Archive for December, 2009
Paycheck in American Politics, Socialized Medicine
During the previous summer, I was in Kingston visiting my parents. While there, my youngest daughter, Sophia (aged 3), was running in the house, tripped, fell down, and hit her forehead on the corner of a door. There was a small gash. I dreaded going to the hospital because, having experienced long wait times before with our other kids, I knew the drill: wait for many hours before we get to see a doctor. But I thought this would be different since she was bleeding and required, in my opinion, immediate attention. Much to my unsurprise, however, we also “took a number”. Apparently, to the hospital staff, my little daughter’s gash was not a big deal after all. So we waited…and we waited…and we waited. Four and half hours later, when the wound had already started to dry up and stabilize, we finally got to see a doctor. The doctor cleaned up the wound, applied some gel, and slapped a bandaid on her. He didn’t even give her a stitch. It was too late for that. I could see that he was apologetic, but that’s the way things are today in Canada’s health care system. As I left with my wife, I remarked that we could have done the same damn thing he did, except save ourselves 5 hours in an emergency room on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. I wouldn’t have minded waiting, if we had receive proper medical treatment which we did not. To this day, my little one has a 1/4 inch scar on her forehead, and it will take years for it to go away (if it does go away). For a lousy $100 or so, that scar did not have to be there. But the health czars in this country demand that it be there in order to service their sick and twisted ideology which prohibits me from obtaining health care for my family.
That scar is a constant reminder to me of how pathetic our health care system is. And it scares the shit out of me to think of what might happen when one of my kids really does need medical attention. I can see a lot of people taking medicine into their own hands because, like the instances in this video, people just don’t even bother going to the clinics and emergency rooms anymore. They just stay home and take their chances — all to serve a failed and corrupt moral and social utopia that is falling apart at the seams. Socialized medicine does not ensure universal access. It ensures universal suffering — except for those rich Canadians who can afford to go to the U.S. for treatment (like Jack Layton).
Back in the day when the Pope was Cardinal Ratzinger, Pete Seewald did a series of interviews which give us great insight into the way our Papa thinks. And I like it. Here’s a great example directly swiped from Webster at Why I Am Catholic. The non-italicized words are Webster’s commentary. Go there to read all of his post.
In the interviews that became God and the World (Ignatius Press, 2002), German journalist Peter Seewald asked then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger:
In the course of two thousand years of Christian history, the Church has divided time and again. In the meantime, there are around three hundred distinguishable Protestant, Orthodox, or other churches. There are way over a thousand Baptist groups in the United States. Over against these there is still the Roman Catholic Church with the pope at her head, which claims to be the only true Church. She remains at any rate, and despite every crisis, indeed the most universal, historically significant, and successful Church in the world, with more members today than at any time in her history.
This question asked by a skeptical young journalist, no Catholic at the time he asked it, might seem to be what Frank would call a “fat pitch.” Did Ratzinger, in his answer, knock Protestantism out of the park in a grand slam of triumphalism? No, the cardinal laid down a thoughtful bunt single—then stole second, third, and home:
I think that in the spirit of Vatican II we ought not to see that as a triumph for our prowess as Catholics and ought not to make much of the institutional and numerical strength we continue to enjoy. If we were to reckon that as our achievement and as our right, then we would step outside the role of a people belonging to God and set ourselves up as an association in our own right. And that can very quickly go wrong. A Church may have great institutional power in a country, but as soon as faith is no longer there to back it up, the institution will break down.
We cannot, then, reckon the Church’s success as our own reward, but we may still say, with Vatican II—even if the Lord has given a great deal of life to other churches and communities—that the Church herself, as an active agent, has survived and is present in this agent. And that can only be explained by the fact that He grants what men cannot achieve. (Source)
Paycheck in Islam, Religious Freedom
Sooner or later, the West has to realize that not all religions are equal. Now, for reasons only known to them, the Leftists would like to see Christianity squelched so that they can continue their sexual auto-demolition of western society. But when we’re gone, they’ll have a much harder time taking down the Jihadis. That will be a completely different cup of tea since the Jihadis don’t play by the same rules of social engagement. If they don’t like you, they won’t vote against you; they’ll simply blow you up.
There won’t be any Christians in influence to blame anymore, although Obama still likes to kick George Bush around for his problems. And there won’t be anyone left to fight the Jihadis either. (Leftists don’t fight, and when they finally figure out that we live in a rough and tumbly world, they’ll fold and play the dhimmi rather than actually fight for what they believe in. They have never understood or accepted the notion of sacrifice, and I don’t expect them to do so in the near future.)
But, beyond all this, there is a question of religious freedom we need to re-examine. Just like free speech, religious freedom is not an absolute “right” at all. You cannot simply stick the word “religion” on something and have a carte blanche to advocate for anything you want. A religion that advocates for murder or suicide, for instance, is clearly a threat to our society, and the State has every right to suppress it. Just like the State has every right to suppress Islam if Islam becomes synonymous with violence and destruction. If the moderates in Islam do not take control and start countering the poisonous rhetoric and violent teaching that its extremist members advocate for, then for the sake of the common good, they must realize that their religion will not and should not enjoy the same privileges that others do.
The Catholic Church, for instance, while recognizing the principle of religious freedom, places such a freedom within “due limits”:
In exercising religious freedom, adherents to religion are to do so “within due limits” and “provided that just public order be observed”. In other words, the Church is calling for a “common ground” in the search for religious truth by implicitly recognizing the necessity for everyone, regardless of their religion, to observe the natural law which binds everyone. If the public order is breached; that is, if anyone or any religion attacks the common good or seeks to break down public order, the State has every right to step in and suppress that religion. They have that right in order to protect society. Indeed, failing to do so may create a dangerous atmosphere of vigilantism where individuals and not the State take their own security (and the law) into their own hands and seek to maintain order and justice apart from the State. This can lead to civil unrest and even civil war.
But ‘ya know…it’s all about a woman’s right to choooooooose. Isn’t abortion great?
Feminists are such suckers to their male conquistidors. Just slap on some liberating sounding jingle and they’ll dance to whatever tune we play. “Honey, you know it’s your right. It’s a duty and an obligation to go through with an abortion. You owe it to your gender’s emancipation!”
Paycheck in Eco-Frauds
For any non-scientist interested in the climate debate, there is nothing better than a ready primer to guide you through the complexities of atmospheric physics – the “hardest” science of climatology. Here we outline the essential points made by Dr. Gerhard Gerlich, a respected German physicist, that counter the bogus theory of Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW).
Before going further, it’s worth bearing in mind that no climatologist ever completed any university course in climatology–that’s how new this branch of science really is. Like any new science the fall-back position of a cornered AGW proponent is the dreaded “appeal to authority” where the flustered debater, out of his or her depth, will say, “Well, professor so-and-so says it’s true – so it must be true.” Don’t fall for that proxy tree-ring counter’s gambit any longer. Here is the finest shredding of junk science you will ever read.
In a recently revised and re-published paper, Dr Gerlich debunks AGW and shows that the IPCC “consensus” atmospheric physics model tying CO2 to global warming is not only unverifiable, but actually violates basic laws of physics, i.e. the First and Second Law of Thermodynamics. The latest version of this momentous scientific paper appears in the March 2009 edition of the International Journal of Modern Physics….read the rest here.
I don’t doubt at all that the bishops are very much on board with accommodating other religions in Catholic schools. But then again Catholic schools aren’t really Catholic schools anymore, are they? They’re multi-cult, multi-religious institutions which will become predominately Muslim in the coming years, as is already starting to happen in some elementary schools. In fact, at least the schools will become real Muslim schools. It’s not like, after all, they will be replacing real Catholic schools. They will be replacing the “Happy Holidays” religion which fraudulently passes as “Catholic”. At least, there will be something to celebrate when that is gone. Praise be to God.
The current system exists as an excuse for the bishops not to provide authentic Catholic schools, as they are required to do under canon law. It’s so much easier to rely on the form of a farcical and dead system, rather than to strike out boldly and call out parents to substantive sacrifice without the State’s intrusions and saturations of an authentic Catholic education.
When I graduated from Catholic high school, I had to empty my head of the social justice drivel that largely occupied it, and actually learn the central tenets of the Faith. That was over 20 years ago. Things are a whole lot worse today.
Not that this take-over is such a bad thing because, at least then, Catholics will have to squarely face what they have become and where they have permitted themselves to be led. Don’t count on the bishops to actually take their responsibility seriously in maintaining the Catholic identity of our schools, either. I very much doubt that any of them have the slightest clue that something is terribly wrong with the Catholicity of our schools (or maybe they do but they don’t have the cahonays to do something about it).
I am sure that in addition to the religious accomodation offered to other religions, the belt-sized kilts worn by our high school tramps and their condom-totting jigilos will also continue indefinitely into the future. Along with marriage, modesty and piety have whole new definitions too.
And while we’re at it, why not give up a few hours during the week to every religion to conduct their services at the local Catholic parish or Cathedral? We wouldn’t want to make any kind of exclusivist and dogmatic claims about what we believe or be accused of being closed minded, would we?
Paycheck in Catholicism
There are (unconfirmed) reports that Wikipedia has fired its long-time climate editor William Connolley. Connolley is a software engineer and host at RealClimate, a pro-Anthropogenic [man-made] Global Warming site that skewers skeptics while praising supporters. Connolley has been using his position at Wikipedia to promote the cause. Whether this is the reason he may have been fired is uncertain. Lawrence Solomon of the National Post outlines what a busy-bee Mr. Connolley has been:
He rewrote Wikipedia’s articles on global warming, on the greenhouse effect, on the instrumental temperature record, on the urban heat island, on climate models, on global cooling. On Feb. 14, he began to erase the Little Ice Age; on Aug.11, the Medieval Warm Period. In October, he turned his attention to the hockey stick graph. He rewrote articles on the politics of global warming and on the scientists who were skeptical of the band. Richard Lindzen and Fred Singer, two of the world’s most distinguished climate scientists, were among his early targets, followed by others that the band especially hated, such as Willie Soon and Sallie Baliunas of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, authorities on the Medieval Warm Period.
All told, Connolley created or rewrote 5,428 unique Wikipedia articles. His control over Wikipedia was greater still, however, through the role he obtained at Wikipedia as a website administrator, which allowed him to act with virtual impunity. When Connolley didn’t like the subject of a certain article, he removed it — more than 500 articles of various descriptions disappeared at his hand. When he disapproved of the arguments that others were making, he often had them barred — over 2,000 Wikipedia contributors who ran afoul of him found themselves blocked from making further contributions. Acolytes whose writing conformed to Connolley’s global warming views, in contrast, were rewarded with Wikipedia’s blessings. In these ways, Connolley turned Wikipedia into the missionary wing of the global warming movement. (Source)
Paycheck in Abortion
From this entry…
I had an abortion 10 days ago. I want to go back and stop myself from doing it. The trauma is unbearable. I want to put the baby back in my belly so bad. I am in such grief it is killing me. I hate myself. I can’t sleep because the dreams are to real. I’m ashamed and feel like I should sit in jail for murder. I have been drinking and taking pills just to cope and numb myself. I wish I could go back. I am certain god will not forgive me. I have no purpose anymore. none.
Listen carefully to me. What you did was wrong. There’s no point in sugar-coating that. BUT. And please pay attention to the “BUT”: But all hope is not lost. There is forgiveness and hope for you. Christ promised forgiveness to all those who seek Him through faith and seek to amend their lives. There are also groups of women who have gone through abortions and offer counselling and support.
Please do not despair. Christ still loves you. Turn to Him now and begin the journey of healing and restoration and redemption.
Socon or Bust wishes all readers a Blessed Christmas and Holy and Prosperous New Year. We will return after Christmas Day…although the Christmas season will only have just begun. Read the rest of this entry »
Paycheck in Catholic Holy Days
December 18, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A growing number of Christian churches are joining forces with a grass-roots movement known as the Advent Conspiracy, which is seeking to “do away with the frenzied activity and extravagant gift-giving of a commercial Christmas.”
The group was founded by Portland pastor Rick McKinley, who with a group of fellow pastors realized that their own, and their congregations’, focus during the time of Advent revolved more around secular consumerism than preparing to celebrate the birth of Christ.
“And when it’s all over, many of us are left with presents to return, looming debt that will take months to pay off, and this empty feeling of missed purpose. Is this what we really want out of Christmas?”
“None of us like Christmas,” McKinley said in a Time.com report, adding, “That’s sort of bad if you’re a pastor. It’s the shopping, the going into debt, the worrying that if I don’t spend enough money, someone will think I don’t love them.”
McKinley, whose church donates money to dig wells in developing countries through Living Water International and other organizations, saw that a fraction of the money Americans spend at retailers in the month of December could supply the entire world with clean water.
As a result he and his friends embarked on a plan to urge their congregations to spend less on presents for friends and family, and to consider donating the money they saved to support practical and tangible charitable works.
“If more Christians changed how they thought about giving at Christmas,” he argued, “the holiday could be transformative in a religious and practical sense.”
McKinley observed that at first church members were uncertain. “Some people were terrified,” McKinley recalled. “They said, ‘My gosh, you’re ruining Christmas. What do we tell our kids?’”
Soon though, the idea caught on and McKinley found that not only were people “relieved to be given permission to slow down and buy less” but were “expressing their love through something more meaningful than a gift card. Once church members adjusted to this new conception of Christmas, they found that they loved it.”
According to the Time.com report the Advent Conspiracy movement has exploded, counting hundreds of churches on four continents and in at least 17 countries as participants.
The Advent Conspiracy video has been viewed more than a million times on YouTube and the movement boasts nearly 45,000 fans on Facebook.
To find out more about the Advent Conspiracy please visit their website here.
Paycheck in Eco-Frauds