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Hate speech leads to the stake.

I was thinking this morning, when I read this that hate speech is the new blasphemy. Blasphemy laws are not about what you do, but about what you think and say. You will be called a bad thinker. But when the modern theocrats, of which more below, have their way, there will be people tried and killed for hate speech, as there was in the time of Bloody Mary.

Again, nothing new here. The religious authorities tried to stone Christ before they got the Romans to execute him. Social Justice Warriors will make things up, lie, and appeal to the most amenable authority. Those who stand against them will be subverted before being bought down.

And the aim of Christ is that we are like him. He is God, and we will do his works. This makes the spirit of this world tremble, for they know that the time of this season is quite short.

Consider the refugee rort, and thanks to Steve for pointing this out.

Immigrants are sacred not because they save us, but because their presence gives us the chance to show how we can save them.

We are the agents; they are helpless and can do nothing without our grace.

That captures Thorpe’s mindset beautifully.

So I’m recommending Thorpe’s book despite vehement disagreement with her savior-complex political and philosophical values, despite the relentless shilling of a refugee and immigration policy I find extremely harmful.

Thorpe is irritating, but thorough. Her rhapsodies on the mystical value of shared culture is as easily parodied as Wordsworth is on spades, but deeply reported narratives here and abroad, the vivid classroom descriptions, and (most importantly), the in-depth look at the expensive and relentless support the refugees received are worth the near-epileptic eye-rolls her misty-eyed romances induce.’

In doing this, the secularist, who says that there is not God, sets themselves as God. If you say that the refugees are invading, or violating, wounding people (I am not speaking in metaphors). One cannot talk of such: one cannot mention ethnicity. One has to accept the virtue signals of oru betters.

Or you will be called hateful, and shunned.

This will end. The social justice movement wans us uniform, bland, and thinking only what they allow. Their targets change, but they have never succeeded. For we are not made in the image of robots.

31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” 33 The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.” 34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? 35 If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken— 36 do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 37 If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; 38 but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” 39 Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands.

40 He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing at first, and there he remained. 41 And many came to him. And they said, “John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.” 42 And many believed in him there

For you may say, however, that the hateful deserve it. There are people who are evil, and we should be merciless: that fascists should always be shot and Nazis always punched. That you are in the vanguard of the move to a new Jerusalem that will be built for all nations. That we are commanded to take in the stranger and that if you disagree, you have no right to speak.

In this case your theology is the rainbow, not Christ. You are preaching a narrative that differs. The laws of hospitality were laws of iron and claw: you welcome the stranger in and protect him in a hard and cold world and he does not attack or reave. Those who do face the fate of the Midianites.

The Western Compromise has been to allow hateful speech. Not because we like it: I don’t. But so that we don’t have Protestants and Catholics martyrs burned depending on if the ruler is Papist or Prot.

For this I know: it is the measure of mercy we give that will allow us to be judged. Virtue signals and the narrative of virtue always hides hatred and a lack of mercy. And when the cycle turns, the activists are easy to identify, and are horrified that they face the same fate pour encourager les autres.

It is far better to live for Christ. Treat all narratives as the lies they are. And do not be one who calls Christ a blasphemer.

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