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May 22, 2012

For Greater Glory: The True Story of the Critters is a 2012 cinematic dramatization of Mexico’s Cristero War (1926-1929), a rebellion led by Mexican Christians against Mexico’s atheist government.

The uprising occurred when the country’s president, Plutarco Ellias Calles, a Freemason, initiated a program of persecuting Catholics, outlawing Christian worship, in an effort to challenged Church authority and secularize Mexico’s government and educational institutions.

Government forces publicly hanged Cristeros on main thoroughfares throughout Mexico, including in the Pacific states of Colima and Jalisco, where bodies often remained hanging for extended lengths of time. Source: Wikipedia

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  1. Frequently found in movies and art, the black and white tiles of Freemasonry, at least partially symbolize how the world really works for those who have no knowledge of the necessary context, that is symbolized by the entirety of the Temple Gateway which derives it’s symbolic importance from the real structural importance within the mason’s craft. The black and white floor tiles are not to be taken as the paramount symbol since they are only the backdrop for the gateway combination of two pillars with an archway and keystone they call Shalom. The black and white floor plan is also symbolic in a negative sense. The Gateway always stands above the negative symbol of an unprincipled and decontextualized black and white tiled floor. This, if left to itself, is the field of vulgar interpretations of the appearance of opposites. There is nothing in Freemasonry that would suggest persecuting others of a different belief as appropriate or allowable. However, some, not all, Catholic believers are depicting the atrocities committed against there kind in the past, showing lines of telephone poles with a Cristero hanging from every one as far as we can see, and associating it, not with the evil an individual or his order takers did, but with a body of thought they know nothing about.

    1. This clarifying context may have prevalently existed at some time, but now, not so much. I’m not saying that the pairing of symbolic dark and light, or of the nonsymbolic good and evil, are not useful when used in the humanly scaled domain. The trouble arises when the pairs are personified and projected and elevated into a domain that by definition is beyond our ability to find out. At the bottom of this conundrum lies the belief that spirits can exist without any real reference to physical reality. Spirits are said to exist without physical bodies, but yet can decide to make themselves visible to mortals. Not to say there are no such thing as spirits, only that they are as physically dependent as any of us. No body, no life.

      Bad behavior of a heinous nature can be tried in a court of law where Satan-made-me-do-it is not an allowable defense. The ordinary good that the Good Samaritan Soinso did, becomes THE Good, and God gets the credit. This overcrediting of a supernatural force is negatively matched by undercrediting the human, and that over time becomes the doctrine of original sin. When the human scale is breached by going from what is human to what is divine, the human individual becomes trapped in a pointless and unreal existence, in spite of all the good he aspires to do. That’s because outside of everything pertaining to values, that are real, humanly derived, perhaps even held by extraterrestrial organic based entities, or outside the physically natural, there are no values.

    2. The history of Freemasonry has proven its anti-Catholic nature. In the United States, one of the leaders of Freemasonry, General Albert Pike (d. 1891) referred to the papacy as “a deadly, treacherous enemy,” and wrote, “The papacy has been for a thousand years the torturer and curse of humanity, the most shameless imposture, in its pretense to spiritual power of all ages.” In France, in 1877, and in Portugal in 1910, Freemasons took control of the government for a time and enacted laws to restrict the activities of the Church, particularly in education. In Latin America, the Freemasons have expressed anti-Church and anti-clerical sentiment.

      Since the decree “In Eminenti” of Pope Clement XII in 1738, Catholics have been forbidden to join the Masons, and until 1983, under pain of excommunication.

      On Nov. 26, 1983, with the approval of Pope John Paul II, the Sacred Congregation reiterated the ban on Catholics joining the Masons: “The Church’s negative position on Masonic association … remains unaltered, since their principles have always been regarded as irreconcilable with the Church’s doctrine. Hence, joining them remains prohibited by the Church. Catholics enrolled in masonic associations are involved in serious sin and may not approach Holy Communion.” However, neither this declaration nor the 1983 imposed the penalty of excommunication on Catholics belonging to the Masons.

      Fr. William Saunders, “What are the Masons? Are Catholics allowed to belong to this organization?” This article appeared in the May 9, 1996 issue of “The Arlington Catholic Herald.” Courtesy of the “Arlington Catholic Herald” diocesan newspaper of the Arlington (VA) diocese.https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/library/what-are-the-masons-are-catholics-allowed-to-belong-to-this-organization-1174

      1. I don’t care about God. One has to keep whittling him down to the size of a man in order to care about him. Enter Jesus Christ y’all. Going along with the story, he suffered intense torture, and if one believes he was really an historical being, he naturally elicits sympathy. It’s the same ethos that might be elicited from some unbelievers, for the believers who are persecuted, by an entirely other class of unbelievers. I’m aware of the pull of the motif of the self sacrificing God. Otherwise he is self sufficient, resurrected, and beyond any means of arrest. We the people must want to know exactly what is kept from us. How can we go so long without knowing what death has in store? The fairy tale of a blood sacrifice demanding God just doesn’t help to know anything held in his ‘infinitely mysterious domain.’ Worship is the utmost block to discover this denizen of our collective mental repositories. The habit of certain kinds of reverence and any sort of worship is a monolithic door shut against the notion of true knowledge. Worship is the cardinal sin.

        You would have to search long and hard to find someone having more contempt for the Catholic Church than I. It’s difficult to believe that the Calles dictatorship was really out to exterminate the religion. Is it taught no-where that persecution is a strategic method of boosting the cohesiveness and drive of groups that adhere to doctrines that the persecutors find valuable to promote? If they really wanted to eliminate the Church they would use pony express PSA’s to promote a gentle doubt in the minds of the people. Clever PSA’s work like when the rapper busts out of a Camel hump, does some scratch work on a record, morphs into a good looking girl, who finally morphs into a guy on a breathing tube, sayin: “or you good end up looking like this.” But no, they had to use these despicable methods of violence.

        Instead of any cultural ethos that promotes ethnic cohesion, the paradigm of the chessboard is being asserted by the portrayal of simplistic two sided conflicts, overruled by a dichotomy that’s bereft of any center or outside viability. It’s the black and white tiles of Freemasonry all over again, with no reference to some additional Freemasonic lore; those political and spiritual pillars combined by the Shalom of the arch and keystone. Even this could be secularized without harming the intent. However, if an applicant cannot profess a belief in God, he won’t be allowed in. I am not a Freemason. Oh well.

        Nevertheless, the symbolism is instructive in combining in principle, even for the theoresistant, what our nation has decided to separate. But then again, I think the concept of liberty is spiritual in nature and relatable as the right Jachin or spiritual pillar of Freemasonry. The Boaz or political pillar with it’s charge of the force required to restrain criminals is balanced by the pillar of liberty. Liberty is describable as ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ Or, do what you like as long as you do no harm to others, including not interfering with their rights of liberty. Both pillars are tempered by the idea of obligation, and, morality as the study of behavioral consequences. The latter part may be said to be the whole of liberty. Whatever, there is no easy way to load the pillars with distinct unchangeable attributes. The primarily political pillar of Boaz is balanced by the flow of relationship between itself and it’s opposite pillar. The two flow into each other by powers of wisdom, not entirely understood, but inherent in the Arc of Shalom. I am not Jewish. Oh well. Both are ancient precepts that long preceded the advent of Christianity. The doctrine of the separation of Church and State is founded on the awareness of what must follow when an overbearing, micromanaging outfit like the Catholic Church gains enough strength. I am only going to mention what’s at the Heart of Darkness; the Catholic Inquisition. Do you suppose that that fact contributed to Calles’ motive for his atrocities. No excuse, but the study of motive can enlighten.

        Taking as example, the war of the Calles government in Mexico against the Cristeros back in 1929. It’s described as a war between atheistic secularism and one particular religion. Persecution against the Church is conflated with every other sort of ignominy, becoming the definition of atheistic secularism. Dr. Jorge Traslosheros, the historian emphasized that the Calles regime was out to eliminate any kind of competition against the power of the government. Competition is the key to understanding why I speak against the idea that persecution is any reason to add as evidence that any particular religion or ideology is true.

        In the case of the multiple meanings of ‘divine’, one may invoke the pleasantness of something or other, and never intend the dark side of the baggage that Christianity carries. This is where human values are treated like filthy rags and the cruel Inquisitor enjoys a monopoly on virtue no matter the secret judgment against him. And no matter the times that the idea of heresy is excoriated by believers that survived it, as well as those who enjoy the better than nothing protestant heritage, there is no way to truly escape as long as certain fundamentals of liberty are neglected. Instead of positing that the Church, for it’s evil ethos of heresy, made a mistake and has been properly chastised, why not explore the idea that the torture rack has been merely put underground. Let everyone forget and they will find a way to bring it back. While mistaking what is fundamentally at it’s core, people have made great efforts to escape it. Thinking it’s progress, they have developed half-baked protest movements; not against the evil that emanates from it’s center; but only to fall short of the necessary excisement at the pernicious core of this archaic religion, long based on a time when the solar system was radically differently constellated.

        One last thing, maybe. Around 23:53 of the video we see what looks like a horrific fake photo, unrealistically cramming together hundreds of some very miserable demoralized people. The narration suggested that this was post war after a treaty in 1929 that returned religious freedom but did not alter the Constitution, subsequently allowing for another wave of persecution. If so, the war they were provoked into fighting had a deeply corrupting affect that is contrasted against all this talk of heroism and martyrdom in the face of tyranny. I just think there is much more to the story then is being presented.

        1. Since you so greatly dislike Christianity (and Catholicism), perhaps you should convert to Judaism, and thus find intellectual and spiritual kinship.

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