September 15, 2014
The Week’s Witchiest, Bitchiest, and Kitschiest Headlines
ASK NOT FOR WHOM THE BAGPIPES BLOW
On Thursday, voters in Scotland”a cold, craggy, blustery nation with fewer inhabitants than the Atlanta metropolitan statistical area”will vote on a referendum declaring whether or not they support independence from the United Kingdom. Over this past weekend, polls showed that the vote was still too close to call.
Those who favor independence argue that England exercises undue influence over Scottish laws, politics, and the economy. They claim that breaking away would be a positive step for Scottish democracy and self-determination. They also argue that any temporary economic drawbacks would be more than compensated for if Scotland were to nationalize its huge oil reserves.
Those who argue against independence speak of “unity” and “patriotism” and “the Queen.” They say that Scotland’s economy would be ruined, its military weakened irreparably, and its voice in world affairs considerably muted.
However, many of those making the latter arguments are English politicians, bankers, and industrialists, which raises the question of whether they truly care if the average Scotsman has much to lose. If they”re shouting so loudly against Scottish independence, it suggests that perhaps English politicians, bankers, and industrialists would have much to lose should those voting “Yes” emerge victorious.
Those who fundamentally oppose globalism, centralized government power, and the EU”as well as anyone who believes that representative democracy is best practiced on a local level and is rendered more meaningless the more that any given voting pool expands”should support secession, whether you like kilts and bagpipes or not.
PRIESTS GET HOT UNDER THE COLLAR ABOUT JEWS AND GAYS
Priests both Catholic and Episcopalian are catching flak for daring to speak up against reigning cultural pieties. It appears that we now inhabit a world where rabbis and gay-rights activists have far more social power than priests.
Reverend Bruce Shipman, interim chaplain of the Episcopal Church at Yale University, has resigned amid a turd-storm that erupted after The New York Times published a letter of his in response to an op-ed by “Holocaust scholar” Deborah Lipstadt regarding the causes of an alleged surge of “anti-Semitism” in Europe. Shipman wrote:
The best antidote to anti-Semitism would be for Israel’s patrons abroad to press the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for final-status resolution to the Palestinian question.
Shipman’s mortal sin”unforgivable in this day and age”was to suggest that “anti-Semitism” might in any way be a response to Jewish behavior.
His comments mirrored those made last month by a Catholic Slovakian priest named Emil FloriÅ¡, who dared to suggest that public animus toward Jews and Romani people could even possibly be a reaction to behavior among these two groups:
From all over Europe, they took the Jews to concentration camps. And do you know why? Because there was hatred toward them, but those who are hated often do it to themselves….Now there is a risk for some Roma. And you know why? Because of abuse of the system and the kindness of others.
Cardinal Francis George of the Archdiocese of Chicago recently caught hell for writing that Catholics are increasingly being forced to live under a pro-gay “state religion”:
In recent years, society has brought social and legislative approval to all types of sexual relationships that used to be considered ‘sinful.’…Nevertheless, those who do not conform to the official religion, we are warned, place their citizenship in danger.
Monsignor Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington had an online column removed by higher-ups because it dared to question Catholic complicity with the “LGBTQIA” agenda by permitting the rainbow weirdlings to march in New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade:
But now we are being asked to raise toasts and to enjoy a night of frivolity with those who think it is acceptable to abort children by the millions each year, with those who think anal sex is to be celebrated as an expression of love and that LGBTQIA… (I=intersexual, A= Asexual) is actually a form of sanity to which we should tip our hat….We don”t need parades and dinner with people who scoff at our teachings, insist we compromise, use us for publicity, and make money off of us. We”re being played for (and are?) fools.
Terms such as “racism,” “anti-Semitism,” “misogyny,” and “homophobia” are shrewdly manipulative moral constructions, engineered to place the blame solely on the person experiencing negative feelings rather than those whose behavior may have caused such feelings. As priests are rapidly discovering to their dismay, those who control the definitions of good and evil ultimately control everything.
THEY GOT A WHITE DUDE, BUT IT’s NOT A HATE CRIME
Another week brings another video of a black mob pummeling a white person and another official refusal to file hate-crime charges. This week’s videotaped evidence of a nation in the midst of a slow, escalating, violently anti-white race war was filmed outside a Kroger grocery store in Memphis, TN. As a mob swarming the parking lot knocks a white youth unconscious, a woman can be heard laughing raucously and saying, “They got a white dude.” What was originally claimed to be a single white victim then became three victims”two store employees (one white, black) who suffered minor injuries attempting to intervene”and then four and five victims who can”t be seen on the video.
Actor James Woods took to Twitter to call out Attorney General Eric Holder for his roaring silence regarding the incident. Memphis officials have declared that the numerous suspects will not be charged with a hate crime. The eternally whimpering pygmy hedgehog Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center has declared it was not a hate crime. Such immediate denials might be remotely forgivable if the bulk of American media and blind, money-gobbling ideologues such as the SPLC didn”t automatically frame any incident of white-on-black violence”even if the perpetrator isn”t even technically white“as a racially motivated hate crime.