The attacks on Pell are the terrible symptoms of a much worse disease

I am with Andrew Bolt on this, Defend justice. Oppose this lynching of Pell. But for as much as I deplore every bit of it, this is now par for the course. The very essence of left ideology is an anti-Christian socialism. Pell is the latest focus for this hatred. Our latter-day Voltaires, who think they are écrasezing l’infâme, are just the handmaidens of a national socialist future across the West.

As a kind of measure of where we are, we went to see the film Trumbo last night [Rotten Tomatoes: critics 73% – audience 80%; IMDb: 73%]. Here is the dialogue that mattered, right at the start:

“Are you a communist?”

“Yes.”

A communist, Trumbo explains to his daughter, is someone who would share their lunch with another student who didn’t have a lunch of their own. There was no need to hide his communist past or beliefs although they were naturally distorted to keep the narrative free of any complications that might have arisen by knowing any of the facts. The producers were perfectly sure that in the world the film was being projected into, someone who was a communist while Stalin was still alive, would not be seen in a bad light by virtually anyone.

This is a war on our institutions and our traditional values waged by approximately half of our own population, the kind of people who need a trigger warning before being told that Stalin murdered thirty million people as part of his attempt to introduce socialism in one country.

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45 Responses to The attacks on Pell are the terrible symptoms of a much worse disease

  1. John Constantine says:

    But the thirty million were people that had to be got rid of so Stalin could help the refugees and give women the vote and free the slaves and make education and healthcare free.

    Getting rid of a few million Tories is just something that has to be done so there is enough for everybody else.

    Can’t argue with cultural Marxism, they know the political advantage will still exist when the lies are in the forgettery.

  2. Rabz says:

    A communist, Trumbo explains to his daughter, is someone who would share their lunch with another student who didn’t have a lunch of their own.

    A communist is also someone who would happily gaol or more likely execute anyone who doesn’t accept their foul, utterly discredited idiotology.

    Anyone who tries to soft soap communism is either evil, stupid or both.

  3. John Comnenus says:

    Yep,

    The anti Christian and anti Catholic bigotry of the police is shining through. As always the worst oppressors are those who think they are helping you. The Catholic Church needs to start using the various EEO tribunals against these people. Fight back against the bigots with the bigots’ own tools.

  4. Ant says:

    that Stalin murdered thirty million people as part of his attempt to introduce socialism in one country.

    The left own the culture. They own the mass media and they control the messaging.

    Their default in this messaging is to make it personal and target the emotions – every time. Hence, the guy’s reference to sharing a lunch with somebody who doesn’t have any.

    In reality the truth would be that the guy steals somebody else’s lunch to give it to somebody who doesn’t have any, and to demand that they both praise him for doing so.

    In its ultimate manifestation, had a leftist been concluding Steve’s statement, they might have said:

    “Stalin murdered thirty million people so that he could share his lunch with a person who didn’t have a lunch of his own.”

  5. C.L. says:

    Have the IPA and the LDP said anything on this?
    ————————-
    We know that Graeme Ashton lied to a parliamentary inquiry and that Peter O’Callaghan QC destroyed him in the witness box for doing so. Perjury is a criminal offence. Now we see this, a deliberate leak from Ashton’s task-force which constitutes perverting the course of justice and defamation. Ashton should be charged, stripped of his pension and escorted out of police headquarters by private security guards. He is a disgraceful c–t.

  6. 2dogs says:

    George Pell should initiate proceedings against the VicPol under the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 for the reopening of the investigation and the leak.

  7. Ross B says:

    In a list of federal agencies how many have been either fully or partially hijacked or were original creations of leftist do-gooders altering the manner of things for their own causes? When the army gets in on the act you know the pendulum is swinging off its hinge…

  8. CameronH says:

    It is too late. People have been talking about the long march through the institutions for over 50 years but nobody on the conservative/classical liberal side of politics has done anything about it. The left/progressives are conducting a remorseless and unremitting war against us and our society and our side seems to think they are in some type of Saturday avo game of cricket played with gentlemen’s rules.

  9. Ross B says:

    It is too late. People have been talking about the long march through the institutions for over 50 years but nobody on the conservative/classical liberal side of politics has done anything about it. The left/progressives are conducting a remorseless and unremitting war against us and our society and our side seems to think they are in some type of Saturday avo game of cricket played with gentlemen’s rules.

    Well said. Hear, hear….

  10. David says:

    The contrast between how Pell is treated and the Shorten allegations is quite instructive. In the case of Shorten the media and authorities actively colluded to suppress the investigation and allegations whilst with Pell the case is tried through the media without any regard for due process. A sad indictment for our justice system and probably more importantly journalists in this country.

  11. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B. says:

    A communist, Trumbo explains to his daughter, is someone who would share their lunch with another student who didn’t have a lunch of their own.

    No. That is a Christian.

    A communist would take his daughter’s lunch and eat it himself, saying it was for the greater good.
    Communism is theft, by criminals, who have their own means and ends, all anti-human.

  12. Sinclair Davidson says:

    Ashton should be charged, stripped of his pension and escorted out of police headquarters by private security guards.

    You’re getting soft in your old age CL.

    He should be arrested, led to the holding cells in handcuffs, then charged, then if found guilty, stripped of his pension after having served a prison term.

  13. TJW says:

    If anyone is concerned about alleged police misconduct, they can fill out the following secure form on the IBAC website:
    Complaint form

  14. Hydra says:

    Actually in communism I would say the government would take the sandwich and provide a morsel back to everyone and expect whoever had another one to make another one free ov charge.

  15. Muddy says:

    Cameron H: Your point is one I regularly bemoan on here: that of inaction. The first thing we can do something about, however, is examine the language we use. Start with the ‘progressive’ word. How is it we are so happy to fawn over those who seek to destroy our way of life by using the exact, complimentary label they apply to themselves? Do they treat us with respect? No, we are ‘deniers’ ‘bigots’ ‘homophobes’ etc. So why give them a compliment? Find another, more appropriate word, or words to describe them. The challenge is finding a balance between unwrapping the slick packaging to show them for what they really are, and being outright aggressive in a way that will lose us support. For example, I call the Greens the Year Zero Party, because to me, that is what they seek to do: wind back the clock and begin civilisation again, but under their auspices. I am confident they would happily wipe out what we have now in order to gain control over the remains. In a revolution, there is always a need for overlords, and that is the role they seek. Having written that, the name ‘Year Zero’ is possibly a bit cryptic. It needs to have an element of ridicule to it also, like Tim Blair’s ‘Frightbats’. The whole point of this is that if we don’t take ourselves seriously by examining and reconstructing the language we use and then use it in a deliberate way, how will others take us seriously? Our ideological enemies, the political/social/economic insurgents undermining our right to pursue happiness, are experts at appropriating and redefining words and concepts (racism, misogyny, ‘gay’ etc), so it is possible and it brings results. They use language as a tool. We need to learn from them.

  16. ella says:

    CameronH
    #1952190, posted on February 21, 2016 at 10:52 am
    “It is too late. People have been talking about the long march through the institutions for over 50 years but nobody on the conservative/classical liberal side of politics has done anything about it. The left/progressives are conducting a remorseless and unremitting war against us and our society and our side seems to think they are in some type of Saturday avo game of cricket played with gentlemen’s rules.”

    Speak truth to power!

    Take No Prisoners.

  17. ella says:

    Sorry, the link to: “Take No Prisoners: The Battle Plan for Defeating The Left” book by David Horowitz.

  18. Ant says:

    It is too late. People have been talking about the long march through the institutions for over 50 years but nobody on the conservative/classical liberal side of politics has done anything about it. The left/progressives are conducting a remorseless and unremitting war against us and our society and our side seems to think they are in some type of Saturday avo game of cricket played with gentlemen’s rules.

    Well said. Hear, hear….

    This is completely correct.

    And when we finally have a true conservative as PM, like Abbott, who held the House with a massive majority and has a chance to put the ABC, the source of so much of the damage, through the meat grinder, making the case why it is dangerous for a state run media organisation to be government owned and the largest in the country, he squibs it.

  19. BrettW says:

    Agree. The VIC police leak was disgraceful.

    Not a Catholic but the witch hunt against Pell is a poor reflection on those partipating in it. In particular the Project has been instrumental and as have many have indicated we will never see such a song on the show about a Muslim hate preacher.

  20. Rob MW says:

    Heard this joke once (probably everyone here has I suppose – anyway) about this rich dude in France who had a long serving butler who was an avowed communist. Every Wednesday night the butler would attend the local communist party branch meetings. Suddenly the rich dude noticed that the butler had stopped going to his usual Wednesday night communist party meetings.

    The rich eventually asked the butler why have you stopped going to your usual meetings ?

    The butler answered; because the communists passed a motion that when they got to government they would confiscate all bank accounts and evenly redistribute the money amongst the population.

    The rich dude said; so how much would very body get after this even redistribution ?

    The butler answered; about $3,000.00 dollars.

    The rich dude asked; this is what you have wanted for a long time, all your life in fact ?

    The butler quickly answered; but I have $10,000.00 dollars in my bank account.

  21. Toiling Mass says:

    a person who would share their lunch with someone who had none would be a Christian (or just a decent compassionate person).

    Since Communism is a political system he should have given a political example. The state takes everything and then gives it back to you as if generous.

    Someone should tell the kid that modern parable about having some of their university marks given to slackers so they get equal outcomes.

  22. kevin says:

    Very good of the communist to share his lunch, considering he waited in the queue for three hours to buy it.

  23. cuckoo says:

    Strange times. I watched three news services on this story last night: 9, SBS and ABC. The ABC was the best, believe it or not. They framed it as a story about the leaking, rather than the underlying accusations, and they emphasized Pell’s denials. They had some weirdo self-appointed spokesman with a dyed goatee that not even Sean Penn would wear, giving soundbites to each of the three services, and funnilly enough the bite he gave to the ABC was the most reasonable-sounding.

  24. Neenee says:

    ella
    #1952232, posted on February 21, 2016 at 11:41 am
    Take No Prisoners.

  25. Ross B says:

    And when we finally have a true conservative as PM, like Abbott, who held the House with a massive majority and has a chance to put the ABC, the source of so much of the damage, through the meat grinder, making the case why it is dangerous for a state run media organisation to be government owned and the largest in the country, he squibs it.

    So true.

    The biggest danger for politicians with claims to being conservative is in their being concessional to the enemy for a nanosecond. Why anyone in the LNP tell-it-like-it-is with respect the absurdity of a state-funded media spewing out left-leaning bias 24×7 is beyond me. The crowding out. The untouchable bias. The far king expense. How hard can it be??

  26. TC says:

    A communist would have got his gang together and bashed a rich kid and taken his lunch , then given some to the poor kid , but only if he joined the gang.

  27. John Constantine says:

    Their ABC have already established the rock hard link in their audiences lizard brain between Pell and predos.

    Now their work is done, the pavlovian response can be triggered with the lightest stimulus.

  28. John Constantine says:

    Social media is willing to go straight to lynching rather than waste time on the trial.

    If Pell ‘gets off’ the potential for someone unhinged and incited to go at the man with a knife is all set up.

    There are people that will be so tightly compressed after red filth gillards mother of all bombs assault, that you can just see bad things happening as the emptiness is not resolved when the commission winds up and who knows how they will fill the gap up.

  29. Neenee says:

    Cameron H
    952190, posted on February 21, 2016 at 10:52 am
    It is too late. People have been talking about the long march through the institutions for over 50 years but nobody on the conservative/classical liberal side of politics has done anything about it.

    We need a credible institution such as the IPA to publish an annual appraisal of the “State of the Institutions”. This should list all important institutions by category, such as: courts & quasi-judicial statutory authorities; tertiary education institutes; government departments and statutory authorities; media outlets; NGOs; religions; etc. They could be assessed on a scale from +5 being Safe, to -5 being captured by the left.

    If you want to confront your enemy, first you must clearly identify him.

  30. John Constantine says:

    How is the Irish church coping financially after the Irish predo compo deal was.set up?.

    Redfilth would have structured things to achieve a crippling financial blow to the church as her best case outcome, taking down the leadership would just be a bonus for her.

  31. Ross B says:

    Their ABC have already established the rock hard link in their audiences lizard brain between Pell and predos. Now their work is done, the pavlovian response can be triggered with the lightest stimulus.

    They do the same with every opposing ideological voice and potential threat.

    Take David Johnston. He of the “I wouldn’t trust them (ASC) to build a canoe”. By the time the ABC and MSM had done him over, and I mean only in Round 1 – Johnston was backtracking and in no-time flat Abbott opted to jettison him.

    Why couldn’t Johnston see virtue in a staunch defense of his obvious rhetoric? Why not loudly – proudly -state – “I don’t trust them. I don’t trust them because of endemic cost overruns that divert federal funds from other purposes. I don’t trust them because of delays on every project. I don’t trust them because of their acceptance of the kind of workplace practices that make the CFMEU seem like paragons of productivity..”

    Conservatives running scared have only themselves to blame. Now, with Turnbull at the helm, you can forget straight shooting. Everything will have a PC-hue…

  32. alexnoaholdmate says:

    Still, Steve, no one went to see Trumbo. In fact, you might be one of the few.

    It hasn’t made its box office back. It probably will eventually, but not by much. It’s a flop. No one wants to see another Hollywood paean to Hollywood, thank goodness.

    I’ve noticed that about Hollywood in the last two decades or so. Every time they release a ‘political’ film – as in, a film that flatters their own prejudices – they advertise it, give it all the awards under the sun, but nobody in the real world gives a shit.

    Capitalism at work.

  33. . says:

    Look at this disgraceful “citizen journalism” and the disgraceful comments he allows.

    Shane Dowling, I am not surprised you have legal and financial troubles.

    http://kangaroocourtofaustralia.com/2016/02/21/cardinal-george-pell-is-doing-the-work-of-the-devil-while-being-protected-by-pope-francis/

  34. boof says:

    The appointment of senior defence force officers and police has changed from warriors and coppers to effeminate left wing ratbags, they tried appointing left wing women and that was a disaster . And the media has watched too much Law and Order SVU , our sex crime units flying under all sorts of fancy task force names are certainly not staffed by the brighter and best. The senior journalist and editor who put the boot into Pell must be worried that their Tora Tora style of journalism is going to have disastrous personal consequences as even the ABC is looking for the exit.

  35. TC says:

    Turnbull’s friends of the ABC put a stop to any fight with the ABC , as we found out Abbott was always fighting on two fronts.

  36. stackja says:

    Stalin and Hollywood.

    Hollywood Traitors: Blacklisted Screenwriters – Agents of Stalin, Allies of Hitler Hardcover – January 5, 2015
    The truth is shocking: Not only did these supposed liberal paragons adore Josef Stalin and take their orders directly from the Communist Party, but they also sympathized with Adolf Hitler.

    Stalin and the Cardinal.

    While the Stalinist government of Matyas Rakosi (known as the “little Stalin” for being the Soviet dictator’s most brutal and loyal East European ally) imposed communism on Hungary, Mindszenty was Rakosi’s most vocal opponent.

    Rakosi, shrewd as he was cruel, realized that he had a formidable opponent. On December 26th 1948 (incidentally the Feast of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr) Mindszenty was arrested and for weeks suffered beatings by a rubber truncheon and given drugs in his food to make him confess to ridiculous charges. Shortly thereafter, Mindszenty was sentenced to life imprisonment and accused of being an American spy and fascist (a charge all the more Kafkaesque given his bold opposition to the Arrow Cross). The West was shaken: in Washington, Republican and Democratic senators gave speeches defending Mindszenty, while in Sydney one hundred thousand irate Australians marched expressing their solidarity with the cardinal.

    After eight brutal years in prison, the primate released the de-Stalinization campaign of the reformist Prime Minister Imre Nagy, installed after the Hungarian people boldly stood up in a national uprising in 1956. Cardinal Mindszenty once again became Hungary’s national conscience, and the prelate praised the insurgents and called for Hungarian independence from Moscow on the radio.

    After Soviet troops crushed the Hungarian breeze of freedom, President Eisenhower offered Mindszenty refuge in the American embassy in Budapest. Nagy advised the cardinal to take up this generous offer, and Mindszenty lived there for fifteen years. Afterwards, he relocated to Vienna. After 1971, Mindszenty traveled to Western Europe, both Americas, Australia and South Africa, informing Western audiences of the struggle of the Hungarian nation. Mindszenty died in 1975 and was buried at the Austrian shrine of Mariazell. It was the cardinal’s wish for his remains to not be relocated to Hungary until it was free of Soviet troops: it wasn’t until 1991 that Cardinal Mindszenty’s body was repatriated to Esztergom.

    Although the Vatican opened Mindszenty’s beatification cause in 1996, there have been no signs of progress. Mindszenty’s complex relationship with the Vatican itself is a cautionary tale of what happens when Church leaders, despite good intentions, choose diplomacy over courage.

    Instead, courageous support of oppressed Catholics is best for the long-term health of beleaguered local Churches.

  37. MD says:

    Re the Pell thing, my experience is that you should not jump in boots and all on one side of an argument until all the facts have come out, otherwise you will have a lot of back-pedaling to do.

    Re this:

    The very essence of left ideology is an anti-Christian socialism.

    I disagree with the ‘socialism’ part. More often than not, the Left are defined not by what they believe in but by what they are opposed to, or, more correctly, by what they hate. They hate mainstream society so they advocate for every cause they see as being harmful to society. For example, take a look at the barely concealed hatred in the eyes of some of the people advocating for illegals. It is so extreme as to border on being a mental illness. These are the people who will get on Twitter and call for conservatives to be killed, tortured, jailed or raped, and then in the next breath profess their concern for their fellow man. They don’t give a damn about illegals. Instead they see them as nothing more than a political tool they can use against society. And if they hold that low an opinion of the people they claim to care for, who then are the real racists!

    And as to the Left being ‘anti-Christian’, I find this odd since most of the churches have ‘gone commie’ and are now advocating for the same causes as the Left. For centuries the churches ruled over us brutally using fear of the boogie man, but now that more and more people are waking up to the absurdity of it the churches have been shopping around for a new constituency. Naturally, they were drawn to the only constituency that wanted them – the welfare constituency – and the churches have had to ‘go commie’ to accommodate this new constituency. They are now nothing more than leftist welfare advocacy organisations – as if we needed more of those!

  38. Simon/other says:

    These are the last boring and demented screams of the left. They can’t get at the pope, they can’t justify Islamic migration and they can’t explain why they are so desperate for money. After all they have been so unsuccessful at whingeing that they can’t even see that nobody gives shit about Pell or the catholic church outside of school choices. You know all that they want is to own and control an established religion where people don’t expect immediate outcomes from god or even expect to be paid for attendance. Apparently forming long lived movement based on charity and selflessness is beyond them. Who would have thought it.

  39. JohnA says:

    MD #1952492, posted on February 21, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    You were going OK until this:

    And as to the Left being ‘anti-Christian’, I find this odd since most of the churches have ‘gone commie’ and are now advocating for the same causes as the Left. For centuries the churches ruled over us brutally using fear of the boogie man, but now that more and more people are waking up to the absurdity of it the churches have been shopping around for a new constituency. Naturally, they were drawn to the only constituency that wanted them – the welfare constituency – and the churches have had to ‘go commie’ to accommodate this new constituency. They are now nothing more than leftist welfare advocacy organisations – as if we needed more of those!

    Have a look at the so-called churches which have “gone commie”. None of them preach the Gospel accurately (some not at all), they almost always start with a political worldview, then try to jam Scriptures into the “narrative” to justify their view. To them Jesus is the revolutionary or the political leader, not God the Son, Co-Creator and Saviour of the world.

    Sadly even the Salvos have succumbed to the pressure – calling now for the government to fund more welfare programs, rather than returning to their roots and doing it all themselves.

  40. hzhousewife says:

    Someone should tell the kid that modern parable about having some of their university marks given to slackers so they get equal outcomes.

    This commonly happens these days in coursework where one must work in a group: the conscientious and hard workers put in, the slackers slack, and all get the same mark.

  41. Crossie says:

    Cameron H: Your point is one I regularly bemoan on here: that of inaction. The first thing we can do something about, however, is examine the language we use. Start with the ‘progressive’ word. How is it we are so happy to fawn over those who seek to destroy our way of life by using the exact, complimentary label they apply to themselves? Do they treat us with respect? No, we are ‘deniers’ ‘bigots’ ‘homophobes’ etc. So why give them a compliment? Find another, more appropriate word, or words to describe them. The challenge is finding a balance between unwrapping the slick packaging to show them for what they really are, and being outright aggressive in a way that will lose us support. For example, I call the Greens the Year Zero Party, because to me, that is what they seek to do: wind back the clock and begin civilisation again, but under their auspices.

    I would like the Greens referred to as Luddites or Pre-Industrialists since they only approve of subsistence farming.

    Regressives is a good name for Labor and Greens, we have cars that are cleans and very efficient yet they want everyone on push bikes.

    Cars are also the ultimate freedom machines and that’s why the feudal left want you on government controlled public transport.

  42. Crossie says:

    Someone should tell the kid that modern parable about having some of their university marks given to slackers so they get equal outcomes.

    This commonly happens these days in coursework where one must work in a group: the conscientious and hard workers put in, the slackers slack, and all get the same mark.

    Participants for group work are carefully selected so that there is a high achiever in each group to ensure quality results for all. Very much the Marxian tenet: “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs”.

  43. C.L. says:

    Re the Pell thing, my experience is that you should not jump in boots and all on one side of an argument until all the facts have come out …

    All the facts came out a long time ago.

    Here they are, abridged:
    1) Pell is guilty of nothing.
    2) Victoria Police have committed several criminal offences trying to ‘prove’ otherwise.

  44. David says:

    Pell is guilty of nothing

    Wrong. Pell is guilty of being a high ranking member of a faith which has been made a target of activists.

    Simples really. It would not have mattered where he was or in what capacity he was employed at the time of the alleged offences he is alleged to have condoned. He is now a very public identity within his faith and therefore a target.

  45. stackja says:

    David
    #1952804, posted on February 21, 2016 at 9:31 pm
    Pell is guilty of nothing

    Wrong. Pell is guilty of being a high ranking member of a faith which has been made a target of activists.

    Simples really. It would not have mattered where he was or in what capacity he was employed at the time of the alleged offences he is alleged to have condoned. He is now a very public identity within his faith and therefore a target.

    And Pope Francis will face smears once he states a ‘unpopular’ article of faith.
    JPII was a threat and he was almost murdered.
    And Cardinal Mindszenty was imprisoned.

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