So, Ann Coulter recently make some outrageous remarks about Mexicans that includes Catholicism in it. Her excuse was it was “half-joking”. What about the other half? It’s the other half that concerns me.
She said, “We’re assimilating you, you’re here and you’re going to be an American. . . in fact there won’t even be a Feast of the Immaculate Conception — we are an Anglo-Protestant country, and you will learn about the Battle of Valley Forge”. She also mentioned Cinco de Mayo and Ramadan, but I don’t find that relevant to the issue at hand. I find it disturbing that she even said that. This is the kind of thing Catholics had to put up with in the 19th and 20th centuries when they immigrated to America; they were told that in order to be assimilated they had to Protestantized. They were literally bullied into it. I’m not saying Ann endorses such methods, but anti-Catholic attacks were made on Catholics literally for being Catholic. Anti-Catholic conspiracy theories were commonplace in America at the time when such groups like the Know Nothings and the Ku Klux Klan popularized such propaganda. Were things perfect? No. Sure, some Catholics also misused Natives, then there was the encomienda system, but at least Natives could leave together with Europeans in lands occupied by Catholic powers like Spain, Portugal and France, whereas Natives were frequently expelled by European Protestants from their lands.
Common conspiracy theories were that Catholics were going to institute an American Inquisition, that Catholics were trying to take over the banks, that Catholics alongside the Jews in taking over America to violently subjugate Protestants under their rule, etc. Many public schools at the time devoted their time to attempting to convert Catholics to Protestantism but with little success. They viewed America and Protestantism as inseparable. To be American you had to be Protestant. Yet ironically Coulter and these others do not realize Catholics were in America before Protestantism existed. The first Christian service said in the U.S. was in 1513 when Holy Mass was celebrated by Spanish Catholics, four years before Martin Luther wrote the 95 Theses and eight years before he founded the first Protestant church. Catholics successfully converted large numbers of Natives but that took much longer for Protestants to do in addition to European Catholics integrating Natives into society much better than European Protestants were.
To go back to Ann’s comment on the Immaculate Conception, it is not uniquely a Mexican holiday as it is a solemnity in the Roman calendar and therefore celebrated by Catholics in all countries. I am not Mexican, but I am Catholic (and a native born American citizen) and it has a deep spiritual significance to me.as it has a cultural significance to so many Mexicans. In fact its spiritual nature is far more important since it is relevant to Our Lady who was deemed worthy by God to give birth to His only begotten Son who would be crucified for our sins to save us and He preserved her from original sin. As Blessed Pius IX said that she was “by a special grace and privilege of God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, her Son and the Redeemer of the human race, preserved free from all stain of original sin” (cf. Ineffabilis Deus). Don’t even compare the Immaculate Conception to Valley Forge; the Immaculate Conception is far more important and even more important than many realize.
I could see the comparison between Cinco de Mayo and Valley Forge (seeing they’re both secular events), but she didn’t; she compared a religious holiday to a secular event and while Catholicism is deeply ingrained in Mexican culture it is a false dichotomy since the Immaculate Conception is far more than a mere cultural identity. Also, I don’t see the comparison between the Immaculate Conception and Ramadan, so I don’t know why she mentioned them in the same sentence. I don’t see Mexican-Americans demanding all Americans to celebrate the Immaculate Conception or calling for the death of those who don’t observe the Immaculate Conception. But I do hear a lot of Muslims demanding all Americans and others to celebrate Ramadan and calling for the execution of those who don’t properly observe Ramadan. ISIS just executed a few people for not fasting .
We can agree on almost everything at the end of the day, but if you mock my religion (or imply I should leave it or accommodate it to fit your lifestyle) you still will receive my criticism. I put my faith before all other things. Even the faith itself I put before abortion, euthanasia and homosexuality. I take it that seriously. If you want people to assimilate, then there are other ways to do it, but not by dictating to people they have to leave Catholicism or compromise on certain tenets of the faith to live in harmony with others. I love God and my faith; if anybody has a problem with anything I believe, say or practice, then that’s their problem, not mine. This is about freedom of speech and not being dictated by others how to live. Isn’t that what conservatives supposedly believe in?
 Spencer, Robert. Jihad Watch: Islamic State hangs two boys for eating during Ramadan. <http://www.jihadwatch.org/2015/06/islamic-state-hangs-two-boys-for-eating-during-ramadan