A bit puzzled today. I’m getting a row of adverts down the right hand side of my browser screen. At first I thought it was WordPress, and they’d introduced advertising. But it happens quite often when I look at non-WordPress sites too (e.g. Dick Puddlecote).
I generally use Google Chrome as a browser, but the same thing happened with Firefox, and also an ancient version of Internet Explorer. Someone suggested looking in my cookies, but didn’t say what for. But I thought cookies were browser-specific anyway.
All the adverts are for things like Dell Computers. And they can be closed by hitting the x marked on them. But they’re back again if I go to a new page.
Anyone got any suggestions?
Back to DP. I’ve got no children, and I’m not a church-goer. And he has a recent post that’s about both:
I asked a very simple question, you would think, of a 13 and nearly 12 year old in Britain. Do they know the words of the Lord’s Prayer which was said during last Sunday’s ceremony?
I even gave them the first three lines.
They not only didn’t know the words, they had never even heard of it.
But they are both intimately knowledgeable about some guy who lived two and a half thousand years ago and is followed by just about no-one in this country.
Listen, I’m not religious in the slightest, despite Irish ancestry, but surely the Lord’s Prayer should be at the forefront of religious education in a state which is supposed to be a little bit CofE? You know, having a Queen which is the head of state and the church, and all? How in buggery have they not been taught of the Lord’s Prayer’s existence after 8 or 9 years of state education, yet they know all about Sikhism, Hinduism, Islam and even the primary Buddha as if they’re chums?
Along similar lines was some other news today:
David Cameron today threatened to give the Church of England “a sharp prod” to make it allow women to become bishops.
The Prime Minister said he would look carefully at what Parliament could do to force the Church to change its mind, as MPs condemned the ruling Synod for rejecting the idea.
Bearing in mind that the Queen is the head of the Church of England, what business is it of David Cameron what the church synod decides? Isn’t a synod the body that decides these sorts of things?
He told MPs: “I’m very clear the time is right for women bishops – it was right many years ago.”
“They need to get on with it, as it were, and get with the programme.”
It’s the same overbearing attitude that’s applied to everyone else as well. “I know better than you do what’s good for you, and you must do what I tell you, because if you don’t I’ll force you to do so anyway.” Smokers, of course must also “get with the programme”, and quit smoking. But where did this “programme” come from? Whose programme is it? Not mine. Not the church synod’s. Nor the British people’s.
I can’t help but think that the real purpose of all this is to destroy a culture. The smoking ban and the denormalisation of smokers is an attack on an ancient, convivial culture. But the same is true of attacks on the churches, by either teaching nothing about them, or forcing them to change their ways (and by extension their beliefs as well). And then, when everything has been broken into little pieces, the idea is probably to “re-educate” everybody in a new set of beliefs and doctrines, as set out in “the programme”.
It’s the sort of thing that used to happen in the Soviet Union. And yet, amazingly, the Russian (Eastern) Orthodox church survived 70 years of Soviet persecution.
It’s very difficult to destroy a culture and re-make it. And these bossy, arrogant people are going to find this out pretty soon.