Most young people struggle to define what it means to be British. They have been influenced by the Left into mocking and shying away from a British identity, and by default, Christianity. Their elders, who should know better, also lack patriotism and a connection to our state religion.
British identity is essentially intertwined with Christianity. Christian culture, traditions and beliefs shape our core communal character. Our head of state, the Queen, is Christian by law and bishops sit in the somnolent House of Lords. Forgetting this corrodes our united sense of national identity and culture, to everyone’s detriment.
Humans will always create belief systems to find a sense of belonging and ways to understand the world. Even secularists or atheists such as Richard Dawkins will believe in something. Belief in a religion means acknowledging that there is a power greater than oneself. That tenet of faith helps us to overcome the very human flaw of narcissism and encourages us to respect and think of others.
Sadly this, and other aspects of our Judeo-Christian foundation, are being destroyed and replaced by the destructive twin gods of multi-culturalism and political correctness, so beloved by our establishment. Many churches have become vehicles for trendy priests and vicars to virtue-signal their credentials as social justice warriors.
The result is the dystopian nightmare that is Britain today. If people cannot connect with a national, or even communal, identity, they start to obsess over sub-groups of identity. The transgender madness infecting the highest echelons of government, and the competition for racial, sexual and religious victimhood where none exists, are the consequences. And multi-culturalism means that there will always be a dominant system jostling for power.
The British establishment and authorities hold our Judeo-Christian heritage in contempt while bizarrely putting Islam on a pedestal. The distaste our authorities have for Christianity is now so embedded that government apparatchiks refused a temporary visa to a nun who wanted to visit her sick sister. Yet they have given asylum to thousands of Islamists. The establishment elite seems ashamed of anything Christian. Christians aren’t allowed to wear crucifixes to work or display Christmas decorations but M & S can freely sell hijabs for young girls.
Many Muslims are loyal British subjects and enjoy Christian traditions such as Christmas and Easter. They have no wish to see the UK slide into another Islamist hellhole where no dissent is allowed on pain of death or imprisonment. But they, too, are ignored in the establishment’s demented rush to appease Islamism and forget this country’s Christian roots and culture.
This has to be challenged lest Christians become a persecuted minority in their own country, as they are in so many places worldwide. Globally Christians are under attack by the very people our establishment gives a free pass to. Christians of all races and nationalities are now the most persecuted people in the world. Not only are Christians losing their culture and traditions but their lives too.
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism was written to prevent another genocide against Jews. The time has come to create a similar document for Christians. We cannot rely on British churches to do this. Most have fallen under the spell of cultural Marxism or Islamism and their connection to Christianity is now intangible.
Far better for organisations such as the Gatestone Institute, Open Doors, CUFI and Barnabas Fund to join forces and create a Christian version of the IHRA. This will preserve life and enshrine our British identity and Christian way of life before it is too late.