The Quiet Ones

 

There are some causes worth speaking out about. And then there are those causes that one dare not utter a word for fear of retribution. Pope Francis and Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, are quite sympathetic and at times vocal about certain causes – LGBTQ rights, gun violence, diversity, and climate change to name but a few — but they’ve both gotten noticeably quiet about two movements that have surfaced in the past year or so. One that promotes free speech and one that would crush it. One that seeks to live in freedom in one of the great success stories of enterprise and capitalism and the other that seeks to impose communist rule through a blood-soaked revolution.

Clearly, Apple has a great deal to lose if Cook speaks up about the Chinese government’s moves to bring Hong Kong under a more oppressive yoke, taking direct control of Hong Kong’s banking sector, and cracking down on any dissent. The financial hit to Apple would be in the billions if President-for-Life Xi Jinping became upset with a positive statement from Cook about the democracy movement in Hong Kong and ordered that factories where Apple products are manufactured be shuttered.

Cook and company would then have to scramble to find other countries, maybe even the United States, to set up their assembly lines. But perhaps Mr. Cook and his team calculated that some 7 million Hong Kong citizens aren’t even worth tweeting about because Apple needs to continue to prosper, grow, and please its shareholders and President Xi.

Of course, closing factories may not resonate well throughout China and this may put pressure on Beijing to relax its control on Hong Kong. Mr. Cook and his executive team at Apple still have an opportunity to do the right thing and speak up. Even a tepid statement like President Trump’s would be something. Unfortunately, to date, there are no official statements or even tweets from Mr. Cook or Apple condemning Antifa violence or praising the aspirations of the millions of inhabitants of Hong Kong to remain free.

Mr. Cook, it should be noted, is a successful capitalist with sympathies for the occasional leftist causes, like many of his Silicon Valley billionaire cohorts, and uses his position to opine on certain issues of morality. Pope Francis, on the other hand, is not a capitalist. He is actually supposed to be a moral authority, some Catholics might even say the moral authority when it comes to various thorny issues.

Sadly, this pope’s record is quite troublesome — promoting prelates who he knew were sexual predators, showing fealty with the LGBTQ community in promoting behavior that is in direct opposition to Catholic teaching, constantly castigating capitalism and constraining any criticism of socialism or bloody socialist dictators like the Castros in Cuba or Maduro in Venezuela, and prattling on about climate change.

In all fairness, it should be noted that Francis did grant an audience to one Hong Kong Catholic student who implored the Pope to express his concern about the recent crackdown on dissidents. The audience lasted for ten seconds and Francis responded by simply asking the young Catholic to pray for him. So, there is that.

Pope Francis also has a special relationship with the Chinese Communist regime. Several years ago, he relied on now-defrocked former and rampant sexual predator Cardinal Theodore McCarrick to lay the groundwork for that special relationship which allows the communist regime to appoint men to the episcopacy. In counter-espionage parlance, these are known as agents. From LifeSiteNews:

Many Western sources agree with Mosher that Xi Jinping is ruthlessly intent on abolishing what religious freedom there is in China, and won’t cede any authority to the Vatican.

“In practice, China’s Communist Party is unlikely to give up control over any religion, even Catholicism, which has relatively few adherents in China,” the WSJ notes.

“Chinese President Xi Jinping has launched a program to ‘Sinicize’ all religions to make sure they don’t offer alternate viewpoints to the Communist Party.”

That was echoed by Forbes contributor Olivia Enos, who pointed out religious persecution has risen notably since last October’s Party congress.

“Finalizing a deal now would send the message that the Vatican is willing to turn a blind eye to Chinese threats to religious freedom—including the persecution of Catholics,” wrote Enos.

The deal would also have serious implications for Taiwan, “known for respecting religious freedom,” she added.

Under the One China policy, Beijing would likely require the Vatican to sever diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favor of China, leaving Taiwan bereft of its last European ally, Enos explained.

The aspirations of Hong Kong citizens aside, the Pope and the Vatican press office haven’t made any statements or taken to Twitter to condemn Antifa violence. Given that it’s a movement that incites violence, celebrates their bloody handiwork, and promotes the overthrow of the United States to become a communist regime, one would have hoped that Francis or others in the Curia would have had the courage to say something. Anything. Apparently, climate change and embracing the paganism of indigenous Amazonian tribes is more important at the moment.

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There are 8 comments.

  1. Front Seat Cat Member

    To be honest, one is a business man and the other is the head of the biggest Christian denomination in the world. One mission is to make money and create new products, the other is to preach the Gospel and save souls. I don’t see either one getting into the political or hate group bashing (like Antifa). The deal with China with the Church seems to be a bad idea, but what was the alternative? Neither are good. China wants Apple’s money and work – they are feeling the pinch with Trump in office. These are indeed very dicey times.

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    • August 18, 2019, at 1:56 PM PDT
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  2. Brian Watt Member
    Brian Watt Post author

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    To be honest, one is a business man and the other is the head of the biggest Christian denomination in the world. One mission is to make money and create new products, the other is to preach the Gospel and save souls. I don’t see either one getting into the political or hate group bashing (like Antifa). The deal with China with the Church seems to be a bad idea, but what was the alternative? Neither are good. China wants Apple’s money and work – they are feeling the pinch with Trump in office. These are indeed very dicey times.

    The Church and China already have a bad deal. It was unnecessary and a capitulation. No deal was better than the deal derived at.

    From Cardinal Zen of Hong Kong:

    “We now know that one of President Xi’s goals is to inculcate communist thought and blend it with theology,” said Arroyo. “Are you concerned that the Vatican is playing into his hands? His stated goal is to blend the communist agenda with existing religions. Is that what’s happening here?”

    “It’s obvious,” answered Zen. “They are delivering the whole administration of the Church into the hands of the so-called ‘Patriotic Association,’ which is just a puppet in the hands of the government. And so it’s a complete surrender. It’s incredible.”

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    • August 18, 2019, at 2:09 PM PDT
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  3. Unsk Member

    Timely and sadly all too accurate post Brian.

    What can you say about the Pope? Those who talk fondly him forget he has been fond of some of the evil Communist heroes for quite a while going all the way back to his Argentine days.

    Forgive me but I have long thought that Christ spoke to us mostly in parables because he wanted us to deeply contemplate about what our life here on earth was about and how best to perform God’s good works in a complex world where there is a multitude of shades of good and evil through which we must navigate. This Pope seems not to recognize that we live in a complex world where Evil lurks often behind the fashionable yet simplistic pieties that the evil Progressive Left tries to lure us with on a daily basis.

    Free speech, unfettered contemplation and seeking the truth are essential to the journey to doing God’s will. That said this Pope does not encourage deep thought about our existence and seems to care little about the truth. Digging deep into any issue seems foreign to him because he is all to ready to endorse the latest fad pushed by the evil Left, while refusing to look at the obvious evil these fads entail if one simply looks under the hood of these issues. The nicest thing one could say about him is that he is a very shallow man for the battle against the complex forces of evil seem to completely elude him, otherwise one would have to say this Pope is a friend of evil.

    As for Tim Cook, Apple has moved to establish research facilities following Google and Microsoft, as well as Huawei, Alibaba and Tenscent in the hub of China’s big data mining efforts at Guizhou to help build China’s Social Credit system. Words fail to describe my disgust. Any American company involved in this effort should be completely shunned and prosecuted to the fullest in any way possible. I don’t care how many jobs are lost.

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    • August 18, 2019, at 2:14 PM PDT
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  4. James Gawron Thatcher

    Brian Watt: The aspirations of Hong Kong citizens aside, the Pope and the Vatican press office have also not made any statements or taken to Twitter to condemn Antifa violence. Given that it’s a movement that incites violence, celebrates their bloody handiwork, and promotes the overthrow of the United States to become a communist regime, one would have hoped that Francis or others in the Curia would have had the courage to say something. Anything. Apparently, climate change and embracing the paganism of indigenous Amazonian tribes is more important at the moment.

    Brian,

    A million people come out to peacefully protest demanding nothing but their freedom. They are armed with nothing but umbrellas and may be forced to face tanks. These good people apparently can’t obtain an infinitesimal of attention from some rather regular participants in the world’s political discourse. This is such a defining moment. Those who have real respect for human rights v. those who only mouth the words when convenient.

    Thanks for the post, Brian.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • August 18, 2019, at 3:32 PM PDT
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  5. DonG Coolidge

    Timely post. Two examples of how institutions (The Church and Apple) are failing to show moral leadership and choosing virtue signaling over virtue. Deciding to be silent is a choice.

     

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    • August 18, 2019, at 3:43 PM PDT
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  6. Full Size Tabby Member

    An annoying thing about Mr. Cook is that he freely bashes his fellow Americans (including his customers) about issues that he would dare mention to his Chinese overlords. He apparently feels free to pick on those who have less power and influence than he does, but dare not say anything about those who might damage him. Typical bully behavior. 

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    • August 18, 2019, at 4:13 PM PDT
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  7. Theodoric of Freiberg Member

    I pine away for the likes of Reagan, Thatcher and Pope John Paul II. There is a discernible dearth in such leaders at this time.

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    • August 20, 2019, at 5:26 AM PDT
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  8. Theodoric of Freiberg Member

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    An annoying thing about Mr. Cook is that he freely bashes his fellow Americans (including his customers) about issues that he would dare mention to his Chinese overlords. He apparently feels free to pick on those who have less power and influence than he does, but dare not say anything about those who might damage him. Typical bully behavior.

    Yes. Saying Tim Cooke is just a businessman is fine as long as he stays out of politics. He doesn’t.

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    • August 20, 2019, at 5:31 AM PDT
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