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Saudi Arabia: Executing Witches in 2011 December 13, 2011

Posted by Garibaldy in Reaction, Religion.
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Unbelievable news on the BBC website that Saudi Arabia has executed a woman for “witchcraft and sorcery” by beheading. That’s the second person executed there for witchcraft this year, the other one being a Sudanese man. As in the past, it seems people at the margins of society are being victimised by the forces of social conservatism and religious reaction using witchcraft. I am so glad that the leading democracies in the world, who have been spending so much money and blood on bringing democracy to places it is lacking keep such a close eye on Saudi Arabia, and are doubtless planning to act on this as we speak.

Dublin City Business Association Update… July 27, 2011

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Reaction, Uncategorized.
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This, from DCBA, was forwarded by a friend of the CLR. Check out the second article. Actually, check out the third too…

As the person who forwarded it noted ‘I knew they were reactionaries at DCBA but even so…’.

Willie O’Dea is OK (on the video) December 17, 2010

Posted by Tomboktu in Art, Class, Music, Reaction, Society.
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I don’t listen to Joe Duffy, but Panti blogged about yesterday’s programme where the Rubberbandits’ Christmas video was the topic of discussion. Interesting to hear Willie O’Dea making sense and one of the indignant caller having their lack of understanding of art exposed, and by somebody with a broad working class Limerick accent to boot.

A tape of the show is here.

24 minutes into this Joe Duffy show, some of the up-on-their-high-horse set get ripped apart by somebody with a broad Limerick accent.

Rubberbandit: “Somebody needs to give that man a dictionary and he needs to look up the word ‘irony'”

and later …

Indignant caller: “I don’t watch MTV like Martin Scorcese”.

Rubberbandit: “Then, man, you’ve no business looking at art […] We don’t create music for people like you who are going to interpret something literally. […] It’s about metaphor, it’s about art, it’s about different viewpoints creating the meaning. Do you know what I mean?”

Indignant caller: “Absolutely not. Why would I as an individual who would watch that video once and listen to that track once come away with all that? That’s rubbish. […] What’s coming out of that video is the usage and promotion of drugs. It’s a joke.”

Rubberbandit: “It is a joke, yeah. You’re hitting the nail on the head there, kid.”

And the offending video:

More on Catholicism and Socialism October 11, 2010

Posted by Garibaldy in Irish History, Reaction, Religion.
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Last week we had a link to Shane’s new blog where he had posted up Fr. Kane’s lectures attacked by Connolly in Labour, Nationality and Religion. This week he has come up with a lot more goodies drawn from Catholic pamphlets on socialism, Marxism and Communism.

Capital and Labour

Communism from the Inside from ex-Communist Douglas A. Hyde.

Christian Aspects of the Labour Question

Catechism of the Social Question

And two parts of a multi-part series by Father John Meagher on Communism: Its Foundations, Aims and Claims.

Marx the Man – an Idol with Feet of Clay

The Land of Make-Believe (an interesting title for someone who believes in the supernatural some might say).

Thanks once again to Shane for all this.

Labour Nationality and Religion: The Other Side of the Argument October 3, 2010

Posted by Garibaldy in Irish History, Reaction, Religion.
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Regular commenter Shane has now got his own blog, Lux Occulta. He has put up a range of interesting historical and contemporary material from the Catholic church, including the lectures by Fr. Robert Kane SJ in Gardiner Street Church in Dublin in 1910 that led to Connolly penning Labour, Nationality and Religion. I haven’t read them all yet, but some of them certainly make for interesting reading. Especially his opinion on slavery in the United States, amongst other gems. Thanks to Shane for making them available.

Political Debate – BNP Style May 6, 2010

Posted by Garibaldy in Reaction, The Far Right, UK General Election 2010.
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Footage from the BBC website showing the racist and violent true face of the BNP.

Honi soit qui mal y pense… abortion and the bush fires… February 11, 2009

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Reaction, Religion, Social Policy.
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Wednesday pointed this out to me.
I’ve got to admit I put my head in my hands when I read this sort of stuff …

“Pro-Abortion” Doughnuts and the Obama Presidency… the culinary front in the Culture war opens… January 16, 2009

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Reaction, Social Policy, US Politics.
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Many thanks to Wednesday for pointing this out…

Krispy Kreme Celebrates Obama With Pro-Abortion Doughnuts

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following is a statement from American Life League president, Judie Brown.

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081105/DC44231LOGO)

“The next time you stare down a conveyor belt of slow-moving, hot, sugary glazed donuts at your local Krispy Kreme you just might be supporting President-elect Barack Obama’s radical support for abortion on demand — including his sweeping promise to sign the Freedom ofChoice Act as soon as he steps in the Oval Office, Jan. 20.

The doughnut giant released the following statement yesterday:

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE: KKD) is honoring American’s sense of pride and freedom of choice on Inauguration Day, by offering a free doughnut of choice to every customer on this historic day, Jan. 20. Bydoing so, participating Krispy Kreme stores nationwide are making an oath to tasty goodies — just another reminder of how oh-so-sweet ‘free’ can be.

Just an unfortunate choice of words? For the sake of our Wednesday morning doughnut runs, we hope so. The unfortunate reality of a post Roe v. Wade America is that ‘choice’ is synonymous with abortion access and celebration of ‘freedom of choice’ is a tacit endorsement of abortion rights on demand.

President-elect Barack Obama promises to be the most virulently pro-abortion president in history. Millions more children will be endangered by his radical abortion agenda.

Celebrating his inauguration with ‘Freedom of Choice’ doughnuts — only two days before the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to decriminalize abortion — is not only extremely tacky, it’s disrespectful and insensitive and makes a mockery of a national tragedy.

A misconstrued concept of ‘choice’ has killed over 50 million preborn children since Jan. 22, 1973. Does Krispy Kreme really want their free doughnuts to celebrate this ‘freedom.’

As of Thursday morning, Communications Director Brian Little could not be reached for comment. We challenge Krispy Kreme doughnuts to reaffirm their commitment to true freedom — to the right to life,liberty and the pursuit of happiness — and to separate themselves and their doughnuts from our great American shame.”

American Life League was cofounded in 1979 by Judie Brown. It is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life organization in the United States and is committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to natural death. For more information or press inquiries, please contact Katie Walker at 540.659.4942.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

PR Newswire: Krispy Kreme to Celebrate Freedom of Choice on
Inauguration Day (14 January 2009)

It’s just wrong on so many different levels.

That said, this may well be the first skirmish in the next four year long battle over the word ‘freedom’ and what that means in the context of US social (and indeed economic) politics. Expect more.

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