But today there are reports that the British government has said that it will not offer asylum to Asia Bibi. The reason being “security concerns” — that weasel term now used by all officialdom whenever it needs one last reason to avoid doing the right thing.
Thanks to Douglas Murray, writing in the National Review, for explaining the term. I see university officials using it quite frequently.
The Confucius Institutes in the US are in the government’s crosshairs:
President Trump is about to sign the new National Defense Authorization Act, which will prohibit funding to Chinese-run Confucius Institutes on American campuses.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz added the key amendment to “The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019,” which also restricts funding to universities that host Confucius Institutes and requires them to provide a public record of any agreements or contracts they have with the program, which has deep ties to the Chinese Communist Party.
This is going to be a bit of a problem at UT San Antonio:
Right out of Lenin: “The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.”
Update: Apparently UTSA has learned from the Confucianists to “embrace the harmony of opposites.”
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, another international gang of virtue signallers, has just received the Nobel Peace Prize. So far, they have motivated fewer than 50 pipsqueak countries to sign a UN treaty banning nuclear weapons (122 have “adopted” it, but signing off? Don’t hold your breath) . BUT, they do have Yoko Ono onboard. So far, North Korea is not impressed.
Somehow, I don’t think these folks rise to the standard set by Norm Borlaug.
Update (October 26): Jay Nordlinger reminds us of someone else who wanted to abolish nuclear weapons.
At least the Crusaders were fighting back against an encroaching Muslim empire.
Christians are the most persecuted religious group on earth today and since the majority of the dead and dying are Egyptians, Ethiopians, Nigerians, Sudanese, Iraqis or Filipinos it is hard to see how Obama or Coates can speak for them. Even if it the Christian custom to forgive, neither man, living safe in the First World, has the obvious right to dispense absolution on behalf of desperately poor men trying to survive and keep their faith.
There is something grotesque about the cultural leaders of the Western left, most of whom are atheist or lapsed, finding the effrontery to don the mantle of religious authority to counsel people dying in distant lands to sit back and take it in atonement for their non-existent sins. Maybe First World Politicians and journalists should stick to what they know. I won’t tell them what they know if they won’t tell me what I believe.
Fortunately, millions who have defected to the People’s Democratic Republic of California are finding it easier to escape.