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Immigration As An Act Of War, Dawn Of The New World Order

In Defense of Christianity

Having ignored their inheritances, America and Europe wonder why their houses are falling apart.

The death of Europe and America (as we know it) are in sight. Still hazy and not yet inevitable, but nevertheless visible and drawing nearer—like a distant planet in the lens of an approaching satellite. Western Civilization is reaching its end not because of its sclerotic economy, or stagnant demography, or the dysfunctions of the superstate. Nor is the real cause the massive influx of Middle Eastern and African migrants. Hussein Obama, The Beneficent, and Angela Merkel, The Iron Butterfly, have orchestrated the peaceful invasion of their own countries by a Muslim Horde still fighting the Last Crusade. The ultimate absurdity is that all this has been done without firing a shot. This invasion of desperate displaced mostly young men of military age is just the latest stiff breeze against the timber of a desiccated (ie, dried up, morally empty or bankrupt, lacking passion) civilization.

Europe and America no longer believe in the Great Commandment to love yourself. Unless you can love yourself first, then you are incapable of loving your neighbor or anyone else. Christ never taught that self-love is wrong or evil. It is the Second Greatest Commandment in Christendom and Judaism; the First being that you should love God with all your heart, mind, and strength.

Europe is dried up and dying because it has become morally incompetent. It isn’t that Europe stands for nothing. It’s that it stands for shallow things, shallowly. Europeans believe in human rights, tolerance, openness, peace, progress, the environment, pleasure. These beliefs are all very nice, but they are also secondary.

Americans and Europeans no longer believe in the good things in their own history. All they see in their own history is the despicable and the destructive. Manifest Destiny was a license to kill, maim, maul and destroy. To bring culture, Christianity, and civilization to the New World was to rape, pillage and commit genocide.They no longer believe in absolutes; good or bad, right or wrong. The cavalry no longer rides in at the last minute and saves the day.  Saint George may not have had the absolute moral authority to slay that evil Dragon.

What Europeans no longer believe in are the things from which their beliefs spring: Judaism and Christianity; liberalism and the Enlightenment; martial pride and capability; capitalism and wealth. Still less do they believe in fighting or sacrificing or paying or even arguing for these things. Having ignored and undermined their own foundations, they wonder why their house is coming apart.

That’s what makes the diplomacy of Angela Merkel, undisputed regent of European foreign policy, so odd and disconcerting. The German chancellor leads a party called the Christian Democratic Union, one of the chief purposes of which is to rally the German right to a reasonable conservatism.

Yet there she was in Istanbul on Sunday, offering a deal in which Europe would agree to visa-free travel for Turks in Europe starting next year, along with quicker movement on Turkish membership in the European Union, if only Ankara will do more to resettle Syrian and other refugees in their own country. Europe would also foot the bill.

This is machtpolitik in reverse, in which the chancellor is begging small favors from weaker powers on temporary matters in exchange for broad concessions with far-reaching ramifications. There are 75 million Turks, whose per capita income doesn’t match that of Panamanians. The country is led by an elected Islamist with an autocratic streak, prone to anti-Semitic outbursts, who openly supports Hamas, denies the Armenian genocide, jails journalists in record numbers, and orchestrates Soviet-style show trials against his political opponents. Turkey also has borders with Syria, Iraq and Iran. These would become Europe’s borders in the event of Turkish membership.

This is the country Ms. Merkel proposes to bring into the bosom of Europe. Her apologists will say she’s being disingenuous, but that only compounds the disgrace of her overture.

It also compounds the danger. Could Europe’s liberal political traditions, its religious and cultural heritage, long survive a massive influx of Muslim immigrants, in the order of tens of millions of people? No. Not given Europe’s frequently unhappy experience with much of its Muslim population. Not when you have immigrant groups that resist assimilation and host countries that make only tentative civic demands.

And not when a heedless immigration policy, conducted in fits of moral self-congratulation, leads to the inevitable reaction. In Switzerland on Sunday, a plurality of voters cast ballots for the Swiss People’s Party, known mainly for its anti-immigrant stance. Its sister parties throughout Europe are also the political beneficiaries of the migrant influx, trafficking on legitimate grievances against the postmodern state to peddle illiberal cures. Few things are as dangerous to democracy as a populist with half a case.

It says something about the politics of our day that this column will be condemned as beyond the moral pale. Such is the tenor of the times that it is no longer possible to assert without angry contradiction that Europe cannot be Europe if it is not true to its core inheritance. This is the marriage of reason and revelation that produced a civilization of technological mastery tempered by human decency.

“It is commendable that the West is trying to be more open, to be more understanding of the values of outsiders, but it has lost the capacity for self-love,” a prominent German theologian noted about a decade ago. “All that it sees in its own history is the despicable and the destructive; it is no longer able to perceive what is great and pure. What Europe needs is a new self-acceptance, a self acceptance that is critical and humble, if it truly wishes to survive.”

That’s Joseph Ratzinger, better known as Benedict XVI. He’s out of fashion, which makes him that much more worth hearing. (In part based on, WSJ, Stephens, Bret)

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The Moral Titan Of The Western World Resigns

The prince of this world has claimed another victim. The moral titan of the Western World throws in the towel. Homosexual “marriage,” contraception, sexual promiscuity, euthanasia, pornography, abortion and moral relativism proved too daunting a challenge for the aging pontiff.

The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI has sent shock waves throughout the USA and Catholic world. He has fought a ceaseless war against sin and moral relativism. He has kept the faith, but he did not finish the course. There is much work to be done. The Holy Father’s eight-year reign was very successful. With his announcement that he will be stepping down at the end of February, the church must find a suitable successor. It will be difficult.

PopeMobile Passes White House

Pope Benedict’s greatest accomplishment is that he put in place an impregnable defense of the culture of life — continuing the mission of his charismatic predecessor, Pope John Paul II. Pope Benedict is more than a gifted manager. He is a brilliant scholar and theologian. He has bravely spoken out against abortion, homosexual “marriage,” contraception, sexual promiscuity, euthanasia, pornography and moral relativism. His worldview can be distilled to one seminal idea: Secular liberalism is a false god and pseudo-religion; the only source of transcendental meaning is the church and Jesus Christ.

Obama Meets Benedict XVI

Many people and politicians see the role of the pope as simply a spiritual father who puts out documents now and then, and can be counted on for a blessing and a photo op with the occasional baby.

Hence, liberals despise him. They are now dancing on his papal grave. Since he ascended to the papacy, the anti-Catholic left has accused him of numerous crimes — being a Nazi sympathizer, fostering the hatred of women and perpetuating “homophobia” and “Islamophobia.” The now-deceased Christopher Hitchens referred to Pope Benedict’s career as having “the stench of evil.” (This from a man who, for years, rationalized communist tyrannies responsible for the slaughter of millions.)

Pope With NASA Astronauts Altman and Massimono

In the eyes of the secular left, the Holy Father’s real crime is he is a genuine Catholic. The pope’s teachings simply reinforced traditional orthodoxy, expressing the tenets of natural law. His views went against trendy progressive opinion. They amounted to restating basic, historic Catholic doctrine, such as homosexual behavior — sodomy — is immoral and unnatural; the family is the central unit of society; marriage consists of one man and one woman; contraception violates the fundamental purpose of sex, which is procreation; human life is sacrosanct from conception until natural death; and that male and female natures are distinct and different. He has consistently excoriated totalitarianism — both communism and fascism. In short, he opposes the culture of death in all of its malignant forms. No wonder liberals hate him.

Pope At WTC Ground Zero New York

Early in his papacy, he criticized radical Islam. Pope Benedict cited a 14th-century Byzantine emperor, pointing out that since its inception, Islam has had periods of violent expansion. For this, enraged protesters took to the streets in cities across the Muslim world, many of them calling for the pope to be killed. The Holy See has repeatedly championed the rights of Christians, especially in Muslim lands. Throughout the Middle East and Asia, Christians are the victims of persecution and pogroms. Yet, as Western leaders remain largely silent about this mass religious expulsion, the pope continues to raise his voice.

Pope AT UN

The topic he returns to repeatedly is the long-term threat posed by moral relativism to the West. It is fostering moral paralysis, hedonism and cultural decline. Ethical standards have been smashed. The doctrine of personal liberation is rampant. In America, the results have been disastrous: the breakdown of the family, skyrocketing divorce rates, a huge rise in illegitimate births, drugs, pornography, the mass murder of nearly 50 million unborn children and an AIDS epidemic that has led to millions of deaths. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report stating there are 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted infections each year. The most common diseases are gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, hepatitis B and HIV. The CDC says the United States faces an “epidemic” of sexually transmitted diseases. We have become Sodom and Gomorrah.

Pope IN Israel

Like John Paul II, Pope Benedict continued to reach out to the Jewish community. Moreover, he began to finally confront and crack down on the sex-abuse scandal that has plagued the church. He apologized to the victims. He stripped pedophile priests of their positions, and started the long, difficult process of healing.

Pope In Africa

For decades, moral relativism — the belief there are no moral absolutes, no enduring principles of right and wrong — has been used as a battering ram to destroy the West’s Christian foundations. In particular, it forms the essence of our postmodern society’s fashionable bigotry: Christophobia. The hatred of Christianity lies at the core of the socialist project. In Europe, Christianity is dying. It is widely viewed as a superstitious institution that existed prior to the Enlightenment. Yet, the extinction of a religion inevitably leads to the destruction of the culture and the civilization it spawned.

The most recent popes have been preparing the Church for leadership in a world the likes of which has not existed in human history. John Paul II was young and had the energy to visit more than 100 countries, taking the leadership of the Church outside the Vatican walls to the world. He was known to almost everyone.

Benedict was 78 when he was elected pope, at a time when he was planning to retire and live quietly in Bavaria with his brother. He made clear from the beginning that he would not keep the same schedule that had helped define his predecessor.

The world has changed significantly, and the Church needs leaders who are more agile, supported by the natural endowments of relative youth. In the past, it might have made sense to nominate an older person who had a wealth of experience. Now, we need leaders who have experience and the ability to engage in a world that changes minute by minute.

Pope Benedict understood this. This is why he has been the West’s spiritual titan. His resignation opens up a moral vacuum. God willing, his successor will be able to fill his giant shoes.

(Selected Excerpts by Jeffrey Kuhner)

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