ITEM: Let the Atheists Have Their Bus Slogans! “Christians owe atheists big time for plastering slogans about God all over the public square. They’re like a gift. They give believers a perfect opportunity to speak up.”
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& Jesus Loves Global Taxation? By: Mark D. Tooley– “The World Council of Churches endorses globalist socialism“
~ GODLESS PUBLIC TRANSIT? Some people have gotten their undergarments in a tangle over atheists advertising on buses in England and Canada. Big whoop, I say.
Let’s have it out! Let questions ring! Let the agnostic argument be heard in detail, so it loses the whole ‘smarter than thou’ mystique and expert aura. The Christian Middle Ages & Reformation (or, say, Saudi Arabia) say it’s better to kill heretics and infidels, and thereby stamp out their ideas. I say, stamp on the bad ideas, not the people who hold them.
Every age faces those who rebel– rightly or wrongly. That faith must give reasons for itself is a Christian idea: “Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you.” (1Pet 3:15).
Part of that defence in this day in age is against the fascist-logic of ‘deconstruction’; and against the claims of materialism to be the only way of knowing truth. Faith that is not willing or able to give reasons on her own terms and in terms that can address the restless questions of specific times and people, will become irrelevant, or irrational. The intellectual collapse of most Western mainstream denominations in the face of what Jonah Goldberg has called ‘the third wave of fascism’ in the 1960s is case in point. Watching U.S. Episcopal Church leader Kate Schori worship the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of the United Nations as the true meaning of “thy Kingdom come” is a sad case in point.
Fascism soft and hard are both irrational, violent, and action-directed. First, we have to insist on the power of reason, and that any ‘metanarrative’ that discounts all other metanarratives as motivated by power and bias is– well– itself motivated by power and bias. Lots of this stuff is cheap logic tricks in fancy language. Seemingly clever professors running about going “OOOoooga Boooga! Metanarratives!”
As for atheism, as I’ve already said here, it can only be– at best– a claim to agnosticism, or a desire (dare we say ‘faith’?) to insist there is no God, based on a logically impossible claim to know all things, which is a divine attribute. The best anyone can say is ‘I think God may not exist’.
Lazy or fearful responses to fascism or agnosticism do faith no credit. If banning bus-slogans scares people in churches or synagogues (or in multiculti transit offices), then we’ve got bigger problems than a little agnostic advertising.
Time to get your big-boy undies on, fellow people of faith, and start standing up, giving reasons, and being of good cheer. ~
~ TRUE CONFESSIONS— It’s time. Can’t keep the terrible secret any more. I’m.. a TurkJihadphobe. As a student of Byzantine history, I hate what they did to the Eastern Romans over 600-plus years, and the brutal plunder, rapine and ruination of Constantinople. I despise the Armenian genocide, and revile the ongoing denial, and the continuing destruction of Armenian graves and churches and history.
Then there’s the jealous Kristallnacht against the remaining Greek community in Istanbul in the 1950s, and the growing Turkish Islamic monoculture in some of the nation. The obligatory ‘of courses’– yes, there are many fine sensible kind people who happen to live in Turkey, and even many who abhor– more than I do– the ugliness and lies of their own recent hateful and murder-ridden history. Such would include the brave folks behind the new Turkish production of ‘Guz Sancisi’ or “The Pain of Autumn“, a movie about the Greek attacks.
From 400 000 60 years ago, the Greek population of the former Constantinople today is under 10 000, and shrinking daily.
For West-haters, the idea that other countries have genuinely unpleasant, violent and hateful pasts seems impossible. It doens’t register, because– after all– the goal of hating the West is not to improve it, but to ruin and discredit it. So actual evil in other societies is irrelevant, and the sufferings of their people– or victims– unimportant. The goal of our overthrowers is utopian revolution, not paying serious attention to what various foreigners are up to, past or present. Hence the soft-bigotry of low expectations, where the racist left overlooks what would be deep do-doo if their ideological opponents were doing the same, but forgives it for brownies, Muslims, or 2nd-3rd world types.
Sad to say, Hitler studied the Turks and the “solution to the Armenian problem” for his own special government-run projects with Jews, Slavs, and other ‘undesirables’.
A German Vice-Consul to Turkey, Erwin von Scheubner-Richter, was later an early member of the new Nazi Party. After World War 1, he conveyed directly to Hitler his firsthand knowledge of the Armenian Genocide. This is probably behind Der Fuhrer’s idea that minority populations could be dispensed of with impunity. “Who, after all, speaks to-day of the annihilation of the Armenians?”, he is reported to have said before invading Poland, and beginning the first stages of all that came later.
Just sayin’, is all. ~
~ LOSING THEIR RELIGION: The political morning after walk of shame has begun. The truth is, they just aren’t that into him. It’s not you, it’s us. It was special, but it’s over. Proof? Christopher Buckley surprised to find the guy he voted for is, in fact, a statist liberal; David Brooks— “This is not the Barack Obama I thought I knew.” Will the perp-walk continue? No matter to Teh O: he just wanted your votes. ~
~ CONFESSIONS OF A Bad Speller and a grammarphobe. OK.. switching the hate hate for the Miffed Beanie: apostrophes. Reading From Patricia T. O’Connor’s delightful book Woe Is I, we see the sad state into which grammar and spelling has sunk (yes, I’m talking to you too, Right Girl). She notes the kind of abominations we see on signage every where.
Take “Harrys Auto Service”. So the auto of Harry does some sort of service does it? Or “The Jone’s” The Jone Is what, exactly? And “His’ & Hers’ Formal Wear”.. Hises & Herses? Reallies?
That’s “Harry’s”– singular possessive, “of Harry”. The Joneses: “of, or belonging to the Jones Family”. The last one? No excuse: His, Hers.
I know, picky. But sloppy is as sloppy does, and the loss of spelling & grammar– and I say this as a mispeller and grammarphobe– is all about sloppy and lazy thinking. ~
~ LET IT BE ANATHEMA! — While we’ve got the hate-hat on, can we ban that lazy substitute for speaking and thinking known as “It’s about”? You know: “It’s not about dividing; it’s all about uniting; it’s about moving forward; it’s really about hot nasty penguin love.” You just pile on the not-about and about, and you have a seemingly meaningful speech. Except it’s not. When such ugly-talk isn’t just empty, it’s actually political speechifying which seeks to up the feelings, and down the thinkings. It’s about the meaning, it’s about the excitement, it’s about seizing the moment.
It’s about passing me the barf-bukkit. ~
~ SOME UGLINESS from the SMU Journal, via friend of this blog Infidel Prof. Mark Mercer. Pro-choice logic is fascist logic. Fill your boots. ~
~ STEELE vs LIMBAUGH: RUSH TO JUDGMENT– The ineptitude of the RNC chairman …. (nrotc)
~ IN THE CORNER: MULLAH RUSSIA— Putting the mosque in Moscow …. (corner.nationalreview)
~ EZRA ON the John Oakley show …. (ezralevant)
~ RIGHT GIRL: “I HAVE HERE in my hot little hands an advance copy of Ezra Levant’s forthcoming book on the Canadian “human rights” racket: Shakedown” …. (rg)
~ AMDIGEST: “Let My Cry Come Unto Thee:” An Ash Wednesday Confession …. (americandigest)
“The good news is that those who know the world has ended have moved on. The hunted, slandered taxpayer now embraces the cash and barter economy. The thinker no longer speaks his mind, but acts accordingly. The worker looks to a secure job in the welfare state. The economy marches towards crisis upon crisis, all predicted, and those that can adapt can profit from the collapse of news papers, television stations, and ivory towers. Hide your wealth from the vermin that eat your grain, everyone else is doing it.”
~ DEBORAH GYAPONG— Hey Thanks! Someone bought a book!!; If you don’t support pay equity you are discriminating; G.K. Chesterton was fat and smoked a cigar; The conservative movement —like a body; Conservative Ferment–most interesting but lots of straw men; Dr. Sanity on the One; We have to stop the friendly fire– let’s save our country!; Putting the “O” in chameleon saith the Ebill Binks; From “I won” to “I’m very good at it.”; Yup! Obama’s going to start wearing the economy …. (deborahgyapong.blog)
~ NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK— RoadKill Radio debut! Achives online: “TOPIC – The naughty Pro-Lifers who dared to exercise their right to free speech and have now been charged by the University of Calgary with trespassing!” …. (roadkillradio)
~ KATE @ SDA: The Kangaroos Get Cocky …. (sda)
~ A PUBLIC FORUM for hatred: How ironic is it that our federal “human rights” body has spent untold money and man hours trying to bait a few White Power guys into revealing their hatefulness on Aryan Web sites, when all the ardent “Nazi-hunters” had to do was click onto the Ceeb’s message board? …. (scaramouche)
~ LET THE ATHEISTS Have Their Bus Slogans! “Christians owe atheists big time for plastering slogans about God all over the public square. They’re like a gift. They give believers a perfect opportunity to speak up” …. (christianity.ca)
~ TWITTO ERGO SUM? “If not to the millions, on Survivor or Oprah, then to the hundreds, on Twitter or Facebook. This is the quality that validates us, this is how we become real to ourselves — by being seen by others. The great contemporary terror is anonymity.” …. (socon.ca)
~ JESUS LOVES Global Taxation? By: Mark D. Tooley– “The World Council of Churches endorses globalist socialism” …. (frontpagemag)
~ THE U.N. AT WORK— UN: Beliefs have rights that trump free speech …. (hotair.com)
~ DAVID WARREN: “The cost-cutting should be aimed at eliminating the frivolous, and concentrating instead on the classical function: fearless reportage and truth-seeking in a world that has always been too full of lies” …. (dw)
~ FREEDOM of Speech: Wilders, Orwell, and the “Koran Ban” …. (andrewbostom.org)
~ CAT’S OUT OF THE Bag – and it’s on fire! …. (jaycurrie)
~ THE JERRY GARCIA of Canterbury– Rowan Williams, the bumbling archbishop beloved by the press.by Mark Tooley …. (weeklystandard)
~ GRAPHIC Representations of Pathological Disorders in the Media …. (breathofthebeast.blog)
~ INTELLECTUAL freedom in Canada: Stephen Harper: Maybe not just a dish rag? …. (post-darwinist.blog)
~ WITHOUT PEERS! “In Canada, we now have to debate whether an accused has the right to face an accuser. So much for Magna Carta” …. (ghostofaflea)
~ PLURIPOTENT Self-Delusion– Advocates of embryonic-stem-cell research seem almost not to welcome alternatives to embryonic research. It’s as if agreeing to pursue other methods acknowledges a moral problem they wish to deny …. (nro)
~ WILLFUL JUDENHASS: Don’t miss Jonathan Kay’s brilliant analysis of resurgent Judenhass which, in its current incarnation (anti-Zionism), is largely a creature of the left, not the right …. (scaramouche)
~ COMING SOON to an Expressionway Near You …. (poetency.blog)
~ CIRCLING THE FIRING SUAD— Rush vs Doofus: Once Again I Am Proud, Damned Proud, Not to Be a Republican; When They Call You Nazi, Don’t Smile — Michael Steele has been… underwhelming to say the least …. (americandigest)
~ LOWERING expectations on Afghanistan: “A gaffe is when a politician inadvertently tells the truth, and Stephen Harper did just that on CNN” …. (damianpenny)
~ TAMIL TIGERS! Murder bombers honoured in Toronto …. (dustmybroom)
~ EXTINGUISHING Physician Conscience, by Mary L. Davenport, MD: “The Baby Boomers will be the first Americans to be denied available effective life-saving treatments for reasons of cost” …. (americanthinker)
~ XANTHIPPA— A glimpse at Ignatieff’s senior adviser …. (xanthippaschamberpot)
~ THE TIMES THAT TRY US: “In The Days Of The Romans” …. (thereturnofscipio)
~ THE UGLINESS OF Native Governance: Little tyrannies in a democratic state …. (shotgun)
~ DOOMWATCH: When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency …. (instapundit)
~ SUNDAY Meditation: Our Text is Exodus 20 …. (americandigest)
~ JOHN BOLTON— The Coming War on Sovereignty: A new report offers a worrisome guidemap to a constrained America …. (commentarymagazine)
~ ROGER KIMBALL: The President, shock and awe, and Tertullian …. (pajamasmedia)
~ OBAMA’S NEW MARK of the porkulus beast …. (michellemalkin)
~ AT ODDS WITH “GOD”: An American Thinker pinpoints the problem with Obama and his “remedies” for what ails the U.S. …. (scaramouche)
~ THE JINDAL EFFECT: Limbaugh get Rushed …. (5fof)
~ OBAMA’S JUDGEMENT— Family Advocates: Ask the Senate to Stop the Child Porn Lawyer from Becoming Dep. Attorney General …. (lifesitenews)
~ SORRY, BUT Obama Doesn’t Do Conscience — A narrow view of the first amendment? …. (creativeminorityreport)
~ CRAZY DOESN’T begin to describe it. Not only is Keynesianism back in vogue, but so is socialism! And, as the article makes clear, those who are using the “scareword” socialism are fighting against a “rhetorical ogre” and must be mocked …. (drsanity.blog)
~ GOING JOHN GALT: “Do I want Obama to fail? Aren’t I, as a Christian, required to pray for our president? I do pray for him. But I don’t pray for his success, where his success means implementing policies which harm the country’s security, kill babies, increase poverty, and decrease freedom” …. (pursuingholiness)
~ MESSIAH IN CANADA! Obama visit gets mixed reviews from Christians …. (canadianchristianity)
~ ALINSKY: “The administration is focusing now on rule number 12 of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Does this work when the target is bigger than you? …. (instapundit)
~ COMES THE SEBELIUS— “The next secretary of HHS will be in a key position to shape policy on a number of crucial questions. Will conscience-rights protection for pro-life physicians and health-care workers be sustained, amended, or eliminated? Will over-the-counter abortifacients in the guise of “Plan B” contraceptives be available to minors without a doctor’s prescription or counsel? Will the government continue to sanction the sale and use of RU-486, the “abortion pill” that has killed seven women since the Clinton administration rammed its approval through the Food and Drug Administration shortly before leaving office?” …. (firstthings)
~ WHEN DOES President Obama take responsibility for the economy?; WSJ TODAY/Real Clear Markets: “there is ample reason to worry about slipping into a depression” …. (extremecatholic.blog)
~ OH, SURE NOW HE’S ALL “PAY YOUR TAXES!’ — Unreal… Tax Cheat Geithner Announces Team Obama Will Crack Down On Tax Dodgers …. (gatewaypundit.blog)
~ OBAMA BLAMES BUSH for Obama’s 1.75 trillion dollar deficit …. (winteryknight)
~ FORCE DOCTORS TO ABORT! Obama rolls back Bush “conscience rule” …. (hotair)
~ GONE ISLAMO-FASCIST, MA DIZZLE? Snoop Dogg has revealed he has joined the Nation of Islam after appearing at the religious group’s annual Saviours’ Day event in Chicago …. (damianpenny)
~ THIS IS HOW LIBERTY DIES: No, he didn’t invent dishonesty in political discourse, but he certainly has a real talent for it …. (drsanity.blog)
~ MORE HOPE & CHANGE! More Hope & Change… Rahmbo Tied to $8.5 Million in Earmarks– Obama Tied to $7.7 Million Earmark …. (gatewaypundit.blog)
~ GEORGE BUSH is coming to Calgary and moonbats are gearing up to prove some useless point …. (dustmybroom)
~ SOCIALIST President Obama Urges Americans to Buy Stocks? …. (gatewaypundit.blog)
~ FIRST THINGS: What Should Conservatives Do About Obamanomics? …. (ft)
~ COLOURED PEOPLE Whites Told to “Go Home” at Detroit City Council Meeting …. (gatewaypundit.blog)
~ SCIPIO— “Which side are you on? Scipio is just asking. “You see two sides preparing for war. One side has politicians, vegetarians, environmentalists, professors, sodomites, school teachers, welfare recipients, newspapers and Hollywood. The other side has a battle hardened military, most of the nation’s policemen and 70,000,000 Americans with guns.”; and The Prince Of This World …. (thereturnofscipio)
~ AMTHINKER— “I once wrote that we could play “Communist Manifesto Bingo”: once President Obama enacts or strengthens five planks from the Communist Manifesto, yell “bingo” and you win” …. (americanthinker)
~ ALBERT MOHLER— This Prayer Approved by the White House? …. (albertmohler)
~ POLISHING THE TINPOT— Barack Obama, Gordon Brown, and the rise of Pussyfoot Totalitarians; Gordon Brown proposes U.K. and U.S. create global New Deal. Pundita proposes U.K. and U.S. first learn to chew and walk …. (pundita.blog)
~ FEEL TEH STUPID! Christopher Buckley surprised to find the guy he voted for is, in fact, a statist liberal …. (hotair)
~ ATTENTION President Obama: Listen To Your Inner Market …. (hughhewitt)
~ THANKS, OBAMA! Palestinians Pay Off Terrorists After Summit Donations Bonanza …. (gatewaypundit.blog)
~ FUN WITH SURRENDER— “We’re Sorry” — Obama voters express their regrets …. (directorblue.blog)
~ SCARAMOUCHE— At odds with “God”: An American Thinker pinpoints the problem with Obama and his “remedies” for what ails the U.S. …. (scaramouche)
~ CBS GENIUSES— “Some analysts say Obama’s proposals are almost radical.” …. (hughhewitt)
~ THE BRILLIANT Obama’s Third Way: Release the Terrorists …. (nro)
~ DAVID BROOKS: This is not the Barack Obama I thought I knew …. (instapundit)
~ HOW ORDINARY people have those “honest discussions about race in America” …. (fivefeetoffury)
~ FANCY TWO-STEP— Obama skips the party but joins the bigger, ongoing Jew-bash: Damning the Obama administration with faint praise,Claudia Rosett says that shunning Durban II is certainly a step in the right direction; and “The US may not be going back into the ‘Durban 2 ‘process, but it will go one better – it will re-enter the Human Rights Council itself as an observer and will stand for election to it.” …. (scaramouche)
~ JOHN McWHORTER coins a much-needed phrase: “black-cent” …. (fivefeetoffury)
~ SHAIDLE ON Myths of the Vietnam War: Age, Class and Race …. (fivefeetoffury)
~ MEMO TO America’s Irresponsible Tea Party Whiners: STFU! An Iowahawk Economic Alert-o-Gram …. (iowahawk)
~ SAN FRANCISCO – MARCH 02: An image of U.S. President Barack Obama depicted as a saint is seen on ten inch tall votive candles displayed at ‘Just For Fun’ March 2, 2009 in San Francisco, California …. (atlasshrugs2000)
~ CHANGE HAS COME, By Caroline B. Glick …. (jewishworldreview)
~ PANT-SUIT Clinton: “Whatever we do will be done thoughtfully in consultation with our friends and Israel” …. (JiWa)
~ GEERT WILDERS: Not Bowing Down to Islamists or Their Enablers in the West – Pam Meister …. (islam-watch.org)
~ DELVING INTO “twelvers”: Ahmadinejad’s fevered apocalyptic vision of hastening the 12th iman’s return via nukes, explained …. (scaramouche)
~ UM.. SCOTS? WHA HAE? ANYBODY? The Scots are Profiling Muslims — Favorably …. (gatesofvienna.blog)
~ MAYBE CHARLES FREEMAN can champion this ..”Hamas Must Amend Its Charter” ..good luck …. (ibloga.blog)
~ JAMAAT-E-ISLAMI on Pakistan Airlines Beard Ban: “…a stark violation of Sunnah and an attempt to please the West.” …. (andrewbostom.org)
~ FIRST THE CALL, Then the Slaughter, by Baron Bodissey– “The Arabic word da’wa is variously translated as “call”, “summons”, or “invitation”. In most modern contexts it refers to Islamic outreach or proselytizing, what a Christian might call “mission work” …. (gatesofvienna.blog)
~ INFILTRATION: CAIR ELECTS STATE SENATOR SHAW AS BOARD CHAIRMAN– It’s upon us. Big time. CAIR has elected State Senator Larry Shaw as board chair to “partner” with the Hussein administration …. (atlasshrugs2000)
~ GUILTY CHARGE on ‘fecal jihad’ case UK …. (vladtepesblog)
~ WORSHIPPING a Death Cult– By: WorldNetDaily.com.. “Jamie Glazov, author of United in Hate, explains the alliance between jihadists and self-hating Americans” …. (frontpagemag)
~ CANUCKI HAMAS SUPPORTERS— “Harry’s Place links to a pro-Hamas online petition, signed by the likes of Tariq Ali and James “Zionist Power Coniguration” Petras” …. (dp)
~ THE DOCTRINE of Moral Equivalence– “Ibn Warraq and Geert Wilders: Islamo-Realist Brethren” …. (gatesofvienna.blog)
~ IDIOT CIA destroyed 92 video tapes of terror suspect interrogations after initially claiming no such recordings existed. Fortunately, ACLU lawyers just downloaded copies from Gnutella …. (google.com)
~ CIVIL WAR IN DENMARK: CITIES BESIEGED– Check out the latest developments in the takeover of Europe. Gang wars, by unidentified yoots …. (atlasshrugs2000)
~ CRUEL & UNUSUAL Punishment, By: David Forsmark– Nonie Darwish examines the threat of Sharia law …. (frontpagemag)
~ JONATHAN KAY on the Lesson of Whack-a-Jew Week …. (blazingcatfur.blog)
~ D.C. WATSON: Is the “Religion of Peace” Being Defamed? …. (JiWa)
~ EXPOSING ISLAM from the Inside Out, By: Jamie Glazov– An ex-Muslim tells the dark history of his religion …. (frontpagemag)
~ CHRISTIAN publications in Malaysia prohibited from using the word “Allah” in fear that Muslims may accidently read them and catch a case of Jesus …. (sindhtoday)
~ BULGARIA: Forced conversions to Islam …. (JiWa)
~ READING, WRITING, and hating: Islam Online reports on a disturbing turn of events (disturbing to Wahhabis, anyway)—an interfaith agreement to get rid of offensive passages in text books …. (scaramouche)
~ HANDS OFF Hamas!: What’s behind the “surreal” Gaza Reconstruction Conference? Daniel Pipes thinks he knows …. (scaramouche)