Friday, 20 October 2017

1-63 Armour Battalian

The BBC becomes its own Thought Police

BBC News: BBC sorry over gay conversion tweet

The BBC has apologised for an online poll that asked whether gay conversion therapy is acceptable practice.

BBC Radio Kent tweeted: "TV Doctor Dr Ranj has told breakfast gay conversion therapy is akin to psychological abuse; Should gay conversion therapy be banned?"

The Gay Times said BBC radio had "asked the stupidest question".

The BBC deleted the tweet, which it said breached its own guidelines, and apologised for the offence it caused.

This is a remarkable story. Apparently it is now unacceptable to debate banning something that has not been banned. Presumably if the government should bring in legislation to ban 'gay conversion therapy,' they will not be allowed to debate it, but will have to go straight to the voting booths to vote it in. Seeing as 'gay conversion therapy' is not illegal, there must be some case to be made for not banning it, so it baffles me that this should be a 'stupid question.'

It is staggering what a totalitarian frame of mind the gay lobby has adopted, where it will not accept any debate over the propositions and positions it asserts. Any debate over its agenda must be silenced and shut down.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

CNN| George W. Bush: Bigotry and white supremacy are 'blasphemy' against the American creed

CNN| George W. Bush: Bigotry and white supremacy are 'blasphemy' against the American creed

Former President George W. Bush condemned bigotry and white supremacy Thursday morning while endorsing policies that run counter to those supported by President Donald Trump.
"Our identity as a nation, unlike other nations, is not determined by geography or ethnicity, by soil or blood. ... This means that people from every race, religion, ethnicity can be full and equally American," he said during remarks at the George W. Bush Institute in New York City. "It means that bigotry and white supremacy, in any form, is blasphemy against the American creed."

He added that "bigotry seems emboldened," though he didn't explain why.
"We've seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty," Bush said, adding, "Too often, we judge other groups by their worst examples while judging ourselves by our best intentions, forgetting the image of God we should see in each other."

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Firing an SM-3 Missile

Evening Standard: Young people are 'bemused, angry and blaming older generations for Brexit', new report finds

Evening Standard: Young people are 'bemused, angry and blaming older generations for Brexit', new report finds

Young people are bemused, angry and resentful at the decision to leave the EU - which they largely blame on older generations, according to a new report.

The analysis by academics at the London School of Economics for the All Party Parliamentary Group on a Better Brexit for Young People said there was "deep concern" about the "negative impact" of last year's referendum vote.

The report based on the findings of 40 focus groups and a survey of more than 3,200 young people and adults found young people were concerned about the loss of opportunity as well as the impact on Britain's image as a tolerant, multicultural society.

"A significant majority express bemusement, anger, and resentment at the choice to leave the EU, which was made - in their view - primarily by older generations," the report said.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Catholic Herald| English bishop: you cannot be Catholic and support abortion

Catholic Herald| English bishop: you cannot be Catholic and support abortion

Catholics cannot claim to be true to their faith if they do not support Church teaching on abortion, a bishop has said.

Bishop Michael Campbell of Lancaster said abortion was a “foundational issue”, quoting Pope Francis who said: “We are called to defend and safeguard human life, especially in the mother’s womb, in infancy, old age and physical or mental disability.”

“Sadly,” Bishop Campbell added, “The price of admission into mainstream British life has meant that we somehow keep the Catholic brand name and tribal loyalty, but are content to live a mix of nostalgia and generic good will and ‘keep our heads down’ in the public sphere.”

True Catholics, on the other hand, have a duty to “sanctify and humanize” the country, and lead to towards Church teaching.

The Feast of Saint Luke

ALMIGHTY God, who didst inspire thy servant Saint Luke the Physician, to set forth in the Gospel the love and healing power of thy Son; Manifest in thy Church the like power and love, to the healing of our bodies and our souls; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saint Luke, pray for us, that we would always proclaim the blessedness of the Virgin Mary.

Guardian: 'No-deal' Brexit likely to hit low-income families hardest

Guardian: 'No-deal' Brexit likely to hit low-income families hardest

The report, titled Switching Lanes, said there would significant price rises on a range of household goods if ministers stuck to their fallback plan of resorting to World Trade Organisation tariffs on EU goods in the event of a no-deal outcome.

Imposing tariffs on EU goods after Brexit would lead to an 8% increase in dairy products, a 6% rise in meat and a 5.5% jump in the cost of motor vehicles, the report found. It was published after farmers and the food industry dismissed as “tripe” a claim by the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, that the UK could become self-sufficient in food after Brexit.

The prime minister said on her first day in Downing Street that it was her mission to create an economy that “worked for everyone” including those who were “just about managing”. But the Resolution Foundation and Sussex University study said that hard-pressed families were most at risk from a no-deal outcome because they spend more of their budgets on food, clothing and household goods.

Inflation has already sent food prices crazy. This evening I bought some basic groceries, with nothing fancy and no fresh fruit or vegetables; it all came to over £10. I don't know how poor families are managing to survive with this and Lord have mercy on them if it gets worse under a 'no-deal' Brexit.

Investing in 5G

Evening Standard: Brexit hardliners put living standards at risk

Evening Standard: Brexit hardliners put living standards at risk

Editorial, by You Know Who

"Also in the Brexiteer firing line — just as with Marxists — are the imperialist foreign powers for meddling in the revolution. In this case it’s the whole EU, which stands accused of not immediately conceding to all of Britain’s demands and which — for a supposedly useless organisation on the verge of collapse — seems remarkably united and disciplined in the negotiations.

Finally, like all good Marxists, the hardline Brexiteers reserve their greatest venom for their own.

The former director of Vote Leave this week accused fellow leading Brexiteer David Davis of “grotesque uselessness” and says “the shambles now unfolding is a direct consequence of [the] historic blunder” of exiting from the EU prematurely — rather than what some might regard as the historic blunder of exiting at all.

Watching the revolution consuming its own children might be amusing for the rest of us, were it not for that other feature these hardline Brexiteers share with Marxists: the willingness to put at risk the living standards of millions of people in pursuit of their ideological cause."

Independent: Amber Rudd says a no deal Brexit would be 'unthinkable'

Independent: Amber Rudd says a no deal Brexit would be 'unthinkable'

Amber Rudd has exposed a Cabinet level rift after claiming it would be “unthinkable” for the Brexit negotiations to end without a deal – appearing to dismiss Theresa May's view that “no deal is better than a bad deal”.

Appearing in front of the influential Home Affairs Select Committee, the Home Secretary told MPs she believed it would be “highly unlikely” that Britain would crash out of the bloc but said her department was preparing contingency plans.

Asked by the senior Labour MP Yvette Cooper, who chairs the committee, whether Britain would be “as safe and secure” after Brexit with no deal in place, the Home Secretary replied: “I think it is unthinkable that there would be no deal.

“It is so much in their interests as well as ours – in their communities, families, tourists’ interests to have something in place. We will make sure there is something between them and us to maintain our security.“

Another One

Monday, 16 October 2017

The Feast of Saint Ignatius of Antioch

Almighty ever-living God, who adorn the sacred body of your Church with the confessions of holy Martyrs, grant, we pray, that, just as the glorious passion of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, which we celebrate today, brought him eternal splendor, so it may be for us unending protection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Saint Ignatius of Antioch, pray for us that we may have true faith in the reality of Christ's presence in the Blessed Sacrament.

Scorpion's Fury 17

The Feast of Saint Hedwig

Grant, we pray, almighty God, that the revered intercession of Saint Hedwig may bring us heavenly aid, just as her wonderful life is an example of humility for all. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

St. Hedwig, pray for us, that we may be abundant in doing works of mercy.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Catholic Herald: The Pope’s remarks on capital punishment need to be clarified

Catholic Herald: No Pope can overturn the Church's teaching that the death penalty is legitimate. So Francis's comments were puzzling

by Edward Feser

"On October 11, Pope Francis addressed an audience gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The press has been reporting that the Pope called for a change to the Church’s traditional teaching on capital punishment. Some of his remarks do indeed seem to imply that. However, other remarks in the same address point in the opposite direction. Taken as a whole, the Pope’s remarks make his position on capital punishment very unclear.

To provide context, it is necessary briefly to review the Church’s traditional teaching on capital punishment. Consider first that the Church teaches that Scripture is divinely inspired and cannot teach error on matters of faith and morals. Yet there are a great many passages in Scripture that teach the legitimacy of capital punishment. For example, Genesis 9:6 states: “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for God made man in his own image.” Romans 13:4 teaches that the state “does not bear the sword in vain [but] is the servant of God to execute his wrath on the wrongdoer.” Many other passages could be cited. The Fathers of the Church understood such passages to be sanctioning capital punishment, and the Church has for two thousand years consistently followed this interpretation. The Church also teaches (for example, at the First Vatican Council) that Catholics are obliged to interpret Scripture consistent with the way the Fathers understood it, and consistent with the Church’s traditional interpretation. Taken together, these teachings logically entail that the legitimacy of capital punishment is regarded by the Church as a divinely revealed doctrine."

I don't like the death penalty and I am glad that it was abolished in the UK, but I cannot see that it is the great moral evil that Pope Francis seems to make it out to be.