Friday, April 3, 2015

Your Easter question

588 Yeah, as a conservative professor in a minor corner of academia, I can sympathize with Professor Kingsfield. I don't hide my beliefs, but I don't advertise them either.

Posted by: Keith Eppich* at April 03, 2015 04:19 PM (V72vb)

If you have to ask what the question is, you're probably on the wrong blog.

Happy Easter, all.

* no relation

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A long rant by Ace you must read

Having chided him in private (not personally) for letting himself be gulled into promoting Rod Dreher's Benedict Option book campaign yesterday, let me turn about and post a long rant by Ace you really must read if you hope to prevail religiously in America. Whining and screaming and hoping Teacher stops them from pulling your pants down on that hotel room floor is probably not going to cut it anymore, no matter how productive that sort of marketing might be in flogging book sales for someone else. There are naughty words involved, for any who need such warning.

Dear Bill Quick...

Of course, if your life is only of the mind, you can just retreat there and hope others take care of things for you the way you instructed them to through your megaphone from deep inside there.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Has Rod Dreher dumped his Apple products yet? Why not?

In a recent Washington Post editorial, Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed Indiana's recent RFRA law says

"...individuals can cite their personal religious beliefs to refuse service to a customer or resist a state nondiscrimination law..."

False. A lie. But a high profile lie then used to inflict painful and costly boycotts on Indiana individuals and businesses.

Make no mistake, Rod Dreher is shaking the collection tambourine to high Heaven outside the seal tent, trying make a fast buck on Indiana's troubles here, here, here, and here, troubles massively compounded and accelerated by Tim Cook's high profile lies.

And maybe Dreher is also suffering along with Indiana by working up to seven hours a day blogging, the brutal Victorian labor burden that finally did in his role model, Andrew Sullivan.

Except, of course, when that mono and other stress Dante didn't save him from kicks back in - see, Dante saved him from that other mono and stress, not this current mono and stress - and all he can manage is maybe a couple hours a day between naps and delicious meals.

Even so, though, if Dreher has any genuine interest in anybody's religious freedom, why is Dreher still buying and using lying homosexual Tim Cook's expensive Apple products, products whose purchase drove Apple not long ago to replace AT&T on the Dow and will shortly make it the first trillion dollar company in history?

Dreher's laptop. His wife's laptop. Their kids' laptops. Their Apple TV streaming service. Their iPhones. Their kids' iPhones. Their Apple Store service. Any of it. All of it.

Because the religious freedom problems of Indiana and everyone else are for them to suffer and for Dreher to make money from without the slightest inconvenience to his own swinish material or moral sloth.

It will not surprise readers here to learn that I (do not impute this to other writers here) find the following quote a useful, if not strictly Christian parable:

Malone: You wanna know how to get Capone? They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue.

When Tim Cook pulls a knife, though, does Dreher even just pull an equivalent knife and inconvenience himself by boycotting Cook's pricy products and depriving Cook of their revenue? Nope.

Does he pull a gun? Heavens, nope.

Does he pull out a recipe and whip up a fabulous chocolate mousse cheesecake for Cook? Nopey-nope.

Well, what, then, does he pull?

Well... here's a hint.

Because surely at the bottom of all this inconvenience and loss Indiana and others must suffer from Tim Cook for Dreher's religious freedom there will be another, heart-rending book to be written. About Rod Dreher's suffering.

[Update: I edited this a tad. -Pauli]