Is it any wonder he’s the butt of so many Tekkies’ and arkies’ jokes? Is it any wonder his fringe cadre of like-minded detector-averse buffoons take him seriously (well almost)? Though I’m loathe to give him, or his vile blog, the oxygen of publicity, there comes a time when his absurdity deserves wider recognition.
My thanks to the reader who saw this gem on the Tekkie/PAS-hating Paul Barford’s piss-awful blog : –
“As we celebrate, all of us in our own way, the Birth of Christ, let us not forget that the narrative at the heart of this festival continues with the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt to escape a murderous wicked regime.”
Barford’s evangelising about the escape of the Holy Family from a “murderous wicked regime” seems at odds with his previous thoughts about murderous wicked regimes; after all, he seems to have had a heavy-petting session with, and lavished praise on, Poland’s former atheist communist oppressors for their help with his opus about the Slavs and for easing him into a cushy university post.
With his familiar missionary zeal, he pompously affirms (in the aforementioned opus) that it was born of a lengthy stay in the former communist People’s Republic of Poland; “The government of which was extremely generous in supporting my work, which then enabled me to take up employment at the University of Warsaw to continue my work.”
But wait. There’s more! This trowelled-on cloying tribute to Poland’s former communist and atheist oppressors concludes with a show of treacly fawning; hoping, he writes, that his tome will be in a small way, part of the repayment of the debt he owes all those who helped his research.
Simultaneously as Barford was apparently on the receiving end of Communist largesse, and enjoying a career leg-up, it was a vastly different story out on Warsaw’s mean cobbles; empty shelves, rationing, endless food queues, political dissenters, demands for a free press, democracy, and an end to censorship. The Man-on-the-Warsaw-Omnibus, had little reason to express similar gratitude to the Marxist-Leninist One-Party Socialist Republic that gripped Poland.
Those brave souls who strived (and died) for democracy, civil and human rights often found themselves on the wrong side of the ComЯades’ feared enforcers – the Służba Bezpieczeństwa (SB) – the Internal Security Service. The luckier ones getting to crawl away with only few broken bones after “helping the SB with their enquires” as the euphemism has it. Nothing “extremely generous” there then.
Established in the People’s Republic of Poland in 1954 the SB rose to international infamy in 1984 when its agents tortured and executed the dissident Catholic priest, Jerzy Popiełuszko. Since 1990, several SB operatives have been tried for their crimes. The SB is also suspected of killing the dissidents Stanisław Pyjas, and Catholic priest Stefan Niedzielak and is reported to have abused priest Roman Kotlarz, who died mysteriously following a severe beating.
To bolster his bankrupt crusade, Barford takes on the mantle of Christianity by quoting James 2:14-17 from the Bible. Let’s therefore direct those wise words back at him and his brigade of buffoons that he and they might inwardly digest : –
James 2:14-17 New International Version (NIV)
Faith and Deeds
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?
15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.
16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?
17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
Whether Barford ever withdraws his hideous gratitude to the atheist political system that kept Poland in chains and gave him a job, remains to be seen.