Steynianism 49.0

There’s Jokes, And Jokes

The complicated history between Kate @ SDA and Warren “I’ll Sue Ya!” Kinsella has entered a new phase of death-spiral. Kate played a prank on Warren involving a fake e-mail & picture implying the sender was a holocaust-survivor supporting Warren.

Now: there’s humour, and there’s pranks, and then there’s this sort of thing. Here at FreeMarkSteyn & The WebElf Report, we make a world of mock at our opponents, and various sacred cows of the moment. Our use of humour has a point– sometimes provocative– but within the bounds of good taste, and Christian charity.

The danger of any conflict is becoming what you oppose, or worse; or imagining that any escalation is allowable in the name of the cause.

As we’ve mentioned before, our family tree includes Jews who emigrated from Moldova, and others left behind, wiped out by the Nazis during the invasion of the Soviet Union. And we’ve studied military history, and some of the history of genocide: Namibia, Armenia, The Ukraine, World War 2, China, Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda & Burundi, Darfur… and on and on.

Despite the particularities of Mr. Kinsella’s personal quest and tactics, we’d not ever make such ‘jokes’, because of the risk of offending human dignity– our own, that of real survivors of genocide, or Kate’s, and the dignity of someone we profoundly disagree with, but recognize as falling within the spiritual duty of humbly praying for our enemies.

We’re trying to see things with the eyes of eternity: that our friends and current adversaries might love and serve justice, truth, and goodness; that all be saved; that each be the best themself as possible, according to the will of almighty God. Kathy, Warren, Mark, Omar, Ezra, Khurrum, Kate, Mohamed, even Binks– civilized and civil humans, Canadians citizens, sons and daughters of God– whether they know it or like it or not.

Or as C.S. Lewis once put it in a sermon entitled The Weight of Glory:

“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you may talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and corruption such as you now meet if at all only in a nightmare.

“All day long we are in some degree helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in light of these overwhelming possibilities it is with awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics.

Anything does not go.


~ RELATED— Damian Penny: A Joke Too Far …. (damianpenny)

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~ LOOK! It’s Superwoman and…What’s-His-Name Again? …. (

~ SOCON.CA— Rally for Free Speech; Click here to sign. Click here to visit the Free Speech Rally site …. (socon, etc.)

~ PUNDITA— In Defense of Mark Steyn …. (

~ SPERO FORUM— “Faith, reason, and the war against jihadism” …. (speroforum)

~ CARDINAL Murphy-O’Connor for Pope: “I don’t believe in a multicultural society.” …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ CANADA: Recently admitted Muslim Polygamy under fire …. (

~ GRAMSCIAN DAMAGE— “Americans have never really understood ideological warfare. Our gut-level assumption is that everybody in the world really wants the same comfortable material success we have. We use “extremist” as a negative epithet. Even the few fanatics and revolutionary idealists we have, whatever their political flavor, expect everybody else to behave like a bourgeois” …. (

~ UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Praises Iranian Policy of Stoning …. (

~ SHAIDLE ON a Cultural “Climate Change” Watch …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ PAGING WARREN & RICHARD: Rampant Islamic Jew-Hatred in Europe – Andrew G. Bostom. Here’s a project, you mini Nazi-hunters: find out about Islamic anti-semitism in North America, and how many copies of Mein Krampf and The Protocols of the Elders of Zion are out there (and internationally, and in what translations) , and who’s buying them. (hint: it’s not mainly the neo & skinhead crowd) …. (americanthinker)

~ FRONTPAGE MAG— Islamic Multiculturalism: An ex-Muslim exposes the endless jihad …. (frontpagemag)

~ THE DIRTY LITTLE SECRET: Why are so many Muslims afraid of each other? …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ DARRELL EPP: “Moderate Muslims, Wherefore Art Thou?” …. (

~ LEW ROCKWELL— “The truth about suicide bombers. Never mind the ‘Islamofascist’ rubbish” …. (

~ HOTAIR.COM— Religion of Perpetual Outrage prepares for March Madness; “The Difference Between American and Muslim Cultures” …. (HotAir, 5fof)

~ TORONTO Welfare Dollars for Muslim Polgamists …. (cfp)

~ ALL TOGETHER NOW! “There once was a kafir named Steyn.. his battle is yours and it’s mine.” …. (michellemalkin)

~ KINSELLA JOB-WATCH: “And I have been offered, and accepted, a position on the legal affairs committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress.” …. (

~ CANADA’S ONLY HRC certified non-anti-semite on Human Rights Tribunals …. (jaycurrie)

~ THE BIG PICTURE: Banned UN Speech: Human Rights Nightmare …. (

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~ EZRA LEVANT on “An NDP dilemma”; The Winnipeg Free Press lives up to its name; Video of Mike Duffy interviewing Mark Steyn…. (

~ EZRA ON Kate McMillan’s prank, and Profaning the Holocaust; comments @ SDA; Pranks will set you free. P’ownd. Warren is not happy: “KATE MCMILLAN: THE HOLOCAUST IS A JOKE” …. (Variou)

~ EZRA LEVANT: “Defamation and blogs” …. (ezralevant)

~ PAGING SAYED Sowarhardy: “Pakistani jihadists fueling jihad in Europe”.. any comments? …. (JiWa)

~ JASON CHERNIAK: Theologian. And Tone Deaf …. (jaycurrie)

~ NIGERIA: Three killed in riots over caricature of Muhammad …. (JiWa)

~ CHOMSKY sides with Steyn and Ezra Levant …. (rjjago)

~ PEOPLE WHO support Ezra Levant are demanding a “right to offend,” says Omar Soliman …. (

~ SILENCE Wikipedia! …. (sda)

~ CONSPIRACY REVEALED— “a few of the prominent Canadian online crypto-Nazis” …. (jaycurrie)

~ BLOGGER: “I am butt-ugly… Warren Kinsella says so” …. (

~ GAULEITER SUZUKI— Global Warming Consensus Alert: Prison! Update: Authoritarianism!! Suzuki’s dragnet can’t keep real science behind bars …. (Various)


Rowan Williams

A video excerpt of Rowan Williams lecture

~ BEHEADING IN LONDON. Someone might ask Rowan Williams what legal system should apply …. (instapundit)

~ WHAT YOU MEANT TO HEAR WAS— “There is no dispute about our common allegiance to the law of the land” Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams told the General Synod of the Church of England – and a watching world on TV and the internet – this afternoon …. (ekklesia)

~ COPYBOOK HEADINGS: Who Will Rid Us of This Turbulent Priest? — “God may have been an Englishman, but there is serious doubt about the current Primate of the Church of England” …. (

~ ROWAN WILLIAMS opens Pandora’s Box. The Telegraph: Britain must reject counsel of despair. The Five Year Mark …. (

~ PAJAMAS MEDIA: “Canterbury Tales of Dhimmitude: Archbishop Ready for Sharia” …. (pajamasmedia)

~ IRENE LANCASTER— ‘The intellectual arrogance that pervades the heart of Lambeth Palace wisdom’; The next round in the ABC’s sharia pronouncements: we don’t really understand what he said and in any case it was to expert lawyers. With the ABC’s advocacy of sharia law, what can save Britain now? …. (irenelancaster)

~ POLITCAL APARTHEID in Britain: “White Candidates Should Be Barred” …. (brusselsjournal)

~ CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS— To Hell With the Archbishop of Canterbury …. (

~ GET RELIGION: “Responses come for the archbishop”; Inequality under the law …. (gr)

~ ENGLISH LAW and the Shari’a. Bash the bishop? Lord Carey: ‘Shari’a is a view I cannot share‘ …. (AbpCran)

~ LETTER TO THE Archbishop of Canterbury regarding Sharia in UK: Read Islam-watch and Faithfreedom …. (islam-watch)

~ THE BISHOP of Rochester vs. the Archdhimmi of Canterbury …. (

~ IRAN: DEATH PENALTY PROPOSED FOR ‘APOSTATES’— But women who leave Islam would be subjected only to ‘hardship’ until they recant. Philippines – Muslim Militants Target Clergy …. (

~ THE CHURCH should have the guts to sack the Archbishop …. (canadafreepress)

~ RETIRED ABP. CAREY weighs into Sharia law row …. (Beeb)

~ MUSLIM SCHOLAR backs beleaguered archbishop …. (

~ CAPTAIN YIPS: “Archbishop Goes Spare, and Other Thoughts” …. (captainyips)

~ JIHAD WATCH— Anglican Bishop: It would be “simply impossible” to bring sharia law into British law “without fundamentally affecting its integrity” …. (jihadwatch)

~ I ONCE KNEW A LAW NAMED SHARIA— The Rowan Williams sharia controversy won’t go away as Matthew d’Ancona lays into my gracious lord of Canterbury. THE ROWAN WILLIAMS EQUATION— “X + Y = Z, where X = something Rowan Williams says about something, Y = the firestorm generated among people who live in the real world and Z = the resulting Lambeth Palace clarification” …. (mcj)

~ JAMES LEWIS— Shari’a for the Archbishop? …. (americanthinker)

~ THE INTELLECTUAL arrogance that pervades the heart of Lambeth Palace wisdom …. (anglican-mainstream)

~ RELIGION and Violence, by Roger Sandall …. (

~ SPOT THE DIFFERENCE? Why Rowan said so much about Islam and Sharia …. (anglican-mainstream)

~ CRUNCHY CON BLOG— Spengler: +Rowan a “monster” …. (

~ AN ARCHBISHOP, a religious code, and an offended mob walk into a bar …. (beggingthequestion)

~ MELANIE PHILLIPS: Obduracy at Canterbury …. (anglican-mainstream)

~ ON SHARIA & Sex: From the abstract to the concrete …. (anglican-mainstream)

~ OFFICIAL DAMAGE-CONTROL: What did the Archbishop of Canterbury actually say? …. (acns)

~ BARNABAS FUND Response to the Archbishop of Canterbury`s recommendation to apply Islamic law in the UK …. (anglican-mainstream)

~ FURTHER BENDING THE KNEE TO TYRANTS— Brits to force Olympic athletes to sign “no criticism” of China pledge …. (americanthinker)

~ THE BIG SURRENDER: Is the Lisbon Treaty ‘unavoidable’? …. (

~ SHHHHHHH! 17,000 UK Victims of Honour …. (

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