Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Michael Jackson, Muslims, sperm, euthanasia and love in truth

Cranmer is up at 4.00am, disturbed in his spirit, for he knows not which way to turn. It is at such times that he wishes his meagre stipend were as bountiful as the riches poured out upon our elected representatives, thereby permitting him in his liberation to comment upon the myriad of issues before him on this day.

The defeat of Lord Falconer’s plan to make it legal to assist a person to die is laudable and worthy of comment. But the news that scientists have created sperm not-quite-ex-nihilo is highly significant, and no less worthy of analysis as we move closer in this age of androgyny towards the abolition of man. And yet the manner of Michael Jackson’s funeral (which gave Cranmer his highest ever number of visitors in one day) raises so many religio-political issues, not least the BBC’s coverage of the event which was, in the end, as Christian in its expression as America gets – with Baptist pastors, gospel choirs, Bible readings and exhortations of Jesus, with not one mention of Allah, Mohammed or so much as one ayat from the Qur’an. And speaking of Allah, there is much to say on the ethnic unrest in China’s Muslim-dominated Xinjiang region. And then there is Caritas in Veritate – a religio-political document of immense significance, purposely timed to coincide with the beginning of the G8 meeting in Rome.

To what should Cranmer turn his attention today?


Blogger The Baron said...

Oh, please do focus on Caritas in Veritate. Right-thinking people everywhere would like to hear your thoughts on it.

8 July 2009 at 05:51  
Anonymous oiznop said...

Sperm, please.

8 July 2009 at 07:04  
Anonymous no nonny said...

I vote for anything but the Jackobean business - it's such hard work wading past the whackos on that one!

8 July 2009 at 07:10  
Blogger Gnostic said...

The defeat of Lord Falconer's bill will bring despair to people who suffer greatly and to those who must watch them suffer. Dying with dignity is certainly worthy of discussion.

The Michael Jackson hysteria - big yawn!

The Xinjiang riots are certainly worthy of comment - a Chinese Palestine in the making?

Caritas in Veritate would also produce some interesting responses but, given the Pope's youthful hsitory, will invariably invoke Godwin's Law from the more excitable communicants. But then, I rarely read the rantings of Your Grace's lunatic fringe followers.

Plastic sperm? Aren't there enough Daleks and androids in this world (cf politicians, warmists etc.) without deliberately breeding them?

I would say that four out of the five options deserve their own threads, Your Grace.

8 July 2009 at 07:32  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace,

The time will come when Jesus will open the way for your voice to be heard by our country.

For the time being your articles and this site encourage many.

Often I learn more from the posters here than I do on a Sunday morning listening to another sernmon about football being a game of two halves.

8 July 2009 at 08:33  
Blogger Paul said...

The attempt to get rid of palliative care in this country (ie. Lord Falconer's Bill).

8 July 2009 at 08:34  
Blogger ProudGeordie said...

How about your thoughts on the BRITISH Broadcasting Corporation devoting hour upon hour of airtime to a gratefully dead American paedophile on the anniversary of the massacre of innocent commuters on BRITISH soil, which only recieved a 5 minute mention on the bulletins.


8 July 2009 at 08:34  
Anonymous TBF said...

Gnostic - I think His Grace's point is that you can't have a thread on four out of the five. He's obviously stressed and strapped for time, doing what I don't know, but we're supposed to choose one.

I can't help thinking the creation of sperm is very worthy of a thread but this has got to be a morning for Pope Benedict. There's been too much disfunctional Anglicanism here lately, and it needs balancing with something authoritative.

8 July 2009 at 08:40  
Anonymous Peace in our Time said...

The Muslim intifada in Western China has major geopolitical implications, not only for the China-Pakistan alliance, but for the whole of Muslim-majority central Asia.

The only kafir in the 20th century who was been able to deal effectively with Islam was Joseph Stalin.

Being a Georgian, he understood Islam very well, and after he gave out a few million free one-way tickets on the trans-Siberian railway, the Muslims soon came to understand him.

As the ideological descendents of Uncle Jo, I have no doubt that the Chinese will take actions that would make the BNP seem like bleeding-heart liberals. The reaction of China's Muslim client states around the world should be interesting.

8 July 2009 at 08:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just go back to bed.

You never say anything worth hearing anyway.

8 July 2009 at 08:46  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

Far be it from this grumpy person to instruct your Grace as to which line to analyse and explore. As the Spirit takes you...

Though I would have liked to have seen a bigger majority, I have great relief at Falconer's bill being thrown out.

As for Jacko's funforall (h/t James Joyce), what a great ego-fest! Very little mention of his soul.

8 July 2009 at 09:04  
Anonymous Peace in our Time said...

Historical perspective on the Chinese intifada.

8 July 2009 at 09:05  
Blogger Nick Gulliford said...

There is quite a collection of articles on Google News along the lines "A multi-million pound initiative to reduce teenage pregnancies more than doubled the number of girls conceiving."

8 July 2009 at 09:06  
Anonymous mongoose said...

The Ashes, of course. Do get things in perspective, YG.

8 July 2009 at 09:08  
Anonymous sydneysider said...

How rude Moronymous!His Grace's erudite commentary gives pleasure to millions of readers inhabiting the darkest corners of the earth.
Assisted suicide is my choice. Although with oiznop at the helm sperm could be a bit of a hoot!

8 July 2009 at 09:09  
Anonymous non mouse said...

I think Anonymous @ 8:46 passes on spite but fails on logic - Why would he or she bother reading, habitually, what he or she deems worthless?

I agree with D. Singh - we are blessed to have Your Grace's thoughts to read, and your communicants to add to the pleasure.

I'm bored with Moslems and their low threshold of inciteability - so I'd ask for either the Caritas or the genocide (Falconer).

8 July 2009 at 09:13  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr Mongoose,

His Grace tries to avoid the subject of ashes.

Sadly, there is no consensus among His Grace's communicants. Indeed, there is an irritating sixth and seventh addition to his original list. He will seek the mind of the Lord.

8 July 2009 at 09:19  
Blogger John Doe said...

What the Baron said. I have no clue what this is and to hear some stipend and informed view point will be most welcome.

8 July 2009 at 09:23  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr Doe,

When you manage to hear some stipend, could you please let His Grace know what it says?

8 July 2009 at 09:38  
Blogger John Doe said...

Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I was at a loss for things to do today now I have a few hours of reading and reflection. This seems to be what Blair was blurting on about he other day when he said that nobody wants to go back to the Th century, and that we must find new ways to adapt and use modern technology in more sustainable ways. Such a man of wisdom.

Does His Grace have some mystical control over the word verification, which seems to enjoy teasing me over one or two of my favourite paranoias?

8 July 2009 at 09:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

19th century

8 July 2009 at 09:41  
Blogger John Doe said...

Hah. I was pondering what you said about your meager stipend. My spelling is atrocious, but it fits with my weird internet pseudo personality, which seems to be more effective than I could ever have hoped for Your Grace. Such is the superficial nature of man.

8 July 2009 at 09:48  
Anonymous Puritan Preacher said...

Your Grace,

Unless the Lord directs otherwise, it might be advisable to refrain from commenting on the far-eastern bust-up lest the easily inciteable should swarm and strangle your blog with their interpretation of intelligent and erudite religio-political wisdom.

8 July 2009 at 09:50  
Anonymous sydneysider said...

Carved up and served with such delicacy Your Grace!

8 July 2009 at 09:53  
Blogger Gnostic said...

TBF I was merely stating that I would be happy to discuss any of the listed topics other than one about the dead kiddy fiddler. The remaining topics are meritous of their own threads and I will happily join in the discussion of any or all of them. However, if I were to chose but one then the novelty vote would go to plastic sperm.

8 July 2009 at 09:59  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

The defeat of Lord Falconer's bill. It is not often we have cause to celebrate.

The entirely appropriately named, "House of Lords", saves us from ourselves again. If only we had maintained some of the hereditary peers with their long-term thinking who knows how much NuLabour tyranny we might have been spared.

D. Singh said... "Often I learn more from the posters here than I do on a Sunday morning listening to another sermon". Exactly - a situation replicated a million times over each Sunday. Can I recommend you consider de-chuchifying yourself. Churchianity is killing us. Maybe there's another topic for His Grace to consider.

8 July 2009 at 10:04  
Blogger John Doe said...

Your Grace, Puritan Preacher uses the non word 'inciteable', yet because his weird pseudo internet personality has the words puritan and preacher in the title, he is not 'carved up' and 'served up' with any delicacy at all?

8 July 2009 at 10:13  
Blogger Neuroskeptic said...

The Abolition of Man - when I see men denying the suffering the possibility of a swift end I wonder if that might not be a good thing.

8 July 2009 at 10:42  
Anonymous jock said...

I think sydneysider was referring to your fawn like self being plattered John Doe.

Time to hone up on you erudition skills before McKenzie returns,
otherwise you'll get a right skewering!

8 July 2009 at 10:43  
Anonymous Tickling ducks in a barrel said...

A jock that claims to weird.

8 July 2009 at 13:08  
Blogger John Doe said...

So now I am supposed to feel way out of my depth and run away crying because 'Archbishop Cranmer' (LMAO) has pointed out to the whole world that 'John Doe' is stupid and cannot spell. are keeping my bored self amused.

8 July 2009 at 13:14  
Anonymous Adrian P said...

It could be argued that Lord Falconer is a Eugenicist.
In the 60's we were told that abortion would only be used sparingly.
Now we have mass extermination centres in every town misleadingly called pregnancy advice centres.
Since 1970 they have got rid of 7.2 Million of us Pesky Patriotic anti EU Brits.
Most of our women are taking contracteptives and
now they are suggesting we sterilise our schoolchildren.

All the while we are told we need more people in this country.

I'm quite sure there are a small number that should be allowed a more dignified end than letting nature take it's course, but I'm afraid that The EU Federalists in Whitehall and Westminster would only use such a law to their benefit.

8 July 2009 at 14:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace,

I'm reliably informed that news of scientists making 'sperm from a cell' is misleading; cells only replicate themselves, i.e. skin, hair, sperm, female ova.

To 'replicate' human sperm, it's DNA laden cellular components would have to be cloned.

Sounds very sinister; sperm banks are, in effective, a DNA database.
Are donors unique DNA suitably protected from being 'cloned' ?

8 July 2009 at 16:41  
Anonymous Adrian P said...

Lord Falconers bill should be the final Straw.
The way our elderly are treated is already a disgrace, all hidden behind spin and linguistic sleight of mouth.

My interpretation of their treatment is that once they have ceased to be usefull to the Military industrial complex they are asset stripped then Euthenised inside Private ( Military Industrial Comlex again ) Carehomes then abused to death.

That's after the Banksters have swindled them of course.

for those that might be thinking of doing a 5 yr economics course and then specialising in Pension fund management, save your money, I've boiled it all down to a Free 2 min Video.

Pensions, the truth

How long before we end up in a Soylent Green situation.

Oh no, I wish I hadn't suggested that, Gordon might be looking in.

8 July 2009 at 17:31  
Anonymous len said...

I have always though your Grace why doesn`t the Lord just zap us when we are converted to Christianity and take us home?
The only logical reason I can think of is we are left to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom.
"Preach the Word, be urgent in season, and out of season,reprove, rebuke,exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine."
( 2 Timothy 4 :2)

8 July 2009 at 17:41  
Anonymous TheGlovner said...

Can't tell you what to talk about.

I would stay away from the sperm debate though, since that would just be an excuse for the usual uneducated ranting and raving about making god's creation of man in a lab or something as equally stupid and unknowledgable on the subject.

9 July 2009 at 09:24  
Anonymous Peter said...

Please your Grace, not the sperm. The deep scientific ignorance of the British media promptly asking DOES THIS MAKE MEN REDUNDANT is enough to make this communicant drop a working microwave in his bath.

10 July 2009 at 01:32  

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