Daybook.

I know this is late: it was published before Easter. As I know that this Easter the number of martyrs increased, yet again, for our Sri Lankan brothers did go to church on Sunday — where they were blown up. Before the Northern Europeans were converted, life was nasty, brutish, and short. The West was Christendom: however that mantle has been passed to those we converted. Locally, that means the Pacific people, and the woke post Christians hate their faith.

I went to church on Sunday. To worship. So should you. Our enemies are scared to say the name of Christ.

The timings are in line with the collective dropping away of church attendance in Australia. And now 30 years later a man is stripped of his livelihood for still actively worshiping that same faith while miserable journalists wring their hands and wail and wonder at why he will not just shut up and take all the money.
Such a stand is seen as outlandish precisely because it is now so uncommon.
This week the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris caught fire and was partially destroyed. Many other writers have already commented that it is a symbol for our time and for the desperate straits that Christianity now finds itself. But Christianity is also our Western nations. If Christianity falls then we also fall. We are intertwined, and that nation that you love so much will be no more if Christianity disappears entirely. We are not above religion and we are not better people than those who lived before us. On the contrary, we are much worse.
This holy Easter weekend is your individual opportunity to begin the process of setting things right. If we are going to win this battle then we must have skin in the game. You cannot say one thing and do something else entirely. The only thing that matters is actions. Words are useful but ultimately useless if they are not followed by deliberate steps. We must begin the process of regaining our nations from the people that we despise and we begin that process by believing once again in one of the bedrocks that founded our nation and which our parents turned away from so many years ago.
So this Easter Sunday we need to go back to church. Nothing else matters.

Adam Piggont, Pushing Rubber Downhill.
Still on the blogroll for The Other McCain.

One of the reasons I self host is that WordPress has been infected with that noxious habit that social media has of deplatforming. I have had to take blogs down in the past, but I prefer to be the one who makes that choice — and it appears that the large corporations are under pressure to remove what the government does not like — so we are safe. Safe for what Bruce Charlton calls the Globalist Left Materialist Conspiracy. There are shorter and more pungent names.

If the GLMC wanted to destroy Christianity, it would name the enemy and rally the troops to destroy them. It would – for example – make it clear that Christians are being systematically (by multiple proxies) being persecuted, maimed and killed all over the world, on a daily basis. It would be made clear that this was initiated and sustained by the GLMC – and its results would be specified, measured, specified and celebrated openly… Enemy casualties would be listed. 

Instead – what we see is GLMC providing covert/ deniable support; and a cover-up/ concealment of enemy casualties (who are not named as Christians).

The campaign is being conducted more like a secret police activity than a war. In other words, the GLMC works by totalitarian state terrorism not war – that is by inducing uncertainty, encouraging unfocused fear and suspicion – as a permanent state of affairs.

The GLMC have won the war, and are now engaged in the incremental pacification of the world. Christians are permeating the world; and the objective is to convert all Christians to the leftist-materialist ideology.

And, because leftist-materialism is a negative ideology, and ideology aimed at the destruction/ subversion/ inversion of Good – this ideology can be implemented simply by inducing an existential state of resentment, fear or despair – or reactive distraction/ hedonism.  

Bruce Charlton.

Besides, we may start to think of how the social contract is constructed. How grey is now missing, and we must be degraded, despoiled, to enable virtue signals. I should also note that most NZers don’t feel that we should be accountable for an Australian who moved to NZ (we have an open border with Australia) precisely so he could attack Muslims. Perhaps we should learn, and require that Aussies get visas.

I am thinking of a more comprehensive respect; an essential dignity that all people possess or should be encouraged to possess.
When you talk to the poor, the aged, the infirm, what do they want? An end to suffering, of course–but also dignity.
Our desire for dignity explains a variety of otherwise inexplicable political phenomena. Why do whites focus more on the actions of a New Zealander who kills Muslims than a Nigerian who kills Muslims, for example? Because whites feel that the misbehavior of the New Zealander reflects badly on them; their collective dignity has been lowered. The actions of a Muslim or a Nigerian don’t reflect on non-Muslims or non-Nigerians; whites feel no collective shame or guilt over these incidents.
(Note: “white” and “Muslim” are not exclusive categories and plenty of Muslims have pale skin, but I lack better terminology.)
Similarly, much of the liberal opposition to Trump probably stems from a perception that he is undignified.
People don’t need to be at the top of the hierarchy to be treated with dignity; good social norms, I suspect, can help people respond to and treat people lower than themselves with respect, as well.
Our society seems to be engaged in an absurd dance where people fight for honor and respect by demanding it from people significantly lower than themselves on the social totem pole. For example, a female professor complains about a university janitor who assumed she was merely the wife of a male professor; a black woman complains that the minimum wage shop employees didn’t let her into the shop after closing time; another professor harasses road crew laborers over a “men at work” sign. These absurd cases all involve women trying to assert power over people who have far less power than themselves in the first place, like a prince having a peasant executed for getting mud on his boots.
Of course, our system doesn’t simply content itself with declaring divine right; it insults us by also claiming that these peasants are the ones with the real power.
Since these folks are not actually princes, though, they probably aren’t just on run-away power trips; I suspect instead that they feel a mis-match between the level of respect they want from society vs the level they get. Since they can’t get any more respect from normal avenues/their peers, they’ve turned instead to targeting the weak, like a D&D player pouring boiling water on an anthill to grind XP. 
Such behavior should be called out for the undignified farce that it is.
That said, much of modern life feels designed to humiliate and degrade; the Cabrini Green housing projects were so ugly they seem intentionally soul-crushing.

Evolutionist X

The lack of dignity, which, as a woman, Evo X is very aware of — in my experience women are more sensitive to aesthetics (or men can more easily ignore them) — leads not to conversion, but disgust. This is why the internet must he censored. Demographics is destiny, and they are running scared.

But in the time between then and now, we’ve seen what’s been referred to as the large-scale empirical falsification of the secularization hypothesis. Not only has the world not become less religious, but the world actually seems to be becoming more religious. So at the moment, if we look at the best projections from now until 2060, we see that Christianity will continue to be the world’s largest global worldview.

Currently, about 31% of the world identifies as Christian and it looks like that will be slightly up to 32%. Islam is set to grow quite dramatically from about 25% to 31% in that time and become a very close competitor with Christianity. Hinduism and Buddhism are set to decline slightly, by 1% or 2%.
When we go back to that initial secularization hypothesis and re-examine it, we realize that not only was it wrong, but it was wrongly founded. . .

The thing that’s really shocking to the secular system is that the proportion of people around the world who will say that they don’t affiliate with any particular religion is set to decline from 16% to 13%. So the question is: What’s going on here?

Part of the answer is that people who believe in God seem to have more children than people who don’t. I’m pregnant at the moment with my third child which puts me on the exact average birth rate for Christians globally (2.7%).

Muslims also have a substantially larger number of children, also Jews. But people of no religious belief have a lower birth rate. But that’s not the whole story. China—which is currently the global center of atheism—is experiencing a rate of growth in the church that is unexpected, unprecedented, and looks set to change the world.

Rebecca McLaughlan, Crossway.

I cannot repeat this enough. This time will end. Our elite will fall. Do not be them. Do not he like them.

Bleak Daybook.

I was waiting for my querolous papist brother to comment on the fire at Notre Dame. Mundabor is trenchant, and he does not disappoint. The visual signs of degeneration led to horror, to Frenchman singing hymns to the Virgin in the streets. But the rot was there. Our enemy deliberately set it.

However, to me the fire had a different meaning, one that has been resonating for almost two days now: this fire truly epitomizes the burning of Catholicism in France – where attacks on churches become more frequent – and elsewhere. In a way, it is as if Heaven had decided to send us a very visual warning: this is what will happen to your churches in only one or two generations, unless you react now.
The time is running out, and this generation might be the last one free from an extremely bloody civil war, or from the destiny deserved by cowards: dhimmitude. It might be two, or three generations instead of one, but you get my drift.
Meanwhile, a Country who has elected as his President a man clearly sexually attracted, at some level or other, to his mother, keeps neglecting not only its Catholic heritage, but the threat to its own liberties that is taking shape more and more clearly as years go by. A threat that will, likely, never explode in some coup d’ etat of sort, but rather boil the French democracy very slowly, like a frog. Those who love and understand history can clearly see a movement spanning several generations and lethal for both Western Civilisation and its matrix, Christianity. Those who don’t love or understand history will keep lulling themselves in their dream of pacific coexistence of incompatible systems of values, preparing the bloodbath that is, at some point, going to be the only alternative to surrender.
Forget Notre Dame. Catholicism itself is burning. Not by accident, but by design.

Mundabor.

As Israel Folau fights to keep his job (Australia clearly neither has, or ignores, the equivelant of Section 14 of the NZ Bill of RIghts) Adam Piggot makes some trenchant comments.

There is no freedom of religion if you can get fired from your job and hounded out of your profession simply for espousing your religious views, but at least they stopped short of feeding him to the lions.

Adam Piggot, Pushing RUbber downhill.

Adam again, when asked about nations, sums up my position fairly well. As a Kiwi who spends a fair amount of time in Oz, I can confidently say to that Aussie that I’m not Australian.

We are indeed in opposition to God, and I will publish an article tomorrow with an excellent and depressing example of this. But to clarify, nations are not bound by common worship. After spending two years living in Uganda I can confidently declare that I have nothing in common with Ugandans nor their culture. And yet the vast majority of them are Christians. Can I then move to Uganda and declare myself Ugandan? Of course not, no more than a Ugandan can move to Australia and declare himself to be of my patronage. Which is why the bastardized concept of hyphenated nationalities was created; our imaginary Ugandan friend would have to be a Ugandan-Australian. Which is like declaring yourself to be a woman-man, a concept not unknown in this traumatic age.
I write to expose the lies and to seek the truth, a dangerous business at the best of times as nobody appreciates a truth teller and I do not possess a court jester costume.

Adam Piggot, Pushing RUbber downhill.

I cannot say this enough. When we reject God, he won’t be mocked. Even the Greeks, pagans, corrupt, and venal, knew that whom the gods would destroy they would first make mad. I can only advise what Vox Day noted today. Seek Excellence. This world does not.

Lectionary on the burning of Notre Dame.

Today one of the French national treasures and the Cathedral of Paris, Notre Dame, has burned out of control. There are promises to rebuild. The great and the good are horrified.

A firefighter battling a massive blaze which has ripped through Notre-Dame Cathedral has been seriously injured, but authorities say the structure has been saved from “total destruction”. Flames that began in the early evening burst through the roof of the centuries-old Paris cathedral and engulfed the spire, which collapsed, quickly followed by the entire roof. A French firefighting official said one fireman was seriously injured battling the blaze. “We now believe that the two towers of Notre-Dame have been saved,” Paris fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet told reporters at the scene. “We now consider that the main structure of Notre-Dame has been saved and preserved.” There was still a risk that some of the interior structures could collapse, and firefighters would work overnight to cool them down, he said. President Emmanuel Macron said the cathedral would be rebuilt and an international fundraising campaign would be launched. “We will rebuild because it is what French people expect, it is what our history deserves.” He said the whole nation was distressed. “Like all our compatriots, I am sad this evening to see this part of all of us burn,” he tweeted

Otago daily times.

The good news is that the church is not the buildings, but the people. Buildings burn, particularly if neglected, and institutions fall because of rot, often deliberately engendered by the enemies of the gospel. But the church survives because the gospel survives. Christ is not with us, but his work remains. And that matters more than any cathedral.

 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus. 23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. 27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him. 30 Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. 31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up[a] from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die. 34 The crowd spoke up, “We have heard from the Law that the Messiah will remain forever, so how can you say, ‘The Son of Man mu

st be lifted up’? Who is this ‘Son of Man’?” 35 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. 36 Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.

John 12:20-36

It is not the church we need to fear, but that we will be in the darkness, without the light of the gospel to guide us. Let us always look there. Notre Dame has burned, and this is a loss of a place of art and worship. But the work of Christ continues.

Daybook

It appears that the Skeptics are at it again. The high church of Atheism reports, correctly, that that transhuman project is as doomed as cryogenics. But they have no understanding of the spiritual.


Of persistent attempts to freeze human bodies for potential later long-term reanimation, Dr Shermer said “I’m not recommending it – it doesn’t work”.
A currently more popular view was that of “mind-uploaders”, who believed all of a person’s vital data, including memories and perhaps genetic information, could eventually be “uploaded to the cloud” and stored forever.
Dr Shermer said the “really scary large” amount of information required was impossible to be gathered and stored.
Other limitations also meant the unique features of each person could not be captured in this way.
He took a more practical view of immortality, and favoured living well for a good lifespan.
“Don’t worry about 500 years, just get to 100 with a healthy life,” he said.
During a vibrant question and answer session, he took issue with reported sightings of ghosts in English castles, and said “they never go to 7-Eleven” convenience stores.
Old buildings tended to creak and move about a great deal, and imperfections in older generations of video cameras tended to generate some ghost-like images at times, he said.
Dr Shermer founded The Skeptics Society, and is editor-in-chief of its magazine Skeptic.

John Gibb, Otago Daily Times.

Chris Trotter talks about the professional and managerial class (PMC — a good term) trying to tax the tradesmen. The comments suggest that he is hitting a raw nerve: and as a reformed person with credentials I see the stench of secular puritans. Tradesmen do it hard in NZ. The credentials get salaries.


The impressively credentialled members of the PMC, large numbers of whom are employed by the state, turn up for work every day and are paid every fortnight. All the necessary deductions for tax and ACC have been taken care of by their employer. If they’re teachers, nurses, social-workers, or just plain, common-or-garden civil servants, there’s a very high probability they’ll be members of a union. Regular pay-rises and improved working conditions are expected – and delivered.


Life for the small business owner is very different. In addition to plying their trade and/or providing their service, they are saddled with a great many other responsibilities. They have to take care of their own tax payments – as well as the tax payments of any staff they may employ. Then there’s Kiwisaver and ACC payments to sort out. They must conform to the provisions of OSH legislation and deal with the infernal complexities of the RMA. For many, being able to pay their bills depends upon other people paying theirs – and getting some debtors to cough-up can be a nightmare.


So, Guyon is right. Not all income is made the same. Which is why not all income is taxed the same.


Which leaves the PMC with a problem. They are only too aware of the need for increased government spending on health, housing, education and the environment. After all, so many of their jobs are about providing these public goods. On the other hand, they have a lifestyle to maintain; overseas trips to pay for; kids to finance into university and home ownership. Yes, their salaries may be large – but they’re fully extended. They are not keen on paying higher income tax. Not keen at all.


It might not be so bad if all these tradies; these restaurateurs; these independent contractors were caring and responsible citizens. But dammit! What’s with all these monster SUVs? Haven’t they heard of global warming? And the things they say! Honestly, it borders on hate speech. Sexists, racists, homophobes: the whole kit and kaboodle. To call them “deplorables” would be to seriously understate the problem. And then they get to retire with a cool million bucks – tax-free.


No bloody way!

CHRIS Trotter, Bowalley Road.

Not just in NZ. The same idiocy is occuring among the woke everywhere, and everyhere they are ruining everything. There needs to be a party for the workers and tradesmen. it used to be Labour or the Democrats. But that is not radical enough. Instead, image matters more than substance, and the parties ar run by people who make the three stooges look lie Nobel Laureates.

No, these three are artisanal Democrats, designed to appeal only to a select few elitists on college campuses or living in big blue cities on the coasts (By the way, be sure to welcome your new illegal alien arrivals thanks to the Trump administration – remember, these undocumented workers will make your cities stronger, better places n’ stuff!). They are bespoke leftists, perfectly curated to achieve Peak Wokeness.

They are the wave of the future, or at least of the 12 years we have left before the world ends in a climactic climate change catastrophe because selfish monsters like you won’t give up your Jeep Cherokees and Big Macs.
Now, most of the zillion Dems running for the chance to get shellacked by Trump in two years are not particularly bright, but they do have some level of animal cunning and they have got to see that the stupidity that gets the goatee gang slapping their paws in Brooklyn is going to play poorly in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and the parts of Minnesota that aren’t Mogadishu. But the candidates have a problem, because they don’t dare go against the real party leadership. Cross one of them and you’ll draw down the shrill, up-talking wrath of Rep. Shemp or Congresswoman Curley.

Kurt Schlicthler

The woke will destroy: from Disney, where they ruined Star Wars and Marvel moies, to politics, to the academic fields. They need to be avoided, shunned, and not encouraged. For the people do vote: with their money, attention and ballots. May that suffice.

There are other alternatives, and they are too bloody to contemplate.

Real Activism.

It is not enough to sit on facebook and twitter and other social media and indicate your thoughts and prayers, to use the appropriate hashtags, and to follow the moral outrages of the day. You will get a dopamine hit from likes and retweets, but nothing will change.

To change you have to act. On yourself: on others. It is hard enough to change yourself: it is much harder to motivate others. And if you are motivating others without a lived experience of struggle and change, others will know.

Real activism hurts.

For real activism involves working with people, and people are not their instagram or facebook feeds (Nor should they be: only a fool trusts social media).

Now, some of us are paid to do this kind of work, and in my society that leads to people thinking that they are entitled to whatever they want. Others work through the church, and part of that is simple, practical care. Some of us find ourselves on committees, and have to tone down what we are thinking and speak weasel — that language loved by bureaucrats, executive officers, journalists and politicians — which is orthogonal to reality, but the only language they understand.

Some confuse being kind with agreement. I can disapprove of what someone does and still help them. Indeed, our duty is to help those we disapprove of, because if we decided that we were only going to be in a club of the righteous we would be thrown out ourselves.

O

One more note. Doing good with people who are broken, scarred, and often not that particularly nice, drains you. For some, it is our calling, our vocation. We meet on Sunday to worship God, true, but also to encourage others and ourselves to keep on doing that which we ought.

Then we rest. We need time to recover. We need to look after ourselves. Real activism is not a hashtag. It is a calling, a life work. Which we do not to show our virtue, but to help.

The virtue signallers get in the way. Do not be them. Do not be like them.