The Covington Catholic school boys still vilified. Why?

By now only the mentally insane still believe the Catholic school kids were evil Satanists spitting on an old nearly toothless Indian warrior and yelling obscenities to the crowd. That convenient myth played itself out not long after it was created. And yet, like all good myths some people want to hang on to it and continue to pretend it was always real. Truth is, that near toothless old Indian warrior was never a real warrior but always a political rebel rouser and it was he and his friends that got into the faces of the kids and harassed them. And it also turns out the obscenities being shouted came from a different group who had been there all day shouting those obscenities and these innocent kids just got in the wrong place at the wrong time. But even so their behavior was commendable for young teenagers who probably for their first time saw up close and personal the vileness people can exhibit. But not just then, and not just there, but throughout the homeland. Even to the extent that those who should be friends turned on them.

Well, as it happens those who have been spitting their vile on those teenagers never believed they did anything actually bad. They were a convenient whipping stick to be used against the one they truly hated, President Donald Trump. So what that some innocent teenagers are humiliated because the end—whipping Trump—justifies the means—humiliating and destroying young teenagers.

So we pick on two things; the young boy’s grin and the red hat stitched with the letters MAGA. Oh, that symbol of great hate, that symbol of the most evil, vile man greater than Mao, Hitler, Stalin, who chose not the words of his predecessor Obama with “Hope and Change,” but his own words, “Make America Great Again”. Damn that evil thought. Damn that man for thinking it. Damn all those who want to make America great again. Damn that kid for so insensitively wearing that symbol of hate, at least a hate symbol for the haters. And that’s it, the crux of the matter. It’s we, those who have hate in our hearts vomiting our hate even on innocent children.

From John Stowe, the bishop if Diocese of Lexington we read this hate:

“It astonishes me that any students participating in a pro-life activity on behalf of their school and their Catholic faith could be wearing apparel sporting the slogans of a president who denigrates the lives of immigrants, refugees and people from countries that he describes with indecent words and haphazardly endangers with life-threatening policies,” Stowe wrote in an op-ed for the Lexington Herald-Leader.

“I am ashamed that the actions of Kentucky Catholic high school students have become a contradiction of the very reverence for human life that the march is supposed to manifest.”

It astonishes me that even their own Catholic church leaders turned so violently and immediately on them, the very people who should have been first to love them. But they didn’t. Shame on them.

I don’t like attacking the Catholic Church. When Paul and Peter brought the new faith (Christianity) to Rome and it became one of the hubs of Christianity in the growing sphere of influence in the first century, the Pope—just another name for Bishop—wanted to be king of the mountain and have the Roman church dominant in all things. Why I don’t like to unfairly attack the church is because there was an actual dichotomy in the church: the political church and the faith church. The political church wanted to run nations, the faith church wanted to save souls. Martin Luther didn’t just attack the political church with his 95-Thesis but he did so because the political church hurt the faith church. When he couldn’t fix it he ended up bringing about the Reformation. Something similar happened in the Puritan faith in England who found the Church of England, that church that split from Roman Catholicism do to Henry VIII’s desire to divorce Catherine to form itself but kept the political church as its model. To get back to the faith church Puritans and Separatists migrated to the New World.

Unfortunately over time the Protestant church has formed its own political church but going here is for another time. In this cast, the students at Covington Catholic School has found themselves not only vilified by the world outside their faith but as well the political side of the Catholic church as seen in the words of Bishop John Stowe, though now he has apologized for his unkind words as these kids pull out the arrows he shot a them.

And from their own school we read: “This behavior is opposed to the Church’s teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person,” Covington Catholic High School and the Diocese of Covington said in a joint statement. Why the instant knee-jerk condemnation when even the short false video didn’t show the kids acting badly?

Why did no one say, “Wait a minute or two, there’s always two sides to every story so let’s wait and see if there is another side before we spit out our condemnation?” The answer goes back to the kids being a convenient whipping stick against Trump and had nothing to do with the boys, themselves.

This I what happens when everything is turned into politics. Those of you who are parents, and some of you who have condemned these boys are parents, should be pissed at the treatment of them and feel shame for your own behavior. Is this really how you want your child to be treated? Doesn’t say much for you as a parent, does it?

Come on now, let’s get off it. The story isn’t real. Let the myth go. You don’t need innocent children to use in your hate. So stop it!