Category: Guns

If this is what the collapse of centrism looks like, then PLEASE give me more centrism

All the “worst people in Ireland” are running for election at the same time. We’re talking your racists, we’re talking your sexists, we’re talking your anti-vaxxers, your anti-fluoriders, your anti-Semites. The anti-5G brigade are in there. The anti-feminists too. And the anti-LGBT folks.

Not all of them are so negative. Some of them are actually pro stuff. For example, we have pro-lifers. We have pro-gun people. We even have pro-Illuminati Conspiracy theorists.

Pro or anti, there is something for everybody.

Conall McCallig has made a list (check out his original blog post for hyperlinks):

[Edit: The list has since been updated to include Allan Brennan (Independent) – Anti-5G, Anti-Vaxxer, Diarmaid Mulcahy (Independent) – Anti-Vaxxer, Anti-Fluoride, and James Miller (Independent) – Anti-5G, Anti-Vaxxer, Anti-Semitic, Anti-Muslim]

Is it just me, or are there rather a lot of names on that list?

In Ireland, 59 candidates are running in this year’s European Parliament elections. The above list accounts for a quarter of the field. But as Conall himself points out, there were other candidates about which he could source no information. These off-grid people could be even more fringe than the horribles he did manage to track down. In other words, we could be talking about close to a third of the slate holding extremist, esoteric, or, shall we say, eccentric views on social issues.

In the Irish part of the Euro elections, thirteen seats are up for grabs (two of which may be re-allocated back to Britain if the UK eventually decides not to leave the European Union). In other words, there are more kooky candidates than there are seats to be filled.

It seems to me that some of these folks are more sinister than others. If anything, the anti-Illuminati, anti-5G, or anti-GMO candidates are very much the lesser of evils. In fact their worst influence might not be to actually get elected. Rather, their damage would be to facilitate the seriously shady ones — the real bigots — to hide behind the crazy bush.

In other words, there’s a danger that the wackos who think that 5G internet is a deep-state conspiracy to line the pockets of Big Telecom while causing cellphone brain cancer in the masses will make the de facto racists come across as serious politicians.

But they’re not. The racists are…well…they are racists. And there are several of them. And this is precisely their opportunity to capitalize on a global trend of chaos to push xenophobic agendas through to the middle-class mainstreams of the Western world, including in our own little backwater here in grand old Ireland.

I mean, they are already setting fire to asylum centres.

This is far from a comedy election.

“I just decided to just Google what the Bible says about vaccinations…”

Guess what. Vaccines are not part of the Christian creator’s divine plan for the universe. We know this because they are not mentioned — anywhere — in the Christian Bible. So says this lady, as reported by this website.

To quote:

I just decided to just Google what the Bible says about vaccinations. There’s NOTHING in the Bible that talks about vaccines.

So, I just want you guys to think about that. So, if God knew in the future that he was going to help create these amazing things that were going to just change our health and be the best, you know, scientific advancement, it’s just, oh my gosh they’re so great, like, why isn’t there anything, any inkling of talk about these things called vaccinations coming into being later to save people? If that was really God’s plan and they’re so amazing, then why isn’t it in there at all?

Maybe there’s a chapter where they talk about something like an injection, this ‘health injection’, right? Like, why didn’t God talk about that, if he knew it was going to come and save the world?

Good point well made. (But I have a question: what does your Bible say about Google? Should you really be dabbling is such dark internet-based arts?)

Like many folks who quote the Bible, this person also claims to have insights about psychology and psychiatry. Here’s her grand theory about those of us (the majority, remember) who think that vaccination is, you know, okay:

I really believe that believing in vaccines is a mental disorder.

There. That’s told you. If you are one of the majority who “believe in vaccines”, then according to our correspondent, you have nothing less than a disordered mind. You are insane.

However, if you believe that an invisible-man-in-the-sky-who-hates-gays once wrote a book predicting all the good things that would ever be invented well, then, your mind is just fine. You don’t have to worry. You don’t have a disorder.

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So, then, while I have your non-disordered attention, what do you think about guns? Guns are good, aren’t they? Are guns mentioned in the Bible? Where does God stand on the second amendment?

It turns out that, yes, as well as being anti-vaccination, God is also pro-gun!

Earlier this week, this man told us that owning a machine gun is a core tenet of “the Christian faith” and that going gunless makes you a heathen:

…you must have the means of self-defense. And in our society today, that means a firearm in the similitude of an AR-15…That is a biblical requirement…if you are not prepared to defend your family and your neighborhood and your community with the force of arms, you have denied the Christian faith and you are worse than a heathen.

[Correction: it makes you worse than a heathen.]

And just yesterday this man told us that Jesus himself was an advocate for personal gun ownership:

He also turned to Luke 11:21, which reads, “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe.”

“Think about that. There’s Jesus advocating for the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms, to defend your own house, to keep your possessions, not to mention your wife, your children, to keep them safe,” Barber said.

Good, good. After all, you do need to defend your wife.

By the way, for context, the first of these quotes is from politician Chuck Baldwin, the Constitution Party’s official candidate in the 2008 US presidential election (he finished fifth, four places behind one B. Obama), while the second is from religious liberty activist Matt BarberCo-Founder and General Counsel of a group called Christian Civil Rights Watch (CCRW) (he also used to run Concerned Women for America, presumably “because the women concerned need a man in charge.”)

This is your periodic reminder of the oft-made assertion that society would be just so much better if we allowed more religion into the public square.

 

 

Question: How deranged are the NRA? Answer: *This* deranged…

Keep watching. Shortly they customize machine guns with pink paint and gold-leaf epigraphs because, you know, ladies.

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Accessories are such fun! (Pic: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO))

 

Other highlights:

  • 3:44 Guy promotes free speech (“Our greatest weapon is truth!”) by smashing a TV showing news with a sledgehammer.
  • 11:57 Presenters prepare an unusual gift for an expectant mother, by shooting some jars of paint in order to create low-tech Pollock-style splatter-art.
  • 13:11 Liberals are accused of holding a “misconceived perception of the world” in which “they believe” that “death is evil” (snowflakes!), when in fact “death is an undeniable fuel of life!

I think most Europeans are genuinely confused at how the NRA have become mainstream voices in US political discourse. But I don’t think Europeans quite grasp just how crazy these NRA nuts actually are.

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