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QUOTE OF THE DAY: Watch Out for That Nun!

In an article published by The Atlantic Sunday, Canadian writer Daniel Panneton identified a new supposed symbol of right-wing extremism: the Catholic rosary.

THE QUOTE

In the essay — originally titled “Guns and Rosaries” and updated to “How the Rosary Became an Extremist Symbol” — Panneton warned that “armed radical traditionalist” Catholics “have taken up a spiritual notion that the rosary can be a weapon in the fight against evil and turned it into something dangerously literal.”

  • “The rosary — in these hands — is anything but holy,” he wrote, citing “rad-trad” Catholics’ anti-abortion and anti-LGBT sentiments, both based in mainstream Catholic beliefs, as evidence the rosary could lead to “radicalization and real-world terrorist attacks.”
  • “The ‘battle beads’ culture of spiritual warfare permits radical-traditional Catholics literally to demonize their political opponents and regard the use of armed force against them as sanctified. The sacramental rosary isn’t just a spiritual weapon but one that comes with physical ammunition,” Panneton concluded.
  • Amid backlash from online conservatives, who saw further proof of the media’s anti-Christian ignorance, bias and bigotry, The Atlantic quietly softened the article’s headline and subheadline.

SAME ENERGY

Other recent additions to the list of once-positive mainstream symbols now deemed red flags for violent extremism were the Gadsden flag and the “OK” hand gesture.

  • Nor was Panneton the first sharp-eyed observer to identify the trappings of the Church as a cover for potential criminal violence.

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