Wednesday, December 27, 2017

#MeToo and Innocent Men


John Hawkins has a post up on the #MeToo movement and  how it affects "normal" men:

Maybe all these people are creeps and everything is much worse than they are claiming it is. On the other hand, maybe they’re not. Maybe we’re just entering an era where a normal guy can have his life destroyed years or even decades later because an angry ex-girlfriend makes an allegation, a woman doesn’t like a man patting her on the back or because some woman changes her mind about what certainly must have seemed to him to be a consensual sexual encounter.

It’s great to root out the Harvey Weinstein and Russell Simmons types (if they’re guilty), but it’s not okay for legions of regular guys to lose their jobs and have their lives destroyed because they’re making an awkward attempt to find a girlfriend. If more of us aren’t willing to speak up, that seems to be exactly where all of this is going.

The problem with this hysterical movement is that it labels all men rapists, but that's the idea.

Women today and their enablers are seeking to control all men--believe it.  John is right,  men must speak up.  If more men and their allies speak up and fight back, maybe this will be a fad rather than a new era of political and social control of half the human experience. Don't stay silent.


UK: Empire-bashing National Archive backs down

For some, Britain's imperial past is a source of patriotic pride; for others, a stain on the national conscience.

However, while the official government archive might have been expected to have taken a neutral stance, it has withdrawn a series of displays at its headquarters and a blog post after it was criticised for "empire bashing".

The National Archives admitted it was presenting a view of Britain's colonial history without "due impartiality" after it was accused by a retired history lecturer of anti-British bias in an exhibition at its Keeper's Gallery, where it introduces visitors to historic moments covered by its 11 million records.


No Nativity Scene Allowed at the Beziers Town Hall

 Press release from the town of Beziers in France:

We reported last week on Robert Menard, the Front National mayor of the town of Beziers in the South of France. Mr. Menard had sinned against French secularism by setting up a Christmas creche at the town hall. The local prefect demanded that the mayor take it down, but he refused.

Now the prefect has taken action. Many thanks to Ava Lon for translating this press release from the town of Beziers, as posted on Twitter:

"For the first time in France, the state expels the Nativity Scene of a town hall

The Nativity Scene at the office of the mayor of Beziers is expelled from the Town Hall. The decision of the Administrative Court of Montpellier fell on Monday, December 18th. An aberrant decision against which the City of Beziers reserves the right to appeal. But is the most striking is that this court decision comes after a complaint. by the prefect of Herault"

It's no longer a question of some nasty secular associations determined to do our figurines in, as was the case in 2014 or 2016. No, this time it is the State which, alone, via its representative in Herault, has the Nativity Scene removed. It's a "first", whose symbolic -and historical- significance is absolutely stunning to us.

More staggering still, the judgment that has just been rendered. The judge hearing the application, who is supposed to rule on the "urgency", makes a basic decision on the Nativity Scene. The court considers that "the installation of such a Nativity Scene ... in a public place, is legally possible only when its character is cultural, artistic or festive" and that "the installation in question does not exhibit any particular artistic character, being comprised only of ordinary figurines." Thus, we learn that the judge is now competent to judge the presence -or absence - of the cultural aspects of an exhibition in the context of Christmas animations.

The court decision therefore requires the municipality of Beziers to remove its Nativity Scene from the hall of their Town Hall. Tomorrow, it will be moved. To continue to admire the traditional Christmas Nativity Scene of Beziers, we invite all Biterrois [residents of Beziers] on Thursday, December 21 to come to the lobby of the Hotel Dulac, 27 rue 4 September. The Nativity Scene of Beziers will be there and very visible too, from 8am to 7pm.

Bottom line, the city of Beziers will not let this rest. Because it knows it will be able to count on the 23,000 visitors who, last year alone, came to admire the Christmas Nativity Scene of Beziers. It knows it can count on these thousands of visitors of all faiths who have expressed their liking for our traditions in the five visitors' books filled with messages of support. It knows it can count on myriads of French people to fight at her side, to defend what they refuse us.

"They" are those who always want to ban everything, those who fight against our traditions. "They" are those who, in reality, neither love Beziers nor France. The novelty, chillingly, is that "they" are now the State.


A Frosty Reception to Trump's Prayer

If you thought tax reform terrified liberals, try praying about it! During Wednesday's historic votes, Donald Trump sent the Left into a full-on panic by pausing a moment in his Cabinet meeting to thank God for their pending success. Before he turned the floor over to Secretary Ben Carson, the president looked at the media in the room and told them they could stay if they wanted to. After all, he joked, "You need the prayer more than I do. I think you may be the only ones. Maybe a good solid prayer, and they'll be honest then. Is that possible?"

Well, the media was honest all right - but only about their distress. Most liberal reporters were, if not alarmed, completely baffled by Carson's appeal. MSNBC led the parade of the perplexed, calling the display "unusual" and "striking." ThinkProgress's overreaction was almost comical. The group's Aaron Rupar described what has always been a normal expression of faith in the White House (until recently) as "creepy" and "cult-like." In some pockets of the press, the prayer overshadowed the real news itself: that Congress had passed the most meaningful tax overhaul in 30 years.

Meanwhile, Dr. Carson's appeal was hardly the stuff of controversy. He thanked God for our freedom and the opportunities we, as Americans, have been given, and continued:

We thank you for the president and for cabinet members who are courageous, who are willing to face the winds of controversy in order to provide a better future for those who come after.

We're thankful for the unity in Congress that has presented an opportunity for our economy to expand so that we can fight the corrosive debt that has been destroying our future. And we hope that that unity will spread even beyond party lines so that people will recognize that we have a nation worth saving. And recognize that nations divided against themselves cannot stand.

In this time of discord, distrust and dishonesty, we ask that you will give us a spirit of gratitude, compassion and common sense. And give us the wisdom to be able to guide this great nation in the future we ask in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Since the birth of our nation, we've had presidents who prayed and called the nation to prayer - including Democrats! Franklin Roosevelt's 1944 prayer was so significant that he put it on the White House's official Christmas card. "Not only did we have prayer in meetings like this," David Barton told me on Wednesday's "Washington Watch," "but by the time you get to 1815, there had been 1,400 government-issued calls to prayer for the nation, so that's not just prayer in Cabinet meetings. That's calling the whole nation to prayer."

And this isn't just a colonial times phenomenon. In case MSNBC has forgotten, David pointed out, "Just on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, we don't do anything in the House and Senate without having someone who is paid to pray open things up with prayer. So why they would think that's unusual in a Cabinet meeting is pretty much indicative of their lack of polish on everything else." Although, he went on, "I guess if your framework is based on the last eight years [under Barack Obama], then yes, it would be unusual and striking."

For almost a decade, Obama treated faith like a toxin that needed neutralizing. Christianity was his favorite target, and he spent eight years training Americans to treat religious expression like public enemy number one. Now, David points out, Donald Trump is "making it mainstream again. And this is really bothering [the media], because they're no longer the sole outlet for where people get their information. And so because of what happened today, it allows us to [hear] things that they'd just assume people not know."

In all honesty, the Left's reaction only shows its own hostility to faith. Liberals preach inclusion, but when it comes right down to it, they don't believe in any of it. Instead, they mock the White House, knowing deep down that the real battle isn't over Christmas or Cabinet prayers. The real war is over Christianity - and for the first time in a long time, they're losing.



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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