Remaking a Culture through Ignorance of History July 27, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, suicide.
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Two small datapoints indicative of a huge force shaping the remaking of our culture below. Why are young people so willing to accept leftist revisionist history regarding the United States/Western Civilization as the must uniquely evil influences in the history of the world? Largely because they are so ignorant of history they have no basis for comparison and are thus unable to make any kind of comparison or distinction. The goal is malleability – young minds clueless of history are a field ripe for leftist manipulation.
Thus we get the before:
The overwhelming majority of America’s most prestigious institutions do not require even the students who major in history to take a single course on United States history or government. Disregard for the importance of United States history in the undergraduate history major is matched by the overall disappearance of United States history requirements from general education, the core curriculum that should be part of every student’s education… [A] survey of seniors at the “Top 50” colleges and universities, those holding the most prestigious positions in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, found that only 22% could match the phrase “government of the people, by the people, for the people” with the Gettysburg Address. [well thoughts like that can tend to be inconvenient for the “progressive” camp, so they are better left unlearned]
I started giving quizzes to my juniors and seniors. I gave them a ten-question American history test… just to see where they are. The vast majority of my students – I’m talking nine out of ten, in every single class, for seven consecutive years – they have no idea that slavery existed anywhere in the world before the United States. Moses, Pharaoh, they know none of it. They’re 100% convinced that slavery is a uniquely American invention… How do you give an adequate view of history and culture to kids when that’s what they think of their own country – that America invented slavery? That’s all they know.
In fact, almost the entirety of rapid growth of the racial supremacist movement known as “Black Lives Matters” (the supremacy being proved by their unremitting hostility towards those who counter “all lives matter”) can be attributed to young people’s massive ignorance of history. For them, with a narrow, solipsistic world view and abject ignorance not only of history but current affairs in the world, the United States is the most uniquely evil country in history. That this is laughable to anyone with even a light knowledge of history is, in their warped, ideological worldview, only proof of rampant racism. Thus, they are perfectly formed to be invincibly convinced activists bent only on destruction of the current “system” as they perceive it, no matter how outrageous and pathetic their rhetoric appears to those with a bit more knowledge.
For instance, how many of these black lives matters radicals know that black muslims took probably a million or more white European slaves during the Medieval and Baroque periods? How many know or would admit that slavery is still practiced in muslim Africa today? What the heck do they think Boko Haram is all about, kidnapping hundreds (or thousands) of African Christians and keeping them under forced bondage? To me, you have to be almost unbelievably uninformed to buy into the rhetoric, but study after study shows that Americans, and especially young Americans, are in fact that ignorant.
Also note that the culture of “no losers,” “everyone gets a trophy” has convinced millions of middling minds that they are, in fact, irreducibly brilliant, so brilliant, in fact, that they have absolutely nothing left to learn.
It’s a recipe for revolution. Of course, it was intended to be, all along. Too bad the student cadres are almost always the first to be strung up and shot once the revolution ends. See the Bolshevik and Cultural Revolutions, and the Khmer Rouge rule of Cambodia.
The term is useful idiots, and Lenin did not coin it accidentally or ironically.
Big surprise. This was nothing but a political persecution from the beginning, designed to frighten through lawfare pro-life organizations from giving Planned Barrenhood, the lynchpin of the sexular pagan ethos, a bloody nose. Even the stridently pro-abort major media seemed to report the charges without much conviction, as if they knew all along they’d never stick.
Welcome to the US of A in the year of Our Lord 2016, where the power of the state at all levels is used extensively to punish those holding the wrong set of beliefs, meaning not left-liberal. What a sham:
All charges have been dismissed against Center for Medical Progress investigators David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, multiple sources have confirmed to LifeSiteNews. [Rather unusual in such a high-profile case. This is the DA basically admitting the charges were baseless to begin with, confirming this was nothing more than a politically motivated witch hunt]
Prosecutors with the Harris County District Attorney’s office dropped the charges before the pair could pursue their legal motion to quash the charges at a hearing at 9 a.m. Central time, according to the Houston Chronicle. [They were about to get embarrassed again, thus the motivation]
This morning, CMP project lead David Daleiden called the dismissal of the charges “a resounding vindication of the First Amendment rights of all citizen journalists, and also a clear warning to any of Planned Parenthood’s political cronies who would attack whistleblowers to protect Planned Parenthood from scrutiny.”
“Planned Parenthood tried to collude with public officials to manipulate the legal process to their own benefit, and they failed,” Daleiden said. “A year after the release of the undercover videos, the ongoing nationwide investigation of Planned Parenthood by the House Select Investigative Panel makes clear that Planned Parenthood is the guilty party in the harvesting and trafficking of baby body parts for profit.”
“The indictment was politically-motivated and should never have been filed in the first place,” said Mat Staver, the founder of Liberty Counsel, who represented Merritt.
“This meritless and retaliatory prosecution should never have been brought. Planned Parenthood did wrong here, not David Daleiden,” said Peter Breen of the Thomas More Society represented Daleiden in the Harris County courtroom this morning.
Texas prosecutors agreed with his attorneys that the grand jury, which was called to investigate charges against Planned Parenthood, had been wrongly held over to indict the pro-life advocates instead.
The two faced up to 20 years in prison for a felony count of tampering with a government record for using false identification to gain access to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC), which is based in Houston……
…..Although initially called to investigate PPGC, the Harris County grand jury indicted Daleiden and Merritt for using false identification, a felony, and a misdemeanor charge of attempting to purchase human organs, on January 25.
The defendants turned down offers of a plea bargain that would result in probation instead of risking decades in a Texas prison, confident they would prevail. [Good for them. How many others are falsely imprisoned after being slapped with numerous charges and then given a “good deal” is known only to God, but I bet it’s more than a handful]
In April, their attorneys asked a judge to dismiss the charges, becauseDistrict Attorney Devon Anderson’s office colluded with Planned Parenthood. PPGC’s attorney, Josh Schaeffer, told the media that from the outset of the potential charges, he “explicitly pushed prosecutors” to turn the investigation against the whistleblowers, rather than his clients.
Anderson confessed in a May court brief that her office may have skirted legal prohibitions barring such an incestuous relationship between accuser and accused, but the lawbreaking was “minor and harmless.” She further dismissed her office’s wrongdoing as a “mere technical, inconsequential violation of” the law and a “procedural irregularity.” [BS. They provided the videos to Planned Butcherhood, allowing PB to craft a response in advance. This is the entire matter upon which the charges hinge, saying it is an inconsequential violation is beyond ludicrous]
The same grand jury failed to bring charges against Douglas Karpen, a Houston abortionist whom multiple eyewitnesses accused of twisting off babies’ heads with his bare hands. Anderson had close ties to Karpen’s attorney……[I’m shocked, shocked to find our liberal overlords in improper incestuous relationships, watching each other’s backs at all times!]
……“We need to get to the bottom of why rampant corruption occurred during the investigation in Harris County,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America this morning. “The DA made a mockery of the office, colluded with an organization that should have had its employees arrested and charged for criminal conduct, and indicted a journalist who exposed Planned Parenthood.”
Great summary. I could not have said it better myself.
Houstonites, that DA Anderson who ginned up these charges and got a grand jury to indict (and isn’t that disconcerting) needs to be remembered at the next election. She should be out.
More and more, don’t you get the impression that even the very truth is up for sale, that on the Left especially (though it does occur, but much less often, on the “right”) even facts are viewed and distorted through a political lens? I know that’s like describing water as wet, but it seems to be much, much more frequent, and the lies we are asked to swallow infinitely larger. Thus Cankles Clinton, who covered up her husband’s serial abuse of women and helped persecute those same women, is portrayed as the savior of women. That’s because the Left can only sail upon a sea of lies, and the more power they have, the bigger the lies have to get. Eventually they have to hit upon a villain to explain away the failure of their always deferred paradise, and you know who those villains are going to be, don’t you?
CMP is only an early example of this.
Many long-time readers will be familiar with the situation regarding Father Michael Rodriguez and his former parish of San Juan Bautista. Assigned as a sort of punishment, given a parish that had been moribund for years, Father Rodriguez completely transformed the parish and even the neighborhood around it, becoming financially solvent, vastly increasing attendance, and instilling the right practice of the Faith into hundreds of souls. All of this was based on a growing attachment, over a period of some years, to the traditional practice of the Faith and, especially, the TLM.
When Father Rodriguez was sacked and San Juan shut down, due to his adherence to Tradition and his strong advocacy of certain unpopular Catholic truths, especially those having to do with the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah, he voluntarily revealed the existence of a lay-initiated and administered fund (established to allow improvements at San Juan without exposure to diocesan assessment) to the Diocese of El Paso, as the Diocese was totally ignorant of its existence. Many nasty and totally unsubstantiated allegations were subsequently thrown at Father as part of a general campaign to discredit him, including total inventions regarding this fund. Dark rumors of theft or enrichment on the part of Father and/or family members were circulated, and an expensive lawsuit ensued. All of this, mind, over an amount that was somewhere in the $50,000 range – entirely consisting of parishioner donations which they themselves administered. The lawsuits are still ongoing, and the Diocese still holds the moneys contributed by parishioners for the purpose of improving a now defunct parish for itself, even though the people would very much like their money back now that there is no longer a parish to spend it on.
Suffice it to say, there wasn’t a whole lot of mercy going on. Father Rodriguez was persona non grata among most priests and officials in the Diocese of El Paso due to his stalwart adherence to the constant belief and practice of the Faith, and his willingness to condemn ongoing scandals and immoral behaviors rife within the Diocese itself (behaviors, even with the switch of bishop, which still go on to this day).
Contrast that with the recent scandal that blew up in El Paso, over two religious brothers who stole – it is admitted that they stole – nearly a million dollars from a local school over several years. Were they sacked? No, they were permitted to not only retire but leave the area, and before the news broke. Did the Diocese run their names through the mud, as occurred with Father Rodriguez? No, they were thanked for their many years of service and all the wonderful things they did! See below the mercy flow, for those who are recognized as co-religionists:
An audit found that the former principal and assistant principal of an El Paso Catholic school allegedly misappropriated more than $800,000 for personal expenses, diocese officials said Tuesday.
The Diocese of El Paso found the financial irregularities during a recent audit following last year’s retirement of the two administrators of St. Joseph’s School in Central El Paso, officials said.
Diocese officials said that former principal Brother Edwin Gallagher, 79, and former assistant principal Brother Richard Fish, 70, allegedly took $800,246 from school bank accounts to pay for personal expenses over seven years. Diocese officials said they are not seeking criminal charges in the matter.
Gallagher and Fish retired last year after helping run the school for about 25 years. They could not be reached for comment.
Parents, school staff and community members said they were shocked, disheartened and saddened Tuesday evening after learning about the alleged misappropriation during a meeting in the school gym with Bishop Mark J. Seitz and diocese officials.
“Everyone at St. Joseph and many in El Paso know that during that time, they (Gallagher and Fish) did many good things for the school and for the children who study here and those good things certainly cannot be denied,” Seitz said. “Unfortunately, we’ve also learned during that time, or at least a good part of the time, St. Joseph school funds were misappropriated for their own personal use.”……. [The lauds piled on these men for committing grand larceny is certainly in stark contrast to the treatment Father Rodriguez did receive, and continues to receive from the Diocese]
…….. The Brothers of the Poor of St. Francis will repay the money to the school in four quarterly payments starting June 30, the diocese said. [Apparently the spirit of poverty is not fully embraced in this order]
“The discovery of the misappropriated funds by trusted individuals has caused disappointment and justifiable anger,” the diocese said in a news release. “We are thankful that St. Joseph School will not suffer the adverse financial consequences that accompany most cases of this nature. And we ask for prayers for Brother Edwin and Brother Richard during this Year of Mercy.”
What an amazing double-standard. In point of fact, the threat of criminal charges – on what basis I cannot imagine – was frequently inferred during the period after San Juan’s closing and the departure of former Bishop (and arch-liberal) Armand Ochoa. But these guys get plaudits and heaping doses of mercy. I cannot recall a single instance of the Diocese asking for prayers for Father Rodriguez.
Why the massive difference? Speaking with a number of locals and others very close to the matter, Father Rodriguez is despised because he represents the “old Faith” so many want to kill off, never to rise again. More, many have a vested interest in seeing it never rise again, as their beliefs and actions are totally irreconcilable with the Doctrine of the Faith.
Put another way, they belong to a different religion. Every diocese in the world today is riven with the division, but it is more marked in El Paso than in most. It is a diocese that has had a pervasive and activist liberal influence for decades, which has born the “fruit” of many heretical and immoral priests.
As we see so often with Francis, every religion is welcome to not only “dialogue” with the Catholic Church, but to be treated at least as its equal if not its actual superior. We see the Church constantly defer to the errors of various error-filled sects and pagan religions in these days. The one religion that cannot be countenanced, however, is that terrible old beast, Catholicism, as it was known, understood, and practiced for 1950 odd years. No mercy can be spared there. No persecution is too strong, too unjustified, or too unreasonable. When it comes to the hated old Faith, anything goes.
So men who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars get the fawning praise of the Bishop, while Father Rodriguez gets persecution and unjustifiable demands to change or limit the way he conducts his priestly apostolate. But God be praised, when sin abounds, Grace abounds the more, and Father continues to reach a growing number of souls through a number of means as he continues to honor his vocation in the sadly afflicted Diocese of El Paso. Much good fruit is resulting. May God be praised.
Please keep Father in your prayers.
During Mass this morning in Rouen, a French priest was nearly beheaded (he perished), and a nun gravely wounded, during an attack by jihadists that also devolved into a hostage situation where several others were injured. The instigators of this attack shouted the dreadfully familiar “allahu akbar” and were subsequently killed by French police. The parish where this attack occurred had apparently been on an ISIS target list for over a year:
Two knife-wielding attackers who had pledged allegiance to ISIS, shouting “Allahu Akbar,” slit the throat of an 84-year-old priest and critically wounded at least one other person during a Tuesday morning terror attack on a Catholic church near the Normandy city of Rouen, officials said.
The terrorists, who were later shot and killed by police, forced priest Jacques Hamel to kneel before they slaughtered him, and the Islamist attackers captured the bloody episode on film, Reuters reported, citing a nun who escaped the assault. ISIS’ Amaq news agency said the France attack was carried out by two Islamic State “soldiers,” Reuters reported…….
……..The attackers, who were not immediately identified, entered through the back door of the church and took the priest, two nuns and two parishioners hostage during morning Mass, police said.
Police responded and later confirmed that the attackers had been “neutralized,” Sky News reported. Three hostages were rescued in good condition, while another was taken away on a stretcher, according to reports.
It seems basically everyone at the Mass – the priest, a couple of female religious, and two lay people, were taken hostage? Amazingly, the Archbishop of Rouen, comfortably ensconced at World Youth Day in Krakow, described the murderers as “victims:”
Away from his diocese at the World Youth Day celebrations in Krakow, Poland the archbishop of Rouen has released astatement on the death of one of his priests this morning, which strangely seems to identify both the slain clergyman and his killers as “victims”.
He said: “I have learnt with sadness of the killing this morning at the Church of Saint-Etienne du Rouvray. The three victims: the priest, Father Jacques Hamel, 84, and the perpetrators of the assassination.
“Three other people were injured, one very seriously. I cry out to God with all men of good will. I would invite non-believers to join in the cry!……. The Catholic Church cannot take weapons other than those of prayer and brotherhood among men.
We can always count on the post-VII modernist-progressive cabal to invert the truth, say the wrong thing, and cause scandal. How one turns vicious, cold-blooded murderers, shot in the very act of committing grave crimes, into victims, is beyond me. It requires decades of deep immersion in moral relativism and a reprobate sense to arrive at that level of moral confusion and abdication of duty.
As for “other weapons,” how about the Truth, Bishop Lebrun? How about preaching the Truth of Jesus Christ in season and out, and clearly denouncing the massive, soul-killing errors of Mohammadism?
Lebrun, a longtime liberal, was appointed Archbishop of Rouen by Francis just last year. Perhaps he’s still growing into his office.
As for the priest, Father Jacques Hamel, he was 84 years when killed. I know nothing of his personal beliefs, but he must be considered a martyr for the Faith and the Church in France. He is the first priest martyred in continental Europe in quite some time, isn’t he? Perhaps since the fall of the communist empire?
We live in dreadful times. It is vital to stay prayed up.
Via Cardinal Sarah’s twitter feed: “How many dead before European governments understand situation of West today? How many decapitations?”
Indeed. One more question: how many Catholics must die before the Church hierarchy recognizes that all “dialogue” with islam is a useless diversion, at best, and stands in total opposition to islam and its murderous errors as the Church did for so many centuries?
Snapshot of a Church in Deep Crisis July 25, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, General Catholic, horror, scandals, sexual depravity, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
The idea that an abortion-supporting, contraception-taking, concubine-living woman could call herself a “practicing Catholic” is about all we need to know regarding the state of the Church today. And not merely these common sins, but willing to stand as a poster-child for perhaps the most aggressively amoral, anti-Catholic organization in the land, Planned Butcherhood:
Yulinda is a practicing Catholic. She’s also a Planned Parenthood patient and supporter. “We need to be educated about sex so that we don’t end up being parents when we don’t expect to or we’re not ready.” She and her boyfriend came to Planned Parenthood for birth control counseling so that they can prevent pregnancy and practice safe sex. Planned Parenthood is a “safe haven” where Yulinda’s beliefs and health care decisions are respected without judgment. This is her story of care.
“Safe haven” = I’ve deeply absorbed the language and logic of the radical left. I may murder my baby (even without direct malice aforethought, by using the pill), but don’t you dare judge me.
As for the crisis, how many sermons do you suppose this woman has heard on the evils of contraception and fornication? She seems completely unaware, or at least uncaring, regarding the truth of the evil of contraceptive use. Very likely, if she really is “practicing,” she has even been counseled by unworthy priests that contraception – even up to and including abortifacient methods – is perfectly fine. Her upset at being approached by someone who tried to advise her as to these evils is a sign of a very badly formed conscience. But that formation was probably less her own fault than those who have had the grave responsibility to rightly form her in the Faith.
That’s not to say our princess here is not without moral culpability. I think I was aware of the Church’s rejection of contraception as an 11 or 12 year old non-Catholic. It is almost impossible to conclude this woman is innocent of that very widely known Doctrine, she has simply rejected, while attempting to wrap herself with (an unearned) mantle of faith.
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Mass AG bans all semi-auto rifles July 22, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
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The decree – because it’s not a law, it’s simply the decree of a politician – is allegedly only targeted at so-called “assault weapons,” but it is so broadly worded that virtually any semi-automatic rifle could be judged “illegal.” In fact, the provisions are so broad even many bolt-action or other types of weapons could be included. That’s the real danger of this illegal decree, it is so vague and nebulous an overly zealous cop or prosecutor could wreak havoc with people’s lives, all for owning a gun that is perfectly legal by the letter of the law.
Also note that the language of the decree leaves plenty of room to confiscate weapons that were perfectly legal when bought, though now allowed to remain under a grandfather clause:
Gun buyers raced to snap up military-style weapons on Wednesday as Attorney General Maura Healey moved to bar the sale of rifles that have been altered slightly to evade the state’s assault weapon ban……[The edict was announced Wednesday, and went into effect the next day. Nice. How would leftists react if a state attorney general declared abortion illegal, with the ban going into effect the next day? They’d lose their minds. And yet one cannot find even a remote justification for baby-slaughter in the Constitution, while the 2nd Amendment is as clear as day.]
…….The stores were responding to an order Healey issued to the state’s 350 gun dealers telling them to immediately stop selling “duplicate” versions of common assault rifles like the AR-15, which she argues are illegal under the state’s 1998 assault weapons ban.
The law bans duplicate weapons but has left it to gun manufacturers to define which weapons would fall into that category. [That is completely untrue. In fact, it’s an inversion of the Truth. When the federal assault weapons ban was first brought forward by the Clinton Administration in the early 90s, teh NRA and gun manufacturers immediately conveyed their concern that no one knew just exactly what an assault weapon was. So, in the federal law, upon which the Mass law was based, defined a number of (meaningless) features in an attempt to define an “assault weapon.” To be an assault weapon, a firearm had to possess 2 or 3 of the listed features. Now, these distinctions were false and dumb and only intended to ban certain weapons entirely, but because distinctions had to be made to arrive at a definition, it was also possible to produce a gun that didn’t have those features/distinctions and thus was compliant with the ban. Blaming gun manufacturers/owners for figuring ways around a rule written by their mortal enemies and then accusing them of getting to “define the weapons” is lunacy]
Manufacturers exploited that “loophole,” she said, to produce assault rifles that had “small tweaks” but were functionally identical to the banned weapons. Some, for example, had no flash suppressor or featured a fixed instead of a folding stock.
She said the directive clarifies that duplicate guns are those that have internal operating systems that are essentially the same as illegal assault weapons, or have key functional components that are interchangeable with those of banned weapons.
You can see from the last paragraph just how ill-defined and dangerous this is. This is, in fact, a back-door way to banning huge swaths of firearms used today, even relatively prosaic hunting rifles, shotguns, and handguns. There are only a few basic operating systems to make a semi-auto rifle work. Because of that, and because of the wide number of firearms listed in the ban, virtually any semi-auto, including handguns, could be interpreted to be in violation. Then there is the issue of a key functional component? There is no mention of what that includes. Because things like tactical stocks, flash suppressors, rails, and other components are added to certain bolt-action, lever action, and even break-action rifles, are they now illegal? No one knows, because this edict was only issued Wednesday and went into effect yesterday.
Disarming citizens has been the goal of every leftist government that has ever come to power. That disarmament led directly to the slaughter of millions of that government’s own citizens. I would say this lawless edict would never stand, but with Scalia dead, the Supreme Court deadlocked, and Hillary waiting in the wings, I don’t think we can assume anything about the courts anymore – except, likely, just more and more and more bad news.
This is really just a paving of the way for a Hillary administration to ban guns by executive fiat. This is a test case, and I promise you it was carefully crafted and timed to be heading through the courts in the early months of Hillary’s administration, should the sorrowful witch be elected. Buy now, and buy lots.
This may sound a bit excessive, but how long before certain books are banned and burned, books conveying ideas too dangerous for people to be able to “handle,” ideas that “provoke violence” or “intolerance?” How many Americans already hold the Bible in such ill-repute? The same exact logic that now applies to guns could easily be extended to books or other sources of information, for if a “bad gun” can kill a dozen, a “bad idea” can kill millions. In truth, the bad ideas are mostly on the other side, but they don’t see it that way, and they have the whip hand.
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Via Mahound, the kind of interreligious dialogue that muslims appreciate – conversion for Christians to islam is just peachy, but muslims who convert to Christianity must be killed (my comments):
Two months ago, Pope Francis welcomed Sheik Ahmed el-Tayeb, – the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University in Cairo, and the highest scholarly authority in Sunni Islam – to the Vatican.
And a week ago, the Pope sent a representative to Al-Azhar as a follow-up and to “relaunch dialogue.”
The original meeting, which included discussions between larger delegations from Al-Azhar and the Vatican, was characterized as extremely friendly – a sort of “re-set” of Catholic-Muslim relations after the iciness allegedly set off by Pope Benedict’s Regensburg remarks in 2006…….
……..The Pope gave Sheik el-Tayeb a number of gifts including a copy of Laudato si. [Oh I’m sure Tayeb read that with bated breath. Cover to cover in a night, for sure. In reality, it probably went in the fire]
Then they spontaneously embraced.
However, as the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies recently pointed out (as highlighted by Raymond Ibrahim in a recent essay), el-Tayeb has a history of saying one thing to Western audiences and another to Arabic or Muslim ones. [No, really?!?]
For example, during this past Ramadan, el-Tayeb reaffirmed on his television show that Islam mandates death for apostates:
Contemporary apostasy presents itself in the guise of crimes, assaults, and grand treason, so we deal with it now as a crime that must be opposed and punished…. Those learned in Islam [al-fuqaha] and the imams of the four schools of jurisprudence consider apostasy a crime and agree that the apostate must either renounce his apostasy or else be killed.The plucky Institute made a public statement calling on him to renounce this position, also making the general observation thatAl Azhar adopts two contradictory speeches: one is open and directed externally, while the other supports violent extremism, and is directed internally. [It’s called taqqiyah, or “holy lying,” and is sanctioned by the Koran. Basically any immoral behavior is sanctioned, provided it is directed towards the house of war, or the infidel. That’s us. Muslims are actually called to lie to the infidel in order to weaken their resistance to islam and bring them into the ummah, or islamic world. That can be achieved by relatively peaceful means, but since that rarely happens, it is usually down to war and violent repression.]Interestingly, it appears that the statement was not released in English or referenced on the English version of the site.
What are we to make of this? [Taqqiyah]Is Pope Francis aware that his new Muslim friend appears to believe that apostates from Islam should be killed? How does this comport with the “protection” of Christians in the region? Or perhaps the Pope, in his rejection of “proselytism,” does not believe that Christian converts are worthy of protection, or should not be placed in the category of “Christians.” Maybe it’s more of an ethnic category.Also, converts do tend to be a bit conservative, after all. [Heh. Great point]Actually, I suspect the Pope has no idea what el-Tayeb really believes or more to the point, doesn’t really care. But he does seem to care very much about publicizing how dialogue with his quasi-peer distinguishes him from his predecessor……[It’s all about the agenda, which has little to do with islam, and everything to do with internal Church politics, remaking the Church according to Francis’ vision]…..In fairness to el-Tayeb, as the highest Sunni Muslim scholarly authority in the world it would be difficult if not impossible for him to declare to a Muslim audience that apostates shouldn’t be put to death, as this is clearly stated in the Koran, the Hadith and Islamic history and tradition. [In other words, it’s a hardcore islamic doctrine and not subject to reform without encountering immense resistance. Thus, the taqqiyah] In that context, advocating the death penalty for apostates is not an unusual or extreme position at all. Indeed, polls show that most Muslims in Egypt support it. Though, again, there is a tradition of not, as it were, making a big deal of this to Western audiences………
……..The problem with Islam is not that all Muslims are evil. It’s that all Muslims are to one degree or another beholden to an evil ideology. Many Muslims (including most women) are enslaved to it.
So, why don’t they just leave?
Who speaks for them?
Not Pope Francis, obviously.
Sorry to say, but that much is certainly true. Francis’ defense of persecuted Christians has appeared disinterested and pro forma, to say the least. But someone should remind him it is his solemn duty as the Vicar of Christ to speak for and defend all Christians, including non-Catholics, and even those wicked, nasty conservative ones.
How could any reasonable Christian-muslim dialogue occur on anything like an even or rational basis, when one of the religions in question preaches death to the infidel and those who convert from it? That is to say, what kind of dialogue could occur, other than one based on Christian surrender? Is that not what many perceive this dialogue to be – the Church surrendering to islam for the sake of sexular pagan plaudits, or at least to serve a worldly ideology?
And to think this is the same Church as St. Pius V, Saint Fernando III, or Urban II. Or…..???
I know. Water is wet. But I gotta write about something. I can’t come up with 20 original posts a week!
Shorter Ann Barnhardt below. Diabolical narcissism defined in 12 seconds:
“HEY GUYS! I MURDERED MY BABY! I MURDERED MY BABY AND I’M PROUD OF IT! CHEER FOR ME! CHEER FOR ME BECAUSE I MURDERED MY CHILD…… ON GOOD FRIDAY! YEAH! IT’S JESUS’ PROBLEM NOW! OR SATAN’S I DON’T CARE BECAUSE I MURDERED MY BABY!”
Also see: feminist solipsism.
Pro tip: that baby is not in Heaven, tragically. Abortion is not a Sacrament. Telling women their aborted babies go to Heaven only encourages them to go through with it. They actually convince themselves they’re doing a good thing. The constant belief of the Church, whether it be a solemn Dogma or not, has been that babies innocent of actual sin who die unbaptized cannot enter Heaven. That’s not to say they endure eternal suffering, but they do not receive the blessedness of the Beatific Vision for having been ripped limb from limb at their mother’s command.
In reality, this soul is in enormous pain and needs a lot of prayers. She’s desperately trying to convince herself that what she did was morally acceptable, even though on some level, she knows it is not, hence the desperate need to appear brave and transgressive.
I must stress that what is reported below is not yet substantiated. It comes from a source of unknown quality to me, a Catholic newspaper in Malaysia (but it was picked up by the German language site kath.net). I didn’t think Malaysia had much of a Catholic population, but whatevs. However, if true, it would be most disconcerting, to say the least. Abolishing the Pontifical Councils for the Laity and the Family and replacing them with a Congregation for “Pastoral Health Care” headed by arch-progressive Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga, Francis’ most eager collaborator? Removing Muller at the CDF and appointing Schoenborn in his stead? Will we soon be treated to the theological orthodoxy of balloon Masses?
The report via Eponymous Flower might be speculation, but if true, it would constitute a significant advance in the entrenchment of like-minded souls in the hierarchy and the institutionalization of Francis’ progressive agenda. Perhaps something to pray over, or against:
Accordjng to a report by the Malaysian Catholic weekly “Herald” Pope Francis plans personnel changes within the Curia. This suggests that the former prefect of the CDF, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller (68) will occupy the See if Mainz long since vacated by Cardinal Karl Lehmann. In return, the Viennese Cardinal Christoph Schönborn (71) is to switch to the Vatican and take over there, the management of the CDF, the Journal reported over the weekend, citing “well-informed Vatican sources” on its website. [Schoenborn, if he was ever much good when he was involved in the drafting of the 1990s catechism, has certainly drifted left in the past decade or so. He has persecuted faithful priests and shown himself very friendly to the sodomite agenda. His views are not nearly so orthodox as those of Muller’s, which weren’t just perfect to begin with. Muller and Francis have butted heads on many issues, with Muller directly rebuking several of Francis’ more outrageous claims in the past (there are so many, I know). I would not be surprised if Muller is moved out, and soon. Whether he will be replaced by Schoenborn or someone even worse remains to be seen]There were indications that the pope also plans the appointment of Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko (71), Polish cardinal and President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Archbishop of Krakow. He would assume the office of the 77-year-old Stanislaw Dziwisz, who has already reached the age limit for resignation.The paper refers to a decree by the Pope, according to which the Council for the Laity and for the Family will be merged on 1 September into a new office. Its statutes were published by the Vatican in early June. According to “Herald” it will be incorporated into an office of pastoral health care. [Could a more worldly and really inappropriate name be chosen? So we’ll be treated to “pastoral health care reform?”] The new formation will receive the status of a congregation with the decision making power. As head of the new Congregation, the Honduran Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga (73) has been selected, a close confidant of the pope and head of the Cardinal Council for a reform of the Curia.
I think I made up a word there. If heresify ain’t a word, it should be.
I was a methodist, once. My parents were split, one a methodist, the other had a high church Anglican/Episcopal background. Anglo-Catholic, really. For the first half of their marriage, they mostly went to methodist churches. Then my mom finally won that war, I guess, and they’ve been Anglican ever since.
What I remember most from my time in the methodist sect was how much I hated it, and how ugly the building was. That “church” is still around, but the original building from my time is now a mosque. They built a much fancier building in north Plano 20 years or so ago.
I severely disliked that methodist “church” because it was as clubby, clique-ish, and class-ridden as you can imagine. At least among the kids it was. Most of the kids there went to another school, so I was on the outs from the beginning. My mom really pushed me to be in the youth group, which I detested. They had a really swishy youth minister and he had some just brilliant ideas like all night stay-overs at the church building for about 80 kids aged 11-17. Which, even in the mid-80s, went about as you would expect. My best friend, now sadly a very fallen away Catholic and militant atheist (thanks Catholic schools!), and I bailed at about 4 in the morning. We walked the 2 miles home to my house in the dark (times was a bit different back then). My mom was rather surprised and displeased when she woke up and found us playing video games at about 6 in the morning.
That, and getting the crud bullied out of me on various field trips is about all I remember of that place. Good times.
Anyway, this sect is being riven by the same cultural forces tearing most protestant sects apart, and which Francis, in his, ahem, wisdom, has seen fit to unleash on the Church. A sub-body of methodists has determined to follow the episcopalians into division and dissolution, having “elected” (how democratic!) an open lesbian to play at being a bishop:
The Western district of the Methodist church has elected an openly gay bishop despite the denomination’s ban on same-sex relationships.
The Rev. Karen Oliveto was elected late Friday night at a meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, of the church’s Western Jurisdiction. Oliveto is pastor of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco. She is the first openly gay bishop in the 12.7 million-member denomination.
The United Methodist Church is deeply divided over LGBT rights. Church law says same-gender relationships are “incompatible with Christian teaching.” But several regional districts are openly defying the prohibition by appointing gay clergy and allowing same-sex weddings in churches.
Now, as far as I’m concerned, I don’t really care about this, save for how this instance illustrates two things. The first is the folly of ecumenism with protestants, whose beliefs are so varied and contradictory that any illusion of progress with one sect invariably means a setback with another. That clearly demonstrates why the inevitable path of the “ecumenical movement” is towards the watering down of sacred Doctrine until it means absolutely nothing. It also clearly proves that the traditional Catholic approach to the protestants was to aim at their conversion to the Church Jesus Christ founded is not only doctrinally sound and in accord with the tradition handed down to us, it is also the only program that makes sense from a rational standpoint. All else is just whistling in the wind.
The second illustration is the warning this provides to the Catholic Church under Francis, demonstrating clearly that the sexular pagan left is never satisfied with half-measures and will continue pushing until all Christian groups are either fully co-opted into the hellish man-made “paradise” (dystopia, really) they constantly push towards or are completely destroyed/neutered. That is to say, opposition is the only option, cooperation only hastens the destruction. The Church also knew this for centuries, before she was struck by her own revolution/coup from within and became all too friendly with the liberal zeitgeist.
But, being long time readers of this blog, you knew that already.