Watching those “20-something” Occupy Wall Streeters opine time and again on cable television about all that’s wrong with the United States—the fellow Sean Hannity interviewed on his show was particularly disturbing—it’s pretty easy to succumb to the temptation to believe that “every thing’s going to Hell in a hand basket” and the current crop of young adults won’t amount to very much. In short, the nation’s future is bleak.
But, The Motley Monk thinks, the picture that’s being portrayed by cable television is, at a minimum, a distortion.
For example, consider Miss Delaware 2011, Maria Cahill. Maria grew up in an Irish Catholic family in Newark, DE, the second oldest of seven children.
As Miss Rehoboth Beach, Maria spoke about her genesis as a pro-life Catholic.
Given her public stature, statements like these have transformed Cahill into a lightning rod for the pro-choice lobby.
According to an interview in Townhall Magazine, she’s accused of being “conservative,” “close-minded,” and “brainwashed” due to her Catholic upbringing. (The Motley Monk can only recall the statement “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.”) Yet, Cahill maintains that’s completely the opposite of who she is:
That’s the most hurtful thing people could say—like I’m not my own person! It’s the farthest thing from the truth.
Insofar as The Motley Monk is concerned, Cahill not only “gets it.” But’s she’s also witnessing to the real war on women that’s being promulgated by the pro-choice lobby. For Cahill, the root of the problem is that people aren’t focused upon the fact that it’s another life that’s at stake. She said:
No one likes to think of themselves as selfish. But whenever those terms get thrown around like “My body, my choice,” you’re just bringing it all back onto yourself, and, to me, that’s selfish, whether people want to believe it or not.
Worse yet, Cahill believes that selfishness is causing the current assault upon the nation’s unborn:
This topic of abortion and birth control and all these things are so taboo now. And why is that? These young people in high school, its something that we don’t talk about anymore…and I think the reason for this is…is because this is murder we are talking about. You know, people don’t use that word anymore…that’s a bold word…but that’s what it is. It’s murder.”
And it’s bold of Cahill to use the “M” word for what so many others characterize as a “choice” and a “right.”
As in most things concerning “cable television,” it’s the case that it’s not who’s being interviewed but who’s not being interviewed that’s important.
And, in this regard, The Motley Monk thinks there’s very good reason to be full of hope. God renews each generation through the Church militant and there are many fine young Catholic adults who belong to it.
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