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NBC apparently opted not to include the hymn above in their coverage of the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, so here’s a lovely rendition by Alison Krauss. I also like the version in the movie 28 Days Later, which will do until such time as Sinead O’Connor performs this song. And this Gospel arrangement by the James Herndon Singers is old-timey, but still pretty awesome.

But “Abide With Me” is not my favorite hymn. My favorite is probably “Faith’s Review and Expectation” (which probably is almost everyone’s favorite).

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“While [The Liar Tony] Perkins’ extremism has largely flown below the media’s radar, Boykin’s style is in-your-face intolerance.”

“[Michele] Bachmann’s concept of Christian love brims with hate, and she has a deep satchel of stones to throw. From what kind of messiah did she learn that?”

It doesn’t make you a better, more loving, more righteous person to pretend you’re living in the 18th century while you take advantage of the antibiotics, airplanes, computers, and air conditioning that comes from the scientific progress of the 20th and 21st.”

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“I watched the ‘decline’ of EcuP and the rise of EvaP, ‘puffed’ by American media, as Hearst puffed Billy Graham’s 1949 Los Angeles Crusade.”

“Even as we go to the grave still we make our song alleluia.”

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  • http://www.blogger.com/home?pli=1 Coleslaw

    The hymn was sung as a memorial for the 52 people killed in the 7 7 2005 bombing, so they didn’t just omit a hymn, they omitted a memorial. The 28 days version sounds much closer to the song as sung in the opening ceremonies than does the Krauss version, which I don’t like anyway, cause I hate it when singers warble like that. It reminds me of preachers who pronounce “God” with 5 syllables.

  • http://www.blogger.com/home?pli=1 Coleslaw
  • Morilore

    Bachmann is an evangelical, and has spoken rhapsodically about the experience of being born again. After that moment, she said, “I absolutely understood sin, and I wanted no part of it.” She plunged into politics nonetheless.

    http://instantrimshot.com/

  • Slow Learner

    Abide With Me sends shivers down my spine. Well, every version I’ve ever heard before does. I’m afraid that version by the James Herndon Singers didn’t hit me though. Maybe I’m too English, but it just never sounded as though it started off.

  • veejayem

    Abide With Me was never one of my favourite hymns either but it was beautifully sung in the opening ceremony. I was in London that morning  and I travelled through Kings Cross station to get to work. I remember being really pleased that London had got the Olympics ~ athletes had visited the school where I taught and talked to the children. Then I got my class together and we got on a coach and set off to a butterfly park, happily unaware of all that was going on.

    Of course the mobile phone network had crashed. My sister was desperately trying to find out if I was safe ~ in the end she found the school’s fax number and got through that way. Around lunch-time my headteacher managed to contact me, saying that there had been an attack and we had to get back at once. I remember telling the coach driver not to put the radio on because I didn’t want to scare the kids ~ as we crawled back through central London one child asked, “Miss, why have all those policemen got guns?”. I said it was because we were near Buckingham Palace and they were guarding the Queen …

    Did I have tears in my eyes during that part of the opening ceremony? Oh yes.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    Er, I’m sorry – what attack? I don’t mean to sound insensitive or dense, but I just Googled and there isn’t any report of such a thing.

    Or do you mean a few years ago when the London Underground was hit?

  • Donalbain

    7th July 2005

  • veejayem

    Yes I did. Sorry, I was trying to sort through my memories of that day without managing to be terribly specific.

  • We Must Dissent

    Abide with Me is one of my favorites. Though I much prefer the renditions by Perri Alleyne and by Emeli Sande to this one by Alison Krauss, I do agree with Fred about a theoretical Sinead O’Connor performance. Her version of O Filii et Filiae give me shivers every single time I listen to it.

  • http://kittysneezes.com/ Rev. Syung Myung Me

    About the puppeteer link — I used to watch the TV show he was on.   Actually had to write a thing about it kinda working out my feelings and about being a jerk (as I used to watch the show ironically) and all that.  If anyone cares: http://kittysneezes.com/2012/08/02/what-do-you-do-when-youre-right-in-the-worst-possible-way/

    …but honestly, I just feel sad and terrible for the little boy’s family, knowing that someone wanted to do that to their child.

  • LL

    I should find it sad, but I can’t help it, I think it’s funny that the Promise “Keepers” frolic with loose women away from home, while back at that same home, their faithful wives (until we find out THEY’RE frolicking with male strippers or some other secular evil) are probably really proud of how God-centered and wholesome their marriage is. 

  • michael mcshea

    I never heard “Abide with Me” until a Brit at an over aged hippie forum I sometimes hang out at brought up the censorship at the Olympics by a Corporation NBC. She shared a link that showed the Opening Ceremony Tribute to the Victims of 7/7 (2005) terrorist attack on British soil which for some reason an interview with Michael Phelps was thought to be more appropriate to a dumbed down American Audience. The complaint that the government is in your mind and pants is just as valid for Corporations like Comcast that may or may not despise an alien Brit culture and or “Abide with me” thing. 
    That empathy for another culture, even the mother culture, is a threat to the firewall between America and the rest of humanity it would seem. The song “Abide with Me” is the hymn they also, they the Brits, attach to a soccer stadium incident that crushed dozens of people something like a decade ago BTW. How very human and non-evangelical political A-merican kristian. Whatever. Pax.

  • http://www.blogger.com/home?pli=1 Coleslaw

    If back in January someone had given you a list of headlines you’d be least likely to see in 2012, wouldn’t you have expected “Christian Puppeteer Was Arrested Before He Could Murder and Eat a Child” to be pretty high on that list?

  • Jeff Weskamp

    Here’s the latest mass of verbal diarrhea to come out of Bryan Fisher’s mouth:

    “The Democrats as a party, I believe, they want slaves, they want Americans to be as slavishly dependent upon the central government as slaves were upon their masters in pre-Civil War days, that’s what they want. That’s why they’re trying to hand out goodies and dish out goodies to get them completely dependent because then they’ll know that they can count on them and count on their votes, they’re going to vote for whatever party is promising them the most goodies. We were talking this morning about how in the world is it that African Americans still support the Democratic Party? How can you explain that, when the Democratic Party is the party of slavery, the KKK, Jim Crow laws, lynch mobs, the party that filibustered the Civil Rights Act, how can you explain this?”. . . The only reason we can see why the Democrat Party still has support in the African American community is because the Democrat Party promises them more goodies, the Democrat Party is handing out stuff, basically getting them addicted. It’s like the government is one big giant methadone clinic and they’re just handing out these injections to people in the form of welfare benefits to get them hooked, so they got to hook up with their supplier once a month, they got to get their fix, they got to hook up with their dealer on a street corner once a month and get their fix from the federal government. They’re like drug-addled addicts and the Democrat Party has gotten them addicted to welfare benefits. That apparently is the only reason they continue to support this party.”. . . I think what keeps the African American community in the Democratic and on the Democratic plantation is the promise of goodies, it’s the promise of welfare, it’s the promise of benefits. That’s what keeps them on the Democratic platform as much as anything. So that’s just a form of idolatry, they put money ahead of principle. If they’re going to give me stuff, that’s materialism, that’s greed, that’s a violation of the Ten Commandments, they’re going to stick that in front of me I’m going to vote for them no matter what.”

    Isn’t this the exact same message Romney presented during his speech to the NAACP?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charity-Brighton/100002974813787 Charity Brighton

     It was also Gingrich’s message, and Santorum’s message, and pretty much the message of every condescending race-baiting jackass ever to rear up on his hind legs and prance before the audience.

  • http://loosviews.livejournal.com BringTheNoise

     So that’s just a form of idolatry, they put money ahead of principle. If
    they’re going to give me stuff, that’s materialism, that’s greed, that’s
    a violation of the Ten Commandments, they’re going to stick that in
    front of me I’m going to vote for them no matter what.

    To quote Cerberus over at Sadly, No!: “IT’S ALWAYS PROJECTION”.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    Romney was just wayyyyyy more circumspect about it.

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart

    You’re thinking of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989. 96 fans of Liverpool FC died.

    ———————

    I can’t believe NBC cut the tribute to 7/7 victims. Surely someone would have thought that the US audience would be in solidarity with victims of terrorism, for crying out loud.

  • michael mcshea

    Censorship is perhaps too harsh a word.  Maybe an unpaid intern at NBC that makes these decisions just was really gaga over Michael Phelps and doesn’t know who or what the United Kingdom is let alone what 7/7 means to our closest ally.

    In case you missed it, not the best quality.

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=278_1343526996&p=1

  • Mark Z.

    Are you kidding? This is the country where foreign natural disasters are always described in terms of number of Americans killed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charity-Brighton/100002974813787 Charity Brighton

    That’s very, very hard to believe. 

  • AnonymousSam

    Wow

    “The Democrats as a party, I believe, they want slaves, they want Americans to be as slavishly dependent upon the central government as slaves were upon their masters in pre-Civil War days, that’s what they want.”

    Completely unlike the Republican party, who just wants Americans to be enslaved to their employers.

    That’s why they’re trying to hand out goodies and dish out goodies to get them completely dependent because then they’ll know that they can count on them and count on their votes, they’re going to vote for whatever party is promising them the most goodies.

    I know! The more responsible thing is to vote for the party who offers nothing whatsoever. That way, you can get used to having nothing whatsoever, being dependent on your employer to keep you in a semblance of health.

    We were talking this morning about how in the world is it that African Americans still support the Democratic Party? How can you explain that, when the Democratic Party is the party of slavery, the KKK, Jim Crow laws, lynch mobs, the party that filibustered the Civil Rights Act, how can you explain this?

    Beats me, Grand Dragon! I don’t know what those colored people must be thinking either! Heil Republicans!

    So that’s just a form of idolatry, they put money ahead of principle. If they’re going to give me stuff, that’s materialism, that’s greed, that’s a violation of the Ten Commandments, they’re going to stick that in front of me I’m going to vote for them no matter what.

    Which is why you need to fire them all so you can save yourself some money by hiring some illegal aliens. Then you can take that money you saved and use it to turn the US into a theocracy, because the Bible had all sorts of great things to say about the rich, right? How did Minister Doctor Jeremiah Cummings put it?

  • PJ Evans

    I can’t believe NBC cut the tribute to 7/7 victims.

    NBC is notorious for its ‘only-USA’ coverage. They’re more insular than most US residents.

  • michael mcshea
  • Matri

    Does it reflect badly on me that I find it very easy to believe the decision to cut it possibly came from one of “those” right-wingers?

  • Emcee, cubed

    Not to change the subject, but I’m having difficulty getting accurate and unbiased info on this, and I figured I’d see if anyone here knew the facts about some things that are being said, and thoughts on others.

    Apparently, there is a law on Obama’s desk that, among a bunch of other things, puts restrictions on protests at military funerals.

    http://www.examiner.com/article/president-obama-to-sign-veterans-bill-restricting-protests-at-military-funerals

    It states that there can be no demonstrations 2 hours before and 2 hours after a funeral, and they cannot be within 300 ft of the funeral or family members.

    The obvious question is whether this will stand Constitutional muster, or if it infringes on freedom of speech. It is mildly tricky in that they aren’t saying that there can’t be protests, just that there are restrictions on where and when. But not sure if that makes a legal difference or not.

    I also read somewhere that there are already restrictions like this in place, and this law is just extending those. (Changing it from 1 hour before and after to 2, and from 150 ft to 300 ft.) But I don’t know if this is true. If it is, would that have any bearing? I mean, I can’t believe that WBC wouldn’t have challenged those rules if they thought they would win. So if they exist, I’m guessing they already pass. Would the increases not also then pass, unless they could prove they were unduly onerous?

    And finally, on another article about this (which I can’t find now to get the specifics, damn it) someone was talking about a SCOTUS case from the sixties that said something about freedom of speech being allowed to be restricted in a case where freedom of assembly was also restricted, or something? They made it sound like this supported the law being Constitutional. Maybe that has some bearing as well?

    Anyway, thoughts?

  • OriginalExtraCrispy

    “… it makes me want to smite the crap out of you and start over with hermit crabs.” That post on Goblinbooks was awesome. 

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    Provincially, British Columbia has a law banning protests near abortion clinics. I assume this passes muster because bans blocking access to health services or something along those lines, so it’s not a true criminal offence, but likely carries heavy fines.

    While Canadian and American law are not identical, the similar legal traditions suggest that if the provincial law passed muster on Constitutional grounds it suggests that the anti protest law might well pass muster based on similar precedents involvign reasonable restrictions on freedom of assembly.

  • ReverendRef

     The hymn was sung as a memorial for the 52 people killed in the 7 7 2005 bombing

    Not necessarily replying to Coleslaw here, but yours was the first post to mention the memorial for that bombing. 

    And I’m not following the Olympics religiously, nor comments about it, but does anybody know if there was/is a memorial for the Munich massacre at the 1972 Games?

  • Dan Audy

    In the US most laws that might infringe on free speech are subject to the O’Brien Test (also known as intermediate scrutiny).  In order to pass this it must meet all 4 of the following criteria

    1.  The Law must serve a substantial government interest
    2.  The interest must be unrelated or neutral in regards to the content of the speech
    3.  The Law must be narrowly tailored
    4.  The Law must leave alternative channels for communication

    I think that it easily meets 1,2,4 but arguments over 3. narrow tailoring are always a bit of a subjective issue but typically the most easily remedied with modifications.

  • Donalbain

    Couple of points:
    1) The association with Abide With Me and sport in England goes back quite a way. It is sung by the crowd at every FA Cup Final and has been since the 1920s and also at Rugby Challenge Cup Finals. I believe it was the monarch of the time’s favourite hymn.

    2) It was not specifically a tribute to the victims of the 7th July bombings. It was referred to as a tribute to all the loved ones who could not be in the stadium on that day. It included a picture of Danny Boyle’s dad for instance.

  • Mrs Grimble

     “but does anybody know if there was/is a memorial for the Munich massacre at the 1972 Games?”
    There wasn’t one at the opening ceremony.  However, the “Abide With Me” singing wasn’t explicitly a memorial to the 7/7 bombing victims – it could be taken as a memorial to all dead.
    And we don’t know what’s been planned for the closing ceremony.

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart

    Are you kidding? This is the country where foreign natural disasters are always described in terms of number of Americans killed.

    I thought I was already factoring in enough cynicism by reckoning that the attacks on London would be allowed to be acknowledged given that England is a predominantly white, English-speaking country with a strong shared history with the US, and it was Islamic terrorism specifically.

    Guess not. Although if NBC was going to only show exlicitly American stuff, wouldn’t they exclude everything except for the bit when the US team entered the stadium? They figured no one cares about dead Brits but they will listen to Irish kids sing Danny Boy?

    The Australian broadcaster is annoyingly narrow in the sports it chooses to show, but they did include the entire opening ceremony uncut.

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart

    Not at the games, but there was an official memorial service in London in July.

    And in 1999 there was a memorial plaque to the victims unveiled in part of the Sydney Olympic stadium.

  • Donalbain

    Smug Mode engaged. Thanks to the communist BBC, I can watch my choice of literally every single sport at the Olympics. With the NHS tribute and a brilliant performance by the BBC, these games have been great for the lefty institutions of the UK!

  • http://deird1.dreamwidth.org Deird

     The Australian broadcaster is annoyingly narrow in the sports it chooses to show

    Except for this evening, when they showed the archery! It’s not even related to swimming, and yet they showed it in the Aussie broadcast…

    (Slightly thrilled – because my dad is the Aussie archery coach, so I got to see him. Even if the guy he was coaching just lost.)

  • Ross Thompson

     

    Would you believe Reuters News Agency?

    All that says is that NBC cut the segment, a fact that no-one is disputing.

    You suggested that this might not be so bad, because their broadcast schedule might have been worked out on the fly by an unpaid employee who knew nothing about the subject, with no planning or intervention from more senior employees.

    I, like Charity, find that hard to believe, and an article saying “NBC couldn’t be reached for comment”* doesn’t lend any creedence to the idea.

    *What the hell does that mean? They were all out for lunch? Why not be more honest and say that they refused to comment?

  • michael mcshea

    Hate the message? Hate the messenger? 

  • Ross Thompson

    What message? That some guy on the Internet thinks it’s plausible that NBC left scheduling decisions for a billion-dollar event up to whoever happened to be in the control booth?

    And when someone says that that seems unlikely, you respond to that with non-sequiters.

  • http://loosviews.livejournal.com BringTheNoise

     What the hell does that mean?

    I’m presuming it means they never responded to the writer’s email, rather than actively refusing to comment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Bibeau/1201168822 Paul Bibeau

    Mom, I can do this on my own, okay? :)

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart

    Hey, cool seeing your dad on tv! Congrats to him.

    I mainly just want to see the Opals play for more than 3 minutes at a time, instead of cutting to an interview where a rower is asked if it has sunk it yet :(


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