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Should men of the clergy become active in political affairs?
To answer this we must first understand that America was suckered into serfdom through the clever use of phonies posing as good men of conscience .
William F. Buckley was an enabler of such men.
Many a week on his show, Firing Line, he showcased a spokesman from the left, supposedly a man of good stature, ostensibly looking out for the common man, who spoke the clever words of enslavement.
One such clever man was William Sloane Coffin.
In that era, there was no Internet to check on the pedigree and credentials of the people who were being presented to our parents and grandparents. Our antecedents had to take it on faith that these men and women were good people without ulterior motive.
William Sloane Coffin was an elitist. He was born into an elitist family, and he remained an elitist until the day he died. He attended the exclusive prep school of Phillips Academy in Andover; he was a friend of George Herbert Walker Bush, always an ominous sign; he attended Yale University; he was a member of Skull and Bones; he was a former officer of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Ah, but now we are to believe that he is a reformed man of the people.
He was a reverend nonetheless.
By now you may be asking what this man’s crime could be.
His crime was so subtle, you would not even think it was a crime. You would think he was doing a good thing for the people of the United States of America.
What William Sloane Coffin and his kind promoted was for the clergy to become active in social affairs.
William F. Buckley was his foil and enabler.
The question then becomes: Should men of the clergy become active in political affairs?
Men of the clergy must tend to the mending of the soul which is enough.
If the soul is good, good results are more likely to follow.
When clergymen cross the threshold into politics, they tread on thin ice.
They walk onto dangerous ground.
They are like Mr. Harker in Bram Stoker’s novel who crosses over the threshold of Count Dracula.
When he does so, his soul belongs to Dracula.
So too the soul of the clergy who cross the threshold of the politician when they broker prayer breakfasts in the halls of power, or worse, when they overtly campaign for a candidate.
Allen Dulles understood this when he co-opted the clergy in Guatemala to sell a war he could not otherwise sell.
Our politicians understand this today when they co-opt the clergy in America to sell wars they cannot otherwise sell.
Mending the soul is enough.
William Sloane Coffin, Skull and Bones graduate, knew this acutely well.
As did his enabler, William F. Buckley.
They knew what they were doing.
As members of the CIA, they knew its game plan.
If America is to regain its principled footing in the world, its clergy must return to doing what they were trained to do, and nothing more.
Invite the politician to come to God. Do not abandon God by walking into his house.
Now some may argue that William Sloane Coffin and other notable preachers and reverends spoke out against war.
And this is true.
But that misses the point.
They shouldn’t be there at all.
By involving himself in political issues and extolling the virtues of doing so, Mr. Sloane Coffin, from his position of influence, dragged many men of God into the house of Dracula.
And they are still there.
As is America.
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