A Twitter conversation between myself (Lisa Graas, @CatholicLisa) and A Liberal Catholic (@farleftflank) may help readers understand why it is that the Left actually would throw Catholics in jail for being Catholic, even with liberal Catholic support. The reason is that it is the logical application of their views. The liberal view is that “hate speech” should be prosecuted under the law, and that refusing to accept “gay marriage” is “hate.” Conclusion: Priests and other Catholics who publicly oppose “gay marriage” (which would include a refusal to marry a “gay” couple) would be hauled off to jail if liberals get their way on this, that homosexual marriage is equivalent to interracial marriage, and if “hate speech” is prosecutable. My conversation on Twitter with “A Liberal Catholic” bears this out.
“A Liberal Catholic” admits that he believes his conscience, when it agrees with the government, trumps mine when it is obeying Canon Law in that he would not defend me from being arrested by police for being vocally opposed to “gay marriage,” nor defend any priest who is taken to jail for refusing to marry a “gay” couple or for opposing the HHS contraception mandate. He says that priests are not currently being hauled off to jail, but clearly admits that he would not defend them if they were, nor defend me for publicly stating my Catholic belief on this. While he insists that priests will not be “forced” to perform “gay marriage” ceremonies, he supports their being taken to jail if the civil law classifies any vocal opposition to “gay marriage” as prosecutable “hate speech.” This is the ultimate result of the policies of the Left, if they were to become civil law — the arrest of priests and other of the Catholic faithful, while “liberal Catholics” look on because they view opposition to “gay marriage” as being equivalent to discrimination against blacks.
It’s deja vu all over again. For Nero, Diocletian and other Roman emperors (and Roman citizens, btw), Christianism was a very dangerous sect defying the state and the empire.
Christians did not worship the emperor, the incarnation of the state, as a god. And for other civil manifestations of the era, catholics were at odds with them, to put it mildly.
And we know how the Roman authorites dealt with the early Christians; so fierce was the “enforcement” that the Christians had to worship God underground, at the catacombs. Can we finally speak of a brand-new persecution of Christians in the western hemisphere?