“Phoney Christians applauding a phoney liberal”

Published: July 17, 2013 at 7:59am

Michael Falzon

I recommend Michael Falzon’s opinion column in Malta Today. Yes, the title – ‘Phoney Christians applauding a phoney liberal’ – says it all, but you really must read the rest.




20 Comments Comment

  1. Snoopy says:

    “Our country has been exposed as a horde of egoists following an opportunist…”

    While fully agreeing with what Michael Falzon wrote, I think the above quote woudl have fitted him like a glove during the past 5 years.

    He who sows the wind, reaps the whirlwind.

    I am proud that I cannot blame myself or else have a Damascene conversion, just 4 months into a government that I would have helped in electing.

    As I said in the first few days after the election: “I’m out, and proud. “

  2. M... says:

    I guess Joe Public tends to associate irregular migration with Dublin 2 and forget that Malta has international obligations that predate European Union membership.

  3. kram says:

    Prosit, Michael – a very good article.

  4. Bubu says:

    I guess the phoney Christians are being lectured to by a true hypocrite.

  5. Galian says:

    First Jacques Zammit, now Michael Falzon … seems like everyone is waking up and ‘smelling the coffee’.

    • Last Post says:

      Don’t worry, Galian. Michael’s coffee is in another cup (or mug?). However I can’t help but agree with his article.

  6. M... says:

    Has Michael Falzon had an epiphany or is it a eureka moment?

    • vic says:

      dear friends, if we don’t want another labour victory in five years’ time, we must welcome the lost sheep who return to the fold.

    • Jar Jar says:

      No – it suddenly dawned upon him that he’s supping with the devil and making some space between them. He is one of the ex-ministers who liked to hit Gonzi when he was down. Shame on him and his ilk.

  7. ron says:

    Michael admired this phoney liberal until four months ago. He left no stone unturned to demonise Gonzi. Has he seen the light lately. I am pround not to have been part of this phoney majority. Better late than never.

  8. H.P. Baxxter says:

    I’m sorry not to join in the general rush to praise Michael Falzon. He’s clearly buttering his toast on the other side now. As long as he keeps making greenbacks, at the expense of any Christian Dmeocratic principles he might profess to have, he’ll say anything.

  9. R C Zammit says:

    Speaking to Gabriele del Grande, an Italian writer who created the blog Fortress Europe to track deaths at EU borders, has convinced me that we need to think of those embarking on these journeys differently.

    We should stop viewing them as victims of politics, their economic circumstances or indifferent EU policies, and instead see them as brave women, men and – incredibly – children, who risk everything in a gamble for safety and the well-being of their families.

    Basic humanity, as well as international and its own law, requires the EU to do more to ensure their rights are respected and the migrants’ courage recognised.
    Judith Sunderland is senior western Europe researcher at Human Rights Watch

  10. Neil says:

    It comes to something when I find myself admiring (and wholeheartedly agreeing with) the moral message behind a piece written by THIS guy.

    Yet further witness as to how thoroughly wrong the actions of our jumped up twerp of a PM really were last week.

  11. The Psychologist says:

    Michael Falzon is an independent, not afraid to call a spade a spade, and a true liberal when it came to the “divorce debate,” where he separated from the majority PN party-line when a referendum was called by PM Lawrence Gonzi (hoping for a defeat, but losing to the public vote).

    His argument is rational and reasonable because of it; he has always been a journalist of conscience. In these times, not everyone is willing to express candidly such truths, unfortunately, especially since no election is in immediate sight. Likewise, I would imagine European Socialists to be uncomfortable with Joseph Muscat “in their fold.”

  12. ciccio says:

    I do not believe that a true liberal, as opposed to a phoney one, would resort to arguments involving religion, like “phoney Christians applauding a phoney liberal,” to make the point that Joseph Muscat does not have a liberal mind.

    Actually, identifying the Maltese Christians and calling them hypocrites is not very liberal at all, even though pseudo liberals do it all the time, even in Europe.

    On this blog, we have made the point that Joseph Muscat is not a liberal or a progressive politician for many years, without resorting to religious arguments.

    When Joseph Muscat was faced with the big question of whether Malta should join the EU, which would usher in more liberal rights, not only was he was against joining, but he wrote in his party’s media to recommend that others do like him.

    And when Joseph Muscat was preaching his liberal doctrine during his electoral campaign, he was not speaking from the bottom of his heart. He was merely reading off teleprompters.

    On the subject of immigration, and the rights of immigrants, Joseph Muscat has once again put himself on the WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY.

  13. Rumplestiltskin says:

    Excellent article Mike, but I suspect that in private you are performing some ‘mea culpas.’

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