The winning entries are in and the image and first line appearing in Winning Member American Digest’s entry pretty much says it all. In Barack Obama: Imaginary Friend of Democrats. Cause and Cure Venderleun wrote:
Atheists, like songwriters, are always seeking lines more glib than true. Glib is golden because it obscures the fact that deep down atheism is, like a pop song, shallow. One of the more tedious quips, oft repeated with a tone that oozes ‘What a good boy am I,’ is “God is just an imaginary friend for adults.”
The possibility that God may have given glib atheists everything – space, time, a planet, evolution, and free will – that allows this bromide to roll trippingly off their tongues is something they will not and can not conceive. Their wetware is not evolved enough to perceive God should He deign to reveal himself. God is not finished buffing out their fatal flaw, although He will be, by and by. Until then they cannot grasp that, in some cases, “imaginary friends” can be as real as their friendship is illusory.
Exhibits A, B, and C today are the Virginia and New Jersey elections last fall and especially the Massachusetts senate election of Scott Brown. These established the new truth of contemporary American politics, “Barack Obama is the imaginary friend of Democrats.” This dovetails well with another of his many roles: Stand-in lower-case god for the vast majority of American atheists.
Psychologists will tell you that imaginary friends are good for children. As time goes on however imaginary friends can be quite detrimental. Mr. Obama is of the latter.
Winning non-council author Douglas Murray from the Telegraph UK looks at the witch trial of Dutch MP Geert Wilders and comments on the significance that the trial has on Europe.
There is nothing hyperbolic in stating that a trial which has just started in Holland will have unparalleled significance for the future of Europe. It is not just about whether our culture will survive, but whether we are even allowed to state the fact that it is being threatened.
The trial of Geert Wilders has garnered hardly any attention in the mainstream press here. Fortunately the blogosphere can correct some of this.
Wilders is a Dutch MP and leader of Holland’s fastest-growing party, the Party for Freedom. Just a few years ago he was the sole MP for his party. The latest polls show that his party could win the biggest number of seats of any party in Holland when the voters next go to the polls.
His stances have clearly chimed with the Dutch people. They include an end to the era of mass immigration, an end to cultural relativism, and an end to the perceived suborning of European values to Islamic ones. For saying this, and more, he has for many years had to live under round-the-clock security protection. Which you would have thought proves the point to some extent.
Now the latest attempt of the Dutch ruling class to keep Wilders from office has begun. Last week, apparently because of the number of complaints they have received (trial by vote anyone?) the trial of Wilders began.
Congratulations to all the winning entries. Please join us oin Wednesday for next week’s contest.
Winning Council Submissions
- First place with 2 1/3 points! – American Digest – Barack Obama: Imaginary Friend of Democrats. Cause and Cure.
- Second place with 2 points – (T*) – The Razor – Symbols Aren’t Leaders
- Second place with 2 points – (T*) – Bookworm Room – San Francisco mulls expanding gay rights program at expense of academic programs
- Third place with 1 1/3 points – Wolf Howling – Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Change
- Fourth place with 2/3 points – (T*) – The Provocateur – A Conversation with Wade Rathke
- Fourth place with 2/3 points – (T*) – Right Truth – Palin’s RINO Problem
- Fifth place with 1/3 points – The Colossus of Rhodey – Why I haven’t bought a Marvel comic in a couple years
Winning Non-Council Submissions
- First place with 2 2/3 points! – Douglas Murray @ Telegraph Blogs – Geert Wilders: On Trial For Telling The Truth
- Second place with 1 2/3 points – (T*) – Doug Ross Journal – The Sublime, Timeless Wisdom of Arianna Huffington Somehow Reduced to Ashes By Anonymous Commenter at Green Room
- Second place with 1 2/3 points – (T*) – Jerome Ravetz @ What’s Up With That? – Climategate: Plausibility and the blogosphere in the post-normal age
- Third place with 1 1/3 points – Big Lizards – Here’s Exactly What We Don’t Need
- Fourth place with 1 points – Buckhorn Road – Apparently, our republic is “anti-democratic”
- Fifth place with 2/3 points – (T*) – Pajamas Media/Victor Davis Hanson – Why Fear Big Government?
- Fifth place with 2/3 points – (T*) – Zenpundit – Guest Post: Cameron on “A Response to a Most Remarkable Conversation”
- Sixth place with 1/3 points – Yaacov Lozowick’s Ruminations – Response to Naomi Paiss
(T*) – Indicates a Tie.
(D*) – The Provocateur received a 2/3 point penalty in the council submissions category for failing to vote in this week’s contest.