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Saturday, May 25, 2024

Religious Parents, Caesar's Coin, and Nero's Madness

By:   Kevin Beary
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Religious Parents, Caesar's Coin, and Nero's Madness

The vote by almost all of New York State's Republican members of Congress to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and to institutionalize homosexual marriage on the federal level should serve as an indication of the degraded condition of the state's Republican committees. It should also galvanize all religious and other traditionally-minded New York State Republicans to become politically active by joining their county committees.

It is the county committees, especially the executive committees, who decide who will get on the ballot by circulating petitions for their favored candidate. Religious parents cannot hope that the Republican officials they elect will vote morally and ethically if those who control ballot access have no strong moral convictions. Morality and religion thrive in the grassroots but not currently on the committees.

To give an idea of the condition of the Republican committees in New York State, I relate my own experiences. I am a member of the town board in a small town in Northern New York, an area generally considered conservative politically and socially. I am also a member of the county Republican Committee. When I wrote a letter to the local newspaper in which I stated that the Christian understanding of marriage has always been that it is between a man and a woman and that religious parents do not want their children homosexualized and transgenderized in the public schools or elsewhere, the town supervisor, who is a longtime member of the executive committee of the county Republican Committee, immediately instructed both the town attorney and the town labor attorney to see if they could find grounds to have me dismissed from the board for "discrimination."

When at the next Republican Committee meeting I presented a motion to censure this member for publicly displaying contempt for the committee's respect for and defense of the sanctity of marriage and traditional family values as manifested in the committee's platform, another member of the executive committee, who is also a pastor of a conservative congregation and the county Republican Elections Commissioner, stated that the motion could not be presented because there was no provision in the committee's bylaws to censure a member. The chair deferred to this bizarre objection, adding that the defense of marriage was part of the national Republican platform, not the local platform, though the county committee's website clearly stated that the committee supports "the traditional definition of marriage as a God-ordained, legal and moral commitment between a man and a woman," and believes that "the sanctity of marriage... should be defended, protected, strengthened, and nurtured at all levels of government."

But while religious parents wait for the end times, the irreligious act. They organize, they run candidates who represent their sinful values, they get the vote out, they get complete control of the government, as they have done in New York State, and then they pass their laws that mandate the homosexualization and transgenderization of schoolchildren, along with other iniquitous legislation.

The local Republican Committee has since removed its website altogether.

Many religious parents have turned their back on politics and have chosen the Benedict Option, as Rod Dreher terms it: they have withdrawn into religious communities and homeschool their children; or they send them to a religious school, if there is one nearby and they can afford it. These communities are thriving. But will they be allowed to exist forever?

It is probably only a matter of time before some sort of government compliance monitors show up to check that the home-schooled children are following the state-mandated curriculum. And if they are not, the parents will be given two choices: either you give your children the mandated books to study and allow them to be periodically interviewed by a counselor, or Child Protective Services will take them and place them with a state-approved foster family that will send them to a public school.

Religious taxpayers are forced to support public education through the school tax. In New York State, if a homeowner does not pay his school and property taxes, he will be expropriated and his home will be put up at auction. But religious parents should have the right to make sure that the tax dollars which are exacted from them at the point of an expropriatory gun, as it were, are used to build their children's moral and spiritual character, not to debase and destroy it.

It is understandable that many religious people do not want to get involved in the often brutal and brutalizing world of politics. But while religious parents wait for the end times, the irreligious act. They organize, they run candidates who represent their sinful values, they get the vote out, they get complete control of the government, as they have done in New York State, and then they pass their laws that mandate the homosexualization and transgenderization of schoolchildren, along with other iniquitous legislation. So it is imperative that religious parents become politically active and establish themselves and their values as a force in the political life of New York State and elsewhere.

That we should render unto Caesar what is Caesar's does not entail allowing our children to be corrupted and mutilated by Nero. While religious parents demur, the minions of Antichrist make the world over in their own image.

There are two ways to become a member of a party committee: by appointment by the executive committee or by running for election. It is doubtful that members of the executive committee will appoint anyone whom they suspect might have strong religious values and for whom morality is more important than is toeing the party line. So one must run for election, which involves circulating petitions that must be signed by a certain number of party members and then filed with the local Board of Elections. It is the duty of the county Republican Elections Commissioner to assist Republicans who want to run for political office. He or she should help candidates with making sure their petitions are in the proper legal format.

Petitions are normally circulated during March and must be filed at the beginning of April. The committee candidates are on the ballot in June. The process for getting on the ballot has been purposefully made difficult in order to assure that the party committees, both Republican and Democrat, maintain their control over the process and see to it that their favored candidates are elected. But a determined outsider helped by his supporters certainly can get on the ballot and win election to the committee.

That we should render unto Caesar what is Caesar's does not entail allowing our children to be corrupted and mutilated by Nero. While religious parents demur, the minions of Antichrist make the world over in their own image.

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