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Thea Gilmore - Words in the Heroes' Tongue
I have a variable-sword. I urge calm.
Thea Gilmore
For all those in the UK whose spirits have been blighted by the poisonous words of an evil old man here is something uplifting as an antidote.

I was in the Co-op a few minutes ago and heard a song on the in-store radio. I had no idea who it was so I memorised a snatch of the lyrics and Googled it as soon as I got home; it turned out to be the latest single by my favourite female singer, the wonderful Thea Gilmore. Enjoy.

Current Music: see above

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zanthinegirl From: zanthinegirl Date: September 17th, 2010 11:53 am (UTC) (Link)
For all those in the UK whose spirits have been blighted by the poisonous words of an evil old man here is something uplifting as an antidote.

I have no idea what you're taking about, but I'm curious.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 17th, 2010 12:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Emperor Palpatine is in the UK currently and he has called secularists and atheists "Nazis".
zanthinegirl From: zanthinegirl Date: September 17th, 2010 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
OOh! I knew he was there, but didn't get the reference; the nazi thing didn't get publicity here.

The irony of a former nazi youth making that comment is too absurd, so I'll take the highroad
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 18th, 2010 08:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Wait, what? oO That didn't get *any* play here in Germany, which is strange, considering that we are both pretty secular and also quite sensitive to Nazi comments.

Could you quote? :)

speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: September 18th, 2010 08:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I had intended to quote the entire speech, with the relevant bits bolded, but it went over the comment limit and so I've chopped off the first part:

Even in our own lifetime, we can recall how Britain and her leaders stood against a Nazi tyranny that wished to eradicate God from society and denied our common humanity to many, especially the Jews, who were thought unfit to live. I also recall the regime’s attitude to Christian pastors and religious who spoke the truth in love, opposed the Nazis and paid for that opposition with their lives. As we reflect on the sobering lessons of the atheist extremism of the twentieth century, let us never forget how the exclusion of God, religion and virtue from public life leads ultimately to a truncated vision of man and of society and thus to a “reductive vision of the person and his destiny” (Caritas in Veritate, 29).

Sixty-five years ago, Britain played an essential role in forging the post-war international consensus which favoured the establishment of the United Nations and ushered in a hitherto unknown period of peace and prosperity in Europe. In more recent years, the international community has followed closely events in Northern Ireland which have led to the signing of the Good Friday Agreement and the devolution of powers to the Northern Ireland Assembly. Your Majesty’s Government and the Government of Ireland, together with the political, religious and civil leaders of Northern Ireland, have helped give birth to a peaceful resolution of the conflict there. I encourage everyone involved to continue to walk courageously together on the path marked out for them towards a just and lasting peace.

Looking abroad, the United Kingdom remains a key figure politically and economically on the international stage. Your Government and people are the shapers of ideas that still have an impact far beyond the British Isles. This places upon them a particular duty to act wisely for the common good. Similarly, because their opinions reach such a wide audience, the British media have a graver responsibility than most and a greater opportunity to promote the peace of nations, the integral development of peoples and the spread of authentic human rights. May all Britons continue to live by the values of honesty, respect and fair-mindedness that have won them the esteem and admiration of many.

Today, the United Kingdom strives to be a modern and multicultural society. In this challenging enterprise, may it always maintain its respect for those traditional values and cultural expressions that more aggressive forms of secularism no longer value or even tolerate. Let it not obscure the Christian foundation that underpins its freedoms; and may that patrimony, which has always served the nation well, constantly inform the example your Government and people set before the two billion members of the Commonwealth and the great family of English-speaking nations throughout the world.

May God bless Your Majesty and all the people of your realm. Thank you.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 18th, 2010 09:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, may I utter a big "FU!" to Ratzinger here. The Nazi's were pretty big on christianity for a while, until Hitler decided he didn't like it anymore. "Gott mit uns" is pretty self-evident in that regard.

Happily, Germany by large doesn't give a crap anymore about the pope's directions, be he a German or not.

Thanks for quoting. :)

timeofchange From: timeofchange Date: September 17th, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice! I wasn't familiar with her before this.
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