Another Example of Idiocy on the Left

 

Are the editors of The Atlantic holding a contest this month for the most ridiculous take of the year? If so, one Dan Panneton may win the prize. He has penned this instant literary classic: “How Extremist Gun Culture is Trying to Co-Opt the Rosary.” Apparently, praying to ward off evil is as scary to a Leftist as is an AR-15. The lengths that idiots on the Left go to demonize us Catholics is mind-boggling. Satan is working overtime.

If you’re interested in reading more on how stupid this article is, my friend OneMadMom does a beautiful job of tearing it apart.

In any event, take the time to pray the Rosary on this Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Happy Feast day.

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  1. DonG (CAGW is a Scam) Coolidge
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    Scott Wilmot: The lengths that idiots on the Left go to to demonize us Catholics is mind-boggling. Satan is working overtime.

    Use your Battle Beads to fight Satan!!

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  2. EJHill Podcaster
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    Wait until The Atlantic discovers the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel. (Hat tip to @davecarter)

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  3. Gossamer Cat Coolidge
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    I think it is time that we start defining leftist symbols as hate symbols, starting with the rainbow, pajama bottoms and Starbucks coffee cups.  

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  4. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Scott, I’m so sorry to see this kind of desecration attached irresponsibly to holy objects. It isn’t part of my tradition, but I can certainly identify with the ugliness they’re pursuing.

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  5. Scott Wilmot Member
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    At least there is a lot of great content on Twitter about the idiocy of the article. One great example:

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  6. Western Chauvinist Member
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    Prayed the Glorious Mysteries in front of the Blessed Sacrament early this a.m.  Didn’t know I was praying for Mr. Panneton at the time, but that’s often the way of prayer, isn’t it? You send it up and God does what He wills with it.

    Mr. Panneton and I agree on one thing. The Rosary is a weapon of sorts. Even little old ladies can employ it to good effect. 

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  7. Scott Wilmot Member
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    This is my scary combat Rosary that is referenced in the article. Praying the Rosary always brings me a feeling of peace. I presume my prayers today were extra frightening because I prayed in Latin (I’m a rigid traditionalist)

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  8. GFHandle Member
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    EJHill (View Comment):

    Wait until The Atlantic discovers the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel. (Hat tip to @ davecarter)

    I read that some in the hierarchy are upset that that prayer is said after mass in some churches. I guess they think it is too retro.

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  9. Vance Richards Member
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    Prayer is a weapon the Left should fear if they continue down their path but . . . this is nonsense.

    https://youtu.be/z1P_tnuVMFI&t=2m21s

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  10. GFHandle Member
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Scott, I’m so sorry to see this kind of desecration attached irresponsibly to holy objects. It isn’t part of my tradition, but I can certainly identify with the ugliness they’re pursuing.

    Yes. It is one thing to pray and it is another to engage in agitprop. And using the rosary beads in some of the memes described in the article does seem to get close to sacriledge.  That doesn’t stop the Atlantic writer from being an airhead who pushes the “white supremacists are the real threat to the Republic” line while ignoring, say, the weaponising of the IRS, FBI, CIA….

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  11. CACrabtree Coolidge
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    GFHandle (View Comment):

    EJHill (View Comment):

    Wait until The Atlantic discovers the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel. (Hat tip to @ davecarter)

    I read that some in the hierarchy are upset that that prayer is said after mass in some churches. I guess they think it is too retro.

    Hmmm.  Can’t say that I’ve heard of any of that.  In my own parish, we say it after the end of the Rosary.

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  12. CACrabtree Coolidge
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    Scott Wilmot (View Comment):

    This is my scary combat Rosary that is referenced in the article. Praying the Rosary always brings me a feeling of peace. I presume my prayers today were extra frightening because I prayed in Latin (I’m a rigid traditionalist)

    Love it!!!

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  13. CACrabtree Coolidge
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    Someone on Fox this morning said that the article is little more than clickbait.  I suppose there’s some truth to that but it should illustrate to people just how intellectually bankrupt the Left is.  There’s little more for them to do or say except to resort to silly denigration such as this.

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  14. Painter Jean Moderator
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    Of a piece, I suppose, with those signs you see pro-aborts carrying sometimes, “Keep Your Rosaries off My Ovaries”. But I like the idea of the Left recognizing the power of the Rosary as a weapon!

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  15. Henry Castaigne Member
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    The important is can a priest bless a gun and give it divine powers against demons?

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  16. TheRightNurse, radiant figure of feminine kindness Member
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    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    The important is can a priest bless a gun and give it divine powers against demons?

    No.  

    But…humoring you here…he could bless the bullets with holy water and then they’d totes be effective against vampires and all sorts of creatures of the night.

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  17. Ekosj Member
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    Our Lady of Victory.  The Virgin of Lepanto.   Armed and armored, she is regarded by the faithful as responsible for the Holy League’s unlikely victory over a superior Ottoman fleet at Lepanto.   Prior to and during the engagement, Pope Pius V implored all of Christendom to pray the rosary.   Prayer works!

     

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  18. TheRightNurse, radiant figure of feminine kindness Member
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    GFHandle (View Comment):
    And using the rosary beads in some of the memes described in the article does seem to get close to sacriledge. 

    I’m guessing the memes may not be characterized as accurately as all that.

    Plus, he’s missing a huge point of pop-culture influence: The Boondock Saints.  

    Boondock Saints. One of my all time favorite movies. | Göttin tattoo ...

    Then there’s Baz Luhrman’s Romeo and Juliet:

    Cool handle! | Romeo and juliet, Hopeless fountain kingdom, Juliet

    This guy is a nutjob.  These films are over 20 years old and demonstrate iconography on weapons and in the films in a very, very big way.  Hell, Boondock Saints is about holy retribution.  The author of this hit-piece doesn’t know what he’s talking about, doesn’t care to do real research, and has founded the entire article on “guns are bad, Catholics are bad, Catholics with guns/spiritual weapons are right out!”

     

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  19. TheRightNurse, radiant figure of feminine kindness Member
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    And here’s another rebuttal that I found agrees with my own sentiments:

    https://www.catholicarena.com/latest/rosarytheatlantic150822

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  20. Charlotte Member
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    Scott WilmotHow Extremist Gun Culture is Trying to Co-Opt the Rosary

    Coming next month: How Extremist Rosary-Sayers are Trying to Co-opt Gun Culture!

    Makes the same amount of sense.

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  21. CACrabtree Coolidge
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    Good Heavens!  We can only hope that the Atlantic doesn’t run across this.  Violent nationalists with guns. And we can be almost certain that they carry the dreaded rosary in a pocket of their fatigues.

    https://www.doctrinalhomilyoutlines.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Iwo-Jima-A-Roman-Catholic-chaplain-distributes-Holy-Communion-to-5th-Marine-Div.jpg

     

     

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  22. Victor Tango Kilo Member
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    David French and Tom Nichols both write for the Atlantic.

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  23. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member
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    The Combat Rosary revival was started in earnest by Fr. Richard Heilman.  If Panneton had read this, well, his head might explode.

    If men are going to be the spiritual leaders of their own domestic church, we simply must explore these time-tested and Church approved jewels of our Catholic life.

    As I poured myself into this endeavor, I was struck by how effeminate many of the sacramentals tended to be. It’s no wonder men are inclined to see these devotions as “what women do.” In particular, most of the rosaries looked like women’s jewelry. 

    [Snip]

    I found it very curious that I would occasionally come across a silver or gold plated rosary among collectors. It turns out that many veterans credited their survival to these rosaries. So, after the war, they went to a jeweler to have them gold-plated or silver-plated.

    The most interesting and most identifying feature of these military rosaries was their center medals. The front of the medal always had some image of the Blessed Mother, which was usually Our Lady of Sorrows. But it is the back of this center medal that gives it away as an authentic 1916 World War I military rosary. They all had the same image of Jesus carrying his cross. This symbolized the burdens these soldiers were willing to shoulder for the sake of our freedom.

    Real Men pray the Rosary.

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  24. Scott Wilmot Member
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    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    The important is can a priest bless a gun and give it divine powers against demons?

    I imagine a priest could bless a gun for the right, well-defined reason. But I really don’t know. A priest cannot give it divine powers of any sort.

    The good news is that we have a Patron Saint for handguns, St. Gabriel Possenti.

    https://taylormarshall.com/2014/02/patron-saint-of-handguns-meet-st-gabriel-possenti.html

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  25. Scott Wilmot Member
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    One fun fact about my Combat Rosary: it is based on the original pull chain rosary that was commissioned and procured by the US government and issued by the military upon request to soldiers serving in WWI.

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  26. Front Seat Cat Member
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    Scott Wilmot (View Comment):

    This is my scary combat Rosary that is referenced in the article. Praying the Rosary always brings me a feeling of peace. I presume my prayers today were extra frightening because I prayed in Latin (I’m a rigid traditionalist)

    The Swiss Guard have a special combat rosary?? Wow – this is interesting – you would be someone I would want in my fox hole!

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  27. Western Chauvinist Member
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    Scott Wilmot (View Comment):

    This is my scary combat Rosary that is referenced in the article. Praying the Rosary always brings me a feeling of peace. I presume my prayers today were extra frightening because I prayed in Latin (I’m a rigid traditionalist)

    “Concealed Carry License” Bwhahahaa!

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  28. MWD B612 "Dawg" Member
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    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):

    David French and Tom Nichols both write for the Atlantic.

    FWIW David French is not a Catholic; to the best of my knowledge he’s an Evangelical of some flavor (don’t know which one). As such, I doubt he has anything to do with a Rosary (or prayer rope, used in the Orthodox Church) and possibly thinks prayers to the Saints are idolatry/blasphemous.

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  29. Painter Jean Moderator
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    MWD B612 "Dawg" (View Comment):

    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):

    David French and Tom Nichols both write for the Atlantic.

    FWIW David French is not a Catholic; to the best of my knowledge he’s an Evangelical of some flavor (don’t know which one). As such, I doubt he has anything to do with a Rosary (or prayer rope, used in the Orthodox Church) and possibly thinks prayers to the Saints are idolatry/blasphemous.

    Yes – French is not Catholic. So I don’t see the significance of him writing for the Atlantic.

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  30. C. U. Douglas Thatcher
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    Doug Ernst, creator of Soulfinder, teamed up with Rugged Rosaries to create a Soulfinder-themed rosary and has been selling them on Iconic comics’ site. Rugged Rosaries has noted since the Atlantic’s story became news, their rosary sales have gone up dramatically.

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