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Our battle for the soul of the West


I recently read Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali’s book Triple Jeopardy for the West: Aggressive Secularism, Radical Islamism and Multiculturalism. Nazir-Ali’s point is that all three movements pose a grave threat to the West as the vacuum where Christianity once was is filled.

It is increasingly obvious that the multitude of errors in thinking that dog the modern world can be brought back to the same root problem: the rejection of God. An obvious example is the transgender obsession that has swept the country, seemingly coming out of nowhere.

Penny Mordaunt, a minister for the ‘Conservative’ party, said this week: ‘Trans women are women, that’s the starting point.’ She aims to make changing one’s gender easier. There was talk not long ago that the ‘Conservative’ government was going to allow individuals to change their gender on their birth certificates without even a doctor’s opinion.

In a society that respects God and believes in Him, this destructive confusion simply does not permeate. How can it? With faith in God you know that a man and a woman are two very different beings, created for one another, to complement. Further, God wouldn’t make such a mistake as placing the soul of a man in the body of a woman.

Yet because we don’t believe in anything, and everything is up for grabs, then why not gender? Once we’ve rejected the Truth and reality of the universe then everything will become confused. Transgenderism is but one example.

It’s clear to anyone with any semblance of intellectual honesty that radical Islam poses a profound danger to Western civilisation. Not only the terror attacks, nor the rape (not ‘grooming’) gangs, but the hard-won liberties that are now being sacrificed in a pitiful act of appeasement.

Even in the 25 years I have been on the planet I have seen freedom of speech undermined at a terrifying pace. How it must feel for someone older I can’t imagine. After Charlie Hebdo, the vast majority of British newspapers refused to publish its defiant cover cartoon despite overwhelming support for the magazine.

Obviously this is because they were frightened of repercussions: clear evidence that already there exists in British society a strain of radical Islam that wields considerable influence.

I do not, under any circumstances, want to have to give up the fantastic, life-affirming ability to discuss and exchange ideas freely because our political class are utterly naive about the extremely violent strains within Islam that have shown themselves, again and again, throughout history.

The problem goes back to the same root: God. A properly Christian nation, proud of its heritage, would not be so woefully ignorant about this historical tendency amongst Islam. Yet because we have abandoned our God, and have a woolly, fuzzy view that religions are all the same, we will continue to capitulate in the face of people who actually believe in something.

Bishop Nazir-Ali makes an excellent point in his book that before Christianity came along, England was an organised group of warring tribes. Christianity created an overarching narrative, and system of thought and morality, in which all can partake. Multiculturalism will see us return to this pre-Christian age, bickering and arguing amongst ourselves, divided along lines of ethnicity or politics or whatever mad thing we come up with to distinguish ourselves from one another in order to feel special and different.

The soul of the West is in grave danger and the further we retreat from God the more errors in thinking we will see abound. The way we think, and the ideas a society is governed by, has a profound effect on every aspect of our lives. It is for this reason that I am fully behind Nazir-Ali’s book and pray every single day that my beloved country will return to its Christian roots before it is too late.

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Fionn Shiner
Fionn Shiner
Fionn Shiner is a London-based writer who has written for the Spectator, the Daily Mirror, Private Eye and more. His day job is Press and Parliamentary Officer for Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

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