Attacking the Church and Double Standards


In the war against jihad it might seem that President Obama’s plan to remove all discussion of Islam and jihad from our national security document would rank higher as a threat to Western security than recent attempts to link the pope to 40 year-old sex crimes in Milwaukee. But the perfect storm that has hit the Catholic Church may turn out to be of greater consequence for the West’s survival. For that reason it’s important to sort out how much of the current indignation toward Rome represents justified anger, and how much of it represents a larger anti-Christian agenda.

Non-Catholic Christians who think the recent media blitz against the Catholic Church is mainly about sex abuse should think again.  Likewise, Christians would be naïve to think that those who would like to discredit the Catholic Church will be content, should they succeed, to leave the rest of Christianity alone.  The attack on the Catholic Church should be seen as part of a larger attack against Christianity itself.  Of course, there have been attacks on Christianity before, but never before have the stakes been so high.  From the standpoint of the West’s survival it would be difficult to imagine a worse time for the pundits to launch a campaign to undermine Christian belief.

There is much to suggest that media criticism of the Church is fueled less by outrage over pedophilia, and more by another agenda.  There wasn’t much outrage over Roman Polanski’s rape of a 13 year-old girl a number of years ago.  When attempts were made last year to bring Polanski back to the U.S. to serve his sentence, many of the same cultural elites who are now condemning the Church, leapt to his defense.  Likewise, there has never been much media outrage over the apparent crimes of celebrated sex researcher Alfred Kinsey.  The media continued to lionize Kinsey long after it was revealed that he had collaborated with pedophiles in order to gather data.  “What did Kinsey know and when did he know it?” has never been a pressing question for CNN or The New York Times.

In 1996—several years before the priestly sex scandal broke—Mary Eberstadt wrote the first of two in-depth articles on “Pedophilia Chic” for the Weekly Standard. She made a convincing case that liberal elites were moving in the direction of tearing down the taboo against pedophilia.  The only thing that stopped them, she suggests in a recent article, was the opportunity to use priestly pedophilia as a weapon to demonize the Church.  Of course, there was no pause in the liberal media’s campaign to normalize homosexuality, and this may account for the fact that much of the media coverage conveniently ignored the homosexual nature of the abuse—something that should have been difficult to ignore, given that about 90 % of male abuse victims were teenage boys, not young children.  While criticizing the Church for cover-ups, media pundits had no compunctions about their own calculated cover-up of a major aspect of the abuse.

Though sexual abuse remains a problem in the Catholic Church, enormous strides have been made in rooting it out, due in large part to a crackdown that originated with Cardinal Ratzinger in 2001.  So, the venomous attacks on him and the church he represents, suggest that something else is afoot.  When a major Canadian newspaper features a piece claiming that the pope’s “whole career has the stench of evil,” it’s time to reach for the decoding machine.  That particular quote comes from Christopher Hitchens, who has made a career in recent years of questioning the legitimacy, not just of Catholicism, but of Christianity, itself.  Hitchens aside, there is plenty of other evidence that Catholics are not the only ones being targeted for de-legitimization.  In Canada and in Europe, Christian pastors have been fined or jailed for expressing their beliefs from the pulpit.  In Birmingham, England, Christian evangelists were warned by police that distributing gospel leaflets in a Muslim section would be considered a hate crime.  A survey of history textbooks for American schoolchildren reveals that they present Christianity as a purveyor of bigotry and violence.  On college campuses, Christian clubs are routinely banned.  Meanwhile, Christianity is often the butt of vulgar comedy routines, and of crude cartoons that make the infamous Muhammad cartoon look benign by comparison.

Why the outrage?  Read between the lines of a typical assault column and you’ll find that what the columnist really hates about Catholicism and about Christianity in general is not the moral failings of Christian leaders, but the fact that Christianity still proposes moral absolutes.  It is not sexual misbehavior that galls, but rather that the churches dare to put limits on sexual behavior.  Christian churches are the main obstacle to the dominance of secular gods such as moral relativism and absolute sexual liberation.  While Christians and non-Christians are rightly disturbed by the sex scandals in the Catholic Church, they also ought to be disturbed at the motives behind some of the criticism.

As Brendan O’Neill, himself an atheist, writes, “Many contemporary opinion-formers are not concerned with getting to the truth [of what happened]…rather they want to milk incidents of abuse and make them into an indictment of religion itself.”  What draws militant secularists and atheists toward the Catholic-abuse story?  O’Neill says it is “their belief that religion is itself a form of abuse.”  As atheist Richard Dawkins writes, “Odious as the physical abuse of children by priests undoubtedly is, I suspect that it may do them less lasting damage than the mental abuse of bringing them up Catholic in the first place.”  But, as O’Neill points out, if religious upbringing is a form of abuse, then “authorities must protect children not only from religious institutions but from their own religious parents, too.”  The dismantling of Christianity can proceed that much more smoothly if enough people can be convinced that, “It’s for the children’s sake.”

There is, of course, a major exemption from media condemnation of child abuse.  It appears that the abuse of children is much more acceptable to the opinion-makers when it is protected by the shield of multiculturalism.  The media has been much less willing to criticize the widespread child abuse that occurs in Islamic cultures, or to note that, in the case of Islam, the abuse is religiously sanctioned.  For example, although one can find plenty of criticism of the Ayatollah Khomeini’s political views, rarely does one see a condemnation of his views on sex.  The one-time spiritual leader of Iran not only endorsed sex with children in his writings, but he also took to himself a 13 year-old bride.

Here we come to the world-historical turning point of which the frenzied assaults on the Catholic Church are only a part.  The drive to undermine the Church’s moral authority, and the threat posed by Islam are linked in an ironic way.  For many centuries the Catholic faith was the main bulwark against the Islamization of Europe.  Now that Christianity is in decline in Europe, Islam is on the move again.  And with the growing presence of Islam has come an increase in child abuse—or what the West considers as child abuse.  The sexual exploitation of children is considered a far less serious offense in Islamic societies, and is often protected by the force of sharia law.  Muhammad, who consummated his marriage with Aisha when she was nine years-old, is considered by all Muslim authorities to have provided a “beautiful pattern of conduct.”  That’s why, whenever a Muslim country tries to ban child marriages (as recently happened in Yemen), you can be sure that the imams will rise up to insist on their right to marry minors.

And the exploitation of girls is only half the story.  There also appears to be some justification in the Koran for the culture of pederasty, which Phyllis Chesler points out is “epidemic in the Muslim world.”  A recent edition of PBS Frontline reported on the phenomenon of the dancing boys of Afghanistan—youngsters who are recruited, usually at age nine or ten, to provide entertainment and sex for men.  While Islam frowns on adult homosexuality, pederasty is a different matter.  Perhaps this has to do with several passages in the Koran which promise men that in addition to the dark-eyed maidens that await them in paradise, “there shall wait on them young boys of their own as fair as virgin pearls” (52: 22).  Since the boys are mentioned in conjunction with the maidens, and since they are described in the same way—“graced with eternal youth,” “fair as virgin pearls”—it seems likely that they are there for the same purpose.

The dancing boys haven’t yet been imported to Europe, but Europe’s waltz with the multicultural devil has already whirled it into unfamiliar territory.  A United Nations NGO study estimates that there are now 10,000 cases of female genital mutilation in Switzerland, with hundreds of thousands of cases elsewhere in Europe.  According to a National Police Chiefs report an estimated 17,000 girls and women in the UK are victims of honor crimes or forced marriages each year.  In the British Midlands girls in their early teens are routinely flown to Pakistan to marry men they have never met.

Europe’s Muslim girls are being mutilated and forced into marriages… therefore, according to the twisted logic of the opinion molders, it must be time to go after the Vatican for possible cover-ups of long ago.  It’s a strange juxtaposition.  Not that the abuse scandals aren’t newsworthy stories.  But there are two ways to frame them.  You can angrily focus on what wasn’t done in the past, or you can point out how much the Church has done in recent years to root out the problem.  Unlike the public schools (which have a much higher incidence of abuse) the Catholic Church has actually done something about its abuse problem.  That’s why almost all the cases highlighted by the media took place decades ago.

Judging by the way the story has been handled, it’s difficult to avoid the impression that the Western elites want to do as much damage as possible to the Church—which, when you think about it, betrays an almost suicidal impulse.  It really does seem that the fate of Europe is bound up with the fate of Christianity in Europe.  Europe is in trouble in large part because it has rejected its Christian heritage and embraced moral and cultural relativism, instead.  In the end, cultural relativism is a suicidal policy which is why Pope Benedict has frequently cautioned the West about the dangers inherent in a “culture of relativism.”

Relativism is the ultimate justification for never having to say you’re sorry.  As the climate of opinion changes in a relativist society, so will the consensus about what’s right and wrong.  And if Catholic Christianity is swept aside in Europe, the climate of opinion will increasingly be dictated by Islam.  Some may think that once Europe is free of its Catholic/Christian influence, children in lederhosen will once again romp freely through the meadows.  But don’t count on it.  Instead, look for children in hijabs being hurried into the local government approved clitorectomy clinic.

A lot of people find it difficult to fathom the motives of suicide bombers.  It may be time to also ponder the motives of the suicide pundits who have declared open season on the religion that built their civilization, while treating as a protected species the religion which aims to dismantle it.

William Kilpatrick’s articles on Islam have appeared in Front Page Magazine, Jihad Watch, Catholic World Report, the National Catholic Register, World, and Investor’s Business Daily.

  • Kanwi

    I guess there was three years of 'conditioning' before the 'raping' started. What a depraved set of moral standards the Koran must inherently be for Muslim life and Muslim society wherever it is. Why are we tolerating such values so abhorent to those of our own? Islamic values is like a societal cancer in Western terms. Where will it all be in 100 years from now? How tolerant of the intolerant (values) should we be? I think we have to get more vocal and reject Islam as a religion in Western countries..

  • david elder

    I (protestant) agree with this article. Progressives so-called have turned their sexual indulgences into a religion. If they are really interested in protecting children, let them oppose the increasing degree of porn saturation which on commonsense grounds is likely to turn sex perverts into even bigger deviants than they already are. Blaming Catholic priestly celibacy for child abuse will not wash – abuse here in South Australia has been more common among our very liberal Anglican denomination which of course does not require priestly celibacy. And abusing Catholics for not saving Africa from AIDS by condoms won't wash either – Green of Harvard showed empirically that this doesn't work.

    • trickyblain

      "Progressives so-called have turned their sexual indulgences into a religion."

      I think you are confusing progressives with Catholic clergy.

      • TLH

        And I think you are confusing caricature with rational thinking.

  • jdwalker84

    Wow…what an article!

  • Andres de Alamaya

    Religions in general when compared to Islam (which is more a political movement based on Mohamed's "Mein Kampf") reminds me of an old and bad joke about Sammy Davis, Jr., who had converted to Judaism.

    The joke has Sammy getting on a bus in Alabama. The driver says, "Nigger, back of the bus." Sammy says, "Hey man, I ain't no Nigger. I'm a Jew." The driver says, "Get off the bus."

    Religions need to be sent to the back of the bus. Islam, off the bus.

  • Turbeaux

    Spectacular article!

    Another very revealing hint with respect to the true motives for attacking Christianity is that any time the issue of Islam comes up when in the presence of liberals, it is like a switch was flipped or something as they will all go into instant synchronized vilification mode of Christianity, even though Christianity had nothing whatsoever to do with Islam or the reason why Muslims fly airliners into twin towers. Mention any terrorist attack to any liberal and watch Christianity get pilloried!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/GaryRumain Gary Rumain

    Has there ever been an example of a liberal elite criticizing the marriage of 53 year old Mahound to 6 year old Aisha? I don't think so. And I bet they won't even go near discussing Mahound thighing Aisha until she was nearly 9 years of age.

  • N. Stahl

    There already is an "acomodation in law" in the U. S. The 2009 hate crimes law includes pedophilia as a protected behavior. Stop the ACLU posted the clip of the house vote on its web site. Anyone who votes for a Democrat ever again places their stamp of approval on the sexual exploitation of children.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/GaryRumain Gary Rumain

    Yep, you said it. And arselifters hold up Mahound as the model for all men. How sick is that?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/GaryRumain Gary Rumain

    Yes, very much so. Its a satanic death cult obsessed with controlling every aspect of an arselifter's life. And that of dhimmis as well.

    Here's another report on what these perverts have been getting up to in the past day –

    http://eye-on-the-world.blogspot.com/2010/04/why-

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/GaryRumain Gary Rumain

    LOL! Well, that's one way of putting it.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/GaryRumain Gary Rumain

    Amazing, isn't it?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/GaryRumain Gary Rumain

    Then you're more a classic liberal rather than a modern one.

    Pedophilia is sanctioned in hislam. As is lying, rape, looting, murder, terrorism, etc. You name it and its OK. Its because its in the koran and mahound did it. Since Mahound did it, and he's the model for all mankind, that have to do it too.

  • Jim C.

    It is amazing–if you have the right strawman to burn.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/GaryRumain Gary Rumain

    They always have one on hand and ready to go.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/JosephWiess JosephWiess

    When it all comes down to sex, I guess that anything goes. While in West, we have protected our children, until they reach the age of majority, Cult Religions like Islam routinely get away with raping young girls and molesting young boys. But then, Islam isn't a real religion, it's a death cult that's also obsessed with sex.

    I hate to tell the rest of the world, but if we don't stop this damned nonsense, then when they come for our children, we won't be able to stop them, because they'll be in charge. I don't care what your political views are, this country is based on Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But like everything else, there are laws that you have to follow, and crimes against children are in that set of laws.

    If it comes down to it, I will die to defend my children from unwanted sexual advances and will protect them, even from brain dead, child molesting, pedophilic, morons that call themselves a religion.

  • Jim C.

    I'd like to think I'm more of a classic liberal, I suppose. My heart bleeds, but not indiscriminately.

    Thing is, you can say the Bible sanctions rape, looting and pedophilia going by the Old Testament. The difference is that modern Jewish culture is quite different–because God's will has evolved with man's fuller understanding of it. Islamic culture, specifically Arab culture, is still medieval across large swaths of population.

    Having looked at the Koran, I can see the parallels with the Old Testament, but also the roadblocks to civil society caused by emulating Mohammed too literally. Which is why I think it is more of a cult–I haven't heard a compelling case for how Islam allows for the tolerances of modernity.

  • USMCSniper

    The Dark Ages and the Middle Ages were an era of mysticism, ruled by blind faith and blind obedience to the dogma that faith is superior to reason. The Renaissance was specifically the rebirth of reason, the liberation of man's mind, the triumph of rationality over mysticism—a faltering, incomplete, but impassioned triumph that led to the birth of science, of individualism, of freedom

  • SMPTURLISH

    The issue is way beyondthe initial sexual abuse of minor children by bishops and priests belonging to the Roman Catholic Church. What has been going on recently, that is in the last century, is the well documented enabling and protection of these predatory individuals.

    There should be no accomodation in law that gives more protection to the sexual predators of children and their enablers, than is given to the very real victims of children sexual abuse. It matters not what religious denomination or cult is involved.

    What chutzpah!

  • ccmjh

    Catholic church and Christianity as victim? Just an example of pointing the finger, blaming the messengers, and refusing to address problems (crimes) in your own "home." I fear you're really getting desperate when you start talking about Polanski.
    He is one man. (And there was plenty of outrage.) There is no comparison to an organization which knowingly allowed the rape of children and has protected the abusers for decades, centuries. This organization is supposed to be made up of spiritual leaders. Polanksi? Please. YES, abuse happens in many organizations. But that fact does not mean that it is anti-Catholic to be outraged about the abuse and the cover-up in this church. And, the abuse did not end decades ago, as you are being led to believe. The chuch's current response is primarily to blame others while making apologies. Yes, current church programs are helpful. But there has yet to be accountability and justice for the crimes. Catholics and Christians are not the victims. To criticize the church's leaders for this mess is not an attack on the church. It is an attack on hypocrisy, arrogance, cruelty. It ia an attack on evil done in the name of god.

    • John

      Although the church and what it represents as a whole is a good thing, we cannot stand by and allow the crimes of the representatives of the church continue to be hidden and unpunished. I think it's a stretch to insinuate the media is "out to undermine the church" just by revealing these horrible truths. It's natural for catholics to want to protect their church, but let's not forgot our first priority should be our children.

      • Jim C.

        Exactly. When you have officials in the Church itself attempting to downplay what has happened as "rumors," you've got institutional rot–and that's what the problem is. Not the faith, not the good people, not even the majority of the clergy.

        Media's always scapegoat for "bad news."

  • Democracy First

    There are two major differences between violence in the Hebrew Bible and the Koran.
    1) Violence in one, the Hebrew Bible, is with respect to recounted stories and old ways, subject to modern day interpretation. In the other, the Koran, violence is a dominant theme with instructions from Allah to kill and otherwise commit as much violence as need be forever into the future, even torture, until all the world is subjugated and ultimately converted. Hence, Jews think only about liberal-democratic Israel, but Muslims have been on a 1400 year imperialist march.
    2) Whereas Jews consider the bible to be man's best, if divinely inspired, effort to understand G-d, the Koran states itself and is believed by Muslims to be the exact and perfect word of Allah, as dictated to Mohammed. Thus, Koranic violence recounted and demanded into the future cannot be questioned without being heretical. And heresy is punishable by death.

  • Democracy First

    True – a global organization that sanctioned by indifference and cover up generations of rape cannot expect immediate forgiveness or understanding.

    And yet, why so little mention of what's been done in recent years to prevent reoccurence? Why is endemic child rape in Islamic communties almost entirely overlooked and unreported?

    I'm not a Christian. I'm a Jew who, growing up in the 50's, came across residual anti-Semitism. I consequently resented Christianity and found the RC with its cloaked nuns and hocus pocus spooky. But the world has changed. The Christian faith and its adherents are far truer to its message of peace and tolerance today than ever before. But this is not reflected in the MSM.

    The article makes a good point: some of this obsessive, almost gleeful, reporting (and non discussion of Islamic debauchery) is motivated by animosity towards social influences and teachings contrary to left wing shibboleths of cultural and moral relativism.

  • Hammer2

    I am an agnostic on religion, I think that it is just as much a matter of faith to be an atheist as it is to be a Christian.
    I do recognize an organized assault on the moral underpinings of a civilization, America in particular, when I see one.
    Christianity is the foundation of American principals. To destroy America, one must first destroy the faith which underlies it.
    To change from "Natural Rights" which flow from God to the individual, to "Human Rights" which are collective rights granted by the state, God must be expelled from polite society.
    Is it any wonder then that Christianity in any form is ruthlessly attacked by the left? Unless, of course, it is the Marxist heresy known as Liberation Theology.

  • Jim C.

    Are you talking about HR 1913? How does it "protect" pedophilia?

  • filioque

    Respect their religion? Think about the characteristics of Allah: he does not recognize reason or any consistent morality, because he is pure, unfettered will; he claims absolute obedience and neither offers nor invites love; his reward system requires destruction of self and others in exchange for an eternity of exploiting others. Is this God? No, it is Satan, the Father of Lies. I have no respect for Islam and pray that Muslims will find release from its diabolical trap.
    The state is not separated from Islam: the role of the state is to maintain, by whatever force necessary the supremacy and spread of Islam. Why is any practicing Muslim allowed to vote in the United States, let alone take an oath of public office? An oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States cannot be taken honestly by a Muslim. But they are encouraged to lie about their intentions in order to advance the interests of Islam.

    • TLH

      It's more than human rights violations, which are indeed horrible. If and when a muslim murders, molests, or threatens it can be done BECAUSE OF the words and example of their prophet. Since there is only one god, Allah, and Muhammed is his prophet, both are indicted in the Koran.
      When a Christian (alleged) perpetrates these things it is done IN SPITE OF the teachings of their prophet and against His word and example. Our own religion indicts us as having fallen short if and when we do similar things. Christianity tends to advance and give basis for human rights while the Koran does not.

  • Adam

    I am a Catholic, and I must say this was a wonderful article. God forbid people talk about what good the church does. I am also glad that, from the comments, I have found that there are some Protestants, while they do not agree with the church's point of view on things, agree that the the media is kind of abusing the church

  • http://go.to/megamerge Historyscoper

    Both Islam and Christendom have their dirty laundry, but with the latter they had to go against their founder, while with Islam they just did what he did. Don't be an Islam history ignoramus any longer, you can master all 1400 years free online with the Historyscoper athttp://go.to/islamhistory

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/GaryRumain Gary Rumain

    Correct. Arselifters also claim the Bible, where it differs from the koran, is corrupted. Basically, Mahound got his facts wrong about certain events and times in the Bible. Obviously, didn't pay close attention to the Jews and Christians he killed. The Dead Sea Scrolls put paid to that claim. There's hardly any difference between the scrolls and modern Bible tracts.

    The koran, on the other hand, is another matter. Arselifters claim it to be the perfect and unaltered word of allah. Yet what is in the modern koran doesn't match the korans found at the Sana'a moske. Also the koranic scripts on the al-aksa moske in Jerusalem don't match.

    Then there's the koranic abrogation. The pagan rituals and all the other nonsense.

  • Peachey

    What this boils down to is Hollywood, elitists, and Progressives accept and embrace debauchery, alcohol/drug use,anti-religious ferver, we are "ourselves" gods, god is within "us", we are above the law, we will tolerate your immorality and then you reciprocate and support and defend our immorality, children are a burden, abortion is not killing religion. Destroying christianity is a central goal as it will then lend to the destruction of the family, morals, integrity, self-esteem and self-direction. Many core beliefs of Christianity need to be removed to establish the government as the religion and force the populations dependence on government/elitists.There is something about the brutality of Islam that is attractive to Progressives that also embrace the idea of government and population by force.

    • Jim C.

      Oh baloney. Christianity is in no danger, never was. Don't flatter yourself that those who share your political beliefs are also paragons of morality while your opponents are avatars of debauchery.

      When God hates the same people you hate–that's a pretty good indicator you've made God in your own image, and I believe there's a commandment against it.

      Is there evil we should fight? Should we stand up for the word of God? Absolutely–but with Christ's open heart and open mind.

  • poster

    And don't forget Planned Parenthood's cover up of child rape – as long as the young girl will get an abortion they don't care about the age of the baby's father and have been caught on tape coaching the girl into not mentioning it.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Jaafar_1946 Jaafar_1946

    Although nobody noticed it, there was a recent very solid work of scholarship which showed that the promises of the beautiful houris (and the beauteous boys) in Paradise was a failure to understand the Koranic Arabic, which was talking about grapes or some such.

    Well, since everyone has misunderstood this for centuries, the deft scholarly correction probably doesn't make any difference at all.