Christianity and the intolerance of the liberal state

January 25, 2014 - Leave a Response

Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., archbishop of Philadelphia, made numerous, important observations in the course of a homily delivered at the National Shrine for the 41st March for Life.  He particularly emphasised the counter-cultural nature of Christianity.  Against that he observed the deepening intolerance of the liberal state.  And he concluded thus :

If Jesus is the lord of the sabbath, he is also the lord of history.  And sooner or later, despite the weaknesses of his friends and the strengths of his enemies, his will will be done—whether the Pharisees and Herodians of our day approve of it or not.

Yet it remains the historical reality that Christianity has always depended to some degree, however modest, upon the tolerance of the state.  That has implications for Christians, especially if pro-life.  Nothing in the present–or for some time–has indicated that Christianity will survive as states become ever more intolerant.  One would like to hope otherwise but the evidence is, well, intolerant.


Update: There is one further observation to make.  I wrote this brief post because although I subscribe to First Things, I could not comment upon Dr. Chaput’s homily without logging-in in one of four ways (logging-in to the journal did not suffice).  I refuse to have dealings with any of the proffered options, at least three of which are doubtless hostile to the pro-lifers (what ‘Disqus’ refers to I do not know).



Quadrant, poetry and taxpayers

January 23, 2014 - Leave a Response

Actually Quadrant‘s association with taxpayers is now negligible.  But it does publish poetry  .  .  .  apparently to the upset of other journals.  Roger Franklin, editor of Quadrant, argues that comments in Overland raise questions of arts funding in general.  Perhaps.

The first and, I suggest, only question is why taxpayers should fund poetry or anything else calling itself an art.  This is most unclear.  So much that government funds may be unobjectionable in itself, but when money is taken, with threats of menace, from the public then objections do arise given the typically political nature of the result.  Latterly, in this context, issues have arisen even regarding the Australian War Memorial and its expenditure.  The only reasonable response is termination of the funding.  I would start with the ABC (defunding in toto), then the AWM ( at least in part) and so on  .  .  .  to the end of the alphabet.

Nietzsche rules, so they tell us by what they do.  OK.  Let it be so.

Obamacare in America

January 3, 2014 - Leave a Response

Powerline whines that their federal government’s website (allegedly) for health insurance has no notion that people have babies, among other changes to life.  Not so much exceptional nation and manifest destiny as chronically ridiculous nation.

July-August 1914: Enthusiasm?

January 1, 2014 - Leave a Response

The declaration of war [in July-August 1914] was greeted with wild celebration.  .  .  .

Why do people continue to retail myth?  This from the author of EUReferendum. Not least an author whose purpose in more than one book has, so he wrote, been to overwhelm myth with evidence.  In the central metropolises of the various nations and empires–London, Berlin, Paris, for example–some enthusiasm might be evident.  Away from those questionable places reactions were much more muted, indeed.  And when soldiers in some localities were mobilised, for example, Bavaria, the reactions were ones of despair, even to the extent of suicide by wives unable to conceive how to cope alone.  The war, even before its character became remotely familiar, was quickly reckoned terrible, certainly in some country centres in South Australia.  Determination, incidentally, need not equate with ‘enthusiasm’; nor did it.  So I repeat, why indulge in such nonsense?

Last Century’s nation

December 22, 2013 - Leave a Response

There may or may not be a leading nation at this point in the increasingly ghastly twenty first century.  Certainly it is not the USA.  This response, just one of many, on Powerline makes that patently clear, at least from a cultural perspective.  The expressed conceit that the USA represents the West, itself more or less a ceature of the past, only deepens the case.

More hypocrisy . . . as if there’s anything else

December 11, 2013 - Leave a Response

Electronista moans about working conditions in a factory making products for Apple.  Electronista also notes, with apparent approval, an announcement by the Mayor New York, Michael Bloomberg, of ‘the launch of a new outdoor public Wi-Fi network in Harlem accessible to all users at no cost’.

How often does one see demands for new products, or lower prices on existing products?  Ipad, for instance, requires a new model at least annually.  With more features  .  .  .  and lower cost.  How else, but by exploitation of the weak and oppressed in a totalitarian state, can this wonder of modern education (schools are addicted) be possible and universal?  Helped, naturally, by governments (especially last century’s nation, the US) printing money to cover their failures: intellectual, moral and financial.

The twenty first century has several qualities or, rather, characteristics, none of them commendable.  Hypocrisy is at their head. 

Yawn. Quadrant moans again about the ABC

October 17, 2013 - Leave a Response

Why bother?  Roger Franklin should know by now that the ABC is incapable of reform.  So why waste readers time on such cant? Affordability of a chair for a pot of poisonous prejudice like Barrie Cassidy is an utter irrelevance.  Abolish the whole rotten institution.  Now.  Return the money to taxpayers or, for a time, better, assist a small number of people who cannot otherwise afford it, to receive dental care required urgently.  But that won’t happen.  We live in deteriorating times.  That deterioration has a very long way to go before any improvement can become evident.  It would help to be rid of the ABC nonetheless.

Change? What change?

September 17, 2013 - Leave a Response

This from The Australian today:

RESOURCE giants will be told to step up their spending on mammoth new projects or risk losing their rights to tap the deposits, under an Abbott government plan to accelerate investment and kill off fears of an end to the boom.

The article continues with this Rudd-Gillard-Rudd type threat:

Incoming industry minister Ian Macfarlane  .  .  .  warned that companies that shelved their projects could lose the “retention leases” they held over the reserves, given the commonwealth’s power to revoke the rights as they came up for renewal over the next few years. “I want to put the industry on notice that if the deposits are able to be developed they’ve got to be developed,” he said yesterday as he arrived in Canberra for briefings.

 So, the point of the auction, sorry election, on 7 September was what?  I knew I was right not to take any but the most cursory notice of it or anything else political.  Not only have the government’s spots not changed but the public had to pay for all aspects of the auction (no apologies), including political propaganda from the candidates.  Whether one should yawn or be outraged I don’t know.  Meanwhile, at Maaloula.  .  .  ?


Has (meaningful) language a future?

September 4, 2013 - Leave a Response

Not if Victoria’s Weekly Times can help it:

Her comments come as she scrambles to sure up numbers against a coalition government.

Rotten Apples–or, no flacking permitted

August 27, 2013 - Leave a Response

If I type ‘the age of information’ in Google there appear some 2.7 billion results.  If, foolishly, I enter iTunes seeking, say, the forthcoming recording from Deutsche Grammophon of the Brahms piano concertos the results tell nothing of the files that I might purchase and download.  Are they mp3, flac, 16 bit, 24 bit, and at what frequency?  None of that appears.  None of that is available.  None of that, it seems, is permissible.  Thus the age of information.  All that matters, surprise, surprise, is the price, which, in Australia, is grossly inflated.  So much for the age of information.  It’s on a par with contemporary manufacturing (forthcoming).