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Running Downhill In A Hurry

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I closed my Thursday post on Ilan Omar’s anti-Semitic bigotry with this:

That’s the other thing about hate – if you are exposed to it, you better wash it off really fast because it’ll start you rotting too.

Those words were echoed on the floor of the House as they debated the mush they called a resolution by Rep Ted Deutch (D-FL):

I didn’t rise to be political, this is personal.  A few years ago I was invited to speak at the U.N General Assembly Special session on anti-Semitism.  I told the representatives from the assembled countries that anti-Semitism is the canary in the coal mine.  That if there is anti-Semitism in your country there is hatred that will ultimately permeate throughout society if it is not checked.  I never thought I would need to explain that to my colleagues.  This is not political, no one should make it political..  The use of anti-Semitic language and images can never be tolerated.

But apparently my post, and others like it, and Rep. Deutch’s impassioned speech was too little too late.  The permeation is real; the rot has begun.  Some, rightly, have chosen to focus on the extreme double standard reflected in the resolution that eventually passed the House.  I must comment that if there is anythig that makes obvious media bias it is this mess.  That fucntioning party members circle the wagons around their own is distasteful in circumstances like this but somewhat understandable.  That a supposedly unbiased media is not in full-throated condemnation of this anti-Semitism and its effective legitimization by the House is unconscionable.

But even that is minor compared to the evident rot inside the Democrat party.

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Hate Cannot Be Controlled or Regulated

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So, we appear to have a genuine, card-carrying, bile-spilling anti-Semite in our Congress.  But…she’s a Dem and so the Democratic Party – the party that has built most of its political power on identifying a minority, telling them they are oppressed and then soliciting their votes so they can represent their grievances, real, imagined and contrived – is having a hard time mustering the will to condemn the hate within.

Some are claiming Ilan Omar is not “really” an anti-Semite (think Nancy Pelosi)  but give me a break here.  I do not need to make the case that she is, if it walks like a duck…. Said JimGeraghty:

Again — if you’re always furious about Israeli treatment of the Palestinians, but never utter a word about the Uighurs, Kurds, or Rohingya, people start to think you’re just obsessed with hating the world’s lone Jewish country.

John Podhoretz calls Dems hesitancy to call out Omar “appalling:

It’s really not hard to get to the bottom of this: When you say that Jews have magical hypnotic powers to control other people, you’re an anti-Semite. When you say Jews control other people through money, you’re an anti-Semite. When you say Jews have conspired to force you to apologize for saying anti-Semitic things, you’re an anti-Semite. ­Ilhan Omar is an anti-Semite

Yet the Dem excuses are amazing.

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We Are Under Attack

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David French says we are in a “Two Faith Nation:

…this modern liberalism a “pseudo-church.” Increasingly, however, we can drop the “pseudo.” As Andrew Sullivan and many others have been arguing for some time, the language and practice of secular intersectionality directly compares with multiple elements of classic religious belief — from original sin (privilege), to justification (becoming woke), to sanctification (being an ally). But the secular nature of this religion leads many progressives to believe it can fully inhabit government, the academy, and corporate America without constitutional or legal consequence. True enough, under American law you can preach each aspect of the social-justice faith from the government pulpit in a way that you can’t preach the divinity of Christ, but social justice cannot crowd religion from the public square.

But here is the thing – it is not that our opposition is preaching “each aspect of the social-justice faith from the government pulpit,” or that they are trying to “crowd” religion from the public square.  It is that in Sharia-like fashion they are trying to use the force of government to kill religon.  As evidence, I give you the utterances, public utterances, of members of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission – a governmental agency:

ADF attorneys said they uncovered statements from a 2018 public meeting in which two commissioners voiced their support for comments that a previous commissioner, Diann Rice, made in 2015, calling religious freedom “a despicable piece of rhetoric.”

These agents of government find religion “despicable,” and attempted to use the force of government to deny religious expression.  That is not “crowding out,” that is a direct attack.  Thank goodness common sense, greatly aided by the Supreme Court, prevailed.

You want more evidence, consider this NYTimes op-ed from a Columbia law prof. He does not talk about religion at all, what he does is complain about how that darned government just stands in the way of everybody getting what they clearly want.  Needless to say he is pretty selective and deceptively simplistic in his presentation of what “everybody wants,” but that is not really the point I want to make.  He is arguing that the government is an impediment to progress.  He stops short of arguing against doing away with government, but the same argument could be advanced when it comes to social issues.  We have just looked at a case where the government defended faith against perceived “progress” – what if it was not there?

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For Lent

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Wednesday marks the beginning of the holiest season of the year – Lent.  This is the time of year Christians, mimicking Christ’s 40 days of preparation in the wilderness, prepare for Holy Week when we commemorate Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the events that followed culminating in His crucifixion and resurrection.  In the Lenten mimic of Christ we typically “give up” something as Christ fasted during his time of preparation.

This morning at National Review, Kathryn Jean Lopez reflected, through the lens of Fulton J. Sheen, on this “prodigal world:”

The first full week of March this year brings with it the onset of Lent, that penitential time for remembrance of what being Christian should mean in lives and in the world. It comes at a time of scandal – as the once point man for reform in the Catholic Church, Theodore McCarrick, is no longer a priest on the evening of his life. In politics, we’ve seen a celebration of abortion instead of the “safe, legal, and rare” rhetoric that wasn’t so long ago. As we tolerate the unconscionable in refusing to protect infant survivors of abortion – though according to new Marist polling commissioned by the Knights of Columbus, this new open extremism may backfire on the Democratic party, so perhaps they’ll come to reconsider this doubling down on death – many of us rarely look to see what needs are around us, that we can help prevent the next abortion, the next single mother feeling abandoned, the next young man never quite taking flight, that there’s a foster child whose forever home might just be your own.

KLo is here concluding, as I did last week, that only love can overcome the darkness that seems to be so prevalent in country/culture today.  She offers that love in solid, small and concrete actions – being positive in the midst of all this negativity.  A thought which, somewhat shockingly, made me think of Nick Gillespe’s piece on the presdient at CPAC:

It’s way too early to be thinking this, much less saying it, but what the hell: If Donald Trump is able to deliver the sort of performance he gave today at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the annual meeting of right-wingers held near Washington, D.C., his reelection is a foregone conclusion.

The subtitle to the piece reads, “The president’s speech at CPAC was a bedazzling mix of bravado, B.S., humor, and positive vision no Democrat will be able to top.”  Do you see the parallels?  KLo suggests positives acts of love to overcome the darkenss of the world.  The president offers “humor and positive vision” and his relection takes a giant step forward.  It would seem if we are truly to reclaim the country and the culture for light and goodness, it is incumbent upon us to be upbeat, positive and joyful.

But as Christians we are under very real attack.  It is so easy to become defensive; to wall ourselves off from the world and to hunker down.  It is so easy to focus on the negative – to be horrified at the “celebration of abortion” and be condemning of the scandal.  Such may comfort us, but it does not help the world, our country or our culture.  Jesus may have said His yoke was light, but it is still a yoke, and the easy path is not the Christian path.  Since it is time to decide what to give up for Lent, perhaps we should decide to give up negativity.  Perhaps as we prepare to celebrate God’s ultimate victory we should give up frowning and complaining and act as the victors we already are.

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