The debate rages about whether we should cuddle up to Islam, or destroy it. Our Establishment elite exhorts us to love Muslims; to do anything else makes one a fascist. Meantime, the British government sets about bombing Islamic State. The BBC struggles with this one a bit and almost chokes on the term, ‘Islamic State’, preferring instead to refer to that particular cohort of Muslim bandits as ‘So-Called Islamic State’, or ‘Daesh’ (which means ‘Islamic State’ in Arabic). In this way the BBC can be deemed to be adoring Islam, as we must, whilst implying that those Muslims who are hell-bent on destroying us are somehow nothing to do with Islam. In short, the British Establishment is tying itself in knots over how to deal with a religious creed whose more energetic proponents are now attacking us and our way of life from both without and within. There are Muslims abroad determined to destroy us hither and thither, and there are Muslims living in our communities who would do the same. However, to state the situation as I have here is, by and large, heresy within the Establishment. Fascist even.
We Really Must De-Christianise Our Society
Only this week an inquiry led by Baroness Butler-Sloss (you don’t get more Establishment than that) reported the rising prevalence of Islam in the UK, the need for us to tolerate Sharia councils and arrange for fewer bishops and more imams to sit in the House of Lords, and generally called for Britain to be systematically de-Christianised. In other words, the Establishment likes to make the case for the soft Islamification of our society. Hence, the BBC’s preference for ‘So-Called Islamic State’. Personally, I’m not convinced that we should be setting about systematically regressing our society back to the Middle Ages (for that is where Islam is grounded and remains) on the basis that we’re all far too politically incorrect (fascist even) and so need to get real about embracing Islam and other multicultural stuff. That said, I doubt whether Baroness Butler-Sloss has spent much time in, say, the Lawrence Hill district of Bristol where relatives of mine live and where these days fewer than 60% of the local population was born in England. My (England born) relatives are clear that they live in ‘Somalia Abroad’ and feel like aliens in what was once their own close-knit community. However, we need more of this, reckons Baroness Butler-Sloss; the future is bright; the future is Islam and other multicultural stuff. What on earth do people like Baroness Butler-Sloss smoke exactly?
Let’s Shake Hands
Hey, let’s look at the reality of Islamification for a minute. My eldest daughter – let’s call her Victoria – works as a commercial adviser within a major UK oil and gas company. If I say so myself, she’s a highly respected employee. Recently Victoria was at a pre-Christmas, lunchtime social function. As the function was closing Victoria and her colleagues started to say farewell and wish each other a Merry Christmas. Victoria found herself face-to-face with a Muslim gentleman (from another energy company as it happens). Victoria smiled and extended her hand to bid farewell to the Muslim chap. The Muslim refused to shake Victoria’s hand because she was a woman. Now, without getting too melodramatic, Victoria felt uncomfortable at best and somewhat degraded and insulted at worst. In our western, Judaeo-Christian culture, deliberately to refuse to shake someone’s hand is a form of insult; it’s designed to say, ‘I’m making a judgement about you that means I don’t trust you, or I don’t like you, or I want to get one over on you.’ Now, the Muslim gentleman may have had perfectly good religious reasons for refusing to shake Victoria’s hand. However, the Muslim gentleman has chosen to live in Victoria’s Anglo-Saxon society, 1,000 years in the making, with much blood and treasure expended to get to the settled, peaceful, law-abiding, secular arrangement that we enjoy today. On the other hand, the Muslim fellow’s Islamic culture is behind massive slaughter taking place around the world right now, including on our own streets and on the streets of Europe and elsewhere. That’s the unpalatable fact of the matter however much one might choose to adore Islam. Islam is the religion of submission (to Allah) and that Muslim bloke expected my daughter, Victoria, to submit to the will of Allah, through him. This is a good thing according to the British Establishment. But for Victoria to have felt uncomfortable about this turn of events was for her to be rather fascist, don’t you think?
I attended a training course earlier this year in Aberdeen on a Friday. There were about 15 of us on the course, including 3 Muslim gentlemen; nice enough chaps. Lunch was scheduled to be a brief 30 minute interlude for a bowl of soup and some sarnies. After about 25 minutes I commented to the lady instructor that we’d be back at work in 5 minutes – not least because I wanted (intended) to be away at 4.00 pm sharp for my 2 hour drive home. “Oh”, she said, “there’s a slight problem with that.” “What’s the problem?”, I said. “Our Muslim colleagues are down in the basement, praying”, replied the instructor. Now, it being a Friday meant that Muslim prayers were a minor epic. To cut the story short, the 30 minute lunch period was extended to well over an hour, thanks to the needs of Allah. To say I was pissed off would be an understatement. It would also, of course, make me a fascist. I made it clear to the instructor lady (who clearly felt obliged to submit to the will of Allah) that she would finish the day by 4.00 pm, wouldn’t she? If she didn’t, I would be walking out of her class to my car to drive home. Sure enough, the instructor amended her curriculum to accommodate Allah and we finished at 4.00 pm. But why should the other 12 of us on the course have had to put up with a modified curriculum for religious reasons (FFS)? Whoa! I know why. Because we’re supposed to be taking part in the systematic regression of our society to the Middle Ages, that’s why. I know, I know, I’m a fascist and I really do need to get my head around this expectation of the Establishment that ‘atheism, libertarianism and political incorrectness bad; medievalism good’.
A New Dark Age – But Merry Christmas Anyway
Look, is it just me, or is the Developed World going stark staring mad at the moment? At this rate, our governing elites will be fomenting the collapse of the Developed World in the face of Islamic barbarianism in the same way that the Roman Empire collapsed 1,600 years ago in the face of the barbarianism of that time. The Dark Ages followed the Roman Empire in the same way that, unless we do something politically incorrect now, a New Dark Age will envelop us from here. I don’t much care what the Americans or the Europeans are saying and doing about the rising power of Islam. However, what I do know is that the British Establishment is part of the Islamification problem. If we don’t confront what is an existential threat to our way of life here in the UK, then brace yourself for a New Dark Age. Call me a fascist if you like, but I’ll lay money that right now our society is regressing to the Middle Ages for as long as the Establishment insists on talking to us about ‘So-Called Islamic State’.
Merry Christmas! How politically incorrect is that?
Donald Trump – A Sandwich Short of a Picnic
Many folk reading this post will say, or indeed will append comments below along the lines of ‘C’mon Moraymint, relax; get a life. Not shaking hands, or taking an hour out for Friday prayers are not the portents of the end of civilisation as we know it.’ If that’s what you’re thinking, then you’re probably right. However, at the moment we’re not sure as a post-Enlightenment society how to deal with certain manifestations of the Islamic faith today. I rub along with pretty much anyone and everyone I meet, including the 3 Muslim chaps whose behaviour irked me in Aberdeen on that Friday afternoon. We parted company shaking hands (I’m a bloke, so that was OK) and smiling. Indeed, for the record, I intend to keep rubbing along with pretty much anyone and everyone I meet. OK, so I had a bit of a run-in recently with some guy on the beach who seemed unable to control his brace of German Shepherd dogs, but that’s another story. Also for the record, Donald Trump is a sandwich short of a picnic as far as I’m concerned.
Society Must Conform to Islam
But the issue is this. Our creeping, cultural and institutional acceptance of some, or indeed many of the norms, values, and beliefs that come with Islam are potentially regressive. Indeed, the Establishment is arguing that acceptance is not enough; we must welcome Islam with open arms. However, Islam is a politico-religious culture. The expectation of Muslim nations generally is that society conforms to Islam and not vice-versa. In post-Enlightenment UK we’ve moved on from the 14th century when the lives of our ancestors were dominated by religion (Christianity as it happens) and superstition. Christianity then was practised as brutally as Islam is practised today by a significant number of Muslims. Our traditional British tolerance was directly behind the pretty appalling carry-on in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013 when 1,400 children were sexually exploited predominantly by men of Pakistani heritage (see The Jay Report). Rotherham made the headlines, but these sorts of activities were taking place in 11 other towns and cities. We were and, in my view remain conditioned to turn a blind eye. The Muslim bloke refused to shake your daughter’s hand? Live with it. Your Muslim colleagues disrupted your training day? Live with it. Relax. Just let Islamic norms creep into society and everything will be just fine. That’s the Establishment line.
The Vicar of Dibley
In our society we’ve boxed-in Christianity, marginalised it and cherry-picked the best bits. I’m an atheist, but I love cathedrals and churches (dammit I wept when I walked into King’s College, Cambridge for the first time earlier this year), I adore choral music and I cherish Christmas. Indeed, we make fun of Christianity to my great joy. Remember that old TV series ‘All Gas and Gaiters’? And how can you not relish the Vicar of Dibley and ‘The Christmas Lunch Incident’? Try making fun of Islam and the Prophet Mohammed, however, and you’ll be staring death in the face, as our friends in Denmark and France discovered to their great cost. So, guess what? Don’t you dare make fun of Islam. That’s the Establishment line.
Love the Germans: Bomb the Nazis
The point is that to speak out about what’s going on at the moment – like I’m doing here – is to invite the opprobrium of the Establishment. The irony is that the Establishment is itself exhibiting all the characteristics of fascism. If fascism is about authoritarianism and intolerance then the Establishment is using the full might of its authority to be intolerant of any views which run counter to us all embracing Islam. So, whilst those genius politicians of ours insist on us cuddling Islam, they arrange for the bombing of some So-Called Islamic State territory in the Middle East. It’s like Churchill having told us to cuddle the Germans whilst he set about bombing the Nazis. You couldn’t make it up.