While the antipodeans cover themselves in layers of sun cream there was no danger of sunstroke from the sun hiding behind the light gray skies this morning. Even worse there was a determined effort to drop dirty great lumps of snow on us yesterday afternoon which luckily did not prove sufficient to lie. Yuck, we don't want any of that here!
Trapped indoors wrapped up like Nanook of the North instead I participated for a short while in keyboard warrior action. A Celtic fan, claiming to be 'anti- sectarian, refused to accept the proven fact that his club is as sectarian as Rangers. He quickly descended into 'whataboutery' a well know tactic in which they avoid the issue and point fingers elsewhere. It took some time but he eventually disappeared convinced of our error, occasionally others joined in, and determined to believe he represented a club as pure as the snow I hate falling near me.
Forums, Twitter and newspaper (I use that word loosely) comment columns are full of such people. The 'Daily Mail' is one of the best, and most likely to delete any comment that disagrees with their view (the Guardian, that centre of 'free speech' is much, much worse at censorship than any other) and surely the keyboard anonymity allows all sorts of psychopaths free range to discuss their 'views.'
One 'gay' discussion soon brings out the bile. No-one is allowed to indicate gays are in the wrong. You must accept and never disagree, no matter what the situation. The comments always follow the same routine, cut and paste questions, quotes and texts from a gay forum and refuse to accept any answer. Debate is impossible as openness is not allowed. The 'Gay Manifesto' from 1970 has working its way through the nation and few have noticed.
Secularists are the same. The 'cut and paste' follows identical patterns, giving rise to the thought that a few people use many names and cover two topics regularly. Openness is declared but rarely seen.
I sometimes wonder why I allow myself to get involved when I know the answers, probably having met the same folks before. However the Celtic one I had to speak on, the bile from both sides destroys the west of Scotland and proper government action is long overdue to the influence these two football clubs have on this. Removing the sectarian influence form both would lead to a cleaner nation and happier people. It would take time however.
I note, but have no link, to an NHS employee fired by her organisation for offering to pray for a Muslim friend. There is more to this story but the woman comes out well yet the authorities have refused to accept they did wrong. This is yet another example of the anti-Christian attitudes that are now prevalent in western society. This is to be expected in India, where the Hindus are at this moment attacking Christians and Muslims in a deliberate policy to eradicate them from India. It is common in Pakistan, Iran and other Muslim states but in the west? Many are suffering in India and such places yet the western media ignores this. The west is now doing the same, authorised by parliament and encouraged by the liberal middle class.
The real power is of course the spiritual one in high places that is indeed leading a major attack on the church. It has crept up during the last forty years unawares to most but is now free to operate throughout the land. The days ahead will be dark for Christians, and secular and gay lobbies will be leading this, under the guise of 'toleration' and 'equality' probably! The days ahead are dark indeed.