Musings and Aphorisms III

The liberal’s professed faith in reason is little more than a mask for vanity and ego-worship. Without the solid foundation of Truth — without recognition of God, Natural Law, and the objective morality that comes with it — the process of reason becomes a mere exercise in the justification of personal whims, wants, and desires.


No, Heathen Swine, You Have No Right To “Freedom From Religion” In America

If there is one political organisation in the States which I dislike more than any other, it is probably the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). Their seething contempt for Christian language and symbolism and their desire to eradicate completely all traces of said language and symbolism seems nothing short of satanic. Unfortunately, years of liberal ascendancy and a stunningly-incorrect interpretation of the U.S. Constitution have allowed them and and others who share their hateful, anti-Christian views to have some considerable success in their demonic drive.

In the last week or so alone there have been three cases, two involving FFRF directly, which illustrate clearly that, despite what some on the left claim, there very much is an effort to see all traces of Christianity vanquished from everyday life. A Mississippi high school marching band had their halftime show cancelled as it featured a Christian hymn. Shortly after that, news broke that a Kansas middle school removed a decades-old portrait of Jesus after the FFRF filed a complaint, and then a few days later FFRF sent letters to Arkansas police departments demanding they remove the phrase “in God we trust” from their patrol cars. It is in times like these that the idea of burning heretics at the stake actually starts to have some appeal. But I digress… (more…)

On “Extremism” and British Values

I have no doubt readers of this site will by now be aware of MP Mark Spencer’s suggestion that recently-introduced anti-terror powers be used against those teaching traditional Christian beliefs regarding gay marriage. Like most traditionalists, orthodox Christians, and proper conservatives in general, I realised quasi-totalitarian legislation designed to combat the meaningless abstraction of “extremism” would inevitably be turned against traditionalists, orthodox Christians, and proper conservatives in general. I did not, however, expect to see the idea floated so soon, and by a “Tory” MP no less.

It is indeed a strange state affairs when an MP whose party leader (and PM) has stated emphatically that Britain is a Christian country can suggest with a straight face that orthodox Christian teaching regarding homosexuality is extremist or somehow a violation of British values. I suppose Mr. Spencer also believes a change to the Union flag is in order, seeing as it depicts three crosses. Perhaps we should also demolish Westminster Abbey while we’re at it, and exhume the corpses of practically every soul on the island, as they were undoubtedly all gay-hating, anti-British Christian bigots. (more…)

The Conservative Imagination: Orthodoxy and Popular Culture

Russell Kirk spoke often of imagination, specifically the “moral imagination”. It was, in his eyes, perhaps the keystone of a conservative mind. He defined “moral imagination” as,

a man’s power to perceive ethical truth, abiding law in the seeming chaos of many events. Without the moral imagination, man would live merely from day to day, or rather from moment to moment, as dogs do. It is a strange faculty—inexplicable if men are assumed to have an animal nature only—of discerning greatness, justice, and order, beyond the bars of appetite and self-interest.

The phrase originated with Burke, who saw in the Revolution a fundamental challenge to this foundation of civilization:

All the decent drapery of life is to be rudely torn off. All the superadded ideas, furnished from the wardrobe of a moral imagination, which the heart owns, and the understanding ratifies, as necessary to cover the defects of our naked shivering nature, and to raise it to dignity in our own estimation, are to be exploded as a ridiculous, absurd, and antiquated fashion.

The moral imagination is also echoed in Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn’s emphatic statement that “the issue is between man created in the image of God and the termite in a human guise”. It is what allows us to recognize that we are created in God’s image and understand natural law, to ascend from primitive barbarity into civilized beauty; it is that sliver of divinity within us that is our best defense from surrendering to our capacity for Evil. (more…)

Reflections on Ethno-Nationalism

There is much discussion amongst those on the alternative Right about race, nationalism, and tribalism. These issues are of crucial importance in the modern world. One cannot deny the unique influence of both race and ethnicity in shaping individual cultures and societies, and the more we learn about genetics and human biodiversity the more likely it appears that race and ethnicity may even be significantly important factors in individual human behaviour. However, whilst race and ethnicity are undeniably important factors in any community, relative homogeneity being arguably imperative for social cohesion, that does not mean that individual ethnic groups are or ought to be the only valid basis for state boundaries and political power.  (more…)