When still a young man, I served a five-year apprenticeship. Once out of my ‘time’, I joined the Merchant Navy, and realised how much I still had to learn; about people, about my work, about the fact that, when you are an Electrical Engineering Officer, you are the guy to go to when things go wrong. You learn fast, or you don’t survive. All the other Engineering Officers, junior and senior, know very little about your line of work, because that’s what you have been trained for. So you cope; you answer the questions, and those answers had better be right, from Day One.
Transfer those thoughts, those ideals and ideas, to another line of work, a significantly different work, and a much more responsible position, and the answers must still be the correct ones, every time. Imagine you have been in the ranks of the Roman Catholic priesthood, and through a certain rigorous process, you become a Cardinal, a Prince of the Church of Rome. Then, one day, out of a cloudless blue sky, comes the thunderbolt: your close colleagues believe you have the qualities to be their leader, the religious prince of Princes, the Pope. You impress many with your humility, your willingness to learn, your acceptance of a simple life, even as Head of the Church of Rome. You continue to stay in a small religious hotel, you don’t want all the fuss, the attention. You commence your own crusades for tolerance, for acceptance, for peace; and it is commonly felt, even amongst your opponents, that you are doing a pretty good job.
And then you screw it all up, in the space of ten seconds, when you state that the Freedom to Speak, the very Freedom of Expression, has its limits. The Pope said “”One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people’s faith, one cannot make fun of faith.”.
Well, Frankie, you are dead wrong. You may be considered ‘infallible’ by your billion-strong congregation, but only on matters of Dogma, of Faith: in everything else, you are just another fallible human being, and you got the Freedom bit totally, utterly wrong! What you have espoused, what you have told your followers; that is the excuse used by the murderous killers of the Charlie Hebdo staffers.
Government authorities in Belgium got ahead of events and managed to stop some terrorist activity by Islamic terrorists. Two suspected terrorists are reportedly dead in the raids (how not sad). It would not be hyperbole to suggest more to come. Any time the authorities can get the jump on these folks is a good day.
On economic relations Pope Francis is proving to be a good Latin Marxist. He simply cannot hide his inner authoritarian on other matters of liberty either –
Pope Francis has defended freedom of expression following last week’s attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo – but also stressed its limits.
The pontiff said religions had to be treated with respect, so that people’s faiths were not insulted or ridiculed.
Ultimately, religions are simply ideas, and the notion that some ideas should be beyond insult or ridicule is absurd.
There was an email from Grassroots Conservatives which expressed outrage at the ten-year-old pupils of a private Christian-ethos school being questioned as to ‘what Lesbians did, and if any pupil ‘felt trapped in the wrong body’
Now as to the suitability of these questions, and their place in an inspection supposedly about British values; I have many and varied comments and criticisms, but most would be allayed if one question could be asked of the Ofsted Inspection Team; namely:-
Have all these questions been asked, individually, of the ten-year-old pupils at a Muslim faith school?
Dhimmfication continues effortlessly. It’s not so much #jesuischarlie but more #jesuiscowards.
Schoolbook authors have been told not to write about sausages or pigs for fear of causing offence. Guidance from leading educational publisher the Oxford University Press prohibits authors from including anything that could be perceived as pork-related in their books. The bizarre clampdown, apparently aimed at avoiding offence among Jews and Muslims, emerged yesterday during a discussion about free speech on Radio 4’s Today programme.
Mmm…”offending Muslims and Jews”. Yes. Those pesky Jews are always going off on one, aren’t they, rioting and killing. I love the way these cowards hide behind “Jews and Muslims” when we ALL know there is only ONE group that they run scared from.
A mother and daughter who reportedly weigh a total of 43 stone and receive £34,000 a year in handouts say they’d rather be happy and on benefits than depressed and thin.
Janice Manzur, 44, and her daughter Amber, 25, use mobility scooters as their weight means they struggle to get around, while Janice’s home in Kirkcaldy, Fife, has been modified by the council to accommodate her disability. Mother-of-two Janice has been claiming benefits since 2006, while her daughter has not worked for more than two years. Together they reportedly receive around £33,600 in benefits a year, which is the equivalent of someone earning £46,000 a year before tax.
But the pair have no plans to diet, and say they are happy being overweight, despite the risks of obesity-related health issues. ‘I’d rather my daughter live life on benefits being fat and happy than depressed and thin,’ Janice, who weighs 26st, told The Sun‘s Jenny Francis. As well as her scooter, Janice gets around in a wheelchair-accessible Fiat Qubo car, worth around £15,000, which she gets £200 a month in benefits for. There is a disabled parking bay outside her home and a ramp has been placed outside her house, making it easier for her to access.
This is how our taxes are spent. On these idle parasites who stuff their fat faces and bloat on Welfare. I have a suggestion and it is this. How about we starve them of Benefits and see if that helps encourage them to go out and find employment. In turn, that might help them lose some of the lard?
Of course the European Union has determined that being OBESE is actually a form of disability and thus potentially meaning even MORE benefits. And you wonder why we have a problem?
Good ol’ Jimmy Carter - as morally bankrupt as ever.
Former United States President Jimmy Carter suggested on Monday there was a link between the Paris terrorist attack on the French magazineCharlie Hedbo and the conflict between Israelis and Palestinian Arabs, Breitbart reports. The comments were made on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart.
On the show, the former president was asked whether the violence in Paris was actually fueled by something else other than Islamic extremism. “Well, one of the origins for it is the Palestinian problem,” Carter replied. “And this aggravates people who are affiliated in any way with the Arab people who live in the West Bank and Gaza, what they are doing now — what’s being done to them.” The former president did not elaborate as to how the “Palestinian problem” was related to the terrorist attacks in Paris.
Carter is just an old fool, who travels around demonstrating this to those who are unsure of his sustained idiocy. The slaughter in Paris has nothing to do with the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. It has everything to do with the struggle between Islam and civilisation.