainstream media.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Sep. 29, 2005 7:54 PM ET USA

    As of today, Justice Roberts makes, perhaps, the new third head, and a Catholic one--apparently a true Catholic, unlike Justice Kennedy--who must daily go to bed with a devoutly pro-life woman, and frequently look at his two children rescued by adoption from abortion. Pray that W keeps his head and nominates another justice--perhaps a black, evangelical woman justice--who has actually read the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 29, 2005 2:58 PM ET USA

    Rev. WIldmon and the AFA are good people.