Saturday, July 02, 2016

Stories below the fold

Culture wars update: Stop singing God Bless America, because  it upsets him.

I am always bemused at people who don't know enough about the English language to realize that saying "God Bless" is an old fashioned way to say thank you  to someone.

And the song was Irving Berlin's way to thank America for letting him live in peace at a time when his relatives in Russia were being killed in pogroms (and later became popular when the rest of his relatives were being killed by Hitler). The point is that it thanks America for freedom of religion. And in today's anti religion frenzy by the elites, that is the problem.

But never mind: it's part of a larger agenda to censor the name of the deity in public.

And more than 88% of atheists dislike the song, Kaskowitz found. (Quick aside: We atheists also hate having “In God we Trust” on the currency and in the courtrooms of a country whose Constitution bars the “establishment of religion” — but that’s a fight for another day.)
Update: I seem to remember an almost identical demand published by a "minister" (who did not work at a church) in the Washington Post awhile back.

So the question is: Why was this published? Is there a sudden outcry to stop singing a patriotic song that mentions God?

Both bring up the almost identical argument of the first amendment: Even though this is a private, not a public domain.

And both demand any mention of God belongs in church, not in the public square.

And that, my friends is the point.

Check Mary Eberstat's new book on the liberal attack on free speech.

All of this reminds me of a snippet in the book by Maria Von Trapp, when her children lamented that the Nazis wouldn't allow them to sing certain songs:

"We can't sing anything with God, so that stops us from singing Bach. And we can't sing Mendelsohn because he is Jewish"

change that to Irving Berlin ("God Bless America" and "white Christmas") and Steven Foster and you probably get that right.

Or would singing Bach still be considered a microaggression?

Te at Trianon reviews the new BBC miniseries War and Peace.

UKGuardian review HEcjRE compares it to earlier versions.

ironic, isn't it, that the anti religious soviet Russia allowed War and Peace to be read, but nowadays, I suspect it's religious themes would get it censored for microaggression

as for the BBC series: It shows religion but is light on why people believe.( But it shows Helene dying of an abortion whereas in the book she died of typhoid. Logical, but who changed that part?)


Reporter for youth magazine catches herpes in one night stand, now seeks to de stigmatize herpes.

dirty little secret: condoms don't protect against herpes.

TheOther McCain remembers how HIV was used to promote the culture wars.

and gets into the non PC public health facts

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