Monday, July 30, 2012

Political potpourri
  • Chick-fil-A thoughtcrime. Let’s see if I have this straight (ha). The CEO of a nice old-values business, a fast-food restaurant I happen not to go to, one clear about being Christian, says homosexuality is wrong (just like most of humanity throughout history, including most American blacks, and just like the president publicly until a few months ago), and gives his money to promote that, as is his right, so some cities want to stop him from opening stores in them. So he backpedals, from the sensible libertarian, good-for-business ‘we serve anybody who pays’ to too far but not quite selling out. The left doesn’t want liberty but power. Over you and me. Douthat: If you want to fine Catholic hospitals for following Catholic teaching, or prevent Jewish parents from circumcising their sons, or ban Chick-fil-A in Boston, then don’t tell religious people that you respect our freedoms. Makes me want to eat at Chick-fil-A just to spite the left. I also like the Willy Wonka memes on this.
  • Strange bedfellows: Emanuel and Farrakhan. So which wins in the lefty pantheon, gay, Jewish or black? By the way, Islam of course is wrong (the Pope’s remark at Regensburg nails it: St Thomas Aquinas’ rational God versus Muhammad’s imaginary, irrational one) but the Nation of Islam isn’t Islam. Like neo-paganism (Mark Shea repeats Stuart Koehl’s point made years ago, and even describes it as a knockoff of Protestantism), it’s a product of ignorant apostate Christians’ imaginations.
  • Dog bites man: Romney davens to Israel. Of course the next president’s status quo; it’d be political suicide, throwing away a sure thing, otherwise. Pleasing the base, both the very Jewish neocons and the sucker evangelicals (‘Where else can you go? Vote for me, morons’). The capital of the United States ought not be Tel Aviv. Treat them like a normal country; in that case they’re on their own.

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