Monday, November 28, 2005

Blogger seeks new Church

The "Emperor Darth Misha" over at the Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler, fisks (in typically low-key fashion) a relatively old (May 2004) resolution from the United Methodist Church and then cries out in despair:

My grandparents fought Nazism, and I’m not about to piss on their sacrifices.


What hurts me the most is that a church is issuing ignorant horse shit like that. You would think that they, of all people, would understand the Bible.

You’d be wrong.

So where to go?

Are there any denominations left that actually believe in Scripture?

Because I’m now a Christian without a church.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Hitchens on Darfur and Intervention

Our Man Hitchens (okay Stuart...not your man, just mine), in dissecting the 'realist' approach used in Darfur, came up with what I think is the strongest refutation of those who campaign against intervention and advocate 'peace' (i.e., a 'peace' defined implicitely (and most recently by Brent Scowcroft)...but never honestly... as a situation where the U.S. is not involved in conflict, as opposed the occurrence somewhere of deadly conflict). The clincher:
"Nonintervention does not mean that nothing happens. It means that something else happens. (emphasis mine) Our policy in Darfur has not just failed to rescue a stricken black African population: It has actually assisted the Sudanese Islamists in completing their policy of racist murder."

I'm not one to argue that we should intervene wherever there is injustice or conflict. We can't. But I will never yield to the arguments against our intervention, such as in the case of Iraq, that our choice to intervene was one between war and peace. Such arguments are not just facile, they are insidious. Rather, our decision to intervene was a choice between, as it so often is, a war on our terms, and one on another's.

Anyway, as always, read the whole thing.

Norman Podhoretz

The master speaks on the lie of all lies. I must say, I he is right in saying it won't die. And how depressing that is.
"Among the many distortions, misrepresentations, and outright falsifications that have emerged from the debate over Iraq, one in particular stands out above all others. This is the charge that George W. Bush misled us into an immoral and/or unnecessary war in Iraq by telling a series of lies that have now been definitively exposed.

What makes this charge so special is the amazing success it has enjoyed in getting itself established as a self-evident truth even though it has been refuted and discredited over and over again by evidence and argument alike. In this it resembles nothing so much as those animated cartoon characters who, after being flattened, blown up, or pushed over a cliff, always spring back to life with their bodies perfectly intact. Perhaps, like those cartoon characters, this allegation simply cannot be killed off, no matter what."....

"And so long as we are hunting for liars in this area, let me suggest that we begin with the Democrats now proclaiming that they were duped, and that we then broaden out to all those who in their desperation to delegitimize the larger policy being tested in Iraq—the policy of making the Middle East safe for America by making it safe for democracy—have consistently used distortion, misrepresentation, and selective perception to vilify as immoral a bold and noble enterprise and to brand as an ignominious defeat what is proving itself more and more every day to be a victory of American arms and a vindication of American ideals."

Read the whole thing. It's long, but worth it....although I know you all know this whole thing already.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Why Italy is one of the few European countries that doesn't suck.

Grazie, Italia. Molte grazie.