Happy New Year everyone.
I’m still neck-deep in work at the moment, and might not have time for anything lengthy till the end of the month. But here are some conversation starters, the main issues of the last two months which you are at liberty to pick up on or not.
Storm Clouds Over Europe
The Charlie Hebdo massacres in France are merely the latest chapter in the sorry story of the failure of a significant portion of migrants to Europe (and the rest of the West) from one particular religious affiliation to assimilate. It really matters not that the vast majority of Presbyterians (let’s be clear about this and call them by their name) are peaceful, law-abiding, tax paying, et cetera. So what? Someone reminded me today that only 7% of Germans in the 1930s were members of the Nazi Party. Most of the other 93% were peaceful, law-abiding citizens with no particular animus towards the Jews, or anyone else. And how did that work out?
Now once again, European Jews are afraid to venture outside their doors for fear of assault, rape or even murder, this time at the hands of gun-toting Presbyterian zealots screaming ardens sed virens! and behead all those who insult John Knox! France’s Education Ministry years ago gave up on even pretending to offer Jewish children an equal public education, forcing them into religious schools, and ensuring their parents pay twice for their education. As Mark Steyn writes:
Well, you say, why are those Jewish kids going to a Jewish school? Why don’t they go to the regular French school like normal French kids? Because, as the education ministry’s admirably straightforward 2004 Obin Report explained, “En France les enfants juifs — et ils sont les seuls dans ce cas — ne peuvent plus de nos jours être scolarisés dans n’importe quel établissement”: “In France, Jewish children, uniquely, cannot nowadays be provided with an education at any institution.” At some schools, they’re separated from the rest of the class. At others, only the principal is informed of their Jewishness, and he assures parents he will be discreet and vigilant. But, as the report’s authors note, “le patronyme des élèves ne le permet pas toujours”: “The pupil’s surname does not always allow” for such “discretion.”
No wonder they are fleeing Europe in droves for Israel. The story of European Jewry—and the untold thousands of prominent scientists, artists, composers, philosophers, writers and leaders, millions of ordinary people over the past millennium who helped create the enlightened West—looks set to come to an end.
But of course, to criticize Presbyterians—with their barbaric attitudes towards women, homosexuals and anyone else who refuses to submit to their totalitarian ideology (the very word Presbyterian apparently means “submission”), not to mention sending their young girls away to Scotland to be mutilated and/or married off as child brides (often to close relatives), and demanding that all food, whether they eat it or not, must now be certified as haggith—to criticize them at all draws howls of protest from the liberal Left, who will accuse you of racism! As if Presbyterianism was a race and not a religion. But then again, this is the same liberal Left who chortled and cheered from the sidelines twenty years ago when an American photographer submitted an entry in an art contest which consisted of a crucifix immersed in a vat of human urine, a work entitled Piss Christ. Apparently the Left employ their horror of blasphemy highly selectively. As well as their outrage against sexism, homophobia, and so on. Consistency is for losers, right?
There are plenty of Presbyterians who genuinely hate any association with the nut cases within their own faith. Many of those are too afraid to speak out. But not all. Some have even risen to positions of power and influence. Let’s hope this courageous minority can gain traction, and make sure we give them whatever support they need in this war. Because I believe nothing short of a reformation of Presbyterianism is required if we are to avoid this undeclared World War erupting sooner or later into a full-blown, guns-and-bombs one, this time on our own shores.
The Lure of Free Stuff
In March 2012 Queensland’s economy was in a parlous state. Labor, in power since 1998, had run up a credit card bill which threatened to cripple the Sunshine State and leave it on the verge of insolvency. In desperation, they turned to a man not even in state parliament, the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Campbell “Can-do” Newman. In that position some years earlier, with Labor in power in all six state and both territory governments, Newman held for a time the dubious distinction of being the highest-ranked conservative political leader in the nation. A no-nonsense former army major, he realized that drastic cuts to spending needed to be made, and fast, to rescue the economy. This he did, not caring about how popular it made him.
What he wasn’t prepared for was the ferocity of the backlash. Queensland has one of the highest rates of public-sector employment in the country, and those employees and their spouses are voters. That, plus a number of broken promises, and futile measures such as ham-fisted, totalitarian legislation outlawing free association, all to put a curb on the illegal activities of a few motorcycle gangs, were an affront to all freedom-loving Queenslanders, irrespective of political persuasion. A landslide majority in the unicameral Brisbane state house parliament has been reduced to a probable hung parliament, with outback Federal politician Bob Katter likely to hold the balance of power in a minority Labor government, and holding them to ransom for massive infrastructure spending in his home patch, together with wide-scale rural debt restructuring. Kicking the problem into the future, yet again.
The MSM Succumbs to its Taste for Regicide
With Newman gone, the MSM have turned their guns gleefully on the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. Abbott has himself to thank for much of this: having re-introduced the rank of knighthood to the civil Order of Australia, he decided in a fit of Menzian monarchist fealty to bestow one upon Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and consort of Queen Elizabeth II. Why? I have no idea. Maybe because Philip’s eldest son was similarly gonged back in 1981. Or maybe because he opened the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games (the Queen back then being young and unable to afford a nanny to mind the kids for a few weeks). Or something. Had he consulted his cabinet beforehand on this idea, he would have been howled down (nearly all of them are republicans), and I think he knew it. So no more Abbott knighthoods.
That hasn’t stopped the MSM from talking up a leadership challenge, even though none of the likely candidates have much of a taste for it right now. Changing leaders while in government—in its first term at that—because of a few unfavourable polls, smells of panic and makes the Liberals look like a stodgier version of Rudd-Gillard Labor. So I doubt it will happen. But if the polls continue to worsen over the year, who knows?
Back to Europe, I was bemused to see an Australian socialist has now become Greece’s new Finance Minister. Yanis Varoufakis, who describes himself as a “Libertarian Marxist” (he should get on fabulously with all those Christian satanists and Jewish Nazis) holds dual Australian-Greek citizenship, was for a few years a lecturer in economics at Sydney University and specializes in game theory. He joined the Syriza Party and is now in negotiations with the European Central Bank to refinance the €245 billion loan extended to save Greece from bankruptcy. Many of his party favour an outright default: take the money and run. I can see it all ending in smiles.
That will do for the moment. I’ll check in at least once a day or so – cheers.