MAGA Hats and Anti Catholicism

By | September 1, 2019

Well, I didn’t want to do it but it’s
worth doing and people have asked me, so here is my take on the Covington Maga
Hat controversy. I want to talk about the bishops response and I want to talk
about why this story is not going away. I wish it would you know the lame
scream media throw the same story again 10,000 times and the greater
the frequency with which they throw a story the more likely it is to be false
and this story is full of lies… it’s a perfect example of fake news. First of
all the context is the perfect storm for the lame stream media, you have the
perception—remember it’s all about optics now—the perception that’s not
been challenged by the usual suspects of a wise Native-Indian elder who comes
into a tense situation with a prayer song and the banging of a drum, and on
the other side are white privileged Maga Hat wearing teens, Catholic teens, the
Catholic thing keeps getting thrown into the stories to to further the agenda of
the people trying to sell the narrative. So you have the smirking white kid—by
the way Nick Sandman did a remarkable job staying cool in a very bizarre
situation, very physically threatening with this Nathan Phillips guy who also
goes by the name Nathaniel Stanard so this guy has had more than one
name, I’ll get to him in a moment, inches from his face begins drumming
his drum and chanting his chant and the teens in the video and I am going to talk
about three different videos, but the one that that led everybody to do
flips and twists to throw these kids under of the bus including priests like Father
Edward Beck of CNN (he looks like Anderson Cooper with a Roman collar if
you’ve never seen him). Fr. James Martin of course… I’m gonna read a couple
statements from from bishops… that’s what those initial fake news,
really absurd attacking of the teens were based on that first video, there’s
at least two other versions of the video that I’ve seen but the one I want to
direct you to and the one that’s in the link below is from the point of view
of the black Hebrews aka the black Israelites this is a kooky cultish group
you can see them in New York and see them in in Washington and some other cities and they show up in they and they spout vile bigoted racist messaging, that’s
their whole shtick, and the Covington students had to listen to their vile
racial epithets for an hour in the cold waiting for their bus so watch the video
from their point of view and you can hear what they say. I want to
read a couple things I normally I don’t like reading on video because you’re
supposed to you watch and not listen to someone read but I don’t know
if you’ve actually paid attention to what Nick said in his testimony and I
think it’s worth listening to. This is his statement, this is the one
who was nose to nose grinning nervously if you want to say “a smirk” I think
you’re just confirming your own bias, to me he was reacting like many
seventeen year olds not sure what to do so he just keeps continually
looking at the guy who come up came up to their group and began to essentially
goad them into reacting and you can see this from the black Hebrew point of view.
He says: ” I’m providing this factual account of what happened on Friday
afternoon at the Lincoln Memorial to correct misinformation and outright lies
being spread about my family and me. I am the student in the video who is
confronted by the Native American protester, I arrived at the Lincoln
Memorial at 4:30 p.m. I was told to be there by 5:30
when her busses were due to leave Washington for the trip
back to Kentucky. We’d been attending the March for Life
rally and then had split up into small groups to do sightseeing. When we arrived
we noticed four African-american protestors
who were also on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. I’m not sure what they
were protesting and I did not interact with them. I did hear them direct
derogatory insults at our school group. The protesters said hateful things, they
called us racists, bigots, white crackers, faggots and incest kids.”
By the way Bishop Bridge Stika has also said that a priest he knows well was there and that these black Hebrews were
calling them pedophiles and white European faggots and so on… so this is
this is really vitriolic hatred against people who are willing to be charged
with an EWC, which is “existing while Catholic”, but I digress. “They also talked
at an African-american student from my school by telling him
that we would we— the white kids— would harvest his organs. I have no idea what
that insult means but it was startling to hear. Because we were being loudly
attacked and taunted in public a student in our group asked one of our teacher
chaperones for permission to begin our school spirit chants to counter the
hateful things that were being shouted at our group. The chants are commonly
used at sporting events, they’re all positive in nature and they sound
what what you would like to hear at any high school. Our chaperone gave us
permission to use our school chants, we would not have done that without
obtaining permission from the adults in charge of our group. At no time did I
hear any student chant anything other than the school spirit chants, I didn’t
witness any or hear any students chant “Build That Wall” or say any anything
hateful or racist at any time to anyone; assertions to the contrary are simply
false. Our chants were loud because we wanted to drown out the hateful comments
that were being shouted at us by the protesters. After a few minutes of
chanting the Native American protesters who I hadn’t previously noticed
approached our group. The Native American protesters had drums and were
accompanied by at least one person with a camera. The protestor everyone has
seen in the video began playing his drum as he waded into the
crowd and which parted for him, I didn’t see anyone try
to block his path he locked eyes with me and approached me coming within inches
of my face he played his drum for the entire time he was in my face. I never
interacted with this protester, I did not speak to him, I didn’t make any hand
gestures or any other aggressive moves. To be honest I was startled and confused
as to why he’d approached me. We’d already been yelled at by another group
of protestors and when the second group approached I was worried that the situation was getting out of control where adults were attempting to provoke teenagers. I
believed that by remaining motionless and calm I was helping to defuse the
situation. I realized everyone had cameras and said
that perhaps a group of adults was trying to provoke a group of teenagers
into a larger conflict. I said a silent prayer that the situation would not get
out of hand.” Now this is the statement in a Kentucky…
it’s called the Lexington Herald Leader by Bishop John Stowe of Lexington. Here’s
what he said in response to the shorter video which I will also link below,
obviously his Excellency couldn’t have seen the longer video for he would never
say publicly what he wrote here in the newspaper: “As the leader of the Catholic
Church and 50 counties of Central and Eastern Kentucky I joined the Diocese of
Cummington and other Catholic leaders in apologizing in the wake of this incident.
I am ashamed that the actions of Kentucky Catholic high school students
have become a contradiction of the very reverence for human life that the March
is supposed to manifest. As such I believe that US Catholics must take
a look at how our support for the fundamental right to life has become
separated from the even more basic truth of the dignity of each human person
without engaging the discussion about the context of the viral video or
placing the blame entirely on these adolescents. It astonishes me that any
students participating in a pro-life activity on behalf of their school and
their Catholic faith could be wearing apparel sporting the slogans of
a president who denigrates the lives of immigrants, refugees and people from countries that he describes with indecent words and
haphazardly endangers with life-threatening policies, we cannot
uncritically ally ourselves with someone with whom we share the
policy goal of ending abortion. I doubt that it’s only these students who are
not aware that the pro-life movement got its start
among peace activists who saw their opposition to abortion as a natural
extension of opposition to all forms of violence.” He goes on… here’s how he
ends, “The letter of the US bishops wrote in 1979 on racism speaks of this
structural kind of racism that has worked itself into the fabric of our
nation. It describes the unspeakable sins from
the slave trade in which the Church was itself complicit as well as the sins of
national policies that deprived Native Americans of their lands and livelihood.
The pastoral letter describes racism as a life issue. That perspective needs to
become part of our educational curriculum. Students must grapple with
this history and ask themselves how they’re going to live differently. The
pro-life movement…” I’m skipping down now, this is the
last paragraph, “the pro-life movement claims that it wants more than a policy
change of making abortion illegal but aims to make it unthinkable. That would
require deep changes in society and policies that would support those who
find it difficult to afford children. The association of our young people with
racist acts and a politics of hate must also become unthinkable.” What racist acts? What did Nick Sandman
or any of the Covenant Catholic High School students do that warrants
anything but our admiration and our support so that’s Bishop John Stowe of
Lexington. Archbishop Joseph Kurtz the former president of the USCCB joined
other Catholic leaders in having even less room under the bus for Catholic
teenagers of the neighboring Diocese of Covington. That diocese is led by Roger J. Foys who also joined in the chorus of attacking and condemning and
shaming members of his own flock. The school joined the chorus even some
conservatives, Robby George Rodrier, half the staff at National Review, kind
of you know, establishment conservatives did the same thing, now some with Bill
Kristol would be another one, now some backtracked and apologized and kudos to
them. Archbishop Lori of Baltimore also joined the chorus of shaming the
premature shaming-routine and he apologized to his credit. I just read
that Bishop Foy’s addressed the school, Covenant Catholic School without the
parents there, the thing is parents are the primary educators of their
children. Not priests, bishops, cardinals deacons. Parents. And I don’t know
what to tell you except that this is an intolerable situation. Now that the
entire media-driven hate-narrative which is completely based on lies, has been
thoroughly debunked it’s time to apologize to these heroic
patient and honestly at the time bewildered teens who listened to all
manner of invective hatred vitriol threats of violence
before Nathan Phillips formerly Nathaniel Stannard walked in there and
by the way he’s also lied about his past. He describes himself as having a “ranger
role” during the Vietnam times. He was not in Vietnam, he was not in any kind of
Ranger role he went AWOL more than once, he had troubles with the law, he’s
basically a professional protester and a refrigerator repairman for the Marine
Corps. Now, he did service, I didn’t so I thank anyone who is willing to enter
military service but you have to tell the truth about what that service
entailed and Nathan Phillips has not, instead he’s called for the kids to be
expelled. One Saturday Live writer,
Miss Biddy said the following, now this is potty words so, warning, “I will blow
anyone who punches that kid in the face.” Raisa aztlán one of the CNN commentators
said, :honest question: have you ever seen a more punchable face than
this kids?” These are adults either promising sex acts or randomly
encouraging people to physically assault a minor. No one’s supplying much outrage from the
from inside of the Catholic Church those who are like Dr. Taylor Marshall, Tim
Gordon, some other commentators have weighed in, especially in the blogosphere.
It’s a long list I don’t want to bring everybody in because it would be
a long commentary. This is the kind of behavior from Catholic leaders that
creates X Catholics, Catholics who are cynical enough about the priestly
predator crisis that’s been so badly botched and so scandalously voted upon
as we saw in the Baltimore meeting last fall. The time has come for lay Catholics,
baptized followers of Jesus Christ to call their leaders to account and ask
them in light of the evidence to do things like just apologize. What a lesson, how
many people would be brought around to sympathize with the plight of the Church
both inside and out if you just say sorry, I was wrong, I got ahead, I sharpen
my pitchfork, I fired out my lantern and I was wrong, as Archbishop Lori did. So much more else to say. I’ll
close with this: this whole incident, and remember nothing happened, except for a
bunch of black radical cult members screaming at white kids and a Native
American beating a drum and chanting inches from a teenager’s face there was
no violence, there was there were no threats by the Catholic students against
anyone else, they were minding their own business on public property and they
were assaulted in a big major setup so that attention could be drawn from the
powerful witness of the March for Life. We can talk about this 24/7 so we don’t
have to talk about the hundreds of thousands of people who braved cold
weather to show up in solidarity with those who have no voice. That’s what this
is. A mega distraction utilizing elements of white privilege and Native American,
all the white guilt over past injustices to natives… and they were injustices; we shouldn’t whitewash things that happened in the past and any injustices that continue to happen. We have to confront them, we have to
admit them and take responsibility and own it. However not at the expense of the
truth. Ultimately this event was about Mega Hats it didn’t matter who was
wearing the Mega Hats. Once the combination of revered native elder and
white kids with hats that say “make America great again” that’s all the media
needed to run and it doesn’t matter how saintly and heroic, how pacifist these
teens behaved and they behaved in a stellar manner, that makes me very proud
to be a Catholic, that doesn’t matter, nothing’s good enough. If those boys
were wearing Hopie-Changie-Obama hats I wouldn’t be doing this commentary
because there would be no story to report but Hope-Change-Obama hats
don’t show up at the March for Life by and large do they? Join
We open the doors this summer. The sweet spot is faith and culture the podcast is called the Patrick Coffin Show. The website I’m also here on YouTube. Be a saint; what else is there.

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