Modern Europe: grotesque cowardice cloaked as sacrifice

 
Meanwhile, Britain has become arguably the world’s most corona-hysterical nation. Even the so-called bishops of the Church of England – including Vivienne, Helen-Ann, Olivia and Emma – have become morally deranged (notwithstanding that they got their start in history as lapdogs for a royal serial killer). They’re demanding that Dominic Cummings be stoned:

 
Church of England bishops have fired a volley of unprecedented criticism at Boris Johnson over his defence of actions taken by his chief aide, Dominic Cummings. One suggested the church could decline to work with the government during the coronavirus crisis “unless we see clear repentance, including the sacking of Cummings”.

More than a dozen bishops questioned the integrity of the prime minister following his press conference on Sunday, in which he refused to acknowledge that Cummings had breached lockdown rules when he travelled with his infected wife and their child to Durham.

The bishops said Johnson’s defence was “risible”, that he had “no respect for the people”, “lacked integrity”, and risked undermining the trust of the public. Pete Broadbent, the bishop of Willesden, tweeted: “Johnson has now gone the full Trump.”

 
They have turned on Mr Johnson, have they? Now that is risible. I suspect the ‘scandal’ surrounding Cummings and his principal is really just the eager seizing of an opportunity by leftists to return politics to a pre-pandemic hate-fuelled norm. Not one of the many bishops quoted spoke of forgiveness.

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56 Responses to Modern Europe: grotesque cowardice cloaked as sacrifice

  1. This is just politics. Separation of the church and state? Hah!

    It just remains to be seen whether Boris has the resolve to face off these charlatans.

  2. thefrollickingmole

    I saw the Dutch pollie story yesterday and thought “heres a shit who hated his mother using her still warm body to virtue signal”.

    I assume Dutch pollies arent poverty stricken, so what was to stop him renting a hospice room somewhere, hiring a bit of help and visiting his dying mum whenever he wanted?

    Cummings is hated because hes “creepy’ looking therefore immediately sets off the karens anyway.

  3. Bruce of Newcastle

    “unless we see clear repentance, including the sacking of Cummings”.

    Casting the first stone are we gorgeously robed bishopish peoples?
    I do think you guys/gals/its need to reread 1 Timothy 3.
    That’s of course if you’ve ever read it in the 1st place.
    And then, of course, John 8:1-11.

  4. miltonf

    The poor old C of E. What crumbling shell. Classic case of
    1. Identify a respected institution.
    2. kill it.
    3. gut it.
    4. wear its carcass as a skin suit, while demanding respect.

    Horrible, horrible people.

  5. Free Radical

    “Rules for thee, not for me.” As I said on your previous thread about this.

    I have no doubt that Cummings considered himself above the plebs as far as observing the rules. While both he and his wife had COVID-19 he drove the family from London to Durham to celebrate her birthday with the family. Then took her and the kid on a birthday excursion on the pretense that he was testing his eyesight before driving back to London.

    He’s a lying fuckwit, as I said before. Both he and Johnson deserve all the resulting criticism.

  6. Megan

    I wonder if the good Lord is as gobsmacked as I am. A Bishopric of Karens. With a white dog collar.

  7. bronson

    the c of e a christian church where a belief in god is frowned on

  8. Entropy

    Cummings had breached lockdown rules when he travelled with his infected wife and their child to Durham.

    Is this true?

  9. calli

    Hysteria infects bishops.

    Quarantine them now.

  10. Mark A

    The church I’m seeking is one where God is believed in but needs no servants/officials.
    Often attend with the wife her place of worship but it doesn’t entice me to convert.
    .

  11. HGS

    Entropy
    ‘Is this true?”

    Apparently not. There are few strict laws re the lockdown in UK. This chap just did what most decent people would do. There appear to be many people who are enjoying being part of the vigilantly lynch mob.

    That there may be double standards is another question.

  12. Herodotus

    I have no doubt that Cummings considered himself above the plebs as far as observing the rules.
    But ordinary citizens demanding resignations (most likely for political rather than any other reason) is not above their station? Much of the fuss is partisan opportunism. They drove in their car, not a frolic around malls.

  13. Professor Fred Lenin

    Wonder if any of these “bishops” actually believes there is a God? They all wear dresses , you never trust a bloke in a dress .
    The globalist left is trying to get Cummings scalp because he is one ofthe top Brexiteers ,they are spruiking this crap ignoring the Fact that their mate Barnier the EU anti Brexit “negotiator” was involved deeply in the establishment of the covid lab in Wuhan when he was French foreign minister ,sending 50 French scientists to help get it going . In his ignorant arrogance he ignored the advice of the French security service who said it was irresponsible to trust the Chinese fascist government . You dont hear much about that from the MSM,their poster boy helped cause the death of thousands and the ruin of Western economies .
    It is said the Chinese +were mixing viruses there ,curiosity or biological warfare ? Pandemics kill people but leave assets unharmed ,practical people the Chinese .

  14. H B Bear

    Maybe a crucifixion is in order?

  15. notafan

    Husband of one wife.

    But not wife of one husband

    Or wife of one wife.

  16. stackja

    DC’s “crime” is he isn’t a leftist.

  17. notafan

    I’d prefer a church of St Edmund Fishers and St Thomas Motes.

  18. notafan

    Prof Lenin

    You’ll be happy to know cofe has loads of sheilas in dresses.

  19. Roger

    Horrible, horrible people.

    CofE is a broad church.

    Some good still happens, but it won’t be reported by the msm.

  20. Professor Fred Lenin

    Women bishops , Henry 8 must be rollin in his grave , there will be a feminazi Pope next.
    Just think that crim Clinton was nearly the POTUS,sheeeitt dodged the bullet there didnt they .

  21. Leo G

    Nothing, of course, to do with post-Brexit Anglican clergy who are British nationals now needing work permits for deployment to EU posts and Cummings being campaign director for Vote Leave.

  22. Bruce of Newcastle

    You’ll be happy to know cofe has loads of sheilas in dresses.

    Hehe, I used to attend a cofe church which was very biblical.
    But the heirarchy required the pastor to wear a dress at least one service a week.
    Which he would do in the Sunday morning service, looking like a complete berk.
    Very good teacher of the Bible though. 😀

  23. Tel

    Cummings had breached lockdown rules when he travelled with his infected wife and their child to Durham.

    Is this true?

    No it’s false.

    The were no “lockdown rules” there were official guidelines.

    Travel must only be “essential” travel but that’s very difficult to define in any specific manner. Caring for your wife and child might easily be seen as essential in anyone’s book, but both Cummings and his wife got sick and worried how best to deal with their child while they were sick. I’m sure many sick couples have simply shrugged and stayed home, come what may … but Cummings decided to take the family to stay in the guest building at a relative’s farm out of town, which at least gave them some support at a time when they were not at their best.

    This is, of course, why you can’t make “rules” for all situations, but everyone’s definition of “essential” is different. When our man Professor Neil Ferguson needed a root, maybe that was also “essential” … might of at least been quite important. I dunno, the whole exercise is seat of the pants. My desire to go to the beach might be “essential” … why not?

  24. Roger

    But the heirarchy required the pastor to wear a dress at least one service a week.
    Which he would do in the Sunday morning service, looking like a complete berk.

    It’s not a dress, Bruce, it’s an alb or a surplice. Both go back to Roman times.

    And neither John Calvin nor John Knox led worship in a suit, I can assure you.

  25. Bruce of Newcastle

    The dress, btw for non-cofe peoples, was a shiny white filamentous gown thingie which would not look out of place in a Kings Cross establishment. It was very amusing.

  26. nb

    ‘leftists … return politics to a pre-pandemic hate-fuelled norm’
    Yep. Back to the same old stories. Tedious.
    In the meantime not much (is there anything?) on Obamagate from our ABC friends.

  27. Tel

    But ordinary citizens demanding resignations (most likely for political rather than any other reason) is not above their station?

    Cummings is a Public Servant.

    A servant of the public … think about that and let it roll over a few times.

    Ordinary citizens are his boss and they pay his salary.

  28. Tax free no longer

    If the Church wants to be political then they should be taxed.

  29. Perfidious Albino

    OK Bishops. Don’t cooperate with the Government – see where that gets you…

  30. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    One suggested the church could decline to work with the government during the coronavirus crisis

    Well go for it, you preposterous narcissistic hypocritical irreligious clowns. What are you waiting for, that fat mop headed imbecile to crumble in response to such a terrible edict?

  31. Roger

    If the Church wants to be political then they should be taxed.

    That’s too broad.

    If the church wants to be party political, then yes, tax them.

    But the church has a right to address the state on moral issues without penalty.

    (Not saying this is one of those issues.)

  32. Bruce of Newcastle

    Sorry Roger. 😀
    I’d’ve stayed in that congregation but work took me to another city.
    Our pastor does wear a tie, but not a suit.
    Not sure I like the tie…

  33. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    a cofe church

    It’s time for a covfefe church, with its mighty spiritual leader on this earth, Orange Florida Man (Bad).

  34. Roger

    The dress, btw for non-cofe peoples, was a shiny white filamentous gown thingie which would not look out of place in a Kings Cross establishment.

    Sounds like either a cope or a chasuble.

    In Anglicanism vestments are adiaphora, neither commanded nor fobidden by God, although church authorities may institute their own rules provided they do make these divine law.

    But if worn…yes, they should be in good taste.

  35. Roger

    Sorry Roger. 😀

    No worries, Bruce, just pushing for accuracy.

  36. Gerry

    Tel, Cummings is a CIVIL servant …he’s a servant,of people who are civil…

  37. Professor Fred Lenin

    Its amazing the response you get from cracking a weak joke about men in dresses ,didnt realise it would cause so much comment ,over reaction do you think ? Bit like Cummings persecution perhaps?

  38. notafan

    Are you feeling persecuted Prof?

  39. Robber Baron

    Australia’s prominent female Bishop is just as replusive…namely Julie.

  40. mc

    Used to attend CoE Church when living in the UK. Beautiful liturgy but often felt more like attending a coven than a church

  41. Tel

    My pasta usually wears a Thai sauce. 🥁🎩 (bada-boom tish)

  42. Squirrel

    A modern day Henry VIII might decide that, in a socially-distanced, “COVIDsafe” world, there’s no need for all those grand C of E real estate holdings – they can be sold off, to raise a few quid to defray the gigantic public debt, and all of the C of E clerics could go online to broadcast (from their newly-allocated council flats…..)

  43. Professor Fred Lenin

    Some of my ancestors were Puritans from Essex , they didnt hold with cofe bishops or scotch kings ,great supporters of Cromwell ,and descendants of the people involved in the Peasants Revolt,no great respectors of arrogant authority .

  44. Leo G

    The UK (universal house arrest) regulation which took effect on 26 March, the day prior to Cummings trip to Durham:

    The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020
    UK Statutory Instruments 2020 No. 350
    Regulation 6 Restrictions on movement

    6.—(1) During the emergency period, no person may leave the place where they are living without reasonable excuse.

    (2) For the purposes of paragraph (1), a reasonable excuse includes the need—

    (a)to obtain basic necessities, including food and medical supplies for those in the same household (including any pets or animals in the household) or for vulnerable persons and supplies for the essential upkeep, maintenance and functioning of the household, or the household of a vulnerable person, or to obtain money, including from any business listed in Part 3 of Schedule 2;
    (b)to take exercise either alone or with other members of their household;
    (c)to seek medical assistance, including to access any of the services referred to in paragraph 37 or 38 of Schedule 2;
    (d)to provide care or assistance, including relevant personal care within the meaning of paragraph 7(3B) of Schedule 4 to the Safeguarding of Vulnerable Groups Act 2006(1), to a vulnerable person, or to provide emergency assistance;
    (e)to donate blood;
    (f)to travel for the purposes of work or to provide voluntary or charitable services, where it is not reasonably possible for that person to work, or to provide those services, from the place where they are living;
    (g)to attend a funeral of—
    (i)a member of the person’s household,
    (ii)a close family member, or
    (iii)if no-one within sub-paragraphs (i) or (ii) are attending, a friend;
    (h)to fulfil a legal obligation, including attending court or satisfying bail conditions, or to participate in legal proceedings;
    (i)to access critical public services, including—
    (i)childcare or educational facilities (where these are still available to a child in relation to whom that person is the parent, or has parental responsibility for, or care of the child);
    (ii)social services;
    (iii)services provided by the Department of Work and Pensions;
    (iv)services provided to victims (such as victims of crime);
    (j)in relation to children who do not live in the same household as their parents, or one of their parents, to continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children, and for the purposes of this paragraph, “parent” includes a person who is not a parent of the child, but who has parental responsibility for, or who has care of, the child;
    (k)in the case of a minister of religion or worship leader, to go to their place of worship;
    (l)to move house where reasonably necessary;
    (m)to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm.
    (3) For the purposes of paragraph (1), the place where a person is living includes the premises where they live together with any garden, yard, passage, stair, garage, outhouse or other appurtenance of such premises.

    (4) Paragraph (1) does not apply to any person who is homeless.

  45. Sam Duncan

    “I have no doubt that Cummings considered himself above the plebs as far as observing the rules.”

    No, he didn’t. That’s the point. Everying he’s accused of is entirely within the rules.

    “While both he and his wife had COVID-19 he drove the family from London to Durham to celebrate her birthday with the family.”

    Not true. Neither of them tested positive. His wife was ill with symptoms inconsistent with the Wuhan virus. She recovered soon after arriving in Durham. At the time he drove to Durham, he wasn’t ill, but worried that if he was to become ill, they couldn’t arrange childcare in London. He’s fromDurham. Professional childcare is unavailable because of the lockdown, and he has no family in London.

    “Then took her and the kid on a birthday excursion on the pretense that he was testing his eyesight before driving back to London.”

    And? They came into contact with nobody else, and stayed within the “social distancing” guidelines.

    It’s the most ridicululous, trumped-up, phoney “scandal” I’ve ever seen in my life.

    The Scottish Nationalist leader in the Commons, Ian Blackford, travelled 600 miles to the Isle of Skye on March 24th, Tweeting that leaving London for an isolated cottage on the island was a long trip, but “the right thing to do”. He’s now right at the front of the Cummings lynch mob. Cummings led the Vote Leave campaign. That’s what it’s about. Nothing else.

  46. Hay Stockard

    They aren’t the Church Of England. They be Anglicans. Those Mamon worshipping wankers don’t have to believe in God to be a bishop. Just another career path not involving hard work.
    How dare they try and call themselves the Church of England. Pharisees and tax Hoover’s. Idolaters. Blasphemous robed rogues. Leftards the festering lot of them.

  47. Whalehunt Fun

    Not one of the many bishops quoted spoke of forgiveness.

    Since they are not Christian in thei actions their opinions are irrelevan. Boris needs to ignore them

  48. Mother Lode

    Yes, Minister had an episode where the Minister was required to chose a man to be made Bishop (The Bishop’s Gambit, I think.). It would seem the progressive malaise was already a recognised reality even back then.

    It was explained to him that the CofE, its ceremonies, its splendid buildings, and its clergy were all part of the rich social fabric of Britain. Having a bishop who was a believer was viewed as ‘novel’.

    Sir Humphrey and the senior people in the CofE wanted a progressive. They had chosen a man who was a keen scholar of Islam who was once asked about the Bible and had responded with near certainty ‘That is the Christian version of the Koran’.

    What once was a joke now has become a threat.

  49. BorisG

    Funny how Cat’s most vicious attacker of his opponents suddenly remembers the word forgiveness.

  50. Frank

    Sargon of Akkad talks about the Cummings press conference and the baying mob outside his home.
    Sounds like another press driven engagement like the Pell thing here.

  51. Bruce

    Some of this caper seems like something out of a “Johnny English” movie.

    “Life’ imitating “art”, again?

  52. Dear Dominic,
    We will forever be in your debt for the BREXIT success.
    Thanks!

  53. Tim Neilson

    6.—(1) During the emergency period, no person may leave the place where they are living without reasonable excuse.

    (2) For the purposes of paragraph (1), a reasonable excuse includes the need—

    A much better (or at least less badly) drafted regulation than ours.

    It at least recognises that politicians and bureaucrats aren’t omniscient, and that there needs to be some latitude in the rules for situations that the elites just haven’t thought of.

    Instead, we’ve got a situation where rookie cops think they should fine a learner driver or someone eating a kebab, and technically they’re right – then the rule of law gets trashed by ad hoc decrees doling out (admittedly sensible) bureaucratic overrides of the actual law.

    But the Karens of both sexes in charge here would never take the risk that they couldn’t bastardise an individual just because what the individual did was “reasonable”.

  54. Up The Workers!

    Those who live in stolen glass Cathedrals, shouldn’t throw stones!

  55. Patty Duke

    From my reading about this issue, it is being led by a toxic media and whining Remainers in London. My sensible relatives in the north of England are incensed – not by Dominic Cummings but by the lynch mob press, who are by the way, breaking every social distancing rule in the book.

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