Pope Francis might jettison idea of a ‘just war’, by Maria Stephan.
Developed in the fifth century A.D. by St. Augustine, the doctrine of a “just war” empowers rulers to wage war only as a last resort to confront grave wrongs. As Augustine wrote: “Peace should be the object of your desire; war should be waged only as a necessity.”
Later, the Summa Theologica, written by St. Thomas Aquinas in the 1260s and 1270s, clarified that war could only be waged by a properly instituted authority like the state, that it could not occur for purposes of self-gain, and that attaining peace must be its central aim. …
But it seems that Pope Francis – who is by all accounts a progressive thinker, unafraid to challenge old Church doctrines – might welcome a debate over the church’s foundational tenets on war and peace. “Faith and violence are incompatible,” he repeated in a 2013 mass prayer gathering at the Vatican. … In his letter to a recent Rome conference, he exhorted participants to revitalize the tools of “active nonviolence.” It was a call, in other words, to challenge the idea of “just war” and to propose an alternative paradigm.
Robert Spencer scathingly applies realism to dispel the Pope’s PC nonsense:
That would remove one of the West’s key philosophical foundations and leave Catholics no alternative but to surrender to the advancing jihad. But with the monuments of Catholic Europe in ruins and the Church subjugated and enslaved, as the jihadi’s blade slices through his neck, Pope Francis can congratulate himself that he was never, ever “Islamophobic,” and that he and his bishops made sure that those within their purview who spoke honestly about the jihad threat were duly silenced.
The Pope has forgotten, if he ever knew, that (as Winston Churchill put it) “we sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.”
hat-tip Stephen Neil
German Protestant bishop wants Islam classes in all state schools. Reuters reports that “The head of the Protestant Church in Germany has called for Islam to be taught in state schools across the country as a way to make young Muslims impervious to the ‘temptation of fundamentalists.’” Robert Spencer:
He suggests this because he assumes that Islam is a religion of peace that has been hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists. In reality, however, if Islam is taught in state schools, Germany will find itself confronted with more jihad, not less. But by the time they figure out why it is happening, it will probably be too late.
Believing politically correct ideas is dangerous because they are founded on falsehoods.
hat-tip Stephen Neil
Top Gear relaunch fails to wow critics, by
The relaunch of Top Gear, with its all new presenting team, had been eagerly anticipated for months.
With Chris Evans and former Friends actor Matt LeBlanc at the helm, viewers were keen to see how they fared compared to the previous trio of presenters.
And so too were the TV critics. Although none appeared to be overwhelmed by the new show, it did not attract a lot of criticism either.
The Daily Telegraph said that while the new presenters had “sharp things” to say about the vehicles, “the show’s trademark flights of savagely funny sarcasm were as thin on the ground as edible grub in service stations”.
The Sun review was a little more critical, saying: “If you hadn’t seen the old version, BBC2 would have a perfectly serviceable new motoring show on their hands. But we have seen this done before and better.
The reason Jeremy Clarkson’s Top Gear was so popular has little to do with cars. It was simply that the presenters were politically incorrect, sarcastic, and scrapped with each other in a manly way. You hardly ever see that any more.
The original line up had it all: a non-PC grumpy funny old guy, a nerd, and a young (originally) trendy.
‘Dilbert’ Creator Scott Adams to Bill Maher: Donald Trump Will Win Election In A Landslide. Bill Maher is openly a PC leftie, but nonetheless this is interesting.
I’ve been studying persuasion for decades and when I saw Trump last summer displaying the tools of persuasion I thought, ‘Oh my God, he’s not a crazy clown. Everything he’s doing, including his complete ignoring of the facts, is persuasion perfection. I called him to be the landslide winner in the general election last year.
Essentially he’s basically bringing a flamethrower to a stick fight. There’s nobody using the same tools that he’s using. So his complete ignoring of facts are actually part of the persuasion because he doesn’t give you targets. He doesn’t give you details of his policies, usually. So he’s reducing the number of targets while making you feel good and focusing on the things he wants. So it’s not about facts, it’s about focus and attention.