Mark Steyn: The Anti-Religion Nanny State Easter War
Host Mark Steyn used his monologue on “Fox News Primetime” to sound the alarm bells over the crackdown on churches over the weekend, warning that when “churches fall silent the only religion left is the state “.
STEYN: Even in a decaying Christendom, there’s something heartwarming about the Sunday service on Easter morning with the pews full as they rarely are, and … oh wait, no, sorry. , my mistake. It was the old Easter – before the state rolled a stone in front of the church door. Yesterday, the hosannas were therefore resolutely deafened: singing remains prohibited in Californian churches. In Spain, they took the extra precaution of banning hymns. In Greece they have banned loudspeakers, just in case you are tempted to organize an outdoor service.
But really, why not get straight to the point? In Ireland ALL in-person services are illegal and, like Father Hughes in Mullahoran who said mass to forty worshipers, you will be fined 500 euros if you agree to try it. And Pastor Cronin of Abundant Grace Church in Dublin was arrested mid-service. In one of posterity’s little jokes, an Irish Catholic is currently only free to practice his religion if he heads north across the border, where under the tyrannical yoke of British Protestants, the churches are open, unlike the south.
And sadly of all, a year without a church saw the membership of churches in the United States for the first time fall below fifty percent of Americans. Which is a shame. Because, when the churches are silent, the only religion that remains is the state.
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