discarded lies: tuesday, september 30, 2014 12:54 pm zst
Now Panic and Freak Out
daily archive: 03/02/2006
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joem in Bloggie Beit Midrash:
ועשו לי מקדש ושכנתי בתוכם
שמות כה:ח
ve-asu li mikdash ve-shachanti be-tocham
And they will make for Me a sanctuary and I will dwell within them.
(Exodus 25:8)
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Secularists eat their children
This is a fascinating article at Foreign Policy, arguing a point that I've intuited before: that the superior birthrates of the religious will lead them to overwhelm secular society by default. You can win the fight if you don't show up for it; our secular citizens are fighting their battles today, but aren't having any children to fight their battles with our religious citizens' children tomorrow. By their own inaction, they will slowly be replaced in the population until they are irrelevant; we can already see this process happening. What amazes me is to learn that the Greeks and the Romans had their own problems with growing their populations; what did they do in the days before birth control and the welfare state's disconnection of responsibility from behavior? And here I thought we were really inventing brand-new problems for ourselves with modern science and social movements. Apparently, nothing's new under the sun.
Yet that turning point does not necessarily mean the death of a civilization, only its transformation. Eventually, for example, the sterile, secular, noble families of imperial Rome died off, and with them, their ancestors’ idea of Rome. But what was once the Roman Empire remained populated. Only the composition of the population changed. Nearly by default, it became composed of new, highly patriarchal family units, hostile to the secular world and enjoined by faith either to go forth and multiply or join a monastery. With these changes came a feudal Europe, but not the end of Europe, nor the end of Western Civilization.
He doesn't say it explicitly, but the Roman Empire's heir was the Holy Roman Empire-in other words, Catholicism. I wonder if Europe's new religious ruling class will be a resurgent Catholicism or Islam. The odds are even, at this point...(in America, no question, it will be Christian religion, not Islam. Muslims aren't nearly the proportion of the population or new births here as they are there, and relatively few people are converting to Islam compared to the other major proselytizing and/or trendy faiths such as Mormons, evangelicals, and Buddhists. I don't think Eastern religion stands much chance in America, be it Buddhism (whose most ardent fans are the very sort of liberal Americans least likely to have children) or Islam (which in its present form offers nothing to any American who is not a self-absorbed criminal prisoner looking for a creed that gives him the moral upper hand to prey on mainstream society).
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Musharraf hits back at Karzai
Hamid Karzai made some highly critical remarks on Pakistan's fealty and effectiveness in the war on terror, a fealty which is known to be highly suspect given that their ISI nurtured the Taliban and given their eagerness to sell nuclear secrets to anyone who comes along. This was a hard blow for Mushy to take, especially just before his visit from President Bush, so he's striking back. Read it; his game is weak.

Who wants to bet that Bush and Karzai coordinated the damaging revelations just ahead of Bush's surprise visit to Afghanistan, in order to put pressure on Musharraf? It seems to have had a somewhat useful effect, in that Mr. Duplicity, Pervez Musharraf, is being forced to react and defend himself on the world stage ahead of his photo-op with Bush. Bush isn't really that concerned with Mush; his main purpose for the visit is to try and seal a deal with India over our proposed assistance to its nuclear program. Musharraf is a footnote.

Trying desperately to seem relevant, the Pakistanis are feeding a credulous ABC News a scoop about some Pakistani Al Qaeda terrorist who is supposedly planning a major attack on the United States, and whom Pakistan is pursuing vigorously. I find it hard to believe that he just coincidentally happens to share a name with a Bangladeshi whom Pakistanis hate, and can't be found in any terrorism database. Maybe the guy really exists and really is some wannabe Binnie, but I find the prospect dubious. In another example of "just-in-time positive Pakistani publicity", Pakistani troops just killed 45 "foreigners" on the Waziristan/Afghanistan border. How remarkably convenient.

I don't buy Pakistan's clumsy propaganda for a minute. I doubt President Bush does, either.
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Celebrate Lady Redhawk!
March 2

Today we invoke the Lady Redhawk Rule. No exceptions!
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Oh ffs, Peggy!
Peggy Noonan expands further on her last week's column about airport security - which I blogged here - and now complains that the thing that offends her the most about airport security checks is that she's not treated like a lady; in fact Peggy equates the passenger screening to second-degree sexual assault: Embarrassing the Angels.
I was directed, shoeless, into the little pen with the black plastic swinging door. A stranger approached, a tall woman with burnt-orange hair. She looked in her 40s. She was muscular, her biceps straining against a tight Transportation Security Administration T-shirt. She carried her wand like a billy club. She began her instructions: Face your baggage. Feet in the footmarks. Arms out. Fully out. Legs apart. Apart. I'm patting you down.

It was like a 1950s women's prison movie. I got to be the girl from the streets who made a big mistake; she was the guard doing intake. "Name's Veronica, but they call me Ron. Want a smoke?" Beeps and bops, her pointer and middle fingers patting for explosives under the back of my brassiere; the wand on and over my body, more beeps, more pats. The she walked wordlessly away. I looked around, slowly put down my arms, rearranged my body. For a moment I thought I might plaintively call out, "No kiss goodbye? No, 'I'll call'?" But they might not have been amused. And actually I wasn't either.

I experienced the search not only as an invasion of privacy, which it was, but as a denial or lowering of that delicate thing, dignity. The dignity of a woman, of a lady, of a person with a right not to be manhandled or to be, or to feel, molested.
The horrors! The indignity! The patting down by tall women with orange hair!

Grow up, Peggy.
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30 words for mutual understanding
It took the brutal torture and murder of a Jewish man to shake France out of its stupor and indifference to racism and hatred: French students to study anti-Semitism and racism in school tolerance project. Starting next year, high school students in Paris suburbs will be distributed booklets with 30 key terms related to anti-Semitism, racism, democracy and the Israeli-Arab conflict. The project was submitted to the Education Ministry two years ago; a preliminary agreement to distribute the booklets was reached just yesterday.
"The initial plan called for a very limited distribution of the booklet, but after Halimi's murder, they began talking to us about thousands of copies or more," said Yoni Smadja, secretary general of Hachomer Hatzair France and one of the people behind the project.

"The establishment's attitude toward subjects like anti-Semitism and xenophobia was quite chilly until now," he added. "But since the Halimi murder, we sense that things are starting to move more quickly."
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Falwell relents, admits Jews into heaven [Update: no, he doesn't]
Longstanding mainstream Christian opinion is that the only path to heaven is accepting Jesus Christ, plus other gotchas, depending on denomination-such as doing good works and marrying lots of women(Mormons), baptism and not dancing (Baptists), annoying people (Jehovah's Witnesses), avoiding any technology newer than the 16th century (Amish), etc. However, a plucky crew of evangelicals have been putting forth the novel notion that Jews have their own Covenant with the Lord, that the Lord doesn't break his covenants, and that therefore, all good Jews will go to heaven. So have Catholics, ever since Vatican II. Nostra Aetate took the Church back, centuries later, to Paul's insistence that the covenant with the Jews was still valid.

The cynicism of my headline for this story aside, I do believe that Falwell's change of heart is sincere, and that it's a good sign for Christian relations with the Jews, at the behest of a fellow televangelist who lobbied and persuaded him of the "dual-covenant" doctrine. I think it's worthy of respect.

UPDATE: He denies it.
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