Kennedy to Faithful: Drop Dead
The appalling Anthony Kennedy, supreme justice, invoked Hitler to insist that Christians and Muslims who want to stay faithful should resign from government. Yes. Speaking in the secular cathedral of Harvard, Kennedy said to the faithful: Get out. Life Site News reports:
The Ronald Reagan appointee said on Wednesday that if a public official has a moral objection to homosexuality, he must either follow the law or quit public service.
The judge’s comment came in answer to a question a student asked about government officials who disagree with the Supreme Court’s decisions on gay marriage, or abortion, and if those citizens have the constitutional right to act according to their sincerely held moral beliefs.
Kennedy replied that no, they do not have the right to refuse to comply with the law.
Curiously, Kennedy cited as buttressing his point the fact that few judges resigned under the Third Reich. “How many judges, do you think, resigned in the Third Reich?” Kennedy asked, to the response of silence in the great hall. He answered his own question by raising three fingers.
To this reasoning we need raise only one finger. Is this differently abled thinker suggesting those Nazis who remained on the job were just following orders and were therefore morally inculpable? Go get ’em, Tony.
Since this is Halloween and I’m obliged to provide a fright, I remind the reader that Supreme Court justices are appointed for life and must meet no test of competence.
WHO causes cancer?
So the WHO, the UN’s medical bureaucracy, trumpeted a press release claiming processed meats cause cancer. “News” organizations dutifully repeated what they were told and said a paper with the proof of these extraordinary claims was in the Lancet. There was no paper in that journal. Instead, there was an abstract which repeated the assertion and claimed that proof was on its way from the International Agency for Research on Cancer. And did that august group have the evidence? No, sir, they did not. Instead, they have a promise that it will be forthcoming. Any day now. Probably.
This is brilliant, doom fans. Tell the world it is in need of regulation and assure it that Top Men have called upon Science and Science is on their side. What effect does this have on honest, suspicious critics? Can the critics call “BS!”? No, sir, they cannot. Because why? Because the critics cannot examine the evidence. The critics must wait, else they will sound petulant. By the time the evidence surfaces, and even if it is entirely typical, which is to say flawed, overblown, and misleading, because it is based on classical statistical analyses time will have passed and few will care to listen to what the critics have to say.
“News” cycles are short, which makes it easy to manipulate the populace. This is why most news is designed to rile, to force the public into moods. Moods are terrific and beat the hell out of thinking. You don’t want people thinking, you want them reacting. Already I have seen calls by environmental groups to ban hot dogs from school lunches because they might cause cancer. What about the children. Hurry. Enact a regulaw!
Incidentally, a regulaw is a regulation created from a law. Regulaws are not laws and cannot be appealed to like laws can, but they have all the force of laws. They are laws once removed, which makes them difficult to eliminate. The EPA, for instance, makes its living on regulaws.
Remember Father Krzystof Charamsa? Polish priest we met who at the start of the Synod announced his proclivities and issued a set of demands. He was fired from his position, which he didn’t take too well. He was lately quoted saying the Catholic Church is “making life ‘hell’ for millions of homosexuals” etc. etc.
According to the paper “In a scathing letter to Pope Francis, he accused the Vatican of hypocrisy because he said the clergy was ‘full of homosexuals’…He called on ‘all gay cardinals, gay bishops and gay priests to have the courage to abandon this insensitive, unfair and brutal Church.'”
After this direct claim that the same-sex attracted constituted a large faction in a Church that apparently shuns them, he went to say there was no “‘gay lobby’ trying to influence the church.” But wasn’t he part of a “gay” lobby trying to influence the Church? Skip it. The paper got it right when it wrote Pope Francis quipped “‘Who am I to judge?’ when asked about homosexuals in the Church and the rumoured network of gay Vatican leaders.”
The Church so hates “gays” that it’s positively filthy with them? Sure, makes sense. The interesting thing is this, the last line of the story: “Charamsa says he has stayed faithful to his vow of celibacy because he has ‘never touched a woman’.”
Now isn’t that fascinating? Charamsa acknowledges the presence of sexual sin, or at least of the sin of breaking promises, but he simultaneously elevates same-sex acts. These acts are, in his eyes, better than actual sex.
I long ago predicted exactly this. If you want to reach the upper echelons of society, you won’t be allowed to keep quiet about same-sex acts, ignoring them. And you won’t get away with saying there’s “nothing wrong” with them. You’ll have to announce that they are superior, or that you are yourself eager to “experiment”.
Disagree? Well, let’s wait and see.
Normal curve cut into a pumpkin! HAPPY HALLOWEEN! pic.twitter.com/5ozlZTJiED
— Deborah G. Mayo (@learnfromerror) October 31, 2015
And this picture via email from YOS. It’s only the latter distributions that have any chance of being a cause (many missed this main point from the Data Do Not Have Means post).