Something I've learned over the years is that confidence often manifiests as being unwilling to put up with things, and also knowing when to pick your battles. Without the second, the first is merely headstrongness. I've been manifesting confidence surprisingly often lately (at least, I've surprised myself). Today I did so again.
I came across a particularly nasty bit of anti-Catholic bigotry on the Facebook page of a fairly unpleasant Protestant pastor. One Jane Paoli of Atlanta, Georgia, had posted the following -
In case the post is removed subsequent to this blogpost, its text read -
I just read the full version of "The Jesuit Oath " that all leading... RCC priests sign and adhere to in depth.. The Jesuit Oath says you must agree to spy, yes, ' spy even among your own brethren. ' The 'Jesuit Oath ' says to use 'poisonous cup', 'the stranulation cord', ' the steel of the poniard' , 'or the leaden bullet' ' to hang', 'to burn','waste', 'boil,','flay', 'strangle', and bury alive' 'rip up stomach and wombs of their women' and crush their infant heads against the walls.' etc,etc.. This is the RCC's Jesuit Oath that Pope Francis belongs to.. He is a Jesuit.. I pray that all RCs turn away, repent and believe in Christ Jesus.. His word , in His Bible diametrically oppose the RCC..and it's Jesuit Oath.. "For the word of God is living and POWERFUL and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner, DISCERNER, of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Hebrews 4:12... What do you think that God has to say about this diabolical Jesuit Oath! Please read the word of God..He will tell you..
The 'oath' to which Ms Paoli refers is of course a Seventeenth Century fake. What troubles me is that it's repetition as a present reality is essentially an incitement to people of a certain mindset to conduct a violent pre-emptive strike on Catholics in general and Catholic clergy in particular. I didn't find this acceptable at all. I sent a message mentioning this to the Atlanta police in the event that they consider this a criminal matter. They may or may not (I can imagine a number of First Amendment issues here). I'm not sure it matters, however. Having the spine to say politely but firmly 'this is not acceptable' is often all that it takes.