"and what rough beast,
its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?"
The brilliance of the artists managed to convey precisely the attitude of the God-King behind that face. He did not brook rivals, competitors, challengers or even alternate opinions.
Such is the nature of "anointed", absolute leadership. Submit and be safe; question and be crushed. Tyranny. Such was the nature of most human leadership throughout history - that leadership which some few of us have only very recently managed to break free from and which continually threatens to subjugate us. We privileged few need constant reminders of what it is that we have eluded and what it is that really is "normal" in human experience. The conundrum is that our happiness makes us negligent and so invites renewed tyranny. Our victories have put us to sleep.
As a wise man once said, "eternal vigilance is the price of liberty". Yet who remains vigilant? We strain out the gnats but swallow a Camel.
I hope you have noticed - not that our media here will tell us - the recent cataclysmic evisceration of our freedoms inflicted upon us by our anointed betters in Europe. Austrian Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolf was punished by the European Court of Human Rights (do note the lack of irony in the title of the Court) for having stated in a seminar that Muhammad was a paedophile. If you've been around here for only a short time you'll know that this statement, though outlandish, is not mere spiteful vitriol. Islam's own sacred primary sources - as the following video touches upon - declare that the prophet had sex with a 9 year old. So isn't this paedophilia any more?
Well, that's beside the point you see, because the ECHR has established that facts based on absolutely clear primary source sacred scriptures, have no place in this matter.
Because the religious feelings of some people may have been hurt. This is how Western justice looks today.
In the judgement of the Court (PDF of the judgement is available here) they had to carefully balance "the applicant’s right to freedom of expression with the rights of others to have their religious feelings protected, and to have religious peace preserved in Austrian society."
Yet as Robert Spencer notes:
The problem ... overlooked here was that Muhammad is held up in Islam as the perfect example of conduct for Muslims (cf. Qur’an 33:21). Accordingly, his example does lead to pedophilia, and in any case the distinction between pedophilia and child marriage can be very fine. In Afghanistan virtually all girls above third-grade age are married, and because of Muhammad, but the Austrian court would have us believe either that there is no pedophilia in these child marriages, or that they have nothing to do with Muhammad, both of which could be proven false readily.
And as for “untrue facts,” the hadith collection that Muslims consider most reliable, Sahih Bukhari, affirms more than once that Aisha was nine at the time of the consummation of the marriage.
Finally, would the European Court of Human Rights rule that someone deserved a fine and imprisonment for criticizing Jesus? The case wouldn’t even come to them.
And if it comes down to protecting the feelings - religious or otherwise - of those people hurt enough to threaten the "peace" of a society then will it not automatically follow that the biggest bunch of oversensitive thugs will end up controlling everything? Is this really the way we want to go?
This is a very dark day for the West and we shouldn't underestimate the long term problems arising from this act of insanity.
I don't know about you, but I will not lower my eyes in the face of this profane tyranny. I see what it wants.
Below, David Wood takes this nonsense to pieces in his usual witty & incisive manner.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) recently ruled that freedom of speech must be balanced with "protecting the religious feelings" of others. Hence, Europeans are no longer allowed to call Muhammad offensive names like "pedophile," even though he had sex with a prepubescent nine-year-old girl named Aisha. David Wood discusses the issue.
Here is that marvelous poem by Yeats, a portion of which I copied into the front of my Bible many years ago so I wouldn't forget it.
The Second Coming
W. B. Yeats.
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?