Osama bin Laden may be Dead but Islamic Extremism is on the Rise
It didn’t take long to blame America for the Boston Marathon bombings. Before we knew who the bombers were those on the left were hoping and praying that the bombers were radical conservatives. A rightwing militia nut. Or a member of the Tea party. Anyone but a Muslim. And when we learned that the bombers were Muslim the Left found new ways to blame America. For the left hates conservatives. And for some reason has a soft spot for radical Islamists. Radical Islam is not to blame for the bombings. The War in Afghanistan is. The Iraq War. And all of those drone strikes. In general it’s this imperial aggression of America that is to blame. Not this poor 19-year old kid and his brother. And until we learn this we are going to keep radicalizing innocent 19-year old kids. Making them place bombs next to 8-year old boys.
The Americans helped liberate Libya from Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Who had become an American ally in the War on Terror after the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Despite this we helped the rebels based in Benghazi overthrow Gaddafi. Who they eventually caught. And killed without a trial. Since then Benghazi grew into a hotbed of anti-Western Islamic radicalism. Despite the West having helped them overthrow Gaddafi. It got so bad that after an attempt on the life of the British ambassador the British pulled out of Benghazi. While the American ambassador asked his superiors for additional security. Which his superiors denied. Because President Obama had won the War on Terror. Osama bin Laden is dead. And General Motors is alive. This was their campaign slogan. We should reelect the president because he won the War on Terror. By killing bin Laden. It was just like President George W. Bush on that aircraft carrier. This was President Obama’s ‘mission accomplished’ banner. And he just couldn’t jeopardize his reelection chances by increasing security to protect the American diplomatic mission against a vanquished enemy.
So this is one reason why the left has a soft spot for radical Islamists. To say we have a problem with radical Islamism would bring this horrible policy record to light. Which they really didn’t want to do for it finally made the left look tough on national security. For they have appeared weak on national defense since LBJ. And they didn’t like LBJ being tough on national defense. Which is why they emasculated the Defense Department afterwards. Which was all well and fine with those on the left until our enemies started attacking us. Giving the Republicans the advantage in elections during times when there were threats to national security. But killing Osama bin Laden changed that. Finally it was the left that demonstrated strength in national security. For they won the War on Terror by killing Osama bin Laden. Or so they believed. Thus negating one of the Republican’s campaign advantages. Which not only helped George W. Bush win reelection. But it helped President Obama win reelection. Despite one of the worst economic recoveries in U.S. history. And a pretty poor foreign policy record. He may have killed America’s number one enemy, Osama bin Laden, but he did nothing to help the Iranians overthrow their oppressive dictatorship. America’s new number one enemy. But he did help overthrow longtime American ally Hosni Mubarak. And now Egypt is under control of the Muslim Brotherhood. Who is closely allied with Iran. And our thanks for helping the Libyans overthrow their oppressor? We’re seeing al Qaeda gaining strength in Libya. Who killed our ambassador. And three other Americans. So the president’s foreign policy is making the Middle East a less safe place. And more anti-American. But Osama bin Laden is dead. And General Motors is alive.
The American Left fears American Conservatism more than Islamic Extremism
With the capture of 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev President Obama was anxious to downplay the bombers’ religion. That we shouldn’t rush to judgment just because the bombers were Muslim. He didn’t even use words like ‘Islamist’ or ‘Islamist terrorist’. For he has worked hard to convince the American people that there is no militant Islamist element still trying to kill Americans because of their religion. And when two radical Islamists killed and maimed Americans because of their religion he lectured Americans sternly not to make anything of this fact.
“In this age of instant reporting, tweets, and blogs, there’s a temptation to latch on to any bit of information sometimes to jump to conclusions. When a tragedy like this happens, with public safety at risk and the stakes so high, it’s important that we do this right. That’s why we have investigations. That’s why we relentlessly gather the facts, that’s why we have courts. That’s why we take care not to rush to judgment, not about the motivations of these individuals and certainly not about entire groups of people,” he said.
And this despite Islamic extremism in the United States increasing during his presidency. According to Wikipedia during the 8 years of George W. bush there were 5 Islamist terrorist attacks and 10 failed plots.
While during about 4 years of the Obama presidency things got worse.
*Not included on original source cited. See Benghazi attack.
During the approximate 4 years of the Obama administration there have been 4 Islamist terrorist attacks and 18 failed plots. So clearly Islamist extremism is getting worse. Not better. And yet all we hear from this administration and their allies in the mainstream media is that Islam is a religion of peace. While the real enemy to fear is American conservatism. Despite the record clearly showing that the thing to fear is Islamic extremism. For it is Muslim terrorists killing Americans every chance they get. Not American conservatives. So why is it that the American left has such a soft spot for radical Islamists?
The Adage ‘the Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend’ has brought Radical Islamists and the American Left Together
During the 2012 presidential election the most important things to women were free birth control and abortion. According to the Democrats. Who advanced the idea about a Republican war on women. When George Stephanopoulos asked Mitt Romney if he wanted to take birth control away from women. The next thing you knew birth control and abortion were women’s health issues. And if women didn’t vote Democrat they would die from an epidemic of cancer and never have sex again unless they were in some loveless marriage making babies instead of enjoying a career. The ultimate goal of this strategy? If the left can turn people away from Christianity they can turn people away from the Republican party. For while a lot of people identify themselves as fiscally conservative a lot of these same people still identify themselves as socially liberal. And the more they can drive a wedge between these two groups within the Republican Party the more socially liberal Republicans they can push into the Democrat Party. Hence the relentless assault on Christianity. Who they identify as controlling the Republican Party. This Religious Right. Who they paint as wanting to return women back to a time when they were obedient wives serving their masters. Like they were in the Fifties. This is what piety and morality was all about. Controlling women. And the only way to prevent this from happening was to allow women to have sex outside of marriage. For if they can do that and have a career they would have no need for a husband. This was real freedom. And this was what the Republican Party and the Religious Right were against. All the left had to do was to get these socially liberals to see this simple fact. And they found a very simple way of doing that. Sex.
The Left likes having their sex. It’s what defined them in the Sixties when they kicked off the sexual revolution. These baby boomers were so into personal gratification that they earned the moniker the Me generation. During the Seventies they enjoyed their swinging life style. Drugs. And casual sex. A lot of it. With a lot of different partners. Even married couples were getting into the action with open marriages and wife swapping. It was a time of anything goes. Whatever felt good they did. No matter how much Christianity disapproved of it. And were vocal about it. Which fueled the left’s hatred of Christianity. Who are always trying to judge them. Telling them how they should live their lives. Which just frosts their shorts on the left. So they flaunted their lifestyles in front of Christians. Mocked Christians. Belittled them in television and the movies. Insulting them with blasphemous images they call art. Attacked their traditions. And tried to remove any signs of Christianity from public life. They removed it from our schools. And banned Christ from Christmas displays. When they weren’t trying to attack Christianity they were trying to change it. By making Catholics hand out free birth control in their institutions. Including the abortion pill. And demanding that they changed church doctrine to recognize same-sex marriage.
So the left is no friend of Christianity. Which brings us to why they have such a soft spot for radical Islamists. For they hate Christianity as much as they do. And you know what they say. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. So they relish radical Islam’s hatred of Christianity. Despite radical Islam hating the lifestyle of the Godless left more than Christians. And having a real war on women. A brutal one at that. Even condoning the honor killing of women. But the left overlooks all of this and tells us we mustn’t rush to judgment whenever radical Islam kills Americans. But we should be scared of conservative Republicans. Because they may make us pay for own birth control. Or may actually put the abortion issue up to a vote of the people. Instead of leaving it to the whims of liberal Supreme Court justices. A fate too horrible even to consider on the left. So they attack Republicans. And Christianity. As well as make Faustian bargains with radical Islam. But in radical Islam’s seething hatred of America it is the left’s lifestyle they hate most. And while the radical Islamists are enjoying the free pass they’re getting from the American left it doesn’t mean they like them. They may tolerate them. Because the enemy of my enemy is my friend. But that tolerance will be short-lived. For radical Islam is about as tolerant as the American left.
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The Clintons and President Obama opposed Same-Sex Marriage when Campaigning because of Blacks and Hispanics
Hillary Clinton is now in favor of same-sex marriage. After being against it when running for president. Just like her husband. Who was against it while running for president. Even signing the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 into law while he was president. This Clinton-era law defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman. But Bill Clinton now supports same-sex marriage. President Obama made it categorically clear when campaigning that he believed marriage was the union of one woman and one man. But he has since changed his mind, too. Why?
The Williams Institute looked at five surveys that show anywhere between 1% and 2.5% of the population is gay or lesbian. It’s about twice this number if you include bisexual people. Which we can ignore when it comes to marriage. For if you identify yourself as bisexual it pretty much excludes marriage from your future. For a marriage is the union of two people. And the only way to be a practicing bisexual in a marriage is to cheat on your spouse. Or have an open marriage. Because your spouse can be only one sex. Which is not really a union between two people. Just a loose association. So with only 1-2.5% of the population being gay or lesbian why the full-court press by the Left?
More times than not when the issue gets on a ballot the people vote it down. So same-sex marriage is not a burning issue with the people. Which explains why the Clintons and President Obama were opposed to same-sex marriage when they were seeking elected office. And why they changed their position only after it wouldn’t affect their campaign. For they needed the help of two blocks of voters to win their elections. Blacks. And Hispanics. Two very religious blocks who oppose same-sex marriage. So not only does the general populace oppose same-sex marriage so do two critical constituencies of the Left oppose it. So I ask again. Why the full-court press by everyone on the Left?
The Left exploits the LGBT Community just like they exploited the Black Community for Political Gain
The Left hates Christianity. And Republicans. Because a lot of them are Christians. They hate the Religious Right. Who moralize. Who oppose free birth control for our kids in high school. And abortion. The Left says Christianity oppresses women. Forcing them into marriages instead of having a career. And they hate the institution of marriage. Some on the far Left go so far as to call sex in marriage rape. Because a married woman is a second class citizen in a male-dominated society. Mere chattel. With no rights. There is no love in marriage. Only subjugation. The Left can’t fathom the idea of any woman choosing to be a stay at home mom. Yet they’re all for same-sex marriage and the adoption of children by same-sex couples. For apparently there is no oppression of a stay-at-home spouse raising babies if that person is in a same-sex relationship. For if it’s a same-sex marriage then all the traditional trappings of marriage apply. And it’s a beautiful thing.
And now we see what the big deal about same-sex marriage is. It’s not about that 1-2.5% of the population. It’s about using the issue to destroy the Republican Party. And Christianity. For Republicans and Christians don’t oppose same-sex marriage. They oppose lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people. At least that’s the message the Left is putting out there. Especially to our young people. Who overwhelmingly vote Democrat. Who when asked what percentage they think the U.S. population is LGBT they respond with numbers as high as 20%. Or 30%. Something the Left doesn’t discourage. In fact, they encourage this false understanding. By pushing the boundaries in entertainment wherever they can. Like that story about a real estate agent who has only two properties listed for sale. One on the road into town. And one on the road out of town. Because everyone driving on that road sees his signs they assume he is the biggest agent in town. Because his signs appear to be everywhere. So when LGBT appear on television and in the movies people see them everywhere. And assume a large percentage of the population is LGBT. So they feel that the opposition to same-sex marriage is not about legal and tax issues as much as oppressing a large percentage of the populace. They see the Religious Right not as a defender of traditional marriage but something akin to the Nazi Party trying to purge undesirables from their good Christian society. In addition to them to being evil rich people who want to take food away from hungry children. And, of course, racists.
So the Left exploits the LGBT community for political gain. Just like they exploited the black community for political gain. After being the party of slavery and Jim Crowe Laws the Left changed their image. From hating blacks to loving them. Especially with their Great Society. In particular with Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). Which disintegrated the black family. The state replaced the father in the black family. Removing the positive male role model from these kids’ lives. Moved these single mothers into projects in the inner city. Which became rife with drugs and crime. Problems that soon found their way into the schools. Making it a struggle for a kid in these schools to get the education they needed to get a job or go on to college. Which is why crime is rampant in the inner cities. And unemployment is highest among black young men. This is what the state did to the black community. It’s horrible. But it did accomplish their objective. The black community tends to vote Democrat. Because the Democrats are always looking out for them. Giving them things like AFDC. While Republicans are racist Nazis who want to take things away from them. Just because they are black.
The Left paints Republicans as Nazis trying to Purge Undesirables from their Good Christian Society
The Left wants to give out free birth control to high school kids. And provide access to abortion. Because there are few things kids want to do more than have fun grownup style. And few things let them do that like free birth control and abortion. Now with the popularizing of the LGBT lifestyle the Left is encouraging kids to be open and to explore bisexuality. That there is nothing wrong with this lifestyle. Or experimenting. Which is tragic. Because being LGBT is not like trying a different type of food for a little variety in life. It’s not a causal dalliance. Kids growing up gay struggle with their sexual identity. And they try to hide it. Because kids can be cruel.
A college student secretly recorded a gay encounter of his roommate and made it available for anyone to see. It was so horrible an experience to live with that the kid didn’t live with it. He committed suicide. Which isn’t uncommon in the LGBT community. For being LGBT is not just a lot of sex and fun. It can be a living hell coming to terms with who you are. And then telling your friends and family. It’s one thing if you’re a celebrity in today’s pop culture. But it’s another story when you’re just some kid already feeling isolated and alone. Even though today’s culture is more accepting than it ever has been there are still a lot of cruel people out there. And a lot of digital recording devices. A woman who lets loose on spring break only to have a perspective employer pull up pornographic images of her when Googling her name is bad. But being thrown out of the closet at the same time? Try imaging that hell.
So the Left wants to do for LGBT people what they did for blacks. Get as many of them as possible to fear and/or hate Republicans. So they vote Democrat. Even if it destroys these people. For they don’t care about these people. All they care about is politics. And power. Which is why they had no qualms over destroying the black family. Or encouraging a lifestyle of anything goes. Because who are we to say what is right or wrong? Kids are going to have sex no matter what we say. So we should do the only responsible thing we can do. Help them to have sex. And, yes, we can warn them about that sex resulting in an unplanned pregnancy or the myriad venereal diseases they could catch as long as it’s in the context of using birth control or having an abortion. And we don’t moralize. But we have to be a little more careful about warning them that their sexual life could end up on some pornographic website. Because that would just be fear-mongering. And that’s not what the Left wants people to fear. They want them to fear Republicans. And Christians. Who are little more than Nazis trying to purge undesirables from their good Christian society.
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If Jesus were to pick up His Mortal Life where He left it He would go to the Nearest Synagogue
Some on the Left have tried to advance their agenda by appealing to the religion they hate. Christianity. Or, rather, the many religions based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, the New Testament and the Old Testament. They hate the religions of Christianity because they frown on a more fun and libertine lifestyle. And judge those who participate in a more fun and libertine lifestyle. In particular those who use birth control and abortion to engage in sex outside of marriage.
So they are no fans of these Christian religions. But they do try to use Jesus to advance some of their causes. Such as their campaign to get rid of the gas-guzzling and air-polluting SUV. Where they ask, “What car would Jesus drive?” With the implication that Jesus would choose to drive a car that would not pollute the planet that He created. Or, if you don’t believe in the Trinity (where Jesus is Father, Son and Holy Spirit), the planet His Father created. Which is a silly question to ask Christians as they believe that Jesus is everywhere as well as within them and would not need to drive anywhere. Still, they ask the question to try and make Christians feel that they are doing something that would make Jesus sad. Driving an SUV.
Here’s a question for the Left. If Jesus was walking the planet today as the man He was before His crucifixion which Christian church would He attend? An Orthodox church? A Catholic church? Or a Protestant church? The answer? None of the above. For this is a trick question. If Jesus were to pick up His mortal life where He left it He would go to the nearest synagogue as Jesus Christ was a practicing Jew. And a rabbi.
The Roman Province of Judea was a Complicated Place between the Roman Occupation and King Herod
It was being Jewish that got Jesus into so much trouble. From the moment of his birth. Joseph, Jesus’ father, came from Bethlehem. While engaged to Mary she became pregnant. Before their wedding. And not by him. Turns out God blessed her to bring Jesus into the world. Joseph had some trouble believing that but after a visit by an angel Joseph was convinced that she did not cheat on him. That the Immaculate Conception story was legitimate. At least according to the Gospels. Written many years later and may not be a literal historical narrative. But they do include historical fact. Where history becomes more a matter of faith is difficult at times to determine for the historical record is rather sparse at times.
Joseph and Mary lived in Nazareth. In Galilee near the border with Samaria. During the time of the Roman occupation. Who were pagans. Herod was an Edomite. Born in the Kingdom of Edom just south of the Kingdom of Judah. Though he practiced Judaism he was not considered Jewish by the powers-that-be in Judea, the Jewish lands that became a Roman province. Herod was governor of Galilee. With Rome’s approval. He lost his throne. Rome helped him get it back. The Roman Senate then voted him King of the Jews. Three years later he and the Romans conquered Jerusalem. And elevated him to king of all of Judea.
So the Roman province of Judea was a complicated place. The Romans tolerated the Jews as long as they did not cause too much trouble. The Jews did not like living under Roman occupation. And they were none too keen with King Herod who wasn’t religiously pure, lived a decadent lifestyle and was a brutal tyrant. It was this world Mary was about to bring Jesus into.
The Last Thing you want to tell the Current King of the Jews was the Location of the New King of the Jews
According to the Gospels Roman emperor Augustus ordered a census. The Census of Quirinius. Requiring all residents of Judea to return to their ancestral lands for counting in a census. Though this may not have been Roman custom they may have called for this in Judea. That complicated place where the Jews kept their religion and customs. So Joseph had to return to Bethlehem. Worried about leaving Mary behind in a land where others may not be so open minded about her Immaculate Conception he took her along. Which is why she made that great trek so close to her delivery time.
With everyone else returning to Bethlehem the only shelter they could find was in a stable. Mary gave birth and they placed Jesus in a manger. A food trough for the animals. As the word got out about the son of God being born it attracted a lot of attention. Some were overjoyed that the prophecy in the Old Testament was being fulfilled. Some were not quite that happy. Some in the Jewish hierarchy. Who didn’t foresee this event. And King Herod. Who when he heard that a new king had been born to rule over mankind felt nothing but a challenge to his power. So when the three wise men from the East, the Magi, came to Herod to ask where this new king was King Herod couldn’t tell them. But when they found Him they were to send word back so he could come and worship Jesus himself.
Of course the last thing you want to tell the current King of the Jews was the location of this new King of the Jews, this son of God. Jesus Christ. Because he would want to kill Him. Well, the Magi got the message in a dream and went back East without telling Herod after delivering their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. (The frankincense and myrrh were aromatic gum resins used as incense.) King Herod took this betrayal as another challenge to his power. So to protect his power he ordered that all male children in the Greater Bethlehem area 2 years old and younger were to be slaughtered. The Massacre of the Innocents. There is no record of this outside the Gospels. Though it would be something King Herod would have done. For he killed his own children when they were a threat to his power. Based on the size of Bethlehem the number of children falling in Herod’s criteria may have been about 20. The slaughter of which would be a tragedy. But the number may not have been large enough to enter the historical record.
An angel warned Joseph of Herod’s plan in a dream. Telling him to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt until the dust settled. Returning to Galilee after Herod’s death. Where he grew up. Jesus of Nazareth. But his problems with the politically connected Jewish hierarchy and the Romans weren’t over. He would have about 30 years on earth, though, before that trouble would catch up with Him.
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Christians may not like the Crass Commercialization of Christmas but the Left Loves It
The Left does not have a war on Christmas per se. For they love the consumer spending part of Christmas. Which is pure Keynesian. People go into debt to spend more money at retailers. They love that part of Christmas. What they don’t like is the religious stuff. Especially Jesus.
They don’t like Jesus because He is the God the Christians worship. Their Lord and Savior. It’s these Christians that bother the Left. Because of their opposition to birth control (mostly Catholics), abortion and having fun in general. The kind of fun adults enjoy. The kind of things Christians frown on. Premarital sex. Gay love. Drinking and using drugs. Coarse language and sexual situations on television shows and in the movies. Things they champion on the Left. Which makes the Left hate Christianity. Which they see as nothing but a great killjoy.
It’s the moralizing the Left does not like. But the one thing Christians don’t like about Christmas, its crass commercialization, they do like. So the Left will try to band images of Christ from Christmas displays wherever they can. Despite Christmas being the celebration of Christ’s birth. But they will gather in Rockefeller Center to party when they light the Christmas tree. Though they would prefer that we call it the holiday tree.
Retailers often become Profitable for the Year only because of this Temporary Spending Surge at Christmas
So there are two Christmases. The one where Christians celebrate the birth of Christ. Wish for peace on earth. And good will towards man. And the other Christmas. The one marked by the orgy of consumer spending. Much of it funded by one-time Christmas bonuses. A celebration of demand-side Keynesian economics. Where people spend their hard earned money instead of saving it. And when their money runs out they spend even more using their credit cards.
Keynesians have a bunch of charts and graphs showing how great a stimulus this Christmas spending is to the economy. And mathematical formulas. They can tell you about the velocity of money. How fast money travels through the economy when it goes from consumer to seller. The seller then becomes consumer. And spends the money they just received. Then the person who receives this money in a sales transaction goes out and spends it as a consumer. And on and on it goes. Flying through though the economy at breakneck speed. Generating a whole lot of economic activity.
Retailers often become profitable for the year only because of this spending surge at Christmas. In fact, to handle this surge in business they hire a lot of people at Christmas time. Part-time people. Proving again that pumping money into the economy creates jobs. The main tenet of Keynesian monetary policy. Pump cash into the economy and people will spend it. Something the Keynesians have been doing since Richard Nixon decoupled the dollar from gold in 1971. Ending any semblance of responsible monetary policy. And recessions forever. At least, that was the plan.
Keynesian Stimulus is nothing more than an Orgy of Temporary Consumer Spending just like at Christmas Time
When the economy slows down and people stop buying stuff businesses have to lay off workers. So they won’t build stuff that no one will buy. Laid off workers no longer have money to buy things. Which causes other business to lay off workers. So THEY won’t build stuff that no one will buy. It’s a vicious cycle. In fact, we call it the business cycle. The boom-bust cycle. From expansion to contraction. From an economy hiring people to an economy laying off people.
Keynesian economics was supposed to remove the contraction side of the business cycle. By picking up the spending slack. When consumers stopped spending money the government would step in and replace their spending. We call it stimulus spending. Often spending money the government doesn’t have. So they run a deficit (i.e., borrow money). Or simply print money. Which they did a lot of in the Seventies. Unfortunately, as it turns out, you just can’t do that. For when you print money you devalue it. Which raises prices. As it takes more of these devalued dollars to buy what they once did.
And this is why Keynesian economics doesn’t work. Because a Keynesian stimulus is nothing more than an orgy of consumer spending. Just like at Christmas time. Which happens only for a limited time. Businesses hire temporary part-time workers at Christmas because this spending does not last. As it does not last during a Keynesian stimulus. It doesn’t create any full-time jobs. Because employers know it is only temporary. And they know that higher prices will soon follow. As they do after Christmas when the discounting ends. Which will reduce future economic activity. As it does after Christmas. Once the deals end so too ends the orgy of consumer spending. Leaving people to deal with the aftermath. Depleted bank accounts. A lot of credit card debt. And a little buyer’s remorse.
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If we Grew up on a Deserted Island isolated from Hate we’d Probably Grow up Better Adjusted to live with One Another
No one is born a racist. It’s something you have to learn. Someone has to teach it to you. If a parent is a racist chances are the child will be bombarded with racial slurs growing up. And become a racist. Just like his or her parent. But if you raised a bunch of babies of different races together on a deserted island in isolation would any of them grow up to be a racist? No. For they wouldn’t even know what racism is. Because the life they knew would be normal. It would be normal for black, white, brown, red and yellow to live together.
Catholics and Protestants have spent a few centuries killing each other. Ever since the Protestant Reformation in 1517. People have been persecuting Jews since forever. The Palestinians, Hezbollah and Hamas have been killing Israelis for decades. Shiite and Sunni have also been killing each other for a very long time. These people have hated each other so much that they just want to see the other dead. Yet if you took a Catholic, a Protestant, a Jew, a Palestinian, a Shiite and a Sunni baby from their parents and raised them on a deserted island in isolation they wouldn’t grow up wanting to kill each other. They wouldn’t even know they were supposed to hate each other.
Europe was just itching to go to war. Nationalistic fervor was just bursting at the seams. Germans, Austrians, Hungarians, French, Russians and British were ready and waiting. Filled with nationalist pride. Just jonesing to open a can of whup-ass on anyone that wasn’t from their own great nation. Having learned nothing from the Crimean War. Or the American Civil War. Thinking they would march their magnificent armies onto the field of battle, fight a glorious battle and watch the enemy throw down their arms and run away. Even though tactics hadn’t changed much from the Crimean War and the American Civil War. Though the weapons were far more lethal. Making World War I one of the bloodiest wars of all time. But had you taken a German, an Austrian, a Hungarian, a French, a Russian and a British baby from their parents at the turn of the century and raised them on a deserted island in isolation they wouldn’t have grown up wanting to go to war with each other. As they wouldn’t know that they were supposed to hate each other.
Of all the Things the State did Poorly perhaps the Worst was being Husband and Father
When our parents grew up they often went to bed without locking the doors to their houses. Even during the days of Prohibition when armed gangs shot each other in the street with automatic weapons. Today we have deadbolts and alarm systems. And metal detectors at our schools. For kids today are taking guns to school. And they’re shooting people. This didn’t happen during the days of Prohibition when gangs were armed with Thompson 45-caliber submachine guns. Why? Because during Prohibition there weren’t violent video games, graphic violence in movies & television and rap & hip-hop songs glorifying gun violence. So even though we have less lethal weapons on the streets today we have more gun violence than before. Because kids have been so desensitized to violence that killing people just isn’t a big deal to them. Raise these kids on a deserted island away from this violence in our pop culture, though, and they’re not going to kill indiscriminately. Instead they’ll stay innocent kids longer.
Add to this violence in our pop culture our secular progressive culture. The Left’s quest to remove religion and God from as much of our lives as possible. And their attacks on Christianity. For imposing their moral code on people. And opposing free love and abortion. They have gone so far as to call for the removal of the Ten Commandments from our government buildings. And our schools. Because teaching kids things like ‘Thou shall not kill” is a bad thing. Or any other morality lesson. For who’s to say what is right and wrong? Of course when we teach our kids growing up that there are no moral absolutes it sure weakens the argument for them not to do bad things. It detaches them from society. And makes them lack empathy for their fellow citizens. Making it easier to hurt them. If you pulled these kids out of our public schools and put them and their parents on a deserted island away from this secular progressive culture and filled them with the fear of God for misbehaving they probably could sleep at night with their doors unlocked. For hurting one another would be the last thing on their minds.
When LBJ passed his Great Society legislation it included Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). An unmitigated disaster for poor people. For it let men father and abandon their children. Leaving women to turn to the state to act as husband and father. And of all the things the state did poorly perhaps the worst was being husband and father. It just decimated poor families. Single mothers filled housing projects. Their children, with no male role model, turned to the street. Got into a lot of trouble. And into drugs. Even taking that behavior into their schools. Which is part of the reason why metal detectors are needed today at our schools. Forcing organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to pick up the parenting slack. Had these deadbeat dads lived on a deserted island untouched by AFDC there would have been less fathering and abandoning of children. Like there was before AFDC.
Keynesian Policies have Historically Resulted in High Unemployment and Painful Recessions
After World War II the world went Keynesian. Classical economics (that favored savings over consumption, low taxes, the gold standard, little government intrusion into the private sector and responsible fiscal policy as in DON’T spend so much) that made America a superpower went out the window. In came the disaster we call Keynesian economics (that favored consumption over savings, deficit spending, printing lots of money, high taxes and a lot of government intervention into the private sector. Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge in the Twenties were the last of the classical economists. Their policies gave us great prosperity. JFK adopted policies of the classical economics variety to pull America out of a recession in the Sixties. Nixon, Ford and Carter were big Keynesians whose policies destroyed America. Ronald Reagan rebuilt America in the Eighties by returning to policies of the classical economics variety. As George W. Bush did to pull us out of the bad recession caused by Bill Clinton’s dot-com bubble bursting.
So the record shows the success of classical economics. And the failure of Keynesian economics. Yet about half the population voted for the Keynesian policies of President Obama in 2012. Why? Why did they vote for more of the failed policies of the past? Because most Americans learn only of Keynesian economics in their economic courses. While politicians, economists and the mainstream media endorse Keynesian policies as if they have a record of success. They do this because Keynesian economics does something that classical economics doesn’t. Empowers big government. Sanctions class warfare. Giving them the moral high ground when raising taxes. And printing money. Despite these actions causing the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression.
President Obama won reelection for one of two reasons. Either people want more free stuff. Or they don’t understand economics. Or the consequences of handing out all that free stuff. For if they understood economics they would not have voted for a Keynesian. For Keynesian policies have historically resulted in high unemployment and painful recessions. So even if you’re voting for the free stuff you’d vote for the classical economics candidate. For without people working there is no income to tax to pay for all of that free stuff. But few people understand economics. Which is lucky for President Obama. In fact, few people understand the disaster that has been the liberal agenda as the liberals control the public schools, our colleges, the mainstream media and the entertainment establishment. So few are learning the long record of liberal failures. Which helps liberals win elections. For you only know what someone taught you. And if the liars are in charge of teaching us the only things we will learn are their lies. Unless, of course, we can find some deserted island to grow up on where their policies can’t reach us. Then when we come back we can make the world a better place. A place with sound economic policies. With no racism, no religious intolerance, no blind nationalist fervor, no culture of gun violence and no epidemic of deadbeat dads.
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Liberals help Women satisfy the Filthy Sexual Desires of Men by giving them Birth Control and Access to Abortion
Liberals may confuse some people. As they often seem to argue both sides of an issue. Those they champion. As well as those they condemn. It can leave one scratching one’s head. For the liberals are the pure breeds of the political world. They come from the most exclusive and the most expensive halls of higher education. The Ivy League. So they’re supposed to be really smart. But do smart people consistently contradict themselves? No, they don’t. So either the Ivy League doesn’t graduate smart people. Or they graduate intellectually dishonest people. Take the issue of marriage, for example.
The Left empowered women in the Sixties. By giving them the birth control pill. So they didn’t have to get married and give up on life. No. Thanks to the birth control pill (and abortion) women could have careers. They could enjoy life. Just like a man. And didn’t have to live under the heel of a jackbooted thug. Or otherwise known by those on the left, a husband. No longer must they stay barefoot and pregnant. Living life as a cook, maid and whore. Thanks to the pill she didn’t have to succumb to the hell of wedded bliss. For marriage sentenced a woman to hell. There was nothing redeeming about it. Yet they argue marriage is a beautiful thing for gay people. And that we should rewrite law to grant this expression of love between two people to everyone. Including lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered (LGBT) people. Even though it’s the worst thing that can happen to a heterosexual woman.
Being cook and maid is bad enough but being a whore in the bedroom is the worst part of being married for a woman. For it is the most demeaning thing. To satisfy the filthy sexual desires of a man. Making a woman little more than her sexual parts. Some on the left even go so far as to call all sex within marriage rape. (Unless it’s gay marriage, of course.) For women are more than their sexual parts. They are not here only to satisfy the filthy sexual desires of men. Yet liberals want to provide free birth control and abortion services to all women. So they can satisfy the filthy sexual desires of even more men. For it’s only when men satisfy their sexual desires that there is a need for birth control or abortion.
Despite the Republican’s ‘War on Women’ it often Appears that it is the Liberals who don’t like the Female Condition
Birth control and abortion are important issues for women. It’s what made women vote for President Obama according to the exit polls. To keep their birth control and access to abortion. Even though no one was campaigning to take these away. They call birth control and abortion women’s health issues. Equating pregnancy with a disease. Something that’s imperative for government to help women avoid. And they make other altruistic arguments. That abortion is better than having another unwanted child born to become a costly ward of the state. And that abortion is better than bringing another baby into an already overcrowded and polluted world. Yet they champion the cause of gay adoption. Even though there would be no babies available to adopt in their perfect world where no unwanted child is born into an overcrowded and polluted world. As they would prefer to abort the babies gay couples want to adopt.
Even though liberals say that only they can protect women from the Republican’s ‘war on women’ it often appears that it is the liberals who don’t like the female condition. As many of their actions help women to be more like men. For examples, liberals would like to put the NFL out of business. For football is a brutal and barbaric sport in their eyes. As evidenced by the rise in concussions and other serious injuries. And it doesn’t stop at the NFL. They would like to ban it from colleges, high schools and even at the pee wee level. Yet they will fight for the right to allow girls to play this barbaric sport with the boys. And even applaud when a girl plays this barbaric sport as good if not better than the boys. Despite the concussion or other serious injury that may befall her. Ditto for boxing.
Liberals have never liked the military. For a couple of reasons. They don’t like defense spending. As they’d rather spend that money on social programs. And they really don’t like using violence. They abhor going to war. And once called returning Vietnam soldiers some unkind names. They often see soldiers as those bullies who picked on them in school. Extreme alpha males who love violence. They’ll support the civilians who volunteer to serve. But they really don’t like the lifers. The career people. Who they look at as if there is something wrong with them. A bunch of gun-crazy nuts. Warmongers. Secretive people we should be very weary of. And their military industrial complex. Yet they fight for the advancement of women up the chain of command. For there is nothing better than women becoming lifers and career people. Just like those extreme alpha males. Those warmongers. For it’s apparently okay to be a warmonger as long as you are a woman.
Ivy League Alumni are either not Very Smart or they’re Intellectually Dishonest People
Another group of people liberals hate is corporate CEOs. A bunch of old rich white guys that sold their souls to make a buck. Just look at Occupy Wall Street. The attacks on Mitt Romney. On bank executives. As far as the Left is concerned these people are the scum of the earth. With these contemptible CEOs sitting on the right-hand side of Satan. Who care only about profits. Not people. The evil, heartless bastards they are. In a side by side comparison the Left would be hard pressed to say who was worse. Corporate CEOs. Or Nazis. Yet they rejoice whenever a woman shatters the glass ceiling to become one of these evil, heartless, contemptible, neo-Nazis that sit on the right-hand side of Satan. Because evil is apparently okay as long as there is a woman in charge.
And speaking of evil that’s another thing liberals don’t much care for. Religion. Christianity. For they see it as nothing but thousands of years of institutional oppression of women. And a bunch of hypocritical moralizing. Opposing abortion. Even birth control. As they frown on premarital sex. Something that just didn’t jive with the free love of the Sixties. Or the swinging Seventies. No. Liberals see Christianity as a persistent effort to turn the hands of time back. Back to a time when women were kept barefoot and pregnant. Living life as a cook, maid and whore. That living hell of wedded bliss. So liberals have no love for Christianity. Even forcing Catholics to provide birth control and the abortion pill to any women on their health insurance plans. Even though it’s against their conscience. Yes, they’re bullying Catholics. Rather ironic, really. Considering how liberals hate bullies. But they’re willing to embrace their bullying inner selves when it comes to Christianity. As they have nothing but contempt for the Church. Yet they’re all for the advancement of women in the Church hierarchy. From pastors. To bishops. For Christianity is everything horrible they say it is. Especially to women. While at the same time it’s a swell career for women. Apparently.
So we often see liberals arguing contradictory positions on the same issue. Which is pretty odd as many of them are brilliant Ivy League alumni. But normal for them. Based on their history. So Ivy League alumni are either not very smart. Or they’re intellectually dishonest people. Arguing not what’s right or wrong. But what is most politically expedient for them. Attacking traditions and institutions they don’t like from without. And from within. With but one goal. To destroy what they don’t like. So they can build something they do like. A new world according to them. Whether we like it or not.
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Week in Review
At the recent Democrat National Convention the speakers said most emphatically that there is a war on women. That Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan hate women. Want to make women pay for their own birth control. And won’t let women have any more abortions. As well as deny them health care, an education, take away their right to vote and a host of other vile, nasty things. Sad, really. Can you imagine anyone oppressing women as much as Republican candidates for office? The sad truth is yes. For throughout the world there are women truly suffering discrimination (see Young Iraqis face religious fashion crackdown by LARA JAKES, Associated Press, posted 9/3/2012 on Yahoo! News).
A new culture rift is emerging in Iraq, as young women replace shapeless cover-ups with ankle-baring skirts and tight blouses, while men strut around in revealing slacks and spiky haircuts. The relatively skimpy styles have prompted Islamic clerics in at least two Iraqi cities to mobilize local security guards as a “fashion police” in the name of protecting religious values…
This is a conflict playing out across the Arab world, where conservative Islamic societies grapple with the effects of Western influence, especially the most obvious — the way their young choose to dress.
The violations of old Iraqi norms have grown especially egregious, religious officials say, since the Aug. 20 end of Ramadan, Islam’s holy month. In the last two weeks, posters and banners have been hanging along the streets of Kazimiyah, sternly reminding women to wear an abaya — a long, loose black cloak that covers the body from shoulders to feet.
A similar warning came from Diwaniyah, a Shiite city about 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of the capital, where some posters have painted a red X over pictures of women wearing pants. Other banners praise women who keep their hair fully covered beneath a headscarf.
Religious officials speculate young Iraqis got carried away in celebrating the end of Ramadan and now need to be reined in…
“Legs can be seen, there are low-cut shirts,” Jawad lamented. “And all, very, very tight. I think these Iraqis who are wearing these things have come back from Syria, Dubai and Egypt. They probably spent too much time in nightclubs. The families in Kazimiyah are conservative. These young people — nobody can control them. They should be given freedoms, but they should know their limits.”
Several young adults strolling the Kazimiyah gold market on Sunday accused the religious class of trying to pull Iraq back to the dark ages, a sentiment that human rights activist Hana Adwar echoed.
The women who put forth this Republican war on women are not fans of Christianity. What with their moralizing. And opposition to abortion. Especially the Catholics. Oh, they hate the Catholics. Which is why they put mandatory birth control (including the morning after abortion pill) into Obamacare. Forcing Catholics to go against their conscience to comply with the new health care law. Yet Catholics don’t have a problem with women wearing pants. Or showing a little ankle. Which is a lot more than can be said for other religions.
Israel is a progressive democracy in the Middle East. It is actually a tourist destination of the LGBT community. Yet it is the other religion in the area that gets more tolerance from the Left in America. Not the uber tolerant Israel. Because of those moralizing Judeo-Christian values. The bedrock of the American republic. As all the Founding Fathers believed deeply in religion. Even that possible atheist. Thomas Jefferson. But the Left hates Judeo-Christian values. Because who’s to say what’s right and wrong? And who is to deny a woman’s right to have casual sex? So they always attack Christianity in America. Saying Christians want to drag women back to the Dark Ages. Yet not a peep about that other religion. One that you could make a better argument about their wanting to drag women back to the Dark Ages. Or simply keeping them in the Dark Ages. Why? Because in that other religion there is an extreme element that shares the Left’s hatred of Christianity.
You could see this on full display at the Democrat National Convention. They had revised the Democrat platform to remove God. And to remove things about Israel. Like recognizing that Jerusalem is and always will be the capital. Which drew a lot of media attention. Sending Democrats scrambling to insist they are not godless people. So in a televised process they proposed an amendment to put God and Jerusalem back into the platform. A voice vote sounded 50-50 or slightly against putting these back in. After three attempts to get two-thirds of the delegates to vote ‘yea’ and failing the chair read from the teleprompter and said, “In the opinion of the chair, two-thirds have voted in the affirmative.” And the convention hall booed. Because the majority appeared to have voted to keep god and Jerusalem out of the platform.
But not a peep about that other religion. Just attacks and boos for God and Israel. And our Judeo-Christian values.
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Week in Review
Christians and Jews are under pressure for their beliefs. And their existence. The recent attacks against the Catholic Church by the Obama administration forced the church to defend its Constitutional protections from such state interference. Catholic theology does not permit the use of birth control. Or abortions. Obamacare tried to force Catholic institutions to provide insurance coverage that paid for birth control and abortion. Even though it’s a violation of conscience for Catholics. You can support and advocate the use of birth control and abortion. You just can’t be Catholic if you do. At least, according to Catholic theology.
Christians are constantly being maligned for their opposition to gay marriage. And their belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman. People calling this Christian position archaic. And out of touch. That not only do Christians hate women (because they preach abstinence instead of birth control and abortion) they also hate gays and lesbians. Some going so far to say that Christians are persecuting gays and lesbians. In a cruel and oppressive theocracy.
Jews living in Israel live under the constant threat of rocket and mortar fire into their cities. The surrounding Arab lands want to replace the state of Israel with a Palestinian state. Islamist groups Hezbollah and Hamas refuse to recognize the state of Israel and fight for its destruction. The Islamist state of Iran feels the same way. And funds and supplies Hezbollah and Hamas in their Israeli attacks. Despite all of this hostility against the state of Israel, the most important and loyal US ally in the region, there are those in the US that want Israel to surrender land and go back to the pre 1967 borders. Borders that would greatly weaken Israel’s ability to defend herself. This despite the fact that Israel is the greatest democracy in the region. Where Jew, Christian, Muslim, straight and gay all live with the same rights and protections in the Israeli state. Which is a lot more than you can say about some other nations in the region (see ‘Emo’ killings raise alarms in Iraq by LARA JAKES, Associated Press, posted 3/11/2012 on Yahoo! News).
Officials and human rights groups estimated as many as 58 Iraqis who are either gay or believed to be gay have been killed in the last six weeks alone — forecasting what experts fear is a return to the rampant hate crimes against homosexuals in 2009. This year, eyewitnesses and human rights groups say some of the victims have been bludgeoned to death by militiamen smashing in their skulls with heavy cement blocks…
Like many places in the Muslim world, homosexuality is extremely taboo in Iraq. Anyone perceived to be gay is considered a fair target, and the perpetrators of the violence often go free. The militants likely behind the violence intimidate the local police and residents so there is even less incentive to investigate the crimes.
Emo is short for “emotional” and in the West generally identifies teens or young adults who listen to alternative music, dress in black, and have radical hairstyles. Emos are not necessarily gay, but they are sometimes stereotyped as such…
The Quran specifically forbids homosexuality, and Islamic militias in Iraq long have targeted gays in what they term “honor killings” to preserve the religious idea that families should be led by a husband and a wife. Those who do not abide by this belief are issued death sentences by the militias, according to the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, a human rights watchdog group. The same militias target women who have extramarital affairs…
He said an estimated 750 gay Iraqis have been killed because of their sexual orientation since 2006.
America is not the brutal theocracy some would claim it to be. At least nothing like that in the Islamic world. Where there is no separation of church and state. And no tolerance to those who don’t toe the state religion line. Yet people in America attack Christianity and Judaism. But are pretty mum on Islam. Deferring to their cultural and religious beliefs. Unlike they will for Christianity and Judaism. Case in point the recent pressure on Catholic institutions to pay for birth control and abortion.
Where do you think these religious critics would rather live? Especially the gay and lesbian community? The United States? Israel? Iraq. Or Iran? A rhetorical question. For it is clear they would rather choose the intolerance in America or Israel over the intolerance in Iraq or Iran any day. Because the intolerance in American and Israel stops at moralizing. It doesn’t advocate the use of cement blocks.
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Week in Review
The U.S. Constitution prevented the new federal government from interfering with a state’s religious policy. It did not create a wall between church and state. It created a wall between the federal government and the states. And on the states’ side of that wall they could do anything they wanted religiously. Establish a state religion. Or keep the established religion they had. If the Catholics wanted to gather in Maryland and establish a Catholic state church they had that right. And if there were Calvinists looking for a state to live in they could choose to settle in Calvinist Massachusetts. With John Adams and his family. If Quakers arrived in the New World they could move on to Pennsylvania where the Quakers were settling. The Baptists could head to Virginia.
America was settled by religious people escaping religious persecution in Great Britain. Which was Protestant. And anti-Catholic. They also didn’t care too much for the Protestant Calvinists. Who they derisively called Puritans. Yes, those Puritans who sailed on the Mayflower. The people John Adams called neighbor. Only a century earlier civil war tore England apart. Resulting from a long and contentious history. Pitting Catholics against Protestants. Which the Protestants won. But it left bitter resentment throughout the country. Which is why a lot of people left the country. For a new start. And the freedom to worship in peace. Free from harassment.
So both the UK and the USA have deep roots in Christianity. And despite all of the blood spilled in the name of religion, that same religion helped to make the UK and the USA the great nations they became. Based on Judeo-Christian values. Where the governments and the people were deeply religious. And even the non-practicing Christians and borderline atheists were steeped in these Judeo-Christian values. Benjamin Franklin. George Washington. And Thomas Jefferson. Who may have been an atheist but thought Jesus Christ was the greatest philosopher of all time. Even made his own New Testament by cutting out the God parts. It was these Judeo-Christian values that made great men. It’s what made the Founding Fathers different from other men. And how they were able to create a country that favored the people. Not the ruling class. Which they would most certainly have been part of. But these were selfless men. They did not do things for personal gain. Something unheard of in those days when it came to governing a nation. But they did. Because of their religion. And their British customs and traditions. So it’s sad to see these attacks on Christianity in the USA. Even more sad to see them in the UK (see Queen stands up for Christianity: ‘Church of England is misunderstood and under-appreciated’ by Rebecca English posted 2/16/2012 on the Daily Mail).
And she emphasised that while the Church, of which she is head, was ‘woven into the fabric of this country’ it also had a ‘duty’ to protect freedom of worship for other faiths in order to build ‘a better society’…
It is particularly timely given last week’s landmark legal ruling banning the saying of prayers at council meetings.
Christians and politicians reacted with dismay after a judge overturned centuries of custom by stopping a council in Devon putting prayers on the formal agenda.
On the same day, two Christian guesthouse owners failed in an attempt to overturn a £3,600 fine imposed for refusing – because it was against their religious beliefs – to allow a gay couple to occupy a double room.
These and other developments, including recent cases of public sector workers being banned from displaying Christian symbols at work, have sparked a debate over whether the country is becoming too secularised and what effect this will have on society…
‘Faith plays a key role in the identity of millions of people, providing not only a system of belief but also a sense of belonging. It can act as a spur for social action. Indeed, religious groups have a proud track record of helping those in the greatest need.’
The Church of England is such a big part of the history of the United Kingdom. It was critical during the Enlightenment. For it questioned Catholic dogma. And a Pope that was only recently selling indulgences to finance some nice Renaissance art. So there’s no question that politics was creeping into the Catholic Church. Which is what Henry VIII did not want. A distant central power interfering with state affairs. Well, that, and a divorce. So Henry VIII created his own church. Lost some of the Catholic dogma. Some of the politics. But kept the Judeo-Christian values. And Britain became great.
Agricultural advances, representative government, economic theory, technological advances – these all flourished in England. Why? Critical thinking. The rule of law. And Judeo-Christian values. The customs and traditions that are woven into the fabric of the United Kingdom. And they should all remain woven in the fabric. Because customs and traditions define who a people are. And it’s absurd to think that you can remove customs and traditions just because they are Judeo-Christian. When we are bending over backwards to accommodate every custom and tradition that isn’t Judeo-Christian in our multicultural world.
So I say to the Queen and Defender of the Faith you go, girl.
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English Catholics and Protestants were Fiercely Religious and willing to Kill or be Killed for their Faith
To understand the founding political structure of the United States you need to understand 17th century Britain. The run up to the 17th century. And the Protestant Reformation. When Christianity split into Protestants and Catholics. And their beliefs and practices.
Catholics are born with original sin. Protestants aren’t. All Catholics have a chance to go to Heaven. God sorts out the Protestant’s going to Heaven before birth. Doing good deeds can help Catholics make it to Heaven. They won’t make any difference for Protestants. Catholics burn away their sins in Purgatory. Then comes Judgment Day. Clean souls go to Heaven. Unclean souls go to Hell. Protestants go straight to Heaven or Hell when they die with no layover in Purgatory or judgment. Catholics believe priests have special powers and the Pope is infallible. Protestants don’t. Catholics have saints, altar rails, candles, pictures, statues and stained glass windows. Protestants don’t. Catholics believe priests change the wine and bread at Communion into the actual body and blood of Christ. Protestants think they just represent the body and blood of Christ.
These are some significant differences. Especially in a time when everyone was fiercely religious. And did everything in this life to prepare for the afterlife. Even buy an indulgence from the Catholic Church to buy their way through Purgatory and into Heaven. One of the pet peeves of Martin Luther that he included in his Ninety-Five Theses in 1517 Germany (which was then a collection of German princedoms). This was serious stuff for the laypeople. Who were willing to kill or be killed for their faith. Which they did a lot of in Britain.
When Queen Elizabeth died King James VI of Scotland became King James I of England
King Henry the VIII hated Martin Luther. Was a staunch defender of the faith. But he wanted a divorce. So he could marry a woman who would give him a son instead of more daughters. But he needed the Pope to grant him this. And the Pope refused. Henry VIII also wanted to get the Catholic Church out of his affairs. So he created an English church. The Church of England. With him as the guy in charge. At first his church was going to be protestant. Fully anti-Pope. But he had Parliament pass the Act of Six Articles that made his Protestant Church very Catholic. After Henry VIII died succeeding rulers pulled the Church back and forth between Protestantism and Catholicism.
Edward VI pulled it back to Protestantism. Then that bread and wine issue came up again. So they wrote a new prayer book that was deliberately vague. Which caused the Catholics to riot. When he died his sister, Queen Mary, took the throne. An ardent Catholic. Out went that new prayer book. In came Catholicism. And she arrested and burned Protestants at the stake. Then she died. And in came Queen Elizabeth. A Protestant. So the Church of England became Protestant again. With a little Catholicism mixed in. But it wasn’t Catholic enough. So the Pope excommunicated her in 1570. Angry, she oppressed the Catholics. Yet the Protestants weren’t happy, either. That little bit of Catholicism was just way too much for their liking. Especially those hardcore Calvinist Protestants (the people we call Puritans even though at the time it was more a derogatory term). Who Elizabeth then arrested and executed.
There was a Protestant uprising in Scotland and they, too, broke from the Catholic Church. Without consulting their very important friend and ally. Catholic France. Which was home for an exiled Mary Queen of Scots. A Catholic. But she didn’t have the power to fight against the Protestants. So she joined the fight against the Catholics. But she had some Catholic baggage the Scottish couldn’t forgive and they forced her to abdicate anyway. Her son, James VI, became king. The Church of Scotland was Presbyterian (Calvinist Protestantism). But Scotland had a lot of Catholics as well. The Scottish Parliament made James the head of the Scottish Church. The Kirk. Which was a problem for the Presbyterians. Because they said a king couldn’t be the head of their church. When Elizabeth died James became King James I of England. Changed the spelling of his name from ‘Stewart’ to ‘Stuart’. And became the head of the Church of England. Who the Presbyterians said was way too Catholic.
King James I believed in the Divine Right of Kings and Hated Parliament
When Mary Queen of Scots abdicated James VI was only a baby and raised by a Presbyterian handler. His Regent. Who ruled for James until he came of age. Who must have been strict for James did not like the Scottish Presbyterians. Who were very similar to English Puritans. Elizabeth had oppressed Catholics and Puritans. Who were now both looking for a little relief from King James I. James met with some Puritans and Catholic bishops. The bishops resented having to meet with Puritans. And the Puritans wanted to do away with the bishops. But James preferred Catholics over Puritans. So he persecuted the Puritans. Some of who embarked on a ship called the Mayflower and sailed to religious freedom in America. Where they would allow anyone to practice any religion they chose. As long as they chose Puritanism.
Now even though James preferred the Catholics there were a lot of Protestants in England. And a strong anti-Catholic sentiment. After all England’s two great enemies, Spain and France, were Catholic. So he continued some Catholic oppression. One Catholic took great offense to this and decided to do something about it. Blow up Parliament. And the king. Robert Catesby planned the Gunpowder Plot. But someone warned the government. And they caught Guy Fawkes in the cellar surrounded by gun powder just before he could light the fuse. They sentenced Fawkes and the other conspirators to death.
James was not a fan of Parliament, either. It was different in Scotland. There they did pretty much what he wanted. But the English Parliament didn’t. And this really bugged him. For he believed in the Divine Right of Kings. Parliament didn’t. And they told him so. Also, Parliament controlled the purse strings. If he wanted money, and he did, he would have to work with Parliament. Or find another means to pay for what he wanted. He chose to find another means. He forced people to loan him money. And even sold a new hereditary title. The baronet. But it was never enough. When he died the kingdom wasn’t as rich as Elizabeth left it for him. Worse, he left a political mess for his successor. King Charles I. Who became the first king whose subjects put on trial. And executed. Following the English Civil War. Which he, of course, lost.
The Radical New Ideas Sown in the 17th Century would have a Profound Impact on the American Founding Fathers
King Charles I ruled in 17th century Britain. A momentous time of change. In Britain. The Old World. And the New World. A king would be tried for the first time by the people. Religious scores would be settled far and wide. Attempted, at least. And new states would rise in the New World where they would live under the religion they chose. Governed by representatives of the people. Who governed at the consent of the people. Radical new ideas. That were sown in 17th century Britain. And would have a profound impact on the American Founding Fathers.
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