As I lamented the various tactics that have been shuttering Catholic institutions, undermining Judaic orthodoxy, or otherwise shackling religious freedom, he responded, "I don't care. If the government wants to piss on all religious people, let them. What do I care?"
I was so taken aback but such a callous, thoughtless, SELFISH notion that I couldn't contain my surprise or disgust. I asked, "Oh, so when the Nazis wrote off the Gypsies and no one cared, that's not at all the same?"
Now mind you, I hate likening anything to Nazism. It's simply too overplayed and the example is typically extreme. In this case, however, that's EXACTLY what Nazism did. It lumped folks together and did a lot worse than piss on them. They exterminated them, and the German people didn't care - they ignored the situation because, in their minds, it had no effect on them.
And yet this "friend" of mine couldn't see that? And this "friend" then became indignant and offended that I'd compared his statement to Nazism?!
I was officially disgusted for the rest of the night, and truth by told, I still am. I am beyond flabbergasted that folks can hold such dark ideas in their mind and think nothing of it. How can folks not understand that allowing abuse to happen (even against folks you don't like or don't agree with) is wrong? How can folks not understand that apathy is the strongest weapon of evil?
Ugh - my heart absolutely breaks for my son. Considering all the abuse the Catholic Church is enduring right now, I honestly fear what may become of us by the time he's an adult. May God have mercy on us soon. We are lost if not for His saving grace.