April 15, 2022 was Good Friday and the beginning of Passover. Around the world, Catholics and Jews who survived religious hatred joined together to give thanks and pray. Catholics gave thanks to God for forgiveness and the promise of salvation, and prayed for the well-being of Catholics, Jews, non-believers, and deniers. Jews gave thanks to God for freedom from slavery and the promise of a homeland where they could live lives free of oppression, and prayed for peace. It’s the way it’s been for longer than The New York Times has existed.
However, for reasons best known to to The New York Times, it was the day it chose to publish an article titled “In This Time of War, I Propose We Give Up God”. In the article, the author preaches “Killing gods is an idea I can get behind.”
On this holy day, Jews around the world prayed “Why is this night different from all other nights?”. Sadly, this night was not sufficiently different. Anti-Catholicism and anti-Judaism are millennia old.
A knee-jerk reaction to the article might be to point out how stupid it is. Believers know that God is God, and it’s impossible to kill God. Deniers believe God lives in the imaginations of billions of believers, and, if that were true, the article would be advocating killing billions of believers. Let’s pause, let’s remember the Holocaust.
Let’s overcome a tendency toward a knee-jerk reaction. Let’s put the article in context.
The article was published by the force that is dedicated to the eradication of religion. Religion stands in the way of that force, because religion teaches our children about truth, morality, and, most importantly, that man is not supreme. Only with religion out of the way, only by killing God, would man be free to do whatever the hell he wants, without being measured against any standard of truth or morality.
Without religion, our world would be Pleasure Island. There would be no Jiminy Cricket. It would be heaven on earth for everyone who doesn’t want to be measured against any standard of truth or morality, by everyone who wants to be supreme.
The force dedicated to this end is limitless. John Lennon sings “Imagine there’s no heaven … Above us, only sky … And no religion, too”. Barak Obama preaches “bitter” people “cling” to religion. Bill Maher mocks “religion is a neurological disorder”. Harvard University indoctrinates with a head chaplain who is an atheist. Ted Lieu threatens the Catholic Church, and insists upon re-defining its dogma and doctrine in his image.
Albert Einstein explained “There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Good Friday and Passover 2022 are a miracle. May the miracle be everlasting.