Anorak | Baroness Warsi finds Christianity hiding in a massive Cathedral – it’s her illiberal crusade

Baroness Warsi finds Christianity hiding in a massive Cathedral – it’s her illiberal crusade

by | 16th, February 2012

BARONESS Warsi, the Conservative Party Chariman, made a speech to the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. This is Sayeeda Warsi, who once wanted the hen Labour government to debate issues with extremist Muslims:

“We must engage with, not agreeing with, the radical groups who we have said in the past are complete nutters. We need to bring these groups into the fold of the democratic process. As long as we exclude them and don’t hear them out, we will allow them to continue their hate. It may not achieve results immediately, but it may stop the immediate violence.”

Why not just champion free speech and say what you feel. Why “engage” with “nutters” over tea and smiles?

This is the same Warsi who  insulted a huge swath of voters for engaging in what might be termed free speech:

“It seems to me that Islamophobia has now crossed the threshold of middle class respectability. For far too many people, Islamophobia is seen as a legitimate – even commendable – thing. You could even say that Islamophobia has now passed the dinner-table-test. The drip feeding of fear fuels a rising tide of prejudice. So when people get on the tube and see a bearded Muslim, they think ‘terrorist’ …when they hear ‘Halal’ they think ‘that sounds like contaminated food’…and when they walk past a woman wearing a veil, they think automatically ‘that woman’s oppressed’. And what’s particularly worrying is that this can lead down the slippery slope to violence.”

It is very lack of free and frank speech that’s the problem. Warsi is no fan of genuine free speech. She wants control. She wants to suppress the ideas she does not like, not debate then openly. These are her views on the State:

“[The well-intentioned liberal elite] conversely, are trying to create equality by marginalising faith in society and think that the route to religious pluralism is by creating a path of faith-neutrality” . She said they aimed to “downgrade religion to a mere subcategory in public life.

“But look at their supposed level playing field. Its terrain is all but impassable to anyone of belief. One of the arguments of the liberal elite is that faith and reason are incompatible. But they don’t realise, as the Holy Father has argued for many years, that faith and reason go hand in hand.” Just as reason should not be excluded from debates about faith…so too spirituality should not be excluded when we look at worldly matters.”

She then wrote:

“My fear today is that a militant secularisation is taking hold of our societies. We see it in any number of things: when signs of religion cannot be displayed or worn in government buildings; and where religion is sidelined, marginalised and downgraded in the public sphere. For me, one of the most worrying aspects about this militant secularisation is that at its core and in its instincts it is deeply intolerant. It demonstrates similar traits to totalitarian regimes – denying people the right to a religious identity because they were frightened of the concept of multiple identities.”

Others respond:

Stuart Houghton :

Baroness Warsi is  worried  about ‘militant secularism’, ex-Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey  warns  that, “There are deep forces at work in Western society, hollowing out the values of Christianity and driving them to the margins” and Stephen Green off of Christian Voice would be capable of powering a small town, if only scientists would stop eating Christian babies long enough to hook up a solenoid to his swivelling eyes.

It seems as though wherever you look, Christians are being hunted down by teams of net-wielding secularists, some on foot, some on horseback, others still using quad bikes and dune buggies like in Jurassic Park 2. The lucky ones will be deported to the Vatican or Texas, the unlucky will have to fight in gladitorial games for the amusement of the cruel Not-God-King Richard Dawkins and his Athietrix consort Ariane Sherine.

This is all definitely happening, symptoms of what the Rev. Jennie Hogan calls  The New Inquisition .

Why am I telling you this? Well, otherwise how would you know that any of it was happening? You don’t read underground Christian publications. You are not privy to the whispered prayer circles that Christians are forced to attend now that they can’t go to church without fear of attack or abduction. Unless I read you wrong you have probably never had to smuggle a samizdat VHS of  Songs of Praise  past the stormtroopers of Dawkins’ ironic crusade like most Christians definitely have.

I mean, it’s not as if the religious have any input into public life at all, is it? It’s not as if we are the only modern democracy in which high-ranking clergy can become members of the second chamber of government merely by virtue of belief in the same invisible friend as the Monarch or that religious education is baked into the national curriculum like a tooth-cracking sixpence in a pudding.

Christians in today’s Britain are forced to scuttle in the shadows, using the underground press (The Telegraph, The Daily Express, The Daily Mail, The Huffington Post, The BBC) to pass their message of hope and discomfort about The Gays among themselves. Barred from politics, prevented by law from receiving funding for their schools and unable to even believe what they want in the privacy of their own hearts thanks to scientists and their wicked thought-control rays. These are dark times for the faithful.

Cranmer :

Not only is it bizarre that the Baroness is of the view that Britain is being taken over by  Dr Evan Harris  ‘ militant secularists ’; there is more than a hint of blaming these poor marginalised members of the National Secular Society for great swathes of government policy. The NSS actually boasts about 7,000 members

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