The troubling events that have resulted from the deaths of George Floyd and other black men since have caused quite a state of alarm to those who truly understand the gravity of what has been happening. Knocking down statues, trying to remove from authority people who are just trying to help keep order, and renaming places and things in an attempt to be “sensitive” but simultaneously erasing our history (and most of the time misunderstanding a person’s true place in it) are signs that our society is crumbling. And so is its reverence for our historical and religious foundations.
And most of the time, people who stand behind these movements, particularly the Black Lives Matter movement, think they are truly fighting for a better country. But the fact of the matter is, the origins of BLM are immoral and will take our country far from its roots. In a recent interview with Raymond Arroyo on The World Over on EWTN, Niger Innis, the National Chairman for the Congress of Racial Equality, talked about some of the founders of BLM. He was very clear in stating that these were not his own opinions, but the things that the founders willingly made known about themselves on the BLM website: one is a Marxist (basically socialists who believe in exploiting the working class; I will be doing a separate post on socialism), and others are feminists who identify as queer. He also quoted from their website part of their mission statement: “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement” and “when we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking…”
At some point, Arroyo asked something to the effect of “What does this have to do with helping black lives?”
Innis’s response? “That’s exactly the point.” He went on to say that those kinds of things actually hurt black people because not having a solid family structure (mother and father) is part of the problem in black communities.
Oh, and just a side note: Niger Innis is black.
You can find the entirety of this interview here.
And things are undoubtedly escalating past just standing up for black lives, as the destruction has seeped into religious, and Catholic, circles. A statue of St. Junipero Serra was recently toppled in California and BLM activist Shaun King recently called for the removal of statues of “white Jesus.”
Make no mistake. This is not just about black lives mattering. They are trying to undermine the very roots of our country and take away our liberties, especially religious. This will escalate even further if we don’t do something. Think about this: does it really matter what the color of Jesus’s skin was? No. He is the Savior of the world, and we are called to follow Him and obey His commands. He loves us, and He wants us to love Him in return. Race has nothing to do with it. But yet they are making it out to be something in the name of “black lives matter.” And things will continue to get worse in the name of the same thing.
Yes, this is scary. And this is why we have to stand up and fight for our rights, particularly religious, and fight against the movements trying to take them away in the name of something that seems good. Freedom of religion is the first one stated in the First Amendment of the Constitution and it is the one that matters most.
What can we do? Get out and vote, particularly in November. Spread the truth about the BLM movement and what is really happening in our country right now. And pray. Prayer is one thing we need the most right now. The Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, novenas for our country, and many other prayers will be very efficacious in rooting this thing out. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of the US. Let’s ask for Her intercession as well. Fasting is also very effective when paired with our prayer.
We must also prepare ourselves. If things do reach the worst case scenario, we must be ready to stand up for our faith despite the consequences to ourselves, and thus we must be ready for the extreme–martyrdom. As scary as that sounds, remember that perfect love casts out all fear. We must strive to reach the point where we love God and His truth so much that we aren’t even afraid of death. And we must continually pray for this grace and other, little graces that will help us grow in our love for God to where we reach this point.
Fighting for the dignity of all people is something that is important for us to do. What is equally important is to do it the right way and teach others to do the same. Not applying this correctly has lead our country in a direction that is indeed very scary. As Catholics and Christians, we have a responsibility to do all that we can to put it on the right path and bring it back to the understanding of its roots. And if this fails, we must be ready to give our lives for the truth.