Girls Will Be Boys And Boys Will Be Girls

The pace of the Culture Wars is picking up as far as deviant sexual behavior is concerned. It wasn’t enough that homosexuals, lesbians, and transsexuals not be discriminated against: now their proclivities must be actively celebrated and promoted. Furthermore, standard “gender binary” behavior — what used to be called “heterosexuality”, or even the “norm” — must be deprecated, discouraged, criminalized, and, if possible, eradicated. We’re still well over 90% of the population, so that’s a major task for the woke social engineers who mean to usher in the New Licentious Global Utopia.

Below are two articles about brave soldiers who are defying the Powers That Be on the front line of the Gender War. The first one (in German) concerns a former Minister of the Interior in Finland who is being persecuted for citing heterosexual marriage as a normative standard.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Tichys Einblick. The translator’s comments are in square brackets:

Causa Räsänen: With the EU, marriage between a man and a woman could become “hate speech”

The newly rolled-out trial against Päivi Räsänen could serve as an opportunity for Brussels to make hate speech an EU-wide criminal offense in the future. Anyone who postulates that marriage between a man and a woman is the only valid one, or speaks of “gender insensitivity” could end up like the Finnish interior minister.

The Päivi Räsänen case is a proxy war over freedom of expression. It could become a precedent concerning the red lines of what may be said — and put religious freedom on the index like traditional European values. The police have been investigating the committed Lutheran since 2019 because she criticized the cooperation of her church with the “Pride” movement.

A tweet in which she quoted a passage from Romans became the stumbling block. Further investigations turned up a 20-year-old pamphlet to support Räsänen’s “hate speech”: In it, together with Bishop Juhana Pohjola, she had represented the traditional Christian understanding of marriage and family. The title? “Male and female he created them”. Pohjola also ended up in the dock.

Both sides want a precedent

The staging was reminiscent of a show trial. The public prosecutor found the Christian motto “Love the sinner, hate the sin” to be too much. Yes, the word sin alone was already “hurting”. For the observer it was clear from the start that an example was to be made here of how far the Moloch of the new woke ideology could go. To the relief of most involved, the trial ended in acquittal. The Finnish public prosecutor’s office had to bear the costs. It was a victory for freedom of expression — but a premature one.

The public prosecutor’s office appealed the verdict last Friday. Räsänen, a member of the Finnish Parliament, said she was “dismayed”. At the same time, she sees it as an opportunity. The prosecutor’s decision could lead to “the case going all the way to the Supreme Court, which offers the opportunity to set a positive precedent for freedom of speech and religion for all Finns.”

At this point one can rightly ask: Where does the doggedness with which a former Finnish minister (2011-2015) and party leader (2004-2015) is being humiliated and dragged in front of the qadi come from, because she maintains convictions that still exist, maybe not shared by everyone, a few years ago, but were still considered completely acceptable? It is reasonable to think that there is also a desire on the other side to set a precedent that will break all dams in terms of hate speech.

A paper on the introduction of an EU-wide criminal offense has been in the drawer since December 2021

Dissenting opinions as a crime? There is no doubt that panic is currently reigning in the left-liberal milieu. Whether it’s Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover, or the possible revision of “Roe v. Wade” by the US Supreme Court: Things are not looking good for the hegemonic course of the “progressives”. But a glimmer of hope on the horizon beckons to the awakened and enlightened. It is a document from the EU Commission that has been sitting in a drawer since December 2021. The content? The extension of EU criminal offenses to “Hate Speech” and “Hate Crime”.

In its draft, the Commission warns that hate speech and hate crimes have increased both online and offline. They have become a “worrying phenomenon”. In view of this, an EU-wide approach is necessary. With the exception of a single study cited, which data the Commission relies on and why the national states cannot implement such a regulation themselves remains non-transparent. The basis is also interesting. Not human rights, but opaque “EU values” are used as justification.

The Commission does refer to Articles 2 and 6 of the Lisbon Treaty. But where the legitimacy to ban “all forms of hate crimes and hate speech” comes from, even if it relates to “gender identity”, remains vague — the term is not found in either article. On the contrary, the treaty signed 20 years ago is extremely reactionary when it interprets dual gender as the norm. Article 2 knows only the “equality of women and men”.

“Instead of a minimum standard for freedom of expression, the EU wants a minimum standard for censorship”

Of course, that won’t stop the EU Commission from wanting to implement its woke ideas across the entire EU area — to the detriment of the free word. “Hate is hate — and nobody should put up with it,” is a quote from Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at the beginning of the document. [She would know, since she’s been spewing quite a bit lately.] Anyone who commits a “hate crime” in Germany can then also be arrested in Portugal.

Brussels and the national governments would thus have an instrument with unknown effects on freedom of expression. The outcome of the Räsänen case is therefore a signal for the EU Commission. As Paul Coleman, director of ADF International, the organization representing Räsänen, put it in the European Conservative: “Instead of introducing a minimum standard of protection for freedom of expression, the EU is trying to do the opposite: introduce a minimum standard of criminal censorship. But is the prosecution of a political leader, because they hold deep-rooted beliefs, really something we want to be big on across the continent?”

Afterword from the translator:

It’s becoming clearer by the day that what we’re seeing is the merger of secular and ecclesiastical powers into one big monster. A kind of Sharia law on steroids. Something the Christian Church never really managed.

The second article concerns a case across the border from Finland in Sweden. Until recently the Swedish language contained just two pronouns that could be used for the two sexes: hon (she) and han (he). Ten years ago the politically correct ruling caste introduced a neologism: hen, which is a non-discriminatory gender non-binary neuter pronoun that can be used indicatively of anyone, even space aliens.

A new test case concerning the use of pronouns arose last year when a young schoolteacher committed the heinous offense of refusing to refer to one of her pupils as “hen” when requested to do so by the creature’s parents. She has already been fired from her job, but now faces the possibility of losing her teacher’s license as well.

Many thanks to LN for translating this article from Samhällsnytt:

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Culture-Enrichers Disturb a Palm Sunday Procession in Catalonia

Last week in Catalonia a group of “youths” from Morocco expressed their disapproval of a Palm Sunday celebration by attempting to block the procession. Police were forced to intervene, and at least two of the high-spirited youngsters were arrested.

Many thanks to HeHa for translating this video report, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

The following news report describes the same incident shown in the video. Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from El Nacional:

Five young men try to break up the Palm Sunday procession in El Vendrell: Video

Serious incidents during the Palm Sunday procession this Sunday in El Vendrell, in Baix Penedes (Tarragona). According to what police sources explained, as they were processing a few minutes after 7:30 in the evening, an officer who was doing guard duty for the procession, which was crossing through the center of the city, observed the way a group of five Maghrebians were creating insecurity in the area, bothering the people who were awaiting the passing of the procession, and also provoking disturbances. The young men were on Angel Guimera Street and heading toward Nova Square, right in the path of the religious event.

The local police officer alerted the station and several officers headed to the location to try and remove the youths from the situation. Far from listening to the police, the young men confronted them, pushing and attacking the officers, who had to use their personal defenses to try and repel the attack, as can be seen in the images in this video, which El Caso received.

Two arrested for attacking police

Three of the youths were able to escape the scene, and two were arrested by El Vendrell police officers. According to police sources in the capital of Baix Penedes, the two detainees are 24 years old and of Moroccan nationality. They are accused of an alleged crime of attacking police officers. An investigation has been opened to try and identify the other three young men who participated with the group with the intention of breaking up the El Vendrell Palm Sunday procession. The officers were applauded when they were able to take the two violent young men away.

Neighbors in the municipality explained that it is not the first time that these young men have created insecurity in the center of the municipality. Though they cannot be connected formally, sources of the Catalan police, the Mossos d’Esquadra, have explained that the two detainees are related to the young men arrested a few weeks ago for participating in violent fights in El Vendrell. In these confrontations, which occur during the evenings, one of them lost the sight of one eye as a result of the attacks with machetes and rocks.

Holy Week in El Vendrell

The religious events of Holy Week in El Vendrell began this Sunday at 12 noon in Francesc Macia Square, where the blessing of the palms and mass was conducted. In the afternoon, around 4:30, the Procession of Brotherhood began, which brought together the participation of some 300 people and two musical bands. In spite of the disturbances, the event was able to conclude at the church around 9:30pm.

Video transcript:

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Islamic Jew-Hatred

“Khaybar, Khaybar ya yahud, jaysh Muhammad qadimun”

The following Italian article discusses a phenomenon that the media normally shy away from: the increase in Jew-hatred fueled largely the by the growing Muslim population in Western countries.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this piece from Il Giornale:

The new anti-Semitism and the Islamic elephant in the room

March 1, 2022
by Stefano Magni

There is much confusion under Heaven about anti-Semitism. Invoked when it doesn’t exist, used as a propaganda club against one’s enemies, for decades it has been going through a transformation that few analyze, but everyone sees. The principal matrix of Jew-phobia is Islamic, and no longer from the extreme Right.

There is much confusion under Heaven about anti-Semitism. Invoked when it doesn’t exist, used as a propaganda club against one’s enemies (the Russians, for example, accusing the Ukrainians of anti-Semitism and neo-Nazism, even if they elected by a wide majority a Jewish president), anti-Semitism is increasing in Western society in an exponential way, especially after two years of a pandemic. Usually, the blame is placed on that which was the most virulent anti-Semite of the 20th century: the Nazi, the fascist, the authoritarian nationalist in its various forms. The root of anti-Semitism is still traced to the 19th century, in the pogroms conducted by Christians, especially Orthodox. And in the centuries of the modern era, to point the finger at the Catholic Church and the Spanish Inquisition. But even if the TV news services, every time they speak of anti-Semitism, by conditioned reflex, are still showing images of swastikas and shaved heads, are we sure that that is still the principal matrix of hate against the Jews?

At least since the years of the war on terror, of which the most acute phase was between 2001 and 2008, the most liberal intellectuals in France, such as Alain Finkielkraut, pointed to a new enemy: anti-Judaism of an Islamist matrix ( known as political Islam) and its numerous connections with the maximalist Left. In the name of anti-racism, above all, is also associated the rhetoric of Islamic anti-Zionism, which automatically translates into anti-Semitism. The target is not only Israel but the Jew as such, wherever he is. The attacks in France of an anti-Semitic matrix, such as the massacre at the Jewish school in Toulouse in 2012 and that of Hyper Catcher in Paris in 2015 (contemporaneous with the massacre of the editors of the satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo), are of an Islamic matrix. Also the individual crimes such as the robbery, torture, and murder of Ilan Halimi in 2006, more recently, the murder of Sarah Halimi in 2017 (whose assassin remains unpunished because he was deemed “not prosecutable”), and of Mireille Knoll in 2018, were all committed by common delinquents. Who, however, were also Muslims, were radicalized, and killed their victims explicitly because they were Jews. Mireille Knoll, stabbed and then burned in her house by a neighbor whom she knew, a victim who suffered the passage from one anti-Semitism to another. The old woman, born in 1932, had miraculously escaped the Nazi roundup in 1942. She found death in the following century, at the hand of a young man who adhered to a different totalitarianism.

The most recent person to reveal the existence of this elephant in the room, which is difficult to see and condemn, is Pierre Andre Teguieff, the French sociologist and historian. As a scholar of the New Right, he doesn’t deny at all the neo-Nazi and nationalist matrices of part of the current anti-Semitic galaxy, but in his new essay, Leaving Anti-Semitism?, in his interview published by Le Figaro, he notes what is now the new universal tendency of anti-Semitism: “The great transformation resides in the growing Islamization of Jew-phobia, across the space occupied since the end of the 1960s by the “Palestinian cause” raised to the “universal cause” of the new anti-Jewish imagery now shared by Muslims and non-Muslims. Since the beginning of the 2000s, the murders of French people of the Jewish faith qua Jews are not committed by extremists of the left or right, but by young Muslim men, often delinquents or ex-delinquents, being either jihadists in mission or not — such as Mohammed Merah (the attacker of Toulouse, editor’s note) or Amedy Coulibaly (perpetrator of the taking of hostages at Hyper Cacher, editor’s note).

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Whoopi Goldberg is Innocent — But Some of Her Critics are Shameless Hypocrites

Whoopi Goldberg got herself into a mess of trouble recently for her remarks about the Holocaust. David Boyajian takes a look at the hypocrisy of those who led the charge against her, Jewish and otherwise.

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan receives the ADL’s ‘Courage to Care’ award from ADL National Director Abraham Foxman in New York. June 10, 2005. (Photo:

Whoopi Goldberg is Innocent — But Some of Her Critics are Shameless Hypocrites

by David Boyajian
February 10, 2022

The award-winning actress/comedian/author Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of ABC-TV’s “The View”, has been suspended for two weeks for a minor, though understandable, slip-up (Monday, January 31) regarding the Holocaust.

Meanwhile, some of her Jewish accusers have been guilty of far worse — including genocide denial/diminishment — although mainstream corporate media have rarely reported that fact.

Born Caryn Elaine Johnson in NY City in 1955 to black parents, Goldberg has no Jewish ancestors but merely feels Jewish. She invented her name.

While The View was discussing the Holocaust, Goldberg interjected that it wasn’t about “race” since both Germans and Jews were “white.” It was “about man’s inhumanity to man.”

Co-host Joy Behar — an Italian Catholic with two Jewish husbands and a Hadassah Woman of the Year award — justifiably disagreed: Nazis considered Jews a “different race.” Added co-host Ana Navarro, the Holocaust was “white supremacy… going after Jews.”

American Jews and non-Jews, plus organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the American Jewish Committee (AJC), swiftly, and sometimes harshly, criticized Goldberg. Some want her fired.

Goldberg Acknowledges and Apologizes

On Stephen Colbert’s Late Show on Monday (taped in the daytime), Goldberg explained herself. “Being black… race [is] a very different thing to me so … I thought the Holocaust wasn’t about race.”

Indeed, like Goldberg, mainstream media discourse and most Americans see race as mainly about skin color: Blacks and whites. Think of Black Lives Matter.

Similarly, most Americans regard Jews as a religious or ethnic group (and white) and Germans as a white ethnic group.

Thus, Goldberg’s reasoning was understandable, even if historically incomplete.

On the freewheeling The View, is the liberal, black Goldberg obliged to know and explicate 1930s Hitlerian racial ideology?

After the Colbert taping, Goldberg tweeted that the Holocaust is about both “race” and “man’s inhumanity to man… The Jewish people… have always had my support … I’m sorry for the hurt I have caused.”

On Tuesday’s The View, she again acknowledged that the Holocaust “is indeed about race because Hitler and the Nazis considered Jews to be an inferior race… I regret my comments.”

Nevertheless, fellow black and ABC News President Kimberly Godwin gave Whoopi a whippin’: “Take time to reflect and learn … The entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues, friends, family, and communities.” Translation: You and I must yield to ABC’s power hierarchy.

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“Peace” and Translating Tariq

Long-time readers will remember the noted Swiss philosopher Tariq Ramadan, who also happens to be the grandson of Hassan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood. Dr. Ramadan spent time behind bars in France for thrusting his unwanted attentions on several young women. He was released on bail, and recently spoke publicly on Khalil Gibran and Machiavelli at a literature conference scheduled for January 21 (see Jihad Watch, “Tariq Ramadan, Accused of Rape by Five Women, to Speak at French Conference”).

The following account by Michael Copeland provides some useful context to the public utterances of the silver-tongued Tariq Ramadan.

“Peace” and Translating Tariq

by Michael Copeland

Peace, we are assured by Western politicians, is the theme of Islam. Those leaders, as Pat Condell says, are all Islamic scholars: “They are, aren’t they?”

“Islam is peace.” — George W. Bush

“Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people…” Hillary Clinton

The peace message was contradicted by Anjem Choudary to the BBC:

“You can’t say that Islam means peace. Islam does not mean peace: it means submission.”

His interviewer scowled with disbelief: apparently the BBC know better. Choudary’s assurance has, in any case, not been heeded by British leaders. Consider their confident unanimity:

“The doctrine and teachings of Islam are those of peace and harmony…” — Tony Blair

“…a peaceful religious faith” Gordon Brown

“Islam is a religion of peace.” David Cameron

“A religion of peace was being distorted, …perverted…” Nick Clegg

“Islam is a peaceful religion.” Theresa May

Rather significantly, these politicians all have something in common: they were advised by Tariq Ramadan. What Ramadan said to British leaders has not been published, but in an interview with the BBC he assured his interviewer of:

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Erdogan Triumphs as Putin Stabs His Best Ally in the Back

With tension ratcheting up over Russia’s possible plans for an invasion of Ukraine, David Boyajian examines some other major issues of the region, especially in the Caucasus.

Erdogan Triumphs as Putin Stabs His Best Ally in the Back

by David Boyajian
January 19, 2022

President Putin has been making some astonishing demands, including:

  • NATO mustn’t admit additional countries near Russia, such as Ukraine and Georgia.
  • NATO must cease military activity in non-NATO territories: Georgia, Ukraine, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and parts of eastern Europe.

Yet, incredibly, Putin has himself been enabling a NATO member’s aggression bordering Russia.

In 2020, the Kremlin embraced Turkey’s sending American-designed/equipped F-16s and Bayraktar drones containing NATO components into Azerbaijan.

Turkey and Azerbaijan (“one nation, two states”) subsequently defeated the Armenian populated Artsakh Republic/Nagorno-Karabagh and Russia’s longtime ally, Armenia. Israel backed Azerbaijan militarily.

The brutal 44-day war ended with a so-called peace agreement on November 9, 2020.

Russia facilitated Turkey’s (and, de facto, NATO’s) participation in Putin’s self-defeating grudge war against Armenians:

  • Putin stood aside as Turkey openly deployed troops, weapons, and thousands of Russian-hating international terrorists into Azerbaijan.
  • Turkey and Azerbaijan struck parts of Armenia, not just Artsakh. Yet Russia and the Russian-led CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization) patently ignored their defense pacts with Armenia.
  • For decades, Russia had stopped battles over Artsakh between Azerbaijan and Armenians at an early stage despite Artsakh’s lacking a defense treaty with Russia. This time, though, Moscow intervened only belatedly (November 2020) as it posted Russian “peacekeeping” troops in parts of Artsakh.
  • Moscow welcomed Turkish soldiers to partner with Russians in “monitoring” the peace agreement.
  • Since the war ended, Putin and the CSTO (Azerbaijan isn’t a member) have shamelessly humiliated their Armenian ally. For instance, Russia is permitting Azeri troops — unquestionably at Turkey’s urging — to invade southern Armenia, seize highways, kill civilians, and attack Armenia’s diminished military.
  • Russia and the CSTO continue to rebuff Yerevan’s legitimate requests for assistance.
  • In contrast:
    • In January, Putin promptly dispatched CSTO troops into member-state Kazakhstan to subdue violent protests.
    • NATO never signed a formal agreement barring eastward expansion. Therefore, despite the Kremlin’s contention, NATO isn’t legally required to bar Ukraine’s possible membership. Russia and the CSTO are, however, legally required to adhere to their signed, formal defense pacts with Armenia but aren’t doing so.

Russia’s Angry President

Elected on an anti-corruption platform in 2018’s democratic “Velvet Revolution,” Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan was reelected in 2021.

Russia dislikes democratic leaders. They’re harder to arm-twist and bribe. True, Pashinyan has been somewhat friendlier to Western nations than Armenia’s earlier leaders.

Yet, post-independence (1991), Yerevan has maintained excellent political and economic relations with the EU, U.S., and NATO. In 2005, America built one of its largest embassies in the world under President Robert Kocharyan, a Putin favorite.

Regardless, Putin hated Pashinyan, barely spoke to him, and never gave him a chance.

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Time to Brush the Wool Away, Boris

Michael Copeland directed the following remarks at the UK’s clown prime minister back before he was PM, when he was just the clown mayor of London.

Time to Brush the Wool Away, Boris

by Michael Copeland

(First published at LibertyGB in March 2014, long before Johnson was Prime Minister)

Boris Johnson is having the wool pulled over his eyes with a red herring past its sell-by date. So are Cameron and the team. We have heard it before: this PR “spin” is old hat, a distraction, but it is what they want to hear, so they love it. Enter on stage the impressive-sounding Islamic Heritage Research Foundation. Hear the reassuring purring of its executive director, Irfan Alawi:

“Moderate, traditional, spiritual, and even conservative British Muslims … should … support effective measures to curb the spread of extremist ideology.”

How fine this sounds: it is the comforting sound-bite, feeding the wishful notion of the Nice Peaceful Moderate in contrast with the problematical “extremist Islamist”. Remember that the previously attempted “effective measures” consisted of paying money to mosques, and they proved ineffective. The soothing spin rests on the deliberately dishonest distinction between an allegedly nice, kind, peaceful Islam and a violent, problematic, dangerous “extremist Islamism”. This has been lapped up by the government, but it is bogus. It is deception. No sin is committed, though: lying to the kuffar is “halal”, allowed, in Islam. It has a name, taqiyya, and a section (r8), “Permissible Lying”, in the Manual of Islamic Law, Reliance of the Traveller.

A “moderate” Islam? No. “These terms are ugly and offensive”, said Tayyip Recep Erdogan, observant Muslim Prime Minister of Turkey, “There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that is all there is to it.” There are moderate Muslims, yes. They are like that, though, in spite of Islam, not because of it. The only way to be “moderate” is to be partially observant. The fully observant observe the command to kill: that is not moderate. Where is this? The Koran has the answer.

The instructions in the Koran express ordinary basic Islam’s core, “radical” (from Latin radix, root) ideology. In over a hundred verses the Koran mandates violence against non-Muslims ( One example is in chapter 9, Sura At-Tawba, the one cited by the Woolwich killer, “Kill unbelievers wherever you meet them” (v.5). There is only one interpretation available of “kill”. Under Islam’s doctrine of “abrogation” Chapter 9, being the latest complete chapter chronologically, overrides and “abrogates” all the peaceful verses elsewhere. “The verses of forgiveness”, wrote ancient scholar Mohammad As-Shawkani, “are abrogated by the obligation of fighting”. The Arabic word artfully translated as “fighting” entails fighting to the death, killing, explains the Arabic-speaker Ashraf Ramelah, of Voice of the Copts. Hear the Grand Mufti of Egypt, Ali Gomaa, Sunni Islam’s highest authority, “Muslims must kill non-Muslims wherever they meet them, unless they convert to Islam”. There we have it — from the horse’s mouth. The ordinary basic ideology in the Koran is extremist and mandates violence.

Muslims are eager to protest that the context of the Koran is important. Here it is: Islam instructs that the Koran is “true, …universal and trans-time” (Ahmad Saad, North London Central Mosque) and “valid from eternity to eternity” (Sam Solomon, former professor of Sharia law). It forms part of Islamic law, and announces: “None may change his words” (18:27). For denying any verse there is the death penalty, which can be carried out lawfully by anyone, “since it is killing someone who deserves to die” (Manual of Islamic Law, o8.7(7), o8.4).

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Interview With Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller

In December the St. Boniface Institute conducted a video interview with Cardinal Gerhard Müller. Rembrandt Clancy has translated the interview, and includes these contextual notes:

The interview caused a great deal of controversy at the time of its release. His analysis of the vaccine mandates is clearly still applicable, and his remarks about denying the Mass and sacraments to their faithful during the lockdowns may still speak very much to the experience of some readers.

Perhaps the most controversial part of the interview was his direct and poignant remarks about the “Big Reset”. The mere mention of the world “Soros” brought about the widespread accusation, in both English and German sources, of anti-Semitism. And the attack on the “Big Reset” itself drew the charge of his being a conspiracy theorist. But it is precisely here where Müller goes beyond all the pseudo-medial distraction and aims right at the heart of the tyranny.

St. Boniface Institute Interviews Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller

Cardinal Müller speaks about the vaccine mandate, the sacraments and the Great Reset

“I really would not like to be newly created and redeemed in the image and likeness of Klaus Schwab or Bill Gates or Soros.”

— Cardinal Gerhard Müller

Video Source: Kathnet
Film Interview by St. Boniface Institute
Translation by Rembrandt Clancy

December 14, 2021

Your Excellency, you have just returned from the USA! What was your impression there?

I was unable to see everyone, but I met very many who are firmly grounded in the Catholic faith, especially young people at the universities —Notre Dame, Hillsdale College — who are very engaged. They not only participate outwardly, but are grounded in their faith in God and in Jesus Christ, who came down to us in the Incarnation and who brings orientation to our lives; for He is the way, the truth and the life. And that is the testimony of Jesus Christ Himself.[1] And it is in this sense that I have returned actually very much gladdened and strengthened in my faith. Not everywhere is everything so sad, as is sometimes the case with us in Europe.

Unfortunately it has come to pass that bishops and priests are closing their churches and have denied the sacraments to the faithful during the pandemic. What is your position on this?

Christ gave the apostles the Commission to preach the gospel and to confer the grace of God through the seven sacraments. That is the essential mission of the Church. Certainly, in the event of a catastrophe we must also accommodate to the circumstances and avoid danger to physical life and health. And we always do that. But to absolutely refuse access to the sacraments is, of course, a direct offence against Christ. Often I have the impression of the Church, seen from her most important representatives on down, that if she is only a human organisation spreading human solace and imparting only human help, then ultimately there is also a lack of faith in Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, the Son of God who came into this world and is the universal Redeemer of all men.

The Church, to be precise, is the sacrament of the world’s salvation in Jesus Christ. For that reason, in earlier times of pestilence, good priests never refused to expose themselves to personal danger, for they maintained that eternal life is even more important than temporal life.

Certainly we can prolong this in some ways, perhaps by the avoidance of illnesses. But we can never do away with the mortality of man; and the answer to this is given in Jesus Christ, the victor over sin and death. That is why one could indeed say that the bishops are acting against the Holy Ghost, against their own better judgment, against their conscience and contrary to their mission, when they keep the faithful from the sacraments on principle.

There is also the commandment governing the Sabbath: Remember thou keep holy the Sabbath day and Do this in remembrance of me, which is what we celebrate on Sunday, keeping the Sabbath holy by means of the Eucharist. This, too, is directly commissioned by Christ, the head of the Church; therefore, a bishop can never, as it were, provide a dispensation from the Sunday obligation; rather, he can make only a general statement, that if the external circumstances are so serious that a person cannot attend, he is exempt from attendance; but then he is obligated once again to make up for Sunday Mass at the next opportunity. This applies to all healthy people.

Of course, if a person is sick, he can remain at home, in which case it is reasonable to participate in the Mass, virtually, via Zoom or the media. But in that situation there is no efficacious grace [Gnadenwirksamkeit] conferred ex opere operato, by virtue of the work performed in the Mass, but rather by virtue of the aid conferred by personal faith, by actual grace [helfenden Gnade]. That is what a bishop or a priest actually has to know from Theology, unless he slept during his Theology studies or he has otherwise culpably forgotten it.

A conspicuous split is emerging between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated, the latter being made increasingly into scapegoats. What do you have to say to that?

It is always a terrible thing when a society is ideologically split. Hence within the meaning of the class-struggle rhetoric, the enemy-class or the dissenters must be annihilated or otherwise put completely out of commission.

Especially in crisis situations, the point is to stand together. Even now, in this situation, it is a question of listening to the professionals, so as to take the correct measures to lessen the danger to life and limb.

However, I think that no politician has the correct recipe, as it were, to overcome Corona as a disease. We indeed have a certain chaos, a confusion of measures. On the one hand, these are born from ignorance about the potency and danger of this virus; on the other hand, they are born also out of the will to exploit the opportunity to now bring man into line [gleichschalten][2]; to subject him to total control and to establish a surveillance state, as the proponents of the Big Reset [sic] have themselves said: Klaus Schwab, “Corona is an opportunity”. Many people are dying, sick and severely restricted in their lives; the economy is severely damaged and children are unable to go to school, which will result in traumatic, long-term damage to their souls and spirits.

And then their are people who sit on the throne of their riches and remain untouched by all these everyday difficulties and proclaim in grand style that they now have an opportunity to force through their agenda. It is an agenda based on a confidence racket; namely, the opinion ‘we can now, with the help of modern technology or the communications system, call forth a new creation; we can create a New Man’, but exactly in their own image and likeness. I really would not like to be newly created and redeemed in the image and likeness of Klaus Schwab or Bill Gates or Soros and all these people who have accumulated a great deal of money, whilst calling upon others to cut back to a modest life, and who thunder toward Glasgow in their private jets whilst imposing severe austerity measures and restrictions on the rest of mankind, or on “the masses”, to speak in their locution.

From a political point of view, that no longer has anything to do with democracy, where every person is equal before the law. Instead, it is the old pattern we have always seen: that people are divided into a small elite; a self-proclaimed elite of owners, commanders, rulers and the privileged; and then comes the great mass who have only to obey; and they, with every stirring of their own thinking, are severely punished and threatened with utterly disproportionate fines and even prison terms.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has clearly stated that there must be no vaccine mandate imposed (cf. “Note on the morality of using some anti-Covid-19 vaccines”, § 5).

Such a vaccine mandate is to be introduced now in Austria. What is your opinion on that?

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A Lytic Agent Acting to Dissolve Western Culture

On Friday I wrote about the latest ukase from the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia, which once again orders parishes to shut down church services, this time because of the Omicron variant.

Paul Ashley asked the following question in the comments:

How will the diocese punish a parish for simply ignoring their pathetic and cowardly edict?

While formulating an answer, I started thinking about the larger issues. Below is an adapted and expanded version of my response.

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They can’t call in the state police to arrest people. They don’t have a Swiss Guard. Their only leverage is that ultimately they own the church real estate.

They could commence a legal process to return the plant to direct diocesan control, and evict the heretics. But that would be very expensive and time-consuming, and they could not be certain of success. As far as I know, there is nothing in the canons of the national church that grants the bishop the authority to exercise such dictatorial control over the parishes. She has arrogated unto herself powers the ECUSA doesn’t grant her.

Furthermore, the case would be litigated in the civil courts, which may not be all that interested in what the diocese thinks are its inherent powers.

That’s why I argued, during the heated discussion that preceded the breakup of our church, that we should flip the bird to the bishop and continue to hold services as the congregation saw fit. The vestry, however, had been fully assimilated into the Covid Borg, and voted to obey the bishop. That caused a schism — we, the unassimilated, were in the majority, but it made no difference. So we formed a dissident congregation that meets in a private home. The priest and the organist are part of our little group.

The rump, so to speak, of the original congregation consists of obedient masked and jabbed people who are deathly afraid of Corona. They do what the bishop tells them, and shut down when commanded. I think there are four or maybe five of them.

There were also several people who quit attending church of any sort as a result of the toxic conflict over the issue. They have withdrawn completely.

That’s what Covid did to my little church — it destroyed it. And I’m paranoid enough to believe that was one of the purposes of it.

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For the last fifty years or so, the globalists that aim to create the New World Order have been employing various strategies to introduce what I call lytic agents into Western culture. The purpose is to break it down into smaller and smaller parts, to dissolve the traditional social order.

For decades the principal lytic agent employed was mass immigration, and especially Muslim immigration. That’s why this blog was founded more than seventeen years ago, to agitate against that process.

The Powers That Be had evidently observed what happens in places like Nigeria when the percentage of Muslims in the population passes a tipping point. The old social structures are gradually destroyed, sharia law is implemented, and from then on the Prophet PBUH rules with an iron fist.

The average Muslim in existing Islamic societies is not all that bright, and has a volatile temperament. This renders him susceptible to manipulation and control by Islamic despots, which for centuries has been the typical political arrangement in Muslim countries.

I can only assume that the globalists have calculated that they can do the same thing with the newly-Islamized cultures of the West, once the existing order has been thoroughly dissolved. Heck, they might even convert — what difference would it make? They don’t have to believe all that stuff, and the despots in charge don’t have to follow the rules; they can drink and smoke all they like, so long as they’re out of the public eye. And, as a further inducement, the men at the top of the pyramid get to keep large harems of nubile females (or catamites, if that’s more to their taste). As for the women — well, they’ll be out of luck. But progressive chicks don’t seem to have caught on to that fact yet.

As of 2020, however, Islam as a favored lytic agent has been exchanged for SARS-CoV-2. The NWO folks seemed to have determined that it has a superior capability to destroy traditional Western culture, and have pulled out all the stops to make it do just that.

Christianity, even in these degraded times, is the strongest bastion of Western culture, especially here in the United States. The earlier socialist-communist infiltration of the mainstream denominations comes in handy now — the leadership of the organized churches can implement policies that have the effect of destroying their institutions as functioning entities, driving out members who really believe in God and the mission of Jesus Christ. Those left behind in the shells of the churches are obedient drones, functionally indistinguishable from the apparatchiks who occupy the academy, the media, the government, and other major institutions. The institutional Church will become a walking corpse.

If my little dissident congregation is any indication of the larger processes at work, real Christianity — the vital, active force that has existed continuously for two thousand years — will be driven underground, and persecuted when it dares to show its face in public.

And that’s a hopeful sign, because Christianity thrives under persecution. That’s why it is spreading so widely in China.

Quiz IV: Eighteen Clues

Quiz IV: Eighteen Clues

Compiled by Michael Copeland

fundamentally committed to conquering the world
Anthony Flew, British philosopher
mortimer, comment

a political party and pursuit, and its followers are people of war.Ieronymos II, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, Jan 17, 2021

a deeply racist and misogynistic culture that is anything but free… a self-pitying burden on humanity and a bloody nuisance to the civilised world.
Pat Condell

for war, hostage-taking, killing [non-members], fighting tyranny, taking war booty, taking women of the enemy as concubines.
27-year-old member

Anyone who is not a [member] is fair game for hostility and persecution.
Former member

it produces an endless stream of evil monsters
tim gallagher, comment Mar 4, 2021 at 3:16 pm

so unbelievably disgusting, the most poisonous ideology around
tim gallagher, comment

a criminal ideology hell-bent on world domination
Aussie Infidel, comment Mar 20, 2021 at 9:28 pm

a controlling totalitarian warrior culture that values men more than women, and death more than life.
Aussie Infidel comment Apr 7, 2021 at 5:13 pm

a danger to all religions in this world.
Yati Narsinghanand

a drag on mankind.
Wellington, comment May 16, 2021 at 4:41 pm

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BBC Misinformation: Jihadism

This article was originally published at LibertyGB in December of 2014; it was edited in 2021.

BBC Misinformation: Jihadism

By Michael Copeland

The BBC, in a by now familiar tactic of deflection and obfuscation, misinform their readers yet again in an article “What is jihadism?”. Characteristically, no author is shown. The BBC employ a number of Muslims: it is hardly likely that management would ask a non-Muslim to write an explanatory article about Islam. It is a reasonable surmise that the author is Muslim. Here is where we need to remind ourselves that Islam authorises its followers to employ deception in the cause of Islam. That’s right: Islam authorises Muslims to lie. There is no shame or sin in doing so: it is righteous and devout Muslim behaviour. “Using deception to mask intended goals” is a stated aim of the Muslim Brotherhood plan, as revealed in a captured secret internal memorandum.

“Permissible Lying” is section r8 of the Manual of Islamic Law, Reliance of the Traveller.

The BBC article’s unnamed writer informs us in a rather anodyne manner that “more than 5,000 people around the world died… as a result of violence…” Let us be clear about this: they were intentionally killed — in Islamic jihad killings. The writer avers that those responsible are “al-Qaeda, its offshoots and groups which subscribe to a similar ideology.” So far so good: this is accurate. What follows, though, is obfuscation: the “similar ideology”, explains the article, is “commonly referred to as “jihadism”. This is deception and obfuscation.

“Commonly referred to…” Really? How commonly? Evidently not “exclusively”, or even “usually”: no, just “commonly”. Maybe “commonly” in mosque circles, or maybe — and this is more likely — it is just an unbacked assertion included to sound authoritative and throw you off the scent. The phrase has a crafty function: it is slipped in to pre-empt any objection. You are left to think that because you have not heard of “jihadism” then you are embarrassingly out of touch, because the BBC tells us it is “commonly referred to”. But is it? By whom? When? Where can these common references be found and inspected? In reality what the writer is doing is artfully steering the spotlight away from Islam.

Jihad is indeed part of Islam, an inseparable part. After the compulsory waffle about “internal struggle” the article correctly explains that jihad can be “war for the faith against unbelievers”. This accords with the Manual of Islamic Law, which explains (o9.0) “Jihad means to war against non-Muslims”, and it is “obligatory” (o9.3). Muslims actively engaged in it can be described as jihadis, or jihadists. Jihad is a “communal obligation” (o9.1). Is there an ideology “commonly referred to as ‘jihadism’”? No. Emphatically not. “Jihadism” is not an ideology. The ideology is Islam, that “ideological political movement”, as Anjem Choudary describes it. This is, indeed, what is followed by al-Qaeda and its offshoots — ordinary basic back-to-the-roots Islam. Jihad is a component of Islam. There is no Islam without jihad, and no jihad without Islam. Islam is the source, the only source.

The writer goes on to introduce, gratuitously, many complexities, all of which usefully steer attention away from Islam itself:

The term “jihadist” has been used by Western academics… as a way to distinguish between violent and non-violent Sunni Islamists.”

Here we go again: these old chestnuts are really rather tedious. What you are supposed to think, you see, is that jihadists are not proper Muslims: they are “Islamists”. Remember “Islamists”? The article explains: “Islamists aim to reorder government and society in accordance with Islamic law, or Sharia.” Just a minute: that aim — making the whole world Islamic — is identical with the aim of Islam itself. “Kill the unbelievers until the Islam is the only governance” is the import of Koran 8:39. Revealingly, there is no mention of “Islamists” in the Manual of Islamic Law, Reliance of the Traveller. No. It is a word deliberately invented for use in the West in order to deflect attention away from Islam. You see, it has to be anything but Islam itself. It is “Islamists”. More than that, it is not even ALL alleged “Islamists”, either. First of all it is only Sunnis, who, albeit a majority, are only a PART of the world’s Muslims, and of them it is only the VIOLENT ones. Nothing to do with Islam: move along, now.

What the reader is intended to conclude from all this is that the remaining Muslims are problem-free, all Nice and Peaceful. Artfully the article does not actually say so: it leaves that conclusion to be formed through this careful conditioning of the unsuspecting mind. It is all designed to take Islam off the hook.

The text includes a masterful piece of obfuscation:

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Lynched for Blasphemy in Pakistan

The clip below shows what “due process of law” means in Pakistan.

A man from Sri Lanka was accused of blasphemy and lynched by an angry mob, who set him on fire while he was still alive. The footage, interestingly enough, was found on Twitter. It was included in this article from The Times of India.

Yog, who sent the tip about the incident, says that the victim’s name was Priyantha Kumara Dinawadhana, and he was a Buddhist.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:

The text from the accompanying article:

A man in Pakistan was lynched and set on fire alive by the mob in Sialkot over charges of blasphemy. The victim was a Sri Lankan national who worked as a manager in a Sri Lankan textile firm in Pak. The workers of the factory accused him of blasphemy and attacked the man.

Is Islam a Threat?

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this post from the Portuguese blog Inconveniente:

Is Islam a threat?

by Jose do Carmo

A few days ago, someone said to me that in his opinion, Islam is a religion like others, and he casually rejected the idea that it was a threat to the rich, strong, and civilized West.

Are there really no reasons to fear?

Well, beyond the very clear and explicit exhortations to violence and conquest, which can be read in the sacred texts of Islam, it is always history that shows us that since this religion emerged about 1,400 years ago, Muslims have consistently followed the Koranic command to make war on the infidels, on the House of War.

As a result, almost 75% of what was then called “Christendom” was definitively conquered by the House of Islam, including all of North Africa, Anatolia, Syria, etc.

Many European territories were under Muslim occupation, at times for centuries, from Portugal to Russia, passing through Spain, France, Italy, Ukraine, Lithuania, Serbia, Romania, etc. etc, only being liberated by force of arms.

More than 15 million Europeans were captured and enslaved in the name of jihad, in a process that lasted until the 19th century, reaching faraway Iceland. In fact, one of the first external wars waged by the USA (Jefferson and Adams) was precisely against the Muslim slavers, with Portugal as an ally.

All in all, for more than 1,000 years, Islam has been the principal and permanent threat to Western Civilization and has always been on the offensive when the relative potential of combat has been in its favor.

In the 20th century, Europe modernized itself and managed to neutralize jihad, but now seems to have forgotten everything about this old and constant threat.

For many Westerners, Islam is just a religion like others, and some, without knowing anything of history and the texts, even proclaim that it is “a religion of peace”.

No, it is not.

What history tells us is that it is the most formidable and persistent enemy that our civilization has faced up to today, and this has not changed just because circumstantially, we believe that we are on top.

The major problem, still, is not the forgetting of history, but its rewriting, so that it fits into new, politically correct narratives.

And this woke narrative, conveyed in the schools, in the media, and in the cinema, is that Muslims are part of the extensive group of historical victims of the West, that is, of the “heteropatriarchal whites” or by definition, the “oppressor”.

For example, the Crusades, effectively a military reaction to the Islamic conquest of the so-called Christian holy places, is described as a cruel and unjust attack on the poor Muslims, who were peacefully in their lands drinking tea and smoking water pipes. Moreover, the Muslim invasions are not even described as such, rather as innocuous “advances” by Arabs, Moors, Almoravids, Tatars, Mamluks, Ottomans, etc., deliberately hiding their true rational aggregate, jihad against the infidel.

But that is history, the appeasers will say. That time has passed. We have to look to the future and enter into a new era of mutual respect and tolerance, even if to do this, we have to gild history a bit.

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Forget the Jews, Blame the Unvaxed!

The speaker in the following video is Daniel Trappe, a retired Senior Public Prosecutor in Germany.

Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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