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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Whitehall: Legal Fiction: or, ECUSA's Not a Church: or, Some Thoughts on Diocesan Convention

His posting is chock full o' typos (for which he apologizes) but his argument is right on the mark: The emperor wears no clothes. Were the secular religionists at 815 Second Avenue to read it they would be terrified (they'd realize they're going to be out of a job) but they won't.


I will let you in on a secret: this is the source of all the confusion: the word "church" is used in reference to ECUSA, when its not really apt. There are different senses of the word "church." There is the thing on the corner, made of brick. There is the "Baptist Church." There is the "Church of England." There is the "Anglican Church." And there is the "One, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church." Etc. Guess which one of these the Lord was talking about when he held up "unity" as a virtue. Here's a hint. It starts with an "O" and ends in an "ne, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church."

Read it all.

Friday, October 20, 2006

The Nietzsche Family Circus

One is most dishonest to one's god: he is not allowed to sin.

The Nietzsche Family Circus pairs a randomized Family Circus cartoon with a randomized Friedrich Nietzsche quote. Refresh the page to see a new comic.

There is much that is deplorable on the Internet but also much to revel and delight in. Just as with God's greatest creation (pace Friedrich!).

Thursday, October 19, 2006

The Religion of Peace

From the Telegraph:

Radical Muslims in France's housing estates are waging an undeclared "intifada" against the police, with violent clashes injuring an average of 14 officers each day.

As the interior ministry said that nearly 2,500 officers had been wounded this year, a police union declared that its members were "in a state of civil war" with Muslims in the most depressed "banlieue" estates which are heavily populated by unemployed youths of north African origin. It said the situation was so grave that it had asked the government to provide police with armoured cars to protect officers in the estates, which are becoming no-go zones.

The number of attacks has risen by a third in two years. Police representatives told the newspaper Le Figaro that the "taboo" of attacking officers on patrol has
been broken.

The day will come when the French, despite their superior attitude and insufferable finger pointing at less "englightened" nations like ours, will finally say "enough," and start the deportation of Muslims on a scale not seen since 1492 in Spain. The rest of Europe may follow suit but it will begin with the French.

The Democrats Reach Out

Howard Dean triangulates. (h/t Instapundit)

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Turning a Blind Eye

Carl Rollyson of the New York Sun gives a negative review of a new biography of Jessica Mitford. Mitford was a brilliant social critic and is a joy to read. Her "American Way of Death," a hilarious and gruesome expos� of the funeral industry, is a classic of our time. Unfortunately, she was, like so many intellects of the twentieth century, especially England's, a lefty and a member of the Communist Party for many years. Rollyson faults Mitford for turning a blind eye to the innumerable atrocities committed in communism's name and faults her biographer for whitewashing this serious and all-too-common flaw of the elite.

The ugly fact of the twentieth-century intelligentsia's embrace of Marxist tyranny is one of western civilization's great mysteries. The ability of otherwise brilliant and creative luminaries to propagate the lies and rationalize the brutality of communism is baffling although I suspect guilt has something to do with it; its proponents have mostly come from the upper-classes. Whatever. Thanks be to God for bestowing artistic and intellectual gifts on many of them; we forgive them, or at least try to ignore, their trespasses. Sometimes that is well-nigh impossible, as with Leonard Bernstein, but Pablo Casals ransomed the Bach Cello Suites from obscurity and that alone, for me, expiates his myriad sins. You have to wonder, however, if Jackie Kennedy would have invited Casals to perform at the White House had he sided with Franco during the Spanish Civil War.