Equality, race and religion
Lord Tebbit warns of the rise of the left-wing BNP; John Denham MP blames Labour’s failure to heed to the concerns of the ‘white working class’; Lord Carey refers to the need to control immigration and preserve the national DNA; and sundry bishops are warning of the marginalisation of Christianity and its creeping eradication from the public sphere.
With the BNP professing to be the sole guardian of the nation’s Christian traditions, it is not surprising that the million traditional Labour supporters who voted BNP in last year’s Euro elections may begin to perceive that their religion is being routed and their culture is being compromised. When individual identity is threatened and national identity insecure, history teaches that the darkest form of nationalism arises.
There is no doubt that Harridan Hormone’s Equality Bill is causing all manner of ripples among Christians, and it appears that the Government is attempting to mitigate the effects of this odious legislation with a redefinition of the term ‘minister of religion’ in order to secure some kind of conscience exclusion. Without this, it is alleged, we will end up with a woman as Archbishop of Westminster.
Or even a lesbian.
Cranmer spoke yesterday of orthodox Christians becoming a persecuted and dispossessed minority in the UK. It is not only the historic cultural expression which is being eroded, but Christian doctrine is increasingly deemed to be unenlightened and conviction derided. One dare not offer prayer for fear of losing one’s job or wear a cross for fear of being suspended, and God forbid that one might preach that any particular sexual behaviour might be a sure path to hell and damnation.
Christian schools are now besieged with ‘equality’ directives and accusations of being ‘asylums of insularity’: their very raison d’être – that of preserving a distinct religious identity – is under attack from politicians intent on imposing upon us a moral and cultural uniformity in which Human Rights are god, Equality the creed and Parliament the ecumenical council which determines orthodoxy. The Prime Minister is the chief apostle who leads us into all truth, and politicians are the missionaries whose task it is to spread the Gospel of Man and the fullness of the means of salvation.
Cranmer can hardly wait for the manifesto catechism.
Perhaps it is time for a reformation.
England has a fine history of schism.