Thursday, August 19, 2010
Lifestyles of the Religious Nutball: Catholic Nutball Wants “Benevolent Dictatorship” In America
Religious loon wants America to be ruled by a Catholic and all voting limited to Catholics. Guess he missed that whole “separation of church and state” concept from Thomas Jefferson
by Larry Simons
August 19, 2010
In all of my reading and research regarding the separation of religion with government, I have never seen anyone quite like religious TV host [and nut] Michael Voris. I would have to say Voris takes top prize and qualifies for Mayor of Nutville.
In a video that is gaining popularity on the internet, Voris, who is the founder of St. Michael’s Media and host of the Catholic TV program The One True Faith, possesses, no doubt, the nuttiest solution I have ever heard in how the United States government should be run.
In the video, Voris criticizes the voting system in America, saying how absurd it is that both the well informed and the apathetic hold equal voting power. While I agree with Voris that many ill-informed Americans do vote in this country, what Voris completely fails to grasp is that although ill-informed people shouldn’t vote, they have the RIGHT to. This is called freedom; a concept Voris fails to recognize.
Voris’ solution? He states:
“This is why, if we’re going to insist on a system where we elect leaders, if we’re going to insist on that system….only virtuous people should be allowed to vote.”
He continues, “The only way to prevent a democracy from committing suicide is to limit the vote to faithful Catholics”, “….when they [Catholics] cast their votes, they cast them with an eye to what God desires, not fallen human nature.”
Only virtuous people are allowed to vote? How does one hold the power in their hands to deem another human being virtuous or not virtuous? What is this based on? Is it based on the opinion that there is even a God to begin with? And if there is a God, how does one know whose religion is right?
Loons like Michael Voris are exactly why the founding fathers had the wisdom to create the first amendment in the first place. The first amendment reads:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
In other words, the government does not have the right to instill one established religion upon anyone, nor does it have the right to stop people like Michael Voris from practicing his catholic religion. The exact same law [first amendment] that allows Voris to worship freely is the exact same law that does not allow Voris to bring to reality his distorted, fucked up visions of a Catholic-controlled country.
Aside from the glaring Constitutional reasons why Voris should win the Lunatic of the Year award, there is the issue that even IF one religion would be chosen to be the sole voter base, he thinks it would be Catholicism? Of the Catholic voters that Voris would love to see at the polls, does that include the multitude of Catholic priests that have been involved with sex abuse cases? I would post links but there are so many, it would take me well into next week to do so. Here is wikipedia’s page on Catholic priest sex abuse cases.
“The only way to run a country is by benevolent dictatorship. A Catholic monarch, who protects his people from themselves, and bestows on them what they need, not necessarily what they want, who protects their rights as human beings. It was this political system that caused Europe to emerge from the morass of marauding barbarians and create western civilization. A noble Catholic monarch advances the common good while loving and caring for his people.”
First of all, not only is the term “benevolent dictatorship” contradictory, but to suggest any form of dictatorship is unequivocally un-American. It’s like using the term “good fascist”.
Let’s break down the rest of his ridiculous comment:
“A Catholic monarch, who protects his people from themselves, and bestows on them what they need, not necessarily what they want, who protects their rights as human beings.”
“Protects their rights?” What rights does one have in a dictatorship? Who established these “rights” to begin with if you reject the way American democracy is implemented and want to replace that democracy with a dictatorship? In a dictatorship, one has no rights, so even if we could imagine some loving “dictator” who did not rule with an iron fist like Hitler did, the masses would still be stripped of having “rights” because a dictator “dictates”. This means the subject or citizen does NOT dictate because they have no right to have a voice. Voris fails miserably to understand this concept.
“It was this political system that caused Europe to emerge from the morass of marauding barbarians and create western civilization”
And by "marauding barbarians" you mean who? The Roman Catholic nuts who launched holy wars known as the Crusades? Or the Catholics and Protestants who fought in the French Wars of the 16th century? And the political system that Voris is referring to is called the "Become a Christian or DIE" system. So, when Voris makes references to "barbarians", he is simply talking about people like HIMSELF.
“A noble Catholic monarch advances the common good while loving and caring for his people.”
Don’t you already have a Catholic monarch in the Pope? Move to Vatican City Mr. Voris and get the fuck out of America if you despise our founding documents so much.
People like Voris are perfect examples of why the founders documented that religion and government be completely separated. Religions are based on opinions and matters of faith. They consist of thousands and thousands of different rituals, interpretations, creeds, denominations, opinions and teachings. The founders were very wise in separating this from what they intended to be taken ONE way, with ONE meaning and not subject to a smorgasbord of opinions and interpretations.
This is the very reason why mixing religion with government or…..anything else, really, is dangerous at best and at the very worse, toxic.
Watch Michael Voris, the nut