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September 8, 2007, 5:01 pm
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Stray Thoughts

VIRTUALLY THERE… It’s not the same, but in lieu of being able to travel, the Flickr photo site (with a dash of wikipedia is a real blessing. Type in a
name or place or era or whatever, and somebody somewhere has pictures of it. So I’ve recently toured various Lochs and the Isle of Skye in Scotland, Rome and her catacombs, Hadrian & Anthony’s Walls, Roman aqueducts in Europe, the ruins of Persepolis, bits of Ireland.. and on it goes.

Sometimes it’s just following up on a curiousity-jag from a movie or TV-show or book. This Summer’s bookshelf has been full of scots author Nigel Tranter, and so your humble news-editor has been using pictures of Scottish castles, tower-forts, pictish ruins, misty lochs, bonny braes and historical sites for his desktop backgrounds.

For this would-be travelling Christian, I thank God for all the good photography and effort that goes into travel-books, photo-sites and historical webpages, so I can be where I cannot presently go.

Surely here is an image of our soul’s longing for God, and our citizenship in heaven while yet pilgrims here below: “Where your treasure is, there will your hearts be also,” says Our Saviour. We seek that bright and better land, our true homeland, thoughas it is written, ‘Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him’…


Saturday, September 8th, A.D. 2007

Regular Religious News

The persecution of the Church in China

THE BISHOP OF PERU blogs daily on earthquake recovery …. (skdiocese)

MOTHER TERESA Endured God’s Silence, Says Pope. The Light of Mother Teresa’s Darkness …. (zenit)

CANADIAN PROFESSOR Margaret Somerville’s essay on ‘Attackers of religion display their own fundamentalist zeal’ …. (Bearblog)

USED TO BE A CUTE CATHEDRAL: “Vibiana offers the ultimate backdrop for your event: an opulent light-filled space with 45 foot ornate ceilings, a lush garden, and the richness of 130 years of Los Angeles history“; it was needlessly & expensively replaced by this [$163 mil], which reminds us pretty much of these, except not so nice looking. The old cathedral was supposedly going to cost $185 million to repair after an earthquake, though the new owners mysteriously got it done for $8.5 or so. The new concrete liturgically-correct thing was supposedly a bargain at $50 million, but came in at a mere $163,000,000.00. Pants on fire all over the place …. (Various)

SCOTTISH ARCHBISHOP Urges Faithful to Resist Threat of Secularism; Catholic Church in UK ‘Powerless’ …. (lifesite, gkupsidedown)

REMEMBERING BLESSED St. Gregory of Nyssa: “A Pillar of Orthodoxy” …. (

FORCED EDUCATION in Homosexuality and Evolution Leads to Exodus of Mennonites from Quebec …. (aacblog, mainstream)

JUDEN RAUS! The New Anti-Semitism. London: A Call for St Paul’s boycott …. (transfigurations, timescolumns)

THE NEW RELIGION & Eco-confessions; Ruth Gledhill weighs in …. (worldmagblog, timescolumns)

MUST-READ Q&A: Paul Marshall– “The Hudson Institute senior fellow discusses initial findings of the forthcoming book Religious Freedom in the World 2007” …. (christianitytoday)

THEY KNOW THEIR ALLIES: Islamic Group Honors Religious Left …. (frontpagemag)

FAITH & ALTRUISM: “The cases of Pope Benedict and Osama bin Laden, by Raymond Ibrahim” …. (victorhanson)

REMEMBERING St. Richard Reynolds, martyred in England 1535, under the English Nero, Henry VIII. Here’s a BBC-4 Time Team show on uncovering the desecrated & erased Abbey of Mount Zion (now Syon House) where together with faithful Bridgettine nuns Reynolds helped speak out against the novelties of the English Deformation, and the so-called Royal Supremacy. And on and on it went …. (Various)

SHAIDLE: “Church is other people.” …. (shaidle)

FR. STEPHEN: Being Formed in the Light – Icons and Salvation. And “Windows to Heaven Are Not One Way” …. (fatherstephen)

TRANSGRESSIVE LITURGY: How the therapeutic mentality affects the culture and Catholic worship…. (freerepublic)

CHURCH OF ENGLAND concerned that equality bill will reduce its influence …. (ekk-uk)

CHRISTIAN RESPONSES to Islam and Islamic Terrorism …. (fulcrum-anglican)

THE CAN-ANGLICAN GREY EMINENCE peeps from his lair: “To My Wounded Liberal Friends (June 2007)” …. (

CANUCKISTAN WATCH: At a ‘Catholic’ college, the writing’s on the wall. Canadian “Catholic” college adds neon Muslim symbol to outside wall …. (proudtobecanadian, shaidle)

Traditional Catholic Monks of Papa Stronsay, Scotland

VIA IRD: Ten Things We Should Have Learned Since September 11, 2001 …. (

TAE THINK AGAIN: Scottish Archbishop Urges Faithful to Resist Threat of Secularism …. (freerep)

OF COURSE, IT’S LIBERAL Christians for Extending the Gulag …. (frontpagemag)

TURNING THE WORLD Upside-Down: Chinese Christians …. (

FUN WITH MESSIANISM: Bill Clinton, ‘Our Greatest Gift’? …. (newsbusters)

CHRISTIAN REFUGEES from Eritrea mistreated in Libya …. (magicstatistics)

EVANGELICALS Turn Toward . . . the Orthodox Church? …. (rathernot)

INGRATES: “You know what us scary Christian Zionists really need? A flag. We need a symbol that we can stick on bumper stickers, T-shirts and coffee mugs to proclaim our support for Israel” …. (

COUNSELLING with Boethius …. (scriptoriumdaily)

BURKEAN CANUCK: “This just in: Benedict XVI is Catholic!” …. (

SLIMING THE SAINTS: Deconstructing And The Making Of Mother Teresa …. (

ANGLICAN CHURCH Consults Legal Minds on Same-Sex Issue …. (sameo416)

MOHLER: “What Does God Care What We Call Him?” …. (albertmohler)

MARTYRED Pastor: Slain Korean Hostage was Killed for Refusing to Convert; Korean Christians Murdered Because They Refused to Convert. The first two hostages released were reportedly raped by the Taliban …. (transfigurations, gatewaypundit)

ANGLICAN SCHISM— New Bishops in Africa for America; Another African Anglican Church Appoints US Bishop …. (apostolicity, christiantoday)

FELIX HOMINUM: “When the culture wars were lost: Maria sings I have confidence” …. (

MIKE ADAMS on ‘Of Mice and Mormons’. A soap opera in five movements. …. (sleepyoldbear)

REMEMBERING Fr Seraphim (Rose) 25 years on …. (benedictseraphim)

FIRST THINGS: “The Last Stand of Rowan Williams” …. (

DAVID WARREN: “Darwinism is a religion, and moreover, a false religion, in fear of free inquiry”; and “Panspermianism” …. (davidwarrenonline)

ON GIVING the Finger to Atheist Wonkers …. (

NEW STUDY: Doctors’ religious beliefs guide depression treatment …. (kendallharmon)

CHRISTIAN CONVERTS “lose their right to be Indian” …. (magicstatistics)

SO WHY DON’T Evangelicals produce good literature? …. (gkupsidedown)

A SECT SLOUCHING Into the Twilight …. (

A LIBERAL TAKE: From the Outside Looking In …. (

A FRESH LOOK at the Sermon on the Mount …. (

PETER OULD: Some more thoughts on Martyrdom …. (

THE NEW EPISCOPAL RELIGION on view in the candidates for Bishop of Chicago …. (

SHHHHH! IT’S A SECRET: “Anthony Sacramone, managing editor of First Things, has a hilarious look at the latest New Age pop-psych self-help get-rich like-yourself find-happiness book” …. (reformedpastor)

36 CHURCH MEMBERS disappear, 1 returns. Minister warns of increased persecution of Christians …. (worldnetdaily)

HIPPY SHAKEUP— Christians were part of the ’60s, too …. (opinionjournal)

EVIL BIBLE-CREEP: “The whiny Canucks wear out Rome and get the right to use the dread NRSV as their lectionary. It’s a time-honored tactic, and why not? It works” …. (

THE SCIENCE OF EVIL: “bad barrels” or “bad apples”? …. (religionlink)

“BALANCE” — Commentary: Why Is Vermont Excluding Traditional Faiths from Commission Studying Same-Sex Marriage? …. (ird-renew)

DENYING THE TRUTH: How the Experts Do It …. (merecomments)

THAT OLDE TYME RELIGION— Hindus attack Christian for accidentally damaging mud idol …. (magicstatistics)

PCUSA Moderator Goes Awry in Her Claims of a “Deeply Pernicious Heresy” …. (Bearblog)

THE RETURN of the Old Gods: A Challenge to Green Evangelicals …. (americanthinker)

AL MOHLER— Institutionalized Hypocrisy — A Failure of Courage; Homosexuality and the Bible — The Rejectionist Approach. Heresy Precedes Homosexuality …. (albertmohler)

STILL. MORE. AGAIN… Archaeologists kept out as Israel allows Muslims to pulverize antiquities at Judaism’s holiest site …. (worldnetdaily)

A new dig of very long trench on the Temple Mount

NATO fires two women for marrying Muslims …. (magicstatistics)

FR. DWIGHT LONGENECKER: When I’m Right I’m Wrong …. (

MATTINGLY: Religion futures market 2007 …. (gospelcom)

THE LACKWITS AT THE National Council of Churches (NCC) is distressed that not all Christians share its animosity towards Israel. Meanwhile, “That’s right, folks– the way we obey Jesus and eliminate poverty is by supporting the UN in its effort to cut poverty by half by 2015″ …. (anglicansforisrael, reformedpastor)

CHRISTIAN EMPLOYEES persecuted by Saudi company …. (magicstatistics)

REFORMED PASTOR: When Atheists Attack …. (reformedpastor)

4X MORE PSYCHICS than priests in europe …. (

WELL DONE, THEN: Jesuit school uninvites euthanasiacal Ann Lamott …. (worldmagblog)

on “Minding the generation gap in the Anglican blogosphere” ….

ANGLICAN CATHOLIC: the moral compass …. (

SOME FEET Are More Equal Than Others …. (reformedpastor)

REMEMBERING some Real Bishops …. (merecomments)

HOMER SIMPSON: The ‘struggle between Good and Evil’ …. (timescolumns)

ALEXANDER SOLZHENITSYN: On Politicians and Public Repentance …. (benedictseraphim)

ANOTHER ONE flees the fire …. (llamabutchers)

MIKE AQUILINA: Digging Polycarp …. (fathersofthechurch)

THE SLOW DEATH by a million cuts: Planning study for the ACC Ottawa Diocese …. (

CURT JESTER on ‘The Mass of the Early Christians’ …. (curtjester)

REFORMED PASTOR— “The ecumenical world quivers in fear.” In other words, liberal Protestants wonder, “is the Pope Catholic?” …. (reformedpastor)

PAPISTICAL Hardness of heart? “Instead of reconciling problems and performing necessary compromises the horrible idea of irreconcilable differences has emerged. Love as emotional gooeyness has triumphed and as soon as you don’t feel love this is suppose to be evidence that love is gone” …. (curtjester)

HAVE WE ABANDONED the idea of common moral truth in politics? And is the same now true of the Church? …. (skdiocese)

PONDERING The Unenlightened Atheist …. (evangelicaloutpost)

BURIAL in God’s Acre or Cast into the Wind from the Hill Top …. (

SEXY CHURCH? “Secularism is a religion because it has a faith, it has its own eschatology and its own ethics” …. (crunchycon)

U.S. CHRISTIANS accuse Holiday Inn of ‘bias’ over conference cancellation …. (mainstream)

ATTACK OF THE HUGGIES: “One Nation, Under Therapy– Food for thought, today, on the absolute stupidity of what passes for mental health ideology today” …. (

OH, GOODY: KATHMANDU (Reuters) – “Officials at Nepal’s state-run airline have sacrificed two goats to appease Akash Bhairab, the Hindu sky god, following technical problems with one of its Boeing 757 aircraft, the carrier said on Tuesday” …. (

GET MEDIEVAL: In Dante: the Poet, the Political Thinker, the Man, Barbara Reynolds writes with the confidence of a scholar who has attained an objective, de-romanticized standpoint on Dante and his world, and in the process she breaks new ground …. (

BREAKING NEWS on the Palaeologue Succession …. (holywhapping)

HOW NOT to receive Communion …. (telegraph)

BEHOLD, the Neo-Classical Frisbee …. (

THROWING The Liturgical Flag …. (llamabutchers)

ON BEING A Racist Ape In King Arthur’s Court …. (smalldeadanimals)

IDLE & RIOTOUS Fun with church catalogs …. (

DISCUSS: “Liturgical dancing does not discriminate between innocents and those deserving of punishment. It is only permissible in self-defense against military combatants, or for the preservation of one’s virginity.” …. (

Simpsons – Joan Of Arc

World War IV — The New Crusade….

JUST FYI: Signs Show That Syria Is Ramping Up For a Major Conflict; Syria Fires on Israeli Planes …. (gatewaypundit)

ISLAMIST TERRORISTS Planned Massive Attacks in Germany; More Terrorists Being Sought …. (, freedomszone)

SHOTGUN BLOG— Walkom on Taliban, quoting Churchill …. (shotgun)

SILENCING DISSENT: The politically correct net …. (telegraph)

UN RACISM RIDES AGAIN — Durban II; Chemical Weapons and Counterfeit Cash in the UN Closets …. (claudiarosett)

SHHHH! Chinese (Still) Supplying Weapons To The Taliban …. (freedomszone)

DR. MIKE ADAMS: “I Don’t CAIR if Muslims are Offended” …. (townhall)

OUR WORLD: Of men and mice, By Caroline B. Glick …. (townhall)

MICHELLE MALKIN: Jihadists never rest …. (michellemalkin)

THE LIBERAL CANUCKI United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, traveled to Iran this week to take a front row seat and listen attentively to Holocaust-denier Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad …. (NRO)

A NEW BOOK: Karsh’s Imperial Islam? …. (merecomments)

FRESH THEODORE DALRYMPLE— “How Societies Commit Suicide: Scots and Italians surrender to Islam” …. (city-journal)

NEED HELP: Al Qaeda Website Wants You to Take Them Down …. (mypetjawa)

U.S.-DOJ TO CAIR: We Didn’t Just Designate You as an Unindicted Co-Conspirator; We PROVED You Are an Unindicted Co-Conspirator …. (NRO)

YEMEN’S DEMOCRACY: Death Penalty for a Slogan …. (mypetjawa)

DR. SANITY: “What do the Islamists have to compare with the Wehrmacht or the Red Army? The SS or Spetznaz? The Gestapo or the KGB? Or, for that matter, to Auschwitz or the Gulag?” …. (

HOLLYWOOD Hates the Troops: The slanders of Tim Robbins and Brian DePalma …. (weeklystandard)

A FORETASTE— Muslim Student Association Harasses Women and Jews at University of Texas-San Antonio …. (proteinwisdom)

SWEDISH MUSLIM GROUP to sue newspaper over Muhammad drawing.. And Google is helping …. (stoptheaclu)

BEHOLD: “The forbidden Opus cartoons” …. (malkin)

PIMPING FOR EVIL: “After retiring from the State Department, former US diplomat Edward Abington took a job as a lobbyist for the PLO that paid $750,000 a year” …. (lgf)

PETE SEEGER & Murderous Perfection …. (

WW-5 UPDATE: Chinese military hacked into Pentagon …. (

CONSPIRAZOIDS, REJOICE! “The Titanic was made out of metal, but I’m supposed to believe it was sunk by frozen water? Yeah, right!” …. (damianpenny)

SOCIALIST PARADISE: MORE ON Cuba. Part whatever. And “A scene from Cuba”.. more monstocracy …. (sleepyoldbear, soberingthoughts)

LifeWatch ….

STEYN: THE NANNY STATE— Big government vs small babies …. (nationalreview)

BRITAIN approves human-animal hybrid embryos …. (worldmagblog)

THE BLUEPRINT for family revival in Europe …. (theinterim)

ABORTION? OK. Dog-fighting? criminal …. (sleepyoldbear)

SERIOUS FLAWS FOUND in study criticising abstinence-only sex education …. (magicstatistics)

NEXT STOP, polygamy? …. (mainstream)

ALEX SCHADENBURG: battling the onset of euthanasia … (theinterim)

ARE MONOGAMY and democracy linked? …. (magicstatistics)

WITHOUT FATHERS, Without Rules, Without Consequences, Without Hope …. (albertmohler)

TERLETS: “Amazingly, this doesn’t seem to be a joke” …. (

MINDWIPE 101: Homosexual Indoctrination Grade 12 Curriculum to Start in British Columbia Schools …. (lifesite)

POPULATION AGING is “unprecedented” and “irreversible” …. (magicstatistics)

KILLING BABIES— Global Warming Consensus Alert: Silver Lining Edition …. (

CHINESE victims of forced late-term abortion fight back …. (transfigurations)


A FATHER OF FOUR explains the realist approach to parenting …. (opinionjournal)

PROFESSOR Peter Singer: Infanticide, Yes; Kangaroo Cull, No …. (wesleyjsmith)

JUST FYI: “Critics say councils are taking more babies from parents to help them meet adoption “targets” …. (nrotc)

EASY-PEASY: Early “emergency” abortifacients now prescription-free in B.C. …. (

NOT SO MUCH A benign ‘orientation’, it is a compulsive, lethal addiction …. (via Bearblog)

DUCK, DUCK.. “Whoa. Had a hokey-pokey flashback just now” …. (

A REALITY SHOW for kids brings out the worst in grown-ups …. (opinionjournal)

A FORETASTE OF Posthuman Future: On the Small Screen …. (wesleyjsmith)

INVESTIGATIVE Panel: “Gay” Status Helped Couple Get Away with Sexually Abusing Foster Children …. (lifesite)

SINGLE GIRLS can’t jump …. (allthesethings)

DON’T SUFFER the Little Children …. (opinionjournal)

MEDICAL CARE to be denied to people with unhealthy lifestyles …. (donaldsensing)

FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE: “With child leasing all those concerns are eliminated. For a reasonable down payment and monthly maintenance fee, a leasing agency will make available a broad line of attractive children of all races and colors (right now, Asians and Africans are the new black) for short-term leasing, as little as one hour” …. (

TOP TEN REASONS To Stop The ACLU …. (stoptheaclu)

OI, IT’S BIG BRUVVER: All UK ‘must be on DNA database’. “Lord Justice Sedley told BBC News the current England and Wales database, which holds DNA from crime suspects and scenes, was “indefensible”. He added it would be fairer to include “everybody, guilty or innocent” on it” …. (bbc)

Oh, Canadia ….

Currently Under Puzzling Management

LETTER BOMBS in Toronto …. (stevejanke)

LOWER CANADIAN birthrates will trigger labour shortages; Abolish abortion: the Great Canadian Wish …. (theinterim)

COPYBOOK: “We can’t remind Canadians what the Old Canada was like, very few remember it. It must be re-taught, always mindful that nostalgia is as much a distortion as giving the impression that every White Anglo Saxon Protestant before 1967 was a deranged sexist bigot itchy to rape, murder and pillage the weak and oppressed” …. (godscopybook)

DAVID MILLER Raises Rainbow Flag, Takes Down Support Our Troops Decals …. (officiallyscrewed)

TRUDEUPIANISM, 2007: BC Liberals create new school course for kids to learn the ways of their church of liberalism …. (proudtobecanadian)

SOME THOUGHTS on the 101 People Who Are Screwing Up Canada …. (

MEDIA WHORES CBC: “Don’t Worry Stephane, We’ve Got Your Back” …. (smalldeadanimals)

CANADA’S single-tier, single-payer, health care. NOT …. (sleepyoldbear)

PREDICTABLY: NDP now demands “women’s equality” …. (proudtobecanadian)

WHERE WE ARE: “Elections Canada is ruling that Muslim women will not have to remove their veils in order to vote during the September 17th by-elections in Quebec” …. (

THE CORRUPTING INFLUENCE of TV watching is proven …. (interim)

MICHAEL IGNATIEFF, the Liberal Party, the Senate and Puffins …. (stevejanke)

REMEMBERING Captain Canuck and friends …. (

Pop Culture, Media, Technology, Leftovers ….

GOOGLE NEWS prods newspapers towards the future …. (telegraph)

THE EVER-USEFUL Yak Shaving Razor #106 …. (evangelicaloutpost)

NERDY GOODNESS: A little Easter Egg for all us Google Earthers …. (

PRINCE HARRY Remembers …. (

VIA ALTHOUSE— “The Trouble With Tribbles” in the style of Edward Gorey …. (

SOCIAL WALLPAPERING: lots of goodness for your computer desktop …. (socwall)

THE OTHER DISASTER— Jonah Goldberg: The media’s Katrina malpractice …. (latimes)

Simpsons Hamlet

BOB DYLAN Message Generator; and “Blanchett Does Drag for Bob Dylan-esque Role” …. (, breitbart)

THIS JUST IN: Bears Still Using National Forestland as Toilet …. (nrotc)

A WEIRD ANCIENT COMPUTER— Antikythera mechanism …. (wikipedia)

COULD ‘ULTIMATE FIGHTING’ overtake boxing? …. (telegraph)

DICTATORSHIP Goes Better with Coke . . . if You Prefer Freedom, You Might Want to Consider Pepsi …. (publiuspundit)

The Chemical Brothers: ‘The Salmon Dance’

WE JUST LOVE this site …. (talariaenterprises)

PHOTOSHOPPERY: Celebrity Sports 2. A Real All-Star Game …. (worth1000)

MINDWARP: Tips for teaching …. (sleepyoldbear)

A COMPUTER, Data and Communications Security Primer …. (standfirminfaith)

OUR SKOOLS: Trail Of Tears And The Ungrateful Bastards That Paved The Road …. (

A NEW STUDY Shows Broadcast TV Family Hour Fare Filthier Than Ever …. (lifesite)

10 THINGS YOU THOUGHT you knew about the Romans . . . but didn’t …. (timesonline)

MCJ E-MAIL TIP #1: “Experienced Internet users can spot spam in their e-mail inboxes before they open it” …. (

The Simpsons Odyssey

INDOCTRINATING Children With Global Warming TV Shows, Movies and Books …. (newsbusters)

WHAT MORE TO SAY? It’s …. (virtual-bubblewrap)

NATURALLY COOL: Face in the clouds …. (boingboing)

REMEMBER: There’s no such thing as an environmentally friendly car …. (magicstatistics)


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Re: The doctor assisted suicide link. Doctor assisted suicide is technically illegal in Canada, but it happens anyway, and the doctors get away with it. I blogged about it here:

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