Saturday, May 30, 2015

The World's Most Dangerous Idea

From Notes On Arab Orthodoxy:
Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Mount Lebanon Georges Khodr presided at the divine liturgy in the Church of Saint Michael in Dhour Shoueifat to bless the building of the Mitri Jirji Murr Social House net to the church. Celebrating with him in the service was the parish priest, Fr Elias Karam and Deacon Georges Shalhoub, with a crowd of parishioners and neighbors in attendance.

After the Holy Gospel and the offering of prayers and blessings for the building project, which is funded by Dr Georges Mitri, Metropolitan Georges gave a sermon in which he said, "I, the head of the Orthodox Church in this region, say-- we are one with the Druze monotheists. You must live this, not just as religious rhetoric, daily in social life, in the relations between families, in friendship and in love."

He added: "You Christians, prove that you are one with the Druze in this region, and also with the Muslims. If you do not do this, I do not recognize you. May the Lord help us all to remain one people."

A commenter pointed out, what are the Christians to do to demonstrate union with the Druze and Muslims, marry them? Perhaps the Orthodox are, in fact, not interested in being "one people" with apostates.

This comment was deleted.

I asked why the comment was deleted, and how else would Orthodoxy be maintained in the Middle East under centuries of Muslim occupation.

My comment was deleted.

So far, the following comment is still up: "Anonymous said ... A cry from the heart, although theologically unsupportable."

I have made many controversial statements on the Internet, but the idea that the Orthodox might actually grow themselves in their own pews is the one most heavily censored by Orthodox Christian bloggers.

On a happier note, an Orthodox Christian wedding in New Hampshire:

And Owen White, doing his part.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Lion is right, too

I've had it figured out since June 2014 and have repeated it consistently ever since. The always interesting Lion of the Blogosphere has it figured out. And now Charles Murray and Ross Douthat are beginning to figure it out.

ISIS is exactly what it says it is: the Dar Al Islam. They have infrastructure, a creed, a people, and a territory. Most important of all, they have their God and they fear Him. The modernist, secular, democratic West cannot figure this last part out. Its idiot journalists pooh-pooh the very idea. They call this new State "Isis," after the Egyptian deity. They refuse to call it what it calls itself, or even use its colloquial Arabic acronym, DAISH. Secular democrats are baffled, perplexed, paralyzed in the face of a people who fight for God. The warriors of the Dar Al Islam will keep on fighting until they are killed, and when they are killed, that's when they'll stop. So until we're willing to kill them and open their lands to Western colonization (this has already been tried), then we will just have to deal with ISIS as part of our new reality, along with the new reality of Kurdistan and the new reality that Libya, Iraq and Syria no longer exist, and several other places are about to no longer exist.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The rich will burn with us

D.C. Mansion Murders: Who Is Suspect Daron Dylon Wint?

So who is the man accused of torturing and killing three family members and their housekeeper? Authorities say the slayings weren't random: Wint previously worked for Savopoulos' company, American Iron Works. "We do believe there is a connection between this suspect in this case through the business," Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Thursday.

Police haven't revealed what the motive behind the murders might be, but it appears that the four were killed shortly after $40,000 in cash was delivered to the house in the upscale Woodley Park neighborhood. That money is now missing.

Born in Guyana, Wint immigrated to the U.S. in 2000 and enlisted in the Marines shortly afterward, attending boot camp on Parris Island, South Carolina, for two months from late July to late September in 2001.

"He never made it through boot camp," a spokeswoman for the Marine Corps tells PEOPLE. "He would not be considered a former Marine in the sense that he did not earn his globe and anchor."

The devil you know

Vox Popoli wraps it up, in characteristically succinct style:
There are more reports of ISIS atrocities in Syria:
Islamic State militants have executed at least 400 mostly women and children in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra. Eye-witnesses have reported the streets are strewn with bodies – the latest victims of the Islamic State's unrelenting savagery - on the same day photographs of captured Syrian soldiers have emerged.

It follows the killing of nearly 300 pro-government troops two days after they captured the city, now symbolised by a black ISIS flag flying above an ancient citadel.
However, keep in mind that false reports of atrocities have been used to whip up support for war for centuries. That doesn't mean the reports are inaccurate, particularly in the electronic age when it's easier to document events, but it's important not to rush to judgment.

In my opinion, there is no reason to even contemplate military intervention in the Islamic world as long as Muslims reside in the West. This the third great wave of Islamic expansion of a form that predates the Westphalian system and any reaction that is based on post-Westphalian principles is bound to fail. A significant percentage of Muslims in the West openly sympathize with ISIS, and perhaps more importantly, it was Western governments that made the Caliphate possible:
A declassified secret US government document obtained by the conservative public interest law firm Judicial Watch, shows that Western governments deliberately allied with al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups to topple Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad. The document reveals that in coordination with the Gulf states and Turkey, the West intentionally sponsored violent Islamist groups to destabilize Assad, and that these “supporting powers” desired the emergence of a “Salafist Principality” in Syria to “isolate the Syrian regime.”
Yet another strike against the principle of foreign intervention. The devil you don't know is often considerably worse than the one you are trying to cast out.

I am quoting Vox's post in full. Hyperlinks at the OP.

What is happening in the Middle East now are consequences of British and French interventions in their turn, almost a century ago. A century hence, and historians will be writing about the continuing consequences of the interventions by the country formerly known as the USA.

Prayers for the martyrs of Christ and for all innocents, but the first order of business must be, do no harm. The violence should be quarantined and the Middle East left to sort this out on their own.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

I'm right, again

A little over ten years ago, my MSN homepage would trot out a headline every few weeks that said, "[Top/X-In-Command/Key] Al-Qaeda Leader Killed." Now that the Dar-Al-Islam is the latest hobgoblin, the US government and its obliging press corps are trotting out the same old narrative:

When this flashed up on the TV screen over the weekend, I told the people I was with that it didn't matter; there would be another raid, another "key" leader killed by our hugely expensive military. Until CNN's cameramen are on the ground with friendlies reporting on the rollback of ISIS forces into the Iraqi desert, this does not matter. And sure enough:
The Iraqi city of Ramadi has fallen to Islamic State (IS) after government forces abandoned their positions, officials say.

The police and military made a chaotic retreat after days of intense fighting...*

A statement purportedly from IS said its fighters had "purged the entire city". It said IS had taken the 8th Brigade army base, along with tanks and missile launchers left behind by troops.(BBC News).
Also, key leader not so key: "Doubt cast over seniority of Isis leader killed by US special forces in Syria raid." [Also, idiots, it's "ISIS" or "Dar Al Islam" or "DAISH" as the Middle Easterners colloquially call it, not the ancient Egyptian deity.]

* - The cops ain't coming, folks.

Friday, May 8, 2015

In case this comment doesn't get published

at Roads From Emmaus, I'm reproducing it here:
Some questions:

What approach should we take to evangelizing our Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Catholic and Protestant neighbors? Most people would say they respect others' heritage and don't broach such topics, leaving it to the working of the Spirit and the individuals. Is this approach wrong?

What utility is there to evangelism in a country where Muslims come to be good Muslims?

Are any Orthodox hierarchs or clergy exhorting their flocks to have large families, and assuring them that if they do, the Church will be there for them? There seems to be a dearth of discussion on the Baptismal font as a source of new Christians. Has anybody analyzed critically whether we'd add more to the ranks of the faithful by providing social and material support to our young people to encourage them to marry and have children, rather than tripping over the Catholic and Protestant missions trying to find some purported un-evangelized Third World village?

Via Trifon.