Anglican Samizdat

January 16, 2010

Officer! Arrest that Zionist before I get upset!

Filed under: Politics — David Jenkins @ 4:10 pm

Lumpy, Grumpy and Frumpy, having the temerity to stand too close to Code Pink, is accused of breaching the peace and threatened with arrest.

In Toronto, home of diversity, tolerance, gay pride and biased policing.

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January 9, 2010

Who is more unwelcome than a rabid Islamist? George Galloway.

Filed under: Politics — David Jenkins @ 12:01 am

Egypt welcomes a dangerous anti-Western Imam who was deported from France:

PARIS — France on Thursday deported to Egypt a radical imam who for months had been inciting followers in Paris area mosques to rise up against the West, the government said.

Described as dangerous, Ali Ibrahim Al-Sudani was detained and sent back to Egypt under an emergency deportation order, Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said in a statement.

But not even Egypt is prepared to put up with George Galloway:

George Galloway deported from Egypt.

George Galloway was deported from Cairo on Friday despite wanting to return to Gaza to help members of a humanitarian convoy who have reportedly been arrested, a spokeswoman for the convoy said.

Plain clothes police officers bundled the Respect MP on to a plane bound for London, said a spokeswoman for the Viva Palestina convoy.

This goes to show that even Egypt sets some limits on whom they will allow to enter their country; George Galloway wasn’t even allowed into Canada – not even if he were confined to Brantford.

December 8, 2009

USA defeats Hidden Imam!

Filed under: Politics — David Jenkins @ 11:34 am

From Fox:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims the United States is attempting to thwart the return of mankind’s savior, according to reports from Al Arabiya, a television news station based in Dubai.

Ahmadinejad reportedly claims he has documented evidence that the U.S. is blocking the return of Mahdi, the Imam believed by Muslims to be the savior.

“We have documented proof that they believe that a descendant of the prophet of Islam will raise in these parts and he will dry the roots of all injustice in the world,” Ahmadinejad said during a speech on Monday, according to Al Arabiya.

“They have devised all these plans to prevent the coming of the Hidden Imam because they know that the Iranian nation is the one that will prepare the grounds for his coming and will be the supporters of his rule,” Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying.

The obvious question is, if the Hidden Imam is to accomplish the relatively ambitious task of removing all injustice from the world, how come he can’t manage to overcome the US’s supposed attempts to prevent his arrival?

December 1, 2009

Canada’s image lies in tatters

Filed under: Politics — David Jenkins @ 12:45 am

According to the Guardian

When you think of Canada, which qualities come to mind? The world’s peacekeeper, the friendly nation, a liberal counterweight to the harsher pieties of its southern neighbour, decent, civilised, fair, well-governed? Think again. This country’s government is now behaving with all the sophistication of a chimpanzee’s tea party. So amazingly destructive has Canada become, and so insistent have my Canadian friends been that I weigh into this fight, that I’ve broken my self-imposed ban on flying and come to Toronto.

So here I am, watching the astonishing spectacle of a beautiful, cultured nation turning itself into a corrupt petro-state. Canada is slipping down the development ladder, retreating from a complex, diverse economy towards dependence on a single primary resource, which happens to be the dirtiest commodity known to man. The price of this transition is the brutalisation of the country, and a government campaign against multilateralism as savage as any waged by George Bush.

Until now I believed that the nation that has done most to sabotage a new climate change agreement was the United States. I was wrong. The real villain is Canada. Unless we can stop it, the harm done by Canada in December 2009 will outweigh a century of good works.

After giving the finger to Kyoto, Canada then set out to prevent the other nations striking a successor agreement. At the end of 2007, it singlehandedly blocked a Commonwealth resolution to support binding targets for industrialised nations. After the climate talks in Poland in December 2008, it won the Fossil of the Year award, presented by environmental groups to the country that had done most to disrupt the talks. The climate change performance index, which assesses the efforts of the world’s 60 richest nations, was published in the same month. Saudi Arabia came 60th. Canada came 59th.

Makes me feel proud to be Canadian.

November 3, 2009

For those who are tired of waiting: how to get an H1N1 vaccination

Filed under: Politics — David Jenkins @ 5:42 pm

Commit a terrorist act and get shipped to Guantanamo Bay; the living quarters may be cramped, but at least you won’t catch the flu:

Pentagon: Gitmo Detainees to Receive H1N1 Vaccine, Despite White House Claim

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman says the vaccine should be at the naval base by the end of November, though White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs dismissed questions on the subject.

Guantanamo Bay detainees will be receiving the H1N1 vaccine, the Pentagon confirmed Tuesday, even though White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said minutes earlier that the vaccine is not “on the way.”

October 9, 2009

Harper trumps Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize

Filed under: Obama,Politics — David Jenkins @ 7:53 pm
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Barack Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize, presumably because he is still bombing Afghanistan.

But who cares, when Stephen Harper, with a little help from his friends, gets half a million hits on youtube.

September 26, 2009

The UN circus

Filed under: Politics — David Jenkins @ 8:44 pm

Gaddaffi’s insane ramblings were too much for his translator, who succumbed to the barrage by declaring he “couldn’t take it any more”:

Colonel Gaddafi’s bizarre rant at the UN was met with yawns and disbelief by delegates.

But it was too much for the eccentric Libyan leader’s translator who is said to have collapsed with exhaustion during the lengthy diatribe.

The beleaguered interpreter cried ‘I just can’t take it any more,’ into a live microphone in Arabic after 75 minutes of Gaddafi’s ramblings.

He was replaced by the UN’s Arabic section chief, Rasha Ajalyaqeen, who translated the final 20 minutes of the speech.

Canada and others walked out on the odious Ahmadinejad’s battological drivel, thus sparing themselves from a similar breakdown, while Obama made the rather curious statement:

“I have been in office for just nine months — though some days it seems a lot longer. I am well aware of the expectations that accompany my presidency around the world. These expectations are not about me. Rather, they are rooted, I believe, in a discontent with a status quo that has allowed us to be increasingly defined by our differences”

Ignoring the first – it really is all about me section – Obama seems to have somehow missed the fact that, if we are not defined by our differences, we will find ourselves in rather strange company.

September 23, 2009

The UN: A stage for lunatics

Filed under: Politics — David Jenkins @ 5:39 pm

And from Muammar Gaddafi, a prize lunatic we have:Add an Image

On the audience (after speaking for quite a while):
“Please can I have your attention. All of you are tired, having jet lag. … You are tired. All of you are asleep.”

Barack Obama (who he kept referring to as “my son”):
“We are happy that a young African Kenyan was voted for and made president. Obama is a glimpse in the dark for the next four years, but I’m afraid we may go back to square one. Can you guarantee that after Obama that America will be different? We would be happy if Obama could stay forever as the president of America.”

“Why are we against the Taliban? Why are we against Afghanistan? If the Taliban wants to make a religious state, okay, like the Vatican. Does the Vatican constitute a danger against us? No. If the Taliban wants to create an Islamic emirate, who said they are the enemy?”

I expect Obama, the glimpse in the dark, is gratified that his father is with him – comparing the Taliban to the Vatican – on his first appearance at the United Nuthouse.

September 22, 2009

Why we will probably lose in Afghanistan

Filed under: Politics — David Jenkins @ 7:30 pm

Tarek Fatah is a liberal, but in spite of that he occasionally says something that almost makes sense:

There were times when the West faced tyrants with vigour and bravery, ready to sacrifice its sons so that freedom and equality would not be compromised. Tens of thousands of young Canadian men died fighting the Nazis and their parents and citizenry held back their tears. Today, only 130 men have died, but Canadians are reacting as if it were 130,000. A people unwilling to make sacrifices do not deserve to fight wars, let alone win them.

Or, to put it another way:

Is Obama about to do a Michael Jackson?

Filed under: Politics — David Jenkins @ 6:42 pm

Obama tells us he was black before the election:

This confirms my suspicion that Obama is actually a white liberal in disguise.

China vows climate change action

Filed under: Politics — David Jenkins @ 6:27 pm

This will follow shortly after the imminent release of all political prisoners, the ushering in of democracy and the returning of stolen body parts to Falun Gong adherents:

China will increase efforts to improve energy efficiency and curb the rise in CO2 emissions, President Hu Jintao has told a UN climate summit in New York.

Mr Hu gave no details about the measures, which should mean emissions grow less quickly than the economy.

The US, the world’s other major emitter, said China’s proposals were helpful but figures were needed.

September 16, 2009

Jimmy Carter should go back to his peanuts

Filed under: Politics — David Jenkins @ 2:27 pm

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Jimmy Carter not only sees apartheid when it isn’t there, he also sees racism:

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter said a congressman’s outburst directed at President Barack Obama during a speech to Congress last week was an act “based on racism” and rooted in fears of a black president.

“I think it’s based on racism,” Mr. Carter said Tuesday in response to an audience question at a town hall held at his presidential centre in Atlanta. “There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president.”

Carter himself does not hesitate to call George Bush a liar, something he presumably would not have done were Bush black. So who’s the racist?

Jimmy Carter, the former US president, has strongly criticized George Bush and Tony Blair for waging an unnecessary war to oust Saddam Hussein based on “lies or misinterpretations”. The 2002 Nobel peace prize winner said Mr Blair had allowed his better judgment to be swayed by Mr Bush’s desire to finish a war that his father had started.

September 5, 2009

Mayor of London suggests non-Muslims fast for Ramadan

Filed under: Islam,Politics — David Jenkins @ 10:33 am
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Boris Johnson calls for a day of fasting to ‘help understand Muslims’

London Mayor Boris Johnson today encouraged people to undergo a day of fasting to help them gain a better understanding of their ‘Muslim neighbour’.

Speaking during a visit to the East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre he said Muslims in the capital were ‘challenging traditional stereotypes’ to show they wanted to be part of the mainstream.

Mr Johnson’s visit coincided with the holy period of Ramadan in which participating Muslims fast from dawn until sunset.

He said: ‘Whether it’s in theatre, comedy, sports, music or politics, Muslims are challenging the traditional stereotypes and showing that they are, and want to be, a part of the mainstream community.

‘That’s why I urge people, particularly during Ramadan, to find out more about Islam, increase your understanding and learning, even fast for a day with your Muslim neighbour and break your fast at the local mosque.

Observing a religious ceremony for appearance’ sake without actually believing what the ceremony represents would normally be called hypocrisy.

Boris Johnson’s suggestion appears more bizarre in light of some of his earlier remarks about Islam:

..It will take a huge effort of courage and skill to win round the many thousands of British Muslims who are in a similar state of alienation, and to make them see that their faith must be compatible with British values and with loyalty to Britain. That means disposing of the first taboo, and accepting that the problem is Islam. Islam is the problem.

To any non-Muslim reader of the Koran, Islamophobia — fear of Islam — seems a natural reaction, and, indeed, exactly what that text is intended to provoke. Judged purely on its scripture — to say nothing of what is preached in the mosques — it is the most viciously sectarian of all religions in its heartlessness towards unbelievers. […]

The trouble with this disgusting arrogance and condescension [of Theo Van Gogh’s killer] is that it is widely supported in Koranic texts, and we look in vain for the enlightened Islamic teachers and preachers who will begin the process of reform. What is going on in these mosques and madrasas? When is someone going to get 18th century on Islam’s mediaeval ass?

September 4, 2009

Fred Hiltz does the Middle East

Filed under: Anglican Church of Canada,Politics — David Jenkins @ 4:15 pm
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And I am sure that no-one is surprised to discover that, according to him, it is infested with Israeli occupiers:

Q: Can you describe what it was like to visit Gaza?

A: It was a bit unnerving going through a checkpoint to show your passport and to answer questions as to why you’re there, how long you’re going to be there and where you’re going while you’re there and what time you’re leaving… What’s unnerving about that is that there’s a kind of tenseness in the checkpoint. We’re not accustomed, for instance, to seeing soldiers standing all over the place with machine guns and their hands on the gun at all times…We went in by car and not a lot of vehicles go through Gaza like that. A lot stand in long lines and wait to be processed before they’re given permission to enter and then they walk through the security or checkpoint.

Take a trip to Paris sometime, Fred; there you will see pimply teenagers guarding the Eiffel tower with machine guns:

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That is because they want to prevent people from blowing it up; get it, Fred?

August 20, 2009

How not to make Christianity believable

Filed under: Christianity,Politics — David Jenkins @ 5:08 pm
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h/t: Hairy Eyeball

One of the leading characters in Tolstoy’s War and Peace – Pierre Besukhov – spends a considerable amount of energy playing with numbers in the Bible to prove that Napoleon was the antichrist.  As is often the case in a Tolstoy novel, his fictional character is pretty close to reality: what obsesses some – I hope it’s fringe, I really do – Christians is just that: identifying the antichrist.

Napoleon may have been disagreeable, but he wasn’t the antichrist; neither is Barack Obama, in spite of a popular youtube video declaring that he is. I disagree politically with Obama and I think the adulation he has attracted is foolish, but I don’t thinks he is about to usher in the Great Tribulation – well, other than the trillion dollar debt.

Nevertheless, there are some who take this sort of thing seriously. This article does an effective debunking job:

More than one Christian friend has suggested to me, in all seriousness, that President Obama is the Antichrist. I haven’t taken such suggestions too seriously, but recently a video has shown up on Youtube that seems to claim that Jesus identified Obama as the Antichrist. Some Christians have been startled by this (and the video is wildly popular) and believe that the evidence is compelling. The video is found here.

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