Thursday, February 23, 2012

Snooty Snobs Snicker at Santorum's Satanic Salvo

        I remember the chill.

 

        Palpable.

 

        Terrifying, just to hear another man's description.

 

        A few years ago I interviewed the detective that broke the Mary Jo Pesho murder case in 1996.

 

        Deranged 17 year old Mark DiMarco tortured,  raped, and then murdered this mother of three small children after abducting her at gunpoint at Parma Town Mall.

 

        The teenaged monster described the atrocity with a certain glee, like the insane villain in a comic book film.

 

        Only real.

 

        The hard boiled detective knew the mean streets of the violent inner city.

 

        Despite this, he feared DiMarco because in him, he sensed  evil.

 

        Pure evil.

 

        Coldness surrounded DiMarco.

 

 A demonic presence.

 

         The investigator trembled in telling me that he'd been taught about it in Sunday school.

 

        Until the theological theory became a terrifying reality in the interrogation room.

 

        Satan.

 

        When you fear for your children,  you fear the predators.

 

        The Mark DiMarco's.

 

        The Detective looked Satan in the face and was afraid.

 

        How about Morrie Rosenbaum of South Euclid?

 

        At age 16, he faced Dr. Mengele at the Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

 

        Relieved to be sent to a factory as contract slave labor (the alternative was the gas chamber), he realized the sadistic Nazi doctor was something other than human.

 

        It was an encounter with the devil himself.

 

This is not a description.

 

 It's  an identification.

 

        The Catechism of the Catholic Church says Satan exists.  The New Testament doesn't hide behind political correctness, either.

 

        So why the criticism  of Rick Santorum's reference to Satan in a speech to Ave Maria University, a Catholic stronghold?

 

        I guess that in today's modern age of tweets, internet searches, and satellite broadcasts, some hate to admit that there's a God in heaven, saints we petition, and angels that guide us.

 

        But when the shovels cover the place of our burial with cold dirt, the Facebook images we obsess over will be long gone.

 

        Our spiritual life will be all that we have.

 

        A few years ago, Saturday Night Live's Dana  Carvey used to spoof the evangelical aversion to the satanic in his role as  the "church lady".

 

        It's not really that funny.

 

        Because it is real.

 

        So let's not knock Santorum's religious belief in Satan.

 

        The former Pennsylvania senator has a better grip on reality than the secular cultural icons who whistle past the graveyard, privately hoping their denial of the devil and the deity won't bite them on the keister when the credits start rolling in their life's movie.

 

        Some of these proud disbelievers have a  change of heart on their death beds, recognizing at the last minute that they better grab the spiritual life preserver a priest or minister throws them just before all grows dark.

 

        Santorum's  not the fool. 

 

Secularists are.

 

        Satan is real and I'm not ashamed to say I believe that.  

 

        Guard your children and grandchildren.

 

        Protect your heart from sin.

 

        There's evil about.

 

        Deny it at your peril.

 

And cut   the Santorum's of the world a break.

 

        He may not be such a fool after all.

 

        Just ask Morrie Rosenbaum.

 

        And the family of Mary Jo Pesho.

4 comments:

  1. Thank you for such a necessary article in the newpaper. Thanks for standing for the truth!

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    1. hi dave my name is joe t thank you for your honesty we got away from the word of the one true living god we are letting our own agenda go through in washington instead of people praying together for wisdom in washington most of them lie to the people and it is there way they do not seem to care about what the american people are going through GOD will never turn his back on true followers of jesus but he will turn his back on us as a nation if we continue down the immoral path they are on keep speaking truth dave GOD bless you

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  2. Hi Dave,

    I just read your article defending the term Satan, as used by Rick Satorum, and your belief in him as a real (evil) being. I am a Christian, and so, believe what is taught in the Bible. Jesus wasn't a liar, or a madman. Satan came to him when he had fasted for forty days. He tried his best to get Jesus to hang it up, and serve 'the world,' his 'flesh,' or him (the devil.) Thanks God that He overcame...giving us the example to learn, and to use the Word of God as our 'sword'(weapon)in our own times of temptation. I am proud of you and your courage to tell it like it is, and back Rick. In my opinion, those who make fun of him, or belittle him, just show their own ignorance, and unfortunately for them, their total vulnerability to the devil! Hopefully God will grant them revelation and insight to the truth.

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