Sunday, 3 July 2022

The latest Rainbow Flag

 

Is the Rainbow Flag now obsolete

Or is it compulsory?

With the ever increasing
additions to the alphabet pride people
list of sexual deviancy?
Is this the latest Pride flag?

Here we are in June now July as well, months that the material world (and some of the Catholic) celebrate as "Pride" months. With Pride, alphabet events happen in almost every community, even in small Cornish and Welsh towns that have been left alone up to now. You cannot turn your computer on without rainbow flags appearing on the home screen of the search engines, even your anti-virus providers will jab you with a multi-coloured "alphabet" theme as you run the anti-virus clean-up programme. The Corporate world has fully embraced alphabet world with any decent or questioning of diversity policies leading to disciplinary action, even dismissal. The media will slant any reporting on this to support the Pride people. This is one of the reasons why CUT - Catholic Unplug your Televisions - was formed, to study and warn people of the brain washing capabilities of the television and film which has been backed up by radio and the newspapers and even social media. (Although we do get a chance to push back via social media, but even here we are being squeezed and penalized by so called "fact checker and hate speech monitors" so you can barely move.)

 Therefore all news outlets are fully involved in pushing the Pride agenda. There are reports that if complaints are made about hate speech the alleged perpetrators have been arrested and imprisoned awaiting trial (yes this is in the UK and not Saudi Arabia). *Please see some references below.

However, is the Rainbow flag now obsolete? (thank heavens, you may say, we have the Rainbow back). That is perhaps the only positive thing about the expansion of the Pride flag to include more colours as the sex obsessed add more and more categories to the ever expanding sexual deviant panorama with the colours light blue, pink, brown and black added to the colour swab.

London Pride flags July 2022
(this type of totalitarian display seems too
close to 1930s Germany for comfort)

London Pride Wembley Park

One wonders how many more sexuality categories can be added and what will the flag end up looking like? So what is the future for humanity, a pansexual, half human, half machine with A.I. enhanced brainpower, who is a super sexual organism achiever but with no ability to reproduce outside the lab and the factory floor? Yep, the Jackson Pollock version of the Rainbow Flag is more appropriate than the old bigoted six colour one.

Jackson Pollock's aptly named
'Convergence'
Could this be the next alphabet flag?

Seriously, though, this is why we fight this ever escalating culture war, because the very future of humanity itself is at stake let along the eternal souls of those involved.

 

*References to the police taking action on people who question things Alphabet and Rainbow flaged

Hull live 25 Jan 2019 - "Humberside Police tell man to 'check his thinking' after he likes 'offensive transgender limerick' on Twitter"

Info Wars Europe June 04 2021 - A 50-year-old mother in Scotland has been charged with a ‘transphobic hate crime’ and faces up to two years in prison after she retweeted an image of a suffragette ribbon.


We will leave the last word to Merseyside Police:


Saturday, 18 June 2022

US Supreme Court under pressure from left

 

Pro-aborts go apoplectic

As one sided media incite violence

It shocked me, I must admit, and I am rarely shocked these days, while listening to Classic FM their news came on and a report on the American Supreme Court’s leaked ruling banning abortion in the States, or rather allowing individual States to decide whether to ban abortion in their State. The news report's bias in favour of abortion was so explicit without giving the other point of view, the pro-life side, and this from a channel that has Aled Jones and Alan Titchmarsh as DJs, two of the most homely people in broadcasting. So nowhere is safe from Woke propaganda. I emailed Classic FM (or rather Global News who do the news for Classic FM). And stated that:

 

Dear Classic FM,

I feel I simply must complain about the bias in your news reporting about the US supreme court making abortion illegal. You simply did not look at the pro-life side only about the much smaller protests in favour of abortion. Level up your reporting on this and other issues please.




The Supreme Court judges have been under severe pressure after the leaked draft in May. The leak was of course to build up pro-abortion steam in the media and in politics. It has worked, with the justices even having their addresses leaked to the left wing media who immediately published them. There ensued all the usual aggression from the pro-abortion left with marches along the road where one of the judges, Bret Kavanaugh, lives, and threats on his life. The majority left wing Democratic Party has voted to refuse extra security at these judges' homes. What a surprise, for if one of the Conservatives judges, who are nearly all Catholics, were to be killed, would Biden appoint another Conservative to replace the one killed? Hardly! It would suit their purpose to have one of these conservative judges got rid of.

 

Friday, 3 June 2022

Of Arts and the Animal 9


 


A Christian Essay in Aesthetic Value - Final Part

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty”

I have made very little use of the word ‘beauty’ as it is over-used in discussions of the arts and aesthetics, the science of beauty. In art it means precisely conformity with the criteria I have proposed; that which communicates truth in love and love in truth is perceived as beautiful whatever the techniques or contents might happen to be – we are attracted and entranced rather than repelled by the discords of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and the horror depicted in Goya’s Disasters of War. The dictum that “Beauty is truth, truth beauty” is true, but it omits love because Keats lacked faith in the God Who is both truth and love, meaning both are one in life and in art; he did not accept that ‘God is love’ as a theological proposition, but proclaimed “the holiness of the heart’s emotions” and in his work he made the act of self-communication, the act of love, fundamental to artistic truth. As I said, the atheistic artist is an anomaly; to lay open the ‘inmost reality’ is to preach the truth, to be an evangelist singing the Creator in singing creation, such people are truly ‘anonymous Christians’. In life beauty means that which we perceive when we perceive the reflection of the Creator in His creation. In artefacts it means that which we perceive when we perceive in them the reflection of the human face. Those who admire the sleek lines of the motorcar in fact enjoy in them their reminder that humanity has transcended the limitations of the flesh and can now travel very fast indeed; others prefer reminders of our place in nature to signs that we have overcome it; then again, sentiment endows particular objects with beauty, and some can find a beauty in the unnatural habitat of urban man. L. S. Lowry said of the people he painted “I did not care for them in the way a social reformer does. They are part of a private beauty that haunted me. I loved them and the houses in the same way: as part of a vision.”

I have said repeatedly that works may be judged in one way or another, but if anybody still asks ‘Why bother?’ I can only state bluntly that if good art presents the beauty that “will save the world”, the opposite is quite damnable. In philosophy and theology aesthetics is treated as a Cinderella subject, but always remember that Cinderella went to the ball and ended up a princess, and now this Cinderella gives the crown to the queen of the sciences. Animals and the environment matter because through them the love of God is communicated to us, aesthetics and artistic truth matter because through them we receive that communication. The arts matter because through them we take possession of the created order of divine communication and fulfil our vocation to reflect and participate in the divine action, the act of love, the act of self-communication that is being communicated to and through by God, catching us up into the perfect action of the Trinitarian community of love. Therefore the choice between good art and bad is a choice between ultimate realities; between that which is good and true, pure and holy, and the opposite – between God Himself, and the world, the flesh and the devil. To pass aesthetic judgement and find some work to be good is to know in it the meaning of love, to see the face of the God Who is love; and to understand that, heigh-ho, love really is all, and the love “che muove il sole e l’altre stelle” is the same as that we find reflected in that work. To choose the bad is to distance oneself culturally from the communion of saints, which is the Body of Christ, Who is God incarnate; and to make such a choice whilst hoping to remain in that blest company is to entertain a fundamental misapprehension regarding Christian membership of Christ. Membership of the Body of Christ radically precludes any reservation of mind or body from belonging to that Body; we may not be half-Christians giving half of ourselves to the celebration of the meretricious and half to Christ; the only options are ‘all or nothing at all’.  We are, then, offered the choice of Moses, the most momentous choice of all, in our aesthetic decisions as, in them, “life and death, blessing and cursing” are set before us. “Choose therefore life, that both thou and thy seed may live” (Deut. XXX 19).

I will leave you with some words of St. Paul’s, joining my wish for you to his prayer for his readers, that “the peace of God, which surpasseth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus”.

“For the rest, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever modest, whatsoever just, whatsoever holy, whatsoever lovely, whatsoever of good fame, if there be any virtue, if any praise of discipline; think on these things”. (Phil. IV 7-8; Matins Monday 4th week after the Epiphany).    

By Prayer Crusader St Philip Howard

Wednesday, 25 May 2022

Of Arts and the Animal 8

A Christian Essay in Aesthetic Value

caritas et amor


The act of self-communication is not an act of love in some detached or indefinite manner, but has three objects: the artist himself or herself as the image of God in whom the good to be communicated is seated, the subject which the artist strives to comprehend in his or her perception of its beauty, and the audience which the artist seeks out so that he or she might love them ‘as himself’ or ‘herself’. The audience is a necessary term in understanding the nature of the arts; the Rodgers sisters’ song rightly states that “It takes three to make music” and “the folks who listen” are as much a part of the equation as composers and performers. The artist is motivated always by the urge to share the goodness found in the inner depths with others, and to have that goodness apprehended and understood, and then to have that understanding reflected back – the artist finds fulfilment in drawing others into himself or herself and projecting himself or herself into their essential being in a communion reflective of that between the divine persons of the Most Blessed Trinity. Mark Rothko is quoted (by the Oxford Concise Dictionary of Art and Artists) saying about his communication of the basic emotions that “The people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience as I had when I painted them”, showing his instinctive knowledge that the self-sharing of the artist is always a religious act. God is a party to that communion of souls because they meet in this divine image and in ‘caritas et amor’.

Slate Blue and Brown on Plum
by Mark Rothko

The opposite of “Ubi caritas et amor est, ibi Deus est” is equally true; where charity and love are absent, God is excluded. Thus, a work succeeds or fails to the extent to which it performs an act of love; a work that fails to engage an audience fails to mediate the artist’s desired relationship with that audience whether the failure lies in the intent, the execution, or in a technical choice regarding medium or form. We may judge the quality of engagement offered by a particular work. The relationship of love is not simply a two-way relationship between the individual in the audience and the artist; the work also mediates a communion between audience members who are drawn into becoming an audience, a defined body rather than a collection of disparate individuals, and who find a community of interest in sharing the reception of the work – we fall in love with fellow concert-goers, woo with poetry, and bond over books. Social relations grounded in charity and love, of course, exist upon many bases other than the arts, most notably family relationships and the bonds established through a shared religion. Works, media and forms which do not unite but divide, which catch the individual in a net woven of images and intellectual projections, trap people within the conscious constructs of shallow minds, separating them from not only the reality of the subject addressed by such works, but even the reality of their own lives; these things are not art but its opposite. A family sitting in close proximity but not ‘together’ in any meaningful sense or, worse still, with separate screens in different rooms as they ‘watch the box’ is a horrible sight, a terrifying vision borrowed from Dante’s frozen inferno of ice and isolation. When work of a genuinely artistic purpose is made for broadcast broadcasters will often thwart that purpose, adding their insensitivity to the shortcomings inherent in these media.

By Prayer Crusader St Philip Howard

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Is the DUP winning the Catholic Vote?


Putting your cross in the Protestant Box

           I hope and trust that all our readers, and certainly all our Prayer Crusaders, are ‘values voters’ or, rather, in most cases non-voters as there are so few candidates about for whom any Christian could vote in good conscience.  This time around UK, Irish and Commonwealth voters might be eligible to cast a ballot in local elections or for the Northern Ireland Assembly depending on where you have registered to vote.

             It is impossible to say anything about parties at the local elections as councillors are apt to be a law unto themselves.  Individual candidates have to be quizzed carefully as to their intentions with particular attention to such matters as whether they would wish to exercise licensing and planning powers to prevent the opening of new abortuaries and places of immoral entertainment, whether they are committed to the freedom to protest against existing establishments of those kinds and also against socially and morally damaging educational programmes, and whether they themselves would seek to prevent the introduction of such programmes where local authorities retain the ability to do so, whether they are committed to the rights of parents with respect to the manner in which their children are educated, and whether they will exclude men from female-use amenities and services irrespective of the socially constructed gender they claim as their own. 

             Stormont, however, is a different matter in that it is possible to recommend a party for your consideration although it is not one that springs immediately to mind for Catholic voters.  All the parties are committed to the far left consensus as to the scope of state action and the approximate level of public spending.  The differences, therefore, come down to moral and cultural issues as well  as the constitutional question.  For the values voter the moral issues must come first every time, and only one party of government offers a safe and consistent stance on all the subjects we hold most dear, and that party is the DUP, Dr. Paisley’s party.  As I said, not, perhaps, the ‘go to’ vote for a Catholic, but why ever not?  Stormont will not discuss dogmatic theology, and Westminster has not done so for a very long time indeed; the only theology ever debated in either forum is moral theology on which the evangelical Protestant is at one with us on almost all issues, the exception being divorce and remarriage on which some of them anomalously depart from the literal meaning of the biblical text for no better reason than that some of the early so-called ‘reformers’ from whom their sects derive their doctrines chose to do so either for political considerations or from personal weakness.  The DUP is reasonably reliable on divorce, and candidates can be persuaded to harden their opposition to no fault divorce at will and the reduction of the marital bond to a secular contract.  They are wholly reliable in opposing abortion both as it is legally defined and in the form of providing abortifacients described, wrongly, as contraceptives; and they have consistently opposed the promotion of homosexual practices and the related phenomenon of transgenderism since Dr. Paisley’s own Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign (on which our bishops should have given him far more support than they did).  Neither of the major parties associated with the Catholic community offers a policy programme consonant with Catholicism, indeed SF can now be relied upon to oppose Catholic moral teaching on almost all points.  As for the SDLP, while it is only fair to acknowledge that many of its candidates (but by no means all) are opposed to abortion, the party subscribes to the ‘gay rights’ agenda and to the enforcement of ‘equalities education’ derived from it; many candidates also support transgenderism.

             The remaining cultural and constitutional questions might give pause for thought before voting DUP, but there is reason to think that the DUP would become more flexible on Irish and Catholic culture if it were in their electoral interests to do so.  As for the constitutional question, who wants to re-enter the Godless EU or to join the post-Catholic Republic?  The EU has given ample demonstration through its manipulation of trading arrangements and threats to close the border that it has little interest in the interests of Northern Ireland; it is also beginning to show a marked lack of sympathy towards the Republic.  Neither the Republic’s nor the British government  has any sympathy with the aspiration of the people of Ulster to maintain natural law-based provisions of the common law on life issues but the devolutionary UK offers better prospects than the unitary Republic.        

             Culturally, while the DUP will, I am sure, continue to oppose celebration of the Republican struggle, it may be induced to accept such public manifestations of our faith as Corpus Christi processions, rosary walks and the erection of statues.  The biggest point of disagreement has not been over a religious question at all, but over the Irish language to which many Protestants object as they fail to appreciate that, far from being some sort of import into the North, the Gaelic language is the common heritage of the Dal-riada from which their people originate as much as do our own.  That confusion is, of course, shared by many Catholics and is compounded by the manner in which Gaelic is spelled and taught in Ulster.  The misunderstanding is, unfortunately, incorporated into the Good Friday Agreement’s treatment of the subject as well. 

             The truth of the matter is that the six counties contain few areas in which Irish was still the principal spoken language at any point in the twentieth century; the language has, rather, been chosen as a medium for education by families, and learnt by adults, who have in most cases a political aspiration to see a united Ireland (the exceptions are generally Protestants like the late Paul Hamill, with a deep commitment to community harmony and cultural unity within Northern Ireland).  It is taught very much as a foreign language using the Free State spellings rationalised in the twenties and thirties, and the vocabulary and syntax favoured by the Southern establishment, which is to say the Kerry dialect.  Although both Gaeltacht areas lie within the Republic its educational authorities dislike Donegal dialect words still used by older people (most of whom remember many more having been in regular use by their grandparents whose rhythm of speech was also, somehow, subtly different), and wish to stamp out any tendency to revert to traditional spellings that might linger on.  The English authorities now require children to be taught a formal written language but no longer desire that children, as the old joke has it, ‘talk proper’ instead of retaining dialect speech; and the Welsh are free to use Northern or Southern spellings and vocabulary as they please.  The weaponisation of Gaelic is most undesirable.  The Good Friday Agreement suggests that the language would be best fostered by an extension of the TeilifĂ­s na Gaeilige service across the six UK counties, but I would strongly suggest that an extension of the remit, workforce and broadcasting capabilities of the Alba service to serve the requirements of all nine counties as well as the current audience in Scotland and its islands would provide better results both practically and in terms of cross-community relations and a broader acceptance and actual use of the Gaelic language.  Having learned the traditional spellings used in the island Gaidhealteachd, children and adult learners might take an additional short paper on Free State spellings and the vocabulary variants of the South.    The linguistic standard which should apply to Ulster is that found in the surveys of, and publications on Ulster of the (nationalist) Gaelic League in the latter part of the nineteenth century before partition, rationalised spelling or standardised Irish had been devised.  As our report on the future of British broadcasting recommended, the programmes on offer should address the interests of listeners and viewers in Northern Ireland. 

             It is also worth remembering that, as a Catholic voter, the DUP will pay far closer attention to your needs and your opinions than any party would to somebody who had not crossed community lines to lend them their support.  Ultimately, values voters can only succeed by coming together in the sort of broad movement that has achieved so much in America.   

By Prayer Crusader St Philip Howard.

Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Disney and Netflix are losing subscribers

 

Woke and Broke Media 

The obsession with Transgenderism in the media, in schools and now even in the Church is getting out of hand. Nowhere is safe, schools, church, TV, films have virtually all fallen. We tried our best at CUT to bring to our readers’ attention the media's role in this and many have listened and thrown out the TV, have homeschooled and found themselves an orthodox and/or traditional parish. Lionel Shriver in her Brave New World article for the Spectator has put it well when she says

Television programmes such as Orange is the New Black had a transgender character, while Transparent featured the phenomenon as its central premise. 'Transgender Day' was born. Early childhood education was revamped, so that six-year-olds were instructed that they could choose to be a boy or a girl or something in between.

       There's an element here of prurient voyeurism. We're bored with hetero sex, which has become too permitted, and now carries a whiff of the unhip. We're bored with gayness. We need a new fixation. ... The population signing up for sexual 'reassignment' has gone through the roof...


However, news that Disney is imploding and Netflix are losing subscribers by the bucket load is
surprising many. Both these entertainment companies chose to go down the pro LGBT route. In addition, as you know, well at least the Main Stream Media keep telling us that everyone wants a Rainbow flag. Well it's simply not true, we may be compassionate to all who find themselves confused after being brainwashed for so long, but when most parents find that their children are not safe any longer when being left in front of the telly to watch cartoons, will they then go to a Disney theme park that has a Rainbow flag decked Micky Mouse with lots of his 'Trans' friends? Or will they literally pull the plug on these entertainment companies?

Disney Florida recently lost its self-governing statutes; yes, Disney had the power to act almost like its own state with the ability to raise its own taxes, build its own infrastructure, almost run itself like a country. However, the Disney woke era went too far in pushing sex-change ideologies on children, so that the Catholic governor of Florida, Ron De Santis, signed a bill stripping Disney of its self-governing status. It's about time someone stood up to the Disney purveyors of evil on children. With same sex kisses in Star Wars and a purple haired general in an evening dress brow-beating "a stupid fly boy" male lead, things were becoming unwatchable. Star Wars, as have many films made by Disney, have really lost their way.

Perhaps it's not surprising when they have a president of General Entertainment Content who wants at least 50 percent of characters to be LGBTQIA and racial minorities. This is not surprising, for Disney corporate president Kath Burke says she has one transgender child and one pansexual child; poor children, brought up on a weird diet of strange cartoons and attitudes. Perhaps this is one case where social services should remove the children, for their safety?

Disney and Netflix along with most of the main stream media are losing credibility and viewers; however, not fast enough I'm afraid especially for the poor 5,500 children on the NHS sex change waiting list.  This is tantamount to child abuse!

By Prayer Crusader St Philomena

Friday, 29 April 2022

Of Arts and the Animal 7

 A Christian Essay in Aesthetic Value


There is a category of works that give every appearance of being figurative, and that is narrative and descriptive works – novels, opera, ballet and so on – the truth, however, is that no narrative with a serious artistic purpose, or any aesthetic merit, is truly concerned with its ostensible subject but always addresses itself to the abstract ideals I have already mentioned. The ‘weasel under the cocktail cabinet’, the moral beast exposing whited sepulchres, is found with the Lamb in the tabernacle. The subject itself is utterly trivial; who can care what happens to fictitious people if their story illustrates nothing beyond themselves; if they are to hold any interest at all, it can only be because the narrative is packed with incident and sensation. Thus we distinguish ‘quality’ literature from the penny dreadful or pornography, and ‘legitimate’ theatre from grand guignol.

We may also see that the soap opera is a peculiarly low form of narrative; whilst the creation of the series involves a measure of artistry, to write an open narrative, without artistic purpose or resolution, in which the parameters of the characters are given in advance, appears to thwart the purposes of art by excluding self-communication or moral expression. On the subject of pornography, I should note that the legitimacy of representations of sexual matters depends upon two things, their place within the totality of the artistic concept, and whether the chosen medium and form are such that the representation is liable to being received in a discrete manner to the detriment of that total artistic vision. Hence a sexual act intrinsic to the purpose of the narrative, illuminating some moral truth to a high degree when depicted in balanced prose or music becomes pornographic when represented naturalistically on film or on stage: the Tristan chord does not titillate. Narrative genre is irrelevant to the question of value or quality. Humorous works are often altogether ruled out of consideration as artworks, but who could discount The Merry Wives of Windsor or Albert Herring? P.G. Wodehouse (a distant relative of Cardinal Newman’s) was as important an exponent of modernism (the literary style rather than the heresy) as T.S. Eliot: the intellectual landscape through which Bertie Wooster so breezily strolls is very much a Waste Land of the remains of a forgotten faith, the ruins of classical civilisation, and the wreckage of English letters.

My final observation with respect to narrative forms concerns music. The final verdict in Richard Strauss’ last opera, Capriccio, is that no verdict is possible in judging whether words or music takes precedence, prima le parole dopo la musica or vice versa. If both are artists, both writer and composer have artistic concepts or visions of their own, complementary but separate; it is a different matter entirely when a composer merely illustrates the drama, and his or her work is carried out at the service of the director’s artistic vision in the same way as the work of a cinematographer, a make-up artist or a set designer – this is music as craft rather than art.

The religious nature of artistic practice is evident also in that it is a search for truth, which is a search always for God Himself Who, incarnate in Christ proclaims that He is “The way, and the truth, and the life” (Jn.XIV 6). This search for truth is inherent in the nature of the artistic act as an act of communication; meaning must be, if not grasped, at least grasped at if it is to be conveyed. Artists such as Piet Mondrian and Wassily Kandinsky have equated their portrayal of universals, the divine ideas to which I have referred, with ‘the spiritual in art’, and Henri Matisse affirmed “the act of pure painting is a search for the absolute”.

By Prayer Crusader St Philip Howard