Bach – Mass in B Minor performed in Notre Dame de Paris

One of music’s greatest achievements played in one of the West’s most prized locations.  Christianity inspired both.  Here’s one way the piece was described:

The Mass was described in the 19th century by the editor Hans Georg Nägeli as “The Announcement of the Greatest Musical Work of All Times and All People” (“Ankündigung des größten musikalischen Kunstwerkes aller Zeiten und Völker”).[41]

Update: Well, they took down the one performed in Notre Dame.  Censoring seemingly everything about Notre Dame hard.  Even classical music.  Awesome.  Here’s another version of the same piece.  Unfortunately not the same venue.

Notre Dame Burns

The official speculation from mainstream media is that it has something to do with the renovation work going on.  That alone should tell you it’s probably something else.  The odds of one of the most prominent symbols of Christianity burning in the holiest week on the Christian calendar seems like a stretch.

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Who knows if the truth will ever actually come out.  It is completely fair to speculate that it could absolutely have been done intentionally by someone or a group of people who may not share the Christian values that France once had as part of the West.  Speculate all you want.  And given that there was 875 of France’s churches vandalized last year alone it is entirely justified to wonder if that is the culprit here too.

Sadly, this is a very fitting image to describe what’s going on in the West right now.  Christianity is under attack.  Our values are under attack.  The question is when will the tide completely turn and when will people start pushing back?  And how hard?  You can already feel the pendulum swinging back culturally a little bit, but it has a long way to go.  It wouldn’t shock me at all if they discovered this was the result of Muslim terrorism, and it wouldn’t shock me at all if they completely buried that story either.  There might actually, finally, be enough outrage to boil over and start to take back what is rightfully theirs.  Paris is not the Paris you remembered even 10 years ago.  It is completely overrun.  That’s the same story in much of the West.  And unless people start to stand up for their convictions, they will only continue to get bolder.

Of course, with any tragedy, you will have true scum who will try to insert their own agenda.  Enter the worm that is Ben Shapiro.

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Literally NOTHING about Notre Dame has to do with Judaism.  It is one of the most prominent Catholic structures on Earth.  There is no such thing as Judeo-Christian values, morality, whatever.  It is a lie.  A nonsense term.  A Judeo-Christian is a Jew who converts to Christianity.  Other than that the term is meaningless.  Well, not entirely meaningless.  The intent of the term is to obfuscate the truth.  To somehow make it sound like Jewish values had anything to do with the building of the West.  Ben goes into this lie in far more detail in the book he released last month which uses that term quite a lot.  Ben Shapiro is controlled opposition.  He is propped up to appear like he is an ally of “the right” when in fact he is anything but.  I single him out specifically here because he is a charlatan and it seems like a lot of people on the right think he is an ally.

Christians around the world have a right to be upset and mad about what happened in Paris today.  If there is any silver lining on this, it could be if Christians rally to start to fight back and stand up for what they believe in.  To take back their faith from those who have infested various churches and fundamentally altered Christ’s teachings for their own nefarious purposes.  The number of churches converged today is staggering.  And if it ever does come out that this was a hate crime, it would do France and the West a lot of good to start expelling those who have no interest in Western values, and no intention of assimilating.  Otherwise, if you let the wolf in the front door, you only have yourself to blame for what happens next.

The Triumphal Entry

Luke 19:28-44 (ESV)

The Triumphal Entry

28 And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’” 32 So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. 33 And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” 35 And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36 And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. 37 As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38 saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem

41 And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42 saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side 44 and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

California: A Degenerate Playground for Adults

California may be the epicenter for the societal decay going on in the West right now.  California is a perverted version of Neverland for adults.  Nobody there wants to grow up.  The pursuit of pleasure and escape from reality is the main motivator for far more adults there than many would think.

People are waiting longer and longer to get married, if they get married at all.  California has the 7th highest age for women to get married, behind other liberal dens of degeneration like New York, Massachusetts, and Washington DC (though not a state, this was the highest age for all women, at 30).  You may wonder why that matters.  Well, when women put off child-rearing that late, the chances they will even try to have kids at all surely declines the older a woman gets.  Couple that with the phenomena of “dog moms” and you have a recipe for generational disaster.  What’s a dog mom, you ask?  Peruse any dating app in California and you are inevitably inundated with dog moms, or women who own dogs and proclaim themselves as dog moms.  They call them their babies.  You can see women stop each other on the street fawning over each other’s dogs the way mothers used to do this with babies.  It’s almost as if they’re trying to satiate an innate urge deep down…but what do I know.  Biology is a social construct, right?  My theory on this is they have that motherly urge, but having a child is too much responsibility in their eyes, and plus who wants to put on all that extra weight, amirite?  It’s so much easier to be a career woman and only have to walk and take care of a dog when you get home from work anyways.  This may sound harsh, but this is the state of things.

Guys aren’t any better.  You can see dudes over 40 years old skateboarding everywhere in the coastal California cities.  Grown adults of both genders zip around on those electric scooters and bikes.  Then after a long day of work, if one has a job, what better way to relax and unwind than smoking a bowl on the beach maaaan?  “It’s 4:20 somewhere” is a common billboard you’ll see everywhere.  Marijuana billboards dot the landscape.  Advertising to adults to smoke weed to help…your hangover.

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Again, many will say “are all these things really that big a deal?”.  “Why does it matter?”

Yes, it does matter.  When you’ve raised a whole generation or two to endlessly pursue only pleasure, in the YOLO generation, it does effect the fabric of society.  We may not feel it right away, much like we didn’t feel the effects of tolerating all sorts of perversion and bad behavior right away, in a still largely Christian society, but we are starting to see and feel it.  The pursuit of pleasure as an ultimate endpoint is empty.  It is not gratifying.  More young adults are on anti-depressants than ever before.  Single women, if not dog moms, buy cats to fill that empty void.

I’m sure California isn’t the only place with this issue of adults who never really grew up, but in a place with near perfect weather and cushy benefits to those who do not work, the problem is probably worse there than most other places.  Perfect weather, the epicenter of the porn industry, lax drug laws, and a liberal mentality that takes all responsibility off of the people of the state, and you have a recipe for disaster.

Not to beat a dead horse here, but it does require constant reminding, and the idea needs to spread in general, that Western civilization fundamentally depends on Christianity.  Without it, we do not have a western society.  Connect the dots.  Contrast the ultimate aim of a Christian to that of one who feels there is no higher purpose and that there is nothing beyond this life.  Without that higher calling, it is easy to see how one could fall into the “you only live once” mentality.  Christians fundamentally have longer time preferences.  Longer time preferences enable the ability to delay gratification.  Christianity encourages family building (go forth and multiply).  When you have a family, and you have children who depend on you, your purpose becomes greater than yourself.  You want to leave the world a better place than the way you inherited it so your children can live better lives.  And this is passed on from generation to generation.  It sounds so simple, so obvious, but look how far we’ve strayed from this.  It’s no wonder there are more homeless people today and more people on welfare today than ever before.  California cities are filthy.  San Diego sidewalks reek of piss everywhere.  You can download an app to report human feces in the streets of San Francisco.

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Liberal paradise

When you have nobody but yourself to live for, what point is there to save up money if you aren’t going to pass it on to anybody?  Who cares if you suck off the tit of the state?  And when you take no responsibility for your actions, and don’t care about future generations because “whatever, I won’t be alive for it anyway”, it is easy to see how people could vote for policies that literally kill off future generations (look up how many abortions have been performed) and be okay with allowing anyone and everyone to come into the country unchecked, legally or illegally.  If you think there’s nothing beyond this life it becomes awfully easy to justify bad behavior.  So yes, it does matter.

I do wonder about this Pope

This clip is a couple years old now but I stumbled on it the other day.

And His life, humanly speaking, ended in failure.  The failure of the cross.

-Pope Francis

I’m not Catholic, but that seems like a pretty insane statement coming from the head of the church and the head of the largest Christian denomination.  Pope Francis has made a lot of questionable statements in his tenure.  The Catholic church needs a serious housecleaning, perhaps from the very top all the way down.

A Reminder

1 John 3:4-10 is as relevant as ever as we continue to see the West become less Christian.

Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s[b]seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

It seems like we took morality for granted as if it could be uncoupled from Christianity in the West.  As we witness the decline of the West it is abundantly clear that where Christianity is removed sin and lawlessness abound.

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