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March 19, 2013

St. Joseph’s Day desecration #1

For most Anglicans, saints are commemorated as exemplars of virtues to which we can aspire as disciples of Jesus.

At that level, St. Joseph can encourage fathers in particular and Christian family life in general.

Mark Steyn shares whatever is the polar opposite of a saint.  “Sinner” is not the opposite, because only the Lord is without sin.  Saints are sinners, too.  But here’s a woman who seems 100% unredeemed sinner:

Among the incoming legislators was Mariam Farahat, a mother of three, elected in Gaza. She used to be a mother of six but three of her sons self-detonated on suicide missions against Israel. She’s a household name to Palestinians, known as Um Nidal – Mother of the Struggle – and, at the rate she’s getting through her kids, the Struggle’s all she’ll be Mother of. She’s famous for a Hamas recruitment video in which she shows her 17-year old son how to kill Israelis and then tells him not to come back. It’s the Hamas version of 42nd Street: You’re going out there a youngster but you’ve got to come back in small pieces.

What’s really sad is that folks of the left, both secular and religious, will find Steyn’s sarcasm abhorrent, but see Farahat’s familicide as justifiable.  Watch for her in Holy Women, Holy Men.

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I remember seeing something on the news in the early days of the Iraq war about a woman whose young son - I believe even younger than 17 - was training to be a suicide bomber. She was so pleased about it, so proud of him. My own son was - and still is - a United States Marine. I’m proud of him for being willing to fight for his country, but let me tell you, I’m sure not pleased about the prospect of his being killed or injured in the process. I sure as you-know-what hope he does everything possible to avoid that. I can’t imagine what kind of psychotic woman would be happy that her son is deliberately planning to die. That tells you something about what we’re up against.

[1] Posted by Nellie on 3-19-2013 at 10:21 AM · [top]

May God shield and sustain your son.

[2] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 3-19-2013 at 11:00 AM · [top]

I don’t own or use ‘Holy Women, Holy Men’.  Am I really missing anything?

[3] Posted by Fr. Chip, SF on 3-19-2013 at 11:08 PM · [top]

Watch for her in Holy Women, Holy Men

ROTFL, Tim. 

Vida Dutton Scudder, a member of the Socialist Party, who delighted in the vast Russian experiment called Communism and was untroubled by their atheism, was commemorated in the liturgical calendar and included in Holy Women, Holy Men. The vast Russian experiment murdered an estimated 60 million people, but Scudder was included because she was purportedly a lesbian.  StandFirm argued against her proposed inclusion in the liturgical calendar, to no avail.
The House of Bishops also voted to include Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in the liturgical calendar. (He certainly qualifies for inclusion in the history books, but that is different from the commemoration of a saint.)  Marshall voted for Roe v Wade, with a resultant death count of 55 million and rising.

[4] Posted by Jill Woodliff on 3-20-2013 at 07:46 AM · [top]

. . . But Islam is not an evil religion.

[5] Posted by Newbie Anglican on 3-20-2013 at 07:57 AM · [top]

Re [3] Fr Chip, SF

Holy Women, Holy Men is worth having and using selectively for several reasons.

Many of those recognized are worthy of recognition. Many are traditional.

Insight is also provided into the current Episcopalian mind set by the (more recent) entries, putatively good and bad.

Communion of saints is worthwhile and appropriately credal although raising the issue of who may be legitimately a saint.

[6] Posted by Don+ on 3-20-2013 at 09:32 AM · [top]

I think Golda Meir was very perceptive when she said something to the effect that peace will come only when the Palestinians love their children more than they hate us.
I wish our President was as perceptive.

[7] Posted by Betty See on 3-20-2013 at 11:02 AM · [top]

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