Seminarian

27 09 2016

Columbus, Ohio

Bye bye law school, hello seminary.

I don’t think finding a reason to explain why she’s making this lateral move in life is hard at all.

Racial equality is a religion.





Actual Terrorism

25 09 2016

Vatican City

Reuters:

Journalism based on gossip or rumors is a form of “terrorism” and media that stereotype entire populations or foment fear of migrants are acting destructively, Pope Francis said on Thursday.

(snip)

Francis, who has often strongly defended the rights of refugees and migrants, said journalism should not be used as a “weapon of destruction against persons and even entire peoples”.

“Neither should it foment fear before events like forced migration from war or from hunger,” he added.

Last year, the right-wing newspaper Libero headlined its story on the Paris attacks that killed about 130 people: “Islamic Bastards”.

Another right-wing newspaper, Il Giornale, headlined a story last year on the chaotic situation in Libya and the risk that militants might sneak into Italy with migrants: “ISIS is coming. Let’s arm ourselves”.

Noticing things is terrorism, but terrorism is just a tragic accident.

I can see that Francis has joined in the Goliath versus David struggle to speak power to truth.

 





Because a Certain Newspaper Would Be Bitching About Islamophobia

22 09 2016

Manhattan

nyt-fbi-ny-bombing





Shorter Hillary

19 09 2016

Philadelphia

Breitbart:

Hillary Clinton: Donald Trump Comments ’Given Aid And Comfort’ To Islamic State Terrorists

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is accusing Donald Trump of treasonous behavior, because he’s specified that radial Islam is responsible for the surge of terrorist acts around the world.

“The language that Mr. Trump has used is giving aid and comfort to our adversaries,” Clinton said, citing an article by former head of the counter terrorist center Mike Olsen citing Trump’s tough rhetoric as fueling Islamic state recruitment. She described Trump as a “recruiting sergeant” for ISIS.

Shorter Hillary: We wouldn’t have an Islamic terrorism problem if people would just quit calling it Islamic terrorism.

That’s also their attitude about black crime.

The new modern progressive way to solve problems is to complain about everyone else thinking that they are even problems; if they can attach some social justice imperative, all the better.





Drivers’ Seat

10 09 2016

Minneapolis and Washington, D.C.

Breitbart:

Michele Bachmann: ‘I, as a Constitutional Conservative, as a Believer in Jesus Christ, Readily Embrace’ Donald Trump Agenda

Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) told the Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C. on Friday, “On every single level, if you look at the agenda that Donald Trump has put forward, it’s been one that I — as a constitutional conservative, as a believer in Jesus Christ — I cannot only easily embrace, but readily embrace.”

I’ve heard it asked why so many conservative Christians (“religious rightists”) can love Trump with both his moral shortcomings and his history of being a social issue liberal.  One of my favored answers to that question in the last year and change has been that they like his populism and nationalism more.

But I think there’s another, just as good, but a bit more convoluted, answer.

Let’s all jump into the Blogmeister Hot Tub Time Machine (no skinny dipping), and dial it back to December 1994.  When we get there, we will find Sam Francis writing an article for Chronicles, about the religious right.  You kinda need to read the whole thing for the part I’m going to quote to make sense.

Still:

What follows from this line of analysis of the religious right as it exists today is that what ultimately drives its adherents is not religion in the ordinary sense. What drives them is the perception—accurate in my view—that the culture their religion reflects and defends is withering and that that withering portends a disaster for themselves, their class, their country and their civilization. Religion happens to be a convenient vehicle for their otherwise unarticulated and perfectly well-founded fears. But while it is a convenient vehicle and a more effective one than those that carried the right in earlier days, it is not the most effective vehicle the right could have.

This is not to say that the religious right is composed of hypocrites who use religion for political ends. With the possible exception of most of its more prominent leaders, it’s not. Most adherents of the religious right are sincerely and seriously religious; but you can be sincerely and seriously religious without being political and without being political in the way the religious right is. It’s not religion that drives; it’s the legitimate frustrations of a social class that has been bludgeoned and betrayed by its established leaders for more than 50 years.

Sam could have added that it’s also possible to be political in the way the RRs are without being religious.

Since politics rather than religion drive the RR, it means that they can and do politically support non-religious figures.  Trump isn’t personally or socially in tune with the RR, but politically, he is, for the most part.  If Trump is promising to feed the RR’s enemies knuckle sandwiches, that’s all they need.





Social Jesuit Warriors

1 09 2016

Washington, D.C.

Why do they think they must atone?

For what sin are they atoning?

The two most educated and intellectual denominational corps of Christian clerics are on the polar opposite sides of a lot of theological disputes:  Jesuits and Missouri Synod Lutherans.  Therefore, Jesuits know that there is not a single condemnation of slavery as an institution anywhere in the Bible.  I would excuse such ignorance from theology lite touchy feely hucksters of the Joel Osteen mold and mammyookem cracker jack box theology degree AME black pimp preachers.  Jesuits are supposed to know better.

If the Maryland Jesuits had helped fund Georgetown University with the proceeds from murder contracts, then yeah, I can see the necessity for atonement.  And because Jesuits are works-justification, it would make sense for them atone through Earthly works.

Otherwise, this whole exercise is about black people who are fishing for a reason why they should never be held accountable for anything, and their non-black allies who agree with that notion.





What Is Wrong With This Picture?

24 08 2016

Townsville, Queensland, Australia

Frenchman stabs British woman to death in an Australian tourist hostel.

Except the first two proper nouns are less than accurate.

If Townsville rings a bell in your head, other than for the fact that it’s a city that has both “town” and “ville” in its name, it should.