AUSTRALIA BACKLASH? Australia proposes required i…

AUSTRALIA BACKLASH?

Australia proposes required inculcation of “Australian values” for immigrants – for all immigrants, but Muslim communities feel singled-out. This article purports to summarize recent controversial comments by Her Majesty’s Australian “Liberal” (i.e., sometimes Red, more often Blue, Tory) prime minister, the pm’s heir-apparent, and another government minister. This one suggests a “progressive” critique.

Maybe it’s the Andrew Greeley/David Tracy c/Catholic in me – or just the “progressive…conservative” in me! – but I don’t see it as either/or, but as both/and. We always both ‘hold to’ and ‘aspire to’ our values…just as we always both revere them and fall short of them. We commend our values to immigrants, and hope they’ll agree with us on certain “sine qua non” fundamentals. In fact not all Australian law – or American or Canadian – is made by legislature; alot of it is indeed inherited and customary. But it has been embraced by all, and is the law of all in this realm regardless of religion or ethnicity. Most religions have additional rules for their adherents…but most religions in the Christian world don’t physically assault or kill those who convert out of or simply leave their religion, or dissent within it, nor do they really seek to impose it on non-adherents, political rhetoric notwithstanding. Anymore.

Should countries bar immigrants who don’t embrace their socio-political fundamentals? When there’s a threat (or fact) of violence, or support for or espousing of violence? Is threatening, supporting, espousing, or committing violence, the line which mustn’t be crossed? Is this unreasonable? What about, as we have sometimes seen, “home-grown” threatening, supporting, espousing, or committing violence, from native-born citizens, born into the ideology of violence (of whatever religion or belief system), or converts to it? Logically, citizens, native-born or naturalized, who threaten, support, espouse, or commit violence can be tried, convicted, imprisoned; they used to be exiled or banished too. Non-citizens can be imprisoned or deported. But some immigrants come from lands where violence is expected or allowed, explicitly or tacitly. But not here. If they can’t accept that….

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FIGHTING AIDS IN 3RD WORLD: GOOD BUSINESS SENSE S…

FIGHTING AIDS IN 3RD WORLD: GOOD BUSINESS SENSE

So says a Canadian bank. Yes, bank!

The most shocking line in the Maclean’s article for me:

For example, over the past 30 years, Africa has gone from being a substantial agricultural exporter to a net importer of food. The region can literally no longer feed itself, and AIDS is a major reason why.

And you thought it was Mugabe.

THE BRAIN BEHIND AL QAEDA …is discussed here. …

THE BRAIN BEHIND AL QAEDA

…is discussed here. As the only true “neo-conservative” around here(!), I obviously sympathize with some of Qutb’s analysis of the Modern heterodox West. But not because it fails one or more of the 600-some “laws” of the Old Testament (conservative Protestantism – but let someone succeed, by the Graciousness of God, in keeping one or two of them, and they howl “works-righteousness”: there’s no pleasing some people!) or disobeys the Pope (conservative Catholicism), but because it’s lost the therapy of the soul that Orthodoxy – on a good day – humbly, and conscious of its own sinfulness, and only by the Graciousness of God, retains. This of course is also what’s wrong with Islam. So the answer is neither (Western Catholic/Protestant) Crusade nor (Muslim) Jihad, but Orthodox (nonviolent) evangelization…and if necessary, martyrdom – “the seed of the Church.”

And for God’s sake – literally! – stop supporting Israel amorally, and stop sending the Muslim world porn!!!

"CHRISTIAN PATRIOTISM" Inspired by Simone Weil (G…

“CHRISTIAN PATRIOTISM”

Inspired by Simone Weil (George Parkin Grant’s absentee mentor), Joan of Arc, and the Lord.

ARE YOU AN "UNLAWFUL ENEMY COMBATANT"? Are you su…

ARE YOU AN “UNLAWFUL ENEMY COMBATANT”?

Are you sure? With Congressional approval, there’s now nothing to stop the Executive Branch from locking you up till you die, for any reason, or none, with no contact to your family or a lawyer or a human rights activist – not even the Red Cross. They have reversed 900 years of limits on the Executive. George W. Bush makes George III* look like Jimmy Carter!

A truly unConstitutional and unjust and immoral law is no law at all. But since they didn’t even amend the Constitution, it’ll take one or more court challenges to get it thrown out. And imagine the mischief they’ll be up to till it is – and as we have seen, even if it is not! Bush and Cheney must be simultaneously impeached, tried, convicted, and removed from office as soon as possible for their high crimes – and indicted, tried, convicted, and imprisoned…if not executed…for their unConstitutional overreaching, broken laws, high treason, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. I personally oppose capital punishment in most cases, however.

(*–As commonly – and mistakenly – perceived by most Americans. Actually Lord North, his “prime minister,” is to blame for most of the things attributed by [small-R] republican propaganda since 1776 or before, to His Late Majesty.)

DISSOLVE DISNEY* All corporations that commit lib…

DISSOLVE DISNEY*

All corporations that commit libel should be dissolved, and their assets distributed among their victims. Corporations exist in the first place to meet public needs, not private greed or politician corruption or party subterfuge. They don’t exist to lie to us and influence our votes falsely. Disney libeled several former officials of the United States government when it broadcast over the public airwaves The Path to 9/11. Not only should their broadcast licenses be revoked, but they and all their affiliates should cease to exist as corporations.

Goodbye, ABC! C-ya, Disneyland, Disneyworld, and all the other Disney Places! Hit Mickey’s Place while you still can! Sorry, ESPN, you lose! Disney Cruise Line, your ship has sunk! No more Disney fiction! Go.com is GONE.com!

(*-A Delaware corporation [figures!] can still be dissolved by requiring that state’s Attorney General to initiate dissolution proceedings, or by doing so yourself. Go get’em, Mr. Clinton!)

37 YEARS AGO, NIXON THREATENED NUKES Then the tar…

37 YEARS AGO, NIXON THREATENED NUKES

Then the target was North Vietnam, the “enemy” was Communism…and two million marchers stopped him. So much for “Mr. Peace,” “Mr. Statesman.”

Ironically, since the fall of the USSR it has become clear that they were never a nuclear threat to the West, though America was to them.

Now Bush is fighting a religion of a billion people?!?!?!