Friday, October 02, 2015
Want to Play the Oregon Shooting Blame Game?
But the political culture of the United States is
hardly healthy and too rarely sane.
So, as always after a shooting not in Chicago, the Left is oh-so-eager
to play the blame game to push gun confiscation, and Obama practically ran to
the podium to do just that, of course.
But I will be a sport. Does Obama and the Leftist fanboys want to play the Blame
Game? Then let’s play!
Umpqua Community College was a gun-free zone or at
least the equivalent as confirmed by the UCC president.
Oh, the Left is doing their
worst best to dispute that inconvenient fact. They are failing.
As, sadly, in the Aurora shooting, this policy makes
victims sitting ducks and is practically an invitation to shooters who prefer
their victims unarmed.
At the very least, gun control on this campus did
nothing to prevent this incident.
Likely, it made it worse.
Further, although the
“mainstream” news media has yet to say much about it, there is very good reason
to believe Chris Harper Mercer targeted Christians, as one young woman in the
room testified before undergoing surgery.
The Left has created a hostile atmosphere against
Christians in much of this country, particularly against Christians who hold
firmly to traditional morality and refuse to participate in its destruction. You can cut this atmosphere with a
knife on the Left Coast. Vilify
even a peaceful, law-abiding demographic enough and allow such vilification
legitimacy in a culture or subculture, and wronged-headed men could act out
violently on that.
I will mercifully stop there. But does the Left really want to play the Blame Game with this atrocity against Christians? And that when the Left vilifies and disarms Christians and
would surely go further in vilifying and disarming them?
Labels: anti-Christian bigotry, guns, shootings
Thursday, October 01, 2015
The Problem with “Dialogue”
Eric Sammons over at
OnePeterFive (Why did I not hear of this site before yesterday?) has posted an excellent article on the problems with dialogue with libchurchers (my word, not
his). His summary of the process
of dialogue reflects very well what I’ve seen in the Anglican Communion and in
mainline Protestant denominations:
The Teaser: Some fringe radical theologian, or perhaps
even a bishop, proposes a new teaching/practice contrary to Catholic Tradition.
The Trouble: Progressives come around to embrace the idea, and
begin to promote it more and more vigorously. Faithful Catholics, on the other
hand, resist the proposal, noting its conflict with perennial Church
The “Muddle”: Progressives, as well as their unwitting lackeys
among conservative Catholics, call for “dialogue.”
The Triumph: Progressives continue calling for dialogue ad
infinitum until the progressive proposal is accepted either de jure
or de facto. (Sorry, 60’s progressives – forgot the trigger warning
before all that Latin).
The Kicker: Reset to a new “normal” before beginning the
process all over again for the next, more radical, issue.
Too true. Do read his whole straight-spoken yet
thoughtful article for more.
I have long distrusted
“dialogue” as a sham, a tactic libchurchers use to browbeat traditionalists
until they get their way. Then the
matter is settled, of course.
“Dialogue” seems to always win with liberal victory over Biblical truth
and morality. And that, in fact,
is the plan and only acceptable outcome for most libchurchers who clamor for
And in “dialogue,”
libchurchers usually deny or distort what God has clearly said in His
Word. Heck, the key words in the
first serpentine dialogue were “Did God actually say . . .?” As Eve found out the hard way, dialogue
with liars is pointless and dangerous.
Better if Eve had said,
“Shut up, snake.” And best we follow the example of the Fathers and put lying
heretics and apostates in their place instead of “dialoguing” with them. For “dialogue” with lies only serves to
add legitimacy to lies and liars.
Please note that cutting
off false teachers and clergy is what is called for. Humble sincere seekers and new converts
(or those who later in life decide to get more serious about their faith) are
virtually all little heretics in some fashion, as I was, until they undergo
patient orthodox Biblical instruction.
Gentle, loving but persistent teaching and discussion with them is a
vital part of good evangelism and catechism.
Labels: dialogue, liberals
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Francis Divides Even First Things
Anyone who doubts that
Pope Francis is dividing the faithful (The world on the other hand seems united
in loving him.) should note a fracas at First
Mullarkey posted on her blog there a piece on Pope Francis’ U. S. tour, and it
pulled few punches. The editor of First Things, R. R. Reno, in turn not
only pulled the piece but evicted her blog before sundown.
His announcement and
explanation of the move may be found here. This complaint of his stood out to me:
[Mullarkey] consistently treats him as an
ideological propagandist, accusing him of reducing the faith to secular
Hmm. Did not Reno follow the Pope’s
trip? Francis is “an ideological propagandist” who at least comes close to making
Leftist politics matters of faith, particularly when it comes to “climate
change” and immigration.* One can
disagree with that perception, but to banish it is what the Left does.
The piece that prompted
the banishment may be found over at OnePeterFive, Mullarkey’s new blog
home. And, as I said, it pulls few
punches. I can understand (though
I might still disagree) if First Things
would prefer to cease hosting her for reasons of tone. She does not sound like a First Things contributor. But then neither do I on most days. And I like some "tirades" with my ale myself.
But the manner in which
Reno banished her and his explanation for so doing concern this long time First Things subscriber. If one must be polite and reserved and
all that at First Things in calling
out church leaders who hijack the faith to push Leftist politics, then perhaps
it is time my support comes to an end.
I have not decided. I will exercise more restraint than R.
R. Reno has. But I will be
watching First Things more closely
*As I write this, word
just came that the Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis met with Kim Davis
and encouraged her. And I have to
be fair and give a tip of the hat to that.
Labels: First Things, Pope Francis
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Michaelmas – Looking Back . . . and Forward
Today is Michaelmas. Long time readers may remember that
this day has a lot of memories attached to it for me.
This year, Michaelmas
also has me looking forward. For
there is a possibility that, this day
next year, I will be about to begin studies for a one year degree (namely an M.S.)
at Oxford. Yes, there would be
more at stake this time than my past two Oxford stints. I would be an official student of the
University of Oxford seeking an actual Oxford degree. Imagine that.
The questions are how
viable is that possibility and to what extent should I pursue it. And I think I have to make a decision
on that well before Christmas. So,
yes, all prayers for wisdom would be appreciated.
I’m a bit torn. I know it would be a wonderful and
intellectually profitable experience of a lifetime that would open doors for
me. I also know that it would be
hard work that would tax my no longer unlimited energy. Not to mention I have never endured an
So, yes, do join me in
praying for wisdom and guidance. Particularly
in this area, I want to do what God wants me to do.
Labels: life, Michaelmas, Oxford
Friday, September 25, 2015
No. Just No. Pope Francis Participating in 9-11 Memorial Interfaith Service
I am disappointed
(although I should now be at the point where nothing from the current Pope
should surprise nor disappoint me) that Pope Francis is about to participate in
an interfaith service at Ground Zero. By lending legitimacy to false religion, the Pope is leading people
As I’ve posted before,
Christians are not to “give any space to the deadly delusion that Christianity
is an optional way to God, and Islam et al are alternative ways to God.
Yes, these are the chief reasons I oppose virtually all interfaith
Housekeeping: I was going to give links, but they were so obnoxious with ads, pop-ups, etc. I decided to spare you. As I have gotten fed up with a number of sites in that regard, that may become my policy.
Labels: interfaith services, Pope Francis
BOEHNER TO RESIGN
I had something else in
mind to post, but I cannot let pass the news that Speaker Boehner will resign
He has not yet announced
it, but I suspect what is behind this.
He is determined to avoid a government shutdown even if that means
continuing to fund the baby butchers of Planned Parenthood among other
enormities. He realizes his
position among House Republicans would be untenable then. So he is going to push through the crap
sandwich then fall on his sword rather than become a de facto Democrat Speaker of the House. Again, this is my speculation.
In any case, I am very glad to see him
go. If my and other congressmen
had done their duty it would have happened a long time ago.
By the way, if you follow
my twitter, you knew about this before the great unwashed:
Labels: Boehner, politics, Twitter
Friday, September 18, 2015
The Vatican: “It’s a Trap!”
Tuesday, I warned that
Pope Francis may be walking into a White House trap of Obama’s making, namely a problematic guest list, accompanied by the usual photo ops.
Due to my outstanding
humility, I cannot claim credit, but I am heartened to see the Vatican sees the
trap very much as I do. From the WSJ (paywall):
On the eve of Pope Francis ’s
arrival in the U.S., the Vatican has taken offense at the Obama
administration’s decision to invite to the pope’s welcome ceremony transgender
activists, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop and an activist nun who leads
a group criticized by the Vatican for its silence on abortion and euthanasia.
According to a senior Vatican official, the Holy See
worries that any photos of the pope with these guests at the White House
welcoming ceremony next Wednesday could be interpreted as an endorsement of
Exactly. . . . And you heard it here first.
You can also read a
longer quote from the article with some background here.
Of course, seeing a trap
and not walking into it are not necessarily the same thing. Wednesday might be interesting.
Labels: Obama, Pope Francis, Vatican