Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sunday Post

Could the system have saved the Shafia girls? Probably. But consider how cowardly the authorities are in abhorring murder:

The “system” did not kill the Shafia sisters. If prosecutors are correct, and their midnight drowning was in fact a mass execution, the girls perished because their parents and their brother are “honourable” people. They are dead because they were beautiful and bold and very much Canadian, a combination that so disgraced the good Muslim family that nothing short of their corpses could reverse the shame. The “system” did not dump them in the Rideau Canal.

But it didn’t exactly run to save them, either.

As a jury in Kingston, Ont., is now hearing, detectives, teachers and child welfare authorities knew full well that the Shafia home was a toxic pit of abuse, fear and borderline enslavement. One of the doomed sisters fled to a women’s shelter. Another told a police officer, point blank, that her dad threatened to kill them. Yet another tried to do it herself, popping a pile of pills in a failed suicide attempt. “I want to die,” Sahar Shafia, then 16, told her vice-principal. “I’ve had enough and I want to die.”

At last count, five different members of the “system” have provided evidence of what they saw in the weeks and months before the girls died—and what they did (or didn’t do) in response. Although some of those witnesses fought back tears during their testimony, not a single one expressed regret or remorse. None of them said that if they had a wish, it would be to go back in time and do something more.

And there you have it. Four people are dead and all one can say was that, at best, procedure was followed. It's bad enough that "honour killings" are considered politely "inappropriate" but that the mechanisms the Western world uses to help the defenseless were barely utilised says as much about us as it does the murderers. One hand washes the other. We dare not offend, we dare not challenge and we look the other way.

There is NO Arab Spring and this will not end well:

Morocco's moderate Islamist PJD party won the most seats in the country's parliamentary election, final results showed Sunday, in the latest sign of a resurgence of faith-based movements since the Arab Spring uprisings.

The victory for Morocco's Justice and Development Party came a month after Tunisia handed power to a previously-banned party of moderate Islamists. Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is also expected to do well in an election starting Monday.

Watch this shakedown. That is exactly what this is. Watch and ask yourself why we let total morons and crybabies have such a hold over society.

Michael Erikson is the limit. He truly is. He is not challenging the ad by highlighting pertinent passages of the curriculum in refutation. He is demanding that the ad be removed, he is demanding money and forced re-education of people he considers to be in opposition of him. Make no mistake. THIS is a shakedown. Had this been about deliberate misrepresentation or the propriety and necessity of curricula or even human rights, no one would have made the demands he did. This shakedown couldn't be more transparent. It is this fascism AND idiocy that has to be challenged by every thinking, feeling human being. If this brain-trust gets away with this, it opens the door to every idiot criminal and politically correct thug out there to rob, silence and persecute every citizen for any reason at all.

Because he's Rex Murphy:

To be a serious Christian in modern Western culture is to be the favoured easy target of every progressive thinker and every half-witted comedian. It is to have your sensibilities and your deepest beliefs on perpetual call for taunts, mockery and desecration. At a time when all progressives preach full volume for inclusivity and sensitivity, for the utmost care in speech when speaking of others with differing views or hues, Christians, as Christians, are under a constant hail of abuse and disregard. There is nothing too low or too vulgar....

There was another example in the now nearly defunct occupy movement. In Vancouver they lit a "sacred fire" on the lawn of the art gallery - I think the "sacred flame" itself was kept in an oil drum (a curious temple, but leave that go). When the Vancouver fire brigade arrived to put it out, there being bylaws about fires in public places, there were ululations of the most ferocious kind accusing the firemen of committing a grave offence against native spirituality.

Meantime, overseas, their occupy brethren in London were found to be defecating (I could use the vulgar term here as it so matches the act, but let us retain some respect) within - not on the steps or in the precincts, but within - St. Paul's Cathedral. St. Paul's - in ancient times the cathedral where John Donne preached, where Lancelot Andrews, one of the fathers of the King James Bible, was dean, a cathedral arguably second in importance in Christianity only to the Vatican - treated as a sewer.

A report for the cathedral summed up the mischiefs and abuse: "Desecration: Graffiti have been scratched and painted on to the great west doors of the cathedral, the chapter house door and most notably a sacrilegious message painted on the restored pillars of the west portico. Human defecation has occurred in the west portico entrance and inside the cathedral on several occasions."

In short, they turned St. Paul's Cathedral into a public toilet and used its sacred walls as a crude bulletin board. However, there was no vast outcry at the appalling disrespect, the deep contumely such acts represent. Put out a "sacred fire," set in the first place mainly to provoke, and it's shock and petty scandal. Defecate in St. Paul's, and I'll bet this is the first time many reading this have heard of the outrage.

(hat tips)

And now, some cute animal friends.

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