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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Edmund Burke on Atheism


Ellis Washington, who is easily one of the most underated columnists in the Western hemisphere, just knocked another one out of the park. In this week's article, Washington analyzes the writings of political theorist Edmund Burke and demonstrates that they ring ever so true today as they did more than 200 years ago. According to Washington, in Burke's writings on the bloody French Revolution, he wondered..

"How could such sublime precepts like Liberté, égalité, fraternité devolve so rapidly into the bloodlust autocracy of the Jacobins? Perhaps one cause was the anti- Christian materialist atheism of the Enlightenment and the propaganda generated by French philosophers like Voltaire, Rousseau and Diderot; that all evil was to be found in the nobility and the church, and its allegation that all virtue and righteousness belonged to the secular rationalists and the common people. It is no mistake, then, that Maximilien de Robespierre, a devotee of Rousseau, and the poor working-class radicals, the sans-culottes, enflamed by propaganda, perpetrated the Reign of Terror, murdering the nobles, the clergy and destroying the Christian church.

Burke, a student of history and traditions, understood that humanity's love of chaos was viral throughout history, regardless of gender, time period, race, social class or circumstance. The problem is sin. The impact of these vices can be comprehended and their impact upon society lessened, but they cannot be conquered by man without abolishing him, so deep and intractable the curse of sin is. It was this sin problem being ignored by man's great modern technological advances that prompted the Christian apologist C.S. Lewis to write, "The Abolition of Man" (1943). Against this secular utopianism, the French revolutionaries arrogantly proclaimed that they were establishing a Republic of Virtue, and then engaged in many cruel, maniacal crimes against humanity that live on in infamy to this day.

(Author Benjamin) Wiker argues that the primary basis of Enlightenment Age brutality was the utter hatred of Christianity, for in rejecting Christianity, those following Enlightenment philosophies rejected original sin. In rejecting sin, French revolutionaries tragically and foolishly assumed that the origins of human misery in history could be remedied entirely by human action (humanism), that the origin of the corruption in political life was not in the soul but in defective and unjust social structures, particularly in Christianity – a religion holding that because of original sin human nature and humanity was in a fallen state of nature and must be redeemed.

The diabolical strategy of the French Revolutionaries was to demolish the social institutions, eliminate the social orders, exterminate Christianity, and upon its ashes build by force an entirely new secular order based upon humanism and rationalism, where all problems that have plagued mankind from antiquity would magically vanish."

Now doesn't that just sound familiar? When leaders start spouting off about re-ordering society based on secular ideals and and simultaneously start throwing organized religion in general and Christianity in particular under the bus, be afraid. Be very afraid. History would tell us that from the French Revolution to the Great Leap Forward, and beyond, that people should become guarded and suspect of any such moves by political leaders.

Washington ties this in wth the current regime presidency by describing Team Obama thusly...

"The French Revolution is not some bygone series of unfortunate events. The same depraved spirit that gave humanity Darwinian evolution, the genocide of Marxism and Hitler's anti-Semitic, anti-Christian pogroms is now being manifested in the Age of Obama through utopian socialism, welfare-state progressivism and liberalism.

Like the atheists and secular humanists of the Age of Enlightenment, Obama arrogantly decreed that America is no longer a Christian nation. He is evidently dismissive of America's constitutional principles and clearly hates the historical role America has played in the world, which places him at constant odds with American constitutionalism and exceptionalism. Obama hates our Judeo-Christian heritage and detests America's historical allies."

He left out 'destroying the US economy by either cluelessness or design'. But then the list of Obama's ineptitudes is so extensive, who could blame him? Hold on tight folks. I can't see it getting any better any time soon.


Above picture: The Execution of Louis the XVI, 1793





15 comments:

Froggie said...
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Froggie said...

I've been trying to make a 2 part comment. The first part keeps disapearing but the second part goes through. Must be an open tag or something.
Can't seem to find any though.

This is a test.

Froggie said...

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"Ellis Washington, who is easily one of the most underated columnists in the Western hemisphere, just knocked another one out of the park."

JD,
You're cracking me up!

Washington is a pathetic liar, deceiver, and twister of truth. He makes the pretzels feel bad.

I can easily prove this since you have hit one of my sweet spots.

On 24 July Washington opened an article on WhirlednutDaily with a fake quote:

"I found solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race.
~ Barack Obama"

I wrote to Washington and informed him that this was not a quote from BO and was never said or written by him.
Two days passed and I wrote him that I was surprised to see no retraction.

Two days later I recieved an e-mail from him which said, "Mr. XXXXX, Thank you for your observations but remember a quote can be a paraphrase of one's ideas and sentiments."

I darn near fell out of my chair.

This is clearly another lie. That is why we have words that specifically define the difference between "paraphrase" and "quote."
They do no have even similar meanings.
Anyone with a scintilla of intellectual integrity knows the difference.

Froggie said...

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It's Not surprising that a person challenged by the meaning of the word quote would fail the bar exam five times before he finally gave up.

By the way, what somebody "imagines somebody else might say" isn't even a "paraphrase". It's only a paraphrase if it has the same meaning as something the 'somebody else' actually said. What Washington did is what's called 'putting words into somebody's mouth'.

Here's another even more egregious lie:

"Posted: November 08, 2008
1:00 am Eastern
"I was in the delivery room in [Mombosa,] Kenya, when he was born Aug. 4, 1961.
~ Obama's paternal grandmother"

Oh, there's more. Much more:

Washington "quotes" BO:
"I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.
~ Barack Obama, from his second biography- "Audacity of Hope" (2007)"

And now, the real quote:

"Of course, not all my conversations in immigrant communities follow this easy pattern. In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific assurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."

He did not say, as Ellis Washington implies, say that he would stand with the Muslim terrorists against the United States. He said he would fight against attempts to round up all Muslims in the United States, as we once did the Japanese in WWII.

Next, Washington is a looney narcisist.
He has gone so far as to lash out at the preacher of the church he has attended for 23 years. He sent this letter to all the newspapers in Michigan. He went public with an insulting letter proclaiming the HE should be asked to preach at the church and He wants "Justice done" by allowing him to take the church on a more conservative course.

Washington is a laughing stock. He does not have a shred of journalistic integrity and his sophistic style is apparent in every article he writes.

JD Curtis said...

Froggie,

Are the above criticisms of Washington courtesy of Scienceblogs?

Insofar as the graNdmother-delivery room quote, there are a couple of sources out there claiming this is true. It's not exclusive or did not originate (to the best of my knowledge) with Washington.

For some reason I cannot access hotmail or wnd.com along with certain other sites at this time.

I'll check out your other claims later.

Froggie said...

The criticisms were written about on a variety of blogs/ articles. All are fully documented and in the public domain and can be seen in Washington's columns in WND.

His sleazy letter to his pastor/ church can also easily be found.

Froggie said...

Many times I have seen Washington use the words mafia, socialist, marxist, communist in the same paragraph to describe someone he doesn't like. His writing is hyperbolic and it is impossible to parse out his meaning while he writes like a high school dropout.
Basically he uses words and phrases that right wing extremists like to hear.
He has no respect as a valid rhetoricist.
A new reader would think his meandering essays are a type of satire.

GentleSkeptic said...

ALL of the "most underated columnists in the Western hemisphere" write for WND.

I thought you knew?

photogr said...

As far as Obama, If he would only produce a birth certificate showing his place of birth, he might put to rest all the speculation of his letitimacy to be president. To do other wise might mean there is a lie he is hiding.

ATVLC said...

He already has.
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii.

JD Curtis said...

ATVLC,

Who was the attending physician?

ATVLC said...

    Voell, Paula.   "Teacher from Kenmore Recalls Obama Was a Focused Student."
    The Buffalo News.   20 January 2009.

When Barack Hussein Obama places his hand on the Bible to take the oath of office as 44th president of the United States, Barbara Nelson of Kenmore will undoubtedly think back to the day he was born. It was Aug. 4, 1961, at Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children in Honolulu.



"I may be the only person left who specifically remembers his birth. His parents are gone, his grandmother is gone, the obstetrician who delivered him is gone," said Nelson, referring to Dr. Rodney T. West, who died in February at the age of 98. Here's the story: Nelson was having dinner at the Outrigger Canoe Club on Waikiki Beach with Dr. West, the father of her college friend, Jo-Anne. Making conversation, Nelson turned to Dr. West and said: "So, tell me something interesting that happened this week," she recalls.




His response: "Well, today, Stanley had a baby. Now that's something to write home about."



The new mother was Stanley (later referred to by her middle name of Ann) Dunham, and the baby was Barack Hussein Obama.



"I penned the name on a napkin, and I did write home about it," said Nelson, knowing that her father, Stanley A. Czurles, director of the Art Education Department at Buffalo State College, would be interested in the "Stanley" connection.



She also remembers Dr. West mentioning that the baby's father was the first black student at the University of Hawaii and how taken he was by the baby's name.



"I remember Dr. West saying 'Barack Hussein Obama, now that's a musical name,'" said Nelson.




Ten years after that memorable birth announcement, Nelson would hear the Obama name again. This time, the father, now a Kenyan government official, was coming to speak at the Punahou School in Honolulu where Nelson was teaching and where his 10-year-old son was a newly enrolled fifth-grader.

JD Curtis said...

OK, ATVLC,

Now contact this gent and claim your reward.

JD Curtis said...

I think that it IS actually possible that Obama was born in Hawaii.

However, if I had to guess, the reason Obama is evasive and steadfastly refuses to release his long form birth certificate is because the circumstances surrounding his birth are completely different than what he has related in his autobiographies.

I think that Jack Cashill is pretty close to the truth here in this article