We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Europe refuses to see that they are being hijacked. In a predatory Islam, they are just dhimmis to be taken advantage of. Euroland gave up seeing evil the same time they gave up on God.
A BD addendum,Islam and the West: We Can’t Coexist?Wars of religion are different from wars over territory and resources. I am sure not every Muslim in the US or UK wants Sharia law to replace existing law, but I suspect many wouldn't mind. Some, as we can see, view it as a holy, sacred mission to destroy non-Muslims until they submit. In the UK, the government seems to want to semi-submit, but it will never be enough. Like student rioters, if you give them an inch they'll take a mile. Euroland is already getting used to having a nasty case of cultural cancer.
Even in the most soft-hearted practices of Christianity, we are taught that discernment (aka discriminating good from terrible, helpful from unhelpful, destructive from constructive, etc) must be a component of Christian wisdom and practice. "I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves."
Did a post-Christian world retain the dove part and forget the snake part? Why? Decadence, comfort, and cowardice?
"Europe gave up seeing evil the same time they gave up on God."
The Ten Commandments — observed and honored — permits its adherents a faculty for judging (yes, judging) what is evil and what is benign, what is right and what is wrong.
Once a people decide that there is No RIGHT nor wrong (aka Postmodernism — and NO GOD), then that people prostrate themselves upon the altar of all that is despicably and demonstrably evil. Romans, Chapter 1.
Read it and weep for the horrors YOU postmodernists have heaped upon yourselves and your fellow citizens.
Your rejection of God and his commandments is a recipe for temporal punishment — which you should fear; more so, you should fear your eternal status.
And yet American courts have so far nullified the president's ability to protect us from the same situation, despite the clear wording of the Constitution and the fact that Congress had already authorized such orders.
Various pacifisms have existed in the Church since the 1st C - most usually the type that says "no earthly cause is worth it, they are all too flawed," as opposed to the currently more common "it is wrong to do almost any violence, Jesus said turn the other cheek." But pacifism did not begin to gain steam in Christianity and establish itself as the default response in many circles until the West confronted going to war against socialist countries and causes. Then, suddenly, people thought it was what the Bible has always taught.
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Christian's battle with Apollyon, from "Pilgrims Progress". No pacifism here.
Left wing indoctrination of Europeans has now been going on since the 1920s, to the point that the "radical far right" in Europe is further left than anything but the radical far LEFT of the Democratic Partei in the USA.
People are waking up, and have been for 20 years, but we're in a small minority still and both outnumbered, outgunned, and outlawyered by the establishment.
A lot of people don't condone what's happening to their continent but are powerless to do anything at all to stop it.
Roughly a third of the continent seems to have woken up by now, but it's the third who can't speak out without losing their jobs, their freedom, and their family.
Just admitting you're supporting people like Le Pen or Geert Wilders can do all of that to you, ruining your life for no real purpose as the established powers will go on with their destructive agenda regardless.
A couple of weeks ago while on vacation in Ireland I spoke with a youngish German who declared he was not afraid for Germany because Merkel was going to win the next election and save Germany. He also informed me Germany has no immigrant problem! He didn't like the fact that I supported President Trump as he was"insane". Still blind in Germany I see. An American couple in the same pub said they had visited London and were shocked to see the people occupying the city. My guess is they hadn't been paying attention to the word news for the past few years.
Just speculating here, with no linear thought process: Young Germans that can't "see" the problem; akin to WW2 Germans that couldn't "see" or "smell" the concentration camps? Is there a genetic anomaly at work here?