Burning Concerns. No Further Action?

Tucker Carlson sees coverup plot behind announcement FBI found little evidence of coordination among Jan. 6 demonstrators. Thomas Lifson — “After reviewing the months of the 180 degrees opposite narrative, put out by the FBI and broadcast by the progressive media, that an organized insurrection took place, he suggests a sinister motive behind the leaked story to Reuters.  “If there was organization going on, some of it came from the feds.” … “In my view, dropping the allegations of coordinated activity, aka, insurrection, from the charges would allow these unindicted co-conspirators to avoid being called as witnesses by those who otherwise might have been charged with crimes of conspiracy.”

“No Further Action Will Be Taken”: Officer Who Fatally Shot Ashli Babbitt Cleared of Any Wrongdoing By Capitol Police. Jonathan Turley — “Violent riots are unfortunately common today in cities ranging from Minneapolis to Portland to Washington. The use of live rounds however have never been authorized absent a particularized showing of a significant threat to an officer or others. Nothing in the announcement in the Babbitt case answers how such a showing was made by the officer. Will he media support local police using live ammunition to break up the next violent riot?”

Burning Concerns in a Post-Christian World. John Moses — “The intention is to draw attention to our Christian roots and show that the advance of secularism has marginalised the most crucial intellectual-spiritual-historical element in our civilisation.” … “Burning Concern” is an allusion to Pope Pius XI, who, in 1937, issued an encyclical, Mit brennender Sorge (that is, “with burning concern”) to the German Church when the Hitler regime was destroying the foundations of a humane and Christian order in the world to impose on society the yoke of the infernal Nazi ideology.”

Regardless of whether one adopts an agnostic, atheistic-humanist worldview, the fact is that the Judeo-Christian Bible remains the bedrock of our inheritance of the values of human decency. Even if God might be a “delusion” (as Richard Dawkins argues) New Testament ethics still forms the ineradicable base of Western culture. The question is why this should be significant at all, because there were thinkers well before Jesus of Nazareth who advocated the “golden rule” for the well-being of human society. The answer is that the ethics attributed to Jesus in the New Testament, in particular the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5–7), have been sustained in the Church’s liturgy from where it has been passed down though the centuries to our own day.

The thrust of these essays is that Australians would do well to remember that the history of the West, and what we comprehend as “Christendom”, is a combination of Judeo-Greek-Roman heritage as it was absorbed into the Mediterranean world, eventually enveloping northern Europe and the European-occupied overseas territories around the globe. This is undeniable. Out of it was formed our civilisation. And why is that sacrosanct? Because it is unequivocally life-affirming (John 10:10, “I came that you might have life and have it more abundantly”). It is an affirmation for all humanity, not just the Jews who first heard it.

Human beings are autonomous and will decide for themselves whether there is any value in keeping alive the memory of Jesus of Nazareth. How they will assert the moral authority of the Gospel in a “world come of age” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer) will be crucial. So the ball is in the court of the various hierarchies. The collection of essays in Heart to Heart is a welcome contribution from concerned Christian thinkers who deserve a fair hearing.

Church and State − Not Church versus State. Anthony J. DeBlasi — “As for the notion that opinions are all equal, it must be pointed out that if all opinions were equal, no opinion would be worth taking seriously.” … “In a democracy, where issues are settled by a vote of the majority, this is a huge deal. Cutting to the quick: Can a majority of voters be wrong? The honest answer, yes, resonates with Christians, remembering that a majority voted to crucify Christ.”

“In a chronically wicked world, as proven over and over again in history, wisdom is not a luxury but a necessity. That is why morality must inform the conduct of government and why the founders of this nation did not exclude Providential wisdom from the conduct of government.

Some will say that it’s retrograde and a waste of time to bring up what has passed and behind us when so much is now at stake. I say it is never too late to speak truthfully of what in the past has brought us to the present.

Trump’s Alabama rally gave us a powerful phrase for the ages. Andrea Widburg — “and that was his attack on the left’s obsession with “woke” values.”

“As always, it’s impossible to look at those enthusiastic crowds of tens of thousands of people and to believe that Trump had fewer votes than Biden, the man who drew crowds in the tens. I’m certain that Biden received may be close to half of America’s votes, which is a truly shameful fact, but I’m equally certain that good, old-fashioned fraud is what popped him into the White House.

Nevada Judge Claims It’s Unconstitutional To Ban Re-Entry Into the Country After Deportation, Saying It Discriminates Against “Mexican and Latinx Individuals” Ace — “A Hawaiian judge serving in Nevada.” … “They want a borderless “country” and they don’t care how they get it.”

Conforting [sic] lies for social animals. Coach Red Pill — “The motive to lie to oneself can be incredibly strong.” … “We are social creatures. And we are self-deceiving creatures. We need our comforting lies, and in the right set of circumstances, we would have no trouble killing anyone who speaks the truth.”

Instapundit — Liberal Lawyer Freed Taliban Commando on Frontlines of Kabul Surge: Rebecca Dick won acclaim for defending terrorists at Guantanamo Bay. legal system problem is not just in the courts.

NY, LA and SF Just Committed Suicide; Is Vegas Next? The Suicide of America. Wayne Allyn Root — “Either Democrats are ignorant morons, or this is the final Democrat plan to destroy capitalism by putting every business owner out of business. After all, this is what socialists, Marxists, communists and globalist America-haters have been waiting their whole lives for.”

The Drooling Class. Clarice Feldman — “If you ever doubted that the country was in the hands of some very stupid and corrupt people, this week should have thoroughly disabused you of that fantasy.”

A Total Lack of Therapeutic Perspective. Phillip M. Altman — “Frustrated and at a loss to understand why a considerable and growing body of evidence in favour of the cheap, off-patent medication is being not merely ignored but actively rejected, Dr Phillip M. Altman, a veteran of the drug-testing and appraisal industry, wrote to Dr Elliott to demand “revised recommendations for the use of ivermectin within 14 days”. That letter is reproduced” … “Despite this, and in the absence of NCCET members’ personal experience in treating COVID-19 patients with ivermectin, the NCCET has selected in an arbitrary and imprecise manner a small number of published clinical trials (18) upon which to base its current negative recommendation for ivermectin use.”

The Sweden experiment: how no lockdowns led to better mental health, a healthier economy and happier schoolchildren. Richard Orange — “While Sweden’s decision to stay open throughout the pandemic generated international debate, the controversy passed most people in Sweden by.”the media support local police using live ammunition to break up the next violent riot?”

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