Progressive talk a lot about choice. Choice in schools, choice to give birth to a child, choice to separate the 1% from their wealth and redistribute it for the good of the 99%. There’s quite a bit of talk about choice on the Left. There isn’t very much talk about choice on the Right because there is a note of rigidity on their side that runs deeper than the abortion rights forever stream that runs through the Left. The battle in this part of the Culture Wars in America is about Change in contrast to Tradition. Mark Noonan, who, for reasons so eloquently pointed out by Majordomo Pain in Its commentary yesterday, is anchored to his religious beliefs so rigidly that he cannot see the irreversible harm that his chirch has done to multiple generations of children who are now adults, in his own country, can now only be seen as a religious adherent with loyalty only to the his Faith first and a citizen of the United States of America, second. Noonan threatens the sovereignty of the United States of America and casts off his citizenship in anything other than a religious faith with these words:

No, Ricorun – no State sanctioning of marriage in any way, shape or form. Has to be that way or the Junior League Leninists on your side will use it as a means to attack the Church because we dare to speak the truth about not just homosexuality, but all sexual matters. I refuse to allow your side’s thugs a handy club to beat me with. You may be blind to what your leadership is doing, but I know too much history…I know where this is heading and what I’m actually trying to do here is prevent your side from provoking a Cristero War.

And maybe I should just go on and be extra blunt here – your side is going to die, Ricorun. You abort, you same-sex relationship, you birth-control. You don’t make, mine or grow things. You’re doomed – but as you go out in to the ash heap of history, I want to do two things:

1. Prevent your side from completely destroying the nation we believers created.

2. Prevent your side from starting a round of oppression leading to a civil war, which could well destroy this nation we believers created.

It seems to me that a tactical retreat while preserving the reality is the best method of doing this – not just on marriage, but on all issues. I think we on our side can win a long fight over the rights of the locals to decide their own affairs. This does mean that those in San Francisco and Los Angeles can really go completely batsh** crazy in their liberalism (though without being permitted to go all thug on believers) – but that just means your side will die off all the faster. Meanwhile, rational people will hold the larger country together and will simply take over those areas your side is permitted to hollow out (as your side has in places like Detroit). Eventually, we get the whole country back.

America is not Mexico. The Roman Catholic Church does not have the power, institutionally in the United States today that it had in mexico in the 1920s. Despite there being nearly 70 million Catholics in the United States, there is not a majority within that body which hold ideas as conservative as those held by Mark Noonan. There will be no Cristero War in the United States because there is by no means a level of persecution of Catholics that exists today in America that is comparable to that of Mexico in 1926. Noonan’s argument is a fallacy borne out of frustration that the majority of Americans believe in and are fighting for the civil rights of their LGBTQ brothers and sisters and against his Old World, and constitutionally protected, religious beliefs.


However, there are some similarities between the 1920s in Mexico and the 2010s in the United States that lie mostly in class warfare. The Cristero War came about due the the draconian laws affecting poor farmers in rural areas of the country. These measures were embraced by the Catholic Church in Mexico because they were that nations largest private property owner. Keep in mind that unlike the United States of America, Mexico had no constitutional separation of church and State. This all changed with the Mexican Revolution and the new Mexican Constitution of 1917.

President Plutarco Elias Calles came into office in 1924 as a populist reformer. For reference as a historical equal one could point to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in 1920sTurkey, Josip Broz Tito in Yugoslavia in the 1950s, or Mohammed Mossadegh in Iran in the immediate post World War II era. The tipping point that led to the Cristero War were the laws that prevented priests and other religious clergy members from holding public office, ordered the registration with the government of all religious organizations and forced the Catholic Church to disassociate itself with all political activity. This was a reaction to the depth and reach of political power that the catholic Church wielded over the people from colonial times up to the end of the Mexican Revolution.


For the crimes against the Mexican people over the centuries Calles did indeed seek to destroy the catholic Church in Mexico by force of law. Not a single law similar to or based on the principles of Article 130 of the Mexican Constitution of 1917 exist in the United States. There is law resulting from Supreme Court decisions that allow women to have an abortion and there are several states and the District of Columbia that allow same sex couples to marry. One is a medical choice issue, the other is a civil law matter. Neither, to any reasoning person, not blinded by the necessity of religion to maintain their ability to be immersed in a society that does not need this constant traditional reassurance of privilege and worth, has anything to do with the Catholic Church.


If Mark Noonan had a shred of loyalty to the United States of America, he would understand that nation states change in regard to their government over time as the citizenry ages and refreshes with the power of a younger generation. In the early part of the 20th Century young women did the footwork that lead to the 19th amendment. In the middle of that century, young black men and women along with their white sisters and brothers left their homes in the Northeast and went South to fight racial bigotry and win the greatest civil rights battle in the history of the United States. Now LGBTQ rights have become the latest culture war batttle ground and once again it pits the religiously fundamentalist against reasoning secular law based progressives.


The delusion that America could be brought to open warfare “forced” upon American Catholics because of changes to civil laws strikes me as a bit odd coming from a man so rigid in his faith that he can bear no mention of the thousands of American children abused by Catholic priests. Mark Noonan cannot live with that truth because to do so would be to disorder the entire series of walls he has built up to protect his Soul, at least he thinks, from the ravages of Hell. He also feels that the Progressives, because we have the LGBTQ community and the abortion rights community within our ideological ranks will simply “die out” leaving his Distributists and Theocrats to come in and sweep up after our little party is over. The demographics that I see regularly regarding American attitudes toward these issues and others in the Culture Wars tell me something very different. Noonan is just barely a Baby Boomer. His generation is so far different from the one being born today that when those children are 50 none of these issues will be issues and not for the reasons pointed out by Noonan’s wishful thinking. As generally happens in history, the progressives are winning the demographic and cultural battle much to the anger of the Theocrats.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.
Editorial Page Editor
The Dis Brimstone Daily Pitchfork
51 Colnu 2 AS


  1. we believers created. Those 3 words say it all. Mental institutions are full of believers.

    • Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.] Says:

      Well Mitch they have to have the Other to rail against. If there’s no Other their gnashing of teeth and tearing of shirts is seen to be what it is the arrogant insanity of those who feel the gravity of losing unearned privilege.

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