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I will be praying outside The Men’s Club, 2340 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, on Wednesday June 3, at 8 pm. I will actually be across the street in the parking lot of the US Post Office. This is directly across from the entrance to the inappropriately named “gentleman’s club.”
There was a great turnout last month. I pray all of you are able to come back out next Wednesday. For those who made suggestions on how to improve this effort going forward, I’ve replied to some but not all. Please have patience with me, I will get back to you or we can discuss June 3 in person. I do have a failing in always replying to folks who contact me because I get quite a bit of correspondence.
The post office parking lot is well lit and set back some distance from the very busy roadway. It is public land so we cannot be harassed for being there. It’s really an ideal situation, we are basically impossible to miss by patrons leaving this SOB. Men over 18 only. All men are welcome. You don’t have to be a member of a particular parish.
No protesting, just prayer. No interaction with the patrons at this time. That may come later. We’ll see.
This is a small way to push back against the culture of license, perversion, and death. Maybe it’s even a way to get that canonized “smell of the sheep” we hear so much about.
I pray you are able to make it. Bring your friends. Fly in from out of town! Rent buses!
Well, well, well…….if it isn’t Robert Gates, continuing his disastrous leadership in yet another critically important American institutions. After essentially destroying the defense acquisition process in his turn as Secretary of Defense, he now apparently intends to insure the BSA (Boy Scouts of America) is well and truly leveled during his administration.
Not that their present position – admitting Scouts with perverse inclinations into their ranks, but not Scoutmasters with the same affliction – is in any way tenable. I wrote at the time they disastrously surrendered that it would’t be more than a year or two before just this happened, that they would have men given over to the most unnatural lusts, the vast majority of whom allow their faculties in that regard to run wild, serving in leadership positions. Well, I was just about spot-on, Gates has all but called to lift the ban on sodo-Scout leaders (thanks to MFG):
The Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gay leaders “cannot be sustained,” said president Robert Gates in remarks prepared for this week’s National Annual Meeting being held in Atlanta.
In his speech, which was posted to the Scouts’ website today and is available below, the former U.S. Defense Secretary and CIA director says he is not asking for a policy change — not yet, anyway. But, he says, “I must speak as plainly and bluntly to you as I spoke to presidents when I was director of the CIA and secretary of defense. We must deal with the world as it is, not as we wish it to be.”
The Irving-based Boy Scouts lifted its ban on openly gay youth members at its May 2013 meeting at the Gaylord Texan — much to the displeasure of then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry. But it continues to prohibit openly gay adults from serving as volunteers or paid BSA staffers.
In his speech, Gates points out that many councils are “openly” challenging the current policy — among them, for instance, the Boy Scouts’ Greater New York Councils, which recently hired an openly gay 18-year-old as a camp counselor. Said Gates, expect that trend to continue.
“While technically we have the authority to revoke their charters, such an action would deny the lifelong benefits of Scouting to hundreds of thousands of boys and young men today and vastly more in the future,” he says in the prepared remarks. “I will not take that path. [So, you’ve given up. Shocking. If you took a strong stand now, you could nip this trend in the bud, but by announcing you will take no action, you are not only insuring many more poor, morally lost souls will try to gain positions of influence in the Scouts, but, even more, you are positively encouraging them to do so. You’re basically announcing, on the QT, I’m in support of this, I will do nothing to stop it. Remember to check out the Troops of Saint George for a solidly Catholic alternative to the Boy-Rape Scouts]
Further prediction: it won’t be more than 10 years or so before two things happen: there are massive lawsuits against the Scouts due to sex abuse that occurs between scouts and “masters,” and the BSA will become a predominately left-wing sexular pagan advocacy organization a la the Girl Scouts. You are going to allow at least some men with powerful inclinations towards “twinks” unfettered access to them in remote, rural locations. Normal boys will flee in spades, within a few years virtually no normal boys will join up, and you’ll be left with a much smaller sodomite-advocacy group. Satan couldn’t be happier, and Baden-Powell must be spinning in his grave.
MFG also recommends this: interesting analysis that indicates that parishes that host Boy Scout troops but who refuse sodo-marriage could be held liable. The wheels, the wheels are coming off: http://www.adfmedia.org/files/BSALegalRamifications.pdf
Raving anti-Christian persecutorial group targets Air Force general for speaking of his faith in public – UPDATED May 18, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, Society, foolishness, asshatery, sadness, persecution, error, secularism, self-serving, Christendom, paganism, rank stupidity.
UPDATE: Just a quick thought. Mr. Weinstein is demanding court martial under criminal charges. That means penalties up to and including jail time for Gen. Olson. Tell me again how he doesn’t hate Christians and isn’t persecuting them?
This sicko Mikey Weinstein has got to be called out for what he certainly appears to be –an anti-Christian bigot. As I’ve blogged before, Weinstein says that as a cadet at a service academy in the 70s, he was so traumatized by exposure to Christians that he, as an admittedly atheistic Jew, felt compelled to send his sons to the Air Force Academy in the 90s. Surely a strange reaction to such terrible trauma. For the past 20 years, he has waged an unrelenting war specifically against the Air Force, once strongly populated with convicted Christians, seeking to re-make that military branch in his self-loathing sexular pagan image.
His “Military Religious Freedom Foundation” – not much more than him and a fax machine – is now attempting to destroy the career of Maj. Gen. Craig Olson for having the temerity to give a speech that touched on his faith in God to a pro-family group. That speech was broadcast and can be viewed on the internet. This was apparently such an egregious violation of the false doctrine of “separation of church and state” that Mr. Weinstein very nearly blew a gasket, and, in the process, revealed just a bit too much what really motivates him. See if you can figure it out:
An Air Force general who recently spoke about how God has guided his career should be court-martialed, a civil liberties group is saying.
In a speech at a National Day of Prayer Task Force event on May 7, Maj. Gen. Craig Olson credits God for his accomplishments in the military, and refers to himself as a “redeemed believer in Christ.”
The Air Force Times reports that the Military Religious Freedom Foundation has taken issue with Olson’s remarks, is calling for the two-star general to be court-martialed and “aggressively and very visibly brought to justice for his unforgivable crimes and transgressions.” [Speaking publicly in uniform about his Christian faith constitutes “unforgivable crimes and transgressions?” How unhinged do you have to be to say that?]
The group authored a letter to Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Walsh, arguing that Olson’s speech violates rules within the Air Force, which prohibits airmen from endorsing a particular faith or belief. [Rules that Weinstein, with his threat of lawsuit after hassling lawsuit, more or less foisted on the Air Force, but they are not quite so clear as he pretends]
The letter, posted on the group’swebsite, begins, “This demand letter is sent to you on behalf of countless members of the United States Air Force[“countless” to keep you from knowing how few they are. I bet Weinstein couldn’t find 1/10 of 1% of Air Force members who would be bothered by this] who are utterly disgusted and shocked by the brazenly illicit and wholly unconstitutional, fundamentalist Christian proselytizing recently perpetrated, on international television(“GOD TV”), and streaming all over the Internet and in full military uniform, by USAF Major General Craig S. Olson on Thursday, May 7, 2015 during a VERY public speech for a private Christian organization……[As I said, unhinged. “Shocked,” “utterly disgusted?” In reality Weinstein is terrified that this bit of pushback by Gen. Olson might unravel what his decades of lawsuits have achieved, a military where even the slightest outward expression of the Christian Faith is totally forbidden.]
………During Olson’s 23-minute talk, the Air Force Times reports, Olson spoke of “flying complex aircraft; doing complex nuclear missions — I have no ability to do that. God enabled me to do that.”
Heck yes, and that’ a beautiful thing to relate to others.
Mikey Weinstein, a house divided against itself cannot stand, but you are pitting the legislative branch against the executive branch in your bid to hassle Christians out of the military. Gen. Olson was invited to speak at that prayer event by Rep. Aderholt of Alabama. Not everyone shares your understanding of the separation of Church and state or Department of Defense policy – policy your close relationship with Gen Welch has certainly helped advance tremendously in recent years.
You can see Gen. Olson’s speech below. As I’ve commented many times, to some degree I counsel young Catholic men to totally avoid military service, but a sizable part of me doesn’t want to give little bullies like this Weinstein character the satisfaction of having driven us out.
To be honest I watched only a bit of it, and while he comes across on the protestant evangelical side and thus you can sense the creeping errors in his understanding of the Faith, it’s hardly something to have go into a fist pounding spittle flinging profanity laced rage as Weinstein is known to do.
So I looked up a bit on Mr. Weinstein, and you can see him below describe his worldview and tactics to a group of secularists masquerading as Christians below (I mean, c’mon, they’re unitarians, the very descendants of the Puritans, now not so puritanical). I say that, because Weinstein ID’s his crowd as “good Christians,” meaning those who are totally indifferent to doctrine and utterly ambivalent about winning converts. I mean, that’s literally his argument: “good” Christians are those who leave others just about totally alone, never seeking to even begin to approach them with the faith, because of the 1st and 2nd Commandments something something, which Jesus obviously intended to mean ‘thou shalt never hassle anyone ever with things that put them out, even slightly.” He compares the indifferent leftists to the “bad Christians” who accept the Great Commission, which he more or less dismisses out of hand with some rhetoric about the Great Commission being a “violation” of the American social contract. It’s all just talk, will-to-power, I don’t like what you have to say so shut up. It’s couched in language to make it seem “reasonable” but that’s the main point. I don’t like what you have to say so I am going to manipulate the power of the state to shut you up [warning, there is profanity in this video. In a church, even a Unitarian one. Stay classy, Mikey]:
There is a broader point here that I hope I can address quickly since this post is already getting long. The point is this: I do encourage you to watch the first few minutes of the Weinstein video above, because it illustrates the degree to which the enemies of Christendom take advantage of the noxious heresies introduced by the protestant revolutionaries to advance their libertine endarkenment agenda. See how he takes Scripture out of context to pretend that Christ would prefer we not evangelize and just “all get along.” See how secular he is as to equate the very Word of God, spoken by the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, with, of all things, the juvenile Prime Directive from Star Trek (which basically argues that it is better to leave people in ignorance, poverty, misery, and darkness, than to share all your wonderful life-saving technology with them, denying them, in a sense, salvation). General Olson’s speech wasn’t proselytizing in the slightest, it was one man sharing his faith experience in uniform. But Weinstein can easily find thousands of self-described Christians, and even Katholycs, who express horror at such gauche, because these bad “Christians” are in actuality sexular pagan religionists who keep a patina of Christianity for reasons of convenience, family, comfort, etc.
Think on it this way. Mikey Weinstein is literally a persecutor of Christians. He persecutes them on exactly the same basis that Romans persecuted us 1800 years ago – not for believing in Christianity, but for propagandizing for the Faith and refusing to accept the false shibboleths of the dominant society as the highest, and essentially religious, doctrine to be observed by all. His religion, and the religion of those “Christians” supportive of his aims, is actually secular liberalism. Weinstein is as fervently religious as they come, he simply belongs to a religion intractably hostile to Christianity. He’s a particular devotee, since he has taken his secularism to full-on God-hatred in his self-professed atheism and his obsessive knowledge of Scripture (it is always revealing to see just how much atheists and satanists study Scripture, they claim, to find its “weaknesses,” but I think they doth protest too much).
In addition, he uses errors introduced by protestants as weapons against believing Christians, which is ironic, because most of those he persecutes are protestant themselves. There’s actually a bit of delicious irony there that probably goes unnoticed by those protestants on the receiving end, they are simply experiencing the destructive effects of their own rejection of the Dogmas of the Faith revealed through the Church Christ founded in Saint Peter, and their own penchant for taking isolated bits of Scripture dramatically out of context. In Wine-stain’s case, he pits the 1st Commandment against the Great Commission, which is asinine on its face (Christ told us that our evangelizing would make the Weinsteins of the world hate and persecute us), but he’s simply taking protestantism’s own abuse of Scripture to its logical conclusion. They are being hoisted on their own petard, and it doesn’t feel very good. He is also a walking demonstration of secular libertinism’s fundamental incompatibility with Catholicism – only one can survive, and all those in the Church who attempt a compromise are only serving to advance the liberal cause – which is in reality probably quite intentional for many who do so.
The tragedy is that there are certainly good Catholics in the military getting caught up in this persecution, as well. I pray for their strength of faith, and I thank Mr. Weinstein for showing us the two faces of our persecutors, who on one side try to appear so “fair” and “reasonable,” and on the other, in their crazed tirades, reveal their true motivation – unyielding hatred for Christ and His Church.
It’s only going to get worse.
PS – Why hasn’t Mikey Weinstein sued the Commander-in-Chief of the US armed forces, President Hussein Obama for his numerous religiously-tinged speeches and his taking the oath of office which ends with “so help me God.” Olson is hardly the first military man ever to reference God and His necessity in the life of any nation. Witness the terrible religious extremist and raving fundy Dwight D. Eisenhower below:
Without God, there could be no American form of Government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first — the most basic — expression of Americanism. Thus the Founding Fathers saw it, and thus, with God’s help, it will continue to be.
Well, Ike, this nation turned its back on God and brought down His justly deserved wrath on itself when it started killing its own young, and allowing creatures like this Weinstein to have any influence at all. You were very right, but this nation, or at least its self-anointed elites, decided they didn’t need God anymore.
What next? Waco outlaw biker shooting May 18, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, disaster, General Catholic, horror, huh?, paganism, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, unadulterated evil.
9 bikers reported dead, and 18 injured, after a biker gang meeting went seriously wrong yesterday in Waco. This is not my usual fare (I’ll class it as non sequitur), but it’s so violent and random – and potentially indicative of societal breakdown a la the late 60s – that I thought I’d post it.
Apparently, two heated rivals among the “1%er” outlaw motorcycle gangs – the Bandidos and the Cossacks – had been experiencing increasing tensions and violence over the past few months. The Bandidos, based in Texas and apparently Texas’ largest outlaw motorcycle gang, felt the Cossacks were invading their turf and refusing to pay dues to the older, established Bandidos. Whatever that means. So what is apparently a regular bi-monthly meeting of motorcycle gangs to…….discuss whatever it is they discuss…….turned into a free-for-all brawl with over 170 arrested and potentially facing murder charges. Over 170 have been charged with involvement in organized crime (seems difficult to prove?), while some will apparently face capital murder charges:
About 170 suspects arrested after a shootout between rival biker gangs and police Sunday at Waco’s Twin Peaks restaurant that left nine dead and 18 injured were ordered held in lieu of $1 million bonds Monday while investigators continued the painstaking process of gathering evidence at the crime scene.
By early afternoon about a third of the suspects had been booked into the McLennan County Jail.
All 170 will be processed into the jail, Sheriff Parnell McNamara said Monday, although some may later be transferred to other facilities.
Affidavits and arrest warrants totaled more than 500 pages, an official said.
At least some and technically all of those in custody could be charged with capital murder because of the number of victims, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.
All of those killed and injured were bikers, police say
No officers or bystanders were hurt.
I saw a news clip that said there were dozens of bikers – along with regular patrons – in the restaurant when the fight broke out. It quickly degenerated from fists to knives and then guns, and subsequently spilled outside. Non-biker patrons and employees fled to the freezer to escape the gun fire. Once the fight spilled outside, Waco police, pre-positioned due to past problems and intelligence that this meeting could go bad, began to approach the brawl. The bikers then allegedly opened fire on police, leaving several vehicles bullet-ridden but striking no officers. The police then opened fire and apparently re-established order quickly. No idea how many of the killed and injured died as a result of biker violence, and how many were due to the police.
Twin Peaks is a seedy, Hooter-esque place In fact, though I’ve never been, the female staff at these restaurants apparently wear even less than the Hooter’s girls. Thus it is quite possible the derangement of faculties driven by exposure to scantily clad young women could have helped precipitate this brawl. I’m sure alcohol and meth played their role, too. Because nothing honors the Lord on the Sabbath like burning some crank and then setting out for an R-rated skin joint with violence in mind. So wrong, on so many levels.
Silly me, I knew there were real, criminal type motorcycle clubs still around, but I had no idea their membership numbered in the thousands in this state alone. And here I thought all the rather rotund dudes with silver ponytails I see driving around on Harley’s were just mid-life crisis types trying to re-live their glory years.
Such a sad scene. By some miracle, all the victims were apparently members of the gangs themselves. No police and no passersby were even injured, let alone killed. That speaks to at least some level of fire discipline, and it seems a high percentage of the members of these gangs are former military. The woman in the video below makes clear, however, that patrons had experienced intimidation from the Bandidos at this restaurant before (0:45 – 1:00):
The Twin Peaks chain has pulled the franchise for the restaurant that had been hosting regular biker days and other events for bikers in spite of increasing concerns from law enforcement. I would imagine the franchise holder is in for a mass of legal problems.
I pray for the souls of the deceased Eternal rest grant to them O’ Lord. May those who remain be converted. May this kind of madness cease. It seems a good number of those present were from the DFW area.
And, yes, Waco is a strange place. It’s been the center of a disproportionate number of bizarre acts of violence. I could tell a story or two of interaction with some Wacoites from my bad old days but I’ll skip for now.
Roberto De Mattei, in a very public article on an Italian Church-news site, and a serious author and historian in his own right, has claimed that Fr. Fidenzio Volpi’s health is so poor he has had to renounce his role as Apostolic Commissioner of the Franciscans of the Immaculate permanently. It is known that Fr. Volpi suffered a serious stroke with follow-on complications and that he remains quite ill (at least as of last week). I cannot say I have seen this claim confirmed anywhere else. And, it must be said, de Mattei is part of that large group of Catholics who have been dismayed and scandalized at the Volpi’s administration of the formerly flourishing order, so he may have a bias (I admit my own).
Nevertheless, I imagine Volpi’s time as head of the FIs is over, but who knows what kind of leadership will follow in his wake. Via Rorate Caeli, who arranged the translation into English. there are many revelations below that are new to me, beyond the one announcing Volpi’s time being done (my emphasis and comments):
Sic transit gloria mundi. For the Franciscans of the Immaculate, the Institute founded by Father Stefano Maria Manelli, ( externally commissioned on 11th July 2013) the “era of Volpi” , which will certainly be remembered as one of the saddest in the history of this religious order, is over. Father Fidenzio Volpi, assigned by the Congregation for Religious as Apostolic Commissioner to liquidate Father Manelli’s order, is in fact in a Roman clinic, after suffering a cerebral ischemia [lack of blood flow to the brain, a severe stroke], followed by a hemiparesis, [paralysis or profound weakness of an entire side of the body] which has seriously compromised his health, forcing him to renounce, irrevocably, his appointment as Commissioner……
……Commissioner Volpi has not been dismissed by the Congregation for Religious, but by the mysterious designs of Divine Providence. Furthermore, his health has never been that good, and the tensions that he underwent after accepting the task of Commissioner, were very burdensome indeed, not only for the rupture which immediately opened with the Franciscans of the Immaculate, of whom 70% remained faithful to Father Manelli, but also for the contrasts created with Father Alfonso Bruno, who brought disaster on the Institute after the commissioning. Together with these, there were added tensions with the Congregation for Religious, which disapproved many of the initiatives taken by the Commissioner; like the attempt to condemn some friars without proceedings, after they had asked for a dispensation or exclaustration and who are now under the protection of many bishops in Italy, Great Britain and the Philippines. [That’s news to me. I had understood the new leadership of the FIs/Fr. Manelli had wanted to take severe measures against those friars who left the order, but I did not know the Congregation of Religious had objected. Interesting]Furthermore, Father Volpi’s credibility was compromised by the arrangement of February 12th 2015 at the Tribunal in Rome, initially undersigned, then retracted by Father Volpi himself, wherein the Commissioner had admitted defaming Father Manelli’s family members, accusing them of taking possession of real assets belonging to the Institute. The accusation that the Franciscans of the Immaculate had set aside illicitly some millions of Euros revealed itself to be a great big bluff. The investigations came about because of the contrast between the friars on the one side aligned to Father Volpi and Father Bruno and on the other the lay-faithful associations, faithful to Padre Manelli. [I covered that here. As to what was the true reality of that situation was somewhat unclear, with defenders of the new administration saying Fr. Volpi made no such agreement, with opponents maintaining that he did, then retracted it when it was publicized. de Mattei seems convinced of the latter]
……The fact remains, however, that for almost two years, no-one has yet answered a basic question: what are the true reasons for the external commissioning of the Franciscans of the Immaculate? The hypotheses made are rather diverse, but so far the true reasons for the commissioning have never been clarified.
And that gets to the crux of the matter, even today. So far, the only claim made against Fr. Manelli’s direction of the order that seems to have any merit in reality is that it was drifting too traditional, and had committed the apparently unpardonable sin of asking uncomfortable questions regarding Vatican II, the only Council in Church history whose decrees are apparently above even scholarly examination. All the others, claims of misuse of property or great division in the order remain either almost entirely unsupported by evidence or have been proven false.
I’ve been pretty up-front about my own views on this matter – the order was broken due to an incredibly clumsy and ideologically highly biased “investigation” instigated by a very few disaffected friars who had the ear of the new powers in Rome. What occurred to my mind can best be likened to a coup, wherein a small disaffected subset usurped power from the founder and leadership duly constituted by appealing to their friends in Rome. The measures instituted to “reform” the order were inordinately harsh due to the pronounced ideological nature of the coup leaders and those chosen to constitute the new leadership. Ideologues (I may be one, I pray not) tend to be overly harsh with their perceived ideological adversaries because they tend to prize the ideology above anything else, including (or especially) according decent, fair treatment of others.
The point in any coup, or revolution, if you will (and all modern revolutions are driven by ideology on some level), is to so crush the opposition as to insure there cannot be a counter-revolution. Is that what we have seen with the Franciscans of the Immaculate? Many think yes. There could be evidence that would exonerate the new leadership and provide justification for their actions, but it seems passing strange that almost 2 years in it still hasn’t been produced.
And while I pray that any new administrator appointed takes a much more charitable and reasonable path than Fr. Volpi chose to, if the individuals who instigated this massive disruption of the order have any say, I fear such change is unlikely. It is quite possible to appoint an independent and fair-minded administrator who can begin the work of rebuilding this “shattered” order on the basis of the Founder’s intent for it, the only question is whether Cardinal Braz de Aviz and the others calling the shots in Rome desire to do so.
And so that is what I will really pray about. I continue to pray for Fr. Volpi’s recovery.
Oh, and the only really honest, forthright and semi-virtuous person on the program is of course the son inclined to sodomy. Naturally! Isn’t it just that way in reality?!?
So after their miserable failure with “Good Christian B-tches,” ABC is back to attacking Christianity, and this time their sites are set squarely on the Church. From a hypocritical money-grubbing Lexus-driving pastor to a hyper-judgy mom to (as always) a clueless, repressed father, it’s about as original as a re-run of Happy Days.
As Patrick Archbold notes, whatever happened to not mocking religion, as per all the criticism of Pamela Gellar. The critical bit Archbold overlooked (though I know he is aware) is that islam is the de facto state religion of the West now, and especially the self-anointed sexular pagan elites who do things like produce TV programs. Christianity is great to mock, deride, and ridicule – they never shoot back! But those muslims are dangerous and, if the leftist would admit it, more than a little bit alluring with their enormous self-confidence and willingness to put their bomb where their mouth is [WARNING VIDEO IS DISTURBINGLY EXPLICIT. AND THIS IS “FAMILY” ENTERTAINMENT?!?]”
It’s always nice when even the trailer blasphemes Jesus Christ and mocks the Blessed Mother. And, gee, there isn’t any subtle recruiting towards the sins of sodom with the bare-chested model and the son’s pivotal role as moral arbiter of the family, is there?
So, isn’t this over the top in its explicit worship at the altar of sexular paganism and its attack on the (sadly, no longer very true) bugbear Church of the past with all of its mean ‘ol “no’s” to mindless animal rutting? Could the producers be a bit more obvious regarding their pyschoses?
Regarding those psychoses, would you be surprised at all to learn that this travesty is being produced by none other than the diabolically amoral and anti-Catholic Dan Savage? Gee, a sodomite lashing out at his perceived dread enemy, the Church. Poor thing, he continues to mock and deride the only institution that could save him. It is profoundly sad how many souls still scourge and spit on our Savior, Who will welcome them no matter how many times they abuse Him. Of course, we all do so. We all rely on Our Lord’s infinite mercy as we tremble at His infinite justice. Just few of us are (thank God) so blinded by sin as to openly mock and hate our Lord.
You know, forget Disney. If they want to produce family-destroying Church-mocking garbage like this, they can forget me ever taking one of my kids to see one of their products again, and you can forget me ever buying overpriced schlock like The Little Mermaid on DVD.
I’m of more than half a mind to have a Disney video burning party in my backyard and uploading it to Youtube. Might even get more views than this worthless TV show will.
Heh, at the least, I’ll continue my boycott of TV. You have no idea how liberating it is to have no TV, and how ridiculous TV appears when you catch some at someone else’s house after being away from it for a year or two.
ABC has gone ahead with this offensive program (hell will freeze over before they’d ever air ‘The Real Mahmoud’s” or “The Real Patel’s”) in spite of heavy objections from many religious leaders:
When ABC announced it had ordered a pilot, the MRC and other conservative and religious groups wrote to Ben Sherwood, president of Disney/ABC Television Group demanding the network pull the plug on the show (and received no response), and launched an online petition to pressure ABC to cancel The Real O’Neals.
Should I live to a ripe old age, I might even get to see TV die. What a glorious day that will be.
From a comment at the link, very insightful:
Dan Savage has been vomiting his hatred for the Church for a long, long time now. But all that expressing of his hatred hasn’t alleviated the hatred one bit, or made him happier one tiny bit. So it’s not the Church that’s at the root of his demented state. Had he grown up in a totally atheistic environment, he’d now be blaming all his hatred on having had to grow up in a totally atheistic environment. That’s what people who hate themselves do. They look around for the excuse they need to explain why they’re just miserable about their life, and their life choices, every waking moment.
How can something as elemental as gender be malleable and fluid, while “orientation” is set in stone from birth? May 14, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, paganism, persecution, pr stunts, sadness, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare.
The answer is that the sexular pagans arrogate to themselves the right to make their own definitions on everything, whether they accord with any reality outside themselves or not. Thus the ultimate error of the endarkenment libertine belief set that so dominates “thought” in our society is revealed – once truth and reason are cut off from an external, transcendent source, “truth” and “reality” all come down to will to power, in perfect Marxist fashion, so that “truth” and “reason” as understood by the vast majority of lost souls become perfect inversions of themselves.
We live in the most prevaricating, unreasonable society imaginable. A really good post below on the harm that is inflicted on very confused and unwell souls when the media and sexular pagan elites cater to their psychoses of gender dysphoria and transgenderism:
Of all the trends currently working their way through journalism, there is perhaps none so baffling as the media’s indulgence in the transgender narrative. Journalists appear to have acquiesced to this ideology en masse. No less a formidable source than the “AP Stylebook” declared a few years ago that Associated Press employees are to use “the pronoun preferred by the individuals” in cases where confusion may arise.
………This is not a light or a partisan matter. The pushback against transgenderism is not motivated by politics but by a desire to help people and, in many cases, save their lives. A great many transgender people, having been encouraged and supported by well-meaning friends and family members for years, will experience deep regret after undergoing “gender reassignment surgery;” the post-operative transgender community has a suicide rate strikingly higher than the population at large. More broadly speaking, transgenders in general have an attempted suicide rate of over 40 percent. [and if memory serves, over half eventually succeed. This is a rate more than an order of magnitude greater than the general population]
……...These staggering numbers do not suggest a healthy, gender-nonconforming identity; they suggest the presence of tremendous pain, confusion, and despair, and they demand serious assistance and guidance. [And yet, I tell you, we are in the midst of a positive FAD of transgenderism, where it is seen as hip to “transition” from one sex to another. I mean, c’mon, Bruce Jenner, a woman!? Are you freaking kidding me! Was he struggling with his sexuality when he was winning the Decathalon at the ’76 Olympics? Sure didn’t look like it to me. What I think he is struggling with, is slowly aging out of the spotlight, and desperately casting about for a way to stay in it. And I think that’s playing a great role in this fad, where “transitioning” gets one all kinds of special attention – special accommodations at work, attention from management, the sudden interest of family and friends, taking part in a group that feels itself in the vanguard of another cultural revolution, the “civil rights” cause de jure. Don’t tell me there’s “nothing in it” for them, BS, there is tons and tons in it for them]
Writing again at Vox last week, Lopez implied variously that gender as we know it is “a social construct, not a biological one,” and thus malleable, and that there also may be a “biological link to a person’s transgender identity.” These two concepts are flatly irreconcilable, but the point here is not to make sense of anything; the point is to signal your sensitivity to a controversial topic, even though such signaling encourages a mass delusion and puts peoples’ health and well-being at risk. [And I reiterate – how can gender/sex be malleable and fluid, but “sexual orientation” (really, proclivity towards perversion) be set in stone from birth?!? And yet how many sodomites and lesbians in particular drift back and forth between normal and perverse relations throughout their lives. Give me a break. This is all about getting to define reality to justify one’s preferred sins. Guess what, trannies? No matter how much you mutilate yourself, no matter how much you flood your body with carcinogenic hormones, no matter how many mind-number chemicals you ingest, you will still have either a Y chromosome or not, and thus still be a man or a woman. You cannot unwrite what God has written]
The issue has been cast more often than not as a battle between good and evil, light and darkness, [And indeed it is, but as per the perfect inversion I noted above, the sexular pagans are not on the side they think they are] akin to the civil-rights movements of the twentieth century or the various feminist movements of the past and present. Activist Kate Bornstein, in his book, “Gender Outlaw,” declared gender to be “an oppressive class system made all the more dangerous by the belief that it is an entirely natural state of affairs.” [You tipped your hand with the Marxist rhetoric. Marx invented the idea that the family and natural gender roles were part of the oppressive class system in order to destroy the family. This poor character is just continuing his diabolical work]
.…….It is likewise with Jenner’s sincere belief that he is a woman. He is not a woman. He is a man. As a human being and a child of God, he deserves compassion, support, and love from his family and friends. He does not deserve to be lied to, by Sawyer or by anyone else. People who believe they are transgender need help, and they need the truth. We should deny them neither.
I couldn’t say it better myself. Unfortunately, there are so few in our culture today, and maybe (and this is incredible) even fewer in the Church, who are willing to speak such truth with charity. Most would rather just roll along with whatever moral atrocity is being advanced from one moment to the next, blithely ignoring the chaos gathering around them. It’s so much easier that way. People who speak out against the sexular pagans get their destroyed!
We must pray for better shepherds. It is the collapse of the public moral authority of the Church that is at the heart of advance of the sexular pagan agenda.
At present, the US House of Representative is debating again whether to allow a bill banning abortion beyond 20 weeks to go to a vote. The measure was shot down by quivering RINOs earlier this year, but pro-lifers have kept the pressure up and have gotten a floor vote scheduled for today. We’ll see what happens as a result. I wouldn’t hold my breath on its passing.
Nevertheless, Marjorie Dannenfelser has a piece at National Review that indicates the US is one of only 7 countries, including China and N. Korea, that allow abortions past 5 months. Copious scientific evidence indicates babies are able to feel pain quite well by that point, so we have been torturing to death millions of babies these past 42 years. No wonder our country seems so cursed by God. We’re down among the most amoral, godless, socialist countries in the world.
The bill does provide a number of improvements to this ongoing scandal:
Protections for babies born alive: A second physician is required to be present at an abortion to provide care to the baby and transport the child to the hospital, ensuring that any child born alive is given the same type of care that any other preemie would receive.
Informed consent: Women considering late-term abortion deserve relevant information about the procedure……
……Statistical reporting: The law requires that all post–20 week abortions be reported to the National Center for Health Statistics, which will issue an annual statistical report (without personally identifying information) providing information about abortions carried out after five months.
……..The sad reality is that in many parts of the country, if Dr. Gosnell had simply killed those babies in utero moments earlier, instead of outside the womb, his acts would have been completely legal. A few inches separates cold-blooded murder from a perfectly legal procedure. [It may separate legally, but it is murder either way]
The legality of these late-term abortions puts the United States on the fringe internationally, as we are just one of seven countries to allow elective abortions after five months of pregnancy. In doing so, we are standing with countries such as China and North Korea, not exactly known for being champions of human rights.
Obviously, the only truly moral response is to outlaw all abortion and all murderous medical treatments, including euthanasia, immediately. But this bill, if it passes, would represent a significant step in the right direction. However, when we see things falling apart around us……is it any wonder? Can we be surprised at the state of this nation, morally, when we see atrocities equal or worse to those of pre-Christian Rome on a daily basis? This country, supposedly “under God,” has been spitting in His eye and telling Him how much it hates and disbelieves in Him for decades. We’ve been killing the children He miraculously creates.
It is thus absolutely no wonder at all that we are in this depraved, fallen state? This nation – not all of us, but most – has behaved like a new Canaan, barbecuing our babies to death with saline solution and sacrificing our children on the forbidden altar of satan. So go figure we’re in the state we’re in. We’re frankly blessed to even still be around, and not be a smoking hole in the ground. That’s what we’re tempting with our current atrocities against God, all this sodomy. The Talmud says it was when the people began to pretend that men could marry men, and women marry women, that God unleashed the Flood. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed for less. How long God will let this stand is not ours to know, but I don’t think it will be much longer.
The perverse agenda for your kids (WARNING: GRAPHIC) May 13, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, Basics, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
THIS POST IS VERY GRAPHIC! IF YOU ARE UNDER 18 AND/OR HAVE A SENSITIVE CONSCIENCE DO NOT READ!
I don’t think “perverse” fit it anymore, more like fireball satanic nightmare straight outta hell.
So, roughly 1000 Iowa teens had been propagandized by the media to believe that there is an epidemic of persecution against so-called “gay teens” in their schools. Being decent kids, if ignorant, they thought they should try to help these poor oppressed “gays” out. So they attended a conference that was supposed to be about “anti-bullying” strategies. What they got instead was a day full of satanic sodomite propaganda, including lessons in analingus, methods for women to appear to like men, fisting, and other such delightful topics. Probably most of these kids, even in this day and age, were introduced to many of the sick topics discussed for the first time at this conference. Innocence can only be lost once, these kids will never be quite the same again (LAST WARNING BAD TOPICS FOLLOW):
They thought the Iowa Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth was about anti-bullying. Instead, about 1,000 teenagers from more than 100 Iowa communities were treated to a profanity-laced performance by a drag queen along with graphic conversations on oral sex and a transgender tutorial on how to make fake testicles.
Some parents were furious about some of the sexually explicit comments from paid speakers – including a comedian who told the high school students how “pleasurable it is for gay couples to eat each other’s behinds and how to use different flavors of (oils) to make it taste better.”
Bullying is a terrible thing and it is a very real problem in American public schools – for both gay and straight students. Many of the young people who attended the Iowa Governors Conference on LGBTQ Youth did so because they cared about their classmates. They wanted to learn how to stand in the gap for others. [Look, bullying is an issue. It’s not good. But it also a canard, it’s being used as an excuse, as a vehicle, to advance the perverse sexular pagan agenda. And I do think a lot of what is called “bullying” is really just super Special Snowflakes unable to deal with any of life’s little bits of unpleasantness. That’s not to say there are not occasional outlandish acts of cruelty, but I think those are much more rare than we are being led to believe]
“We were absolutely flabbergasted,” one father told me. “It was graphic and pornographic. From a parent’s perspective I cannot think of anywhere this should be an acceptable conversation.”
The parent, who agreed to talk with me provided he was not identified, has a teenage daughter who attended the conference. The 18-year-old is a member of her school’s student support group that helps bullied teens.
“She though the conference would give the group better ideas on how to deal with bullying issues,” the parent told me. “But there was hardly anything about that.”
The parent described sessions about where discussions were held on how to clean yourself before anal sex “and the pleasure you can get from eating your partner’s backside.”
Television Station Local 5 News obtained cell phone video filmed by a student at the conference – where an attendee asked,“Is anal painful?” [Yes. And unnatural, disgusting, and very, very messy.]
“For paid speakers to be in front of a group talking about how to avoid choking during oral sex – I cannot fathom where that would be an appropriate conversation,” the father told me.
……..Iowa Safe School posted additional information on its Facebook page and website – blasting The Family Leader and accusing them of distorting the conference and misquoting the speakers.
They said The Family Leader has tried to “bully, intimidate and take away a special event for Iowa’s students, parents and educators.”
It should be noted that Iowa Safe Schools does not specify how The Family Leader distorted the conference or which speakers were misquoted.
Of course not. As with the situation with the New Jersey Catholic school teacher who was creamed for criticizing the sexular pagan agenda, none of the attacks were on the merits of her criticisms, they were just blatant ad hominems like we see above. That’s because they know their actions and their entire agenda would be viewed very negatively by a large majority of people in this country, even at this point. So they shoot the messenger and engage in savage tactics in order to destroy their opponents and dissuade others from voicing concerns.
It is truly amazing the degree to which totalitarianism has crept into the thoughts and actions of so many in this country. This totalitarianism is almost exclusively seen among the radical left today. And the left is becoming increasing radical, and thus increasingly totalitarian. There are few efforts by the left today to even argue points on merit, they simply attack, attack, attack. And with a compliant, incredibly biased media, their attacks are amplified out of all proportion to their true numbers, which remain quite small in the grand scheme of things.
We have to be living through the ultimate tail wagging the dog scenario. The most perverse, lost 1-2% among us are telling the rest of us how it’s going to be. Sacred beliefs and the very foundation of society is being sacrificed to this noisy, sickened 1%. I would not believe it were it not happening so clearly before my eyes. Incredible.
“The best lack all conviction, and the worst are full of passionate intensity,” indeed.
Pope leads children in “no justice, no peace” chant, says there is “no answer” as to why children suffer May 12, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disconcerting, episcopate, error, Four Last Things, Holy suffering, Papa, sadness, scandals, secularism, the return.
Vatican Insider is reporting a recent visit Pope Francis received of several thousand children associated with something called “The Peace Factory.” This peace organization, like so many, comes across as being decidedly progressive in outlook. Apparently, he led the kids in repeating a chant of “no justice, no peace:”
The Pope preferred to set aside his prepared speech and respond off the cuff, to each of the 13 questions put to him by children. The questions were to do with peace, war, prison and sickness. “Where there is no justice, there is no peace,” he asked children to repeat altogether, explaining that in the world there is no peace because the powerful make money from the arms industry.
OK, disconcerting, but maybe not too consequential?
Well, then, how about saying to a child that “there is no answer” to the question of why children suffer:
Among the many subjects discussed, was illness in children. This is what Francis had to say to Rafael, a little Latin American boy with a heart condition: “Rafael, I was moved by what you said”. Then, answering two questions the child had put to him, the Pope added: “Is there a reason why a boy who has done nothing bad should come into the world with so many problems as he has? This is one of the hardest questions for one to answer: there is no answer. A great Russian writer, Dostoevsky, asked the same question: why do children suffer? One can only look at the sky and wait for answers that cannot be found.” What can I do to reduce a child’s suffering? “Be close to them. Society tries to set up care centres healing centres, paliative care centres; it tries to facilitate the education of children living with illnesses. I personally don’t like saying that a child is disabled,” the Pope said. “No, he or she has different abilities, he or she is not disabled, all of us have abilities. Everyone, everyone has the ability to give us something, to do something.”
I thought it had to do with Original Sin and the fact that our sufferings in this life will lead to much less – and possibly no – suffering in the next, if they are properly accepted, and only greater glory among the blessed in Heaven. Those are just a couple of responses, much more could be gleaned and shared from the Church’s enormously rich treasury of thought on this difficult subject.
And then to stress not a supernatural approach to suffering, but only natural, worldly responses – to try to mitigate suffering, to look on suffering as an evil to be eradicated, as opposed to telling the child in the supernatural sense he has been given a great grace and that God gives special sufferings like his to those He loves the most. God makes the enormous grace of cooperation with suffering available to this child, and when looked at from the perspective of eternity, from a sure knowledge that this life is short and full of pain but eternity is forever, that is a most beautiful thing. Couldn’t that have been mentioned, too?
So what does the poor child in this exchange come away with? He was just told by the Vicar of the Universal Church that his suffering is pointless, that there is no reason for it. It is strongly implied he should try to flee from it. Look, a sick, suffering child is a very sad thing, it breaks the heart of anyone with a soul, but at the same time, that doesn’t mean it is pointless or worthless. No, there can be many reasons for it, perhaps this child’s suffering will be the vehicle by which he is saved. Or perhaps his parents and/or siblings or other family.
I have found that when things like that are explained to children they can be amazingly receptive and be transformed into surprisingly devout, holy souls. But not when they are told that the suffering of children is just one of God’s bizarre whims, inexplicable and capricious. What kind of God is being envisioned with a statement like this? Was this just an unfortunate, poorly thought out response in another off-the-cuff exchange, or was this a considered response?