The Dutch have officially been enjoying the feast of Pentecost since 1815, but the church wants it replaced by an official holiday on Eid-al-Fitr, the day marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
We are too tolerant to intolerance. We think that by allowing freedom to the enemies of freedom we prove to the world that we stand for freedom. But in reality, by refusing to draw boundaries to our tolerance, we are handing away our freedom.
If we want to remain the free and tolerant society which we used to be, we must realize that the West has a concrete identity. Our identity is not Islamic, but based on Judaism, Christianity and humanism. Our freedoms result from this identity.
Netherlands MP Geert Wilder speaks truth to power:
“Next Sunday, Christians are celebrating the feast of Pentecost. A Protestant church in the Netherlands is using the occasion to propose the abolishment of the public holiday for the second day of Pentecost. The Dutch have officially been enjoying this holiday since 1815, but the church wants it replaced by an official holiday on Eid-al-Fitr, the day marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
“With its proposal, the Christian group says, it wants ‘to do justice to diversity in religion.’ That is politically-correct claptrap. Browsing through today’s papers, I can, however, understand why many Dutch are in a festive mood once Ramadan is over! These days, the headlines are full of incidents, which De Telegraaf, the leading newspaper in the Netherlands, describes as Ramadan rellen (Ramadan riots).
“Suppose Christians would, on an annual basis, start to riot after leaving church on Pentecost and demolish property, arson cars, attack police, throw stones through the neighbor’s windows. Suppose the police would feel obliged to mark the Christian Lent in the calendar as days of heightened tensions. Would we not begin to wonder whether there was something wrong with Christianity?
“Or suppose Jewish gangs would terrorize entire town districts on Yom Kippur day. Would we not beginning to wonder what they were being taught in their synagogues? Or would we just accept it, celebrate it even, as indications of the cultural ‘diversity’ of our society?”
Pic shows: Women undressed for the protest in Argentina’s capital; These ladies stripped naked and performed a screaming protest against the scourge of violence against women in Argentina. More than 100 women gathered to march against gender violence and stripped in front of the President‚Äôs residence Casa Rosada in capital Buenos Aires. The women performing the Femicide is Genocide protest stood in a group and undressed in front of onlookers before screaming angrily en masse. They were members of the Artistic Force of Communicative Shock (FACC) performing a dramatisation as a prelude to the next march of the feminist collective NiUnaMenos (Not One Fewer) to be held on Saturday, 3rd June in Argentina. In all, 120 women undressed completely in the Plaza de Mayo and in front of the Palace of Courts. The group used the attention-grabbing tactic to demand greater protection for the victims of gender-based violence, which is on the rise in Argentina. According to official figures, so far this year femicide has been committed on average once every 25 hours in Argentina. On social networks, the hashtag ‘FemicidioEsGenocidio’ quickly went viral, showing hundreds of photos and videos of the protest. “We represent them all‚Ä¶ and we will always exist,” tweeted protestor ‚ÄòClaudia Acuna‚Äô. She added later, describing emotional scenes at the protest: “Older ladies crying because in their time they could not speak aloud of it, men shocked by the cruelty of these times. I’ll take that.”
I apologize for the graphic nature of this post (the critical bits in the second pic are blurred, thankfully), but this juxtaposition illustrates better than any words of mine why I love tradition – and traditionalism – and am becoming increasingly dismayed and disgusted by what some see as “progressive” or “liberal.”
The posts containing these two pics came across my Facebook news-feed this evening in direct succession – literally one right after the other. The lovely picture of the two young German girls in their dirndls was followed by what were described as “naked feminists” staging a “screaming protest” outside the presidential palace in Buenos Aires.
There is much more that I could say, but I think I am just going to leave it at that…
Those of us who respect, even revere the past, who value tradition, who both yearn for and promote the ways of the past as a helpful and healthful antidote to the psychological and cultural poisons of the present, are nonetheless living in a swirling vortex of those present poisons every day – nearly, every hour of every day. And for those of us who get a lot of our news and commentary online, the ceaseless 24-hour news cycle of factoids, “alternative facts,” pseudo-facts, and a plethora of competing perspectives can be overwhelming.
Even when the information is solid and accurate – which is not so often as one might wish – it is still coming at one at such a frenzied pace, and frequently with such a tinge of hysteria, that this commentator, at least, often feels like he’s on the bridge of a beleaguered starship Enterprise, bouncing Klingon disruptors off his forward shields, and praying those shields don’t collapse! Or to switch metaphors, to be struggling to find solid ground amidst the shifting sand of popular opinion, and even competing claims about the nature of truth and reality.
How Americans used to deal with school violence, or threats thereof! Compare the effectiveness of this to signs proudly proclaiming “Gun Free School Zone.” May as well stamp “TARGET” on the building and everyone in it, and be done with it!