How do you practice humility from the most exalted throne on earth? Rarely has a new player on the world stage captured so much attention so quickly—young and old, faithful and cynical—as has Pope Francis. In his nine months in office, he has placed himself at the very center of the central conversations of our time: about wealth and poverty, fairness and justice, transparency, modernity, globalization, the role of women, the nature of marriage, the temptations of power.
Some on the left and right are upset and the selection and given the humility of this pope he's likely indifferent to it but he also knows how to use the modern media to the ends of tempting people away from the darkness and into the light.
Can the Holy Spirit pick them or not?
This week India's Supreme Court shocked liberal around the world in reversing a four year old court ruling that struck down the law outlawing Homosexual acts.
The bench said: "In the light of plain meaning and legislative history of the section, we hold that Section 377 IPC would apply irrespective of age and consent." It added that the section does not discriminate any group with a particular sexual preference, a stand that was diametrically opposite to that by the Delhi HC."It is relevant to mention here that Section 377 IPC does not criminalize a particular people or identity or orientation. It merely identifies certain acts, which if committed, would constitute an offence. Such prohibition regulates sexual conduct regardless of gender identity and orientation," Justices Singhvi said.
Not only did the Indian supreme court make this decision but their ruling contained a statement that likely stung those pushing gay marriage more than anything else:
"Parliament, which is undisputedly the representative body of the people of India, has not thought it proper to delete the provision." Parliament has not amended the law either, it added.
Imagine, insisting that those pushing for gay marriage get the votes in parliament of the elected representatives of the people to change the laws rather than relying on the courts to do it for them. Why that's...democratic!
The main problem for the left of course with this ruling is that it was made by Indian jurists in an Indian court. To attack those jurists would be tantamount to cultural imperialism. What's a leftist to do?
Apparently the LA times has a solution:
Given the slow pace of lawmaking in India, an upcoming election and polls suggesting the conservative Bharatiya Janata Party could unseat the ruling Congress Party in national elections, it’s likely the ban introduced under British colonial rule will remain in place for the foreseeable future.
By blaming colonial rule they can ignore India's 60+ years of independence and keep the focus on white Europeans, they are an acceptable villain.
No such problem with the ruling in Australia where gay marriage was struck down a few days later:
The High Court unanimously ruled that the ACT's law could not operate concurrently with the federal Marriage Act, which was amended in 2004 to define marriage as between a man and a woman. "The Marriage Act does not now provide for the formation or recognition of marriage between same sex couples. The Marriage Act provides that a marriage can be solemnised in Australia only between a man and a woman," the court said in a statement issued alongside its ruling. "That Act is a comprehensive and exhaustive statement of the law of marriage."
These guys are descended from White Europeans, it's politically acceptable to hate them.
On the Bright side for fans of Gay Marriage there was an unexpected victory within Islam as Shiite cleric Abdallah Al-Khilaf ruled that to accommodate an anal explosive sodomy goes from forbidden to required:
Jonah Goldberg asks the obvious question:
Now, what I find hilarious here is that it never occurs to anyone that there might be some kind of technological work-around short of repeated sodomy. You know, maybe there’s a device or a technique, something that is a little less unpleasant, inconvenient or forbidden than straight-up buggery? Nope. Gotta go with the sodomy. The Saturday Night Live skit writes itself:
Jihadi: What if we make the bomb smaller?
Sheikh: What? That’s crazy. Sodomy is the only way.
Jihadi: Couldn’t I use replica of a male, well, you know. In private like
. . . Sheikh: Shh! Let’s not even discuss it.
Jihadi: What if I’m willing to tolerate a lot of discomfort when it comes time for the martyrdom operation? I mean, it’s my choice. I am blowing myself up after all. What’s a little discomfort?
Sheikh: You’re not hearing me. This is the way it has to be. Don’t you want to murder infidels?
No word is gay rights advocates consider this a win.
John Boehner got a win this week, the Paul Ryan Patty Murray budget passed with overwhelming number of both Republicans and Democrats and he decided rather than point out the merits of the bill, to take out his frustrations on the GOP base:
Really Mr. Speaker, you’re going to use your face time to attack conservatives?House Speaker John Boehner went off on outside conservative groups Wednesday morning for pushing against the new budget deal.“They’re using our members and they’re using the American people for their own goals,” he said. “This is ridiculous.”
Skip at Granite Grok opines:
How likely would the Republican wave DaTechGuy remembers from 2010 actually have happened in 2012? Boehner wouldn’t have been Speaker and we would have had an uninterrupted reign of Madame “We have to pass it to see what’s in it” Pelosi. Now go to the next level of scariness – if you thing US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has enabled Obama’s Unitary Presidency by making the Senate all but irrelevant in the Founders’ scheme of divided Government, where would we be after four years of co-joined rubberstamping by a tag teaming Pelosi?
Gratefulness? Humility? For acting as the breakers against which the Obama / Democrat tsunami was stopped? Hardly – given what many have seen lately, there’s more than a fair share of Republican hubris along with Boehner’s that they alone were responsible for 2010 – and have subsequently thrown the TEA Party’s enthusiastic ground pounders (with their ‘outmoded’ political philosophy and their totally out-fashioned suburban / rural sense of sensibilities for the absolute nuances rooted in DC) under the bus with the flair and expediency of Obama.
We all know how alienating the base worked so well in 2012, does the party really want to go through this again?
There were some contradictions at ESPN, first they banned an ad from a Catholic hospital that mentioned Christmas & Jesus then they unbanned it.
ESPN has reversed course and will now allow a Catholic charity to air a television ad heralding the birth of Christ during a college basketball game this weekend, officials said.
The Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation in St. Louis produced a 30-second spot asking viewers to write holiday messages to sick children. The ad seeks to "help us reveal God's healing presence this Christmas" and notes that the SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Center "celebrate(s) the birth of Jesus and the season of giving."
`You'll want all day tomorrow, I suppose?'' said Scrooge. ``If quite convenient, Sir.'' ``It's not convenient,'' said Scrooge, ``and it's not fair. If I was to stop half-a-crown for it, you'd think yourself ill-used, I 'll be bound?'' The clerk smiled faintly. ``And yet,'' said Scrooge, ``you don't think me ill-used, when I pay a day's wages for no work.'' The clerk observed that it was only once a year. ``A poor excuse for picking a man's pocket every twenty-fifth of December!'' said Scrooge, buttoning his great-coat to the chin. ``But I suppose you must have the whole day. Be here all the earlier next morning!'' The clerk promised that he would; and Scrooge walked out with a growl.I've yet to see any of these people decide to open their business on the 25th and decline to take or pay the holiday time coming for working on December the 25th. But that's no more surprising than big corporations funding the left