I don't expect someone from the EU with all its tabloid journalism to understand that.
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"Fascism is against the destructiveness of the left and the backwardness of the right" - Benito Mussolini
"It originated as a movement in which one man alone believed, then a band of martyrs, then finally a population and then a Nation!"-Benito Mussolini.
"Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life,
nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."
As I recall, I joined PF in 2014, largely to lurk and like. Just because you don't remember what I may have said here on this forum doesn't mean I've not had that opinion. Further, that was 3 years ago - that's one tenth of my time on earth. I may have different opinions then as I do now, and those opinions will likely change as I grow older and wiser. Its not a weakness.
Beginning in 1973, the wooden statue of the Virgin Mary in a convent in Akita, Japan has wept human tears or human blood on 101 occasions before a host of eye witnesses including medical experts and even on Japanese TV. It is extremely well documented and testified to. The first nun to have both witnessed the lacrimations and also reported the voice of the Mother of God speaking to her was cured of what was then described as an incurable deafness. So what do the skeptics say? They say it was a trick by the nuns. Or they say everybody is lying. Or they say it was bacon grease and heat that caused the tears or some other cockamamie suggestion. So that is what Chesterton is referring to --- when a person who very much does not want to accept God exists is exposed to the evidence, they refuse to accept the evidence and provide the flimsiest of rebuttals that speak volumes. It speaks agenda, not a truthful opinion or a scientific one.
Again, in 1968 over 250,000 Egyptians claim to see the Virgin Mary walking and floating on top of a Coptic Christian cathedral in Zeitoun, a suburb of Egypt. This occurred on more than 20 nights that summer. The NY Times twice reported on this phenomenon in May and August of 1968. I have the articles. The apparitions of Mary always happened after midnight and were accompanied by 12 dove-like birds flying at dizzying speeds. Also present were inexplicable great lights and plumes of colorful smoke. Even those (and there were a number of them) who were not granted the privilege by God to see the Virgin did see the birds, smoke and lights. Egyptian officials and anyone else never could explain the origin of the lights or smoke or type of birds. So what do the skeptics say? Not much. Except mass hallucination and maybe I have to revisit Joe Nickell’s skeptic website to see what other lame “explanation” he proffers? But again, it is a case of “they then do not believe in nothing, they will believe in anything.”
That is what I meant by that quote, it was not meant to imply that there are not very sincere and learned men who cannot get themselves to accept the reality of God based on very honest research. I know they exist and I believe them when they say they may want to believe but cannot.