Culture

Polish Singer Acquitted Over Bible-ripping

Ynet news:

A Polish court has found a singer in a heavy metal band, who tore up the Bible during a performance, not guilty of offending religious sentiments.

The judge ruled last week that the ripping of the holy book by Behemoth frontman Adam Darski could be defined as “artistic expression” consistent with his band’s style.

Darski, who uses the stage name Nergal as the Babylonian god mentioned in the Book of Kings, is a famous figure in his homeland. He ripped the Bible during a concert in northern Poland in 2007 and called on the audience to burn the pages.

He was already acquitted last year, but the prosecutors appealed the verdict.

What a wicked distorted individual.

There’s a video of him performing his evil deed here.

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Church

The Trend to Make Israel Apologise for Being Attacked

When its borders are breached – either by activists on water or terrorists on land – Israel naturally defends itself. Yet instead of receiving an apology from those countries for allowing the breach in the first place,  Israel is made to get on its knees and beg for forgiveness.

From the Jerusalem Post:

Just as Israel was living out the fantasy of being a “normal” democracy, the events of last week kindly reminded us that we are anything but. The voices of home-grown protesters in our own little game of revolution—played against Israel’s houses and cottage (cheese) oligarchs—were all but drowned out with the voices of Egyptian protesters playing a much more dangerous game.

Israel’s fleeting contentment has once again been sabotaged by regional resentment.

There we were at the beginning of last week, basking in the contentment of summer’s discontent—“tent “being the operative syllable in both of those words—and blissfully ignoring the Arab Fall lurking ominously on September’s horizon. Then the weekend beckoned and with it our region’s favorite pastime, the blame game.

The key players in the latest round of this ancient game? Egypt versus Israel.

And the aim of the game? Well that too is nothing new. Once again, the goal has been unilaterally decided upon by the other team: Namely, that Israel must apologize.

The game is played as follows: The opponent takes action against Israel which either violates state security or international law; Israel retaliates in what invariably ends up being a “regrettable incident”—usually involving the loss of life on the opponent’s team; this is closely followed by the opponent threatening to sever diplomatic ties unless Israel apologizes. At this stage the game is usually suspended in an indefinite stalemate, with both sides incapable of accepting the prospect of being the loser.

The last round of the blame game had a different opponent but was played according to the same set of skewed rules. In that round, Israel’s opponent was Turkey. The Turkish government makes the first move by supporting the IHH-backed flotilla—the IHH being a terrorist organization—and its illegal breach of the Gaza blockade. Israel defends itself by boarding the Mavi Marmara and killing nine activists. Turkey gets mad at Israel for breaking the rules (only the side that makes the rules is allowed to break them you see) and demands that Israel apologizes.

Last week the latest round of the game unfolded in Sinai – the stretch of land that best symbolizes Israel’s land-for-peace sentiments. Yet recently, the “peninsula for peace”—as President Shimon Peres fondly referred to it this week—has turned into a playground for terrorists. As demonstrated by an increasing number of attacks in the area by Islamic fundamentalists, the central government in Egypt is—in Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s words—“losing its grip” over the Sinai peninsula.

With Israel’s permission, Egypt deployed armed forces into Sinai earlier in the week. But Thursday’s attack on the road to Eilat killing 8 Israelis tragically proved their efforts to be ineffective. Taking matters into their own hands, the IDF opened fire on the terrorists and in the process killed members of Egypt’s security forces.

Cue the calls for an apology. Not—Allah forbid—for Egypt to apologize for allowing terrorists to traverse its borders and plan a deadly attack against Israel, but, in a case of the lady doth protest too much, Israel is being asked to apologize to Egypt for a military blunder that was the direct result of its own inefficiency.
Which, incidentally, Barak did in Saturday’s statement of regret.

But judging by the numbers of protesters burning Israeli flags in Cairo, Alexandria and the Suez, it wouldn’t have made a difference if Israel would have accepted the blame for all Egyptian woes – including, say, the fact that Egypt is listed as the fifth worst country in the world for religious freedom, or the fact that over 1.5 million Egyptian children are child laborers.

No, it wouldn’t have made a difference because in actual fact, the aim of the game has nothing to do with apologies at all. Just like our ongoing game with Turkey, Egypt isn’t really interested in getting an apology from Israel.

The aim of the blame game is simply to continue playing it for as long as possible…

Rest here.

Culture

The ‘SlutWalk’ Came to Town Yesterday

And mercifully, I was nowhere near the city center.

Some 2 000 provocatively dressed protesters marched through Cape Town on Saturday, bringing an international campaign against the notion that a woman’s appearance can excuse attacks to a country where rape is seen as a national crisis.

Men wore miniskirts and women draped sexy lingerie over their street clothes as they walked a route where fans partied during last year’s football world cup. Some protesters pushed their children in strollers and carried signs declaring, “Rapists rape people, not outfits”, and “Weak men rape”.

“It’s very important that women should understand that their dignity should not be taken away from them,” said Tayla Orgill, who was among the Cape Town walkers.

According to the most recent police statistics, more than 55 000 cases of rape and indecent assault were reported in South Africa from 2009 to 2010. The number of sexual offences against women climbed nearly 20% from the previous year, according to police.

When Toronto policeman Michael Sanguinetti offered advice to students on how to avoid sexual assault he could not have imagined that he would spark an international movement that manifested itself in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

“Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised,” Sanguinetti told a crime safety forum meeting at a Toronto university in January this year.

His throwaway comment inspired Slutwalk, a protest movement against linking rape to what women wear.

Johannesburg will host a similar event …

South Africa’s Slutwalk organisers say whether you are “a fellow slut or simply an ally, you don’t have to wear your sexual proclivities on your sleeve. We just ask that you come. Come walk or roll or strut or holler or stomp with us.”

The whole piece is here.

Am I the only one to see the idiocy that is a ‘slut walk’ (!) for female dignity? Certainly, woman walking the city streets scantily clad in lingeries is no answer! It’s just so sad to see that modesty and decency are no longer the order of the day…

Church

From the Gospel…

‘And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven…’ – Mat 16:18-19.

This quote from St Cyprian (Bishop of Carthage) is worthy of serious consideration in light of the Gospel today:

‘The Lord says to Peter: ‘I say to you,’ he says, ‘that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church’ . . . On him [Peter] he builds the Church, and to him he gives the command to feed the sheep; and although he assigns a like power to all the apostles, yet he founded a single chair, and he established by his own authority a source and an intrinsic reason for that unity. Indeed, the others were that also which Peter was, but a primacy is given to Peter, whereby it is made clear that there is but one Church and one chair. So too, all are shepherds, and the flock is shown to be one, fed by all the apostles in single-minded accord. If someone does not hold fast to this unity of Peter, can he imagine that he still holds the faith? If he desert the chair of Peter upon whom the Church was built, can he still be confident that he is in the Church?”’ – The Unity of the Catholic Church, AD 251.

And another from St Augustine (Bishop of Hippo), just to sear the conscience:

‘There is nothing more serious than the sacrilege of schism because there is no just cause for severing the unity of the Church’ – Contra Epistolam Parmeniani, AD 400.

In a little while, the Nicene Creed will be recited: ‘I believe in One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church’. Do I?

Παρακαλῶ δὲ ὑμᾶς ἀδελφοί, διὰ τοῦ ὀνόματος τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, ἵνα τὸ αὐτὸ λέγητε πάντες καὶ μὴ ᾖ ἐν ὑμῖν σχίσματα ἦτε δὲ κατηρτισμένοι ἐν τῷ αὐτῷ νοῒ καὶ ἐν τῇ αὐτῇ γνώμῃ – 1 Corinthians 1:10.