Selling Out Pentecost to Islam

  • 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.

Source: Selling Out Pentecost to Islam

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?”

Very good questions, in my opinion.

 

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Why tradition is better than (post…?) modernity

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…

Reflections on grounding oneself in the tradition

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.

This is why it is so important to ground oneself in the tradition itself. Historical, intellectual, and philosophical, of course; but also cultural, artistic, and musical, among other components. Continue reading “Reflections on grounding oneself in the tradition”

Reflections on the Southern Agrarians and their lessons for us today

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Eastman Johnson (American painter, 1824-1906): Man With a Scythe – 1868.

I finally had the opportunity to acquire a book I have long wanted to read: “I’ll Take My Stand: the South and the Agrarian Tradition” by “Twelve Southerners,” a collection of essays written specifically for that publication (called by its authors a “symposium”) and published in 1930. Continue reading “Reflections on the Southern Agrarians and their lessons for us today”

Merrie Olde England… and the Puritans who killed her

While we’re on the subject of things as they used to be: this brief account of the “Old Ways” in “Merrie Olde England” until the Puritans ruined it appears in Kevin Phillips’ book, The Cousins’ Wars: Religion, Politics, Civil Warfare, and the Triumph of Anglo-America. Ah, if only I had a time machine…!