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Sunday, 29 May 2016

29 May 2016. WHEN Must We Oppose Bigotry?

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I saw the following on FB:

I’m SO SICK of people saying they don’t know where the line is with all that PC stuff. I’ll tell you where the fucking line is, are you ready?

WHEN THE THOUGHTS YOU EXPRESS CONTRIBUTE TO PEOPLE BEING REAL-WORLD ATTACKED, KILLED, ABUSED, DEPRIVED OF HUMANITY, AND THE ABILITY TO EARN A LIVING.

THERE IT IS.

NOW, SHUT THE FUCK UP.

There it is… you DO have the right to free speech… yes, you can use “Negro”, “American Indian”, or “Spanish” in place of whatever the current PC-talk is… but you do NOT have the right to issue speech that results in real-world hate and violence. I needn’t belabour the point. I think that all decent people know what I mean without a long discourse. For instance, I’m not totally comfortable with the gay lifestyle or the LGBT “movement”… however, such people have the right to live their lives in peace and to earn a living like everyone else does without fear of harassment or worse. Bigots would have you believe that they speak for “morality” and “social order”. They lie… full stop. You needn’t endorse something to leave people in peace. God will judge us all in the end… such is my belief. He needs no help from me (or from the loud moralists, either). Have a care, the times aren’t good… do take my hand, the darkest portion of the road may be ahead…

BMD

29 May 2016. Can We Tolerate Bigots in the Church?

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Cloaking your bigotry in religion doesn’t make it any less bigoted. Calling you out on your bigotry isn’t persecution… its accountability.

David Silverman

I saw this on FB:

What is bigotry? A stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion differs from one’s own. Bigotry is also preaching hate and calling it love. There are other names for this action, but the action is a bigoted aim at a given group for which you have a complete intolerance. This doesn’t mean that one can’t critique and criticise, but bigotry can go so far as to want to actually destroy the people that you’re bigoted toward.

It’d seem that the solution to this would be to “throw the rascals out”… but… as Max Lerner wrote some 60 years ago:

If my enemy tries to shut me out, I prevail not by shutting him out, but by including him.

This is exactly the spirit of the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares:

The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, “Sir, did not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence then has it tares?” He said unto them, “An enemy has done this”. The servants said unto him, “Will thou then that we go and gather them up?” But he said, “Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, ‘Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn’”.

Gospel according to St Matthew 13.24-30

To try to dig out the konvertsy isn’t only a vain task… it’s harmful to the Church. Firstly, many of these toddlers may indeed grow some sense and abandon their childish devotion to sectarian notions and to crackbrained rightwing political meanderings. Secondly, it’d scandalise many simple people, as the konvertsy often maintain a seemingly moral and pious exterior (their interior is desolate and lifeless, but the simple don’t see that). Thirdly, we must understand what many saints have said, “A new world must be born in the soul of a Westerner before they can accept the Church and what it teaches”… we must give these sorts the time to mature and grow (although we may also have to silence these brats if they think that they can lecture grounded Christians on the Faith).

You do no good to try to remove the likes of Dreher, Whiteford, Reardon, or Webster, for it’d cause more havoc than it’d cure. God WILL judge in the end… that’s what the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares promises to us. I believe in the Church of the Big Tent… not the Church of the Little Flock. I believe in the Church that wields the Canons as creative means to salvific ends (a concept brought forth by Vassa Larina before her corruption by the papist Jesuit “Archimandrite” Taft), not a Church that wields the Canons as a club to beat the Faithful with. You must choose one or the other… your choice will tell the world whether you’re a real Christian or not. I believe in the Church that teaches oikonomia and practises forbearance. I don’t believe in a Church that keeps all but the “pure” out and glories in its “obedience” to every jot and tittle of what it believes to be the Divine Law.

I wish God to forgive me… if I wish that, I must show that. Now, that’s a meaty reflection, kids…

BMD

29 May 2016. Does Orthodoxy Bless Capitalism?

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HH with one of his old-time bosom pals… Comrade Fidel! HH doesn’t hang out with godless rightwing trash like Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, Rod Dreher, Chilly Hilly, or Butcher Biden… he hangs out with Comrade Fidel and wants the world to know it!

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I saw this on FB:

Supporting worker co-ops? Clearly, the IOCC isn’t seeking ideological approval from the Acton Institute. The natural economic inclinations of Orthodoxy are distributist, agrarian, and communitarian. The idea that Free-Market Neoliberal Capitalism is natural to Orthodoxy is so absurd as to barely be worth correcting. Almost as absurd as the fact that one keeps having to, over, and over, and over… it’s unnatural and bad news… you don’t need to be Orthodox to see its folly. Then again, a farce can fool anyone.

Orthodoxy has always upheld the regulatory function of the state as it believes that mankind isn’t only fallen, but quite unable to right that state on its own. The Church has NEVER held the view that the state should only have a limited role, as that assumes mankind’s perfectibility, which is an utter and brazen heresy. In short, Orthodoxy CONDEMNS everything held by the contemporary western “conservative” faction… a godless, mercenary, and self-centred creed, if there ever was such. The konvertsy such as Dreher and Whiteford lie… they all lie… they’ve made up a fabulous and pernicious “religious” fable to go along with their perverted political fancies… oh… they ARE against abortion and homosexuality… they believe that makes them “moral”. I think that their conceit is mistaken… I’m not alone in thinking that way…

BMD

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

24 May 2016. They Call Themselves “Christians”…

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The atheist staring from his attic window is often nearer to God than the believer caught up in his own false image of God.

Martin Buber

Read this.

Read it? Good… these people consider themselves “Christian”… indeed, they see themselves as better “Christians” than the rest of us are (a rather common “Evangelical” conceit). This means that if there were a gay family member, this school could (and would!) expel non-gay family members because the gay family member contaminates the whole family. I find this abominable and reprehensible… I’m not alone. This is why so many reject Christianity. Yet, our official Church stands silent in the face of such vileness (in fact, many ungrounded ignorant konvertsy applaud it). That makes us accomplices for refusing to speak up. I am NOT a homosexual nor am I part of that milieu, but I find such obsessions pathological and without cause. Our Lord Christ would NOT have acted this way. It’s one thing to demand certain behaviour of someone enrolled in an institution or some social organisation… it’s quite another to punish them for another’s actions. THAT stinks to high heaven… I’m not alone in thinking that way.

BMD

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