by baldilocks

In the last few days, it has been reported that the government of the Chechen Republic (Chechnya) is putting homosexuals in “concentration” camps.

“Concentration camps” for LGBT people have been allegedly opened up in Chechnya where men have been tortured and killed because of their sexuality, Novaya Gazeta reported. The allegations came after a few eyewitnesses and survivors said in interviews with the Russian publication that they were arrested and detained at one of the secret prisons in Argun, a town in the Chechen Republic, Russia.

Around 100 gay men have been reportedly detained and at least three killed in the past week in Chechnya by the police. The “concentration camps” are being used to force homosexuals to commit that they would leave the republic, according to Novaya Gazeta.

The officials in Chechnya started torturing the homosexuals after a Russia-based NGO for LGBT rights — GayRussia.ru — applied for a gay rights march in the capital of Grozny [the Chechen capital], reports said.

Meanwhile, Chechen’s President Ramzan Kadyrov, who is a key ally [sic] of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been accused of setting up the camps to torture gay people. He has denied the allegation saying, “It’s impossible to persecute those who are not in the republic.” The Chechen government suggested there are no gay people in their country.

And this is the key phrase in the report:

The Muslim-majority nation of Chechnya falls under Russian federal powers and follows traditional Muslim values.

A few pertinent facts:

  • Chechnya is 95% Muslim and is, basically, owned by Russia. The two entities have a bloody history that goes back centuries.
  • Muslims non-pitchers have been persecuting homosexuals for who knows how long.
  • Remember Beslan?

In the past couple of days, I’ve seen people act all surprised about this report and even wonder why President Trump doesn’t do something about it. Really? Perhaps they think that he should lob a few Tomahawks on what is, essentially, Russian soil. Yeah, that will fix everything.

Please, people. Is it too tough to do the barest bit of homework before you virtue signal?

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Just a reminder that pretending to be a hero who fights for the west in movies doesn’t make it so in reality.

Details: Is it true that when you stay at hotels you tear out the Bible page that condemns homosexuality?

Ian McKellen: I do, absolutely. I’m not proudly defacing the book, but it’s a choice between removing that page and throwing away the whole Bible. And I’m not really the first: I got delivered a package of 40 of those pages — Leviticus 18:22 — that had been torn out by a married couple I know. They put them on a bit of string so that I could hang it up in the bathroom.

That a member of the race that fought the book burning Nazis is doing this is frankly an insult to the memory of those who fought to destroy them but Sir Ian’s actions bring up three interesting thoughts.

The first is the obvious question to one familiar with scripture:  Why pull the pages from Leviticus but not from St. Paul’s 2nd letter to the Corinthians:

Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor boy prostitutes nor practicing homosexuals nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God. 

That is what some of you used to be; but now you have had yourselves washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

I can’t see why one would leave St. Paul and the New Testament alone when it is much more read than Leviticus.  If the goal is to prevent people from reading that message the logical move would be to pull both or if one is removing only one, the latter.  I’m presuming it’s sheer ignorance on his part but given attempts to spin the New Testament lately by revisionist scholars perhaps doing so would be damaging to those efforts.  It would be a public statement that Christ stands against this sin and this would undermine too many pretending something else.

The Second thought comes from this ironic passage via Instapundit concerning syrian refugees:

Sir Ian McKellen comments on the influx of Syrian refugees into Western nations. McKellen says these people should ‘be looked after’ until they can return to their home country and that we should trust authorities to weed out any individual who poses a threat.

I find this a rather odd contradiction give Islam’s great love for Homosexuality as the very publicly gay Milo Yiannopoulos:

So you can accuse me of being “islamophobic” if you want, because no, I don’t want to be shouted at or spat on in the street. Maybe my gayness is standing in the way of a Muslim utopia… but I’m going to be selfish here and say maybe we don’t import all the people who want to murder me.

I’m serious. Gay people are getting stoned to death all the time in the Middle East, and not in the fun way: in the throw-big-rocks-at-your-head-until-you-die way. I don’t mean to be callous, but what are we gaining by letting these people in? Why can’t we help them with overseas aid? Why do they need to come here? Aren’t we just encouraging more of them to risk the trip by throwing our borders open?

and we’re not just talking ISIS either:

These are the attitudes we’re importing by allowing millions of Muslims to settle in western Europe. Sorry if that sounds intolerant, but remember women and gays aren’t just treated like shit by ISIS, but mainstream Muslim culture, too. I can’t remember how many Muslim countries have the death penalty for homosexuality. What is it, ten? Eleven?

If Sir Ian can’t handle the christian scriptures, thousands of people bearing the Koran or books of Hadiths which are still being used to kill gays all over the world under local law should be unbearable for him.

We don’t have any word on if Sir Ian feels compelled to tear pages out of the Koran or of Islamic Hadiths when he encounters them.  Larry King didn’t bother to ask, if he does perhaps he may choose to keep quiet about it.

I can’t imagine why.

 

Finally and most revealing is his self congratulatory statement of restraint saying it’s a choice between defacing the book or throwing it away altogether.

What’s so interesting is that there is an obvious 3rd choice:  Leave the book alone. 

While we often hear the culture portray Christians of all stripes as “puritanical” and “intolerant” there seems to be a distinct lack of christians defacing or destroying what would be considered “gay friendly” material when encountering it during travel.

The fact that the wealthy and comfortable Sir Ian doesn’t seem to have the restraint that’s shown by the average Christian speaks volumes about the supposed tolerance and open-mindedness of the left but I suspect it speaks to something else.

As I’ve said many times no amount of belief on my part or disbelief on someone else’s part changes has any bearing on the actual truth of Christianity in general or Catholicism in particular (or any other religion for that matter).

As a Catholic the truth of the faith is a given and while I might object to the long term cultural damage the changes the left have brought to society I don’t let myself be made crazy by them because in the end none of it changes eternal truths.  My primary responsibility is my own soul.  While I might pray for and advise others concerning said truths in the hope helping them gain eternal life & sparing them the sufferings of eternal damnation the final responsibility for their souls is ultimately their concern and while it’s sad I don’t allow it to keep me from functioning.

Yet to McKellen who considers scripture a fantasy to be ignored and is clearly an educated man simply can’t handle a page in a book.

Mind you he doesn’t have to read that page, he doesn’t have to open the book in fact he doesn’t have to open the particular drawer that the book is in.  Simply knowing that a page in a book in a drawer in a room condemns his life choices is too much for him.

Now if he believes the Bible is just a fable and Christianity is just a made up religion such an obsession to destruction is beneath a man as erudite and educated as Sir Ian McKellen.  It’s an act that is completely irrational.

But if I’m right and the whole thing, Jesus, God, Angels, Devils etc are in fact reality than said obsession makes perfect sense.  It would mean that the page in that book is a reminder of a truth that can be denied only for a time, a truth that his guardian angel whispers in his ear, a truth that at age seventy is closing in.

Proverbs says:  The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the LORD, (Proverbs 9:10a).  I submit and suggest that Sir Ian’s apparent fear is completely rational and is a sign of hope for him, because there is always the chance that said fear will move him to different action.

I wish him luck.

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by baldilocks

Discovering the fallaciousness of an idea previously thought to be true can be traumatic. Indeed, some will refuse to even consider the fault lying in the foundation of an idea–in its premises–even when the hole in it is wide and deep.

Such is the case with respect to and discrimination in private business. You’re not allowed to do it (anymore), right? Well, that means that signs like this are mere bluster and delusion.

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If you can’t refuse to serve blacks, disabled, gays, etc., then you don’t have that reservation. It’s that simple. You don’t think so? Read Title II of the Civil Rights Act again.

So when you see things like this happen, you shouldn’t be surprised.

Two Christian ministers who own an Idaho wedding chapel were told they had to either perform same-sex weddings or face jail time and up to a $1,000 fine, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court.m

[snip]

According to the lawsuit, the wedding chapel is registered with the state as a “religious corporation” limited to performing “one-man-one-woman marriages as defined by the Holy Bible.”

But the chapel is also registered as a for-profit business – not as a church or place of worship – and city officials said that means the owners must comply with a local nondiscrimination ordinance.

That ordinance, passed last year, prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, and it applies to housing, employment and public accommodation.

The CRA cracked the foundation of our country, further inserting government tentacles into private property. And the ingenuousness of CRA is this: it seems to guarantee the rights of those who are not white male Christians. Because of that perception, it will be impossible to fix without a whole lot of Sturm und Drang (in English, SHTF) about the rights of non-whites.

But all it really does is reserve the “right” of government to tell you how to conduct “your” business, actual rights be damned…no pun intended…or advise you of the consequences of resisting government regulation in this area. It’s a fifty-year-old fraud perpetrated on the American people. We’re seeing groups take advantage of the fraud more and more because the ideological children of the fraudsters have become emboldened of late.

I can’t imagine why that is so. (sarc)

Resistance is futile, baby

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UPDATE: With the Pope’s visit to the US & the MSM spinning the above phrase it is a good time to provide this post to unspin those being played by the media.

There is no phrase of Pope Francis that has been more spun by the world’s media than Francis’ famous words from an early interview concerning homosexuality.

When taken in context the Pope’s meaning is quite clear:

Pope Francis said it was important to “distinguish between a person who is gay and someone who makes a gay lobby,” he said. “A gay lobby isn’t good.”

“A gay person who is seeking God, who is of good will — well, who am I to judge him?” the pope said. “The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this very well. It says one must not marginalize these persons, they must be integrated into society. The problem isn’t this (homosexual) orientation — we must be like brothers and sisters. The problem is something else, the problem is lobbying either for this orientation or a political lobby or a Masonic lobby.”

However many articles & pieces in context one might write, this can not prevent ignorant & dishonest people from using the “Who am I to judge” phrase as an excuse to not only justify and advance Gay Marriage but to attack Catholics who point out that homosexual acts (rather than the orientation itself) have always been and remain a mortal sin.

So in the interest of explaining this to those who the media would deceive here is what you need to know:

What the Pope said in the most generic sense is this:

A person inclined to a sin, who is seeking God who is of good will–well who am I to judge him?

What the Pope didn’t say in any way shape or form, but what the media wants you to think he did is this:

A person who is proud of and flaunts their sin, well. who am I to judge him?

If you require further information let me go into detail after the jump:

Continue reading ““Who am I to Judge?” for Dummies”

by baldilocks

(Re-edited.)

Last week’s Mozilla-Brendan Eich saga has spawned many conversations. I have been involved in more than one of these, and they have produced a good amount of frustration in me. This frustration is borne of the fact that many people in this allegedly Judeo-Christian nation are functionally illiterate as to what they don’t believe, and as to what they do.

When Jesus Christ died and rose again, His work was finished, as He proclaimed. However, both believer and non-believer alike seem to think that the work of the individual Christian is finished when he/she accepts Jesus. (This is not to say that a Christian must do many things to be saved; he/she needs only to do one thing. My Catholic friends differ about this, but that is a separate topic.)

We Christians do sin–mostly in spiritual pride, but also in other areas, and that is to be expected. However, all too many of us think that Christians have arrived at some point of imaginary perfection. As a result, conversations about individual sins—like homosexuality—spur accusations from both Christian and non-Christian alike.

“What about your divorce?”

“Have you ever fornicated?”

“Have you ever lied?”

“Have you ever killed someone or thought about it?”

“What about the Westboro Baptist Church?

“What about Steven Anderson in Arizona?”

“If you’ve sinned, then who are you to call homosexuality a sin or oppose same-sex marriage?”

And on and on. This sort of thing speaks to an idea that Christians are members of some sort of club which no one can join unless they become “sinless.” It also betrays the fact that few really read the source material, including alleged pastors.

Here on earth, Christianity is a journey–a walk in faith–to the Destination; it is not the Destination itself. We pick the Destination–Heaven–when we accept Jesus the Christ as our Lord and our Savior. (Many Christians ignore that first part.)

Paul called the purpose of that walk a “perfecting of the saints.” “Perfecting” is, perhaps, an unfortunate translation of the Greek word used. In my opinion, he means that saints (all Christians) are to be shaped and molded in the manner that a potter shapes and molds clay toward an end vessel, one that is of the potter’s desire. And, as we choose to be saved, we also choose the journey—the shaping and the molding.

During each individual’s journey, the Potter shows that person his/her sins; some of which that person may not have previously thought of as wrong. Then, through reading the Word, prayer, fasting, giving—through obedience and trust of the Potter—that person can be purged of his/her sin(s). But, again, this is a journey.

The Potter will spin you, shape you, mold you and cut off things He can’t use. And, often, these actions will not feel so good at first. But, your mission as the clay—should you choose to accept it—is to remain on the wheel.

(Side Note: in one of the conversions, I asked this question as a thought experiment: why hasn’t God destroyed San Francisco? The assumption was that if God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for the celebration of homosexuality, then He should deal thusly with any other municipality for the same reason. Answer: since the finished work of Jesus the Christ, we live in the Dispensation—the Age—of Grace.)

One of the participants in the conversation suggested that if homosexuals did not struggle with the thoughts of homosexual acts, that he/she should not be labeled a homosexual. Conversely, this person said, that if a person still struggled with these thoughts, he/she wasn’t really saved.  I disagree, because, I used to struggle with wishing harm on those who have wronged me, but this wasn’t always so. I had to ask God to be free of those types of thoughts. And, I had to walk to that destination, that freedom (which, of course, does not mean that there aren’t other struggles with other sins in my life). And here’s another reason.

Therefore, I submit that, when discussing the sins of homosexual thoughts and acts, we Christians should cease labeling the individual who is trying to walk in the faith of Jesus the Christ, but who struggles to be free of these things–as ‘homosexuals.’

We should, instead, label them as all Christians are labeled: as sinners saved by Grace. And we should, of course, pray for them and ask them to pray for us. And we all should remember that His mercy endures forever.

(Thanks to Mike C.)

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Just imagine a religious fanatic burns a popular Gay Bar in the middle of a New Year’s Eve Celebration.

Picture the arsonist telling a friend from his place of worship that “Homosexuals should be exterminated.”

What do you think would happen?

The evening news would be full of the story of a hate crimes and the bigotry of Christians. You would have the Morning Joe panel deriding the haters, you would have specials on CNN, it would be the lead on every single mainstream network.

It would be considered a seminal moment.

Well it just so happens there was such a fire at a Seattle nightclub and if you go to the ABC site and search for gay+fire+Seattle the only result is this AP story from Jan 3rd:

The quick thinking of a U.S. Army staff sergeant likely helped prevent a fire inside a Seattle night club from becoming a tragedy during New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Seattle police say 750 people were celebrating in the club Neighbours when an arsonist poured gasoline on a carpeted stairway and set it ablaze.

KIRO-TV reports ( http://is.gd/rdeMRP ) that in the first seconds after the fire started, Staff Sgt. Christopher Bostick grabbed a fire extinguisher from behind the bar. Then he and Air Force member Mike Casey put out the fire.

“I’m embarrassed to say, my first move was to go after it with cups of water. Then I quickly realized, this fire is way bigger than that,” Bostick said.

Bostick, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, expects the fire would have become unmanageable in less than a minute.

While the nightclub’s sprinkler system rained water down, hundreds of people calmly but quickly left the nightclub. No one was hurt.

Seattle arson investigators are searching through surveillance video from the club and neighboring businesses, looking for suspects and clues.

“You know, in 30 seconds, if that fire did what the arsonist intended, there’s no telling how many people could have died,” Bostick said.

Well that’s good news but nothing on the source of the fire

But it’s better than CBS news that had nothing on the fire as did CNN

In fact if you do a google search of the combination of Seattle + Fire + gay and look at the results you will see nothing from any major MSM network.

Why?

Well apparently the religious fanatic who tried to commit Mass murder of Gays…turned out to be the wrong religion:

KIRO 7 has uncovered explosive new details in the case of the Capitol Hill arson at a popular gay nightclub.

Suspect Musab Masmari’s motive may have stemmed from his “distaste for homosexual people.”

Masmari is charged with arson for allegedly setting the fire at Neighbours nightclub shortly after midnight on New Year’s Day.

According to investigative documents filed in King County Superior Court, the 30-year old Masmari told a friend “that homosexuals should be exterminated.” That friend, a member of the local Muslim community, went straight to the FBI because he believed Masmari may have also been planning a terrorist attack. That friend became a confidential informant.

Pam Geller who you might remember getting excoriated over ads displaying Muslims in their own words asks the obvious question:

Where are the left wing, the gay and LGBT organizations denouncing the Islamic texts that inspire such mayhem and murder of gays? Where is that fierce gay leadership condemning Muslim oppression of gays under the sharia?

Where are those brave activists who rushed to condemn me when I ran an ad campaign highlighting Muslim oppression of gays under the sharia?

They’re busy attacking Geller:

So lets recap, If you are a Muslim and you dislike gays and want to torch & slaughter then in the US, have no fear, other than Pam Geller, Robert Spencer, a few local papers, and of course myself, nobody will notice or condemn you, certainly not the national media.

But if you are a Christian who doesn’t want to make a wedding cake for a gay marriage because it’s a violation of your religion and your conscience, the media will have you guts for garters.

Update:  Linked by Stacy McCain who notes

The gay-rights movement in America is entirely owned by the Democrat Party, and is therefore concerned with destroying everything — capitalism, Christianity, patriotism — that is an obstacle to the advancement of the Democrat Party agenda. So if the Seattle arsonist had been a Christian extremist or some other person who could be labeled “right wing,” the headlines coast-to-coast in the Democrat-controlled press would be “HATE CRIME IN SEATTLE” and this story would have rivaled the Chris Christie “Bridgegate” scandal as a subject for endless discussions on MSNBC.

Only this blind partisan fanaticism, the product of decades of anti-Republican propaganda aimed at the gay community, could produce amedia “cone of silence” around Musab Musmari’s crime: News of anIslamic terrorist attack might have encouraged some people to vote GOP, and the Official Gay Movement can’t let that happen.

If only Musmari  had attended even a single tea party meeting…

Credit where due, it was another member of the Muslim community that pointed the authorities in the right direction,  A hopeful sign.

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On Jan 3rd I commented on a story where the Holy Father encouraged the Bishop of Malta to speak against “Gay Adoption” in his country and disagreed with Popewatch that this would be the breaking point with the left and the media:

The problem is this is still an election year in America and if the left is seen as systematically attacking the first Latin American Pope it will not play well.

I predict while some uber advocates will push it the mainstream will ignore the story after all it’s likely the only thing anyone on the left knows about Malta is lesbian porn star Magdalene St. Michaels was born there.

Well two days later a story concerning the Pope, gays and children has made the mainstream and as predicted it’s not the one I mentioned before:

Pope Francis has called for a rethink in the way the Catholic Church deals with the children of gay couples and divorced parents, warning against “administering a vaccine against faith”.

If you search on the net it’s everywhere from GMA news to  NBC and the story is the same whereever you go:

I remember a case in which a sad little girl confessed to her teacher: ‘my mother’s girlfriend doesn’t love me’,” he was quoted as saying, according to AFP. Due to the Church’s opposition to homosexuality, same-sex marriage and divorce, these children may feel unwelcome, the pontiff — who has garnered a reputation for his efforts toward greater inclusion — indicated.

“We must be careful not to administer a vaccine against faith to them,” Francis added.

There is one other thing that is the same, nobody seems to have a link to the actual speech that the reports say was given in November of last year.  There is no sign of the speech anywhere in any language, an oddity since the Vatican site put everything out there in many different languages.  For example this is page for last November speeches.

Without the actual speech the context of what the Pope is saying is totally lost.

Now to faithful Catholics the obvious interpretation is the Pope makes the point that the sin of the parents can’t stand between the message of Christ and their children as it says in Luke  18:16-17

Jesus, however, called the children to himself and said, “Let the children come to me and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.”

However the pitch the media is giving is totally different, suggesting the Pope is no longer things Gay Marriage and or Adoption or even divorce is a big deal.  As if the Malta story never happened.

The reason is there is a narrative to be created to try to divide the conservatives away from the church and to suggest to Latino’s that the Pope is with the cultural left on issues because the alternative is to attack the first Latin American Pope and generate anger.

There are a lot of low information voters that are going to fall for this nonsense, but any conservative Catholic who buys into the media BS should be ashamed of themselves for being a sucker.

Update:  The Vatican has issued a strong denial

Italian media on Sunday ran headlines saying the pope’s words were an opening to legal provision for civil unions for gay couples, a subject of debate in Italy.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told Vatican Radio that media interpretations were “paradoxical” and a “manipulation” of the pope’s words, particularly as some media quoted him as speaking specifically of homosexual unions, which he did not.

Lombardi said the pope was merely “alluding to the suffering of children” and not taking a stand on the political debate in Italy.

Hmmm you mean to say the media of the left might be spinning the Pope to advance their own ends?

Who woulda thunk it?  I haven’t been this shocked since I found out there was gambling going on at Rick’s Cafe in Casablanca.

Update 2:  Morning Joe found space for this story and the Vatican denial, the Malta story, not so much

Update 3: Via an e-mail from the Anchoress Jimmy Akin at the National Catholic Register has more including two critical points, one on translation:

4) This translation has “my mother’s fiancé,” not “my mother’s girlfriend.” Could that indicate he’s talking about a heterosexual couple?

The AFP story used the translation, “my mother’s girlfriend,” as we saw above.

The English translation we are quoting from here was produced by Fr. Donald Maldari, S.J., who used the term fiancé.

If the translation “fiancé” (a man engaged to be married) were correct, Pope Francis would be referring to the daughter of a woman who is planning marriage with a man (presumably after divorce, annulment, or widowhood).

If the translation “girlfriend” is correct, it would indicate the daughter of a woman who has a lesbian lover.

and intent:

6) He’s not suggesting that the Church should change its teachings on homosexuality or divorce?

No. He’s talking about how to present the Church’s teaching to children in a way that ultimately leads them to embrace the fullness of Christian teaching.

He’s not talking about lopping of bits of that teaching that are inconvenient in a modern setting.

Because many children have parents today that are publicly living in unions contrary to Christian teaching, there is a real problem in terms of how to communicate Christian teaching to them in a way that does not alienate them from the Church.

This is what he means when he says: “We must be careful not to administer a vaccine against faith to them.”

It’s a tough problem worth the church’s full attention.

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The Telegraph in England has an interesting story out of Malta:

In his Christmas sermon, Bishop Charles Scicluna of Malta condemned adoption by same-sex couples. He insisted that God’s own son was raised by a man and a woman, and not by two men or two women.

How divisive! said the media. But now it turns out that Bishop Scicluna met Pope Francis on December 12.

The Blaze picked up the story as well quoting the Times of Malta

We discussed many aspects…and when I raised the issue that’s worrying me as a bishop [the right for gay couples to adopt] he encouraged me to speak out,” Bishop Scicluna said.

Now as a Catholic who knows what the pope thinks about these things the only interesting part of this story was the last name of the Bishop that was the same of the old wrestler from my youth Baron Mikel Scicluna that I used to watch when I was a kid.

But to the Huffington Post the news that the Pope is in fact Catholic is headline news:

The Holy See’s reaction may come as a surprise to those who have viewed him as progressive on gay rights. LGBT magazine “The Advocate” even named him their person of the year, citing his comments about homosexuals. “Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord?” he told reporters in Italian in July.

Despite his July comments, the pope has a long history of being against gay rights. He has come out strongly opposed to same-sex marriage and called it “a destructive attack” on God’s plan.

Actually he has a long history of being against Gay “wrongs” namely sin but I digress.

Popewatch sees this as the possible breaking point:

The cultural issues, especially abortion and gay marriage, are the holiest of holies for the left. Leftists who looked kindly on the Pope assumed from his statements that he was going to soft pedal these issues while assuming a leftist stance on economics. If that turns out not to be the case, PopeWatch predicts that Pope Francis will receive much the same bile from the left that most leftists heaped on Pope Benedict.

The problem is this is still an election year in America and if the left is seen as systematically attacking the first Latin American Pope it will not play well.

I predict while some uber advocates will push it the mainstream will ignore the story after all it’s likely the only thing anyone on the left knows about Malta is lesbian porn star Magdalene St. Michaels was born there.

If the story does break out plan B will be to put it all off on the Bishop in question, note that the Huffington post story says “report”, after all Bishop Scicluna only said the Pope said this. Nobody actually heard the pope say this.

The media awaits the day when they can turn on this Pope & say what they really think, but the time is not right, so they will let this story die, if they can.

Update: Pulled redundant quote

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And I’m one step ahead of the shoe shine
Two steps away from the county line
Just trying to keep my customers satisfied,
Satisfied.

Simon and Garfunkel Keep the Customer Satisfied 1970

One of the joys of the internet is waiting on Mark Steyn to comment on an issue and the Duck Dynasty story was pardon the pun setting up ducks in a row for him.

Here are two jokes one can no longer tell on American television. But you can still find them in the archives, out on the edge of town, in Sub-Basement Level 12 of the ever-expanding Smithsonian Mausoleum of the Unsayable. First, Bob Hope, touring the world in the year or so after the passage of the 1975 Consenting Adult Sex Bill:

“I’ve just flown in from California, where they’ve made homosexuality legal. I thought I’d get out before they make it compulsory.”

The most amazing this about that passage from Steyn is that it follows this exchange on MSNBC (via Stacy McCain) that makes his point:

Is the new new official “position” at MSNBC how DARE you critique Sodomy until you tried it? (I thought that our friends on the left insisted homosexuals were born that way?)

Steyn Continues on the totalitarian nature of this business:

The asphyxiating embrace of ideological conformity was famously captured by Nikolai Krylenko, the People’s Commissar for Justice, in a speech to the Soviet Congress of Chess Players in 1932, at which he attacked the very concept of “the neutrality of chess.” It was necessary for chess to be Sovietized like everything else. “We must organize shock brigades of chess players, and begin immediate realization of a Five-Year Plan for chess,” he declared.

Six years later, the political winds having shifted, Krylenko was executed as an enemy of the people. But his spirit lives on among the Commissars of Gay Compliance at GLAAD. It is not enough to have gay marriage for gays. Everything must be gayed. There must be Five-Year Gay Plans for American bakeries, and the Christian church, and reality TV. There must be shock brigades of gay duck-hunters honking out the party line deep in the backwoods of the proletariat.

As a frequent guest host on Rush Limbaugh’s show Mark Steyn is loved by the right nd hated by the left.  He’s a guy who puts butts in the seats and that’s exactly what you need to keep a shoestring magazine operation afloat.

Someone didn’t mention this to Jason Lee Steorts who critiqued Steyn’s piece concluding thus:

By way of criticizing speech, I’ll say that I found the derogatory language in this column, and especially the slur in its borrowed concluding joke, both puerile in its own right and disappointing coming from a writer of such talent.

I was rather surprised

That fundraiser is to fight the Michael Mann lawsuit over NRO’s pieces on global warming.

Steyn, who has been a free speech target in the past, had an answer:

It is a matter of some regret to me that my own editor at this publication does not regard this sort of thing as creepy and repellent rather than part of the vibrant tapestry of what he calls an “awakening to a greater civility”. I’m not inclined to euphemize intimidation and bullying as a lively exchange of ideas – “the use of speech to criticize other speech”, as Mr Steorts absurdly dignifies it. So do excuse me if I skip to the men’s room during his patronizing disquisition on the distinction between “state coercion” and “cultural coercion”. I’m well aware of that, thank you. In the early days of my free-speech battles in Canada, my friend Ezra Levant used a particular word to me: “de-normalize”. Our enemies didn’t particularly care whether they won in court. Whatever the verdict, they’d succeed in “de-normalizing” us — that’s to say, putting us beyond the pale of polite society and mainstream culture. “De-normalizing” is the business GLAAD and the other enforcers are in. You’ll recall Paula Deen’s accuser eventually lost in court — but the verdict came too late for Ms Deen’s book deal, and TV show, and endorsement contracts.

One of the lessons of the Cracker Barrel / Duck Dynasty example is to know your customer base.

NRO has a customer and a donor base too, apparently that was lost on Jason who doubled down:

The point is basic courtesy, Mark. It’s that you could mount your opposing argument without insulting people. Sure, you have the right to insult people, but I can’t sympathize much with someone who exercises that right just to prove it exists, which seems to have been part of your rhetorical strategy. What I would like to de-normalize is boorishness, whatever its content. I would do that by criticizing your manners, not by “indefinitely suspend[ing]” you, which would not be my decision anyway. When people are indefinitely suspended from this or that for being boors, I find it “stifling and unhealthy,” as you may recall that I said. I’ll upgrade that to “creepy and repellent,” if it’ll calm you down. But it’s also part of the rough-and-tumble of free expression, which protects equally the right of people to be boors, and the right of people to call for suspensions, and the right of organizations to capitulate, and the right of you and me to criticize them for it, with or without courtesy.

Now as an editor Jason Steorts might not be concerned with the vulgar need to satisfy the customers who actually supply the funds in the check he cashes but Jack Fowler, the publisher of National Review does.  Last night at 8:32 PM with the comments sections exploding online he jumped in

I believe Mark Steyn’s new column is a triumph, and wrote him on Friday to say that. The ensuing critical take on it by my colleague, Jason Steorts, left my head shaking.

and wasted no time in bringing up the Global Warming suit and NRO’s fundraising to defend it

This, to me, gets to Jason’s cultural/state construct. So we at NR engage on the “cultural” field, but when we have said something that is intolerable to the Intolligencia, we end up on the state field (judicial subdivision). NR knows we are in the right, and believes that we will prove victorious in court, but not until after the expenditure of millions of dollars, which would have been much better used to advance our mission of standing athwart History, yelling stop. Freedom isn’t free, my friends, and the First Amendment is under assault, on cultural and state fronts — which is why we have no qualms asking you to help support us financially in our legal fight.

Can you say Cause & Effect?

That was Jack Fowler public rebuke of his editor.  I would loved to see the e-mail or heard the phone call that Mr. Steorts got.  I suspect it sounded something like this:

YOU IDIOT! who do you think pays the bills around here?  Do you think GLAAD is going to send us a check because you hit Steyn on this?

I don’t know how old Mr. Steorts is but he doesn’t seem to realize how fast all this has happened.   At the start of the century if you told me that by 2014 we would go from fringe groups arguing to allow & accept Gay Marriage to people being attacked and called bigots for quoting scripture & MSNBC’s “don’t knock it till you try it” attitude on Anal sex, I’d have told you that’s only slightly less likely than the Red Sox winning 3 World series in that same time period.

I would ask Mr. Steorts if we are going to submit to the censorship of culture and avoid offense are we going to censor this Monty Python sketch:

or this one

or this one

or perhaps this one

I could go on but the fight for conservatism has always been a fight in the culture, something the GOP establishment hasn’t figured out.  Humor & insult is a vital arrow for our bow and I’m not about to allow anyone to make us quiver it.

But I’ll make a deal with Mr. Steorts, I’ll reconsider my position six months after the Catholic Church is once again allowed to handle adoptions in the state of  Massachusetts.

Maybe by then the Red Sox will have won 3 more world series, the Cubs will win one and the Dodgers will have moved back to Brooklyn.

Update:  If NRO is Cracker Barrel is PJ Media Glenn Beck?

if NRO finds Steyn’s truthfulness unpalatable, I’m pretty sure we could find a place for him at PJ Media.

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Update 2:  Ouch

As one of my RedState colleagues said, their masthead should read:

Standing Athwart History, Yelling Okay Go Right Ahead (We Don’t Want to Offend Anyone)

and Ouch again:

If NRO loses Steyn I’ll have no use for the place…

 …Jonah Goldberg notwithstanding. I certainly don’t see myself reading for Jason Lee Steorts’ more-in-sorrow-than-in-anger tut-tutting.
Update 3:  Added Musical Quote.
Update 4:  Linked at Steyn Online, now if I can only get him on the show.

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Mr Spock:It is attempting to generate terror, Captain.

Star Trek Wolf in the Fold 1967


General John Burgoyne: 
Swindon do you at all realize that we have nothing standing between us and destruction but our own blood and the ignorance of these backwoodsmen? They’re men of the same British stock as ourselves. Six to one of us, six to one sir, and half our troops of are Hessians,  Brunswickers,  German dragoons and Indians with scalping knives. Suppose the colonists find a leader, what shall we do then, eh?

The Devil’s Disciple 1959

I haven’t written about the Duck Dynasty business that has dominated the news primarily because I have no interest in the show whatsoever.  I didn’t watch it when it ruled the Cable waves and I have no intention to do so now when it’s become a cultural litmus test.

What is of interest to me is the Newtonian example of Cause and Effect that Duck Dynasty has been from the beginning.  To wit:

Cause:  Faith filled Louisiana family develops a duck call that becomes popular

Effect:  The family becomes wealthy without changing culturally.

That’s American Dream in action.

Cause:  4th Tier cable network (A & E) finds the story an interesting anomaly and puts it on Television

Effect:  Millions of Americans celebrate and identify with the family American success story and it becomes the most popular cable non-fiction show of all time.

Popular belief not withstanding there is a huge audience outside of the left’s cultural worldview

Cause:  The Show becomes a money machine for A & E

Effect:  It goes into merchandising overdrive making even more money for all involved

And they have money to spend.

Cause:The show becomes a ratings and a cash monster.

Effect: Every single Talk show, morning show and magazine grabs them to get a piece of those ratings and sales for themselves.

They may not understand or like these people, but they like the money & ratings they generate.

 

It’s in that context that the current controversy comes.

Cause:  Mr. Robertson accurately quotes the bible on Homosexuality and sin in a magazine of the cultural left

Effect:  GLAAD and the arbiters of the cultural left declare such speech forbidden.

The arena of acceptable public discourse on homosexuality must be Christianrein

Cause:The cultural left in media take up GLAAD’s cause attacking the Robinson family from Newspapers to Morning Joe

Effect:  A & E “suspends Robertson to avoid the wrath of GLAAD & the cultural elite.

The instinct to run away from this pressure would be reflexive to the “Arts & Entertainment

At this point A & E naturally expect the Robertson family to do the traditional Hollywood move, make a pro-forma Mea Culpa  to get this behind them and get the cash registers again.  However as cultural leftists It is at this point that they get a shock

Cause:The Robertson family is close knit, secure in their faith and in each other.

Effect: The Robertsons choose family over a TV show and bluntly but politely inform A & E there is no show without their Patriarch.


This decision to stick with family over a TV show is of little or no surprise to any person of the cultural right today nor anyone who still lives with traditional American Values.  But A & E being so far removed from them simply didn’t anticipate this reaction or what followed.

Cause: Millions of people watch & identify with the Robertson family both religiously and culturally

Effect: Those millions go after A & E promising boycotts & action.

Apparently A & E didn’t realize that the Duck Dynasty customer base were not the same audience as Will & Grace

Cause: The Robertson family inspires courage in the millions who have been pushed around culturally by the elites for the last decade.

Effect: GLAAD gets more and stronger push back then they ever had.

Nor did GLAAD expect that these simple rednecks would not back down before the wrath of their mighty fax machine.

Cause: Duck Dynasty’s advertisers realize how much money the show makes them

Effect: They stand behind the Robertson family and the millions of their customers who support them.

Nor did the cultural elites figure out that the advertisers know who is actually buying their products.

Cause: A & E stands to lose millions and Glen Beck Offers the Duck Dynasty show a home on his Blaze network.

Effect:  Well that’s what we’re waiting to see aren’t we?

A Postscript: Cracker Barrel, a restaurant who has a huge presence in areas populated by the  decided to pull some Robertson Family items from it shelves with the effect of generating a huge backlash among customers on Facebook. I strongly suggest Cracker Barrel execs watch this video:

and Remember there is no shortage of Restaurants for people to eat at.

Update: More Newtonian action from Cracker Barrel

Cause: Cracker Barrel gets huge negative feedback from their customer base over Duck Dynasty decision

Effect: Via Dan Riehl & the Blaze on Cracker Barrel’s facebook page Facebook

Dear Cracker Barrel Customer:

When we made the decision to remove and evaluate certain Duck Dynasty items, we offended many of our loyal customers. Our intent was to avoid offending, but that’s just what we’ve done.

You told us we made a mistake. And, you weren’t shy about it. You wrote, you called and you took to social media to express your thoughts and feelings. You flat out told us we were wrong.

We listened.

Today, we are putting all our Duck Dynasty products back in our stores.

And, we apologize for offending you.

We respect all individuals right to express their beliefs. We certainly did not mean to have anyone think different.

We sincerely hope you will continue to be part of our Cracker Barrel family.

I wonder what GLAAD will have to say about that?

Update 2: Here is their tweet

 

Update 3: TMZ is unhappy

How do CB execs move from office to office … hard to do when you don’t have a spine.

That doesn’t surprise me given via Glenn this :

The threat of the Robertsons isn’t in Phil’s politically incorrect comments. The threat is that this family has figured out how right-wing politics and Evangelical Christianity can influence pop culture without being the punch line or the bad guy. While the left has spent decades making conservatives look like idiots and Christians look like bigots, Duck Dynasty reminds average Americans that these views are mainstream. The left is alerted but will those on the right take advantage of what the Robertsons have created?

Mark Steyn sees this

Having leaned on A&E to suspend their biggest star, GLAAD has now moved on to Stage Two:

“We believe the next step is to use this as an opportunity for Phil to sit down with gay families in Louisiana and learn about their lives and the values they share,” the spokesman said.

Actually, “the next step” is for you thugs to push off and stop targeting, threatening and making demands of those who happen to disagree with you. Personally, I think this would be a wonderful opportunity for the GLAAD executive board to sit down with half-a-dozen firebreathing imams and learn about their values

Apparently his Editor at NRO does not.

Given the number of comments on the posts I’m wondering how long it will be before we see a post by Jason Lee steorts at the Corner titled “We listened”?

Update 4:  Delayed Instalanche now 5 behind Charles

and who had 8:32 PM Sunday in the NRO Pool?

Update 5: NRO cracker barrels

Update 6:  GLAAD not GLADD corrected

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