Posted by Tantumblogo in disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, history, horror, persecution, rank stupidity, Revolution, sickness, Society, The End.
There once was an African country called Rhodesia. Today it is called Zimbabwe. Yes, there was a long, involved history with all kinds of important factors – Rhodesia was ruled by a white minority but under circumstances far fairer and less offensive than those in, say, neighboring South Africa – but that’s not the point. The point is, in 1980, when international pressure (and a great deal of treachery from South Africa) managed to force the capitulation of the minority government, Rhodesia was the breadbasket of Africa, the Rhodesian dollar had parity with the British pound, health care was plentiful and cheap, no one starved, many blacks were moving into the middle class, and, materially speaking, things were quite good.
Fast forward 35 years, and after decades of so-called majority rule under (practically speaking) dictator-for-life Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe is the basket case of Africa. Millions starve. The country is run by thugs. Mugabe has enriched himself to the tune of Billions while the living standards of ordinary Zimbabweans has imploded. The white minority who served as the technical and professional class has more or less evaporated, and Zimbabwe has become just another failed state.
For twenty years, off and on, I’ve had a bit of a fascination with Rhodesia. I don’t care much for the politics or the racialism, naturally, but I do find something to admire in 220,000 whites holding off massed armies of communist revolutionaries for over 15 years, more or less single-handedly. Not only did they hold them off, they absolutely crushed them. The Rhodesian Army is widely credited with being the world’s foremost counter-insurgency force during the 1970s. Their tactics and incredible skill and professionalism held the communist insurgents at bay, greatly limiting the damage they inflicted on the country (casualties were a tiny fraction of our own experience in Vietnam (yes, the circumstances were quite different) – the Rhodesians were smart enough not to bomb to smithereens the population they were supposed to be defending). Read a bit about the Fireforce or Selous Scouts and I doubt you will come away unimpressed.
But I hadn’t read any of that stuff in years. Suddenly, over the past few months, it’s come back in a big way. I’ve been reading and watching all kinds of material related to Rhodesia. A few days ago, I began to ask myself why. Why am I suddenly so interested in all this. It is true I am very eclectic. I literally used to read – maybe scan is a better word – encyclopedias when I was a kid. I learned a little about a lot. That has certainly carried through to this day, I’m still a mile wide and an inch deep.
But why this – almost a fixation, really – on Rhodesia? Why now? And suddenly it hit me. Maybe I see parallels between what happened in Rhodesia, and what I see developing in this country? Yes the circumstances are drastically different but what I am talking about is the demolition of an advanced, prosperous society for prurient political ends. The enslavement and impoverishment of millions for the enrichment of a narrow, politically-connected elite.
Perhaps the analogy is a bit strained, but I wonder if there might not be something to this. Our country is already mired in cultural ruin, economic ruin seems quite advanced, and our political institutions have fallen to the level of a joke. All that is left is for the natural effects of these disastrous turns to play out. I don’t know if a country as rich and bountiful as the US will ever experience mass starvation, but Rhodesia was bountiful, too, and used to be Africa’s #1 exporter of grain. Not anymore. There is nothing self-interested, self-enriching socialist elites cannot bring to absolute penury.
The Rhodesians fought like hell to keep their country from falling to communists. They finally gave up when virtually all their neighbors went leftist in ’75 (thanks, Portuguese socialists), the US and Britain threatened far more destructive sanctions, and, most significantly, South Africa finally and foolishly abandoned them. Mugabe played nice for 12 or 18 months – just enough to consolidate his power – but has since ruled as an absolute tyrant. Far, far more black Zimbabweans have died under his administration than were ever killed during the entire history of white-run Rhodesia. As a testimony to this, when former white Prime Minister Ian Smith died in 2007, most blacks lamented that things were far, far better for them under his rule than under Mugabe’s. Of course, that has been the case over almost all of post-colonial Africa.
Can you see something like Zimbabwe in the future for the US? If Hillary is elected, I’d say such a future is assured. At this point, given the media has become simply yet another propaganda arm of the demonrat party, I don’t know if another
Republican conservative will ever manage to be elected president again. All the Repubniks seem good for is serving as the agency to consolidate and normalize leftist gains. Or perhaps my religious “extremism” causes me to see things too pessimistically, as I realize how very, very far we are from the Catholic idea, and speeding headlong in the wrong direction.
Just one little aside, I love the sing-song accent of Southern African English. Influenced by Dutch, it’s quite unique. I love to listen to talk from native Rhodesians like Ian Smith. It’s kind of like South African English, but a bit different.
For those ignorant of the Rhodesian Bush War, the following videos – admittedly, a bit on the propagandizing side for the then-government – are pretty good backgrounders. Sorry about the quality, it is what it is:
Interestingly, scores, possibly hundreds, of American men volunteered to fight for the Rhodesians in the Bush War. Most all were Vietnam vets. Some were out and out mercs, but most were not. They really loved the country and a few stayed on for quite a while after the war ended. Rhodesia even acquired some Hueys, probably from Iran or Israel, towards the end of the war. So it was kind of like Vietnam redux for those volunteers.
Mass media coverage. Notice the bias inherent in THIS kind of presentation. Communists become “nationalists.” Atrocities committed largely against other blacks become “raids.” Nevertheless, a good overview of the Bush War in the mid-70s:
This is actually a very balanced report by Morley Safer of 60 Minutes – again, showing how much our media has degraded in the past 40 years. Safer was absolutely not a conservative, but he wasn’t so blinded by leftist ideology as to be nothing but a democrat propagandist. There used to be quite a few reporters like this – liberal, but mostly fair, and able to comprehend the other side – but not anymore. In fact, it’s more than balanced, it almost seems to take the side of the Rhodesian government, which by the mid-70s didn’t oppose black majority rule in principle (in spite of one unfortunate statement by Prime Minister Ian Smith to the contrary), but also didn’t want it either instantly – which had led to chaos and societal near-collapse in so many neighboring countries – or under the point of a communist gun. Not unreasonable demands, one might hope, but not good enough for the liberal elite who helped dismantle this once advanced and prosperous nation:
Will there be hand-wringing reports like this over the fate of the depressed, downtrodden, chaotic, dissolute United States at some point in the not too distant future? It seems impossible, but I wouldn’t rule it out.
Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, disaster, error, Francis, General Catholic, horror, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church.
I don’t read Catholic Culture much anymore, but I always felt, after the departure of Diogenes, that Phil Lawler was their best writer. I never had much cotton for Jeff Mirus, he who would spin doctrine into incomprehensible meaninglessness in order to maintain the fantasy that Vatican II introduced absolutely no novelties into the Faith. I did eventually stop reading the site entirely when I tired of their constant and (I don’t think it unfair to say) outrageous fundraising, but a link from Rorate brought me to this article by Lawler, wherein he wonders just what is going on at a Vatican that appears to be compiling a very detailed enemies list, the better to serve the most merciful of pontificates (my emphasis and comments):
Last week the Vatican Insider—ordinarily a solid source of news and reasonable analysis from Rome [If more than slightly biased towards the happy-clappy, we’re all doing great! variety]—published a remarkable piece with an inflammatory headline, “Catholics who are anti-Francis but love Putin.” The article is troubling, for several reasons:
- The article seeks to convey the impression that there is a conspiracy against Pope Francis. “The attack against Francis is global,” the authors write, a bit breathlessly.
- The authors lump together disparate groups and individuals, with very different ideas and priorities, as if they formed a united front of opposition to the papacy. All those who have questioned public statements by Pope Francis are seen as “enemies,” not as loyal critics. [This is a vastly important point, because it points to motivations. Those engaged in a conspiracy towards revolution invariably view their opponents not as loyal critics or even misguided but well meaning individuals, but as enemies to the revolutionary spirit. This is practically a cliche of the Left both historically and as it operates today]
- As its title suggests, the article smears the Pope’s critics with the claim that they are more enthusiastic about a Russian strongman than about the Vicar of Christ. [I’m pretty cold to both, actually]
- The authors, Giacomo Galeazzi and Andrea Tornielli are not ordinarily prone to sensationalism. They are respected reporters for La Stampa, with solid Vatican sources. Tornielli in particular has frequently broken important news stories, demonstrating that he has access to ranking insiders. Therefore….
- Most disquieting of all, it seems likely that what Galeazzi and Tornielli wrote reflects what they have heard from their contacts in the Roman Curia. If that is the case, then some of the people surrounding Pope Francis believe that the Pontiff is the victim of a budding conspiracy. Having adopted the paranoid style, they see enemies wherever there is resistance to their agenda. [As revolutionaries are wont to do. Personnel is policy. People tend to hire or appoint like-minded individuals. Look at Farrell. I have no doubt if there is a growing sense of a papacy surrounded by “enemies,” this notion starts at the top. There have been many anecdotal stories to this effect, from the chair-throwing tantrums to the exceedingly vindictive treatment of priests, religious, and prelates who have been judged hostile to this pontificate]
[This is really important, and correlates precisely with what the Cardinal Kung Foundation has been reporting]……...On the list of papal “enemies” identified by Vatican Insider, possibly the most curious entry involves Chinese Catholics who are worried about the state of current negotiations between the Vatican and Beijing. Here it is very difficult to see how someone could be registered as an “enemy” of the Holy Father, since Pope Francis has made only a few circumspect comments about those negotiations. Nevertheless it seems clear that someone(s) inside the Vatican are unhappy with those who publicize the worries of the ‘underground’ Church in China, and remind us of the dangers of yielding to a regime that is determined to control the Church.
Think about that. The Vatican is negotiating with China. The talks are secret; no official stands have been taken, except in the most general terms. Friends of the Church in China are urging the negotiators to be mindful of the concerns of Chinese Catholics who have already suffered so much for their faith. Why would that sort of urging be seen as a sign of opposition—unless the negotiators are, indeed, prepared to sell out the interests of the ‘underground’ Church? [Ding Ding!] And why would it be seen as opposition to the Pope, who has not spoken on the issue and has presumably not been presented with an agreement to approve or reject, unless the negotiators are wrapping themselves in the mantle of papal authority? [Why indeed. Cardinal Zen of Hong Kong has many times reported that the “negotiations” are a farce, that surrender or sacrifice, of the orthodox Church in China that has suffered unbelievably for its loyalty to Rome, is just around the corner]
……..“You can also betray a person with too much applause.”
Exactly. And this really touches on a subject much broader than simply one really bad pontiff. It has to do with the dangers inherent in the cult of personality that has been a growing phenomenon surrounding the papacy for centuries, but which took on entirely new dimensions after Vatican I and, even more, Vatican II. As popes began to endorse things that had never been endorsed before, or were at least exceedingly novel and dangerous, the cloak of infallibility began to portrayed more and more as a cloak of impeccability, of popes who could do no wrong (unless they were Benedict, and, to a much lesser extent, JPII).
I’m not saying the Doctrine of infallibility is wrong; of course not, that would be heretical. But I do fear it has been greatly misconstrued and misapplied, often for destructive ends, and the Franciscan papacy is looking more and more like an apotheosis of this tendency.
One thing I can say for sure – the millions of faithful Catholics in China who have endured decades of brutal repression and persecution are the last people anyone in the Church should ever view as an “enemy.”
Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, family, firearms, General Catholic, horror, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society.
Time to stock up? I must admit, I was totally unaware of HR 4269 prior to reading this article. I’m not totally surprised to learn this, but I am disconcerted that there is already extant legislation that would make many of my favorite (and the best, in many respects) guns to buy illegal.
Coupled with the fact that several states and federal agencies are also moving to declare high-level body armor illegal, it is obvious the democrats and their Repubnik allies are highly desirous to see the populace more or less disarmed, or at least start down that path.
The law of averages predicts that at some time in the future, perhaps as soon as 2017, the Democratic Party will once again control the White House and majorities in both houses of Congress. When that happens, the next Democratic president — be it Hillary Clinton or someone else — will sign into law a sweeping, foreign-style gun ban.
The legislation has already been written. H.R. 4269 would enact a national, permanent ban on the manufacture and sale of so-called “assault weapons” and all firearm magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. The bill, introduced last December, already has149 Democratic co-sponsors (218 are needed to pass the House). [How similar is this to the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban? That, at least, came with a 10 year expiration date, and was thankfully allowed to die]
H.R. 4269 would ban all AR-15 and AK-type rifles and all civilian versions of military rifles produced anywhere in the world within the past 60 years or so. The bill would also ban all parts kits, stripped receivers, “bump-fire” stocks, thumbhole stocks, trigger cranks, so-called “compliant” rifles, and “any… characteristic that can function as a [pistol] grip.” Law enforcement is exempt from the bill’s provisions. [So this is perhaps more comprehensive than the 1994 ban]
H.R. 4269 is not a “kick down the door and confiscate ‘em” bill. Existing rifles and magazines are “grandfathered” (but the transfer of existing magazines is permanently prohibited). Gun banners know that it is literally impossible to perform a door-to-door gun confiscation in a nation of 300 million people, and that any attempt to do so would certainly be met with violence. Consequently, they have pre-empted the “Come and take it” crowd by employing a long-term strategy. Once the manufacture and sale of certain weapons is prohibited, it is only a matter of time before the legislation would be amended to outlaw the transfer of “grandfathered” rifles as well as magazines, thus enacting a de facto confiscation within a generation.
Although banning “assault weapons” is a Democratic proposal and a plank that Hillary Clinton has campaigned upon (she called the National Rifle Association an “enemy” along with Iran) it should not be assumed that all Republicans would oppose it. Republican presidential hopefuls Chris Christie, John Kasich, and Rudy Giuliani have all supported gun control in the past.
The impetus to push such legislation through Congress would likely come from a high-profile shooting or terrorist act that, like the Reichstag fire, would receive extensive media attention and provide the propaganda necessary for gun controllers like Chuck Schumer, the next Democratic Senate Majority Leader, to enact their pre-existing agenda……..[Having said that, dems had control of the House, Senate, and White House from 2008-10 and did not, or were not able, to enact any severe firearms legislation. But the movement within the party to do so has grown enormously since then, thanks to a media campaign oriented towards stoking fear and near-panic every time a large-scale shooting occurs (unless perpetrated by a muslim or BLM type, then it is swept under the rug to the greatest extent possible)]
…….If banning “assault weapons” has nothing to do with crime or terrorism, why are the Democrats so eagerly in favor of it? The answer is that they have a Hobbesian worldview, in which an all-powerful “Leviathan” government has a complete monopoly on the exercise of power. The Founders recognized that military-quality arms, not sporting arms, are an indispensable tool for challenging government oppression. Contemporary Democrats, who reject the Founders’ teaching, believe that such arms must be banned precisely because they can be used to challenge Leviathan’s authority. [That pretty well sums it up. I would expand on that by noting that every leftist government that has come to power has invariably banned civilian firearms ownership as one of its first acts. Once the population is disarmed, the repression and murder can “finally” get started]
If H.R. 4269 or a similar bill becomes law, do not expect the Supreme Court to come to the rescue and strike it down. [If Hillary elected, this is a certainty]
Now, what can states with large populations that still believe in the 2nd Amendment do about this potentiality? Here’s a fairly novel suggestion:
………pro-gun state legislatures could turn the “militias only” argument against the gun-banners by passing legislation expanding the membership of their state militias to all adult residents of the state, and specifically empowering all adults to purchase military-style semi-automatic rifles and magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds.
Were such a scenario to occur, the Federal government might try to suppress the arming of the newly-redefined state militias by banning arms and ammunition sales to them through the Interstate Commerce Clause. Such action would precipitate a constitutional crisis between the states and the Federal government.
So what do you think of that solution? Seems kind of direct and obvious to me, I’m sure the libs would lose their minds and get a court to say a militia requires basically active military service. And since the “militia” – or Guard – has become totally bound to the active duty military through the total force concept, that would probably provide about all the rationale a court would need.
Stock up on as much as you can afford now. If Hillary wins in 3 weeks, prices will surely skyrocket and ammo will become super-scarce. It’ll be late 2012-3 all over again, but probably a lot worse.
Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
Or, stop the world, I wanna get off.
First, protestant Estonia has a museum that invites visitors to desecrate a virtual statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Sure to be a hit at the upcoming 500th anniversaries of the protestant revolt? Which, not coincidentally, is also the 100th anniversary of the most astounding public miracle seen at least since God Incarnate walked the earth, Fatima (h/t reader TT)?
The new National Museum of Estonia features an exhibit that invites visitors to desecrate a virtual image of the Virgin Mary, in celebration of the Protestant Reformation in the historically Lutheran nation.
A virtual image of Our Lady of Graces is projected onto a screen in a glass box. The image remains static until a visitor kicks a spot marked out on the plinth of the display. Once this area is kicked the image of Mary shatters into pieces and is replaced by the word “Reformation.” The exhibit then “resets” to the image of the Virgin Mary again, until the next visitor comes forward to kick it. [Who would think this a good idea? It’s as stupid as it is offensive?]
The Museum was inaugurated on the 29th September 2016 by the President of Estonia and the exhibit itself forms part of area that covers the history of the Reformation in Estonia.
This desecration of a sacred image has led to protests from Christian leaders and politicians in Estonia, who claim that the display mocks religion.
Boy, I guess we can look forward to all kinds of atrocities in the next year, while the ecumaniacs in the Church stand mutely silent?
Secondly, “Covergirl” makeup, which has long (always?) been a vehicle for immodesty and the undermining of the moral order, as well as a means to twist female psyches in all kinds of unhealthy, even self-destructive directions, is jumping on the trans bandwagon by naming their first male “covergirl:”
CoverGirl, the makeup brand that is known for introducing young girls to the world of makeup with their celebrity partnerships, just announced its first male CoverGirl.
James Charles, a 17-year-old aspiring makeup artist, recently went viral when he tweeted his yearbook photo:
Capitalizing off his popularity, CoverGirl publicized their partnership with Charles on Tuesday. In a post on Instagram, CoverGirl wrote, “Meet @JCharlesBeauty: makeup artist, boundary breaker, and the newest COVERGIRL! Spread the word by regramming using #COVERGIRLJames.”
Do you think Covergirl will be there to pick up the pieces of James’ shattered life when the impossible contradictions of transgenderism manifest in all manner of self-destructive behaviors, up to and including suicide attempts at a rate forty to eighty times greater than the general population?
No way. We all know that the consumer culture treats people as throwaway items. Abortion has proven that to the tune of at least 2 billion dead humans in the past 40 years.
Finally, and this is h/t ADG, it seems Obama – wait for it – lied! when he said he had been swamped with demands that he impose his illegal, unconstitutional transgender bathroom law earlier this year. In fact, he, or his flunkies, were approached by a handful of individuals and a couple of special interest groups, not usually the kind of groundswell of interest that will move a president to act…….unless this was something he always wanted to do, and just needed a bit of cover to do so:
When the official announcement was made that emotionally confused kids could use the bathroom and shower facility of their choice, the president and two federal agencies (the Departments of Education and Justice) said they were responding to a “growing chorus of educators, parents, and students” who were requesting the action.
Public Advocate USA president Eugene Delgaudio says his group “smelled a rat” and now has poured over 424 pages of official government records obtained via Freedom of Information Act requests (see summary here).
“That gigantic avalanche that the president made reference to, and [that] he’s talked about probably hundreds of times since then, turns out to be four – count them – four confused individuals and their parents and a couple of special-interest memos,” Delgaudio explains.
So was the president just misinformed when he referred to a “chorus” – or was something else afoot?
“Well, I think the president was obfuscating and he was lying,” responds Delgaudio. “[He was] misrepresenting a handful of people because there were no public members; there was no public outcry.”
Public Advocate’s research found several thousand letters from people who were objecting to the new policy, which Delgaudio refers to as “a lawless transgendered bathroom decree.” The group says if there was a “growing chorus” of any type, that was it: those who opposed the move.
That’s the world we live in today. Tiny but favored minorities get powerful government backing and praised to the skies by the media industrial complex, while millions scandalized and horrified by these instances of naked favoritism are not just told to shut up, but their entire existence is denied. This nation has become so Orwellian in its replacement of truth with lie at an official level that it is sickening. I stand here dumbfounded almost every day that the country I grew up in 30-40 years ago has fallen so far, so fast. I can’t imagine the cognitive dissonance that must exist for those older than me, like my parents, who grew up in the 40s and 50s. It’s not just a different country or planet, it must feel like some sicko alien universe.
Where we seem inexorably headed:
Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, the struggle for the Church, unadulterated evil.
As if that’s a surprise. A rash of releases of e-mails from longtime Clinton confidante John Podesta’s personal e-mail reveal the depth of the hatred in which Clintonistas hold Catholics, especially the loathed and feared “conservative Catholics” (by which they mean faithful, non-bastardized katholycs), while also revealing just how completely franked so many leftist’s understanding of the Faith is. That last bit is hardly a surprise, leftists create an entire mental universe based on a fantastic melange of their ideology and perverse caricatures of the object loathed. It’s one and the same, from “an amazing bastardization of the faith” below, to “promethean neo-pelagians” from other quarters.
And away we go into the depths of leftist lunacy:
Ken Auletta’s latest piece on Murdoch in the New Yorker starts off with the aside that both Murdoch and Robert Thompson, managing editor of the WSJ, are raising their kids Catholic. Friggin’ Murdoch baptized his kids in Jordan where John the Baptist baptized Jesus.
Many of the most powerful elements of the conservative movement are all Catholic (many converts) from the SC and think tanks to the media and social groups.
It’s an amazing bastardization of the faith. They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy. [As usual left-wingers have everything upside down, inside out, and back to front. It is “Christian democracy,” by which I think we can safely assume they mean liberal khristianity, that is an “amazing bastardization” of the faith. As I related yesterday, liberalism posits an alternate universe where religion is subordinate to so-called science (or sciencism, a form of the over-arching sexular pagan religion) and the whims of always metastasizing leftist ideology. It’s riven with double-think and all manner of other Orwellian overtones. But let’s move on]
…….Jennifer Palmieri then replies:
I imagine they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion. Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals. [Never even a hint that someone could actually be a convicted Catholic believing all that “bad old stuff” that they try to associate with conservatism, which is actually nothing of the sort, but simply being a faithful Catholic.]
[A final barb from another demonrat dufus]………Excellent point. They can throw around “Thomistic” thought and “subsidiarity” and sound sophisticated because no one knows what the hell they’re talking about.
Speak for yourself. I may not be a hardcore Thomist, but I can recognize the alignment between the Summa and Catholic belief and practice going back to the earliest Church, and carrying forward till at least the early 60s as the dominant theological school of the Church, when it was supplanted by neo-modernism and leftism generally. As for subsidiarity, it’s an amazingly simple concept, keep government at the most local/simplest level possible, demonrats simply hate it because it foils their preferred policy prescriptions.
In all this crap, they don’t err honestly, they are driven to error by their ideology. Subsidiarity isn’t too complex, its annoying and offensive to their core (religious) beliefs. Faithful practice of Catholicism isn’t an “amazing bastardization,” it’s a grave threat to their most cherished beliefs, and so has to be belittled and dismissed.
It’s the same as always with left-wingers, don’t conform thought to an objective standard/reality, make reality conform to preferred thought. It’s terrifying and Orwellian as hell, but it’s also the dominant belief-set of the vast majority of the self-anointed elite in the West and around the world.
Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Immigration, persecution, scandals, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
At least one was a Catholic church, the others were Baptist and Lutheran. The message was very straightforward: convert, or die:
At least four churches have been tagged by vandals in the past week, according to two people KSAT spoke to on Monday.
One of the churches hit on Monday was Gethsemane Lutheran Church.
The bold black letters were posted at the church’s front entrance. The hate-filled message read “No To Wall, Islam or Die,” and was followed by a symbol.
Pastor Eric Miletti believes it could be a symbol of terrorism.
“The only thing that comes close to that, and again I’m not an expert, is the terror flag of the Islamic State,” Miletti said.
The same symbol was found just over a mile away at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church.
“It’s a very sad day. People come here to worship in freedom and I’m sure the people that did this want to worship in freedom as well. There’s not a problem worshiping your freedom, just don’t tag my church,” said parishioner Mike Aleman.
The Church – or the faithful – continue to be squeezed between the inexorable force of sexular paganism and the immovable object of islam. They are largely left abandoned by their shepherds in facing this virtually unprecedented twin persecution.
This type of behavior – and far worse – is not at all surprising. This is how islamists behave wherever they exist in large enough numbers to develop some confidence that they can get away with such acts. As Winston Churchill – a man who had extensive, up-close experience in dealing with islamist militants from the Malakand Pass to the Upper Nile – said, the mohammadan is either at your throat or at your feet. Pithy, but true. Today, such sentiments are liable to get one labeled a deplorable.
It is exactly such sentiments, a forbidden zone placed around thought judged impertinent by the cultural elites, that explain why the West is in retreat virtually everywhere before the forces of islam. The Church, which should be leading the resistance, is almost totally AWOL.
Absent worthy shepherds, are best recourses are prayer and resignation to God’s will.
Amazingly, it seems the media is trying to blame this outrage on Trump. That tells us a great deal more about the media than it does Trump and his supporters. There is no lie the media will not tell to get the haggard witch elected. The next post will make that even more clear.
Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, martyrdom, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society.
……while showing a marked preference to allow tens of thousands of Syrian muslims to emigrate to the US and Europe.
What’s that? You’re shocked, shocked to discover the first muslim president showing a marked preference to his fellow muslims when it comes to escaping warfare (largely engendered by muslims)? Perhaps so, but the numbers might add a bit of depressing reality to this constant anti-Christian bias. Via the Wall Street Journal:
For instance, the Obama administration’s expanded refugee program for Syria depends on refugee referrals from the UNHCR. Yet Syria’s genocide survivors have been consistently underrepresented. State’s database shows that of 12,587 Syrian refugees admitted to the U.S. in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, only 68 were Christians and 24 were members of the Yazidi sect. That means 0.5% were Christians, though they have long accounted for 10% of Syria’s population. In 2015, among 1,682 Syrians admitted, there were 30 Christians and no Yazidis.
Asked about these numbers at a Sept. 28 Senate hearing, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Simon Henshaw asserted that only 1% of Syria’s registered refugees are Christians. How to square that with the estimate that half a million Syrian Christians—a quarter of that community—have fled, as Syriac Catholic Patriarch Younan warned in August.
State Department officials variously speculate that Christians don’t want to register for resettlement abroad, or that they are waiting in line behind hundreds of thousands of Sunni Muslims who left Syria earlier.
Yet there is evidence to suggest that the problem lies within UNHCR. Citing reports from many displaced Christians, a January report on Christian refugees in Lebanon by the Catholic News Service stated: “Exit options seem hopeless as refugees complain that the staff members of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees are not following up on their cases after an initial interview.” This failure could be another example of why the U.N. Internal Audit Division’s April 2016/034 report reprimanded the UNHCR for “unsatisfactory” management.
At a December press conference in Washington, D.C., I asked the U.N.’s then-high commissioner for refugees, António Guterres, to explain the disproportionately low number of Syrian Christians resettled abroad. The replies—from a man poised to be the U.N’s next secretary-general—were shocking and illuminating.
Mr. Guterres said that generally Syria’s Christians should not be resettled, because they are part of the “DNA of the Middle East.” He added that Lebanon’s Christian president had asked him not to remove Christian refugees. Mr. Guterres thus appeared to be articulating what amounts to a religious-discrimination policy, for political ends.
I suppose there is a positive way to take Guterres’ comments – that Christians have been present in Syria and the rest of the Mideast for far longer than muslims, that it is their ancestral home, and that they have a perfect right to live there, but given that half a million or more have already fled, that’s pretty weak tea. It seems they want to leave, but are not being permitted to do so.
Where is the USCCB publicly denouncing administration policy and forcefully calling for all persecuted Christians, mostly Catholics, to be permitted to emigrate to the US? Oh, right. Well, actually, they have spoken about it a bit. You can judge for yourself how effective or forceful that communication has been – and note these are all policy pieces for legislators, deep-inside baseball lobbyist stuff, there has been no real effort to mobilize Catholics to exert political pressure to accept more Syrian Catholic refugees.
What a world. The universe’s most corrupt organization – the UN – is given charge over life and death decisions affecting millions of people, with absolutely no one holding them accountable. And, of course, the Obama admin is only too happy to hide behind those blue helmets, importing more muslims while abandoning Christians to a grim fate.
We’ve been fundamentally transformed.
Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, different religion, disaster, error, foolishness, Francis, General Catholic, horror, persecution, Revolution, scandals, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church.
Ecuminate (eh-cuum-in-ate): the act of being ecumenical.
So can you be damned to hell for all eternity for failing to be sufficiently ecumenical, or at least suffer additionally in Purgatory for the same “crime?”
Franky George Bergoglio thinks so:
“Be open, be a friend. ‘But I must do everything to convert them!’ There’s a great sin against ecumenism: proselytism, they’re “our brothers and sisters.”
And remember, “proselytism is solemn nonsense.” I’ll remember to tell that to Saints Francis Xavier, Martin de Porres, Boniface, Augustine, Isaac Jogues, Jean de Brebeuf, et. al, if I am blessed enough to meet them in Heaven.
Do I even need to unpack this? We see in this statement how in the mind of a progressive, a highly disordered and abused “movement” within the Church magically transmogrifies into a pseudo-doctrine over a few decades, or, at least, when it suits the needs of the progressive to pretend it so. Ecumenism is the solemn nonsense to me. It’s been a movement rife with indifferentism and bearing destructive influences since its inception and has primarily served to wound the Church, not bring Catholics and X closer together.
Surely some preparatory rhetoric there for the upcoming 500th anniversary of Luther
circle jerks “celebrations.”
Another plane flight, another disastrous statement or series thereof. The same Bishop of Rome who decried “gender ideology” – whatever that meant to him then, in that context, because it constantly shifts – had just days before called a woman a “man” and “married” even though that poor lost individual had had themselves mutilated to appear something like a man (though a really pitiful one) and then proceeded to “marry” another woman. That’s a public endorsement of everything gender theory has tried to advance for decades. Once again, a different venue and a different audience yields a different, even contradictory, response.
And as if that were not enough (and this one I’m not ripping off Vox, I found it on my own), it seems it’s become something like open season against the 45 leading Churchmen who had sent a private letter to Francis imploring him to “clarify” the extremely damaging statements of Amoris Laetitia. That letter was subsequently leaked – very likely from the Vatican itself – and the names of the signatories released. Those signatories have since been enduring some harsh repercussions from the “peace, love, and brotherhood” side of the Church:
Some of the scholars who sent an appeal to the 218 Cardinals and patriarchs are under fire for urging corrective measures to clarify “a number of statements that can be understood in a sense that is contrary to Catholic faith and morals” in Amoris Laetitia.
A few weeks ago, a letter from Pope Francis surfaced that expressed the Holy Father’s support to the bishops of the Buenos Aires, Argentina, pastoral region that read: “No other interpretation” of Amoris Laetitiais valid, consequently allowing the distribution of Holy Communion to divorced/remarried (Catholics) in some cases — certainly one of the hot topics in question.
Many of the signatories of the scholarly appeal remain anonymous to protect their reputation and jobs. Yet some are still suffering pressure for their attempt to stay faithful to Church teaching and tradition.
LifeSiteNews has gathered information – confirmed by several of the signatories, including the spokesperson, Dr. Joseph Shaw – that one signatory, who is well known internationally, has lost his position as a director of academic affairs at a Pontifical university.
Another was threatened by his bishop that his academic sabbatical would be canceled, but he found another bishop willing to allow him to begin the process of incardination in his diocese.
Yet another has been forbidden to speak publicly about Amoris Laetitia, and another has been told to rescind his signature.
And a Cardinal put pressure on one of the signatories to withdraw his name.
Call ’em out. Name names. Document everything possible. Bring the evidence. Sure, the whistle blower will almost certainly suffer even more, they almost always do, but it would be an immense service to the Church to know just whom is committing these acts of repression. More than likely, the names will be little surprise.
According to the new religion, everyone is entitled to heaping helpings of mercy, except those worthless Pharisaical Promethean neo-Pelagian adherents of the bad old religion.
Apparently we have two new super-Commandments. “Thou shalt ecuminate with all thy heart, and all thy soul, and all thy strength,” and the second is like unto it, “Thou shalt not point out the emperor’s nakedness.”
Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
As if we needed more confirmation that the supposedly sacrosanct “separation of church and state” was really just “get out Christofascists” all along, this report from Oregon that the Parkrose PUBLIC school district have approved the opening of a “satanist club” for children aged 4-12 at Sacramento Elementary School (blaspheming the Blessed Sacrament, of course the satanists would push to have this fireball nightmare evil be first installed there):
The first “After School Satan Club” has just received approval to operate at Sacramento Elementary School in Portland, Oregon. According to The Oregonian, the Satan Club will begin activities on October 19, 2016.
The Satanic Temple wants to open at least nine Satan Clubs, which would expose young and impressionable children, ages 4 to 12, to the greatest possible spiritual danger — the destructive influence of Hell.
These After School Satan Clubs propose to teach children to:
- Deny the existence of God
- Reject the idea of eternal punishment for evil or reward for good
- Foster unconcern for sin and Hell
- Replace Christian charity with atheistic humanitarianism
- Oppose Christian clubs in public schools
There are in Oregon some after-school clubs run by evangelicals. Whether this Sacramento Elementary has such a club is uncertain.
But that doesn’t mean that my lede was wrong. There has been a special and particular onus against the presence of Christianity in public schools, whereas other religions such as Mohammadism are given much more latitude. Now satanists get to open a club and try to such children into a life of hatred, self-abuse, and self-degradation few if any will ever recover from. Those sins embraced very early are the most difficult to overcome. Beliefs instilled by authority figures in very young children rapidly form the entire moral-intellectual framework of a child.
God knows what kind of parent would allow their children to be exposed to this, but it’s not a fake. And the satanists are trying to open as many as a dozen such clubs around the country, in particular, along the West Coast where the process of de-Chrisitianization is as advanced as anywhere in the country.
There is a petition you can sign to oppose this, if the Spirit so moves you.
And as a further sign that the forces of darkness continue to gain more and more power over the populace of this nation, and especially its young people, Columbia University is instituting “no whites allowed” leadership retreats. So this is what BLM essentially boils down to? Reverse Jim Crow? Judging by their rhetoric and actions, it would not be completely surprising:
The “Students of Color Leadership Retreat 2016” is open to students within the Columbia University undergraduate community, including its all-women’s Barnard College.
Slated for the weekend of Nov. 12 at Greenkill Retreat Center at the New York YMCA Camp, the event is billed as “an intensive weekend of personal development, empowerment and community building for student leaders at Barnard and Columbia who identify as African/African-American/Black, Latino/Hispanic, Asian/Asian-American, Pacific Islander, Arab and Middle-Eastern, Native & Indigenous, and Multiethnic/Multiracial,” according to the university’s website as well as the retreat’s online application form.
“SOCLR is designed for students who identify themselves as a person of color as a primary identity,” Columbia’s website adds.
The application asks students to state their gender identity/expression, their gender pronoun, their racial identity, and also answer a few questions on what they plan to gain from attending the retreat, paid for by the private, Ivy League institution. Lodging, food and transportation are provided, the application notes………
……..Asked for additional information, such as whether white students may attend…….
The leftist director of multi-culti indoctrination and forming the vanguard of the proletarian revolution issued a stream of never-ending BS that never explicitly said that whites are not allowed to attend but made clear this event is not for them. He then also listed a bewildering array of specialized campus support groups for every conceivable aggrieved minority under the sun (including populations that have very little cause for grievance), but there are of course no such groups for whites and especially white males, who everyone knows are responsible for every conceivable evil in the universe, and without which the earth would instantly revert into a verdant Eden-like paradise.
Yeah baby. Tell me about my privilege. How my great-great paternal grandparents lived in a cave for 20 years while homesteading our farm. How my great-grandfather grew up there breaking new ground with a horse-drawn plow in soil frozen by -10 degree weather. How my daddy grew up without electricity or running water.