Olympics flaming fascism: more thoughts on the closing ceremonies

James R. writes:

This is a bit late, but the closing images of the closing ceremony were even worse than you thought. This was the image floating over the arena at the end, while the orchestra played a song entitled—I kid you not—“Rule the World”:



Richard B. writes (August 13):

After watching the opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympics, I ask, how could anyone take the English seriously, ever again?

I challenge your readers to describe what happened in as few words as possible.

My submission: Meaningless cultural debauchery.

Gene K. writes:

In regard to your posts on the Olympic’s closing ceremonies, I am sending you links to a blog of a serious Christian pastor and writer who has covered these ceremonies in several articles, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

This pastor is not someone who is being titillating on the subject. but is writing to wake up Christians to the satanic nature of the games.

Paul K. writes:

Believe it or not, John Lennon’s “Imagine,” the anthem of the post-national, post-Christian West, may not have been the musical low point of the Olympic closing ceremonies. That honor should go to Eric Idle’s performance of “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” accompanied by a troupe of roller-skating nuns. Idle composed this song for Monty Python’s “Life of Brian,” a spoof of the New Testament, and it is sung at the movie’s end by a group of people who are being crucified. Here are some sample verses:

For life is quite absurd
And death’s the final word
You must always face the curtain with a bow.
Forget about your sin—give the audience a grin
Enjoy it—it’s your last chance anyhow.

So always look on the bright side of death
Just before you draw your terminal breath

Life’s a piece of shit [that was bleeped by NBC]
When you look at it
Life’s a laugh and death’s a joke, it’s true.
You’ll see it’s all a show
Keep ‘em laughing as you go
Just remember that the last laugh is on you.

I can’t think of a better theme song for the Dead Island. The message: it’s over for us, but who cares? It’s all a joke anyway. Amazingly, a columnist for the Telegraph described it as the high point of the show: “It’s a happy song for a difficult age and it evokes that most stoic and ironic of sounds: cockney good cheer. We might be in the midst of a recession, but we can take hope from the faith that it’ll all work out in the end … because it always has. Britain will endure.”

Yes, Britain as a geographical entity will undoubtedly endure, devoid of its religion, history, culture, language, and national identity.

LA replies:

And, as far as its public and official culture goes, devoid of courage, devoid of decency, devoid of morality, devoid of any upright qualities.

That such a song was performed in the Olympics closing ceremony, as a kind of “new national anthem” for Britain, is more indicative of the nihilistic nature of these Games and of the new Britain they represent than anything we’ve seen yet.

August 16

Alan M. writes:

The articles linked from Parablesblog are fascinating. Though I think some statements are a stretch, in that the appropriation and reinterpretation of pagan symbols by Christianity, within the Christian mindset, is fine, he shows the unmistakably nightmarish vision that was presented of the world sans Christ. In fact, the opening and closing events could rightly be called the stuff of nightmares, with their disconnected images that come from and strike at the subconscious. The spirit of the age is dark indeed.

Our family didn’t watch most of the opening ceremonies and our video recording of the closing ceremonies was flawed by very bad video signals that made it all but impossible to watch … and for that, I thank God.

The line from the Dark Night Rises—“There is a storm coming”—shook me the first time I saw the movie trailer. I think most people sense this truth.

Prayer, fervent and frequent, is called for.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at August 16, 2012 09:58 AM | Send

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