Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Opus 2018-057: Headlines: Racism Is Alive and Well in South Africa

I don’t know if South Africa is on your radar but we are beginning to see Zimbabwe II played out.  Years ago, after its revolution, Zimbabwe kicked out all the white farmers and turned the land over to wannabe farmers.  As a result the country went from an exporter of food to a country in starvation mode.  South Africa is taking the first steps to go the same way according to Newsweek (H/T to Gorges Grouse).  They are beginning to amend their constitution and take out the guarantee of property rights that had been agreed to years ago.  Now they are going to make it possible to confiscate the farms of the white farmers without any kind of compensation.  Can you say “Land theft”.

The article has some interesting comments by a leader in the movement, Julius Malema.
‘Malema also said "the time for reconciliation in South Africa "is over," reported. "Now is the time for justice," he said, adding, "We must sensure (sic) that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land."’
The next paragraph is even more revealing,
‘Malema has been a strong supporter of confiscating land from white farmers, saying in 2016 he was "not calling for the slaughter of white people–at least for now."’
All that is disturbing enough but won’t do much to change my personal life.  What got me in regard to recent attempts at censorship was at the end of the article.  The petition referred to in the article was on something called  I know nothing about the site but I know Leftist (Progressive, Communist, Democrat, elitist, Rino) talk when I hear it.  Here is what the site spokesman had to say,
‘A spokesperson for told Newsweek it would look into whether the petitions violate any company policies and whether the website plans to take any action. The website later added a note stating it had "received flags from some users that facts contained in this petition may be contested," adding: "You may consider researching this issue before signing or sharing."’
In other words, we have a site that is seemly there for people to advocate change and start petitions.  Being revealed as a leftist site it become clear that the desire for freedom of expression only extends to those on the left.

The battle of censorship is all around us.

homo unius libri

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