SOMETIMES I wonder about an alternate universe. It’s one in which our politicians had not blindly followed a naïve and society-fracturing policy of enforced ‘diversity’ and ‘multiculturalism’. It is hard now to imagine living in a country not riven by racial and religious tensions.
BLM had their turn last year, forcing us into the patently absurd situation where saying ‘white lives matter’ was enough to earn you the title of ‘racist’.
Then again, what doesn’t, nowadays?
Now it is the turn of our Muslim population to have another moment of anger.
Having shown a cartoon of Muhammad in a religious education class, a young teacher has been suspended from his job at Batley Grammar School in West Yorkshire and is under police protection. The school has been forced to shut temporarily. The headmaster has also gone into hiding, fearing retribution.
The fruits of ‘diversity’, ‘multiculturalism’ and ‘tolerance’ are visible for all to see.
In events that echo the beheading of teacher Samuel Paty in France last year, the Batley teacher’s name was spread across social media platforms after the ‘crime’ of ‘insulting two billion Muslims’. One wonders what was the intention behind sharing such information.
Increasingly, it is not merely that people keep quiet and keep their heads down. Instead, we adopt the linguistic conventions of Islam. Media reports invariably refer to Muhammad as ‘the Prophet Muhammad’. They would never, in contrast, refer to Jesus as ‘Christ the Saviour’. It will surely not be long until any mentions of the ‘Prophet’ are suffixed by the required ‘PBUH’ (‘Peace be upon him’).
It all makes sense, of course. Why offer any resistance – let alone criticism – to a group when the price of doing so can be as high as getting your head chopped off? Now, de-Christianised, we no longer believe the promise of an eternal afterlife: the potential cost of resistance has risen sharply.
Consequently, through fear and intimidation, we become the accomplices to the growing tide of unofficial blasphemy laws being enforced throughout the land.
This is all without mentioning the two-tier policing that has arisen in the UK. No doubt had the ‘protesters’ outside the school been a group of Catholics opposing an abortion clinic, they would have met a robust police response.
One wonders what the Reverend William Lee, who founded the school in 1612, would make of it all. No doubt he would not be sure what to make of the demographics of Batley, one of those English towns that to many would seem like a foreign land.
But it would also seem foreign owing to the complete collapse in faith among the natives of the United Kingdom: a people whose lives are predicated on believing in nothing, and who hence can oppose nothing. Where a higher purpose once existed, the desires of shopping, boozing and fornicating now reign supreme in the hollowed-out shell of our culture.
For as long as this remains true, the situation will only worsen, fully facilitated by an establishment that loathes Britain’s traditions and culture.
The freedoms and liberties we once enjoyed in the United Kingdom did not arise by accident. They were the result of our religious inheritance and of the sacrifices of innumerable men and women throughout history. Without anyone to fight for them, these freedoms and liberties wither and die.
And so it has come to pass: assaulted from every side, we see them eroded by the day, leaving a country increasingly unrecognisable to many of us.