Monday, October 09, 2017

Love and free will

A Christian correspondent sent me the following meditation

Love for others that respects their freewill or autonomy is a giving love. It is true love. But love for others that does not respect or accept their freewill becomes a controlling and oppressive love. It is false love.

For love to be love, it must be for freewill and for freewill’s potential to learn. If you do not love someone's freewill, then you do not love them at all, for freewill is what they are. Without being for freewill, it is not love, it becomes needy, domination, oppression of another. We see this with some parents, often a mother. The parent professes to love their adult offspring and continue to manipulate and control them because they don't love their offspring's freewill.

Also dominant spouses who oppress, control the other, or each other, because they think they love each other but they don't appreciate each other’s freewill.

Also, socialists and their regimes who profess to be caring and to love their own people, but because they don't love people's freewill/freedom/autonomy they oppress them and call it caring.

If you don't love someone's freewill, then you don't love them at all, because freewill is what they are. We are freewill with potential to learn and grow from the use and consequences of our freewill and free intellect, and true love does not oppress another’s freewill but serves freewill and is for freewill. It is the heartfelt wishing well for others in their freedom and their learning and growing. And love includes understanding of freewill making mistakes, therefor it is forgiving (is love regardless).

Leftist caring has no respect for individual freewill/autonomy. Therefore their caring for others is always oppressive and stifling of individual freedom.

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Bill Maher Lashes Out At Democrats For Over-Regulation: "It Makes People Hate Us, It Makes Me Hate Us"

On Friday's broadcast of Real Time on HBO, host Bill Maher began his 'New Rules' rant against over-regulation by denouncing a bill called the 'Hot Cars Act of 2017' proposed by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) (and supported by Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) in the House) that would make it mandatory for car companies to install an alert system in vehicles that children are in the car.

"Here's where someone says, 'but if it saves one life.' Oh fuck, you can put kids in bubble wrap all day and it would save some. But would it be worth it? We're never going to get this down to zero until we get rid of kids altogether," Maher complained.

"Until then all this will accomplish is to feed into the Republican message that Democrats don't want to help people they just want to micromanage their lives," Maher said. "It makes people hate us. It makes me hate us. And it prompts kickback."

"That's how you get an Environment Protection Agency headed by a man who cares nothing about environmental protection," he added.

"No one is for leaving babies in hot cars," the HBO host said. "Common sense tells most people this is an issue of personal responsibility. Especially when the liberal solution to your human frailty is me paying for more shit that can break in my car. Thanks, government. We'll get to gun control later. And that's the point. We do need regulation."

"For big things, real things like guns, and carbon emissions, and banks. But when Democrats get to regulating everything, regulation itself gets a bad name," he added.

"I don't want to let the right-wing own freedom," Maher said. "People want to drain the swamp, not ban Big Gulps. Yes, I understand, you have a thousand good ideas for how I should live my life, check my privilege and sort my recycling. I will get to that. But first we need to get some Democrats elected and that's hard when the movement to childproof the world has made Republicans the party of freedom and Democrats the party of poopers."


The Greatest Libel Since the Blood Libel

Dennis Prager
The most infamous libel in history is the one known as the Blood Libel. This was the medieval lie leveled at Jews in some European countries that accused the Jews of killing Christian children to use their blood to make Passover matzo.

As the author of a book on the history of anti-Semitism (Why the Jews? The Reason for Antisemitism), having taught Jewish history at the college level, and as a committed Jew who has devoted great efforts to combating anti-Semitism, I do not easily compare anything to the Blood Libel.

But perhaps the second greatest libel — and certainly the most widespread — is that America is a racist country that oppresses its minorities — and women. We can call it the American Libel.

Now, I hasten to add that no one is being tortured to death as a result of this libel, as Jews were because of the Blood Libel, and, of course, no communities are being slaughtered as Jews were.

But the American Libel should be regarded as one of the great libels of history.

That America today oppresses minorities and women is as far from the truth as was Jews using Christian blood for matzo. Indeed, no country in the world is so accepting of minorities as fellow citizens as America. A third-generation German of Turkish descent is still regarded by most Germans as Turkish. But a first-generation Turkish — or Nigerian or Chinese — immigrant to America is regarded simply as one more American.

American Jews should be the first to denounce the American Libel. No country in history has ever been as welcoming, accepting and honoring of Jews as America. American Jews are a living refutation of the American Libel.

Did America oppress minorities? Of course it did. But the people who engage in the American Libel claim that America oppresses minorities, and even women, today.

Take, for example, this morally odious statement issued last week by the San Francisco 49ers NFL team: “For more than a year, members of our team have protested the oppression and social injustices still present in our society.”

Or a column by a Muslim writer in the HuffPost: “The oppression they [blacks] face is much greater than the bigotry I [a Muslim] face. It is a racism and oppression rooted in our culture.”

Last year, ESPN’s Paul Finebaum said on-air, “This country has issues, but this country is not oppressing black people.”

After being widely denounced, two days later Finebaum felt it necessary to issue this abject apology:  “I could spend the rest of my life trying to talk my way out of it, but I can’t. I blew it. I simply did not have a good grasp of the situation. I know better. I’ve lived in this country. I see what is going on all across the country from North to South, East to West and I have no excuse. … All I can say is that I made a terrible mistake. In trying to express a feeling that I probably — not probably — I had no right to express.”

The headline of a column by Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy: “In America, racial oppression is not ancient history.”

A headline of another Washington Post column: “How blacks, oppressed by white supremacy, can find a path to liberation.”

Such examples are endless. America oppresses blacks, Latinos, women, gays and everyone else who is not a white, male, heterosexual Christian.

It is a great lie. But it is the dominant narrative of the society. And, as lies are the root of evil, this lie must lead to something awful. It has already begun to:

First, vast numbers of nonwhites are being raised to believe that America hates them. This should be considered a form of child abuse.

Second, the charge that America is a land of oppression has utterly cheapened the word “oppression.” The truly oppressed of the world will have to find a new word to express their condition. If blacks and women in America are oppressed, what word shall we use to describe the condition of Christians in Iraq or Egypt? Of gays in Iran? Of women in much of the Muslim world? Of the Untouchables in India? Kurds in Turkey?

But worse is yet to come.

The Jews survived the Blood Libel. But America may not survive the American Libel. While the first libel led to the death of many Jews, the present libel may lead to the death of a civilization. Indeed, the least oppressive ever created.


Australia: Victorian Leftists Fund Gay Gaming App

Australia’s most regressive leader Daniel Andrews’ never ceases to amaze with the social engineering programs and projects he funds, meanwhile leaving the actual business of running the state far behind. But this time he may have outdone himself yesterday announcing that his government would be funding an absurd LGBT project.

Andrews eagerly announcing that his government would be commissioning the creation of gaming app which will have the player in the role of an LGBT person facing perceived homophobia. Think of it as a mobile version of his government’s Safe Schools program, it already has young students role playing being in same sex relationships, now Andrews wants young people to role play being gay on their smartphones.

The gaming app will be developed in partnership with Victoria University and the Victorian AIDS Council, which despite its name that gives the impression it is about sexual health is just another LGBT lobby group. Their homepage immediately asks people to support marriage equality and the focus of its activities is clearly geared towards the LGBT agenda.

The way this gaming app is funded is that the Andrews Government has a Combatting Homophobia initiative. It is a joint program through the state governments arts funding program Creative Victoria and the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Equality Branch. This elaborate funding approach gives you an idea of the layers of bureaucracy in place to fund such an obscene project.

This app should be viewed as insult to the intelligence of Victorians that their government views them apparently as so hateful and bigoted to gay people that they need a government funded gaming app to counter their ingrained homophobia. Most ordinary people when learning about the existence of such app will most likely laugh at its absurdity, that is until they find out they paid for it.

This gaming app will apparently be released in late 2018 which interestingly enough is just in time for the Victorian State Election. Hopefully its release will be a reminder to voters that for the past 4 years they have had a Premier who is more interested in virtue signalling on social justice issues, at the taxpayers’ expense of course, rather than delivering infrastructure for Victoria or controlling Melbourne’s crime wave.

Let’s also hope that Victoria soon has a government which will end this gravy train of funding for vanity projects, indulgences in identity politics and social justice madness. This will have the double effect of saving Victorians some money and getting government’s focus back where it should be.



Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the  incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.

American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of  other countries.  The only real difference, however, is how much power they have.  In America, their power is limited by democracy.  To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already  very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges.  They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did:  None.  So look to the colleges to see  what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way.  It would be a dictatorship.

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