Wednesday, September 24, 2008

hoisting oneself

Try these two quotes on for size, both from the same person.

The first is found here (warning: may expose you to Palin Derangement Syndrome).

A call to arms

When I got home from church, I drank a bunch of water to metabolize the Dove bar and called my Jesuit friend, who I know hates these people, too. I asked, "Don't you think God finds these smug egomaniacs morally repellent? Recoils from their smugness as from hot flame?"

And he said, "Absolutely. They are everything He or She hates in a Christian."

The context shows that "these people" are the Republican presidential and vice-presidential candidates.

And no comment on the Jesuit's inability to decide what God is. These are, after all, progressives.

The second quote comes from this source.

Anne Lamott

"You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do." (Traveling Mercies; although on page 22 of Bird by Bird she attributes this quote to "my priest friend Tom")

The irony here is great.

Monday, September 15, 2008

cultural suicide

Sharia Courts "Legally Binding" In UK

It is reported today that Islamic Sharia courts are exploiting a loophole in British law and pronouncing judgements on cases including divorce, financial disputes and even domestic violence...

"In one recent inheritance dispute in Nuneaton, a Muslim man's estate was spit was between three daughters and two sons with each son receiving twice as much as each daughter - in keeping with sharia law."

A mainstream court would have demanded equal treatment...

Similarly, two Christian preachers were booted out of a Muslim neighbourhood in Birmingham. The officer, who was very aggressive, told the preachers

"We were in a Muslim area and were not allowed to spread our Christian message. He said we were committing a hate crime by telling the youths to leave Islam and said that he was going to take us to the police station."

There have also been reports of Pakistani police officers and government officers failing to help women fleeing their families in "honour crimes" cases, even returning them to their families in the knowledge that they face harsh punishment.

I'm really starting to think that our cultural has a death wish.

Granted, this is Britain, but it's close enough to be in many ways similar to our culture. And all too often, as goes Europe, so too do many in the US wish to go.

Seriously, who in their right minds thinks this is a good idea???

And now the foot is in the door, or even more then just the foot. Now they make legal ruling descriminating against women. Now they can tell Christian ministers that their right to free speech doesn't apply to Muslim communities.

All that in a theoretically 'free' country.

Now I'm just waiting for the libs over here to start touting this as the next wave of progressiveness.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

and the redefinings continue to creep in...

California bans 'brides,' 'grooms

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – "Brides" and "grooms" are no longer allowed to marry in the State of California.

That privilege is only extended to individuals who allow themselves to be called "Party A" and "Party B" on marriage licenses.

The couple had written the words "bride" and "groom" next to "Party A" and "Party B" because they wanted to be legally recognized as husband and wife.

However, the Placer County marriage license was denied

And never minding that it makes marriage sound like business arrangement...

But, that's Cali for you. The fruitier and nuttier, the better, I guess is their thought.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

when peaceniks attack!!

Anti-War Protest at GOP Convention Turns Violent

Five people were accused of setting fire to a trash bin and pushing it into a police car, St. Paul police spokesman Tom Walsh said.

A group of protesters came toward the delegation and tried to rip the credentials off their necks and sprayed them with a toxic substance that burned their eyes and stained their clothes, delegate Rob Simmons told KMSP-TV.

One 80-year-old member of the delegation had to be treated for injuries, and several other delegates had to rinse their eyes and clothing, the station reported.

Up to 200 people from a group called Funk the War nosily staged their own march. Wearing black clothes, bandanas and gas masks, some of their members smashed windows of cars and stores. They tipped over newspaper boxes, pulled a big trash bin into the street, bent the rearview mirrors on a bus and flipped heavy stone garbage bins on the sidewalks.

Protesters were seen lying on an interstate exit ramp to block traffic in the downtown area and linking arms to block other roads.

On the weekend, authorities seized weapons and devices from a self-described anarchist group called the RNC Welcoming Committee, which was not among the organizers of the march. The devices were designed to disable buses, the sheriff’s office said. Five people from that group were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to riot, conspiracy to commit civil disorder and conspiracy to damage property, the sheriff’s office said.

Because nothing says "Stop the war!!" quite like senseless violence against senior citizens and police, and the smashing of car and store windows.

Zheesh, can anyone say "Hypocracy!!!" really loudly?