Teaching children to worship Obama in Burlington, NJ

Posted on September 24th, 2009 by bile
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I’m sure it happened with Bush and we know it happens with Lincoln, FDR and some of the Founders… doesn’t make it acceptable. Especially for a government  school.

More info here.

Church vandals don’t understand, by Andrew Carroll

Posted on July 29th, 2009 by bile
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http://www.keenesentinel.com/…

Seeing the trenchant prose of Friedrich Nietzsche disrespectfully spray-painted on a church building, coupled with anarchy symbols and cliched atheist mantras, left this particular Nietzschean anarchist with a bad taste in his mouth.

With no actual knowledge of Nietzschean or anarchist philosophy to stop them – and plenty of angst to aid them – the vandals have made nothing but fools of themselves, even amongst fellow anarchists, atheists and Nietzsche fans.

The famous, and usually misunderstood, quote “God is dead” is not, as our vandals seem to think, a criticism of the concept of God and any ethics derived therefrom, as much as it is a challenge to the atheists of the world, to the godless, whose value system is inherently nihilistic.

This nihilism is something that Nietzsche believes must be overcome (and he died trying to do it). He believed the atheist must struggle, in a world without God, to create his own values and find his own meaning.

Thus Zarathustra, the character who speaks the famous quote, goes on to say that we, after killing God as a source of value, must “become Gods ourselves…”

In other words, we must become the source of our own values.

That is the true meaning of the death of God: the birth of the Overman (in German: Ubermensch). I doubt our vandals ever actually read the original source of the statement, or understood it.

Instead, in typical pseudo-philosophical fashion, they ripped the quote out of context, lost the meaning, and spray-painted it on the side of a church: an act which ironically shows our vandals’ utter lack of values.

Next, the vandals went on to spray-paint anarchy symbols. As an anarchist, I take offense to this as well. Most anarchists I have ever met have nothing but complete respect for private property, and nothing but tolerance for different belief systems – which is why we are anarchists. The State represents, to me, homogenization, rather than diversity; control, rather than cooperation; theft, rather than respect for ownership; and violence, rather than peace.

The vandals represent all of the State’s values, and none of its antithesis – so how can they really call themselves anarchists?

Not only that, but the vandals are clearly ignorant of the many, many Christian anarchists – most notably, Leo Tolstoy. Even our founding fathers, who were religious, had strains of anarchist thought, which is why they never wanted the State to get involved with religion (or much else), so that religion would flourish in all its forms and people would be free to worship God in their own way.

So to spray-paint anarchy symbols on a church represents a complete lack of understanding of anarchist and Christian philosophy.

Finally, the vandals did something so ridiculous, something so incredibly indicative of their ignorance, that! one can not help but laugh:

They spelled Nietzsche wrong (yes, check out the video: they forgot the “c” every time).

How can we take such immaturity and hypocrisy seriously – especially when contrasted with the calm patience and caring forgiveness of the church members?

Seems to me that the members of Hope Chapel know where their values lie, and they take opportunities like this – where pain is forced upon them by an immoral act – to grow stronger in their faith. Nietzsche was right all along:

“That which does not kill you makes you stronger.”

Let’s hope the vandals can grow a little from this, too.

ANDREW CARROLL
176 Church St.
Keene

I disagree that their actions show the “vandals’ utter lack of values.” It shows that they have destructive and anti-social values. Otherwise he’s pretty spot on.

Barack Obama: concerned about global climate change and his carbon footprint

Posted on January 30th, 2009 by bile
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… but not enough to be cold in the Oval Office.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/…

Anthony, apart from the compulsive-addictive Emperor Worship that suffuses every syllable of this typically wretched Times piece (when is that statist dinosaur going to die?), I’m struck by the unabashed hypocrisy we find in the first two paragraphs:

“The capital flew into a bit of a tizzy when, on his first full day in the White House, President Obama was photographed in the Oval Office without his suit jacket. There was, however, a logical explanation: Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.

`He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?’ said Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, David Axelrod, who occupies the small but strategically located office next door to his boss. `He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.’”

But what of the overpopulated, overheated globe you promised to heal, O Exalted One? What about your carbon footprint? What happened to the austerity you famously promised to impose on the rest of us, whom you rebuked for eating too much and consuming too many resources?

We who compose the hoi polloi have creature comfort needs as well. Should we obey your dictates, or follow your (presumably infallible) example?

Gag me with a spoon: please make the idol worship stop

Posted on January 16th, 2009 by bile
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http://www.lewrockwell.com/…

Hail the Eternal Regime!

Posted by Bill Anderson at January 16, 2009 07:15 AM

Peggy Noonan, one of the dinner guests of George Will the other night, has decided that gushing over Obama is not enough. No, she must gush over the entire regime and its symbols.

Today, she writes of seeing these monuments and other Greek temples in Washington and gets teary-eyed:

Flying in, we take the route over the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson, the Tidal Basin: the signs and symbols of the great republic. And you’ve seen it all a thousand times but you can’t stop looking, and you can’t help it, your eyes well. After a minute you realize you must have a moony look on your face, and you lean back.

Yes, the Regime that has bankrupted the county, jailed millions, started wars abroad, and violated every principle of decency, must be worshiped. It is our god, our very sustenance.

I will be so very happy when this Obama and State worship stops and reality sucker punches people in the face. Between this and the Keynesian love fests I hear on CNN daily (it was particularly bad this morning) I’m starting to become physically ill.

Hopefully it slows up after the 20th.