Articles and Posts by Aaron-d-wolf:
Navy Yard: “Regardless” of the Truth(0)
The dust had barely settled at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday when a barrage of lies began to fly from the usual suspects on the left. For once, the religion of the crazed shooter, Aaron Alexis, was not buried or ignored completely, since he was publicly connected not to Islam but to Buddhism. But immediately, “law enforcement sources” were drawing attention to the killer’s weapon of choice, an AR-15.
Quick on the draw with a statement was Dianne Feinstein, who referred to the shooting as “one more event to add to the litany [sic] of massacres that occur when a deranged person or grievance killer is able to obtain multiple weapons—including a military-style assault rifle—and kill many people in a short amount of time. When will enough be enough?”
Never one to miss an opportunity to “milk” a calamity for political gain, Feinstein insisted, “Congress must stop shirking its responsibility and resume a thoughtful debate on gun violence in this country.”
The indefatigable Piers Morgan immediately booked guests John Lott and Ben Ferguson to yell at them about assault weapons: “AR-15, killing multiple Americans, I just cannot have this debate anymore and it’s ridiculous!”
Now, less than 24-hours later, CNN is admitting that “The sources, who have detailed knowledge of the investigation, cautioned that initial information that an AR-15 was used in the shootings may have been incorrect.”
The latest investigation suggests that Alexis brought a shotgun to the scene and stole handguns from two officers once the shooting commenced. So, no “assault” or “assault-style weapon” was involved.
Breathtakingly, CNN, while issuing the correction, fills out the column space with a diatribe against . . . the AR-15. ”Regardless, the massacre pushed the AR-15 back into the gun-control debate.” The article then goes on to list all of the shootings in which the semi-automatic rifle was used, before affectionately citing the above-mentioned Piers Morgan and comparing the weapon’s automatic predecessor (from 1958, an “efficient killing machine”) with an AK-47.
Note with horror this fact: “The AR-15 has since become a semiautomatic rifle, firing one bullet per squeeze of the trigger. But like the M16, ammunition is loaded through a magazine.” (A magazine! Just like the .22 semi-automatic my children and I use to shoot cans in the backyard!)
Better hang on to your guns (and religion) a little tighter. There is no lie that the left isn’t willing to tell to get at them.
Sweeping Away the Unwanted Babies(0)
The left-wing media painted the legislation restricting abortions in Texas with the broadest brush. ”Sweeping” was the most common adjective. As in “’It is a very happy, celebratory day,’” Perry said before signing the sweeping antiabortion measure” (Salon); “Gov. Rick Perry signs sweeping abortion bill” (ABC News); or “Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed sweeping new abortion restrictions . . . that could shutter most of the state’s clinics that provide the procedure . . . ” (USA Today).
The “sweeping” law, which bans abortions after 20 weeks, preserves 98.5% of current abortions, according to Guttmacher Institute statistics. Of course, fewer abortions is a good thing, even if the reduction is only by 1.5%, and the other provisions of the legislation, which compel abortion mills to rise above the level of a tattoo parlor or a Botox party, may reduce numbers further.
Texas Republicans’ stated rationale for the 20-week limit was that “the state has a compelling state interest in protecting the lives of unborn children from the stage at which substantial medical evidence indicates that these children are capable of feeling pain” (pdf).
And that’s hogwash, because the legislation makes a barbaric exception when it comes to unborn children with “a severe fetal abnormality.” According to the Health and Safety Code of the State of Texas, “a ‘severe fetal abnormality’ means a life threatening physical condition that, in reasonable medical judgment, regardless of the provision of life saving medical treatment, is incompatible with life outside the womb.”
Never mind the vagueness of “reasonable medical judgment.” What this exception means is that a new standard is created for determining whether a child in utero is “unwanted.” If the disabled child is not expected to live long (however you may define “long”), who cares if “these children are capable of feeling pain”? Why bother to let them live as long as they can, when you can kill them—for all the same reasons the abortion-on-demand Democrats cite for 20 weeks and beyond?
Disabled babies belong in the bio-hazard waste bag, and no amount of pain should stop them from reaching their destination. This is what “conservative” abortions look like.
Nazi Russians and “Basic Morality”(10)
You’d think Putin had constructed a gas chamber on the edge of Olympik Village in Sochi, but the reality is much less shocking.
Staring at Hiroshima From Babel(58)
The surprise and shock was not confined to the Japanese. This dawning of the nuclear age gave us new fears and changed our imaginations.
Liberals, Liturgy, and Lattes(0)
Making the rounds in the paste-a-link world is an editorial by a young religion blogger, Rachel Held Evans: “Why Millennials Are Leaving the Church.” The reason for its frequent pasting is that she mentions how unimpressed the Millennials (those born from roughly the 1980′s into the 2000′s) are with the trappings of today’s hip churches—the “contemporary” music, but also the coffee bars and groovy speakers, etc. Those who argue against these things and the thinking behind them are often eager to show proof that they don’t “work.”
Miss Evans goes on to note that “Many of us, myself included, are finding ourselves increasingly drawn to high church traditions—Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, the Episcopal Church, etc.—precisely because the ancient forms of liturgy seem so unpretentious, so unconcerned with being ‘cool,’ and we find that refreshingly authentic.”
Indeed, “cool” has a short shelf life, and anyone who watches cultural trends should not be too surprised. But what Evans claims about her generation and its desires ought to raise some red flags: “What millennials really want from the church is not a change in style but a change in substance. . . . We want an end to the culture wars. . . . We want our LGBT friends to feel truly welcome in our faith communities.”
So, in essence, she’s claiming that her generation is leaving evangelical churches and seeking out a Mainline experience—liturgy queens, Social Gospel, dogma-free. This reminds me of something the great Lutheran theologian Hermann Sasse wrote on the liturgical-renewal efforts of the mid-20th century: “A liturgical renewal is impossible unless the church is prepared to take seriously the doctrine which is witnessed to and sung in the liturgy. Liturgy and dogma belong together; you cannot have the one without the other. Dogma represents the doctrinal content—and therefore the truth content—of the liturgy.”
Miss Evans wants to teach our churches what they ought to be teaching. Are they prepared to teach her the Faith if she shows up?
Pleasure-Marrying: The Next Human Right(0)
In my recent piece “Hell-Bent,” one of my overarching themes was that the rush to approve same-sex marriage was really about self-identified “heterosexuals” seeking approval for themselves. Legally sanctioned “gay marriage” is a kind of public proclamation that the constraints of traditional morality do not apply.
As if to prove my point, Time‘s new cover story is about “Having It All Without Having Children.” The article is behind a paywall, but this reaction, by CNN’s Zoe Zorka, is not. From the git-go, the fabulous Mrs. Z notes an organic connection between LGBT rights and deliberate childlessness/pleasure-marrying. The title is “I’m Coming Out—I Don’t Want Children,” and her very first sentence celebrates the downfall of DOMA.
And as if to underscore a key argument made by my piece, Fr. Hugh’s, and Scott Richert’s, Mrs. Z attributes her hedonism to her “orientation”: “Just as gays and lesbians do not ‘outgrow’ their orientations, I don’t believe that I will outgrow mine either.”
Mrs. Z sees herself as a beleaguered crusader who is doing her “part in creating a society that allows everyone, regardless of personal choices, to be accepted and able to express themselves freely without fear of judgment.”
So, do you see? Those who are wondering what the next whirlwind cultural shift is going to be ought to start thinking of ways the federal government might intervene to force you to accept childless hedonism and stop you from expressing judgment. And if churches want to get in front of this, they might want to start teaching against pleasure-marrying instead of dreaming up the next DOMA.
Hell-Bent: Why Gay Marriage Was Inevitable(26)
Like it or not, gay marriage is here to stay. The Supreme Court ruling matters little. That was the case well before oral arguments were heard, and not for legal reasons.
Sexualizing Children: NBA Edition(46)
The national celebration of sodomy continues thanks to Sports Illustrated‘s new cover story featuring the first “major sport” athlete to come out of the closet while still an active player.
Neocon 101: Art of the Pooh-Pooh(0)
That stalwart set at National Review known as “The Editors” has done what it always does to a genuinely conservative display in the halls of power. Far from a radical denunciation, which may invite a more thoughtful reading of events and sentences, they’ve taken to light pooh-poohing. Rand Paul is providing “great entertainment,” and “We salute his brio.” Yet please, they snortle: Drones are “suddenly the world’s most feared weapon”? And just imagine the absurdity of a drone strike on Americans “at cafes”! (Paging Janet Reno!) Obviously, obviously a President who ordered such an attack would be impeached. Senator Paul is “tilting at drones” and “fighting a phantom menace.”
Reading that pooh-pooh reminded me of a key passage from Sam Francis’s “Neoconservatism and the Managerial Revolution” (collected in his indispensable book Beautiful Losers):
“Neoconservatism rejected all forms of extremism and all suggestions of a need for far-reaching change. . . . Moderation, gradualism, empiricism, pragmatism, centrism became the watchwords of neoconservatism, whereby confrontation with the fundamental mechanisms and tendencies of the managerial system and fundamental changes suggested by either the Right or the Left were avoided. In the neoconservative view of America, there was nothing seriously wrong with the society and government that had developed between the New Deal and the Great Society, and it was the goal of neoconservatives to communicate the soundness of the managerial system to the adversary intellectuals of the Left and to co-opt the militant activists of the New Right.”
Left-Wing Christians: A Failed Tradition(0)
Tom Piatak has trained his sights on Garry Wills and emptied a large-capacity clip into him. Be sure to read this excellent piece here.