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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Eclipse

Its all Trump's fault. Such a blatent exhibition of inequality would not have occurred under Obama.  Trump made sure that the Total Eclipse that happened across America just today, was seen by the select few 'Privileged' people but many many others were denied participation.  No wonder the media hate him.

I would be just kidding were it not for at least one stupid political media hack complaining. I shall come to her later. (Yes, a her, unless there is a demand for some made-up  personal pronoun.)

What a marvellously technological world we have made. From time immemorial humans have been seeing eclipses but  with each passing year our 'views' get better and better. 

We have lost our fear that a sky monster is consuming the sun, and now we go into space to get a better view. 

Even down here we can prepare a lot better, free from ancient pagan priests who frighten their people with threats and demands for tribute; 

and from 15C mathematicians who could tell you precisely when the next one was due, for a modest fee.

This year's big event was largely an American one. 

Australians who are feeling envious of the eclipse watchers can wait eleven years to get a taste of the action down under. 

I doubt anyone here is blaming Trump though.

There will be a total of eight solar eclipses viewable in Australia over the next century, with the next one occurring in 2028.

So be prepared and get the backyard Barbie fired up, with a torch handy.

That eclipse will pass directly over Sydney and no doubt make for spectacular sights over the harbour city.

South Australian eclipse fans might want to stay put.

Within the century, a total of three total solar eclipses will pass over the state, with the next one passing directly over Yardea in 2030.

Two of those will also pass over the Gold Coast in the same time period.

For those who simply cannot wait, you could consider becoming an “eclipse chaser” and travelling to find one.

South America is your best bet in the next three years, with total eclipses viewable in Chile and Argentina on July 2nd, 2019 and December 14th, 2020.

Meanwhile here are some snaps that you might want to try to eclipse in spectacularness.







And to Trump those, we need only look closer to home (well, America) to see a spectacular Eclipse of the Brain.

Republican strategist and political commentator Ana Navarro predicted that she was not going to have a good time watching the historic total solar eclipse Monday. The eclipse, which happens only once in a lifetime, will be ruined for Navarro because of President Donald Trump.

Navarro said she is too “worried” about the “broken state of our nation” and “President Loco” to enjoy the eclipse.

The mind boggles.




Enjoy.

Pax

Monday, August 21, 2017

War Plan Red.

When  the armed forces of nations are not engaged in actual fighting, they use the time to plan for when they do have to get down to the nitty-gritty of the Profession of Arms. They Plan.

This takes the form of 'contingency' and 'scenario' imagination being translated into the course of battle to achieve this objective or that, The 'nominal enemy' is identified; his strengths and weaknesses examined; the lay of the land (and sea and air) examined carefully; and an 'Order of Battle' (that is, the forces needed) determined.

Any prospective enemy will do, and all prospective enemies are considered. Even friends.


Most military folk will recall the Von Schliffen Plan which was 'written' in the late 19C and inadvertently set in motion an unstoppable World War, due to railway time-tables. 

Operation names are given. In this instance it was 'RED'. And it harked back to Redcoats.

War Plan Red, one of a number of coloured names, was given to the planned attack by America against Britain.

This was in the late 1920's and early 1930's, not back in the 18th C.

America, not content with the Revolutionary War, remained quite envious of the British Empire and its might, which, had they not revolted, they would have inherited. 

They turned their attention to Canada, part of that empire.  

Many attacks had been made on Canada over the century since the establishment of an independant America, and all had come to naught.

But the scanario in War Plan Red was for a concerted attack on Canada and the prevention of Britain coming to its aid. 

Who knows what Canada would be like today had they gone ahead with it. Justin Trudeau would probably be in Cuba.

Sit back and watch. 

Some hidden history might be learned by Anglophile friends and cousins. Some shocks might be felt. 

This old Knight is possibly far more aware of the history of the Revolutionary War (which many British people saw as a 'civil war' and regretted it happening). But then history is written by the victors, they say. 

And mis-taught thereafter.



Drink up.

Pax.


Same Sex 'marriage': The Enemy Gathers.

God 'allows' much of which He does not approve. He gave us Free Will and we are like naughty children. "Thy Kingdom come: Thy Will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven".  Well, things didn't go too well in Heaven with that Lucifer Angel being a really objectional spirit, so as we can expect, it ain't going too well down here either. We are suffering the angst of God. Confronting the current, Lucifer-driven, refusals to do His Will, the Tavern's customers continued to consider the issue of Same Sex 'marriage', looked at the enemy forces use of 'rationale' and gathered our own arguments. Let us pray that we can find a resolution that suits His will lest he sends us to bed without our daily bread. 

What a long night for an old Knight. Anthony Fisher was taking a well earned pint which allowed someone from the Australian Marriage organisation to speak a few words.: You can review the start here.....

In September, Australians are going to be asked a seemingly simple question. Something like ‘Should marriage be redefined to include same-sex marriage.’
But that’s not what we’re really being asked.
You can read the full Marriage Amendment Bill here: 
But here’s the bit they hope you won’t notice:
“The term ‘same-sex marriage’ should be read to include a marriage of two people regardless of their sex or gender, where the union is not that of a man and a woman.”
If you haven’t been subjected to the highly controversial Safe Schools Coalition program, you may not be aware that dangerous gender theory is being taught to our kids in schools. It’s the belief that ‘Sex’ is determined by your genitals but ‘Gender’ is determined by how you feel.
This Marriage Bill seeks to enshrine Gender Theory into the Marriage Act. 
You may think there are two genders but actually, there are around 112.
Here are a few :
Amaregender: a gender that changes depending on who you’re in love with
Biogender: a gender that feels connected to nature in some way
Cendgender: when your gender changes between one and its opposite
Condigender: a gender that is only felt during certain circumstances
Demiflux: the feeling of having multiple genders, some static and some fluctuating
Espigender: a gender that is related to being a spirit or exists on a higher or extradimensional plane
Genderwitched: a gender in which one is intrigued or entranced by the idea of a particular gender, but is not certain that they are actually feeling it.
Once gender is enshrined in law as mutually exclusive to 'Sex,' it opens the door to a range of legal issues. Since marriage was ‘degendered’ in the USA and Canada, ‘Misgendering’ is now considered ‘Psychological abuse’ and will potentially earn you jail time in California and it’s illegal in Canada too, where SSM has been legal for a decade.
In London, the home of ‘Ladies and Gentlemen,’ this greeting is now considered offensive since marriage was redefined.
Heteronormative’ terms are removed from Marriage Certificates, Birth Certificates, Drivers Licenses and more when ‘gender’ is enshrined in the Marriage Act.
Terms like ‘Husband’ and ‘Wife’ are now ‘Hate Speech’ and you can forget forget terms like ‘Mother and ‘Father.’
And Sexuality/Gender Theory are now compulsory in these countries. Because once Gender Theory is enshrined in Law, it must be taught as normal. It means handing your children over to schools to be indoctrinated to believe their gender is their choice, and to assist them in choosing their preferred gender and gender pronouns without your knowledge and consent.
Redefining marriage isn’t quite as simple as it seems, and the repercussions are far greater than they may appear.
But Aussies are smart. Smart enough to see through the Marxist Agenda playing out before us.
In September, Vote ‘No’ to stop the ‘Gender Madness.’
The Archbishop downed his pint and continued where he left off last evening.  I will fill your tankards as he talks some more.
3. "It is all about love"
Over the last few decades, there have been some very real advances in appreciation of romance and intimacy in marriage, in respect for the dignity of women and children, in the sharing of lives and responsibilities between spouses and in the theology and pastoral care of marriages. Yet, even as our understanding of relationships has been enriched in these ways, modernity has found itself in a mess about marriage.
In just a few decades, we have moved from a situation where almost everyone in the West got married and stayed married to one where most people of marriageable age are not married: they live singly or in a series of more temporary relationships. Eventually one of these relationships may settle into being a sort of de facto marriage. 
At some point, perhaps when a couple are thinking of having children, they may decide to solemnize it. But after years of try-before-you-buy and habitual non-commitment, many find they cannot sustain actual marriages once entered. 
Some try again - and fail again. Many eschew child-bearing altogether; some want children but in limited numbers, later in life, after achieving other goals. Many children now grow up without ever experiencing the love and care of a mother and father committed to each other and to them over the long haul; that makes them in turn less likely to aspire to and achieve stable marriage themselves. 
We all know and love people who have suffered from family breakdown; every serious social scientist and thoughtful economist understands the costs of this. Theories abound about the whys and wherefores of all this, but the what is undeniable: 
never before in history have we been so unsuccessful at marrying.
If we are not as good at entertaining and sustaining marriages as we were in the past, it is surely significantly because we are at least ambivalent about the defining dimensions of marriage as faithful, fruitful and final. 
So too the notion of marriage as a sacred act has been abandoned by many. 
And now another dimension, the sexual complementarity of marriage - the very thing which points beyond the union itself towards family life - is also being questioned. All that may be left at the end of this half-century-long unpicking of marriage will be an emotional-sexual bond that places the wishes of adults for long-lived intimacy above all else.
Some will say: no problem. Marriage in their eyes is merely a very flexible label for an institution with no intrinsic meaning; like Humpty Dumpty, they think a word like "marriage" means precisely whatever they want it to mean. Five of the nine judges in the recent United States Supreme Court case said as much: marriage is constantly evolving and merely a matter of self-identification and social convention.
Reflecting such a "marriage is what you make it" approach, there have been many experiments in recent years. 
In 2004 the French President approved Christelle Demichel's "wedding" to her deceased boyfriend, a policeman killed two years earlier by a drunk driver. About ten posthumous marriages are now registered each year in France. 
In the same year a former soldier, Erika La Tour, fell in love with the Eiffel Tower and, after a "wedding" ceremony, took Eiffel as her surname. 
The French experiments continue: in 2013 the mayor of Saint-Jean-de-Fos conducted the "wedding" of a woman to a mediaeval bridge - the menacingly-named Pont du Diable in Ceret. But before leaping to conclusions about the French, take note that the "bride" - Jodi Rose - was an Australian!
Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, in 2009 Amy Wolfe Weber announced that she was to "marry" a rollercoaster ride. 
In 2012 a Seattle woman, Baylonia Aivaz, was "wed" to a building set for demolition; she called it a "gay marriage" because she believed the building had a feminine personality. 
The following year Florida woman, Linda Ducharme, took a more masculine ferris wheel for her husband; the Catholic priest who performed the ceremony has since left the priesthood. This year Yasimin Eleby of Houston, having failed to find a husband by age 40, decided to "marry" herself in a ceremony conducted by three ministers of religion.
Lest you be tempted to think "only in America," I could point to cases of people purporting to marry themselves in Britain, China, Holland and Australia; or trying to wed dead people, buildings, vehicles and other inanimate objects, virtual ones or non-human creatures. 
In 2010, for instance, a young Toowoomba man, Joseph Guiso, took part in an emotional wedding ceremony with his labrador in the presence of family and friends. In 2010 the Daily Telegraph reported that a Korean man had married his pillow.
It goes without saying that some of these people should be seeing a doctor rather than a wedding celebrant, and that there is much more to a marriage than a wedding ceremony. Clearly, lines can be drawn between marrying persons and marrying objects. But the hyper-emotionalised approach to marriage finds some of these developments hard to resist. In the United States, for instance, there is now a campaign for legalized polyamory. The National Geographic channel recently ran a sympathetic series on polygamy in America, Cambridge University Press in the United States published a book In Defense of Plural Marriage and only this week the New York Times ran a sympathetic op-ed piece entitled, "Is Polygamy Next?"
The "throuple" is fashionable at present: three people purporting to marry each other at once. In 2013 a lesbian threesome made international headlines: two had already married each other under the Massachusetts SSM law but now a third joined their union, solemnized by a minister of religion and regularised by a complex civil arrangement; with the help of artificial insemination their baby will have three mothers but no known father. 
Earlier this year a Thai "gay" threesome made similar headlines after being married by a Buddhist priest: "Love is love, after all," they said. 
Most recently, a bi-sexual severally-married Los Angeles throuple made headlines as they told of their bedroom antics and resulting children.
My point in raising these aberrations in contemporary conjugality is not to equate them with SSM - not at all. It is, rather, to point out that what most SSM advocates and most SSM opponents have in common is a view that these are not marriages. "All you need is love" really isn't enough. And if we agree on that, then we agree that we need some concept of what marriage is, what its ends, limits and scope are.
4. "It is all about the numbers"
The intensification of the campaign to redefine marriage to include SSMs has been due to a number of factors, including:
populist factors - opinion polls suggesting between 60% and 72% of Australians favour change;
Not that polls cannot be manipulated, of course. 
party political factors - the wedge politics within the major political parties has been as important as that between them;
commercial factors - the decision by major corporates to throw big bucks at the campaign, as happened in Ireland;
cultural factors - "Anglos" and a few Latin nations seem especially interested in SSM; and
international factors - in particular, developments in Ireland and the United States.
It has been argued by SSM advocates that "conservative Catholic" Ireland's overwhelming vote in favour of SSM proves the tide of history has decisively turned and everyone should now get on board. 
But hold on ... First, it is hard to recall when progressives last asserted that we should follow Ireland's legislative lead: would they also favour its rather restrictive abortion and divorce regimes? 
Would we normally follow the polling result of a country whose total population is smaller than Sydney's? 
Secondly, how "conservative" and "Catholic" Ireland really is today is a complex matter, as that country has experienced rapid secularization following entry into the European Union and the clergy abuse crisis; 
the factors favouring social change in Ireland may make the "if it can happen in Ireland, it will happen everywhere" line dubious. 
Thirdly, just how overwhelming was support for this measure in Ireland? While it's true that 62% of those who voted, voted in favour, what is rarely mentioned is that only 60% of voters turned out for the poll: whatever those low polling numbers indicate, barely more than a third - only 36% - of eligible voters actually voted for legalising SSM in that country. Fourthly, if even 100% of voters thought that only Catholics can marry or that Irish people can marry their whiskey bottles that surely wouldn't settle the matter: we would still have to ask What is marriage?
At this point I asked him if someone else could say a few words while he recharged his glass.  Our politicians say that 'dispensations' and 'protections' will be made for those who might be coerced, and 'religious' freedoms preserved. Donna Rachel Edmunds stepped up:-
Ireland Revokes Protections For Religious Freedom In Wake Of Gay Marriage Vote
Ireland has stripped away laws which protected the rights of people to freedom of religion when in conflict with gay rights. 
The move comes just weeks after the first Irish gay weddings went ahead, following a referendum to allow gay marriage earlier this year.
Following the landslide defeat for opponents of same sex marriage – the referendum was lost by 62 per cent in favour of gay marriage to 38 per cent against – Ireland’s Parliament has been busy with a slate of reforms designed to cement the rights of gay people within Irish law, Pink News has reported.
On Tuesday night the latest bastion against religious intolerance was swept away, as the Dáil voted unanimously to repeal Section 37 of the state’s Employment Equality Act. Section 37 granted specific exemptions for “religious, educational or medical institutions” when it came to gay rights, allowing them “to maintain the religious ethos of the institution”.
Removing the section will mean that LGBT teachers will be free to talk to school pupils about their personal relationships, even in faith schools.
Writing in favour of the repeal, Barry O’Rourke, a former junior school teacher commented “Asking people to completely shut off a part of their life is not a feasible solution. Changing legislation is. There are schools that have embraced diversity already but there are plenty who don’t, or at least felt they could not.”
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, the Minister of State for Equality, spoke of his pride in finally bringing to Parliament the Bill which toppled the exemptions, telling the Irish Times: “I am proud of this Bill, having spent four years of my career bringing it to the eventuality it will become tonight.”
A 'Pride' that will cause everyone to fall. 
Sandra Irwin-Gowran, Director of Education Policy with the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, said: “We are delighted that this Bill has passed all stages in the Dáil tonight.
“This Bill is the key piece of the legislative map that will allow LGBT people to be themselves, get married and have a family without a threat to their job if they work in a religious run institution.
“To date Section 37.1 has served to create a chilling effect for many LGBT employees. The existing provisions posed a threat of discrimination which has served to silence thousands of teachers in our school.
Mind you, the prohibition on teachers with a bent for sexual congress with students in the stationary cupboard has not been revoked as yet. It just needs time. Feminists are making headway.
“We also note where further progress remains to be made for privately funded religious-run institutions, for trans people and for those of no religion.”
The repeal follows the introduction of the Gender Recognition Act in September, which allows people the right to legally change their gender just by altering their passport, without the need to see a doctor; and the gay adoption bill, passed in April, which allows gay couples to adopt children. The latter received a standing ovation when passed.
Nonetheless Ó Ríordáin has signalled that the repeal won’t be the last of Ireland’s reforms to accommodate the LGBT lifestyle.
The idea that Parliaments will reach compromises and actually protect the People from harm needs to be seen in this context. The Same Sex Marriage and Gay Rights legislations around the western world have been put forward by 'progressives' and rejected by sane folk time and time again, only to be put up time and time again, wearing people down. Then the protections are removed. Progressively.

Anyway, back to Anthony Fisher:
The United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which found a right to SSM hidden in the U.S. Constitution's due process and equal protection clauses, is also said to be a pointer for us. Again I wonder ... First, because instead of citizens or MPs making this law, an unelected elite of nine judges did so; that is not the way Australians, at least, like to decide such important matters. Indeed, the most recent polls suggest more Americans now oppose the court's decision than support it and that support for SSM has declined as a result of the Supreme Court's flouting of democracy. As Chief Justice Roberts put it in his dissenting opinion:
"This Court is not a legislature. Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us. Under the Constitution, judges have power to say what the law is, not what it should be ... Today, however, the Court takes the extraordinary step of ordering every State to license and recognize same-sex marriage ... The majority's decision is an act of will, not legal judgment. The right it announces has no basis in the Constitution or this Court's precedent ... As a result, the Court invalidates the marriage laws of more than half the States and orders the transformation of a social institution that has formed the basis of human society for millennia, for the Kalahari Bushmen and the Han Chinese, the Carthaginians and the Aztecs. Just who do we think we are?"
What is more, only the barest majority - five out of the nine judges - favoured overturning the definition of marriage in most American states. Of course, the Supreme Court majority might be more enlightened than the citizens and legislators of those states, but it has not always been so: that same court long defended slavery, minimal worker protection and racial segregation, and still supports the death penalty, negligible gun control and abortion on demand, even when a majority of citizens have inclined to a more enlightened view. The legal arguments in the majority judgment are in fact so weak that it embarrasses some SSM advocates.
We might also ask why the few countries favouring SSM, rather than the vast majority of nations not tilting in that direction, get all the airtime. Senator Eric Abetz recently observed that the Austrian legislature's overwhelming vote against SSM (110 MPs to 26) went more or less unreported in Australia, while prominence was given to the "YES" vote on Pitcairn Island - a country with a population of 48! Far from being some sort of outlier, Australia's current marriage law reflects international law and the laws of the overwhelming majority of nations (172 of the United Nations' 193 members).
5. "It does not affect me"
As we saw above, it WILL affect you and me, all of us. But let the warnings be heard.  
Some people would say: this does not really affect me. Governments can decide who is married civilly and Churches who is married religiously. Just as secular marriage does not endanger religious marriage, so SSM will not undermine opposite-sex marriage. It is really no big deal, so why don't believers just zip it?
Well, first, because Catholics and other Christians are not members of a cult, living in some closed-bracketed community quarantined from the rest of corrupt humanity. Our ability to live marriage well is itself much affected by whether there is a healthy marriage culture around us. As marriage has been unpicked in various ways over the past few decades, Catholics and other believers have not been immune to the effects.
What is more, our vocation is to be in and for the world, like leaven helping it rise up to God. As the Second Vatican Council famously said, "The joys and hopes, griefs and anxieties of the people of this age are joys, hopes, griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ." 
Because such things as marriage matter so much to ordinary people, they must matter to the Church. 
At a time when so many people are so confused about marriage, when many are afraid or uninspired to marry at all, or find sustaining a marriage difficult, or grow up without ever knowing a stable marriage-based family, this would be the worst time for Christians to silent about marriage. With humility and compassion, never hatred or holier-than-thou-ness, we must propose true marriage not just for our sake but for everyone's.
For all the "no big deal" talk, 
marriage is in fact "a big deal" 
something very precious and worth preserving. When men and women get together in this particular way, even people with not much faith, they almost always surround it with ceremony because they know something-bigger-than-ordinary-life is going on here and want Someone-bigger-than-ordinary-people to bless it. They understand that there is a mystery at stake that is deeper and hopefully more enduring than passing emotions and fading passions. 
By a strange natural and supernatural mathematics, the one plus one that makes two in an ordinary couple makes one in a married couple: 
for individually men and women are sexually and reproductively incomplete; only by uniting "as one flesh" do they become complete in this respect. That one-flesh union consummates their promises and brings children into the world.
Of course, some marriages are infertile; most marital acts are so. Everyone has always known this too, but the point was that for every marriage that does bring a child into the world, that child has a Mum and a Dad. So one plus one equals two for a courting couple, but by vows and one-flesh union then makes one; then as a result of that one-flesh "marital" union uniquely suited for life-making, their one plus one may makes three and maybe four and more ...
Thirdly, I have argued that knowing what real marriage is, we will understand why it is not arbitrary or discriminatory to regulate and support it in various ways. 
What is unjust and untruthful is to say in our laws that there is nothing distinctive about male and female, husband and wife, father and mother, or nothing important about bringing the two halves of humanity together in marriage. 
It is unjust to children to say having a Mum and a Dad should not matter. It is discriminatory towards those already married or who would like in future truly to marry to redefine marriage in a way that reduces it to emotions and sex.
Advocates of SSM claim that those who favour opposite-sex marriage will be unaffected by this change and that any legislation will include religious "exemptions." Yet that already frames religious liberty as toleration by an enlightened majority of an eccentric minority. 
What is more, some Greens MPs have opposed any such provisions for religious bodies or openly admitted that any exemptions will be temporary, just to get SSM laws across the line. 
Everywhere SSM has been legalised people have been vilified, denied business or employment, even prosecuted for not cooperating in SSMs. 
Ministers of religion may be protected, but that is a tiny proportion of believers. Christian colleges and wedding venues have been obliged to accommodate same-sex couples. Catholic adoption agencies have been forced to place children with same-sex couples or close. Christian employers have been required to extend spousal benefits to "same-sex spouses." Health professionals have been punished for denying artificial insemination (AI) or IVF to "same-sex spouses." Teachers have been required to teach and parents forced to put their children in classes that promote SSM and homosexual activity. 
Further examples of harassment and discrimination in the name of this latest political correctness abound. Several of the judges in the recent United States Supreme Court case admitted religious liberty was seriously at risk.
Lest we imagine that the Australian SSM movement would be uniquely tolerant of those with a different view, consider the case of the Deputy Chief Psychiatrist of Victoria who in 2012 was forced to resign his position on that state's Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. His crime: he had told a Senate Inquiry that children do better on average with a Mum and Dad rather than being in a single or same-sex parent family. 
People hosting or speaking at an Australian Christian Lobby conference on marriage last year were subjected to such intimidation and vilification - including being labelled as Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis - that some speakers stayed away. 
Recently the SSM lobby in Tasmania has threatened the Catholic Archbishop with an anti-discrimination suit merely for distributing the bishops' pastoral letter on the subject. Without doubt the legalisation of SSM would seriously threaten religious liberty in this country.
Fifthly, I think we should resist encroachments by government into the private sphere. We do not want politicians or bureaucrats telling us who we should love or how or for how long or who we should have sex with. The only friendship governments and bureaucrats properly get involved in is opposite-sex marriage because it is the nursery of the next generation and so dramatically affects the community's future.
Finally, most advocates of SSM say they simply want what others have got - stripped of unnecessary elements such as sexual-reproductive complementarity and orientation to children, and then re-mythologized as romance aspiring to longevity, celebrated with public ceremonial and given legal recognition. But I have here argued that to admit SSM would not be to broaden the group of those to whom marriage is open, 
but rather to change altogether what it is we call marriage; 
that this is not the further evolution of marriage but its further hollowing out - not liberation of that institution from the confines of religion and prejudice so much as deconstruction of that institution. Ironically, in trying to widen the pool of those who have access to it civilly, we actually deny everyone a chance at the real thing.
A fine customer, Moira - she of the harp and fine voice - was listening attentively to all of this and could not contain herself any longer. She had been raised by gay pervert parents (soon she will have a book published about her pain) and knows all too well the dangers and damage that can be visited on a child by such 'accomodation.

She said:- 
"Because we can disagree without "hatred."  I am the child of three gays.  I disagree with same sex marriage because I saw it destroy everyone involved.  It is not so much marriage as a license for all sex all the time with everyone.
Everybody loses, especially the children, who are given neither roots nor wings, and must raise themselves in the face of an atrocious example which fails to reflect reality.
Some of us are too stubborn to be destroyed, but it is insane to subject children to routine debauchery and expect them to grow up to be good little spokespeople for gay rights. Some of us do as we are told: become gay for a time, worship our parents, and survive our own suicide attempts and self-destructive conduct, and others merely shut up, permanently, risking early death rather than speaking up.
Did you know only 15% of us who grow up in a lesbian household graduate from high school?
I did not.  I took the equivalency and tested out in 11th grade.  It was sheer stubbornness and fortunate test scores which drove me to go to college anyway."
Brave lady, and I set a fine, coolong, calming drink before her. 

Then back to Anthony.:- 
Conclusion: Be not afraid

The push to redefine marriage in Australia is not the fait accompli some think it is and those who resist it are not all bigots without reasons to offer as some suggest. 
Too much of the supposed "debate" over the issue so far in Australia has been slogans, emotional spin and almost unprecedented public bullying of opponents. 
The real debate has hardly begun and we should resist being railroaded into this social change too quickly. That said, I must confess some admiration of the highly motivated and well organised minority who have so effectively used the media, corporations and law to press this change on the general public. 
I only wish that the "silent majority" of Australians, who enjoy the benefits of real marriage, would stand up for that institution with a similar passion and effectiveness.
Some think the way to sure (sic) up all friendships is to treat them as marriages. Perhaps this is because modernity has forgotten how to love. That sounds odd in a culture saturated with love songs and talk of "making love." Yet the most common "How to?" and "What is?" questions asked of the Google search engines are "How to love?" and "What is love?" Modernity struggles with any kind of love that goes beyond feelings and intimacy: the cross-shaped, self-giving, Easter Day sort of loving rather than the heart-shaped, self-pleasing, Valentine's Day sort of loving. 
I believe that the SSM debate highlights the crucial importance of recovering healthy non-marital friendships - self-giving, other-directed, generous and chaste.
We must learn again the arts of loving. 
These habits of heart that are no monopoly of the married, but the truly married are models for the rest of us of persevering in loving despite radical differences, of commitment and self-sacrifice for the sake not just of personal or even mutual goals but of yet-to-be-met children and a yet-unknown future society.
So many drinks to serve, I was rushed off my feet.

The Archbishop's words rang true and were a fine example of careful, loving, considered discussion. And my eye caught what lies beneath my bar top.

Long ago I followed my supplier's advice and 'sold my coat to buy a sword'. 

Sometimes words are not enough when the enemy has the passion and effectiveness that Anthony Fisher admires.

Drink deep.

Vote NO.

My Supplier's Will be done. 

Pax. 




Sunday, August 20, 2017

Same Sex Marriage - the Plebs Vote

A postal vote has been ordered, to allow the people of Oz to show their hand as to whether Oz should legitimise same-sex marriage for the tiny minority that say they want it. As with all such irregular means of voting it will attract the inputs of those who are strongly for and strongly against, with a very large number who will not bother. 

But the strongly-for will be aided by those who are swayed by rhetoric, mendacity, peer pressure and the massive advertising by the 'corporate' bodies who are scared of being bailed-up by rent-a-crowds. They may well fall for the lies and cowardices of 'community leaders', especially in Local Councils which are dominated variously by marxists, socialists, feminists and greens.

Just as the MPs will in the Federal Parliament, who will 'listen' to the Vox Populi  and go ahead and vote with their own preconceived biases, probably along party lines but disguised in a Penn and Teller 'conscience' vote.  Hey it is all fun and games in Oz politics.  Sleight of hand from con artistes (the MPs, not Penn and Teller). The people just do not count.

Obviously there has been some talk in the Tavern. 

Even I was asked by some customers which way I would vote. As if there were any doubt.  Mind you, I do not have a good track record with marriage, m'self, and can hardly take a holier-than-thou stance. But then it ain't about me, is it ?

A 'V.I.P.' stopped by for a few pints and had a say in the matter, and a cogent, well balanced and 'understanding' say he had. So much so that he dominated the discussions. Therefore I had to suggest he stay over for a few days and while he talked he could let a few others get some views in.  

Who knows, his points may change a mind or two and in a better direction than another prominent person who some time ago gave her name to the Village it takes to raise a child outside the Tavern's hedges.
Changed her mind... to get the hater's vote.

There are many arguements on both sides, not the best of which is the accusation that even discussion of it will lead to poor homosexual people doing nasty things to themselves in despair, and that nasty 'straights' will villify them, bail them up in the street and 'hate' them.  The LGBT crowd seem to know a lot about Hate.

So far the only hateful thing done has been a homosexual fellow trying to blow up a Christian organisation's office building.
Gay activist did bomb ‘research’ before ACL hit
The man accused of driving a burning van laden with gas bottles into the Australian Christian Lobby headquarters was a gay activist who disliked the group because of its “position on sexuality” and had searched online how to make plastic explosives and a pressure-cooker bomb.
Court documents tendered to the ACT Magistrates Court yesterday reveal Jaden Duong had also run searches about gay marriage in other countries and, a month before the alleged attack at 10.45pm on December 21 last year, had searched for the “Australian Christian Lobby”.
After the blast at the group’s Canberra headquarters in Deakin, which gutted the ground floor and caused $100,000 of damage, police said the  
attack was not “politically, religiously or ideologically motivated”
and referred to it as a “car fire”.
Hmmmmm. I guess we know how the legal people will vote !  The police were part of the cover-up before the flames had died down.
According to documents tendered in court, soon after the explosion, police asked Mr Duong why he had picked the location. “Because I dislike the Australian Christian Lobby,” he allegedly replied. 
The Australian understands he previously had volunteered on the political campaign of a gay activist politician and for an LGBTI organisation in San Francisco.
A person describing himself online as Jaden Duong was also a contestant in the Mr GAPA 2014 pageant hosted by the Gay Asia Pacific Alliance Foundation in San Francisco.
Mr Duong’s LinkedIn profile says he volunteered for political organisation San Francisco Moderates and San Francisco-based social entrepreneurship organisation StartOut, which offers “education, networking, mentorship and access to capital in order to foster entrepreneurs and great business leaders in the LGBTQ community”.
The Australian can also reveal that a Jaden Duong joined the ACL’s email list on July 7 last year before unsubscribing on August 23.
Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin told a Senate estimates hearing earlier this year that authorities believed Mr Duong knew the building he drove into in December was the ACL office, but that he was not driven by an ideology based on anything the Christian lobby had said or done.
OK. With that as a background. Let us hear some of what Anthony Fisher, our distinguised guest had to say. Note to that he said very much the same before, several years ago.
Same-Sex 'Marriage': Evolution or Deconstruction of Marriage and the Family?
Same-sex marriage is not the evolution of marriage but its further hollowing out, not the liberation of that institution from the confines of religion and prejudice so much as its deconstruction. 
The campaign to redefine marriage has recently gained such momentum - with now three and soon four bills before the Commonwealth Parliament - that many think it is inevitable. This can leave those with misgivings feeling that they are already losers in a done deal.
Some think it is the inexorable progress of liberty and equality - which leaves the doubters on "the wrong side of history."
'Equality'. 'Wrong side of history'. These are like Penn and Teller's magic incantations.  Keep your eye on the ball.
In this context supporters of classical marriage are presumed to have no real arguments to offer. So here I want to offer some reasons - not decrees from on high or from the past, not expressions of hatred or prejudice - but reasons I hope anyone can understand. I also hope these reasons prove persuasive and helpful in proclaiming and witnessing to true marriage among families, friends and colleagues.
Regardless, I hope this will help explain why Australian law has always held, and many people still hold, that marriage is for people of opposite sex.
I will examine five common slogans in this debate - that it is all about justice, that sexual differences do not matter, that it is all about love, that it is all about the numbers and that it does not affect me. 
Along the way, I will be offering some reasons for preserving the classical understanding of marriage rather than redefining it to include same-sex "marriage" (SSM).
1. "It is all about justice"
Recently, Sydney Morning Herald journalist Michael Kozoi wrote that all opposition to SSM stems from hatred, pure and simple. 
But if that were true, then all the recent high-profile converts to SSM were previously homophobes or liars - including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Penny Wong and others. If they were not in fact bigots when they previously thought and said marriage was for a man and woman, then it should not be presumed that those who now hold that view are bigots either.
In reality, of course, we all know and love someone with same-sex attraction. We recognize that people of the same sex can love each other, sometimes deeply; that they express this in ways that seem similar to the ways married men and women express their love; and that some people want to commit to this in a public ceremony. 
They are usually good-willed people, who feel they are missing out on something precious. Because we want the best for them, we feel the tug of the view that everything that makes opposite-sex couples happy should be open to them too. We want no more of the discriminatory or violent treatment that such people often suffered in the past and sometimes still suffer.
After all, God made every person unique and irreplaceable, as His beloved images in this world, and if God loves people with same-sex attraction, so must the Church. 
The Catechism of the Catholic Church and the recent bishops' pastoral letter, Don't Mess with Marriage, teach that every human being, regardless of race, religion, age, sex or sexual orientation, deserves our reverence; that all forms of unjust discrimination must be opposed; that everyone is entitled to justice and compassion; and that the challenges of healthy and chaste friendships are for every human being, whatever their attractions. If Christians have not always talked that way or walked their talk, we should repent and do better in future.
These cogent points are spoken loud and clear for anyone to hear. But.... the LGBT crowd are not all 'good-willed people. I would hazard that most are not.  They not only do not hear, they refuse to hear.

It is encumbent upon people of goodwill to give the reasons that Anthony provides here and to offer friendship to those afflicted. They are mostly, unfortunately, consumed with hatred and with so much to spare that they project it onto those or good will on the Christian side.
But when it comes to what the law is or should be, not all differential treatment is necessarily unjust. 
Women's hospitals are closed to men; programmes for Indigenous Australians are targeted to them; primary schools enrol only children. These different treatments are not discriminatory because the differences upon which they are based are reasonable ones. Women, children and Aborigines merit particular assistance. So if our marriage laws recognize and support man-and-woman relationships for good reasons, the preservation of those laws will not necessarily be unjust to other kinds of relationship. 
Under any marriage law, some relationships will not be recognized as "marriage" - siblings, mere cohabiters, "throuples" and so on - but unless we know what marriage is, we cannot judge whether this restriction treats all citizens justly. To put it another way: we all support marriage equality - treating all real marriages equally - the question is: What is a real marriage?
2. "Sexual differences do not matter"
Until recently the answer to the question What is marriage? was obvious: every serious culture, religion, philosophy and legal system in the world understood marriage as "the union of a man and a woman, to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life."
So it is that a man and a woman undertake not merely to live together but "to have and to hold" as "husband and wife" - that is, to do what husbands and wives do, including engaging in acts of love-making that are potentially life-making.
But if marriage is a natural institution that pre-exists Church and state, why should governments get involved at all? 
For one reason only: because the "marital acts" that bring children into the world also seal and express the "marital unions" that provide for the long-term nurture of those children. 
Marriage binds those whose love-making was life-making both to each other as husband and wife and to those children as mother and father. 
Ah, old terms with provenance, being expunged as we speak, from Gummunt documents, in favour of 'Parent A and Parent B'.  This whole SSM bizzo is just one part of a multi-pronged attack.
The benefits to children of having the contributions of both a Mum and a Dad, committed to each other and to them over the long haul, are well-established in human experience and social science research. In that sense, marriage is the best Department of Population, Health, Education, Welfare and Crime Prevention we have ever come up with! 
Other friendships may do other good things and be worthy of support; but only marriage unites a man and a woman and  
directs their complementary sexual-reproductive natures to the having and rearing of children. 
And that is why, uniquely of all human relationships, states have an interest in their success.
The Catholic Church, following the clear teaching of the Old Testament, of Christ Jesus and of the Apostle Paul, has always taught that marriage is that unique institution whereby "a man leaves mother and father and cleaves to his wife so that the two become one flesh" (Genesis 2:24; Mark 10:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-32) and so may "be fruitful and multiply" (Genesis 1:27-28). 
Recent popes have explored the rich significance of our sexual differentiation as male and female and of marriage as a comprehensive bodily, emotional and spiritual union - one that brings and holds together people and values that otherwise have a tendency to fall apart: men and women, sex and love, love-making and life-making, babies and parents. 
St. John Paul II, for instance, elaborated a contemporary "theology of the body" in which the long tradition about sex being for marriage and marriage being for man and wife was shown to be rich in argument and profound in implications.
In his recent, much-praised encyclical on caring for the environment, Laudato Si', Pope Francis also suggests we must accept ourselves in our bodily being, our masculinity and femininity, accept the Creator's gifts specific to our own sex and to the opposite sex, encounter someone different and find mutual enrichment in bringing those gifts together in marriage. 
The difference and complementarity of man and woman is the anthropological reality "at the foundation of marriage and the family." 
This too is challenged by the same LGBT crowd, taking their lead from Feminists claim that such realities are simply 'social constructs'. 
Marriage should not, this Pope suggests, be the subject of endless manipulation according to passing ideological fads.
Would that it were just a passing ideological fad. What it is in fact is a barrage of destructive ordnance designed to destroy marriage altogether.  I shall get to that.
Of course, this ancient wisdom that marriage is inherently opposite-sex is not peculiar to Catholics: Christians share it with Jews and Muslims; the three great Abrahamic religions share it with the other world religions of the ancient world and since; the world religions share it with more local ones, for example, Australian Aboriginal and Pacific Islander religions; and religious traditions share it with most secular philosophies, legal systems and cultures. Though customs around marriage vary between cultures and over time, there is remarkable consistency about these four dimensions of marriage:
that it unites people of opposite (but complementary) sex;
that this union is intended to be faithful ("to the exclusion of all others");
that this union is potentially fruitful ("to have and to hold" each other as "man and wife" do and so open to children); and
that this union is final ("till death do us part").
In almost every case, a fifth dimension has been that this union is regarded as sacred.
This Anthony fellow, you will realize is the Most Rev. Anthony Fisher, O.P., Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, and he delivered the Order of Malta Defence of the Faith Lecture of which you have just read a bit.

It will continue in the next post, along with several other customers putting their $50 worth.

But before you rush to fill your pots, let us just look at one remark I made, about the destruction of marriage. I do not make that up. 

Micah Clark told us:-
Homosexual Activist Admits True Purpose of Battle is to Destroy Marriage
Even knowing that there are radicals in all movements, doesn’t  lessen the startling admission recently by lesbian journalist Masha Gessen.  On a radio show she actually admits that homosexual activists are lying about their radical political agenda.   
She says that they don’t want to access the institution of marriage; 
they want to radically redefine and eventually eliminate it. 
Here is what she recently said on a radio interview: 
“It’s a no-brainer that (homosexual activists) should have the right to marry, but I also think equally that it’s a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist.  
…(F)ighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we are going to do with marriage when we get there — because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change, and that is a lie. 
The institution of marriage is going to change, and it should change. And again, I don’t think it should exist. And I don’t like taking part in creating fictions about my life. That’s sort of not what I had in mind when I came out thirty years ago. 
Let us get this hypocrit's message understood. She doesn't want a 'fiction' of her life but she lies about what she is doing to Marriage.  
(Source: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/why-get-married/4058506)
For quite some time, the defenders of natural marriage have attempted to point out that the true agenda behind the homosexual demands organizations is not marriage equality; it is the total unraveling of marriage and uprooting traditional values from society.  (This will ultimately include efforts to silence and punish some churches that openly adhere to their religious teachings about marriage and sexual morality.) 
While few have been as vocal as this lesbian activist was in this interview, we do have numerical (sic) examples proving her point.  When given the opportunity to marry, after laws have been struck down relatively small percentages of homosexuals actually bother to marry compared to their heterosexual counterparts.  This raises question about the true need to unravel marriage for the “fair” extension its benefits.  Only 12 percent of homosexuals in the Netherlands marry compared to 86 percent of their heterosexual peers.  Less than 20 percent of same-sex couples already living together in California married when given the chance in 2008.  In contrast, 91 percent of heterosexual couples in California who are living together are married. 
 Clearly this is about cultural change and tearing down the traditional family ethic, since it seems that most homosexuals living together neither need nor desire to marry, though they do desire to radically change marriage.
 Gays and lesbians are free to live as they choose, and we live in a society which roundly applauds them doing so like never before in our history, but they do not have the right to rewrite marriage for all of society.
I shall fill your glasses now so you can prepare yourself for the ongoing discussion, which I shall get to soon.

Meanwhile, on the issue of 'Justice', and 'equality' it has to be pointed out that in Oz the unmarried who live together have exactly the same rights as married people anyway. They can make a Will handing on all their wealth when they die to their 'partner: they can make one another beneficiaries of superannuation and bank accounts; they can jointly take out a mortgage and buy/sell property. 

Marriage is not a huge issue to the vast majority of Australians who mainly seal their partnerships in Registry Offices rather than in a Catholic Church, 'in the sight of God'. To a Catholic those are not real marriages anyway. 

But as we see from the lady, it is not about that. It is about destroying Marriage entirely

Pray.

Pax