Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Links: Unborn victims of crime, No2Trudeau, Religion in the Public Square, Reality Bites...

I just wanted to give you an update. You may have noticed I've been a little quiet on this blog. Right now, at this point, blogging is difficult for me. I have four kids at home for the summer break, my youngest won't nap any more, and I've had to give up caffeine for health reasons (it's very bad for my digestion.) So I don't exactly have the drive to write up a post on a daily basis.

I think my blogging patterns may change in the future. I still want this blog as a platform, but I'm not sure where I'm going with it.

That being said, here are some links that have grabbed my attention.

“Whether you are an unborn child or full-grown woman — life is life,” Durham said. “When someone commits such a crime there should not be any excuse why we can’t portray the reality of that in the charges.

Because reality is sexist, that's why. Feminists don't want any reality acknowledged that undermines their precious right to kill their fetus. That's why.

Matthew Block: It’s a bad time to be religious in Canada. Not untrue. But I think Christians have become so comfortable in the Western World that we forget that ostracism is the norm. The stigmatization and criminalization of some aspects of our religion is not just bad for us, it's also an opportunity for witness and martyrdom.

Oakville residents cry foul over graphic flyer left in mailboxes. These #No2Trudeau articles in Southern Ontario newspapers are becoming a trope. They almost write themselves. CCBR puts a dead baby flyer in a mailbox. Some adult or their kid finds it (or fears their child may find it.) They are outraged. They decry this tactic. A politician or two is quoted. The police state there is nothing illegal about it. What I appreciate about this particular article is that so many points of view are printed, including a fair representation of the pro-life point of view, which is refreshing. I wish a pro-life quote like this would appear in more articles:

“To be honest, I think that if people are upset by the images on the postcards then really it is time to be upset that abortion is gruesomely killing babies like that rather than just being upset they have to see it.”

Gavin McInnes wrote this little gem:

Politics has become a sport that we watch on TV instead of playing outdoors. Hypotheticals take precedence over hate facts. The net result is a mythical fairyland that bears very little resemblance to the America we all see when we walk out our front doors. I’m not talking about anecdotal evidence. I’m talking about reality. 
The basic tenets of the liberal narrative include: Women are thriving in the workforce since being freed from the prison sentence that is the housewife’s life. Southerners are stupid, racist rednecks who are proud of slavery. Undocumented workers are hardworking people who love their families and are just coming here for a better life. Islam is a religion of peace; the extremists are only acting like that because we made them that way. Gender is a construct. Gays are madly in love and can’t wait to devote themselves to the bliss of matrimony. Blacks are struggling a little, yes, but that’s because “systemic” racism is “alive and well” today and cops are out to get them. The only problem with America these days is white men.

When I was a youth, I used to believe a lot of liberal pieties like those listed above. One of the most important things that awoke me to reality is my Catholicism. Catholicism is a religion that, if practiced correctly, commits one to adopt the truth however unpleasant it is. It also predisposes one to adopt unpopular opinions, if that's what reality really points to.  I think a lot of people want to believe all those pieties. They want to believe the best of feminists, gays, blacks, Hispanics and other minorities. It's not nice to be prejudiced. And it's not. But documented realities are not prejudices. It doesn't mean we have to treat every feminist, gay, black and Hispanic like a stereotype-- everybody deserves the chance to be known and respected as an individual-- but it doesn't mean we deny reality just because these realities undermine a political narrative.

38 Ways College Students Enjoy ‘Left-Wing Privilege’ on Campus. I don't believe in the concept of "privilege." But if I did--- this.

Kids of Helicopter Parents Are Sputtering Out. We think parental involvement increases the likelihood of success. We think if we get the kids the courses and the jobs, they'll find it easier to climb the ladder. And that's not exactly wrong. The problem is that kids have got to want it for themselves. They have to have that inner drive for success. They need to develop it and the confidence to achieve it. They have to do that on their own. You can't substitute for that.