Cleansing Fire

Defending Truth and Tradition in the Roman Catholic Church

New Tag at Right

July 28th, 2010, Promulgated by Gen

Nerina & Co. came up with the idea of setting up a category, or rather, labeling our posts under a new tag, when the content is rant-like, controversial, or potentially-seen-to-be-uncharitable. I thought that was a masterful idea. Sometimes when you’re so busy working on your canvas, you need to step back several feet to make sure you didn’t forget to paint a nose or an ear – adding a specific tag for these posts will  be like giving that portrait its second eye.

I received a few suggestions – I actually liked them all.  The Crescat has “Bat Shit Crazy.” Fr. Z has “Throwing a Nutty.” And now, Cleansing Fire has . . .

“Stop Calling Me a Crypto-Nazi.”

No, it’s not as random as it sounds. Whenever we have a rant-type post here, it has been caused by a liberal or a gaggle thereof. Usually, this liberal and his/her/its  gaggle, after claiming a desire for dialogue, have come out swinging with blows of name-calling,  idiotic insinuations, hollow accusations, and outright rudeness. Kind of like what happens in the video below. I posted this once, several months ago. However, now that our readership has gone from 50 to 500, I think you would benefit by seeing it again:

In case you didn’t get William Buckley’s response to Vidal’s stupidity, he said this: “Listen you queer, stop calling me a crypto-Nazi, or I’ll sock you in the goddamn face and you’ll stay plastered.”

And so, whenever we are attacked, belittled, labeled, mocked, jeered at, treated unfairly, or blocked from the table of “dialogue”, we will label our post “Stop Calling Me a Crypto-Nazi.” If you feel grievously offended that we’d use a phrase from a sentence starting with, “Listen you queer,” I’m sorry – sometimes it’s better to be a little uncharitable and have a smile on your face than to be little-miss-perfect and be boiling over internally, emotionally, and spiritually.”The lesser of two evils,” one might say.

And you have to admit – Buckley’s statement certainly rings true in many, if not most, instances in the Diocese of Rochester.

I would also like to point out for the handful of people who have had their comments sent to the spam box, the trash can, and the fiery depths of the blogging inferno, it is not because we don’t desire dialogue. It seems that whenever we place facts into a post, our detractors come back with personal, pointed, not-so-subtle, “ad hominem” attacks. That’s not dialogue – that’s desperation. Within 25 years, the liberals, hippies, and other victims of their formation will be dead, dying, or retire – and they know this. They see their forty years of work reaching a peak, and then being trampled upon by the new generations of loyal, loving, vibrant Catholics. It’s called reality, and it hurts if you’re not doing the Lord’s bidding.

I would ask you to pray for the Diocese of Rochester – yes, we have this blog and others like it, and we have each other, and we even have several parishes and worship sites which are conducive to authentic Catholic teaching. But if we let the hate-mongers get to us, if we let them rob us of our humor, if we let them make us run and hide, we have lost. Like William Buckley in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, we need to be a steady, unwavering example of sane reasoning. He was a crusader for conservative thought, and we need to be crusaders for theological, liturgical, and canonical orthodoxy.

This turned into more than a simple “look at our new tag” kind of post. Sorry about that. Simply put – we aren’t being uncharitable, we’re clinging to our humor and sanity. If you say we’re wrong, stupid, ignorant, heretical, schismatic, fascist, anti-gay, anti-womyn, anti-Vaticn II, that’s when we say, “Stop Calling Me a Crypto-Nazi.”

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7 Responses to “New Tag at Right”

  1. LarryD says:

    I like it. Does it automatically invoke Godwin’s Law?

  2. Gen says:

    Well . . . someone did once tell me that I’d make a good Liturgical Gestapo agent, dragging liturgical criminals out of beds and throwing them into re-educating gulags . . .

  3. Anonymous says:

    We have Christ. They have hate. Christ is light and truth. They have half truths and lies. Good and Christ will win. What are we afraid of? They can’y hold a candle to the truth. And if they hate, the Holy Spirit will watch over us.

    God bless. Keep up the good fight!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Glenn Beck said something profound. If they thik you are insignificant, they will ignore you. If they think you may become their competition, they will ridicule you. If they think you are a threat, they will try to destroy you. But take that as a complement. For you WILL win in the end!

  5. Jim R says:

    Wow, I remember watching that exchange – still great TV!!!

  6. Mike says:

    Amen, brother! Preach it!

  7. Gen says:

    I’d have to admit that Buckley is on my list of people I would love to see canonized. Great scholar. Great Catholic. Great politician. And also, one heck of a harpsichordist.

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