Month: December 2008

An army that sponsors satanic rituals…

One of my bad habits is to check the ‘recent deaths’ page on Wikipedia much too often. So I learned today that Paul Weyrich died. I hadn’t heard of him, but he was friends with Jerry Falwell and helped found the Moral Majority in the USA. No friend of mine, obviously. But his wikipedia article has a quote from a press release in 1999 when he was opposing Wiccans being allowed in the army. It’s  a broken citation, so I wonder if it’s a joke, because from a Christian pacifist perspective, it is hilariously disturbing:

“Until the Army withdraws all official support and approval from witchcraft, no Christian should enlist or re-enlist in the Army, and Christian parents should not allow their children to join the Army” … “An Army that sponsors satanic rituals is unworthy of representing the United States of America” … “The official approval of satanism and witchcraft by the Army is a direct assault on the Christian faith that generations of American soldiers have fought and died for” … “If the Army wants witches and satanists in its ranks, then it can do it without Christians in those ranks. It’s time for the Christians in this country to put a stop to this kind of nonsense. A Christian recruiting strike will compel the Army to think seriously about what it is doing.” — Paul Weyrich “‘Satanic’ Army Unworthy of Representing United States,” Free Congress Foundation press release, June 9, 1999.

According to Weyrich: it’s okay to kill people for the agenda of a state. That’s Christian. But to kill people alongside white witches… that’s satanic.

I say leave the army to the witches.  Christians, don’t let your kids sign up for the army till it stops killing people.

Deep green snobbery?

A letter I wrote to The Australian today.

Dear editor,

Your editorial ‘Deep-Green Snobbery’ (13/12) dismisses any challenge to outer-suburban, McMansion living as ‘class-hatred’. But the green movement is diverse: people from all walks of life are realising that something is wrong. Certainly people with tertiary education are over-represented, but that might be because critical thinking leads many people to become green.

You dismiss the green movement as being far away from the ‘pragmatic-centre’ of ‘popular sentiment’. But ‘popular sentiment’ is shifting as the world realises that the only pragmatic response to climate change is drastic action. Everyone needs to change; not just the people in the outer-suburbs. You’re right to point out that the outer-suburbs make green living difficult. Part of the challenge is to provide the infrastructure and planning in both new and existing suburbs to make green choices more viable.

Yours sincerely, Nathan Hobby