What I should really have liked to have said on BBC1’s Sunday Morning Live! (26th September 2010)
Our leaders are caught like rabbits in the headlights by Islam’s militant tendency. 9/11 and the 7th July London bombings took them unawares.
Trapped in a multi-cultural matrix, unassailed by truth or fact, they had to pretend that the militants were perverting Islam, when in fact they were simply, logically, working out its theology of world domination.
In what is supposed to be a Christian country, officials make all sorts of concessions to Islam – women-only bathing sessions at the local baths, halal food in schools and now in supermarkets, dogs banned on buses, Muslim check-out girls laying down the law on what they can and cannot pass through the scanner. Meanwhile, councils and companies, backed up by the courts, clamp down on Christians wearing crosses at work or offering to pray with patients.
I was locked up in a police cell for preaching the Christian Gospel at a homosexual event, the Mardi Gras in Cardiff . OK, the Crown Prosecutor withdrew the case, and sued South Wales Police and won, but can anyone imagine a Muslim being treated like that for anti-gay comments?
And our politicians’ bright idea to de-radicalise Islam? Throw money at the Muslim community. But because they deny the dominion theology of Islam, they have no mechanism to prevent that money ending up in Madrassahs and Mosques where the war in Iraq and our continued occupation of part of Afghanistan can be used to radicalise Muslim youth.
Despite what our politicians say, the presence of British soldiers in Afghanistan makes our streets more dangerous, not safer. We might be irritating Al Qaeda, forcing them to relocate a training base or two, but young Muslims are being radicalised right here in Britain , not over there.
We have politicians on both sides of the Atlantic falling over themselves to be Islamo-friendly.
I was pleased in the end that Florida Pastor Jones did not go ahead with his Koran-burning, but the reaction to his idea proved his point. There was violence across the Muslim world. I feared for my Christian brethren in Pakistan , where they burn Christians, not books, and then Hilary Clinton proved how subservient politicians are to the Islamic tune by denouncing Pastor Jones at a dinner given to celebrate the Muslim Ramadan fast.
Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, made much of his Muslim grandfather during the election campaign in 2008. Ken Livingstone had spent much of his term in office being nice to some extremely unsavoury Muslim characters. And during the election, Brian Paddick, not to be undone, said ‘ London is a batter place because it has a strong Muslim community.’
The religious side of this counterfeit coin is the claim that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. Ex-President Bush was convinced of it. Tony Blair too saw many similarities between the two faiths and called the Koran a ‘progressive book’.
Now, the Bible records God saying of Jesus: ‘This is my beloved Son, in him I am well pleased.’ But the Koran reports Allah saying he has no son. Bit beneath his dignity, he says, to become one of us. Orthodox Christian theology understands God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Koran denies the Trinity totally.
Blair was convinced – or tried to convince us – that Islam was a ‘religion of peace’ and he and his namesake Ian, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner were at pains to stress that it was followers of a distorted form of Islam who carried out the 7/7 London bombings.
Now David Cameron is singing from the same glee-sheet. He said of those critical of Islam: ‘They see no difference between real Islam and the distorted version of the extremists. They think the values of Islam can never be compatible with the values of other religions, societies or cultures.’ Politicians are better doing God than theology.
Rod Liddle said: ‘Obviously the “Real Islam” isn’t people blowing themselves up, although a large proportion of Palestinians, Afghans and so on would argue that it is, as would one or two cadres sitting tight in their Keighley or Tipton bedsits. But ok, let’s give him that one. What about apostasy, then? The majority of Islamic states impose a penalty for giving up the religion, either through the state or sharia courts; imprisonment or death. Is this Real Islam or the “distorted version of the extremists”? It’s certainly the practice of the overwhelming majority of Islamic countries, and cleaved to by all four major schools of Islamic thought, even the comparatively liberal Hanafi.’
But Cameron says rightly that the United Kingdom is less than admirable when viewed through an Islamic lens: ‘Here the picture is bleak: family breakdown, drugs, crime and incivility are part of the normal experience of modern Britain . Many British Asians see a society that hardly inspires them to integrate. Indeed, they see aspects of modern Britain which are a threat to the values they hold dear – values which we should all hold dear. Asian families and communities are incredibly strong and cohesive, and have a sense of civic responsibility which puts the rest of us to shame.’
They do, but only in the Islamic sense of wanting Islam to replace Secularism, which in the UK they wrongly identify as a form of Christianity. Muslims are not lining up to campaign for an end to abortion or no-fault divorce or legalised sodomy. They will defend their children from immoral sex education but that is the limit of their social engagement. Most Muslims hold the brutal, crass, indecent, hedonistic nation that we have become in contempt, and who can blame them?
With their population growing by immigration and fecundity – and the evidence does not support the fond notion that 2nd and 3rd generation Muslims will stop having the large families which their faith demands – their demands will grow more and more strident and politicians will grow ever more craven in the face of such a demographic bloc.
My answer? Christians need to stand up pretty fast for Jesus Christ, King of kings. We need to demand that Christ be placed at the centre of our law-making, and repeal the destructive anti-social secularist junk of the last fifty years. In that way we show Muslims that this is a vibrant Christian nation where Jesus Christ is Lord and stifle their ambitions of an British Islamic state.
Large sections of our establishment are already bowing the knee to Allah. If we don’t stand up for Jesus, before too long we may all be forced to join them.