Dienstag, Januar 10, 2006

Gannon explains the world

Wanna know what Mr. James P. Gannon writes at USA Today (other source: here)?
Let's have a look at it:
For an American Catholic visitor, Europe is a puzzling and sometimes discouraging place these days. Is God dead here? Many signs suggest that Europeans think so.
OK. You must have read, that Nietzsche was a European, right?
As only an occasional visitor to Europe, I claim no expertise in these matters.
So why do you talk about it?
Western Europe, the cradle of modern Christianity, has become a "post-Christian society" in which the ruling class and cultural leaders are anti-religious or "Christophobic," writes George Weigel, a Catholic columnist and U.S. biographer of Pope John Paul II. In his new book, The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America, and Politics Without God, he argues that religious differences help explain the policy tensions between Europe and the United States.
OK, that's why Germany is ruled by a coalition of Social Democrats and the Christian Democratic Union. So Christophobic. Right. Maybe we are not Christophobic, but Fundamentophobic? Ever thought of that?
Abortion, birth control, acceptance of gay marriage and casual sex are driving the trend. Europe is "committing demographic suicide, systematically depopulating itself," according to Weigel.
Ah, right. Let's go back to medieval times. Sex just for breeding. See also here. No more abortions. Ban condoms. Death penalty for gays. You know, we tried that in Germany before. The test ended in 1945.
Not a single Western European country has a fertility rate sufficient to replace the current population, which demographers say requires 2.1 children per family. Germany, Russia, Spain, Poland and Italy all have rates of about 1.3 children, according to the U.N. The Czech Republic's is less than 1.2, and even Roman Catholic Ireland is at 1.9 children. (The U.S. rate, which has remained stable, is slightly more than 2 children per woman.)
Wrong. As you can read here, the fertility of American women is 1.895 (source: US census bureau). By the way, the highest rates have Hispanics and people with poor education and no work.
So Europe is abandoning religion, growing older, shrinking and slowly killing itself. These are signs of a society in eclipse - the Roman Empire writ large. Is this any model for America?
Hm, maybe Chad is a model for America? They are not growing older, and they are not shrinking. Okay, let's do it, like they do it in Chad. But, wait, wasn't there something?
In his 2001 book, The Death of the West, conservative commentator Patrick Buchanan argues that a European-style "de-Christianization of America" is the goal of many liberals - and they are succeeding.
The same Pat Buchanan who said in 1983 that women are
"simply not endowed by nature with the same measures of single-minded ambition and the will to succeed in the fiercely competitive world of Western capitalism."
or that
"...Dr. King was a fraud and a demagogue and perhaps worse.... One of the most divisive men in contemporary history."
or that during the South African Apartheid, the Americans were
"Collaborating in a United Nations conspiracy to ruin her [South Africa] with sanctions."
(source: wikipedia)

Now that's the right person to cite...

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