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The world unwinds: Saudi Arabia to send army against ISIS in Syria? February 12, 2016

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I thought Saudi had been covertly funneling money and even arms to ISIS?  Has not the House of Saud been implicated in helping foment many of the islamist revolutions that have occurred, from Tunisia to Iraq?  Or is that more the Gulf States like Bahrain and the UAE?

Russians and Saudis fighting side by side (figuratively) against a common enemy?  Who would have thunk it?  And what huge carrot (I can’t believe it would be a stick) has the administration dangled in front of the Saudis in order to get them to commit to sending land forces if the Obama Admin desires it?  I can’t believe that was cheap.  Has to be more than the 86 F-15s we recently agreed to sell them.

Saudi Arabia’s military spokesman Brig. Gen. Ahmed Al-Assiri said on Thursday, according to Al Arabiya English, that Riyadh’s decision to send troops into Syria is “final” and “irreversible” and that they are “ready” to deploy them against Islamic State (ISIS) there as part of U.S.-led efforts against that group.

However he stressed that he is conveying “Saudi’s [decision] only” implying that Riyadh will follow Washington’s lead when it comes to any potential ground operation against ISIS in Syria.

Washington has refused to rule out the prospect of Saudi Arabia sending soldiers to Syria. However it pointed out that it was just one of the available options. [Saudi’s as US-funded mercenaries?  Historically, the performance of the Saudi army in land combat has been quite unimpressive.  Many of the soldiers would have strong sympathies with ISIS, I would suspect.  Not a good situation]

“There are lots of ways that Saudi Arabia and Bahrain can contribute. One of them is on the ground – and we’ll definitely be discussing that – but there are lots of other ways as well,” U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter told reporters on Wednesday in Brussels according to The Guardian.

Assiri also said that if Riyadh’s main regional rival, Iran, is serious about combating terrorism in the region it must stop supporting “terrorism” in both Syria and Yemen. Saudi Arabia and Iran are backing opposing sides in the wars raging in both Yemen (where Saudi Arabia is bombing the Iranian backed Houthis) and Syria (where Saudi Arabia is supporting various armed groups opposed to Iran’s ally, the regime of President Bashar al-Assad). [Supporting Al Nusra and the remnants of the “Free Syrian Army?”  But haven’t they also given a wink and a nod to ISIS?  Given how much Saudi has exported radical islam around the world, their criticisms of Iran are obviously self-serving and hypocritica.  What this is really about is the great conflict between Sunni and Shia islam, and which will emerge dominant.]

What tangled webs we weave.

Is it a matter requiring assent of faith that Armageddon is really located in Israel?  Could it be in Syria, I say with tongue only slightly in cheek?

As this conflict continues to ramp up, the ones truly caught in the middle are Syria’s dwindling Christian policy.  I imagine almost all sides in the conflict – Shia, secularists, Sunni – see that as a feature rather than a bug.  And once again the US government executes policies that have the effect of leading to Christian genocide.  At least I have this to fall back on:

Persecution begins in little ways NASA bans the word “Jesus” February 11, 2016

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Well, at least our sexular pagan betters are becoming more and more open in their Christophobia. The word “Jesus” is to be excluded from the day to day operation of the federal government.  And that will just be the start.  Federal practice sets a legal precedent that then filters down to all levels of government and, before long, private enterprise.  When people say they fear Christianity may be driven from the public square, perhaps what they should really fear is whether we’ll be able to breathe the name of Jesus, or wear a crucifix, publicly.

Johnson Space Center officials have apparently banned the word even from internal communications advertising for a Christian-affiliated group of center employees who meet after hours:

The name of Jesus is not welcome in the Johnson Space Center newsletter, according to a complaint filed on behalf of a group of Christians who work for NASA.

The JSC Praise & Worship Club was directed by NASA attorneys to refrain from using the name ‘Jesus’ in club announcements that appeared in a Space Center newsletter…….. [Are there muslim groups?  Can they use the name “allah?”  Could this group openly ID as Christian?  Can the muslims/hindus/Jews?]

……..Since 2001, employees had gathered during their lunch hour to pray and sing and read the Bible. There had been no censorship issues until last year…….. [Seems like they met for about half an hour weekly or even monthly]

Soon after that, the legal department called the organizers and told them they could not use the name Jesus in their announcements,” Dys told me. “They said, no Jesus.” [The Holy Name has great power.  It inspires and gives great comfort to the faithful.  It repels and terrifies the unfaithful.  You can literally see visceral reactions against “Jesus” from some folks]

The club’s leadership was told that “NASA would be censoring all future club announcements that featured the name, ‘Jesus’,” Liberty Institute alleged in its complaint letter.

NASA’s legal department explained that including the name ‘Jesus’ within the club’s announcement made that announcement “sectarian” or “denominational.” [Oh BS.  I guarantee a huge double standard applies. I would bet money other religions are not treated as if the name of their god/founder/lodestar is some kind of despicable unmentionable.]

They also alleged such announcements would cause NASA to violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. [Just incredible.  Just allowing the Name in print now establishes a religion.  Again, I would be shocked if other religions received such strict treatment.  Some a-hole Obama-appointee is enjoying his ability to show who’s boss and engage in some tribal virtue signalling]

Dys said the club organizers offered to provide a disclaimer, notifying readers that the announcement was private speech and was not endorsed by NASA or any other government agency. However, that offer was rejected as “insufficient.”

The club members knew right away that NASA was censoring them and they were not comfortable with that,” Dys told me.

And so began a long process to resolve the matter.

“The bottom line is that NASA should not be censoring this club just because they use the name ‘Jesus’ in an employee advertisement,” Dys told me. “That is blatant religious discrimination.”

So, remember when the satanists wanted to blaspheme by destroying a statue of the Blessed Virgin, or have a black mass?  And we were told the government could do nothing, because it would violate their free speech to do so?  And remember how they said if they were to do anything to stop this evil, they’d be taken to court?  And that would waste the taxpayer’s money, cuz they’d just lose out of hand?

But Christians have no free speech, right?  Because you can’t even use the word Jesus in a government e-mail anymore.  But notice here, government (admittedly, a different entity) is VERY willing to go to court to block this form of free speech. Apparently they don’t think this squashing of free speech is a sure loser. Apparently saying Jesus would just cause a giant St. Peter’s to suddenly form right along NASA Parkway.  I mean, it would just suddenly “establish” a religion with a pope blasting out commands, nuns and monks everywhere, priests running around incensing the Space Shuttle Constellation Orion nothing, scads of faithful…….right?  No?

Ever get the impression it’s really just about shutting Christians up?

Yeah, me too.  It’s almost like sexular paganism is a competing religion that will brook no competition from its hated rival, or something.

Ah, well, they’re protestants, so can we expect an urgent intervention by Francis on their behalf?

Harris County persecution of Center for Medical Progress set to backfire? February 10, 2016

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I was interested to learn that the Harris County prosecutor who filed charges against David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) for, get this, using a fake ID (and pushed for the maximum felony charge carrying a 20 year sentence) has been very eager to try to get Daleiden to take a plea deal.  The intent from the start on the prosecutor/Planned Barrenhood side seems to have been intimidation, the sending of a clear message that if you embarrass Planned Butcherhood you’ll have to contend with the full force of the law.

But the prosecution and Planned Parenthood seem to have missed a salient point.  That may be exactly what Daleiden/CMP want.  By going to trial, they can subpoena Planned Barrenhood’s internal records, and they can put PB officials on record, in a court of law, testifying as to their baby-butchering and parts-selling practices:

Harris County prosecutors offered David Daleiden a plea deal. He didn’t take it. Bravo.

You see, now that felony charges were brought against Daleiden for altering government records*, and a misdemeanor involving the purchase of human body parts, the death merchants have realized that it’s not a good idea to put the Center for Medical Progress investigator in front of a jury.

So they threw him a plea deal for a misdemeanor after Daleiden posted bail today. For his part, Daleiden stuck to his guns, asking prosecutors for an apology instead of a deal.

“I think we all know that every day that goes by that the Texas authorities do not prosecute Planned Parenthood for their illegal trade in baby parts, they are sending a message to the entire country,” Daleiden told supporters outside the courthouse. “The state of Texas right now is open for business in baby body parts.”

If Daleiden were to go to trial, the videos he made along with Sandra Merritt and the Center for Medical Progress exposing Planned Parenthood’s baby body parts operation would certainly enter into evidence. And they’d be found to be truthful. And Planned Parenthood officials would be subpoenaed to testify at the trial. And they’d be found to be lying.

And oh, BTW, about that prosecutor:

With her top campaign contributor representing a prominent abortion practitioner and a Planned Parenthood board member working in her office, the attorney for pro-lifer investigator Susan Merritt said it’s no wonder that Devon Anderson indicted the pro-life investigators as opposed to Planned Parenthood.

I’m shocked, shocked to find evidence of collusion – or at least strong bias – involving a supposedly Republican DA and a radical promoter of abortion.  That’s never, ever happened before.

The response from the prosecutor and PB will likely now be to draw out the pre-trial proceedings for as long as possible, in the hope of exhausting CMP’s financial resources.  It will be interesting to see how this develops.  This case has several aspects.  Planned Barrenhood and their allies in the Harris County prosecutor’s office obviously intended to persecute CMP for embarrassing them.  Even if CMP escapes these charges, the left-wing media will forever paint them as “accused felons” in future.  The goal is to destroy their credibility, and all it required was an accomplice to their baby-killing agenda in a prosecutor’s office.  This kind of thing is happening more and more, and has caused many to fear that conservatives are now more or less defenseless before the progressive minions abusing their positions of power at all levels of government.

There’s another interesting point raised below: how long are we going to silently, meekly allow the powers that be to exercise that power in such a biased and plainly unjust manner:

I should also note that David Daleiden is apparently prepared to go to jail over this. If that bothers you – if you don’t like the fact that a jury could put a man in jail for twenty years because he used a fake ID in one of the few ways that society finds acceptable and even moral* – then, well, that’s why people do civil disobedience. REAL civil disobedience, not the petulant, look-at-me garbage that the Activist Left revels in.

Anyone know if there have been any protests outside the Harris County courthouse or DA’s office?  I guess there were a a number of people there when he turned himself in.  But how about some old school civil disobedience like the pro-life movement used in its early days?  I am told that was found to be counterproductive?  Or was it just uncomfortable?

 

 

Commercial runs featuring ultrasound of baby, pro-aborts lose minds February 9, 2016

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The one good thing I have seen come out of this flap over the tacky Doritos commercial below is that a number of secular-leaning reporters/writers have awakened to the realization that these people are not “pro-choice,” they are pro-abortion.  They desire as few babies being born as possible, and, quite possibly, zero births.

So Doritos ran an add that showed a baby, in utero, jonesing for some of their chips.  Here’s the ad, which ends in a tacky and sort of gross way:

Dumb, right? A baby chasing after a Dorito via cheesy CGI?  And of course dads are stupid, slovenly, and oblivious.

Well, even that was too much for the misanthropes at NARAL, who promptly tweeted out their disgust at this terrible “humanizing” of fetuses.  Even more, NARAL in Ohio found the NFL ads noting a statistical jump in births 9 months after Super Bowls (and praising that as a good thing) as being something calling for more birth control, especially IUDs, which have the tendency to go haywire and render women permanently sterile.  Feature or bug?  You decide.

NARAL lambasted Frito-Lay for using “anti-choice” tactics.  But what if someone’s choice is to have a bunch of babies?  Isn’t that a choice, too?  Not for you.  Get an IUD, or, better yet, an abortion.  Then they can sell the parts for a bunch of profit.

Additional commentary from the National Review:

The trouble for NARAL and other pro-choice advocates is that technological advances like ultrasounds have become some of the most powerful arguments on the pro-life side.

Even at the earliest stages of a pregnancy, it is clearly evident that the image an ultrasound shows is a tiny little human, and countless parents have watched that screen in amazement, overjoyed to see their baby for the first time and hear its heart beating.

By showing a “fetus” as not a “clump of cells” but a tiny human being, Doritos exposed the weakness of the pro-abortion worldview: The commitment to denying the humanity of the unborn child is in conflict with basic common sense. Those who prefer to describe their side as “pro-choice” cannot tolerate any evidence that shows the human life that “choice” could be ending. [It’s never been about choice.  It’s always been about control.  If you can convince a mother to kill her own child, what can you not convince her of?]

Melissa Conway, Texas Right to Life’s director of external relations, praised the ad for “clearly capturing the human emotions and reactions of the preborn child.” In this ad, continued Conway, “Doritos acknowledges the awareness, feelings, and humanity each tiny life possesses.”

Texas state senator Konni Burton, a strong pro-life advocate who won the district formerly held by Wendy Davis (infamous for her 2013 pink-sneakered filibuster against a bill banning late-term abortions) agreed. “This ad shows the reason we fight so hard for the pro-life cause,” Burton told National Review. “The unborn child is human, unmistakably so.”

Pro-aborts, of course, have to deny that obvious fact.  If too many people start comprehending the humanity of the unborn child, the inevitable result is that abortion will be finally, mercifully banned.  And pro-aborts cannot have that. So they have to pretend that a baby is not human, and resort to more and more ludicrous distinctions as to what constitutes life, in effect denying the free will they claim to cherish, and instead making the baby’s life something totally at the whim of the mother.  Unethicists like Pete Singer have taken this line of thinking to its logical conclusion, noting that if a mother can kill a fully human child in utero on a whim, then why not a 2 year old, or a five year old?

And the sick thing is, a not inconsiderable number of people agree with them.  Child hatred is a growing phenomenon in this culture of ours, which I’m sure any number of you have experienced.

It’s much safer to live on a toxic dump site than it is to be “gay” February 8, 2016

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So said the reformed “gay” and celibate Joseph Sciambra on his blog recently.  He notes several dire statistics concerning men drawn to sodomize other men, which make clear that this lifestyle is far more dangerous to one’s health than living on top of a toxic waste dump (in this case, Love Canal) for years.  Please note, this post deals with very explicit subject matter, children and those with delicate consciences should not read:

Condom use is declining among men who have sex with men. In a large survey of MSM in major urban areas, nearly two-thirds reported having condomless anal sex at least once during the past year, and a quarter said they had receptive anal intercourse without a condom the last time they had sex with a man. [It was only a matter of time.]

  • 67% of HIV-positive men reported condomless anal sex with a male partner;
  • 65% of HIV-negative men reported condomless anal sex with a male partner;
  • when asked about their most recent sexual encounter, 26% of HIV-negative MSM and 20% of HIV-positive MSM reported only having had oral sex;
  • of HIV-negative men aged 18-24, over 28% reported condomless receptive anal intercourse;………
  • in comparison, the CDC estimates that there are 1,218,400 people in the US infected with HIV; that is approximately 0.37% of the total population; that means – in some “gay” communities, the HIV rates are nearly 95X higher than in the general population; at the infamous Love Canal toxic dump site in New York State the risk of cancer was only 1.7-2 times higher than in neighboring areas and birth defects were 3.4 times higher than in the rest of the country.

Other damning statistics from a different post:

The UK-based FS Magazine, a gay men’s health and life periodical, surveyed over 1000 “gay” men in Britain and discovered that:

  • “41% are in, or have previously experienced, an open relationship.”

 

More findings – of those men in an “open” relationship:

  • “93% strongly disagree that ‘open relationships are not real relationships.’”
  • “31% believe relationships end up open because gay men can’t be monogamous. However 47% think that it’s quite possible to have an monogamous relationship but choose not to;”
  • “Over two thirds of the men we surveyed who are currently in an open relationship said they don’t use condoms with their partner – although 64% say they always use condoms with casual partners. 55% have picked up an STI during their open relationship, with 70% believing they got that STI from a casual partner.”

I could not find the below on Sciambra’s site, but reader MJD sent me the following, which apparently came from it, regarding yesterday’s Super Bowl halftime show featuring the diabolical Beyonce:

“I attended a talk given by local exorcist Priest Fr. Gary Thomas last week in San Francisco – almost as an aside, he mentioned that Beyonce is involved with satanism and that her Superbowl half-time show (from 2013) was littered with demonic imagery; there was an audible gasp from the audience; 2 years ago I wrote about Beyonce’s collaboration with a child pornographer; Beyonce will be at the SB again this year; please do not watch the Superbowl, which is really an occult ceremony interrupted by a sporting event; BTW – Lady Gaga will offer up this country as a blood sacrifice to hell by singing the National Anthem…Enjoy the cultural decline.”

Not sure how he arrives at the Lady Gaga blood sacrifice thing, but who am I to judge question?  It’s not like I doubt it.

And yet we are now taught that this is perfectly normal, and even better than normal, a positive good we should all accept as wonderful and even strive to emulate as fundamentally better than we are now, or were raised to be.  This is nothing but the acting out of the massive confirmation bias prevalent – one might say omnipresent – among the self-anointed sexular pagan elite.  They desire the destruction of the family as an institution, as it is the primary obstacle to the complete reordering of society that they seek.  It is  nothing more than the same old reordering the communist/hard left has always sought, but they have found the ultimate means of bringing it about by attacking masculinity, fatherhood, the conception of self, and the family.  Unfortunately, in spite of the obviousness of the gambit to those with eyes to see, they have been amazingly, spectacularly successful.

The cost to souls and society at large has been incalculable.  Joseph Sciambra is just one case in point, there are millions more like him (including myself), who have bought the lies the sexular pagans have sold.  We have been blessed, by the Grace of God, to reject those lies and strive to follow the narrow way of Jesus Christ.  But we are the rare minority.  Such a tragedy.  An even greater tragedy is the rarity of leaders in the Church who are willing to confront this evil, to name it and shame it, as it were, and to lead souls away from its many seemingly attractive enticements.

Man shot and killed at Lubbock parish, even though Diocese announced gun ban February 8, 2016

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It is unclear at this time whether the Diocese of Lubbock has followed through on its promise to ban the open or concealed carry of guns from all Church premises. At issue is whether the required signs have been installed. However, the intent has been made plain since late last  year.  And as has occurred in so many other “gun free zones,” they almost seem a magnet to violence.  A man was shot and killed outside a Lubbock church last night:

A man was taken to University Medical Center following a shooting at a Lubbock church Sunday evening. Just after 8:30 pm – about 2 and-a-half hours after the shooting – police said the victim died.

The shooting occurred at the Saint Elizabeth’s Catholic University Parish, located at 2316 Broadway Street, early Sunday evening.

Witnesses said they heard a gun shot when they were exiting Sunday night mass.

Lubbock Police immediately responded and Orestes Garza, 51, was taken to UMC where he later died.

Garza is known as ‘West’ by many in the community. He was a musician performing at the Mean Women Grill and The Cactus Theater.

“Genuinely loved by everyone that met him and his dynamite performing skills and human being that he was will radiate through the Cactus Theater and the Lubbock community for many years to come,” said Dustin Garrett, a friend and co-worker at the Cactus Theater.

Late Sunday evening, Levelland Police apprehended the suspect involved in the fatal shooting. Levelland Police Dispatch said the suspect is in custody at the Hockley County Jail. The name of the suspect has not been confirmed yet. [He has now. Se llama Pete Garcia]

It sounds passing strange to say, but fortunately, this was a focused attack and not a crazed gunman seeking to kill as many as possible.  This individual apparently had some long-standing beef with the deceased and committed a heinous, evil act.

There are two general approaches to acts of grave evil of this kind.  One is to enact laws and ordinances that restrict the rights of individuals to defend themselves, hoping against hope that the law of averages will work in one’s favor and an attack will not materialize.  Inherent in this mode of thinking is that people are generally irresponsible and need to be closely monitored and directed in what not to do.  Thus, they should be denied the ability to protect themselves.

The other view is that law-abiding people are responsible individuals possessed of rights from their Creator, one of the chief of which is the ability to protect themselves when under attack or threat of attack.  It is possible had such an individual been present Sunday night, Pete Garcia might have been stopped and Orestes Garza still alive.  At the very least, we can see, yet again, how totally ineffective such bans are against individuals bent on committing grave felonies.

I’ll pray for the repose of the soul of Orestes Garza, and for an end to reflexive imposition of bad policies that do nothing to prevent gun violence, and may even help perpetrate it.

BTW, a reader had an interesting idea.  One reason why dioceses decide overwhelmingly to ban guns is because it is much cheaper, liability-wise, for them to do so.  That’s because there is generally little or no penalty, in terms of monetary liability, if an attack occurs on a premise with a gun ban.  But that may be changing.  There is a law under consideration in Tennessee that would hold entities that enact such bans liable for any injuries or deaths due to malice that occur on premises covered by a ban.  Individuals who would have been otherwise armed could thus so for damages.

It remains to be seen how effective this would be at overturning gun bans in private locales. Such would at least help tilt the cost calculations – which tend to dominate this kind of decision-making – back in favor of law-abiding armed citizens.

Contact Dallas City Council to stop return of EXXXotica Expo February 8, 2016

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Last summer, the Dallas City Council and convention center authorities stealthily approved a demonically immoral “convention” at the Dallas Convention Center (Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center) called Exxxotica Expo.  I wrote on this at that time.  I also got interviewed for some online publication about my opposition, but I never saw the actual article.

At any rate, Exxxotica is trying to return to Dallas for another exhibition of the degree to which our society has sunk into amoral license and hedonistic pleasure this  year.  However, many more citizens, having been gravely scandalized by last year’s event, are mobilizing to stop it.  This includes billionaire land-owner and oil industry tycoon Ray Hunt [WARNING: LINK CONTAINS IMMORAL IMAGES].

The Dallas City Council is set to vote on whether to grant a permit for this perverse confab this Wednesday.  I strongly recommend readers who reside in Dallas, City of, to contact all council members as well as Mayor Mike Rawlins. The Mayor is ostensibly opposed to this event, but his verbal opposition last year amounted to little.  It seems a good number of the generally liberally inclined council members are in favor of allowing this new event to go through.  But thousands of communiques has been known to change minds.

The contact info for all Dallas City Council members is here.  You can contact individually or send a general message to all council members.  But individual contact probably works best.  You might especially contact Phillip Kingston, who influentially supported the original event last year, and threw out some ridiculous straw men arguments, such as blocking this one event meant that Dallas had to get out of the convention business altogether.  He appears to be a ringleader in support for this debauched affair.

h/t reader MFG

The Goddess of War Wants to Consume Our Daughters February 5, 2016

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Good commentary by Michael Matt on the recent support given by the politicians in uniform for opening registration for selective service to women.  I’m a bit surprised this is happening, at least so soon, I thought there would be some uproar, but apparently, we’re too far gone for that.  We can see how much 8 years of Obama have brought the military chiefs into line, with even the Commandant of the Marine Corps dutifully repeating the company line, even though his own service tests revealed the disastrous unsuitability of virtually all women for any kind of ground combat role.  Long forgotten is even the faintest hint of the notion of women being the gentler sex, of being ordered for nurturing and bringing life into the world, not killing, and being protected from such evils as shedding blood for purposes of state policy:

“The top officers in the Army and Marine Corps testified on Tuesday that they believe it is time for women to register for future military drafts, following the Pentagon’s recent decision to open all jobs in combat units to female service members.

Gen. Mark A. Milley, chief of staff of the Army, and Gen. Robert B. Neller, the Marine Corps commandant, both said they were in favor of the change during an occasionally contentious Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the full integration of women in the military. The generals, both infantry officers, offered their opinions in response to a question from Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who said that she also is in favor of the change.

“Senator, I think that all eligible and qualified men and women should register for the draft,” said Milley, echoing the remarks of Neller.  [Self-serving miscreants]

After the hearing, Neller added in a short interview that any young American as a rite of passage should have to register for Selective Service….

“Carter’s action allows women for the first time to apply for a variety of physically punishing positions, including Army and Marine Corps infantryman, as well as Special Operations jobs, including Navy SEAL and Green Beret. The Defense Department plans to begin implementing associated changes in training and evaluation by April 1.”

Before I get to Matt’s searing commentary, let me inform you how this will play out.  Failure to have a certain number of women in “glamour slots” like the Green Berets, SEALs, or Marine Recon will be taken as evidence of sexism. Since zero women can qualify for those positions with their current standards, standards will be dramatically cut, if not obliterated. For a time, men will be held to the old, strict standard, and women to a new, much softer one.  But eventually, if history is any guide, all standards will be dramatically lowered as men bring suits to bear.  This has already happened across the military.

Even more, women can expect dramatically preferential treatment.  In order to prove how un-sexist they are, careerist officers will insist that women show up on the top of proficiency tests like marksmanship, orienteering, and the like.  This already happens with grim regularity today. But maybe a US military incapable of fighting is more of a feature, than a bug.

Some of Matt’s comments I found more choice:

I have five daughters, and the day that this increasingly demonic government attempts to drag them into combat is the day I take my family and leave this country. I don’t care what they do to me, but I fear the sick tortures of mind and body these globalist Christophobes have in store for my children and grandchildren……..

……..God help us, what a monster this evil Goddess Liberty has turned out to be. Mothers, sisters and daughters in combat—how liberating! Here’s where their precious ‘pill’ has taken them, to a world robbed of the civilizing leaven of femininity, with no maternal heart, no womanly gentleness, no queenly grace, no beauty, no life. [And the pill is one major reason why they have to draft women into combat in the first place, as we’re short millions of  young men that should exist due to contraception and abortion.]

Just an ugly, sterile, globalist prison filled with testosterone, crime, drugs and brutal sex. Not only is chivalry dead but its point and purpose no longer exists. [Testosterone, but not masculinity, and certainly not manhood]

The Godless ones are clearly transforming our world into a place where the sting of death may soon seem a small price to pay to get out, and where the living may well come to envy the dead.

This is the New World Order…and it will be no place to live. Everything true, good and beautiful is being systematically eradicated before our eyes, and now this modern Moloch wants to devour our little girls on the altar of Liberty.

They’ve taken God’s greatest gifts and urinated all over them all—from life, to love, to family, to innocence, to grace, to true liberty. I know I’m not the only one who’s grown supremely weary of the whole bloody reign of spiritual and moral terror. I cling to my faith, my rosary, my family—but I know the mob is coming to take them all away in due time.

Really well said.  None of this is accidental.  There has been a design at work for centuries, and all the things we see, from trying to make little girls play soldier to making little boys play Girl Scouts are not unintended consequences of the Revolution.  It is the inevitable end-product of a godless, amoral society.  And not to be a downer, but I don’t see it getting any better anytime soon, especially with the highest levels of the Church now seeming bent on caving.

Modern Problems: Male Girl Scout Has Trouble Selling Cookies in Drag February 5, 2016

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I copied the lede from the link.  Some might find it harsh, but it does have the benefit of actually describing reality.  That’s where we are in these United States in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Sixteen.  9 year olds pretending to be girls.  Vast swaths of the populace insisting we go along with this epic mental divergence, and insisting still more that this manifest tragedy must be lauded and lionized by all as a brave embrace of someone’s true nature.  No one is permitted to ask how a 9 year old boy could possibly come to feel this way, what terrible trauma he must have experienced to be so alienated from his own nature that he seeks to obliterate it.  No, we are all just supposed to happily ignore reality more and more to please the soul-destroying progressives who dominate this culture.  It’s either that, or just STFU and bear it in silence.

While I am loathe to see this child suffer still more, I am gratified to see there are still some people around sane enough, and honest enough, to say, no, I own’t buy cookies from a male “Girl Scout:”

A boy disguised as a girl scout tried to sell girl scout cookies to a man, who told him that he didn’t want to buy girl scout cookies from a boy disguised as a girl.  This led to a major story in the Washington Post the size of an investigation into Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal. [Of course.  Every single episode of resistance to the sexular pagan agenda, no matter how small, no matter how trivial, no matter how sensical and well-justified, must be excoriated, must be lambasted and shown to be totally unacceptable, pour les encouragement des les otres. The revolution has always been 

“Nine-year-old Stormi set out last month to sell cookies just like every other Girl Scout — with a sales pitch and a goal.[Note the positive, humanizing coverage….]

But when Stormi, who is transgender, started knocking on neighbors’ doors near her home in Herrin, Ill., one man turned her away, saying: “Nobody wants to buy cookies from a boy in a dress.” [See what I mean?  One man said no, and that merits national coverage?]

“It made me sad,” Stormi told BuzzFeed News. “Because I’m a girl.” [And I’m an armor plated, razor-toothed chipmunk.  Don’t laugh!  That’s coming, too.  A Norwegian woman recently announced she’s actually a cat.  Society’s insistence on the normalization of grave mental illness, all in furtherance of the sexular agenda, shows no sign of abating]

…..It turns out nine-year-old Stormi (probably not the child’s birth name) is a foster child, so that may contribute to his messed up background.  But hey, he’s 9 years old, so he’s old enough to decide his gender identity, right?

Of course. And if old enough to decide one’s gender, then old enough to make “adult” decisions regarding sexual behavior, even with adults, right?  That’s the ultimate goal.  The making available of children, as guaranteed by law, for the service of adult desires.

Christ or chaos.  Our world has chosen the latter, seemingly definitively.  The nightmares will not end.  And you will be made to bend to their will, or suffer the consequences.

How can ecumenism be reconciled with St. Paul and the entire pre-conciliar Magisterium? February 3, 2016

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Older Catholics will tell you, they remember a day when it was clearly taught that to even step foot in a protestant church was a mortal sin.  Participating in the kind of “joint ecumenical service” that Francis – and he is not the first post-conciliar pope to do so – would have been utterly unthinkable.  The mind of  the Church was guided by St. Paul’s 2nd Letter to the Corinthians:

Bear not the yoke together with unbelievers. For what participation hath justice with injustice? Or what fellowship hath light with darkness?

 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath the faithful with the unbeliever?

And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? *For you are the temple of the living God: as God saith: **I will dwell in them, and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Wherefore, go out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing:

Pope Pius XI taught that Catholics were forbidden to engage in liturgical celebrations with protestants, and in doing so he was only reiterating what the Church had clearly taught for some 350 years.  The post-conciliar Church has most frequently tried to pretend that protestants and Catholics both belong to some “invisible church” consisting of “believers” (usually reduced to a shared baptism), but this kind of thinking was rejected by numerous pre-conciliar popes.  Thus very clear statements such as those by St. Paul, which served as justification for “fundamentalists” like Saint Athanasius to have no contact with, and to give no recognition to, even the heretical Arian “Catholics” of his day.  St. Basil stated that the faithful should even go into the desert to offer Mass, rather than participate in the liturgies of the heretics of those days.

And yet here we are, 2000 years later, after a completely novel council, the first ever in the history of the Church to proclaim no dogma and declare no anathemas, with a radically changed mindset, a mindset that much more plays to worldly thinking and approval than to the constant belief and practice of the faith.

50 years ago, in the immediate wake of Vatican II, there was a great outburst of ecumenical efforts.  Thank God, those efforts largely subsided under the previous two pontificates (obviously, there were some scandalous exceptions, like Assisi), but they have come roaring back under Francis and especially in this run up to the 500th anniversary of the outbreak of the protestant heresy cum revolution.  It must be remembered that many leading lights at Vatican II were scandalous in their acceptance of protestant belief, from Congar to Bugnini, who felt that in many cases the protestants had got in more right than the early Church Fathers directly informed by the Apostles.  Congar reverenced Luther greatly, and Bugnini desired to create a Mass so bowdlerized of Catholic content that it would never be offensive to protestants.

Michael Matt and Christopher Ferrara have a valuable video on this subject below.  I found it providential that I read a biblical verse with a note that pointed me to II Cor vi:14-17 just hours before I saw this video show up in my Youtube feed.  I especially like the early reference Matt makes to St. Thomas More and his excoriation of protestants for loathing order and seeking to create a society based on disorder and the triumph of the will (which, perhaps, makes subsequent German history rather less than surprising).

Some more important points regarding the below.  I have already reported on the disturbingly pro-protestant nature of elements of this joint “liturgy” composed by uber-liberal Catholics in the Congregation for Christian Unity and the Lutheran World Federation. As Matt notes below, this Federation is exceedingly modernist/liberal in and of itself, and is rejected by more conservative Lutheran bodies like the Missouri Synod.  So what this amounts to is a self-congratulatory confab of progressives in the two bodies patting themselves on the back for their progressive beliefs.  But such has been the practical nature of the ecumenical movement since its inception, it’s far more about confirming progressives in their beliefs than it is concern for souls, arriving at the truth, or, most especially, conversion:

Is it too much saying that Francis is trying to destroy the Church, or complete its destruction?  As I said, these kinds of things have gone on for years, though not always with such fanfare, with such high-level participants, or with as much significance as the quincentenary portends.

Having said all that, I plan, for a time, to start ignoring the many problematic statements emanating from the Vatican, and limit myself to discussion/analysis of actions.  At this point, I think we, who pray we adhere to what the Church has always believed, know who and what this man is.  We know his penchant for highly destructive rhetoric.  To some degree, reporting on that is feeling like repetitive non-news (water is wet), and I also need to do so to preserve my own faith and sanity.  This planned confab with Lutheran heretics, and modernist ones at that, is a concrete act of such monumental significance that it does merit a good deal of coverage.  I pray somehow, by some miracle, there may be an end to all this, but I won’t hold my breath.

I think it important to stress that the ecumenical/interreligious dialogue movements are radically counter to the Church’s pre-conciliar approach, and serve as one of the prime indicators that the Council, no matter what was intended (those arguments are endless, and quite possibly were intended to be), ushered in an era where practice, and belief, was irreconcilable with the Catholic ethos before 1962.  That’s the take-home point.

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