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26
Feb
09

My biscuits are burning.

I saw this on Lou Dobbs while watching the news this morning.

The UN wants to criminalize negative speech about religion.

Of course, you know what religion they mean. Too many foxes are in the hen house at the UN.

I’m going to test this bill to its limits if its passed. Really. I’m going to make a movie.

24
Jan
09

I used to be a (insert right-wing political profile here), but then…

Many WordPress readers I’m sure have notice one blog posting that’s been on the “Hawt Posts” list for a few day now. It’s from the unreasonable faith  site. The author of that site claims he used to be an evangelical Christian, but has since seen the light–or the darkeness as it may be–and has become what I would call a mini-antichrist.  I’m loath to post a link to his Hawt article, the title of which states: How To Stump an Anti-Abortionist With One Question. The question:

If abortion was illegal, what should be done with the women who have illegal abortions?

I see absolutely no brilliance or significant insight in this question, but given the Nature of the WordPress audience, people are flocking to this posting like it was a pile of Barack Obama’s dirty underwear waiting to be sold on ebay.

My article is not about abortion. It is about people who lie about past political or religious affiliations in order to gain a moral legitimacy. I first noticed this phenomena while listening to Rush Limbaugh. People would call in, identifying themselves as former Republicans, or former conservatives. They would then proceed to plaster Limbaugh with a tirade of left-wing rhetoric as if they’d memorized the writings of Voltair and Rosseau. And in only a few months! Because it was only as recently as that horrible right-winger, GW Bush had invaded Iraq that these oh-so-introspective former “right-wing-nutjobs” had found their Damascus Road–or in most cases–its antithesis.

Limbaugh could pick these folks out immediately, and he always called them on it. An immediate giveaway was a male–if slightly effeminate–using overly verbose and academic language. Yup–what we have here is a spy for the intelligentsia.

Well, I pick up on these liars pretty quickly myself. They try to use people’s innate desire to get along and become one with the masses, in order to circumvent these people’s logic. “See, I was where you are, and I’ve changed my mind. I can see things from all perspectives because I’ve looked at all perspectives–and I found what was best. You should follow me.”

I remember having a debate about the Bush administration with one fellow. He told me that he used, to be a conservative but now, after Bush dashed all of his hopes by lying to get us to go to war, in order to smash all of the poor, brown-skin people living in Iraq, he had lost faith in the conservative agenda and was now a liberal. And an atheist. Hmmm. I was suspicious. Then I took a look at his book case. I found some writings by Gore Vidal. Gotcha. No person who was a conservative a few years after the Iraq war began goes from thinking we should kill Saddam Hussein to reading Gore Vidal. Also, this person had videos about how the New Testament was written by a bunch of hucksters. Wow, George Bush really did a number on this fellow, didn’t he? Dashed his belief in God. Bush would surely burn for that one…

It seems to me, that the normal events to occur after one loses faith in a political or religious belief, would be a kind of sullen, grey neutrality. One would begin to question everything and be unable to go on crusades against one’s former views. Most of these people would start to see that the world is a difficult place to decrypt, not that the world is the exact opposite of how one saw it before.

Always be careful when someone tells you that they used to be one thing, but then by a not-so-devine intervention, became the exact opposite. Many times these people are using a subtle psychological ploy to force others into seeing things their way.

23
Dec
08

Brilliant article on religion and the press.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123000033860729321.html

13
Nov
08

Reading List: The Suicide of the West

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While I have the time, I guess I can continue on with a preferred reading list.

This book, The Suicide of the West, did not so much change my view of what’s happening here in America, and to a larger degree to withering Europe, but it certainly did define the reasons as to why it’s happening, why cynicism, self-hate and loss of public virtue and values will in the end result in the West becoming decidedly Un-Western.

Authored by Chris Smith–former culture minister to Tony Blair– and Richard Koch–consultant and business man, the book is small, but excellently organized. Written clearly, and inspiringly, The Suicide of the West examines the building blocks of the West, hewn from perhaps our greatest age: The Enlightenment. They are: Christianity, Optimism, Science, Growth, Liberalism, and Individualism. The West can only fall from the inside. When the inside is hollow, when our identity and motivation disappear, then the barbarians can have at tearing down our gates and sacking the temples. We’ve seen the start of that too…

I think I’ll be reading this book for the rest of my life, actually. Once a year, to remind me that the depressing media and casual nihilists hanging out in the coffee shops, complaining about the evils of America are nothing but haters contributing to the decline of their own world.




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