Editor, Gettysburg Times,
Maresca’s blaming Christianity’s decline, partly, on the Gay/Lesbian/Bi-sexual/Transgender/Queer community has taken him to a new height of lunacy. If Christianity is dying, it’s because of the tepid way in which Christians practice their faith; the moral bankruptcy of its leaders and members; and its failure to hold itself consistent to the gospel message.
Maresca uses Notre Dame’s inferno as a metaphor for Western Christianity’s demise, but I see it as a metaphor for Christian charity, faith and hope. How the Holy Spirit rises up from out of the ashes in this Easter season. Watching French citizens keeping vigil throughout Paris by singing songs to Virgin Mary during Holy Week was a more convincing and moving example of Christianity’s existence and triumph than I’ve seen anywhere ever among any Christian body in America.
It’s America’s brands of Christianity that are rotting from the inside out that Maresca should write about. It’s here where I observe the countless hypocrisies and inconsistencies. I’ve seen it with pro-life Catholics who harass pro-choice advocates and poor women outside of Planned Parenthood clinics; meanwhile ignoring abortion clinics in skyscrapers that dot our cities that cater to wealthy clientele.
There’s no mention by Church officials of the shocking sonograms featuring Iraqi fetuses disfigured beyond recognition as a result of chemical weapons launched against Iraqis by the U.S. Now, the only ‘moral’ choice Iraqi women face: is to terminate their pregnancies. Worse yet, abortion was considered a foreign practice by Iraqis.
Christian Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism are the most disturbing brands of all. Their financial and moral support for Israeli occupation is based on Zionist’s belief in Revelation and the Old Testament. They’re convinced God gifted Jews Palestine three millennia ago. They believe Israelis are right in the systematic murder of Palestinians because Jews are helping to make way for Jesus’ Second Coming. They consider it indisputable dogma. Zionist’s final solution over the Palestinian question is clear and simple: extermination.
Today, Christianity is defined by its silence over the cries of millions of starving and dying children throughout the Middle East; and its lack of outrage over the deaths of so many Afghans, Syrians, Libyans and Yemenis due to our wars. If Western Christianity is on the decline, it’s due to Christianity’s arbitrary respect for and defense of human life; and its support for endless wars that lay waste to countless innocent Arab and Muslim lives.