Friday, April 17, 2015

Disintegrating Atheism

One reason I talk about New Atheists less lately is that Shadow to Light tends to do it vastly better than I do. Really, the guy keeps up to date on the latest Cultist of Gnu bullshit, he has powerful insights, and he's pretty merciless. He's also linked on my sidebar, and I encourage keeping tabs on him if you're into repeated takedowns of the Cultists.

Apparently the hot Gnu issue lately is Richard Carrier came out of the closet as a handjob with poor impulse control. Oh, I'm sorry - he's 'polyamorous', a sexual orientation, which means that if you criticize him for his behavior at all you're horrible and mean and deserve to be ashamed of yourself, you backwards thinker.

Which brings me to my other point: as near as I can tell, the New Atheists have pretty well imploded. I know they still are popular in a subculture way, a bit like how Ayn Rand still has her devotees - but really, most people I run into, non-believers included, seem pretty inclined to admit that Dawkins and company are just a pack of annoying, self-righteous jackoffs. This is before noting the Atheism+ schism (that didn't take long, did it) which regards the most visible New Atheist leaders with utter contempt. Granted, they're cut from a toxic mix of SJW politics and pseudo-atheism so foul that it's almost enough to make someone feel sympathy for Team Gnu, but really, I just find the whole thing pretty funny.

That's not to say I don't think there are serious threats posed to not just religious people, but free thinking in general - but I think the threat comes from Team SJW, not Team Gnu. In fact, Team Gnu seems destined for whatever re-education camp equivalents there are on the horizon in the West, highlighting the greatest unspoken fear of western philosophy - that God not only exists, but He has a sense of humor.

Making the church more palatable to the masses.

The complaint that the Church needs to change its views on abortion, same-sex marriage and more in order to 'stay relevant' and 'stop bleeding members' gets applied uniquely to America and the west. No advocate of this kind of thinking ever looks at the polls in Russia, China, Middle Eastern or African countries and decides, 'Wow, the Church better start condemning sodomy in those places -right away- if we want to be taken seriously!' Instead the overwhelming opposition to such things is taken as a sign of a great evil that should be denounced and opposed by all right-thinking Christians (and our materialist secular-atheist brethren, who are our allies, unless they are Objectivists in which case they're wicked.)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The most unintentionally hilarious thing about Mark Shea... how he advertises himself as 'Catholic and Enjoying It!', yet his posts amount to a near-nonstop bitter, sarcastic lashing out at just about everyone who disagrees with him. And I don't mean mere disagreement, but full blown bitter rage, in both passive and active aggression varieties.

Basically, whenever I check out his blog, this is all I can think of within five minutes of browsing:

Everything in moderation

People like to imagine moderates as occupying a Goldilocks 'just right' position between two otherwise obviously-wrong extremes, but being a moderate is often a matter of convenience rather than principle. They compromise because they just want to be left alone and will pick the path of least resistance, not because they see the position they're advancing at all ideal. More importantly, they're politically and socially irrelevant, precisely because they react rather than act - you can shift their positions just by screaming at them louder, and with more voices. But they never scream at anyone but the party that's already outnumbered anyway.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Christos Voskrez!

Christ is Risen!

Happy Easter to all.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Weekend Turnabout

With the blowback from the Indiana and Arkansas laws still fresh, there've been some other happenings worth noting towards the end of this week.

Memories Pizza in Indiana was found by a story-fishing reporter, out on the prowl for signs of bigotry and hate in the state of Indiana. Apparently the best she was able to pull up was a pizza parlor whose owners said they'd serve gay couples, but wouldn't want to cater a same-sex wedding.

One dishonest headline later (Along the lines of ''Restaurant says they'd refuse to serve gays!"), and the tolerant, progressive forces of the world are on the march to destroy the business completely.

Cue the Yelp defacing, the death threats over the phone and twitter, and the all-out attack by Progressives, and the shop's ready to close for good. A necessary sacrifice on the Progressive altar! Complete with half-hearted disavowals from progressives like, 'Death threats are bad, buuuut it's good to see people have no tolerance for hate.'

None indeed.

Anyway, a conservative radio personality steps in, starts a Gofundme campaign, and at this point they've got close to a million dollars to support them for their trouble. A nice show of support in and of itself, but what I find interesting in the above linked story is the reaction to the reporter attempting to cause a little trouble for the fundraising effort.

Apparently a local CBS affiliate's reporter decided to report the Gofundme campaign for fraud 'Just in case.' She got noticed. Cue the contacting of the station - her employer - and a sudden upswing in internet anger. Suddenly she's forced to apologize, not to mention (transparently) lie.

Terrible shit, these internet mobs, but apparently this is the way of the world now.

Meanwhile, . This in particular is fascinating to me, since it's a unique form of explicit anti-SJW pushback in territory that is normally seen as the friendliest to SJWs - fiction and media, and 'democratic' voting. Vox's side looks as if they were able to absolutely storm into the Hugo awards (making Vox himself a multiple-times Hugo Award nominated individual - not bad for a guy kicked out of the SFWA!) with their fans.

Who the awards will actually go to remain anyone's guess, but if by some stroke of luck Vox himself pulls and award, prepare for all hell to break loose.

This is worth watching in particular because it offers the potential of a blueprint of SJW pushback. Any conservative or even non-SJW victory in the realm of culture is important to pay attention to.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Congratulations, GOP, on your success in Indiana and Arkansas!

I'm talking about, of course, the way you successfully capitulated to your opposition.

See, I was worried I'd have to eat some crow here. Passing a law to protect religious freedom? To make it so religious people do NOT have to service a gay wedding or other event they dislike, even if they will serve LGBT people? A bit gutsy, that. Writing it into law even in the face of opposition at the time? Bold stuff. And then another governor preparing to sign the bill into law, despite the mounting pressure on Indiana?

Why, that's the stuff of backbone. More than that - sincerity! It's showing you're willing to stand for principle even if the media is against you.

Which would make my views about the party and GOP leadership absolutely wrong, of course.

So it's to my great satisfaction to read that in Indiana, GOP members will be meeting with LGBT activists to try and rewrite the bill in a way they'll find acceptable. Because, after having supported the firing of people for past opposition to gay marriage, and fining businesses out of existence for refusing to provide service to a same-sex wedding even if they'd happily provide service to gays normally, you know that they won't just demand - and get - complete capitulation!

And of course there's the Arkansas governor going back on his commitment to sign the bill into law, sending it back for a rewrite to "find a nice balance" between "diversity" and "religious protections". Naturally we can expect the bill to be completely gutted and if anything make it so refusing to service a gay wedding will require intervention from the state to oversee if the refusal was maybe kinda offensive to LGBT activists. This is the only way fairness will be ensured!

It's really encouraging when long-held suspicions receive support: the GOP has no concern about religious freedom, social conservatives, or anything other than its business wing, complete with its "progressive" politics, and utter disgust with anything that so much as slightly smacks of non-secular religion.