I was reading in Romans 1 just now and came across this passage-
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
I mused a bit about natural law earlier in the week, when a couple of fashonistas got in trouble for being old-school on the role of the traditional family. This passage reinforces that concept, giving it a Biblical reference for those who look askance at papist things.
The truth gets suppressed by the wicked, but not eliminated. As much as folks might want to turn their back on God and things supernatural, creation shows their folly in the long run.
The former is designed to run westerners out of Tunisia, since the museum was loaded with European tourists looking at their collection of Roman artifacts; all but two of the 19 dead per the BBC were foreigners. That's militant Islam's game at present, de-westernizing the Muslim world. Nigeria's Boko Haram even has that as its name, "Western Education isn't kosher" would be a cheeky translation of their name. Their Tunisian buddies would be essentially saying that Western Civ is haram with their attack today.
If they keep turistas away from the country, it will weaken the ties with Europe and make a ISIS-style theocracy easier to achieve.
Meanwhile, we have a weenie roast in Frankfurt, where leftists are protesting the ECB actually making countries pay the debts their governments racked up. Police cars are getting torched by the usual suspects on the left- Blockupy is the broad term for this melange of leftists-
Activists from Greece's radical left governing party Syriza and Spain's anti-corruption Podemos are joining the rally
Also includes Germany's Die Linke and Occupy Frankfurt
Rallying call: "They want capitalism without democracy, we want democracy without capitalism"
Or, if we can put an Islamic spin on it, "Kapitalism Haram." They would like to turn Europe into some sort of socialist state where foreign bankers aren't welcome.
The end game might see the north side of the Med as isolated as the south, at least economically.
Without financing from the more developed parts of Europe, a rejectionist south would have to maintain an roughly even balance of trade, since investors will avoid those countries and also avoid having the local currency. They'll also either have to raise taxes or confiscate property to make up any deficits that are currently being financed by foreign loans.
I can relate to that very loosely. I banged my head on the front step to the house last week, where my sandal caught the step while bringing groceries in and I face-planted into the front of the house without free hands to break my descent. I'm not sure if I got a concussion per-se, but my vision was a smidge off in my right eye for a day or two.
We've seen a lot of news items in the last few years on the effects of long-term brain damage that can be caused by banging your head against other folks at high speed. We've also seen a trend to move kids away from football into less-contact-oriented sports (although, interestingly, one of Borland's two childhood concussions was in soccer, one of the common beneficiaries of the child football diaspora), including a presidential admission that he'd likely be leaning a son away from the gridiron if he had one.
That has prompted the though of whether football has much of a future if it's seen as too traumatic to play and smart folks opt to avoid the sport, both as participants and viewers.
I'm reminded of the candy-bar ad of a few years ago (19, as it turns out) where a quarterback "gets his bell rung" and almost passes an impromptu concussion test before declaring "I"m...Batman!" Well, Borland's Bruce Wayne opted to jump in the Batcar without his cape and mask, blowing out of Gotham West before turning into the Caped Crusader.
I ran into some interesting exegesis of Maundy Thursday in yesterday's sermon. Pastor Kessler was in John 18, but let's look back to a well-worn scene from John 13-
37 Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.”
38 Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!
Then, we get this in chapter 18-
17 “You aren’t one of this man’s disciples too, are you?” she asked Peter.
He replied, “I am not.”
18 It was cold, and the servants and officials stood around a fire they had made to keep warm. Peter also was standing with them, warming himself.
25 Meanwhile, Simon Peter was still standing there warming himself. So they asked him, “You aren’t one of his disciples too, are you?”
He denied it, saying, “I am not.”
26 One of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, “Didn’t I see you with him in the garden?” 27 Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow.
What is interesting here is that the sermon went with the concept that the "rooster-crow" was a Greek term for o-dark-30, the 3AM or so shift change time for the night watch. A quick horn blow would indicate that all's well and the next shift should head on out.
Interesting little blowup over IVF babies, where an Italian fashion firm is being boycotted by celebrities such as Elton John and Courtney Love. The Dolce and Gabbana firm, headed up by a namesake pair of gay Italians, is the object of scorn when they called IVF tots "synthetic". Sir Elton is ticked since he has a pair of them with his "husband."
Dolce and Gabbana alsoseem to be old-school on families-
But in an interview with Italian magazine Panorama this weekend they went further saying they also didn't agree with the idea of gay families.
"We oppose gay adoptions," they say, "The only family is the traditional one.
"No chemical offsprings and rented uterus: life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed."
Domenico Dolce went on to say that having children should be an "act of love".
It seems like a certain amount of folk Catholicism seems to have stuck with these two, even if they missed the memo on homosexual activities. Some folks on the cultural left seem to understand that while an unorthodox lifestyle works for them, that it's unhealthy for the whole of society to go down that route. Camille Paglia is another gay liberal (with a bit of a libertarian streak) that has a bit of an old-school streak that shows from time to time.
This seems to have a strong echo of the Catholic natural law school of thought, that there are certain truisms that shine through the universe even without being beat over the head with a Bible. Designer babies trigger a natural law yuck-response in quite a few folks that aren't card carrying right-to-lifers, including a pair of gay fashionistas.