Throwback Thursday: Famine vs. Genocide

From 2011:

Generally, comparisons to Nazi Germany are frowned upon. Because what the Nazis did was so unspeakably evil, we should be careful to not water down the term by using it recklessly. But the horrific war crimes being committed by Muslim terrorists in Somalia are no different than the unspeakable atrocities committed by the Nazis.

The crisis in Somalia is not a famine. It is genocide.

Andrew Sullivan attacks “woke” culture

Andrew Sullivan has an excellent post about how the Left has changed:

This is the media hub of the “social justice movement.” And the core point of that movement, its essential point, is that liberalism is no longer enough. Not just not enough, but itself a means to perpetuate “white supremacy,” designed to oppress, harm and terrorize minorities and women, and in dire need of dismantling. That’s a huge deal. And it explains a lot.

And…

In the successor ideology, there is no escape, no refuge, from the ongoing nightmare of oppression and violence — and you are either fighting this and “on the right side of history,” or you are against it and abetting evil. There is no neutrality. No space for skepticism. No room for debate. No space even for staying silent. (Silence, remember, is violence — perhaps the most profoundly anti-liberal slogan ever invented.)

Read the whole thing here.

Demanding chapter and verse.

Often times, when someone is admonished for a particular behavior, they will say something like this: “Show me in the Bible where I can’t do this! I want a chapter and verse!”

There are (rare!) times when this is an appropriate thing to say, because some folks want to create rules where the Bible has not.

But most of the time, folks who say this are not being faithful to the text of Scripture. They are trying to find an excuse for what they know is bad behavior. They need to repent not only of the behavior, but of their stubborn attitude.

A bad but necessary outcome in the Bill Cosby case

Christopher Clugston was convicted of a crime and sent to prison. He was finally released over a decade later because of the weakness of the case against him, but not before he was gang raped and infected with AIDS. Bernard Baran was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit. He was raped 30 times while in prison. The cases of Clugston and Baran, as well as the Central Park Five and others, remind us of the importance of civil rights and due process for those accused of crimes.

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Leftist dishonesty about omnibus spending bills

One of the characteristics of “The Swamp” in Washington, D.C. is that Congress loves enormous omnibus spending packages. In order to vote for something you may agree with, you have to vote for the entire package, which will inevitably include things you do not like. It has been a way for “The Swamp” to fund everything they want. This makes the growth of government very difficult to stop.

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“Did the tweets really bother you that much?”

A friend of mine asked this question on social media recently: “Did the tweets really bother you that much?” (This, of course, refers to Donald Trump’s posts on Twitter.) I have seen a lot of conservatives bringing this up, and six months after Trump was banned from Twitter, his posts are still a topic of discussion in the political arena. Conservatives either dismiss them as irrelevant or defend them.

But yes, the tweets really did bother me that much. And I have a single name as to why: Laurie Klausutis. She was a 29 year old Congressional staffer when she tragically died from a medical condition in 2001. Nearly two decades after her death, in the middle of a raging global pandemic that should have kept the President of these United States too busy to troll on social media, Trump smeared her name and tormented her widow. This was not because he has any beef with Klausutis, but because her name and her husband’s pain were collateral damage in a stupid flame war with TV host Joe Scarborough.

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Church employees should follow church doctrine

In a Christian school, teachers are the adults who have the most contact with students, and they are most visible representation of church doctrine. If a teacher either does not live according to the church’s teachings or teaches students in a way that is contrary to church doctrine, the school needs to correct that problem. If the school does not, it sets a bad example for the students. This is why a Roman Catholic school in New Jersey was right to fire an unmarried woman from her job as a teacher after she got pregnant.

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