Baroness Cox: Britain is 'deeply infiltrated by radical Islam'
In saying this, Baroness Cox fulfils the role of 647 MPs, and shames them. She makes the case single-handedly for the perpetuation of an ‘unelected’ House of Lords. While members of the Commons need constantly to look over their shoulders for votes, the Lords are not so fettered, and are thereby liberated to speak out prophetically even at the risk of offence. The sadness is that the Bishops have abdicated all spiritual responsibility in this regard, yet the Baroness does quote one anonymous ‘senior bishop’ as saying that ‘most of our educational institutions have been infiltrated’, and that ‘university campuses were prime recruitment grounds for Islamist groups’.
Commenting on the plans of Tablighi Jamaat for a mega-mosque in London, she observes the symbolism: ‘It dominates over its surroundings, which submit to it.’ Indeed, for Islam is about submission until the religious and the political are one and the same. Jihad is waged until the dar-al-Harb has become the dar-al-Islam, and to achieve this the Mohammedans are reminded that their political loyalty lies not with the country in which they happen to live, but with the worldwide community – the Umma – and their religious obligation is to bring all under Shari’a law.
And so the Baroness concludes:
‘We need to wake up, draw a line in the sand, and say enough is enough… Britain's cultural and spiritual heritage are under threat.’
Yet despite this warning, in a virtual affirmation of the deafening silence of the Church of England on the matter, it appears that the Vatican has now decided to support Turkey in its quest to join the European Union. It would not only be the EU’s most populous Muslim nation, but also the EU’s largest nation with a potential voting weight exceeding that of Germany. While Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was implacably opposed to Turkish accession, Pope Benedict XVI is making distinctly conciliatory overtures. The EU and Turkey simply have to agree ‘fundamental rules of cohabitation’ in order to build ‘a common future’ through ‘mutual dialogue’.
This is manifestly a shift in the Vatican's position, and Cranmer is beginning to wish the previous judgement had been announced ex cathedra. All talk of different cultural roots and divergent theologies has been silenced. All considerations of history and geography are now set aside. All concerns over the rights of religious minorities and religious freedom are now subsumed to the country's European path.
Cranmer just hopes and prays that the Bishop of Rome knows what he’s doing…