Government as God – The Blogging Hounds

When it comes to the vaccine, liberal Catholics can get quite moralistic.  Governor Hochul told her church audience that the vaccine is a gift from God, and that the unvaxxed “aren’t listening to God and what God wants.”  “You know who they are,” she added.

Hmm, sounds rather coercive.  The push to get everyone vaccinated unintentionally exposes a glaring inconsistency in the liberal Catholic politicians’ approach to different issues.  On the one hand, they are pro-choice on the issue of abortion.  On the other hand, they don’t want you to have a choice about taking the vaccine.  Kathy Hochul, for example, wants to mandate the “jab,” but at the same time she is a staunch supporter of a woman’s right to choose abortion.  Indeed, she recently sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, asking him to censor pro-life messages on Facebook.  Yet she berates people who choose not to be vaccinated for not “listening to God.”

The danger is that, in over-emphasizing the pastoral, Church leaders will begin to think of their flock in the same way that communist and socialist states think of their subjects.  In such societies, individuals are thought to be incapable of ordering their lives, so the state must do it for them.  In this view, society must be ordered according to a master plan that only the elites are capable of drafting.  The state will even provide itself as a substitute for religion.  It will instruct the masses on the meaning of life, and furnish them with religious-like rituals, and semi-divine leaders.

In modern times, tyrannical states almost always dress themselves up in religious trappings.  What’s new for our times is that religions are acting more and more like branches of the state.  Instead of maintaining a separation of church and state, some religious leaders seem to prefer a union of the two.

Government as God – The Blogging Hounds