Naomi K. says:
This is a delightful and insightful book. Jump on it, people. Well worth your time to take a look!
The contempt and loathing for a large part of the electorate within the political-media class was well illustrated on last week’s BBC Question Time, when one liberal newspaper columnist said she might favour a General Election to sort out the crisis, but had decided to oppose it out of fear that people might vote for the BNP.
In which case, why not abolish elections altogether?
Most leftwing folks who tsk at certain folks for “not being very Christian” in their opinions actually don’t know what Jesus actually said about, well, anything.
These illiterate critics’ idea of “Christian” is based on, say, the chaplain on M*A*S*H and not the Gospels.
Here, Dorothy Cummings McLean explains one of the bible stories that loudmouthed, opinionated scolds and idiots always get exactly wrong:
For generations Canadian soldiers have fought in foreign causes: for British imperial interests, for Europe’s survival, for South Korea, for Afghanistan. Canada is also a home to those who have escaped foreign wars or their aftermath. Old Canadians understand that new Canadians feel great loyalty to those friends and family that they have left behind.
However, there is another bond that must be honoured. This is the bond between neighbours, the bond between people who actually live in the same country, in the same city, on the same streets.
“Who is my neighbour?” asked the lawyer of Jesus in the Gospel. In reply Jesus told the story of a man who did not belong to their ethnic group, a Samaritan who responded in love to the non-Samaritan whom he found at his feet.
However close we may feel to our own ethnic tribe, and however much we are moved by their misfortunes across the world, the neighbours with whom we live are no less our neighbours than those whom we have left.
When the population mix reaches a certain point, you can’t have both.
Very soon, society will be forced to pick one. It won’t be pretty…
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Between Ed’s and my 20-25 posts plus the 40 or so Headline items, Hot Air must get, let’s say, 2,700 comments a day.
To put that in perspective, if I worked 15 hours a day doing nothing but moderating them, in order to read and rule on each one I’d have to work at a clip of three comments per minute without taking a single break.
That is to say, we’d need not one but two full-time moderators to do the job right, the cost of which would bankrupt nearly any blog given the realities of online ad revenue, especially in a recession.
in today’s Toronto Star:
It is my hope that giving the Saul Hayes Award to [Prime Minister Stephen] Harper – who has publicly criticized human rights commissions and their censorship as “egregious” and “abusive” – will remind the CJC of Hayes’ commitment to free speech, and perhaps lead the CJC back to his good example.
Frankly, the award itself needs Harper’s rehabilitation. The last recipient was Richard Warman, the former human rights investigator who was recently found by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to have published many vicious anti-Semitic comments on neo-Nazi websites in a misguided attempt to entrap other “haters.”
Hayes would be beside himself.
I rather like the idea of living in a country with intellectual anarchy. And, given the fact that you are reading this on the Internet, I get the feeling that you do, too. The Internet is about as lawless a frontier as it gets, when it comes to ideas and information. You will read offensive things on the Internet. But you’re a grown-up. So you can handle it.
Damian Thompson reports on the (finally) breaking Irish “Christian Brothers” abuse scandal:
Last night I had supper with a distinguished American priest-scholar and made this point rather nervously. To my surprise, he agreed immediately. He said that the Irish didn’t leave their legacy of domestic violence and alcohol behind them when they arrived in America; the phenomenon of the weak, drunken father persisted, and this reinforced the towering status of the priest in the Irish diaspora, enabling a minority of clergy – and it was never more than a small minority – to abuse spiritual power for sexual ends.
He added: “There’s a particularly Irish Catholic culture of secrecy, too, partly rooted in a history of persecution, but also not unrelated to the corruption and back-room deals of Irish political life. That culture enabled abuse to happen, and to keep happening.”
What a mess.