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    The Wednesday Eudemon

    18 things a man doesn’t have. It’s a pretty good list, but I don’t agree with all of them (what’s wrong a cheap case of beer (#11), especially if you have to share?).
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    Where two or more are gathered in His name, you might still need interpretive guidance: An 11-year-old girl died after her parents prayed for healing rather than seek medical help for a treatable form of diabetes . . . The family does not attend an organized church or participate in an organized religion. “They have a little Bible study of a few people.”
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    Theater chain to charge $35 per ticket: Each complex will sport theaters featuring 40 reclining armchair seats with footrests, digital projection and the capability to screen 2-D and 3-D movies, as well as a lounge and bar serving cocktails and appetizers, a concierge service and valet parking. No word on whether you get a price discount if it’s a Jessica Alba film.
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    Pictures from an elephant trunk cam. Pretty cool. They could probably make a mint if they strapped a camera on the head of prison inmates.
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    Speaking of which: Company Sells Greeting Cards for Inmates. “Ho, ho, ho. You’re Bubba’s ho. Happy Holidays.”
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    A French culinary snob? Say it ain’t so. What? He also has body odor? No way! Nicolas Sarkozy has reportedly ruffled royal feathers by demanding to see the Queen’s wine list ahead of a state banquet.
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    John Adams hated Catholics. So did many founding fathers. The Washington Times has a blurb entitled, “The First Prejudice.” “In fact, one of the causes of the revolution was the Quebec Act, which gave religious protections to Catholics in Canada. This infuriated the colonists. ‘Does not your blood run cold to think that an English Parliament should pass an Act for the establishment of arbitrary power and Popery in such an extensive country?’ wrote Alexander Hamilton. … Sam Adams told a group of Mohawk Indians that the law would mean that ‘some of your children may be induced instead of worshipping the only true God, to pay his dues to images made with their own hands.'”
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    Dang it! We just took over first place a few years ago, and now we’re already getting knocked from the perch: The increasing influence of Islam on British culture is disclosed in research today that shows the number of Muslims worshipping at mosques in England and Wales will outstrip the numbers of Roman Catholics going to church in little more than a decade.
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    I’ve been plugging the Second Spring journal (just received my first issue two days ago and am greatly enjoying the first essay). If you want to learn more, John Zmirak writes about it this morning at Taki’s Top Drawer. Excerpt:

    Learned in the work of other “Inklings” C.S. Lewis and Dorothy Sayers, and well-versed in the smart cultural criticism of Chesterton and Belloc, Caldecott provides a contrarian voice among orthodox Catholics—one that takes seriously the importance of “just war” teaching, distributism, and internal cultural renewal instead of the confrontations urged upon us by the neocons.

    I’m not sure Sayers can be considered an Inkling, but you get his point.
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    Boy, I’d like to have this in my community.

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    3 Responses to “The Wednesday Eudemon”

    1. Tom Says:

      The founding fathers views of us are not that surprising if you understand the history regarding the founding of our nation. While I do not have the time to adequately discuss (nor your audience the patience to read my poor writing), recall that Spain tried to wipe out protestant footholds in the New World (and succeeded in the case of a Huguenot settlement in Florida about 50 years before the founding of Jamestown), all in the name of religion.

    2. Michelle R Says:

      Perhaps, but, Florida was not one of the 13 British colonies nor a part of the original United States. In addition, you can not considering the events in Florida as exclusively religious ones – there were politics and international relations and jockeying for dominance in the New World that played a greater role than simply Catholics versus Protestants.

      Maryland, founded by British Catholics desiring religious freedom, granted the right to free worship to everyone. This right was later taken away by Protestants who denied the right to vote and other liberties (including education) to Catholics. Often, the Protestant laws regarding freedom (or not) of worship were colonial laws, and did not stem from the British monarchy. The British crown was more than happy to see the Puritans and the Pilgrims and the Quakers and all other non-Anglicans leave England and settle in America. It is undeniable that, once here, these formerly persecuted Protestants turned the tables and persecuted those who disagreed with them (not the Quakers, though – they tolerated others, too). Eventually, the Puritans of New England grew to accept other Protestants, but never Catholics.

      Although you always need to consider history in relative terms (for example, slavery can not be viewed from a modern perspective to truly understand it), the fact that Catholics of the 18th century were willing to “do unto others” and grant relgious freedom means that the Protestants had absolutely no excuse to hold fast to the idea of religious persecution while simultaneously crying “Liberty!” for the colonies. This was 150 years AFTER the 30 Years War and scant years prior to the secular hedonism that marks the French Revolution. Where I could argue “ignorance” for the Founding Fathers to not include slaves in their definition of free men (and some, even, saw that blacks should be free but also recognized that the Southern economy would collapse if they pressed for it), I can only see “bigotry” when it comes to the hatred of Catholics.

    3. anon Says:

      I think one difference between the anti-Catholicism of the colonial period versus that of today is that the early Prots believed Catholics were going to hell and were thus a bad influence (i.e. for what we allowed, that is drinking & superstition).

      Now secular culture hates Catholicism because of what we prohibit (i.e. promiscuous sex and abortion).

     

     

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