Some people just can’t help to pick and choose their facts to favor their beliefs even when they realize they probably don’t know everything that is going on. They heard a catch phrase and that’s enough. Case in point…
Spunky of Spunky’s Homeschool Blog initially posted information about a Belgium homeschooler being unfairly persecuted by the authorities under an entry “Stupid in Belgium.” Fortunately, Daryl with his HE&OS blog and on the Homeschool Watch list found some additional information that would indicate things aren’t necessarily as they seem.
So, the parents are members of a political party that, if not banned outright, skirts the very edges. I think it might be best if the conservative/homeschool bloggers (AND HSLDA) just sit this one out.
Valeria over at HEM backed him up.
Many of us object to the ‘one world government’ being imposed upon us via our government signing U.N. treaties, but yet we are in favor of a U.S. viewpoint of law as the standard for all other countries.
So Spunky comes back and acknowledges that
I’m sure there are many facets to this case we don’t know or understand.
in a post entitled “Clash of Worldviews.” Let’s see, so she is sure that there are many facets that she doesn’t understand BUT because she found the quote below, she thinks it is just a symptom of a greater clash of world views.
I came across this quote by the Mr. Belien that tells a little more about their family’s worldview,Europeans have foolishly replaced God by the State as the one on whom they rely to take care of all their needs from cradle to grave. The religious vacuum has led to a demographic vacuum, because those who lose faith in God lose faith in the future as well. A civilization that has created a religious and a demographic vacuum is bound to perish.
If this is indicative of what the “separatists” stand for, I can see why the state is trying to keep him quiet.
It’s all so calm and reasonable and she has her escape route by prefacing her statements with “if” and “appears.” The quote she provided also makes it seem rather reasonable–if you don’t look too closely. Substitute “Christian” for religious and “white European” for demographic and things take on a new meaning. And given the context of the quote, I would argue that is what by all “appearances” Paul Belien means and what Spunky actually thinks. Here is what appears directly before and after the quote:
Is This the End? | The Brussels Journal:
I have repeatedly defended the view that Muslim immigrants are not to blame for Europe’s predicament. The latter is entirely of our own making. Europeans have foolishly replaced God by the State as the one on whom they rely to take care of all their needs from cradle to grave. The religious vacuum has led to a demographic vacuum, because those who lose faith in God lose faith in the future as well. A civilization that has created a religious and a demographic vacuum is bound to perish.The lights are turning out for Europe. If America follows Europe’s example Christendom is lost.
This is about the rule of Christendom. It doesn’t matter if the Muslim immigrants become Flemish or not because even the Flemish are abandoning Christendom. They’re just one symptom.
Why does this bother me so?
1. Despite even saying she doesn’t know what all is going on, Spunky had to put in the last word of support of this guy since he “appears” to share the same beliefs.
2. She presented the belief as something within the context of national socialism versus religious belief. This is sure to be accepted by most Americans: socialism-bad, religious freedom-good. I know she never says this but this is the way it “appears” to me, making it seem a reasonable “clash of world views.”
3. I can accept a reasonable argument about to what extent immigrants need to assimilate into their new, chosen society. But this is really about the need for a nation to be Christian.
“If” she generally believes the preceding than it would “appear” that someone like me wouldn’t be welcomed into her community even though I have relatives who have fought for this country for seven plus generations. This wouldn’t be such a big deal except for the fact that she “seems” to think the United States should look just like her community.
It’s a bait and switch and I’m seeing more and more of it. For example: “It’s not freedom ‘from’ religion but freedom ‘of’ religion.” It’s neither, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of Religion.”
I don’t know if it’s deliberate on her part or not but it doesn’t matter since in either case it is making it a more difficult country for me to live. But then again, I guess that’s the point.