Category Archives: Religion

Bring Out the Apologists: Libertarians for Islam

So, mainstream libertarians (otherwise known as white democrats who aren’t as excited about taxes) are coming out in droves to bitch and moan about Trump’s new executive order concerning Islamic immigration. I’m writing this with a small caveat; I make little mention of Libertarians themselves, but this is designed for that particular audience. A group so enamored with reason and evidence either gets to acknowledge the facts discussed here or drop their principles. There is no moderate position; the chaff will be separated from the wheat.

The first and most vociferous objection is a legal question, arguing the president doesn’t have the authority to dictate immigration policies to any extent. Wrong! Anyone alive and thinking during the Carter years knows that’s a lie: whether they admit it or not. A total shutdown of visas issued to Iranians was enacted with humanitarian exceptions (I wonder if a certain religious minority in that region could be given such an exception?).

Second is this bullshit idea that Islam is not a threat in terms of political violence based on the raw numbers of deaths caused by Islamic operatives in the nation. This is a particular absurdity because Muslims consist of only 1-2% of the general population.
Of course, we wouldn’t want to do anything so rational as examining the global threat an ideology poses to evaluate whether it has a place in our society!

Oops.

It’s completely ridiculous to evaluate any of this without adjusting for population. If a dangerous ideology doesn’t have much of a presence within the country, of course the country doesn’t suffer as much from the ideology! There’s a rarity of tiger attacks occurring in daycare centers, and it’s not because tigers are harmless. You can’t argue against a barrier to a threat based on the effectiveness of the barrier.

A few more examples to drive this home:

“Why shouldn’t we pour gasoline all over the floor? Do you know how few house fires we’ve had?”
“Why shouldn’t we let the bears out of the cage? Do you know how few people have been mauled in this zoo?”
“Why shouldn’t we blow a hole in the levy? Do you know how few floods we’ve had?”
“Why shouldn’t we take the brakes out of the car? Do you know how few crashes we’ve been in?

You get the idea.

Why not actually look at the impact of countries having gone through a wave of Islamic immigration? If only we had such an example to study!

This gets more and more convenient by the second. The Muslim population in Europe is far more statistically significant, and here we examine migrants over represented in crime (shocking!).  Islam is a dangerous ideology and the fidelity of a person to its precepts is the primary factor in either their support or participation in violent and immoral activities. It’s not the magic dirt of the Middle East that makes these people violent, it’s ideology and genetics (a comparison of IQ by nation can be found here). We’re doing a pretty good job of killing off what would be decent handlers ready to put the boot on the neck of Islamic radicals in the countries they lead, but that’s a topic for another time.

Another objection is that the ban is somehow unethical. Without reiterating everything I’ve said above (which is more than enough to debunk any such moronic notion) I’ll bring to light a simple fact.
No one has the right to this country. Few people are preferable in terms of ethnic and ethical compatibility, both essential. Fewer still come from populations with a mean of IQ sufficient to prevent any issues stemming from the natural second and third generation regression to said mean ( as noted by Jason Richwine). Libertarians and self avowed “Classical Liberals” should be especially opposed to the flooding of the nation with the most historically authoritarian religion in the history of mankind. I wouldn’t expect much consistency on that front, given that they’re mostly controlled opposition anyways (and the ones that aren’t are contrarians circle jerking over how “not mainstream” they are).

The final objection is a minor but fundamentally annoying one. The assertion that Trump is bypassing Congress on a number of these issues is correct, and not at all unethical. Libertarians would be happy to get gang raped to death in a gay brothel so long as a majority vote said it was ok, but normal people have more reservations about results than method; as they should. Libertarians need to understand this fundamental point: moral results trump immoral methods.

The end justifies the memes.

 

2016; A Year in Review

2016 was an emotional roller coaster for myself and many others. it felt as thought the realm of politics had hit a fever pitch. I lost a few good friends, and gained so many more throughout this election cycle.

It seems incredible what the Alt-Right accomplished, in spite of infighting. Third parties have failed for decades. The Ron Paul Revolution came so close to seizing victory, but was shunned by a party leadership determined to lie and lose rather than give up their idols. The same was slated to happen to his son this year; the values of liberty would be discussed, but the scene would be flooded with opposing voices and the party would lose simply the retain the power structure. But, we made our voices clear that the same-old same-old was done for. The basic bitch conservatism that ignored culture, ignored factual reality, and did nothing but pander to select groups all while trespassing on every single one of their promises was no longer enough. No longer would we sit back and accept the Trotskyite neocon ways of viewing foreign policy and immigration.

Being conciliatory towards the left isn’t enough anymore; being nice because we’re “above them” isn’t enough. That was just the rambling of men who had no claws, as Nietzsche would say. The New Right has claws, and we used them.

Culture is making advancements as well. Alternative media is successful like never before. There’s still the outcry about jokes that are too offensive, or mean, or whatever, but so what? We stopped caring, and more and more people are following our example. Art and literature aren’t following the trend yet, but that’s okay. We had to save a hunt to focus on in 2017, after all. No sense overworking ourselves (except when we enjoy it)!

Here’s to trophy hunting next year; now with low taxes!

Millennials and Church

I’m writing this as a response to a recent article written by yet another whining millennial.

Is the Church in America hostile to millennials? Possibly. But probably not for the reason you think.

  1. Nobody’s Listening to Us
    No one needs to listen to millennials. They are by far the most miseducated, stupid, frivolous, petty, and useless. This isn’t entirely their fault, but I’m not going blame their parents for the shift to discivic societies in the west. They’re complicit, and everyone knows it. Millenials want to make a difference, I won’t deny it. But where are the cries for virtue? Humility? Empathy? Love? We don’t have those; we have cries for tolerance; ironically the only virtue measured by the others millennials have thrown to the side. Millennials have total interest in top-down enforcement of their views and little to no interest in fostering change by example. That’s Anti-Christian. If you create a special version of morality that always puts you at the forefront of virtue devoid of criticism, then your interests simply don’t align with the church.
  2. We’re Sick of Hearing About Values & Mission Statements
    Oh give me a break. Am I to believe every church is suited to the exact same task, or even the exact same multiplicity of tasks? No! Certain churches are better positioned by location, IQ, education, etc for certain tasks than others and to deny that is to spit on reality. We’re creative creatures and find different solutions to different problems that many of us aren’t even aware of. A church for the disabled is not equipped to develop irrigation systems in Africa. Deal with it.
  3. “Helping the Poor Isn’t a Priority”
    This in particular is a disgusting lie. The author complains about how “Americanized” the church has become. America happens to donate rather absurd amounts of money to charity, often leading the world in that area as a matter of fact. Millennials care so much about the poor, now do they? Where are “Millennials Against the Welfare State”? “Millennials Against Authoritarianism”? “Millennials Against War”? Based on the last election we know they don’t exist.
  4. We’re Tired of You Blaming the Culture
    Did she not just whine about Americanized churches? Our modern political dynamic stacks you with either an amalgamation of people attempting social reconstruction at the point of a gun or war-hungry wastrels, and the line between those two are often blurred. Our art is worthless, our stories boring and tired with not-so-subtle political messages. Our education system is a revolving door of worthless teachers paying dues to the same people their miseducated students pay their debts. Older generations have a habit of critiszing the new because our civilzation is in decline. If you’re not smart enough to assume you’re not impacted by the cultural rot of decades, you’re not thinking. You might regard yourself as heroic far beyond the average human being, but thanks to the aforementioned electoral map I have no reason to believe any such claim.
  5. The “You Can’t Sit With Us” Affect
    I will be kinder with this one. I agree that churches are cliquey, but that’s not because of the Church. People have natural (and I would argue good) in-group preferences. Cliques form naturally because people with common interests and talents attract each other. This fosters specialization, honing people’s skills for dealing with more specific problems and situations. It’s a good thing! Granted, people may feel like this is exclusionary, but if one desires to talk to people in a clique, why not explore their interests? You’re not going to find a terribly large number of religious Jews in church because their interests don’t align with the purpose of the institution. It’s similar with the cliques. I’d note this isn’t a justification for animosity between groups within the church, however.
  6. Distrust & Misallocation of Resources
    I don’t see this as a bad thing on its own, but given the author makes the claim that “Millennials, more than any other generation, don’t trust institutions” I’d invite the reader to re-examine the aforementioned electoral map. No, they most certainly do not distrust institutions. Quite the contrary, they worship them. The institution of college in particular is idolized, as I’ll explore more in the next paragraph. I’d note Churches being more efficient in the realm of finances would be lovely, and that community influence on those decisions (given that they fund them) would indeed be proper. A means of tracking these finances as the author proposes wouldn’t be such a bad thing in practice.
  7. We Want to Be Mentored, Not Preached At
    Yeah, this is a lie. All the craze nowadays is going to college to get a degree, any degree and on someone else’s dime. Professors do not hold your hand (try looking for compassion if you disagree with them politically). Lecturing is all they do! I’m absolutely in favor of church leaders and elder members setting the example and making a personal investment in the lives of the young. But this idea that the function of exploring some truth in the Bible, some fact or nuance relevant to current events, displaying the character of God, or better preparing church-goers to defend the faith is somehow worthless because millennials find it disinteresting is a travesty. This is the disgusting response of the stupid to the sacred, nothing more.
  8. We Want to Feel Valued
    The author complains here of feeling drained by the reliance on youth in ministry. I thought the church neglected ministry? Ah, but this was written by a millennial so I suppose consistency is just optional. Sad! “We desperately need the church to tell us we are enough, exactly the way we are. No conditions or expectations.” The problem with this it’s anti-Christian. You’re not enough! You’re flawed, corrupt. You don’t need a church that believes in you; you need a church and a God that molds you into something worth believing in. Your big crazy dreams are not the purpose of church. They’re not even the purpose of life, outside how they glorify your creator.
  9. We Want You to Talk to Us About Controversial Issues (Because No One Is)
    As long as they match with your preconceived notions of what’s acceptable, right? If they come to a different conclusion than you, then what? People talk about controversial issues all the time. The millennial response is playdough and safe-spaces. You don’t want the church to “talk” about controversy; you want the church to talk about your beliefs concerning controversy, and the moment they step out of line you’ll abandon them. The church is not your political platform, clear off if you don’t like it.

    Millennials: clearly the torch-bearers of civilization.

     

  10. The Public Perception
    I thought there was nothing wrong with the culture? Seriously, I can’t help it at this point. The church is doing a great deal in our communities to better life. The church will appear to be a force for good when people who don’t believe any such thing stop intentionally spreading the lie that they are not, or better yet simply have no platform with which to do so unchallenged. It’s that simple.
  11. Stop Talking About Us (Unless You’re Actually Going to Do Something)
    No, I don’t think we will. You will continue to be mocked, ridiculed, and criticized in the public arena until you stop acting like a spoiled mass of left wing zombies. We’ll continue watching your ever move and will critique it incessantly, because no matter what those who came before us will likely die before us; and many of them have no intention of letting you destroy what they built. If you insist on following in and even increasing the severity of their mistakes, you deserve to be criticized for the sake of those who will follow you.
  12. You’re Failing to Adapt
    You’re failing to comply.
    If you think yourself so god-like that you can warp the human consciousness to create some new sort of culture as opposed to the one forged in blood, sweat, and tears over 2,500 years to afford us the rights and duties we have today, go right ahead and try. You’ll fail, because you nor any other creature on this planet can do that. We have tradition because it sent us forward, that which did not already died out. We on the planet have the unique ability to disregard that which keeps us alive in both malice and mad idealism. You are no different and you will fail if you try to change that. You are here to serve the church: not the other way around.
    The traditions of man and God run deep in our hearts and souls; they came long before you or I and will last beyond you and I.
    There is nothing you can do to change that, and in that I find relief.