Saturday, 30 July 2016
Singapore Arrests Aussie-Passport-Holding Muslim for Inciting Jihad, Promoting Islamic State
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As reported for the ABC by Sarah Hawke.

An illustration of exactly why it is a bad idea for countries such as Australia to admit Muslims inside the gates and grant them citizenship.  The only silver lining here is that this Mohammedthug retained his Singapore citizenship when he took out Aussie citizenship, so he is as much Singapore's problem as ours; and Singapore keeps a much tighter lid on their Muslim colony than Australia does.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-30/australian-resident-arrested-singapore-terror-related-activities/7674878

'Australian Citizen Arrested in Singapore for Promoting Terrorism, Islamic State'.

'An Australian citizen (sic: An Aussie-passport-holding Muslim - CM) has been detained by Singaporean authorities for terrorism-related activities including promoting the Islamic State (IS) militant group (sic: Jihad gang - CM) and armed jihad.

'Zulfikar Mohamad Shariff, who is a Singaporean man (sic: say, rather, "a Singapore-resident and Singapore-passport-holding Muslim" - CM) who lived in Australia for 14 years (but should never have been admitted inside the gates - CM) has been detained under Singapore's Internal Security Act.

'A statement from Singapore's Ministry of Home Affairs said he had embarked on a path of radicalisation (he was already Going Jihad - CM) before resettling his family in Australia in 2002 (so he flitted here from Singapore, did he, because he was making Singapore too hot for himself?  What did the Singapore authorities know about him in 2002 or before and did they drop any hints to our Aussie authorities at the time of his departure to Australia?  If they did drop a hint and we ignored it and blithely let him in anyway we are at fault; if they knew but didn't indicate he was a dodgy customer, then I think we ought to be having words with them. - CM) and that Zulfikar Shariff had ongoing contact with radical preachers (sic: Muslim revivalists - CM) including Melbourne-based Musa Cerantonio (that should be "including Melbourne-based convert to Islam Musa Cerantonio" - CM).

'The ministry has accused the 44 year old (nota bene: there is no way this creature can be 'spun' as a naive and deluded 'youth' - CM) of encouraging online followers to use violence if necessary to establish a global Islamic caliphate.

Establishing a global Islamic caliphate is what Islam is all about and what Islam has sought, by hook or by crook, from the beginning. Total world domination by Muslim despots, with the sharia forced upon all human beings willy nilly. - CM

"To this end, Zelfikar had actively looked into holding training programs aimed at radicalising (sic: recruiting - CM) young Singaporeans (that should be, "young Singapore-resident Muslims" - CM) so that they would be persuaded into joining his extremist agenda", the statement said.

Not extremist; striving to establish a global sharia despotism is what every Muslim is supposed to be doing. - CM

'Zulfikar had made use of social media to propagate and spread his radical messages".

His revivalist messages.  He's all about that traditional old-time religion: jihad fi sabil allah. - CM

'The statement said Zelfikar has dual Singaporean and Australian citizenship as do three of his children and he has made numerous trips to Singapore since 2002.

Problem: neither Singapore nor Australia want this creature nor do we want his children, who have undoubtedly been pickled from birth in the undiluted hatred and aggression of the Religion of Blood and War.  - CM

'However, his wife and other children are not Singaporean citizens, the statement said.

Question: so the wife and the other children have Australian citizenship?  Of what background is the wife?  And 'other children'?  This means he has at least five little or not-so-little jihadis-in-training, their heads stuffed full of hatred for and contempt toward the filthy Unbelievers. What a delightful family.  Not.  What to do with them?  They represent a present and future mortal peril to our infidel polities.  Dear Singapore: it seems to me that the best course of action would be to modify our respective laws so that jihadis like this can, in future, lose their infidel-country citizenship and be dropped off on the beach in places such as Libya, Somalia or Yemen. - CM

"Zulfikar and his family have been receiving state grants and unemployment benefits from the Australian Government", the statement said.

Sponging off the filthy kuffar, and probably viewing these grants and benefits as jizya.  I wonder whether this creep, his wife, or any over-17-years-old children have ever done a tap of work in Australia, since arriving on our shores in 2002. Probably not.  And why the hell was he or his spawn ever granted citizenship??  Or even allowed to migrate here, in the first place?  That is the question that needs to be asked, over and over, of the relevant parliamentarians and civil servants. -  CM

'The Government also released a photo of Zelfikar and his children posing in front of a flag with Islamic writing on it (in other words: either the Islamic State flag, or else a Caliphate banner; and I bet the writing is the Shahada - CM) which they said he had posted on Facebook.

Ah, Facebook. It does have its uses; it entices all and sundry - including actual and wannabe jihadis - to "let it all hang out" in public.  Where it can be seen by absolutely everyone, including assorted government spooks. - CM

'Singapore's Straits Times newspaper has reported that some of his posts contributed to the radicalisation of at least two other Singaporeans (that is: "some of his posts helped recruit for Jihad at least two other Singapore-resident Muslims" - CM).

'The ABC understands that Zulfika Shariff is a final-year doctorate student at La Trobe University in Melbourne.

One wonders what his thesis is about.  Those in charge at La Trobe University need to be asked some loud and pointed questions about the Muslim 'students' on campus, and what those students might be getting up to, and whether such 'students' are, in the long run, worth the mortal risk that they pose to many, many people. - CM

'In March, while stil in Australia, he told Radio Australia that there was discrimination against Muslims in Singapore and he had no faith in the country's judicial system.

Translation: Singapore very rightly keeps a close and beady eye upon its large Muslim colony - which comprises about 15 percent of the population - and does not allow them to get away with much.  Which is why, I suspect, this character shot through to Australia... he saw that we were (then, in 2002, and alas, still now) less informed about Islam and therefore softer and more easily fooled. He has gamed the system and soaked us for a considerable sum of money - all those 'grants and benefits' - whilst no doubt engaging in campus dawa and the usual whining and victim-monging. Personally,  I think Australia should annul his Australian citizenship and that of his three dual-citizen offspring, and allow the Singaporeans to deal with him and his as they see fit. And I do not think our authorities should go out of their way to provide him with any sort of diplomatic assistance. He's a jihad gang boss and he shiould never have been allowed into Australia and he should not have been granted citizenship; and whoever was supposed to do background checks into his character and antecedents prior to his gaining citizenship clearly did not do a proper job. -  CM

'It is not clear why he returned to Singapore.

'The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has been contacted by the ABC for comment, but has not responded as yet."

To repeat: this story illustrates perfectly why a ban on the immigration of Muslims makes perfect sense.  No Muslims admitted inside the gates would mean no welfare-scrounging jihad-inciting caliphate-pushing Zulfikar Sharifs and their ilk, raising their little mohammeds and aishas as a potentially-mass-murderous Fifth Column. - CM

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Posted on 07/30/2016 11:11 PM by Christina McIntosh
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Niemöller Redux
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by David Solway (August 2016)

First they built a mosque on my block, but that was OK by me

since I was tolerant of all religions, especially religions of peace;

 

Then they came for the dog, but I was not particularly disturbed

since it relieved me of thrice-daily walks;  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 10:39 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Maghreb
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by Brandon Marlon (August 2016)

Swart villagers compelled by the magnet of loot

suborn mulish asses during a nighttime jaunt

toward snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas

in a quest to encounter the Berber marabout  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 10:35 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Two men arrested in Belgium over suspected attack plot
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From the Guardian

Police have arrested two men suspected of planning an attack in Belgium following house searches, federal prosecutors have said. The two, named as 33-year-old Nourredine H and his brother Hamza H, will appear before a judge on Saturday to determine whether they should be held in custody beyond an initial 24 hours.

“Based on provisional results from the investigation, it appears that there were plans to carry out an attack somewhere in Belgium,” the federal prosecution office said in a statement. Police carried out seven house searches in the Mons region and another one in Liege on Friday evening. No weapons or explosives were found.

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Posted on 07/30/2016 10:35 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
This Stranger in Me
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by Bibhu Padhi (August 2016)

As soon as I begin to look for it,

someone says, “It’s too early.”

Someone, who I thought

was always there, behind sun

and night, covered me  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 10:28 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Commandments
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by Thomas Ország-Land (August 2016)

                         –In Memoriam Lili Meier

 

Not one of them guessed the purpose of the chamber

when Obersturmführer Hössler, standing at ease

before the portals, thus addressed a band

of tired, disoriented new arrivals.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 10:22 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Survivors
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by Dilip Mohapatra (August 2016)

The serpentine candle march

slithers along the streets

near Jantar Mantar

with pent up emotions  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 10:13 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
The Dare
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by David P. Gontar (August 2016)

Storming over the steep crest we bounded,

a pack of slick, scorched faces

charging the crazed foe,  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 10:06 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
The Extreme Verge
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by Evelyn Hooven (August 2016)

“You are now within a foot of th’ extreme verge.  .  .  .” (King Lear, iv, vi)

 

Karl Jaspers on “boundary situations” (Grenzsituationen): “Death, suffering, struggle, chance, guilt—along with wonder and doubt—we react to them either by obfuscation or, if we really apprehend them, by despair and rebirth: we become ourselves.  .  .  .”                                               

 

                                           You led me to a verge  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 10:02 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
The Illumination of Waraka
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by A. Human Being (August 2016)

Ali Wheatley of Arkham’s Miskatonic University translated the following manuscript, which was discovered in the remains of the library of King Harshavardhana in Kanauj, The Harsha Empire, Central Bharat, which is now modern India. The manuscript is dated December 21, 633 ad and is ascribed to Waraka ibn Nawfal, who history records as the Nestorian priest who told Muhammad that the person who accosted him in the cave of Hira was the Angel Gabriel. It is worth noting that Waraka never accepted Islam.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 9:55 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
The Hotel of Other-Worldly Delights
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by James LePore (August 2016)

I wasn’t on the side of the road long before a car pulled up behind me and a very pretty young man came over and asked me in perfect English if I needed help. The used Fiat that I had bought in Rome had overheated and would not go another foot. I nodded, yes I do. What kind of pictures do you take? he asked me.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 9:49 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Emeritus
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a jeu d’sprit

by James Como (August 2016)

Students – thousands – could no longer stand him, and so they had poisoned his vocation (for that is what teaching had been for him, a calling) with bad ratings, venomous petitions, veiled mockery, all sorts of grumblings to this dean or that, and the worst punishment of all: avoidance of his classes. It ate away at what he understood to be his standing. Then the other shoe: the provost told him his time had come. After forty years at the same plough, discrete retirement, no farewell dinner.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 9:43 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Poetry, Survival & The Holocaust
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a review and interview with Thomas Ország-Land

Making the Impossible, Possible

by Frances Spurrier (August 2016)

Can poetry confront the evils of our time? Frances Spurrier, Reviews Editor of the eminent British literary forum Write Out Loud and herself an award-winning writer, teacher and critic, considers recent poetry issued by Thomas Ország-Land, a Jewish-Hungarian poet and foreign correspondent, and she interviews the author.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 9:37 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Different Literary Worlds
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by Richard Kostelanetz (August 2016)

Let me suggest that in America today are several literary worlds so different and distant from one another that it’s possible for someone to be quite prominent in one and scarcely noticed in the others. One is commercial publishing whose produce is, thanks to hired publicists, acknowledged in the newspaper book reviews and chain bookstores.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 9:31 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Shakespeare’s Enduring Conservatism
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by David P. Gontar (August 2016)

Now we speak upon our cue, and our voice is imperial.” -Shakespeare   

I.  Introduction

Shakespeare doesn’t change. We do.

Not too long ago, in a story titled “College Faculties a Most Liberal Lot” (3/29/05), The Washington Post reported that the vast majority of university professors, (72 - 87%), are liberals. In 2016, especially as to the humanities, this disparity has doubtless grown.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 9:26 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
“I’m Like, That’s Crazy”
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by Mark Zaslav (August 2016)

Figures of speech capture current trends in popular thought and culture. They offer a linguistic snapshot of our times, and the ideas (or lack thereof) that pervade it. Increasingly, this snapshot is a selfie.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 9:19 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
What Americans Should Know about Brazil’s Dual Legacy of Slavery and the Monarchy
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by Norman Berdichevsky (August 2016)

What do most Americans know about Brazil and what should they know? –  a very pertinent question in the light of much recent headline news in the media regarding worries about the country's ability to stage the Olympic games, the dangers of the Zika virus, and the scandal of an impeached woman president (Dilma Rousseff).  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 9:13 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
A Comprehensive Response to Anti-Israel Tourist Activism Talking Points, Part II
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Behind the selective criticism: Boycott advocacy for a one-state solution

by Robert Harris (August 2016)

This article addresses the propagandistic talking points of tourist activism, so designed to undermine the international standing of Israel. The anti-Israel commentaries by former RTE producer, Betty Purcell, in the aftermath of a 2015 visit to Judea and Samaria/West Bank, organised by the Bethlehem branch of the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association), in which she toured and lived with a Christian family, are utilised as a starting point for the arguments of rebuttal featured in this essay. Part One of this series addresses other topics of contention.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 9:04 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Israel's Optimistic Outlook
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by Michael Curtis (August 2016)

The brilliant historian David S. Landes was perceptive about the correct attitude in life. The optimists rather than the pessimists have it, he wrote, not because they are always right, but because they are positive. The need is to keep trying: no miracles, no perfection, no millennium. This outlook is the basis on which Israeli international policy is formulated.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 8:57 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Guilt in An Age of Jihad
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by Dexter Van Zile (August 2016)

In late July, a Catholic priest, Rev. Jacques Hamel, had his head cut off by jihadists in Normandy, France. The killers, who were shot by police after the murder, videotaped themselves as they murdered the priest. They were proud of what they did and wanted others to either be terrified or energized by their actions. There have been lots of attacks over the past few months, but this one got to me. As a Roman Catholic, I can see it play out before me.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 8:51 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Closer to Allah
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by Richard Butrick (August 2016)

Jack Jenkins, senior religion reporter for ThinkProgress, made an important point regarding the evaluation of religions:

If you try to define a religion by what is in its text, you’re already on a fool’s errand. Religion is a community. Religion, whether it’s Islam or Christianity, whether it’s Hinduism, is a group of people that interpret things, whether that’s text, whether that’s different sorts of rituals and then move on from them.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 8:46 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
See Something; Say Nothing: An Interview with DHS Whistleblower, Dr. Phillip Haney
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by Jerry Gordon, Lisa Benson, Richard Cutting and Jeffrey Epstein (August 2016)

Recent testimony before the US Senate Judiciary Committee revealed “willful blindness” by federal law enforcement and immigration agencies to the threat posed by Islamic supremacist homicidal attacks in America. We recently had the opportunity to interview Phillip Haney who testified as a panel member at the breakthrough Senate Judiciary Hearing on “Radical Islam” and terrorism.  Haney is the co-author of best-selling expose, See Something; Say Nothing:  A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 8:38 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Flaws in the ‘Lone Wolf’ Analysis
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by A.J. Caschetta (August 2016)

Introduction

Beginning in the late twentieth century, the West became enthralled by the term “lone wolf” and began using it to denote perpetrators of particularly heinous crimes who act without the assistance of other criminals. The term has become practically ubiquitous with journalists, analysts and politicians now instinctively applying it not only to psychopaths like Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes and Newtown, Connecticut child-killer Adam Lanza, but also to jihadists, even when they attack in pairs, like roommates Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev or husband and wife Syed Rizwan Farooq and Tashfeen Malik. Rarely has a term so frequently used been so inconsistently applied.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 8:30 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
The Berbers and Islam as a Vehicle for Arab Supremacism
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by Hugh Fitzgerald (August 2016)

In Algeria, before the Arab invasion and conquest in the seventh century, the population was almost entirely Berber, and along with those who followed traditional Berber religious practices, a considerable Christian population (St. Augustine, he of Hippo, was a Berber) flourished. When the Arabs swept in, subjugating the Berbers, they brought with them an Islam that replaced Christianity. Even after many Berbers converted, they were treated by the Arabs as second-class Muslims, heavily taxed, and even enslaved. Islamization was accompanied by what we call “Arabization,” which was a complicated and lengthy process.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 8:24 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
What Ever Happened To Sin?
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by Samuel Hux (August 2016)

Well, nothing actually. It’s still with us of course, since we are what we are. My question does not reveal a naïve assumption that there has been some radical reformation of human nature. Rather, it’s a question about the perception of sin among “Smorgasbord Catholics”—whom I have been thinking about off and on given the respectful attention awarded them by the press during this Pope’s and that one’s occasional visits to the States. “I’m a good Catholic, but I think the church should respect my right to believe what I wish to believe, and furthermore.  .  .  .” Isn’t that a fair characterization of smorgasbord rhetoric?  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 8:18 AM by NER
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