Denmark shows us the way

Gay couple in church

I remember a conversation I had at lunch with some colleagues about twenty years ago. My friend Bureaucrat X and I were discussing the homosexual “rights” movement, and another asked why we were wasting our time bothering with such nonsense.

Bureaucrat X turned to him and said, “Because they’re the next entitled victim group, like the blacks.”

My colleague couldn’t believe his ears. “That’s ridiculous!” he sputtered. No way, he told us, would “gay rights” advocates attain the power of the race hustlers. My friend and I were obviously not getting out enough.

Which brings us to this:

Gay couples in Denmark will be permitted to wed in any church they want, although almost one third of priests in the country have said they will not perform the ceremonies.

The Scandinavian country’s parliament voted on homosexual marriage and, by a large majority, were in favour of it, meaning churches across Denmark are not permitted to refuse gay marriages. The country’s church minister, Manu Sareen, described the result as “historic”, explaining that he felt it was very important all church members were given the right to marry.

If you don’t think this kind of nonsense is coming to America, think again. The Catholic Church in this country is already under attack: look at the Obama regime’s attempt to force the Little Sisters of the Poor to pay for abortions — something that would have been unthinkable only ten years ago.

Before we go any further, let me point out that my attitude toward state licensing of marriage is one of implacable hostility in any case. What right does the state have to demand its permission of free people to engage in holy matrimony? So in one sense, the whole “gay marriage” controversy here in the U.S. — which is about state-licensed civil “marriages” — is irrelevant.

The problem is, after homosexual civil unions are finally enshrined in “law,” the next step will be to force churches to perform such “marriages,” as in Denmark. Not to submit will make one guilty of “discrimination” and “hate.”

In just a few short years, “gay marriage” has gone from being a joke to something that one can lose one’s job for opposing. The “gay” power movement is on a roll, and they aren’t going to stop, because each victory means even more power and influence for them.

What’s coming later? The way things are going, Christianity itself will soon be under open attack. Christians are increasingly portrayed in the popular media as intolerant, narrow-minded, bigoted, and stupid. Christian symbols are no longer respectable. Soon, being a Christian will mean being disreputable, an outsider, even un-American. Eventually one’s Christianity will be grounds for being refused employment, or for suspicion of “extremism.” It’s already beginning to happen now.

Think that’s a stretch? So was “gay” power twenty years ago.

CNN Reverses Course

CNN, which pushed the invasion of Iraq for all it was worth, has finally come around to the notion that maybe it wasn’t such a hot thing to do, after all.

The story is called “Bush’s Toxic Legacy in Iraq.” But let’s not forget that that “toxic legacy” — and it is toxic, indeed — also belongs to CNN itself, which, along with the New York Times and the rest of the Ministry of Truth, pushed the Bush regime’s lies about Weapons of Mass Destruction, Niger uranium, and the rest, with unholy zeal and no skepticism whatsoever.

So now that the results of their folly are obvious to everyone, will they hang their heads in shame and admit their roles in stampeding the country to war?

Don’t bet on it.

Mitt Romney’s upset

Because “all that we’ve fought for” in Iraq is about to vanish.

But Jim Wright (no relation) is a little upset himself. He says he fought in Iraq, and he’s angry at people like Mitt (not to mention such lovelies as Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle) and Clueless George who sent him and others over there on the basis of lies: that Saddam was responsible for 9/11, and then the Weapons of Mass Destruction which didn’t exist, and then the great project to bring peace and prosperity to Iraq by killing people and blowing things up. He also points out that people like Mitt and Wolfowitz etc. didn’t actually do any fighting, and neither did any of their family members. So “we” isn’t exactly the correct term.

Wright’s an angry man, and his rant is a bit intemperate, but he’s got a serious point. It’s too bad he wasn’t wise to the lies of politicians before he joined up.

Another serious point is one made by Iraq’s ruling Shiite al Maliki regime, which helped bring on the burgeoning disaster by enthusiastically persecuting Iraq’s Sunni minority. Al Maliki is being urged by the Empire to “reach out” to the Sunnis now that they’re apparently about to overthrow him.

However, al Maliki has, probably correctly, decided that such an effort would be a waste of time at this point, and is doubling down on his disgusting treatment of the Sunnis. At the same time he’s accusing the Saudi Arabian regime of subsidizing terrorism, which it almost certainly does.

In fact, the Saudis have been behind the growth of modern Islamic militarism from the start. They have subsidized schools all over the Muslim world that teach their militant fundamentalist Islamic creed, Wahhabism, and given money and training to all sorts of crazy Sunni insurgent groups. The 9/11 terrorists were mostly Saudis.

And yet, the United State has never threatened the Saudis with invasion or bombing. It’s never even publicly denouced the Saudi regime for fomenting violence and terrorism. No, the Saudi regime, surely one of the most corrupt and depraved on earth is, in fact, a valued friend of the Empire.

Which is a little odd, if you accept the notion that all the U.S. invasions, bombings, economic blockades that kill thousands of little children, occupations, drone strikes, etc., are about stopping terrorism and spreading democracy. Could it be there’s another reason?

Iraq implodes

Remember the “Surge?” That was in 2007, when then-Emperor Bush committed 20,000 additional troops to Iraq to quell rising violence. That violence was the result of the Empire’s invasion, which had destroyed the uneasy peace Saddam Hussein’s regime had imposed on the various mutually hostile ethnic factions: Kurds, Sunnis, Shiites, etc. Saddam had quelled disputes through a combination of networking allies, balancing factions against each other, and good old surveillance and terror. When he went, the old hatreds and grudges sprang forth again full-blown.

At home we were told by the Ministry of Truth, otherwise known as the Mainstream Media, that the Surge, in combination with the so-called “Sunni Awakening,” had cleaned out the bad guys, paving the way for peace and harmony. In fact, the Sunni Awakening was built on bribing Sunni warlords with U.S. dollars to leave Imperial Storm Troopers alone and fight the warlords who wouldn’t take bribes. When the Storm Troopers and their dollars went away, the warlords started acting up again. Meanwhile, the Shia-controlled al Maliki regime was going out of its way to make life difficult for the Sunni minority. This led to bad feelings and more support for warlords and terrorists among the Sunni population.

All this was disastrous for what was once the most prosperous and advanced Arab country in the world. A country that once had decent health care by Third World standards, good water supplies and sanitation, and a rising standard of living, saw them all all shattered by U.S. economic sanctions, bombs, and bullets, and then the civil unrest that inevitably followed. Iraq is effectively destroyed as a country. Its subjects live in squalor, disease, and violence; their relative prosperity now but a bitter memory.

Meanwhile, because the War on the Iraqis was such a success, the Empire has moved on to helping other benighted peoples. It sponsored the overthrow of the disgusting Muammar Gaddaffi, which also, surprisingly enough, resulted in the breakdown of civil society in Libya, destruction of the standard of living, rising violence, and other benefits. Like the Iraqi regime, the new Libyan regime is not really very friendly to the U.S. And the unrest has liberated many of Gaddaffi’s weapons and put out of work the mercenaries who worked for him. Many of those were from Mali, one of the most backward, dirt-poor countries on the face of the Earth. With nothing to do in Libya, they returned home and started a civil war there.

The Libyan repercussions apparently reached as far as Nigeria, where the terrorist group Boko Haram has provided comfortable upper-middle-class feminists with a welcome excuse for self-righteous indignation by kidnapping a bunch of schoolgirls. That kidnapping is just one among many atrocities, some of which are much worse but somehow don’t seem to get as much publicity. What also doesn’t get much publicity is the fact that Boko Haram’s weapons seem to have come from Libya.

All of which brings us to our Emperor’s latest little adventure, the ongoing disaster in Syria. Just as the U.S. provoked the overthrow of Gaddaffi, so it is interfering in Syria, working to overthrow the regime there, which is controlled by adherents of a quasi-Shiite sect called the Alawites. The result is the usual violence, destruction, death, and misery inflicted mostly on innocent civilian non-combatants. But, interestingly enough, the violence and destruction has spilled into Iraq, bringing us full circle. The vicious Sunni killers the U.S. is aiding in Syria are apparently big pals with the vicious Sunni killers now throwing Iraq into chaos. It would seem that some of the weapons and other aid the U.S. is giving the Syrian rebels are now being used to fight the Iraqi regime that the U.S. installed. The result seems to be shaping up to an all-out civil war, as the rebels are growing stronger and now have access to heavy weapons, including tanks. Increasingly, the al Maliki regime is starting to look like the South Vietnamese regime in the 1970s. And it stands as much chance of getting any real help from the U.S.

As I’ve said before, the only thing that’s as dangerous as being an enemy of the United State is being its friend.

Netanyahu Insults Pope. Twice.

The rulers of Israel are some of the most arrogant and ruthless on the planet, which is saying something.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who for years has presided over the gradual dispossession and retail genocide of the Palestinians — many of whom are Catholic — went out of his way to insult Vice Emperor Biden a few years ago. It is official United State policy to oppose Israeli illegal settlements on land belonging to the Palestinians. The Israeli state openly flouts the US position, but Netanyahu went out of his way to announce new settlements during a visit by Biden, effectively giving him — and by extension, Obama — the finger.

Now Netanyahu has tried to humiliate Pope Francis, who is visiting the Holy Land, and who is concerned about the way Palestinian members of his flock, as well as Muslims, are treated with murderous contempt by the vicious Israeli state.

It’s truly bizarre that a tiny little state like Israel can behave in such an obnoxiously belligerent fashion both to the leader of the greatest religious institution in the world, and to the most powerful empire the world has ever seen, without apparent fear of repercussions. The rulers of any other state that size would never dare do such things. That such things can happen, and go unremarked upon here, is an illustration of the power of the Israel lobby in America, and the cowardice and corruption of opinion makers.