Patrick Archbold is co-founder of Creative Minority Report, a Catholic website that puts a refreshing spin on the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. When not writing, Patrick is director of information technology at a large international logistics company in New York.
Consistency being the hobgoblin of small minds, Piers Morgan's giant brain must be hobgoblin free.
Life must be so much easier when you don't let little things like logic and consistency get in your way. Last week, the polished boor that is Piers Morgan made news by getting schooled on the logic and tenets of his supposed faith by an atheist.
While Piers Morgan railed against the teaching of the Catholic Church demanding that the Pope immediately stop teaching things contrary to predilections of Piers, Penn Jillette defended the Church's right to teach what it teaches. You don't have to believe it, you don't have to be a Catholic, but you don't have a right to tell the Church what it can teach as Truth and what it cannot.
But to Morgan, even though nobody makes anyone believe it, nobody makes anyone live by its creed, and even though membership in the Church is completely voluntary, this is still absolutely unacceptable. Nobody has the right to tell you how to live.
Except of course, when they do.
Just a week later, Piers Morgan is defending Nanny Bloomberg's unconstitutional executive fiat that you must live in a way that is good for you, even if you don't agree and do not want to.
Morgan said of Bloomberg and his soda ban, "But I agree with – I agree with Mayor Bloomberg. And what's the point of being a mayor of a city like New York? He's been big on gun control, big on smoking – he wants New Yorkers to be fitter and healthier. What is wrong with that?"
So it is perfectly unacceptable for a Church to teach what it believes is the right way to live, even though it imposes nothing. But it is perfectly fine that a Mayor mandate good living without authority to do so and under the penalty of law, to dictate how each and every citizen of the New York must live.
When God calls to us saying simply, "Come, follow me," it is unacceptable.
Bloomberg saying "You will do as I say!" That is perfectly fine.
All this said, I think that Morgan is right about one thing. The Church doesn't get everything right. They teach that God sees everything. Nah. Even God doesn't watch Piers Morgan