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PARIS, May 24, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – All of France, especially French Catholics, were deeply shocked to hear on Tuesday afternoon that French historian and essayist Dominique Venner had shot himself in the mouth on the steps of the main altar in the transept of Notre-Dame Cathedral, in the heart of Paris.

Only minutes after the event, mainstream media described him as an “anti-gay marriage activist” who had prepared his gesture as a protest against the “Taubira law” legalizing same-sex “marriage,” which was signed into law last Saturday.

While Dominique Venner certainly had voiced his sincere opposition to this social revolution, his writing reveal that it is completely inaccurate to present him as a Catholic, and his purpose was clearly not a call to action against homosexual “marriage.”

Dominique Venner was no Christian.

He was, instead, protesting the massive influx of Muslim immigrants to France, which he considered a form of population replacement, and he hailed paganism and Nietzsche’s will to power.

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In a message posted to his blog on the morning of May 21, Venner wrote that demonstrators participating in next Sunday’s march against the law “are perfectly right to cry out their impatience and their anger” over redefining marriage – but this was less of a concern to him. “An infamous law, once adopted, can always be repealed,” he wrote.

He went on to say that he had just heard an Algerian blogger saying that “in any case, Islamists will have taken over command in France and they will suppress this law” as contrary to Shari’a (Islamic religious law).

“We must acknowledge that France falling into the hands of the Islamists is an existing probability,” he continued. “[For] 40 years, politicians and governments of all parties (except the National Front), as well as the employers and the Church, worked actively towards this, using every possible means to accelerate North African and African immigration.”

When Dominique Venner says “Church” he means the Catholic Church, and in calling attention to what many right-wing writers over the years have denounced as a population replacement policy, he clearly intended to prompt the many hundreds of thousands of people who have been demonstrating against same-sex “marriage” to take what he saw as the next necessary step against the “great replacement” of France and Europe’s population, which is an “incomparably greater and more perilous catastrophe for the future.”

“Organizing nice and friendly street demonstrations will not be enough to stop it from taking place,” he wrote. “It would be more urgent to begin with a genuine ‘intellectual and moral reform.’”

These statements contain a double condemnation: of the Catholic Church on the one hand, and of the peaceable spirit of the demonstrations against same-sex “marriage” that have taken place to date.

“New gestures, both spectacular and symbolic will be needed to awaken those who are still half-asleep, to shake those whose consciences are numbed and to reawaken the memory of our beginnings,” wrote Venner on the morning of his suicide.

All these statements become clear in the light of his personal choices and beliefs – or rather, unbelief.

Dominique Venner was born in 1935 in a Catholic family and baptized, as most French children were at that time. He lost his mother when he was 10, and this may have precipitated his break from the Church. He became a militant atheist who was to develop a fascination for the pagan history of Europe. He was a firm partisan of ethno-differentialism, which – in contrast to globalism – advocates recognition for the cultural heritage of each people, deeply linked to their historical lands, and condemns the mixing of cultures.

This led him to criticize those who see Christianity as the root of European civilization. Dominique Venner’s Nietzschean outlook stemmed from this intellectual standpoint and led him to oppose Christianity, which he saw as weak-minded and contrary to his ideal of force, in its exaltation of the weak, the small and the humble, its virtues of pardon and “turning the other cheek.”

The decision to stage his suicide on the altar steps of Notre-Dame had been minutely planned for weeks, if not months.

A brilliant historian and eager but courteous debater, Dominique Venner prepared his “sortie,” arranging for the historic magazine he directed to be taken over by a close friend, who was also an historian. He wrote several articles these last months about samurais, heroic sacrifices and gestures such as that of Mishima, the (homosexual) Japanese writer who staged his own death in 1970 as a “sacrifice” for the traditional values of Japan. (A posthumous book on the theme is to be published before the summer.)

On the day of his death, Venner lunched with three friends with whom he was to present an historic broadcast on the right-wing station “Radio Courtoisie” at 6 p.m. They noticed nothing unusual.

Venner left them to go to Notre-Dame, where he killed himself with a one-shot Belgian pistol after having deposited a letter on the altar.

Three more suicide notes were found on his body, and another was found in the studio of Radio Courtoisie where his friends then held a commemorative broadcast to pay homage to him.

Many personal and political friends and historians were to receive handwritten letters from Venner in the hours and days following his death.

An eyewitness told LifeSiteNews.com that the priest who was hearaing confessions in the Cathedral at the time quickly came up to his body in the hope of giving him last sacraments, but Venner was already dead.

His choice of one of the central altars of French Catholicism cannot be seen as a Christian gesture, not the least because suicide is a grave sin against God. In his suicide note, Venner called himself “sane of body and mind.”

“I love life and expect nothing after it, only the perpetuation of my race and my spirit,” he wrote. He presented his gesture as a “sacrifice,” as a “founding” gesture of “protest” with which he hoped to waken the French and European people from their “lethargy.”

“I chose a highly symbolic place, the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Paris, which I respect and admire, this edifice due to the genius of my forebears on the very place of worship of older cults, reminding us of our immemorial origins,” he wrote, thus making clear his attachment to the pagan ancestry of Europe.

He also called his suicide the “incarnation of an ethic of the will.”

It is hard not to see his suicide as a deliberate counterfeit or mockery of the supreme Sacrifice of Christ that Catholics venerate and adore in the Mass.

It was also a desecration and a sacrilege. Hours after the blood crime committed in the most sacred part of the cathedral Mgr Beau, one of the Episcopal vicars, celebrated a Mass in reparation in order for the church to reopen for the annual vigil for life with the bishops of the Paris region that was scheduled for 8 p.m.

At this vigil, a Hail Mary was said by the many hundreds of faithful for the soul of Dominique Venner, trusting him to the Divine Mercy which in his life, he had not understood.

Several political leaders have nonetheless saluted Venner’s gesture, calling it a “heroic sacrifice” and talking of his “sense of the sacred.”

But Venner’s suicide was in fact not at all intended to be in support of the defense of natural law and traditional morality.

His suicide is not the first time the actions of pagans had been wrongly labeled as socially conservative Christians.

In June 2009, many people described James Von Brunn as a conservative after he opened fire at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., killing a guard. Von Brunn was, in fact, an anti-Christian socialist and racialist.

Two years later, the media described Anders Behring Breivik as a “Christian fundamentalist” and “neo-Nazi” after he killed 77 people, mostly children, during a rampage in Norway. But in his manifesto, 2083 — A European Declaration of Independence, Breivik wrote that he is an agnostic pro-gay, pro-abortion, anti-racist, breakdancing “Zionist” with an appreciation for Odinism.

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A new survey of the scientific community has found near unanimous agreement that human activity causes climate change. Citing the work of more than 29,000 scientists in peer-reviewed journals, the survey’s authors say the consensus on human-caused global warming stands at 97.1 percent. Addressing the efforts by industrial polluters to fund climate skepticism, the study’s lead author, John Cook, said: “There is a gaping chasm between the actual consensus and the public perception.”

As if you needed it, more proof that we need decent jobs for the 99% in this country!

Disney World is looking into reports that some wealthy visitors are hiring disabled people to pretend to be family members so that they can skip lines.

“It is unacceptable to abuse accommodations that were designed for guests with disabilities,” spokesman Bryan Malenius told CNN Wednesday. “We are thoroughly reviewing the situation and will take appropriate steps to deter this type of activity.”

Reports of the alleged practice sparked fury on social media, with some people calling the actions “crazy,” “awful,” and “despicable.”

But others defended the idea, arguing it’s a way to help some disabled people make good money.

The debate began with an article in the New York Post.

“The black-market Disney guides run $130 an hour, or $1,040 for an eight-hour day,” the report said.

Social researcher Wednesday Martin “caught wind of the underground network” while working on a book about practices among New York City’s Park Avenue elite, the Post reported.

“It really is happening,” Martin told CNN’s “Starting Point” Wednesday.

“I live among the privileged and powerful parents of New York City,” she said, “and once in a while I come across a practice that’s really surprising.”

She added, “It’s not my job to judge.”

To Disney or not to Disney?

Disney for the ‘1%’

The Post anonymously quoted one mother as saying, “My daughter waited one minute to get on ‘It’s a Small World’ — the other kids had to wait 2 1/2 hours. You can’t go to Disney without a tour concierge. This is how the 1% does Disney.”

The woman said she hired a company called Dream Tours, the Post reported.

The Florida company did not respond immediately to CNN’s requests for comment. But it posted a note on its website saying, “Due to inaccurate press and slander, Dream Tours is not offering VIP tours at this time. Our focus has primarily always been providing magical vacations for adults with special needs and helping their dreams to come true.”

Ryan Clement runs Dream Tours, and Jacie Christiano is assistant director, according to the website. The Post reported that Christiano served as a tour guide for the mother whom the paper quoted anonymously. Clement told the Post that Christiano has an auto-immune disorder and uses a scooter on the job, the report said.

Disney offers official ways to avoid long lines

It’s unclear how often the alleged practice may have actually taken place.

The theme park offers VIP tours and FastPass service allowing people to avoid long lines.

Martin said the wealthy people she spoke with found that hiring a disabled guide can cost less and allow people to skip straight to the front of lines.

Disney World has also been rolling out bracelets designed in part to inform visitors when it’s their turn to come to a ride.

Downtown Disney to make way for Disney Springs

Anger erupts, but some defend the idea

People took to social media to express outrage at the idea of wealthy able-bodied people using money to take advantage of a benefit preserved for the disabled.

“This has blood shooting from my eyes this morning,” Twitter user Kaneshow wrote.

“Wow, I can’t even…” wrote Allison Cole.

And Twitter user Ruth summed up her take in two words: “Con artists!”

But others had a different view.

“At least they are sharing the wealth and providing the less fortunate with over $1000 a day to go to Disney World,” one of the first comments on this CNN.com story said, from user “blindliberal.”

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Women in the military are STILL facing great numbers of sexual assault by their fellow serviceman. The rape and pillage mentality long upheld by military communities worldwide is symptomatic of greater issues within our armed forces and society as a whole. Overpowering and torturing others is simply wrong-and it exposes the weak perpetrators for the sickos for what they really are. So, America, what are we going to do to STOP the senseless brutality, and why is it proving so difficult to combat this problem?

My last post failed to take into account the hurt and pain that Jason Collins, the 1st professional basketball player to come out, may have caused his fiance of 8 years. Not that I dispute that Collins’ announcement signaled progress for the LGBT community, I’m simply saying that as a partner in a serious, committed relationship, Collins should have disclosed his questions of sexual preference as soon as he had doubts. Period.

It’s a sensitive subject, especially in the black community, but the desire to please society should never override the desire to respect the ones you love.

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Collins deserves mentioning for making such a bold move; in a sports culture that’s male-dominated and often overly macho, he remained true to himself and everyone else that ever felt like they would catch crazy backlash for simply being themselves…

Story via SI

I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.

I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, “I’m different.” If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.

My journey of self-discovery and self-acknowledgement began in my hometown of Los Angeles and has taken me through two state high school championships, the NCAA Final Four and the Elite Eight, and nine playoffs in 12 NBA seasons.

PHOTO GALLERY: Jason Collins through the years

I’ve played for six pro teams and have appeared in two NBA Finals. Ever heard of a parlor game called Three Degrees of Jason Collins? If you’re in the league, and I haven’t been your teammate, I surely have been one of your teammates’ teammates. Or one of your teammates’ teammates’ teammates.

Collins Comes Out

SI Articles

COLLINS: Why I’m coming out now
Jarron Collins: I’m proud of my brother
STONE: How Collins story came together
WERTHEIM: Behind Collins’ interview
LIDZ: Collins overwhelmed by support
JENKINS: NBA community backs Collins
TELLEM: Collins an inspiration for all
NAVRATILOVA: Collins a ‘game-changer’
THOMSEN: A turning point for the NBA?
ROSENBERG: Public opinion has shifted
Reaction to Jason Collins coming out
GALLERY: Collins through the years
POLL: Share your views on announcement

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Dan Patrick discusses Jason Collins
Discussing Collins’ choice to come out

Jason Collins played with the Celtics and Wizards this season, his 12th in the NBA.

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Now I’m a free agent, literally and figuratively. I’ve reached that enviable state in life in which I can do pretty much what I want. And what I want is to continue to play basketball. I still love the game, and I still have something to offer. My coaches and teammates recognize that. At the same time, I want to be genuine and authentic and truthful.

Why am I coming out now? Well, I started thinking about this in 2011 during the NBA player lockout. I’m a creature of routine. When the regular season ends I immediately dedicate myself to getting game ready for the opener of the next campaign in the fall. But the lockout wreaked havoc on my habits and forced me to confront who I really am and what I really want. With the season delayed, I trained and worked out. But I lacked the distraction that basketball had always provided.

The first relative I came out to was my aunt Teri, a superior court judge in San Francisco. Her reaction surprised me. “I’ve known you were gay for years,” she said. From that moment on I was comfortable in my own skin. In her presence I ignored my censor button for the first time. She gave me support. The relief I felt was a sweet release. Imagine you’re in the oven, baking. Some of us know and accept our sexuality right away and some need more time to cook. I should know — I baked for 33 years.

When I was younger I dated women. I even got engaged. I thought I had to live a certain way. I thought I needed to marry a woman and raise kids with her. I kept telling myself the sky was red, but I always knew it was blue.

I realized I needed to go public when Joe Kennedy, my old roommate at Stanford and now a Massachusetts congressman, told me he had just marched in Boston’s 2012 Gay Pride Parade. I’m seldom jealous of others, but hearing what Joe had done filled me with envy. I was proud of him for participating but angry that as a closeted gay man I couldn’t even cheer my straight friend on as a spectator. If I’d been questioned, I would have concocted half truths. What a shame to have to lie at a celebration of pride. I want to do the right thing and not hide anymore. I want to march for tolerance, acceptance and understanding. I want to take a stand and say, “Me, too.”

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The recent Boston Marathon bombing reinforced the notion that I shouldn’t wait for the circumstances of my coming out to be perfect. Things can change in an instant, so why not live truthfully? When I told Joe a few weeks ago that I was gay, he was grateful that I trusted him. He asked me to join him in 2013. We’ll be marching on June 8.

No one wants to live in fear. I’ve always been scared of saying the wrong thing. I don’t sleep well. I never have. But each time I tell another person, I feel stronger and sleep a little more soundly. It takes an enormous amount of energy to guard such a big secret. I’ve endured years of misery and gone to enormous lengths to live a lie. I was certain that my world would fall apart if anyone knew. And yet when I acknowledged my sexuality I felt whole for the first time. I still had the same sense of humor, I still had the same mannerisms and my friends still had my back.

Imagine you’re in the oven, baking. Some of us know and accept our sexuality right away and some need more time to cook. I should know – I baked for 33 years.

Believe it or not, my family has had bigger shocks. Strange as it seems today, my parents expected only one child in 1978. Me. When I came out (for the first time) the doctors congratulated my mother on her healthy, seven-pound, one-ounce baby boy. “Wait!” said a nurse. “Here comes another one!” The other one, who arrived eight minutes later and three ounces heavier, was Jarron. He’s followed me ever since, to Stanford and to the NBA, and as the ever-so-slightly older brother I’ve looked out for him.

I had a happy childhood in the suburbs of L.A. My parents instilled in us an appreciation of history, art and, most important, Motown. Jarron and I weren’t allowed to listen to rap until we were 12. After our birthday I dashed to Target and bought DJ Quik’s album Quik Is the Name. I memorized every line. It was around this time that I began noticing subtle differences between Jarron and me. Our twinness was no longer synchronized. I couldn’t identify with his attraction to girls.

I feel blessed that I recognized my own attractions. Though I resisted my impulses through high school, I knew that when I was ready I had someone to turn to: my uncle Mark in New York. I knew we could talk without judgment, and we did last summer. Uncle Mark is gay. He and his partner have been in a stable relationship forever. For a confused young boy, I can think of no better role model of love and compassion.

I didn’t come out to my brother until last summer. His reaction to my breakfast revelation was radically different from Aunt Teri’s. He was downright astounded. He never suspected. So much for twin telepathy. But by dinner that night, he was full of brotherly love. For the first time in our lives, he wanted to step in and protect me.

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