You never know who you will meet.
A few months ago, in the basement of a church in Ottawa, yours truly met a guy named Franz.
Franz was born in Austria in 1933. He witnessed a lot and shared his story. As he chatted away, I could not help but think of the parallels between Obama's crusade against the Catholic Faith and what went on in the '30s.
The 1930s were a tough time for the rights of Christians: for religious freedom. The freedom of the Catholic Church was under attack in places across the globe: Spain, Mexico, Russia, Germany, Austria, Ukraine, Italy, Poland, etc.
What did Franz see?
The arrogance of Hitler in the face of religious freedom. And what it led to. And the people who stood silent. And his victory and later his ultimate, arrogant and ignorant fall.
Hitler's war on the Catholic Church is not news. Neither is Obama's.
No opposition was offered to the German troops who entered Catholic Austria on the morning of March 12. Hitler reached Vienna on the 13th and announced that the assassins of the great Catholic Dolfuss were heroic for the cause of unity. The liberal media cheered.
All that had been left in 1919 of the glorious old Catholic order of the Austrian and Hapsburg Empire was suddenly killed. The enthusiastic voters little realized at the time that their country would be treated as occupied territory and with complete indifference to religious freedom.
Sometimes I think people should consider reading books such as Failure of a Mission by Sir Nevile Henderson. Or even The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum or The Man Who Was Thursday by G. Chesterton. See the parallels. See outside of the box. Do not vote yet again for this evil and anti-Catholic human being.
Franz was a faithful Catholic man and continues to be today. With a twinkle in his eye he laughs in the face of the devil. He survived Hitler and the Nazi occupation of his homeland. He survived Stalin and the Soviet occupation of his homeland. He has seen a lot. History is prologue. We must learn from our elders who have been through eerily similar circumstances in the past.