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Reader’s Comment: Marx and Sharia line up against decent people

In response to David Kurten: Tories have succumbed to the long march of the cultural Marxists, coloniescross wrote:

Excellently put Mr Kurten. Not only Britain but I would suggest the whole of the Western world, and its culture, stands on the cusp.

Meek acquiescence won't be good enough. A strong, morally grounded party is essential if we are to defeat the twin scourges of "cultural Marxism" and intolerant "religious" fundamentalism. Both these opposing ideologies are at odds with each other, both also are at odds with the overwhelming majority of right-thinking people.


  • Owen_Morgan

    Yes, there is a distinct simultaneity about all of this. In every English-speaking country, but also in France, Germany, Italy and Sweden, the same “politically correct” campaigns spring up on virtually the same day. How many genuinely “transgendered” people (i.e. people with psychiatric delusions about their basic biology) are there? Hardly any, actually. I heard the other day about a Canadian who claims to be a “transgendered lesbian” (I’m still scratching my head about that concept), who threatens to sue anyone who fails to use her preferred pronouns. Canadian law is now on her side. (OK, Canadian weirdo, you prefer “their” – so sue me.)

    When was there ever any genuinely popular demand for legislation to support this bilge? Presumably, it means that gender studies graduates, contrary to all expectation, may have employment prospects, after all, but there was never a hint of a groundswell of opinion on this matter.

    It’s the same with one thing after another and the fact that the left and the muslims are in alliance makes it all the more bizarre. It’s not just that there is, in Venn diagram terms, virtually no point of contact between the left’s professed obsessions and islam’s, but it’s also that there is no reason for other political parties to sign up to this nonsense. That, however, is what Justine Greening, whose brain, I assume, is four-fifths nitrogen, has just done and she is far from unique.

    • AKM

      “…professed…”

      That word is the key.

      • Owen_Morgan

        I chose the word with care.

    • peter_dtm

      Transgendered lesbian ? So by implication someone with xy chromosomes has presumably had surgery & takes hormones so he appears to be female ? That makes him someone suffering from delusions. At the end of the day he still has xy chromosomes so he remains male, regardless of any drugs and surgery. Chromosomes determine sex. If you have a problem with your chromosomes the only sane diagnosis is that you are suffering from a mental aberration.

      • Jethro Asquith

        Their fundamental problem is people confusing sex and gender (probably deliberately). There are only 2 sexes, man and woman (male and female) as that is all that evolution (or God if you are that way inclined) – provided to enable procreation and continuation of life. A man is a man – a woman is a woman – and they will always be thus.

        However some women are more masculine (gender) than others and some men are more feminine (gender) than others. Chopping off, or adding penises to a body does not alter this.

        As you say thinking otherwise is a mental issue, and should be treated as such.

  • Groan

    As if it was needed yet another example reminder of the decade of paralysis induced by the determination not to “see” the result of importing a culture only too ready to see “outsiders” as beneath contempt. Newcastle adds itself to the long list of towns finally getting some sort of grip on a crime wave now all too familiar. At least on this occasion the CC states action was directly to not be PC. Yet still I see it reported with careful phrasing that suggests of course that somehow such abuse is “all around” us. In as far as there has been a spike in sexual crimes this has reflected by the final catching up with the 50 or more “rings” now convicted or still going through the system and “historical” crimes of now elderly men. The prison service has seen as a result a massive increase in average age and in the proportion of Muslim inmates.
    Yet to preserve the PC agenda of multiculturalism and heterosexual men being congenital rapists and harassers the PC brigade give a “free pass” to communities with a case to answer and tarr all men from all other communities with the stigma.

    • UKCitizen

      Sweden’s case in point.
      Rise in sexual attacks and rapes at music concerts where there used to be none.
      Culprits mainly Muslim men.
      PC solution: Have women only concerts thus giving in to the Muslim requirement for gender separation.
      Next the feminist government will be legislating for all women to wear Niqabs in the interests of protecting and empowering women!

    • Reborn

      The BBC , obviously, & even the Daily Mail, keep referring to “asian men” in these cases
      of chid rape.
      The BBC side stepped the truth cleverly today.
      More or less verbatim “to avoid encouraging islamophobia it must be made clear that
      these men came from varied communities. Not just Pakistanis, but also Indians,
      Turks, Bangladeshis, Iranians”
      The ideology common to all these cultures is plain to see, and yet alBEEB thinks
      we all suffer from cognitive dissonance.
      Worse still, al BEEB might suffer from entrenched cognitive dissonance.
      Perhaps those of us who pay BBC tax aught to apologise to secularists, Christians,
      Hindus, Sikhs who are described as asian.
      Then there are the millions of Japanese & Chinese who are also so described.
      Sorry chaps. Not in my name.

      • Groan

        “varied communities” and then go on to list Moslem countries apart from India. Are only Pakistanis “Islamic” then? I’m sure there lack of Islam will surprise Iranians, Bangladeshis Turks and the many Moslem Indians. It can only encourage distrust of all Moslems if people are constantly feeling there is a conspiracy of silence to hide what is repeatedly in plain sight.
        The very clear MO here is that the behaviour is shocking to the community but crucially the abused are “outsiders” as immoral, white, and pretty much on the periphery of the “white” community. In our country now we have modern slavery, often reflecting “Caste” from the indian subcontinent , “slave tribes” in Nigeria and other parts of East Africa and of course the second class status of “people of the book” and even lower regard for heathens in Islamic cultures of the near and middle east.

      • Partridge

        Not only that, if the woman next door sunbathes naked and I look over the fence, I’m a peeping Tom. If I sunbathe naked and she looks over the fence, I’m arrested for exposing myself.
        Time to stand up against such biased Marxist-feminist-PC religious fundamentalist totalitarian attitudes.

    • 3aple

      “White women are only good for one thing…” Quoted one of these ‘men’. Do you suppose that was reported by the BBC, Channel 4 News, or The Guardian?

      .

      • Simon Platt

        Haven’t we all heard similar sentiments?

    • Simon Platt

      Quite so.

      But I’d like to take the opportunity to rail at “communities”. I don’t blame you for using it, but the fact that we do so (when did that begin?) tells a tale all of its own,

      • Reborn

        Exactly.
        There should be one community in the UK subject to the same laws
        & expectations.

        • Partridge

          Yep. One person’s community is another’s mob rule.

          • Reborn

            Spoken like a true elitist.
            Democracy is fine when it goes your way.
            Mob rule when it doesn’t.
            Sorry you hate the UK’s values, but you are free to emigrate to
            a land with no communal values.
            I can’t think of one, but Sweden’s certainly trying.

          • Partridge

            Your ideological blinkers have caused you to completely misread an obvious truth, and to wrongly assume I am an elitist and ‘hate the UK’s values’. Is everyone agreed as to what the UK’s communal values are? Of course not. Don’t be silly.

  • Whilst I largely agree with the sentiment of the comment I think the language used plays into the cultural Marxists’ hands. “Religious fundamentalism” is not a problem in itself, in fact by suggesting “a strong morally grounded party” you are advocating for a “religious fundamentalism” of sorts. The real issue is not the strength of your faith in your “religion” OR non-theistic worldview, but the content of that belief system. To successfully deal with Islamic fundamentalism we must not group all religious belief together, but clearly delineate the unacceptable beliefs and corresponding actions for Western society. This is equally true for theistic and non-theistic worldviews!

    • Simon Platt

      Quite so.

      I think that the only religions threatening Britain today are Islam and atheism.

      • Reborn

        Atheism is not a religion & you should be aware of this simple fact.
        I’m an atheist, and proud that I have the integrity to admit that neither
        I nor any human being knows anything about any God or Gods that may exist.
        A completely secular Britain would be a safer & wiser place.
        Save folk traditions for your private life

        • Phil R

          Atheism is a worldview. What you are saying is that only your worldview should be brought to the public square.

          A completely secular Britain would be tyranny, as we have seen with all secular states.

          • Reborn

            Secular state tyrannies like the USA, France etc ?
            As an atheist I welcome any form of religion that people are voluntarily attracted to. They may practice it anywhere they wish provided it does
            not impinge on others’ freedoms.
            Praying at home or in church/temple, fine.
            In the street, an impertinence and blocking the pathway.
            All religions are essentially political, since intelligent religionists
            know that there is no possibility of any human being in contact
            with the power that created this & possibly other universes.
            Judeo Christianity has evolved to accommodate human knowledge
            & so all but the most extreme followers make good Westerners.
            Islam, is frozen in the Dark Ages & is our Oldest Enemy, & yet we
            have the contemptible situation of a bearded man in a frock,
            luxuriating in the House of Lords, having told us we must incorporate
            sharia law in to our legal system.
            I’ll say one thing for the man, at least he doesn’t believe in God.
            Or, at least the God he’s paid to represent.

          • Johannes Factotum

            Spot on, Reborn.

        • Simon Platt

          Define “religion”.

          • Reborn

            A form of organised politics which seeks to claim unique access to
            a god or gods who may exist, but for whom there is currently
            no evidence.

          • Simon Platt

            Buddhism?

            I’m afraid that sounds like a post-facto definition.

          • Reborn

            The only sort of definition I’m confident with.
            Re Buddhism, I know little about it, though many monotheists
            claim it is not a religion.
            Certainly politically powerful where it survives.

  • Terry

    Cracking headline which gets right to the point. Decent people – who never break the criminal law – are made out to be the bad ones. We need to stand against the lies which demonise the normal and the good.

  • Harley Quin

    They are at odds with each other, but united in hate for what the Conservative woman stands for.

    That’s why the Left supports this imported malignancy.

  • English Advocate

    Such is the modern madhouse in which we live that we have to navigate between these two. I tend to err on the side of the Islamists as they are social conservatives – albeit in a slightly retro and OTT fashion.

    • Reborn

      This is a sick joke & in vile taste.
      Only al BEEB talks of Conservative Islam, because it hates Conservatism
      & can claim to be unbiased by being anti islamic in conjoining the two words.
      Islam is misguided & evil.
      Conservative Islam is undiluted evil.

      • Johannes Factotum

        To be fair, ‘Reborn’ – by the way, I am enjoying your rebuttals and comments as they mirror my views – I can see how ‘English Advocate’ was tempted by that view, but what baffles me is how such, as he puts it, ‘social conservatives’ can, for example, in Iran, accept a situation where 8 of the players in the national football team are men pretending to be women. That is mind-boggling and disturbing, to me.

        • Johannes Factotum

          *national women’s football team.

        • Reborn

          Thanks for your comment.
          I seem to remember that Iran claims to have “cured homosexuality”
          by means of compulsory sex changes & it leads the world in this
          process.

  • John Thomas

    Sure, these ideologies are at odds with one another – but ‘my enemy’s enemy is my friend’, and there are ways in which they can serve a common cause. For one, the attacks by jihadists serve cultural Marxism well. For one, the threat of terrorism makes otherwise-truly-liberal regimes into repressive ones, using extra-powers police forces, etc., hence the creeping Stalinism we live under. Can’t be bad (for them).

    • English Advocate

      Yes – terrorism, real or imagined, is a great pretext for ushering in an Orwellian state.

  • David

    Nicely put Sir !

  • Johannes Factotum

    Down here in deepest rural Kent, I can still just about get away with imagining it is the Kent (my part, at least) of my sixties childhood. I rarely encounter anything other than white faces, no Muslims to speak of, no mosques, the corner shop is run by a English couple… then I turn on the TV, or open a newspaper, or much worse, I travel into London and the full horror unfolds. I am not xenophobic, anti-muslim, or even racist, I have travelled the world and enjoyed other cultures, but I do not want them surrounding me, en masse, denuding my own culture in my own back yard. Well, at 59, I’m on the downslope – thank God, so I’ll maintain my illusion as long as I can.

    • Reborn

      Your reaction to the steady destruction of our nation state is perfectly natural,
      being a Darwinian impulse to protect your extended family from invaders.
      Small numbers, say 5%, non indigenes, are a good thing, provided they obey
      our laws & embrace our culture.
      Persons who come here & break our laws & expect our culture to bend to their
      unreasonable requirements are simply foreign criminals.
      There is also the problem of welfarism. No one should derive any benefit from
      the UK taxpayer unless they have first contributed an appropriate amount.
      Governments who have encouraged the occupation of parts of the UK by
      immigrants who are hostile to our values are treasonous.