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Bloomington, Indiana renames Good Friday, Columbus Day in name of ‘inclusivity’, ‘diversity’

Incredible.

The US city of Bloomington in Indiana has renamed Good Friday and Columbus Day as “Spring Holiday” and “Fall Holiday” to be more “inclusive”.

Mayor John Hamilton said the move would “better reflect cultural sensitivity in the workplace”, local media said.

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The change was announced on Friday by Mr Hamilton in a memo to city employees.

“We are terrifically proud of our diverse workforce at the city,” he wrote, according to the Herald-Times.

“That diversity makes us stronger and more representative of the public we proudly serve. These updated names for two days of well-merited time off is another way we can demonstrate our commitment to inclusivity.”

Their renaming Columbus Day is no surprise, as progs have been attacking it for years.

Attacking Good Friday, though, is like the War on Christmas, or Easter, or Thanksgiving, in that it isn’t merely an attack on a Western cultural festival (e.g. like Halloween), but is an attack on a Christian religious festival.

Seems progs want to double down on the culture war, in the wake of the Donald’s election.

Oh well; bring it! They are only hastening the day of reaction, and their ultimate defeat, the fools.🙂

“Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled.” – Psalm 2:12

 

Transparody

Spotted in a public building in the Greater Toronto Area:

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I know that until recently, there were just man and woman symbols (and possibly the same wheelchair and baby symbols as above in the one; I forget) on these single-occupant washrooms, both of which are wheelchair-accessible, designed primarily for disabled (or should I say differently-abled) individuals.

But some bureaucrat(s) decided they had to add a half-man, half-woman symbol to them…

Not sure why the two different colours, orange and green; perhaps they are separate washrooms for Protestants and Catholics (or, given population replacement trends, Hindus and Muslims).😉

But surely, this is still not inclusive enough; why, it only depicts people who present as female on the right side of their bodies, and as male on the left side; what about those who present as female on the left side of their bodies, and male on the right side of their bodies? Or female upstairs, male downstairs? Or vice versa?

Clearly, more symbols must be added!😉

 

‘Nativity war’: Baby Jesus to be allowed in French town halls, despite secularists’ complaints

Incredibly good and unreal news – secularists have lost to Christians in the ‘Nativity War’ in France!

Baby Jesus, as well as Mary, Joseph, and the three wise men will be allowed in French public places this Christmas, but on several conditions, a court ruled. Secularists have long argued that it is against a 1905 law on separation of church and state.

A French administrative court (Conseil d’Etat) gave the green light to installations devoted to Baby Jesus in public buildings such as town halls at Christmas. The installations are permitted only if they serve “cultural, artistic or festive” purposes, and show no preference for a religion, according to the court’s statement on Wednesday.

“Nativity scenes have a variety of meanings: they have a religious meaning but are also a decorative element during the end of the year holidays,” the court said.

Vive la France!

People pass by a Christ's nativity scene displayed in a street of Luceram, southeastern France, on December 21, 2015. © Jean Christophe Magnenet / AFP

People pass by a Christ’s nativity scene displayed in a street of Luceram, southeastern France, on December 21, 2015. © Jean Christophe Magnenet / AFP

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2016 in culture, good news, law, religion, The Kulturkampf

 

Should there be statutes of limitations? *Update*

i.e. a specified time limit, after the alleged commission of a crime, during which the accuser(s) must file a claim against the accuser, beyond which time period legal proceedings can no longer commence?

I’m not completely sure what I think, but I lean strongly towards believing they ought to exist.

On the one hand, we as Christians do believe that morality is absolute, that some things are right and some things are wrong, and that crimes ought to be punished by earthly magistrates, period; that such is a big part of what governments are for.

But… I am equally convinced that justice ought to occur in a timely manner, and that if a party is wronged, they ought to act quickly upon it, so that justice can be done sooner, and prevent the delay of administering such justice; and that legislation that has the effect of encouraging action to be taken at an earlier date is wise and prudent. If someone is truly victimized, seeing those who victimized them brought to justice earlier, rather than later, is surely better for victims, waiting until a future date. Why would one want to wait, anyway?

I am also concerned, with the higher rates of false accusations of sexual assault men face these days compared to in yesteryear, of a greater opportunity for injustice to occur, in terms of false accusations, precisely because of a lack of statutes of limitations on such, and here’s why I have such fears: there is usually less evidence as time goes on. Physical scars can and may heal; DNA evidence can deteriorate with time, etc. And so I’m convinced that with the physical evidence decaying, that, as with ‘human rights tribunals’ (i.e. inhuman wrongs kangaroo courts), in which the tradition of English common law (‘innocent until proven guilty’) is more or less overturned in favour of a French civil law type scenario (‘guilty until proven innocent’), where one has to try to prove that one is not ‘racist’, ‘prejudiced’, etc., that more weight may be given to simply the accusations themselves, and less to any possible evidence for them, and thus the defendant may be less well able to defend himself, in such a climate.

Some jurisdictions will punish abused mothers who stay with men who abuse both them and their children, reasoning that while a woman in an abusive relationship may have a choice to stay in the relationship with the abuser, as a mother she has a higher duty to protect her children from harm, and that insofar as she fails in that regard, while she may be a victim of domestic abuse herself she is nevertheless an accessory to the abuse they suffer, because she fails to protect them from it, even though she could, by leaving the abuser.

I think this is fair, and similarly, I think that encouraging crime victims to believe that they are not merely victims but remain moral agents, with moral obligations to pursue justice sooner rather than later, is also fair – and probably fairer both for them and those they accuse than putting it off till many years later.

*Update: from deti, in the comments:

This is relevant:  California Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown just signed a bill to end the statute of limitations for rape in that state.   That means a prosecution for rape or sexual assault may be brought at any time.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/california-eyeing-cosby-ends-statute-of-limitations-for-rape/ar-BBwKSdu?li=BBnbfcL&ocid=iehp

Relevant indeed, bro!

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2016 in law

 

Laptops in police cruisers: why?

I’m not ordinarily in the habit of looking inside police cruisers, but as I was waiting to cross the street at an intersection, one pulled up in front of me at the corner, front windows down, and I noticed a laptop computer mounted in the centre of the console, next to the steering wheel, facing the driver seat. I thought, “Interesting; they will stop and fine someone they catch texting while driving (and rightly so, IMO), but that’s okay? What do they need to look up so quickly that they can’t radio someone back at Dispatch look up for them, instead?”

And wouldn’t that be faster anyway, not needing to pull over to do it themselves?

Just wondering.

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2016 in government, law, nanny / police state

 

Most bestiality is legal, declares Canada’s Supreme Court

Incredible.

Sex acts with animals are legal in Canada, so long as there is no penetration involved, according to a surprise ruling issued by the Supreme Court.

The determination stemmed from a case involving a British Columbia man convicted of 13 counts sexually assaulting his stepdaughters – including one count of bestiality. But the man, identified only as “DLW”, was acquitted of the bestiality count with the new ruling.

DLW’s attorneys argued that bestiality linked to “buggery” – or sodomy – with animals beginning with an 1892 criminal code. Bestiality was first used in a 1955 code, but still was not defined to encompass every sex act with animals.

“Although bestiality was often subsumed in terms such as sodomy or buggery, penetration was the essence – ‘the defining act’ – of the offence,” the court said.

Thus, the court ruled by a 7–1 majority that bestiality required penetration.

“There is no hint in any of the parliamentary record that any substantive change to the elements of the offence of bestiality was intended,” the ruling reads.

According to court record DLW smeared peanut butter on the genitals of his victims and had the family dog lick it off while he videotaped the act.

Let’s hope and pray that Parliament passes a law closing this legal loophole.

 

Russian writer says war dead should have vote

G.K. Chesterton noted how tradition acts as a ‘democracy of the dead’ (Orthodoxy, Chapter 4, “The Ethics of Elfland.”):

Tradition means giving a vote to most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. All democrats object to men being disqualified by the accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by the accident of death. Democracy tells us not to neglect a good man’s opinion, even if he is our groom; tradition asks us not to neglect a good man’s opinion, even if he is our father.

Seems some Russian writer has taken this all too literally, given his suggestion:

A controversial Russian academic has proposed giving the vote to the millions who died in the Second World War, so that they can “continue to influence the development of the country”.

Alexander Ageyev told a conference by the powerful Orthodox Church on ‘Faith and Deeds in a Time of Crisis’ that the idea is “worth considering”, the local Fontanka news site reports. Mr Ageyev is director of the Institute for Economic Strategies, an affiliate of the official Academy of Sciences, and so his comments have attracted considerable media attention – not least about the logistics of how the dead would cast their votes.

The proposal has some topicality. For the second year running a march through Red Square by the Immortal Regiment – descendants of the war dead, bearing portraits of the ancestors – has been a prominent feature of the official 9 May celebration of the end of the conflict, with President Putin himself taking part. Professor Ageyev told Fontanka that the dead should have a say, “given that they were directly involved in the country’s salvation”, and even wrote an article in his Institute’s journal attributing hopes for the “resurrection of Russia” to the Immortal Regiment phenomenon.

As for practicalities, he suggested that their descendants could cast proxy votes for the fallen. Amid the predicable jokes about zombies, Gogol’s satirical novel Dead Souls, about stuffing property registers with deceased serfs, readily occurs to social media users. Some wonder why Professor Ageyev doesn’t consider votes for the “victims of Stalin’s prison camps”, while others ask whether “no taxation without representation” should also apply to the dead.