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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

WWMD?


What would the Muslim do?


I disagree with everything Putin does and is, except his position on that group of wayward women musicians.

Driving to work on the 417, I'm back in the world, it seems. I see, once again, after a few years' hiatus, manipulations of the symbol held sacred by Christians for 2000 years:
But this act of desecration is funny, because Christians are stupid, bigoted and superstitious. They deserve to have their symbols desecrated.

I say, fine. It's a free world, and if you want to insult religions, why only those you can insult with impunity? The very essence of bullying is targeting those who will not or cannot stand up for themselves.

Here's a suggestion, Mr. and Mrs. Freethinker, driving your Volkswagen Golf down the 417. Go to the corner of Walkley and Albion in Ottawa and do likewise, but this time desecrate a symbol held sacred to Muslims - after all, aren't they just as stupid, bigoted and superstitious as Christians? Maybe there someone will be happy to teach you the other side of civilized co-existence.

So it is with the recent event in Moscow. The St. Elias Today blog is a wonderful site. Today, however, I fundamentally disagree with the article it is carrying from First Things.

But of course, the difference is this, if I ever have the opportunity to go to St. Elias, I would be going to pray silently to God, and not as a publicity stunt put on by money-grubbing cowards. I would go out of reverence for that sacred place.

What would the Muslim do? Maybe it's time to ask them? Maybe this is the puny kid paying the big kid from grade 9 to pound the guy who's making his life a living hell?




* An interesting post here from Peter Stockland on this general theme.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

New Editor at Catholic Insight!

I just found out that my friend and former colleague from OLSWA, Dr. David Beresford, is the new editor of Catholic Insight.

Catholic Insight has always been a valuable source of, well - frankly - insight from Catholics. It's chief, Fr. Alphonse de Valk, CSB, has done a fine job with the publication over the years and has, in fact, established himself as an authoritative and respected voice in the Canadian Church.

I could not think of a better person to follow after Fr. de Valk. Beresford is one of the most refreshing Catholic minds I have ever met. He has an infectious love for all things, from nature to supernature. And while we enjoyed exchanging barbs - he attacking my Platonism and me attacking his unbridled devotion to Chesterton - his fundamental commitment to the Church's teaching on faith and reason is something on which our minds and hearts perfectly line up.

During some dark days I could always count on his encouragement.

Congratulations, David! We'll be reading!



Sunday, August 19, 2012

Dieppe Remembered

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Dieppe. It was a day of bravery and destruction. It was also a day of tragedy, as the predominantly Canadian invasion force was routed by the German Army. Regardless of any tactical evaluations of Dieppe, these men of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division (with a contingent of Brits and a few Americans) fought with exceptional heroism in defence of our freedom.

Pray for the repose of these heroes and thank God for your freedom. Don't let their sacrifice be for naught. Live resolutely the freedom they defended bravely.


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Two Posts on OLSWA

Of course, one was written by yours truly, at thetheologyofdad. The other by Kathleen Dunn at the Catholic Chapter House.

Now that I am living in Ottawa, I promise that the SCCB will be even more cutting edge and socially and politically relevant! Well, actually, that's up to you. I just collect your blogs!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Rad Conrad, Again

He's on a roll. In an article for the National Post, after a slightly trying history lesson, he proceeds with this tour de force:

If this [Obama] administration is reelected, there is no reason to doubt that it will continue to restrict, on the spurious pretext of separation of church and state, any moral or practical authority except that of the government. It stops short of the 19th-century German societies that had services of state worship highlighted by flags, artillery, and anthems, but it threatens to generate far more serious cultural disputes than the deep ideological divisions already existing in America.

Do these people really want the state to be all-powerful? I don't think so; I think they simply see the state as the only means by which to establish their idea of utopia. In this they are just like their bogey-men inquisitors of the past. Without God, you will always become what you most fear.

He continues on in a way that I think would be most surprising to these people. Yet Black is correct:

From the most simplistic and mawkish religious views to the most intellectually subtle ones, the body of ecclesiastical beliefs and practices has been, in many countries (but not always), the most reliable restraint to overweening statism. However much these views may be despised by the academic, bureaucratic, and media elites that are the core of the strength of the Democratic party, most Americans are somewhat religious, and most are cautious, as were the Founders, about the powers of government. Most Americans do not respect the Supreme Court, and the great majority have been contemptuous of successive Congresses and administrations.

Yes, the Christian religion is today the most reliable restraint to overweening statism. Overweening statism is bad. Perhaps it will come for us inevitably, and this is the end times for liberty, and all the distopian science fictions writers will prove correct. That would be bad. The thing is, Christians don't care about politics nearly as much as secularists do. Their treasure lies elsewhere. The great lie is to present secularists as tolerant. In fact, that is false. Totalitarianism is, of necessity, secularistic. Why? Again, Christians don't care about this world so much as to want to control every aspect of it. (Hence, the non-politics of the so-called politics of Augustine's City of God.) Totalitarianism comes from the imminentism of paganism.

He concludes:

In trying to subordinate and marginalize America’s religious institutions, the Obama administration is playing with high explosives. It is a bad, dangerous, and devious encroachment on constitutional liberty, and could undermine one of the greatest pillars of American national success. The balance between faith and reason is for the determination of each individual, and of the people as a whole, not of unauthorized government officials uttering impious humbug as they arbitrarily do so.

So, in the end, despite how badly these people think religion sucks, I cannot bear to imagine what life will be like without it. A world where everything is China, but with American cutting-edge technology to enforce this Chinese-style control.

Wait, I'm a Christian, so I can bear it. Why? Because my treasure lies elsewhere - and you secularists should thank me for being this way. For without me, your god, the all-powerful state, will destroy you.