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The human animal is the worshipping animal. Toward the divine, we have a need to pray, to sacrifice, to offer up, and to praise. From the spirit dances of primitive animism to the rational contemplation of philosophical paganism, from the ethical code of the rabbis to the theological vision of the scholastics, from the sprinkled blood (the origin of blessing) of temple cults to helping the poor in simple Christian charity, men need to relate the immanent and the transcendent -- they see their particular lives in time and space transfigured and transfused with meaning unbounded by human things. Religion is this aspect of human life where the everyday and worldly intersects with the ultimate and divine. Is this an accident of human evolution, or is it a racial neurosis brought upon us as conscious beings who live in the shadow of our own death? Is it a reflection of the divine order, where creatures naturally orient themselves toward their source? Has God revealed himself to us, as the Christians claim? In this realm, I shall try to delve into such questions as an Orthodox Christian who ever pesters God with "Why?"
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Saturday, September 11, A.D. 2010
Klavan on the Cordoba House

Andrew Klavan asks, “Does Islam suck?”

Why don’t we just ask Emporor Manuel II Palaeologus? Six hundred years ago, he wrote,

Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.

In case you were wondering, that is how a Byzantine philosopher king would state, “Islam does indeed suck.”

Posted by Joseph on Saturday, September 11, Anno Domini 2010
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Tuesday, June 29, A.D. 2010
Civic Songs for Nurturing Jihad

The Middle East Media Research Institute has many hours of Middle Eastern craziness that you can watch, and I highly recommend it as a window through which we can readily see that they are not like us—quite a difficult realization for Americans nursed on the ideals of tolerance, multiculturalism, and pacifism. However, I found the following relatively mild music video on YouTube through a link from another site—perhaps N.R.O. It is relatively mild because it does not call outright for the slaughter of Jews, unlike much children’s programming in the Arab world.

As a side note, the first little girl who prays (at 2:09) looks like my mother when she was a child. I do not know if my mother ever prayed, “O Allah, take revenge for us.” I would not put it past her, but I still doubt it.

Also, the man looks like Teddy from The Adventures of Pete and Pete. Did Theodore L. Forzman grow up to sing jihadist children’s songs? If it happened to honey tongued Cat Stevens (apostate Steven Demetre Georgiou), it could happen to anyone.

Posted by Joseph on Tuesday, June 29, Anno Domini 2010
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Monday, May 3, A.D. 2010
Income by Religion

I found a fascinating graph that maps the average income of various religions’ adherents in America. See “The Almighty Dollar” from Good.

Predictably, a larger percentage of Jews (46%) make six digit incomes than other groups, though our Hindus (43%) are doing well, too. If only all our immigrants were upper caste types! Arizonans would not fret about Mexico’s exporting its best and brightest to us. On the poorer side, black Protestant sects and Jehovah’s Witnesses have the largest percentages of people who make under $30,000 a year (47% and 42%, respectively). The Mohammedans surprisingly show as the third poorest. I would like to see a distinction between immigrants and the Nation of Islam types. I imagine that the latter drag the former’s statistics down.

Interestingly, the Orthodox come in third behind the Jews and the Hindus in the six digit category. Greek businessmen and Russian scientists have done well in this land of mammon. Moreover, there is not really a lower class drag for the Orthodox. The laboring classes among Orthodox immigrant populations from the industrial age have, like Italians, moved firmly into the middle and upper classes. Among the recent immigrant waves, we find new Russians, Arabs, Indians, and Ethiopians doing very well materially. In D.C., the Ethiopian community has become the “new Greeks.” They are the omnipresent merchant class, who reportedly are buying many of the city’s groceries, restaurants, and night clubs.

Roman Catholics expectedly follow the national average. Their size and class diversity render them statistically normal. I would assume that the same would be true of the Orthodox if they were far more numerous. For these groups are largely the religions of entire peoples, while most Protestant sects in America have come to be associated with a certain class. While there are rich Pentecostals and poor Episcopalians (well, I suppose that there are poor Episcopalians, though I have never met one), Protestant identification tends to differentiate based on class. How many of you grew up with a Baptist who went to college, moved up the social ladder, and then started attending a “higher class” church?

The mainline churches have mostly all become upper class, leftwing S.W.P.L. social and political clubs that preach inclusion but do not offer much for the poorer, dumber, and less educated except a form of patronizing charity, bundled together with celebrating diversity rhetoric. However, the figures shown on Good’s graph do not show a large difference between the mainline churches and the national average. Perhaps, their staying power in poorer, rural, white communities along with their charitable urban missions account for this normalcy. Moreover, the ethnic Lutheran communities and the rural W.A.S.P. country folk in the Midwest likely approach the traditional Christian “whole people of God” inclusion of all the classes. Yet, the mainliest of the mainlines appear class based in most of the country.

I wonder if the current “evangelical movement” will curtail the tendency toward class differentiation among American Protestants. The evangelicals have a lower class background along with a few generations of vibrant intellectual life (those “Wheaton evangelicals”). I think that it is possible for American evangelicals to create a class diverse population. I expect their wealthier numbers to increase as they grow in numbers overall due to the hemorrhaging of mainline Protestants and white Roman Catholics. Soon, they may match up with the national average, too.

Tuesday, March 2, A.D. 2010
Coexist?

Jake from Wiser Time has a funny take on the “Coexist” bumper sticker of which self avowed tolerant and enlightened Americans are so fond. Here is the bumper sticker, the proceeds of which go to “help fight hunger, fascism, and social injustice.”

Jake observes:

You’ve seen these, right? They make me mad. Why? Because they don’t really mean what they say.

Let’s break it down. We’ll call each worldview by the letter it’s supposed to represent. So:

» C = Islam
» O = Pacifism
» E = “Gender equality” (=the LGBT agenda)
» X = Judaism
» I = Wicca / Pagan / Bah’ai
» S =Taoism / Confucianism
» T = Christianity

And let’s assume a very broad definition of “coexist”: living together without calling for the destruction of each other. Here are the problems with that:

» C wants to kill E, X, T, and (by implication) O. If they achieved the world they wanted, I and S would also no longer exist.

» O doesn’t allow for effective resistance or defeat of C.

» E stands in direct opposition to C, X, and T, and accuses those who speak against them of hate speech. Also, they’re trying to edge X and T out of public schools in favor of their own agenda. (They’re afraid C will be offended, so they get less trouble.) E is actually very, very intolerant.

» X’s existence is threatened not only by C but also by O, who invariably supports C over X.

» I and S are statistically insignificant and are mainly on there to complete the bumper sticker.

» T is who the bumper sticker is really arguing against, but poses no physical threat to any of the others.

Historically, T has brought about more tolerance– “coexistence” if you will– than any other movement. But the kind of “coexistence” the people who make this sticker envision is one where at least X and T are completely marginalized.

Do Leftists really find the courteous manners taught by school marms in elementary school the veritable apex of morality and insight into the human condition—facts and good sense be damned? Is it really true that they learnt all that they really know in Kindergarten?

They are either fools, cowards, or traitorous misanthropes—or at least the vast majority of them deserve such categorization.

Posted by Joseph on Tuesday, March 2, Anno Domini 2010
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Tuesday, December 15, A.D. 2009
Klavan on Euphemism

Andrew Klavan mocks Americans’ inability to call our civilization cancer what it is:

War is peace.

Posted by Joseph on Tuesday, December 15, Anno Domini 2009
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Friday, September 11, A.D. 2009
A Day for Sackcloth and Ashes

Today on the old calendar is the commemoration of the beheading of Saint John the Forerunner (Saint John the Baptist) by Herod Antipas’ wicked men.

It is a fast day rather than a feast, and the somber mood fits the calendar day for Americans as we also remember the lives of those who died eight years ago in the barbarian attacks against our land. It is curious how a perverse sense of lust played a part both in John’s execution by Herod Antipas and in the suicide missions of the infidel Mohammedans.

I doubt that many non-Orthodox people know that the only religious building to be destroyed in the attacks was the small Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church next to the World Trade Center, which was crushed by the falling towers. My brothers and I had visited the parish one year before the attack as we toured New York. We spent a considerable amount of time in the World Trade Center that particular day. We wanted to see the city from the top of one of the towers during the day and at night. So, we passed several hours at the top, enjoying the spectacle of New York City from its southern peak as the sun set on the West. I remember our wondering what would happen if the buildings ever collapsed. We theorized that Wall Street in its entirety would disappear, so massive were the Twin Towers. We were wrong, but we never knew what horror would occur just twelve months later.

When I have revisited the site since the attacks, I still think back to our time nine years ago. I dwell on Fritz Koenig’s Sphere. The globe shaped fountain once stood neatly in the plaza surrounded by New York’s wealth. Now, the deformed and maimed structure stands in Battery Park, a testament both to the awful destruction and to the perseverance of New Yorkers.

Memory eternal!

Posted by Joseph on Friday, September 11, Anno Domini 2009
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Friday, August 7, A.D. 2009
Thugs for Mo’

It is unfair though quite easy to select a group of morons and make them represent a larger group negatively. Obese, socialist pig Michael Moore has made a name and an endless pork rind fund for himself by employing such tactics. However, I do not believe that the following video of Arabfest in Dearborn, Michigan is guilty of such.

Western civilization’s experience with the Friends of Mo’ over the centuries would suggest that the video’s makers Nabeel Qureshi and David Wood were quite fortunate to have only had their cameras knocked around. At least, they still have their heads. For how much longer, though, will Mohammedans in America fear to revert to type under the rule of (liberal, Christian, Anglo-Saxon) law? Perhaps, it is a question of numbers . . .

So, why are they here?

Posted by Joseph on Friday, August 7, Anno Domini 2009
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Wednesday, February 25, A.D. 2009
Fitna

On this Western day of penance, I wish my Latin friends a beneficial Lenten fast.

Quite far from the meaning of Ash Wednesday, I also want to publicize the short film, Fitna, directed by Dutch politician and “fatwah survivor” Geert Wilders. Wilders has been on Mohammedan terrorists’ hit list for several years for his liberal criticism of the religion that Mohammed founded. Such should not surprise anyone who has been following current events for the last three decades. What is shocking is that Wilders has run into several problems with Western governments. The Dutch state has charged him with hate crimes, and the British government has denied him entry into the United Kingdom for similar reasons.

Here is an interview with Wilders by Russia Today.

Is Wilders a neo-fascist thug? No, he is a liberal, and he dislikes the European right. Is he a terrorist? No, he is the leader of a mainstream Dutch political party. Has he spread lies about Mohammedanism? Of course not; why would anyone resort to slander when the truth is so interestingly damning? His “hate speech” film Fitna merely reproduces words of and footage from the news and the Mohammedan world. For this, he must live in constant danger of the barbarians. For a film that is but a mirror to the grotesque absurdity that many call Islam, he has been prosecuted, ostracized, and demonized by a Western world that no longer tolerates open expression—especially when uncomfortably true.

You may watch Fitna online (graphic):

You may also wish to watch Obsession, as well:

For how long will Westerners remain ostriches?

Posted by Joseph on Wednesday, February 25, Anno Domini 2009
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Sunday, November 30, A.D. 2008
A Saudi Mosque in Moscow?

I have a lot of hope for Russia. While the West crumbles in its self-loathing, the nations that survived the Communist hell seem far more sane. Russia remains autocratic and dysfunctional, but I have little doubt that it will survive. Unlike Western Europeans, who seem content to watch their own people disappear from the world and have their populations slowly replaced by North African and Middle Eastern alien hordes, the Russians are at least trying to address their demographic issues.

Anyway, the following story confirmed my confidence in Russia’s rebirth:

“A Saudi Mosque in Moscow in Exchange for a Russian Church in Mecca?” by Paul Goble. Here are some selections:

The king of Saudi Arabia has announced that he is ready to support the construction of a mosque and Islamic cultural center in Moscow, a city with only four mosques for its more than two million Muslims. In response and probably to block this, Orthodox Christians in Russia have called for opening a church in Saudi Arabia. . . .

Given that Moscow has only four mosques – the same number it had at the end of Soviet times – but a Muslim population that may number as many as 2.5 million, Muslims in the Russian Federation were delighted by the offer and the attention from abroad it suggests. But many non-Muslim Russians were horrified that another mosque might be opened in their capital.

After the Saudi offer was reported, three Russian Orthodox groups – the Moscow section of the Union of Orthodox Citizens, the Radonezh Society, and the Byzantine Club – released an open letter to Saudi King Abdullah suggesting that there should be another mosque in Moscow only after a Russian Orthodox church was opened in Mecca.

Their appeal noted that “Saudi Arabia is building mosques in dozens of Christian countries” and then asked whether it would not be only just if permission were given to Christians to build a church within its borders for Christians living there, something Riyadh has been reluctant to permit (www.interfax-religion.ru/islam/?act=documents&div=835).

And in support of their argument, the three groups cite the comment of Jean-Louis Cardinal Toran, the head of the Papal Council on Inter-religious Dialogue that “if Muslims consider it correct to have a large and beautiful mosque in Rome, then it is equally correct for Christians to have a church in Riyadh.”

The Orthodox groups also argued that it would be “very important” to lift the restrictions now in force against Christians visiting the Holy cities of Mecca and Medina,” to all visitors to Saudi Arabia to wear crosses, and to create special courses about Christianity in general and Russian Orthodoxy in particular.

Moreover, they suggested that if the Saudis want to begin broadcasting their television programs to the Russian Federation and its Muslims, then “it would be just” to offer “Your subjects the opportunity to watch Russian Orthodox channels and thus to learn that Christians don’t believe in three gods, don’t distort the Bible and don’t pray to idols.”

I especially like the Orthodox suggestion for the Saudi king to offer, “Your subjects the opportunity to watch Russian Orthodox channels and thus to learn that ‘Christians don’t believe in three gods, don’t distort the Bible and don’t pray to idols.’” Any Christian who has had a theological conversation with followers of Mohammed quickly learns how mistaken they are about fundamental Christian doctrines. I wonder if Moscow will cave . . .

Posted by Joseph on Sunday, November 30, Anno Domini 2008
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