Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Cult of Reason

The Feast of  Reason at Notre Dame on November 10, 1793
From Nobility:
As you know, the Jacobins were a kind of communists of their time. “On another float they carried a dove with which he was said to have played in prison and which gave him one of his last joys. A band of Jacobins and unspeakably low level women continuously shouted: Down with the aristocrats! Long live the republic! Long live the guillotine!” One sees how well they understand the connections between things. They hold a party in which at the same time they profane hosts, break statues and shout “down with aristocracy!” and “long live the guillotine!” All this to adore the new god. Yet when you talk to many Catholics about aristocracy, they say, “Oh, I don’t know what this has to do with religion.” The revolutionaries know. The devil knows. The bandit knows; the Catholic does not. This is how miserable things are. 
“Then came the profaners of churches with the insignia of the Bacchae and barbarism of demons, drinking and getting drunk using the sacred vessels and chalices. They also brought in a donkey with a bishop’s miter on his head, a rain cover on his back, and a crucifix and a copy of the Old and New Testament hanging from his neck. The donkey also wore a stole. Behind the donkey came three representatives of the Convention: Fouché, Colot d’Herbois and Laporte (taking on devout airs ‘to stimulate laughter’) under a canopy like the one used in the procession of the Blessed Sacrament. A military escort closed the procession, which went through many streets all the way to Terror square.
There they had erected, on a platform, a new altar on which the bust of the new god Chalier was respectfully placed to be worshiped. They formed a circle around the altar, from which came, one after another, each of the Commission representatives. [One by one] they bent their knees and said a prayer in the new religion of the murdered one. This prayer [by Colot d’Herbois, one of the main bandits of the French Revolution] said: “god and savior, look at the nation prostrated at thy feet, asking thee forgiveness for the impious crime that ended the life of one of the most virtuous of men. Thou wilt be avenged! We swear thee by the republic!” (Read more.)

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