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Faith without a Hope?

Downtown Washington D.C., capital of the greatest nation on earth – arguably, the greatest in human history – is already boarded up, expecting what the media will doubtless call “mostly peaceful” demonstrations after tomorrow’s elections. In more than thirty years living here, I’ve never seen anything like it.

All that plywood is a strong sign that, whoever wins tomorrow – or, still worse, after days, weeks, or even months of wrangling – our immediate divisions and deeper problems will not be solved by politics.

If Biden wins, maybe there won’t be rioting. Despite media propaganda, we know it’s leftist groups that encourage looting and burning. Then again, rioters won’t be much bothered by the incoming administration. They may decide to take advantage of the situation. They don’t really care about “protest” or “reform.” They want regime change.

If Trump wins, more babies will survive in the womb, religious groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor will not be persecuted, and fewer institutions – including federal offices – will be forced to submit to wokeness. But many places in America will burn.

One Twitter commentator has published a list of Trump-supporting organizations with Washington addresses to be attacked if he’s re-elected. Several have mapped out targets in other cities. Almost needless to say, our digital masters at Twitter (or their algorithms) did not see fit to take down these open incitements to post-election violence.

Winning a democratic, constitutional election does not mean, for the moment, that “the people” have spoken and their decisions should be respected. At least for numbers of us.

So what is to be done? Vote, of course, and take seriously the obvious differences between the candidates and their parties. What can be done by politics must be done – “pre-eminently” defending human life “from conception to natural death.” Even Pope Francis, who normally chooses to give the culture war a wide berth, used that phrase last week when abortion activists and feminists attacked churches in Poland.

Poland!

Our media have been so obsessed with the presidential race that we’ve heard little about anti-Catholic violence abroad – in Chile (two churches burned to the ground), the recent murders and beheading in France by an Islamist, the persecutions and martyrs not only in China but in Africa, the Middle East, and East Asia.

Read more at The Catholic Thing

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