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Boast not for to morrow, for thou knowest not what the day to come may bring forth

That is from Proverbs 21:1

Boast not for to morrow, for thou knowest not what the day to come may bring forth

Tomorrow indeed is the inauguration day for Donald J. Trump, the president-elect of the United States of America. He won against all the odds, given how many people were against him. The good thing is that virtually all the people that a just man would want aginst him were actually against Trump, so those who did not trust the man certainly had the witness of his enemiest.

Given that I came out so strongly in favour of Trump, and the fact that I have described him as the best presidential candidate in the U.S. in 60 years, since Dwight Eisenhower that is, one might be surprised at my choice of title verse. There is good reason for that though.

The most worrying tendency with regards to Trump, a trait he exhibited even during the campaign, is his inexplicably harsh rhetoric against Iran. That is simply uncalled for as Iran is more or less the most peaceful state in the Middle East, barring Lebanon. It is a state which is rather predictable, and whose major enemies are also the major enemies of the Christians in the region. I do take Trump at face value when he says that the days of military intervention are over, and I hope that his rhetoric is in major part done to placate the zionists. That, however, brings me to the second part of what is worrying about him.

His support for Israel and the zionist agenda is very troublesome. While I have little doubt that Trump is smart enough to realise that a war against Iran would have very dire consequences, I am not so sure the zionists and the warmongers in his cabinet realise that. A Christian has no business taking the side of Israel over that of any other country in the region, a fact which would become obvious to evangelicals if they only took some time to study authentic Christianity, in particular the works of St. Paul. Whereas his Christianity can be questioned, I do not question the bloodthirst of the zionists and the neo-cons who hitch on to the zionist cause (although frankly it is difficult to know which is the tail and which is the dog on that particular beast) and I am afraid that if nothing else, Trump's excessively harsh rhetoric on Iran might embolden the zionists into a military confrontation with Iran, one which would make the misadventures of the past 20 years seem like child's play.

With those 2 misgivings out of the way, I must admit that for the first time in very long there is an authentic hope for peace. We have become used to the U.S. being on the wrong side of virtually every conflict over the last 20 years or so. In fact, if one knew nothing of the sides in any conflict, one only needed to ask which side the U.S. was supporting and more often than not, one would rightly conclude that they were the bad guys. With Trump there is hope that the U.S. might actually stop killing people abroad. I doubt it will stop entirely, but there is a good chance that it will be scaled back.

I am not particularly worried about Trump's tough rhetoric against China. He will know as well as anybody that China is not a military threat towards the U.S., so any conflict between the two will be in the form of a trade war. He will also know that the U.S. is no match for China in the only area which could see the two countries in conflict -South East Asia - and if he doesn't then surely the sensible cabinet and advisors that he has put together will be only too happy to let him know that. I am sure that his plan for "Make America Great Again" does not involve getting a very bloody nose in an area of the world of little value to his country in terms of nationaly security, so we can count on the U.S. and China to de-escalate any tensions long before any threat of military confrontation.

There is much that can be said about Trump's amicable attitude towards Russia, with the most obvious comment being that it is simple common sense. There is no good reason why the U.S. and Russia should ever have been enemies since the fall of the U.S.S.R., save for keeping the congressional-military-industrial complex well funded. On this point one must believe that Donald Trump is genuine because there were no political points whatsoever to gain from this move, given the anti-Russian rhetoric in his country.

It is probably the case that Trump realised the folly of this attitude, and decided that it is smarter to make Russia an ally instead of an enemy, especially given the fact that the only real threat to the U.S. is China, and the U.S. faces only destruction if it attempts to confront both those countries. Russia and China, of course, are allies, and Russia also has a lot of untapped potential so for a businessman developing trade relations with Russia only makes sense.

As for domestic policies, surely the war against the Catholic Church from the political front is over, for now. That only leaves the war against the Church from the Church's own hierarchy!

Given that the abortionists took such a hard line against Trump, and the fact that Trump is not one to back down from a fight, we can suspect that he will take the fight to them, which is good for all concerned. The media also seems set to continue its assault against him, and we can be happy for that as the media is likely to lose most of any credibility that it has left, especially given that the man has decided to side-step the media where possible and attack the media when necessary.

So...

The evil clown is coming to town

The title of this piece is a bit less sanguine than normal but I couldn't resist it, especially given that it rhymes a bit. Furthermore, I am not ashamed at my indignation over a pope coming to this country to celebrate errors against the faith of Holy Mother Church.

On this day next week, barring divine intervention, Bergoglio will be in Lund celebrating the longevity of one of the Church's arch-heresiarch's heresies. Sure, his enablers call it commemoration, but a celebration by any other name is still a celebration.

Yes, believe it or not there are still people hell-bent on defending everything that man does. Some do it because they approve of his approach to de-Christianise Christianity, others because they want to play 'devil's advocate' (FYI: the devil's advocate was not actually there to promote the devil's work), others because they simply do not have the courage to muster a defence of the faith, and no doubt we can jot down reasons to escape reality till our life's breath gives way, but suffice to say that those looking for excuses will always find them.

In the Nordic countries, we were treated to a scandalous letter from the bishops, the contents of which I hope to assess at a later date, so the warm-up act to Bergoglio's main jumboree is in full sing.

Since a lot of the people claim to be Catholics, and not a few of them claim to know what the Church teaches - including our weak bishops -, it has left me wondering just what it would take to get them to acknowledge that Bergoglio is an enemy of the faith. I have seriously begun to wonder whether there is anything the man would say which would get these people off their comfort zone and actually denounce the anti-Catholic actions of the man.

So, taking my cue from The Remnant Forum, in which Michael Matt proposed that Bergoglio's defenders make a list of things so scandalous that if he ever did them they would disown him,  what follows is a list of brazenly outrageous actions which I propose to be the 'red line'. If you find yourself thinking, "the pope would never do that", just keep in mind that you would probably had said the same thing had I listed (before he did these things) that a pope would say that most marriages are invalid and many non-marriages are valid, that nobody is damned forever, that adultery committed enough ceases to be a mortal sin, and so on.

Some of what is on the list he has already done anyway, but it is so outrageous that I could not leave it out.

Here goes a list of outrageous statements which may be uttered the the man:

  1. Insists that the Miracle of the multiplication of the loaves was that of sharing and not , as the miracle is called, "the multiplication of the loaves".
  2. Claims that the Apostles made up the story of Christ's miracles.
  3. Claims that the Apostles made up the story of the resurrection, that we do not need to believe in a historical resurrection.
  4. Insists that most priests are laymen.
  5. States that many laymen are priests.
  6. Includes pets' feet in the washing of the feet ceremony on Maundy Thursday.
  7. Includes people holding pets in the Maundy Thursday foot-washing ceremony.
  8. After years of abusign the foot-washing ceremony, changes rubrics to allow the washing of women, thus confusing the faithful, but limits the washing to "the people of God".
  9. In defiance of his own regulations regarding the washing of the feet, washes the feet of non-Catholics and pagans.
  10. Shouts "Allahu Akbar" from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square.
  11. Shouts "Allahu Akbar" from a mosque.
  12. Insists that most married people are not married.
  13. Insists that many unmarried people are married.
  14. Claims that single people can be married.
  15. Insists that married people can be divorced even without seeking an actual divorce.
  16. States that those in adulterous relationships should need not leave those relationships behind in order to live virtuously.
  17. States that people in adulterous relationshpis may receive Holy Communion.
  18. Re-inteprets the 4th Commandment to include mother nature.
  19. Uses a Marian feasts to desecrate the facade of St. Peter's Basilica with vulgar images for crass humanistic reasons.
  20. Calumniates a pope by claiming that he had previously allowed nuns to use contraception - twice.
  21. In spite of his constant nagging about how we must be kind and merciful to others, states that good works are not needed for salvation.
  22. States that virtue can be a sign of vice.
  23. States that vice can be a sign of virtue.
  24. Tells people that having doubts about God is necessary in order for one to grow in one's faith.
  25. Insists that certainty about the moral law is bad because life consists of shades of grey.
  26. Calls evangelisation "solemn nonsense" outright.
  27. Calls proselytisation "solemn nonsense" and calls it a crime against ecumenism.
  28. Says that without protestants we cannot be truly Catholic.
  29. Says that many protestants are Catholic and many Catholics are protestants.
  30. Calls Muhammad an authoritative intepreter of the Gospel.
  31. Calls Christ a foreshadow of Muhammad.
  32. Tells Muslims they need not convert to Christianity and that they should grow more in their faith instead of seeking Christ.
  33. Tells atheists they do not need Christ and that they only need to do what they feel is good.
  34. Claims that Catholics need to study the works of Muhammad in order to understand the Gospel message.
  35. Compares the command of Christ to evangelise to the Islamic jihad.
  36. Says that one need not confess one's sins and that it is enough to show up in a confessional with virtually a nod and a wink to the priest.
  37. Encourages protestants to receive Holy Communion without renouncing the protestant errors.
  38. Encourages Catholics to receive bread and wine in protestant ceremonies.
  39. Receives himself bread and wine in
  40. ...

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