Friday, 23 October 2009

question time

I watched Question Time last night. I have no truck with Griffin or the BNP. I was glad some of his agenda was exposed. By all accounts he and they support some very nasty policies.

Yet I worry.

Both the scenes outside the BBC and the approaches of many in Question Time reveal how hostile and intimidating the liberal establishment is when its cherished beliefs are questioned. I have observed similar animosity to conservative Christian beliefs by liberals on programmes like 'The Big Questions'; liberals soon reveal just how 'liberal' they really are in their feral responses.

I worry about the hypocrisy of the main parties. Their self-righteous desire to take the moral high ground and make political capital at Griffin's expense is as patent as it is pathetic. Ironically, they accuse Griffin of cynically tailoring policies to make them acceptable. Which of them has not adapted their policies to suit the electorate and which would not impose lurking ideologies if they thought they could get away with it.

At the moment, the threat to society is the liberal leftist secularism of the establishment not the far right. It is liberal secularism that is attacking democracy and freedom of speech as it prepares to sanction directives by non-elected European commissions that seriously threaten freedom to express views. The threat to my freedom to practise my Christian faith comes from Brussels and Westminster, not the BNP

I worry because cross-party liberalism is wilfully blind to the threat of Islamification. I wish to give my Islamic neighbours the freedom to practise their faith. A Christian country rightly grants Moslems the right to believe and disseminate their faith. However, Islam does not prove itself so generous in return. When Islam is the dominant faith and wielding political power it regularly denies religious freedoms and shows little concern for the rule of law; religious minorities are often oppressed, persecuted and denied equality. Islam in power regularly shows it is an oppressive ideology. Mainstream politicians seem resolutely unwilling to face this self-evident reality and until they do nasty parties like the BNP will no doubt flourish.

It is time to question and show as wanting the tenets that drive liberal secularism.

1 comment:

Underground Man said...

I mostly agree.

What makes me doubt that Islam will rise to greater prominence in the west is that due to its intolerance and labeling of western unbelievers as 'kuffar' (a term we're all rightfully uncomfortable with due to its use against black people in its singular form 'Kafir") they will not be picking up many white, Western converts beyond those on the hippy trail. As a historically Eastern religion, it will not likely rise to proportions epic enough to threaten British society.

What will and is happening is that out of political correctness' stuttering apology, we are all walking on tiptoes, trying not to point out the gross intolerance of Islam so as not to offend, as you say. And the dangers of this is that our own voices are heard less.

What I find interesting in terms of hypocrisy is the assault made on Griffin for alleged holocaust denial - the muslims I knew at school were highly anti-semitic. Where we had 'Englishman, Scotsman and Irishman jokes', theirs always included a 'Paki and a Jew' - their words not mine.

Currently, it suits the decision makers to be as tolerant because they are doing so much that is destabilising the muslim world in the Middle East. I don't believe they are blind to the dangers of such societies rising to domination in the West, but are working in communities to help integration and co-existence. With integration comes religious discussion. What Christians must do is invite the discussion and create more forums for it to take place. Too often Christianity is confused with the weak statements of Archbishops who seem to be obsessed with homosexuality and present their faith as having an incredibly narrow focus - not saying that this is an aspect of Christian belief that should not be discussed, but that it is rare we hear Christians debate about much else.

Publicly 'besting' BNP leaders like Griffin, although somewhat hypocritically, is another strategy of reassurance that the Western World will not persecute other cultures and is overall a positive message.