Political Timidity & Clerical Cowardice

From: http://ricochet.com/main-feed/Political-Timidity-Clerical-Cowardice

Paul A. Rahe · 21 hours ago

When an attempt was made to railroad George Zimmerman into prison for defending himself when assaulted, most conservatives fell silent, and some joined the lynch mob — and, to the best of my knowledge, not a single public official stood up to denounce what was going on.

More recently, when A&E suspended Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty for having the effrontery to repeat age-old Christian doctrine in an interview with GQ, Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal, and Ted Cruz let A&E have it. But the Republican establishment was present and accounted for only in its absence from the scene.

Moreover, when Mark Steyn blasted GLAAD in his inimitable way for trying to shut down public discourse, his editor at National Review Online took offense and went after him. Mark, being Mark,knew how to respond, and others at NRO have since rallied to his support. But I am nonetheless struck by the timidity on the right.

Even more to the point, however, I am really struck by the silence of the clergy. We can debate whether what Phil Robertson said was right or wrong, but the priests and ministers of the various Christian sects profess precisely what he said, and they have been ostentatiously silent. Did a single Catholic bishop speak up? If so, I missed it. Did the presiding officer of the Southern Baptist Convention speak up? If so, I missed it. Did any other clergyman speak up? If so, I missed it, and I tried hard—via Google—to find an example.

What bothers me about this is that it is tantamount to surrender. Christianity is being driven from the public square. Over the last half century, there has been one court case after another aimed at requiring that the federal government and the governments of the states and localities treat religion as a form of leprosy that one must never have any contact with—and that is part of a larger pattern.

When was the last time that you heard a religious Christmas carol at a shopping center? It has been a long time in my experience. Have you tried recently to purchase religious Christmas cards? We did, and we could not find any on offer from Hallmark or similar outlets. We ended up turning to a museum.

If someone like Phil Robertson cannot repeat standard Christian doctrine in the public square, if he cannot express disapproval for fornication, it means that prelates and preachers will soon find themselves harried for doing so as well. If they will not defend their right to preach the Gospel, then why should anyone else bother? It all suggests on their part a decided unwillingness to confront the zeitgeist and to stand up and be counted.

But perhaps I have been wrong. Perhaps, somewhere, there has been, on the part of a clergyman, an eloquent defense of Robertson. I hope so. But I fear that, to an ever increasing degree, men of the cloth in the United States are cowards. We live in an era in which, as William Butler Yeats once put it, “the best lack all conviction while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”

One of the worst Christian massacres—complete with mass graves, tortured-to-death women and children, and destroyed churches—recently took place in Syria, at the hands of the U.S.-supported jihadi “rebels”

Excerpt below from: http://voiceofthepersecuted.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/largest-massacre-of-christians-in-syria-ignored/

Here are the words of Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Homs and Hama (another detailed account, with pictures, appears here):

What happened in Sadad is the most serious and biggest massacre of Christians in Syria in the past two years and a half… 45 innocent civilians were martyred for no reason, and among them several women and children, many thrown into mass graves. Other civilians were threatened and terrorized. 30 were wounded and 10 are still missing. For one week, 1,500 families were held as hostages and human shields. Among them children, the elderly, the young, men and women…. All the houses of Sadad were robbed and property looted. The churches are damaged and desecrated, deprived of old books and precious furniture… What happened in Sadad is the largest massacre of Christians in Syria and the second in the Middle East, after the one in the Church of Our Lady of Salvation in Iraq, in 2010.

On The 100th Anniversary Of The Federal Reserve Here Are 100 Reasons To Shut It Down Forever


December 23rd, 1913 is a date which will live in infamy.  That was the day when the Federal Reserve Act was pushed through Congress.  Many members of Congress were absent that day, and the general public was distracted with holiday preparations.  Now we have reached the 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve, and most Americans still don’t know what it actually is or how it functions.  But understanding the Federal Reserve is absolutely critical, because the Fed is at the very heart of our economic problems.  Since the Federal Reserve was created, there have been 18 recessions or depressions, the value of the U.S. dollar has declined by 98 percent, and the U.S. national debt has gotten more than 5000 times larger.  This insidious debt-based financial system has literally made debt slaves out of all of us, and it is systematically destroying the bright future that our children and our grandchildren were supposed to have.  If nothing is done, we are inevitably heading for a massive amount of economic pain as a nation.  So please share this article with as many people as you can.  The following are 100 reasons why the Federal Reserve should be shut down forever…

You’re not convinced that Progressive scientists often prostitute their integrity to win massive grants, especially for Global Warming and Aids research


An Iowa State University professor resigned after admitting he falsely claimed rabbit blood could be turned into a vaccine for the AIDS virus.

Dr. Dong-Pyou Han spiked a clinical test sample with healthy human blood to make it appear that the rabbit serum produced disease-fighting antibodies, officials said.

The bogus findings helped Han’s team obtain $19 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health, said James Bradac, who oversees the institutes’ AIDS research.

Han’s results were published, but when others could not duplicate them suspicions were aroused. Upon investigation, the fraud was discovered.

Egypt Outlaws the Muslim Brotherhood, the Seed Group for Hamas, Al Qaeda, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah, despite Obama’s, the Progressives’ and the American Media’s Fantasies about the “ARAB SPRING”

Read in full: http://news.yahoo.com/egypt-names-muslim-brotherhood-terrorist-group-155212405.html

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s military-backed interim government declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization Wednesday, intensifying its campaign of arrests and prosecutions targeting its members and tightening the noose on the group’s network of charities and businesses.

The unprecedented executive decision likely ends any chance of reconciliation between the government and the 85-year-old Brotherhood, still Egypt’s most organized political group. It marks a stunning reversal of fortunes for the long-outlawed organization that saw member Mohammed Morsi reach Egypt’s highest office in the country’s first democratic election, only to be ousted in a popularly backed military coup in July. And it takes a step that not even autocrat Hosni Mubarak took in his nearly 30-year rule.

Hossam Eissa, deputy prime minister and minister of higher education, read the government’s declaration, saying the decision was in response to Tuesday’s deadly bombing in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura which killed 16 people and wounded more than 100. It was the deadliest militant bombing since Morsi’s ouster and showed growing reach of the country’s Islamic insurgency, previously concentrated in the northern Sinai.

Leftism Has Brought Us to Our Knees–Time To Stand Up and Cleanse Our Country of Statism and Progressivism–It Won’t Happen Without Fighting Back

From: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/367003/civility-and-freedom-michael-walsh

As one of the graybeards around here, I’ve been dealing with the modern Left since 1967, when I first encountered this mutant species of snarling societal and cultural vandals in their native habitat, a major American private university. Wrapped in their Tarnhelms of “tolerance,” which protected them in their vulnerable cocoons, they incubated in a toxic amniotic broth of second-hand Marxism and third-generation gangsterism — red-diaper grandbabies with the street-fighting ethos of the old Gophers, Eastmans and Five Pointers. In the summer of 1968, like the chest-burster in Alien, they exploded through the institutional retaining walls, took to the streets of Chicago, and they’ve been with us ever since; in fact, they’re now in power.

So now that young whippersnappers like MarkDavidJason, and Jack have raised the issue, allow me to weigh in. I inadvertently adumbrated this discussion on Friday afternoon in this post, in which I quoted the seminal Letter No. 15 by “Cato” on the absolute necessity of freedom of speech in a free society. To briefly recap:

Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as publick liberty, without freedom of speech: Which is the right of every man, as far as by it he does not hurt and control the right of another; and this is the only check which it ought to suffer, the only bounds which it ought to know… Guilt only dreads liberty of speech, which drags it out of its lurking holes, and exposes its deformity and horror to day-light. Freedom of speech is the great bulwark of liberty; they prosper and die together . . .

This is not only an argument against censorship, it’s an argument against preemptive self-censorship and — to take it to its logical conclusion (which is where this is all heading) — retroactive censorship. Is everything from the pre-PC era to be sent down the memory hole? The Rat Pack’s humor, Mel Brooks’s Blazing Saddles, Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot, even Mozart’s The Magic Flute, all because they might “offend” someone? I’ve seen this coming as far back as the mid-Seventies, when in a provincial production of Zauberfloete someone changed Monostatos, the Moor, from black to fat to avoid this aria. And today, it’s routinely bowdlerized. Has something been lost? Something gained? What, exactly?

Which brings us back to “civility” and the Left’s constant, protective plea for same: requested, but never granted in return. From Rules for Radical Conservatives, by the noted radical, David Kahane:

Treat us with the same contempt with which we treat you Or, to put it in language you might actually understand: treat us with same respect we give you, which is none.  Same difference. 

After all, you don’t see us being nice to you, do you? (Unless it’s when we desperately need something, or when the “lone” foreign crazy manages to rattle us for a minute or two, or when we’re looking down the barrel of an electoral gun.)  You don’t see us ever reaching across the aisle, extending the olive branch, blah blah blah.  Laurel wreaths are for winners, but olive branches can go pound sand.  If a tie, to use the old sports cliché, is like kissing your sister, losing is like… well, don’t make me go there.  Remember that poor schmuck Sully in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1985 movie, Commando?  You know, the part where Arnold quips: “Remember, Sully, when I promised to kill you last”? 

Like Arnold: we lied.

Think of it as the cage in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome:  two men enter, one man leaves…

 It was fun while it lasted, but once the Baby Boomers and their congenital high moral dudgeon came into their majority – yes, at the dreaded age of 30, over which no one was to be trusted – the old beneficial truce between God and Satan was abrogated.  Half that generation cast off its organized-religious moorings as quickly as possible, and “experimented” with alternate lifestyles, sexualities, belief systems and political movements.  When the time came to make a living, they gravitated back to what they already knew, academe, or landed positions in law firms and in government.  Today, we call them “activists” and “advocates.”  The other half graduated from college, found jobs, got married, raised children and went to work every day whether they felt like it or not.  We call them “suckers,” or “you” for short.

As I said in my Friday post, the First Amendment did not grant a right to political free speech, it codified a preexisting right, earlier limned by Milton in the Areopagitica and by Cato, among others; and this is a right that should apply to all speech, not just political speech. Especially when, as now, the distinction has been blurred — by the Left — between the two spheres; as they say, the personal is political.

NR’s publisher is right: This is a fight, not an academic exercise. It’s time everybody on our side started acting like it.