God’s Dog author and iconographer Jonathan Pageau recently shared his opinion that the recent wave of social justice activism will turn into a pogrom.
Pageau’s comments came during a discussion with Catholic Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in a video titled “A Return to Cosmic Christianity | with Bishop Barron.
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Towards the end of the discussion, Bishop Barron sought Pageau’s opinion, asking him, “Go back to the civil rights movement, of the 1950s and 1960s, in our country which were led, for the most part, by very religious people. . Thus, King the most obvious example, but the many others. Religious who lead this movement.
“And you read Martin Luther King’s sermons, I mean, it’s based on the Hebrew prophets. It is rooted in the great biblical tradition. He is anchored in Jesus, etc… So his activism for social justice had a deeply, I would say, mystical and spiritual source,” Bishop Baron continued.
His Excellency explained: “The fact that today this type of resurrected social justice movement is not led by religious people, in fact there is a great hostility to religion, I think has given this current movement a much darker shade. It’s a much less uplifting sight because leadership isn’t rooted in the mystical, the Bible, and the prophetic.
He continued, “So this will turn, in no time, into just us versus them, deeply violent. Where King, look at King’s language, it’s not judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. And he said I wanted to bring white people into the beautiful community. I don’t want to kick them out, etc. It comes out of a kind of Isaiah’s view of things.
The loss of the mystical, the prophetic and the biblical, we can see that today, can’t we? This is my theory. And in the social justice movement, that is a much bleaker prospect today than it was 50 years ago,” Bishop Baron concluded.
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Pageau replied, “As you said, it is very dark. And what it ends up looking like – and it’s sad because I don’t think people will be able to perceive it until it’s too late – is that it ends up looking more like a pogrom or a popular justice.
“It’s not bloody yet or not much. It’s still in words and online and everything, but this pattern of finding the victim, destroying their life and getting rid of them is something that will inevitably start to permeate the culture,” he said. declared.
He added: “I mean people are losing their jobs and all this is happening. So we can see that the very pattern of desiring justice and so-called desiring out of love and compassion transforms the very thing they hate.
His Excellency replied: “Absolutely, the Girardian dynamic to which you refer here. The scapegoats are sure. And I always come back to the 2nd chapter of Isaiah. This beautiful image evokes the temple, Eden and everything else, Mount Sinai. Do the tribes of the Lord ascend the sacred mountain. Well, they go up on the sacred mountain because the temple is there at the top. And these are all the tribes not only of Israel, but all the tribes of the world.
Bishop Barron continued, “That is the vision. But what unites them — it is not a conviction of social justice, it is not a Kantian ethical imperative — it is the worship of the true God. They go up the mountain together to worship the true God. This is what brings us together. »
“Without righteous worship, attempts at unity are going to fail. And they’re going to fall into something like dissension and scapegoating and us versus them. So again, that’s the answer, that’s what is on top of the sacred mountain is the right place of worship. This is the only strength,” said His Excellency.
Pageau then intervenes: “We also see it in the Apocalypse. He says that the New Jerusalem brings together the glories of all the people as the lamb is at the center of this whole pattern.
What do you think of Pageau’s belief that this new social justice movement will eventually turn into a bloody pogrom?
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