The Battle of Lepanto

“’I am a Christian and thus I want to live and die,’ Marco Antonio Bragadin responded, ‘My body is yours. Torture it as you will.’”

“The greater fury of the battle lasted for four hours and was so bloody and horrendous that the sea and the fire seemed as one.”

“Battle of Lepanto” (Public Domain)

Today in history witnessed one of the most cataclysmic clashes between Islam and the West—one where the latter for once crushed and humiliated the former. In 1570, Muslim Turks—in the guise of the Ottoman Empire—invaded the island of Cyprus, prompting Pope Pius V to call for and form a “Holy League” of maritime Catholic nation-states, spearheaded by the Spanish Empire, in 1571. Before they could reach and relieve Cyprus, its last stronghold at Famagusta was taken through treachery.

After promising the defenders safe passage if they surrendered, Ottoman commander Ali Pasha—known as Müezzinzade (“son of a muezzin”) due to his pious background—had reneged and launched a wholesale slaughter. He ordered the nose and ears of Marco Antonio Bragadin, the fort commander, hacked off. Ali then invited the mutilated infidel to Islam and life: “I am a Christian and thus I want to live and die,” Bragadin responded. “My body is yours. Torture it as you will.”

So he was tied to a chair, repeatedly hoisted up the mast of a galley and dropped into the sea, to taunts: “Look if you can see your fleet, great Christian, if you can see succor coming to Famagusta!” The mutilated and half-drowned man was then carried near to St. Nicholas Church—by now a mosque—and tied to a column, where he was slowly flayed alive. The skin was afterward stuffed with straw, sown back into a macabre effigy of the dead commander, and paraded in mockery before the jeering Muslim conquerors. Continue reading

Truth: Cry of All

216173.png“Truth is the cry of all, but the game of a few.”  George Berkeley

“Men and women aren’t the same.  If there were no differences between men and women…there would be no men and women.” Eric Utter

“We can’t render truth illegal without sentencing ourselves to a Second Dark Age.” Ibid

The war on truth

By Eric Utter, American Thinker, September 22, 2019

It is extremely hard for sane people to understand how we arrived where we are today… culturally and politically. We have men claiming to be women allowed in women’s bathrooms and locker rooms. We are informed that there are 60, 70— or 112 different genders — but that men and women are virtually the same.

For years there have been gay pride parades across the country that are, in many cases, sanctioned by cities, businesses and even police forces, among other entities. Yet, recently, the only “straight pride” parade of which I’m aware was the subject of great controversy, with a few progressives labeling it “obscene.”

Christian religious organizations are being designated as “hate groups” by leftist bodies such as the Southern Poverty Law Center. In a few cases, priests and pastors have been threatened with jail time for citing Bible verses. “Misgendering” someone can cost you your job. Denver has legalized the use of “magic” or psychedelic mushrooms. Continue reading

Human Dignity on Trial

“Saying that the Bible is incompatible with human dignity is like saying the Bill of Rights is incompatible with human freedom.” Eric Utter

“So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them: male and female.” Genesis 1:27

Biblical Genesis ‘Incompatible With Human Dignity,’ British Court Says

By Eric Utter, American Thinker, October 6, 2019

A British court recently ruled against Dr. David Mackereth, a disability assessor who was fired from the United Kingdom’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) last year for refusing to use transgender pronouns. The DWP had asked Dr. Mackereth, “What would you do if you were to assess someone who is obviously a man but asks to be referred to as ‘she’ or ‘Missis’ in the report?” Mackereth replied that, as a Christian, he wouldn’t comply with the request. He was summarily sacked.

Dr. Mackereth then hired the Christian Legal Centre (CLC) to represent him in a lawsuit filed against the DWP for religious discrimination. An employment tribunal ruled that the DWP was within its rights to terminate Mackereth. The ruling declared: “Belief in Genesis 1:27, lack of belief in transgenderism and conscientious objection to transgenderism in our judgement are incompatible with human dignity and conflict with the fundamental rights of others, specifically here, transgender individuals.” The panel also categorized the bible as “mere opinion.” Continue reading