Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Somebody's ticked off...

...and that somebody is me!

I’m ticked off about something.  And I want to write about it. So I am using my blog.  Some of you won’t agree.  That is okay. I am still going to write what I am ticked off about.  It will not please some of you, so you might want to just skip this one!

 A LOT of my friends like reading Thomas Peters, as an orthodox Catholic blogger... I disagree with a lot of my friends. I don’t like reading Thomas Peters.  Sometimes, I think he makes great points, but in general I try not to read him.   I started not enjoying him because he wrote an article YEARS back that basically SLAMMED Christoph Cardinal Schönborn for not being ‘orthodox’ enough in his liturgies.  Anyway, back to the issue at hand. The issue at hand is that I don’t like reading him, and I don’t like reading him because of articles like this one(for those of you that are not clicking on the link, it is about the President fake blessing a turkey before the turkey is killed- and how offensive that is).   

In this country we have a lot of stuff to be legitimately antsy about.  The current administration has boldly put Religious Liberty on notice, morals are rapidly in decline, and our rights are slowly being stripped away.  If that last point seems a bit too much for you, please remember that in NYC, one is not ALLOWED to order a drink more than 16 ounces (of soda).  Anyway, there is a lot to be upset about.  I get upset all the time. I stay up at night worrying. I wonder what our world is going to look like in twenty years. I am scared about where we are headed (but take comfort in the promises of our Lord).  BUT…


Let me tell you something that should NOT have our panties in a jumble…
President Barack Obama blessing a turkey before it goes to death.  That is funny.  It was a cute little video, where he, his wife, and his child are laughing.  It wasn’t meant to be an attack on the Catholic Church.  It wasn’t meant to be disrespectful.  You can tell by the video it was a spur of the moment funny thing.

Now before you panic, understand that I understand 2 things.

1.   If he mocked pretty much any other religion besides Catholicism EVERYONE would panic    and it would be front page news

2.   He is the President of the United States and so he is called to a high level of sensitivity in all actions.

That being said…IT was NOT a big deal.

You know what we should be talking about?

An economy that continues to tank, jobs lost, entitlement as the norm, student debt rising and forgiveness being on the table, social security, Medicare, etc… Those things matter.

Would you like to know what IS a big deal?
The current administration going to war with religion.  The Current Administration deciding that the law of the land can force religious institutions to pay for, either directly or indirectly, services that religious organizations deem morally unacceptable.

You know what is a HUGE deal?

The current administration’s policies regarding abortion.  The fact that babies are being killed with this country’s permission and the current president has sworn to respect that right (even at nine months, even after a baby is born ALIVE from a botched abortion, even without the consent of parents, etc…)

Do you know what doesn’t matter? 
The president blessing a turkey before it meets it’s untimely death.

And would you like to know why I am ticked off about it???

Because making things like this a huge deal (the blessing) detracts from the REALLY big deals that are happening.  People don’t want to listen to us ‘extremists’ when we panic about an obvious joke.  We forget real issues.  And, we end up looking like fools.  But to take it one step further…we end up losing elections.

Did I just say we lost the election for caring about things like the blessing of a turkey? 

Do I get that it is way more complicated than that?
(so no need to comment in despair- it’s my blog, I can say what I want to).

So friends, let’s let the turkey go.  I know that some of you will struggle to do so, because of the whole, ‘Barack Obama is the anti-christ’ thing…but we really should let it go.

I do believe that real evil is at play here, but I believe the evil is abortion, the stripping away of religious rights, and the movement towards a socialism-based government (ha- just kidding, don’t panic lefty-leaning friends)…

IT IS NOT the evil of blessing a turkey.

WHEW, I feel better.


  1. Great blog, Mary. You hit the nail on the head. Does Mr. Peters realize that it is a "pardoning" that has been a tradition and very well may have started with Pres. Lincoln years back? http://www.whitehousehistory.org/whha_press/index.php/backgrounders/thanksgiving-pardoning-turkey-white-house/

    It's all about perspective. Thanks for giving some! :)

  2. Wait, people are upset about that? I hadn't even heard about this hullabaloo. And I don't know who Mr. Peters is either. I must be a super lamo online Catholic. Glad I'm too lazy to check it all out because I'd probably be all ticked off too ;)

    1. lol! I love you foze. He runs the american papist site? Or catholicvote.org or something? Some of his stuff is great, but I think sometimes he puts Big T emphasis on little t issues.